|Originally posted by edrock200
Well, now that UTV has a software update, the debate rages on...
TiVo and UTV have very different styles of doing the same thing--recording video to a HD.
If recording everything for delayed viewing was my chosen way of watching TV I'd pick TiVo. That's what it's designed for. That's what its whole ballyhoed "Tivolution" is all about.
Tivo's presentation style is designed to encourage watching everything delayed--entering any menu except TiVo's EPG causes the ongoing program to disappear from the screen and the audio to stop--but the program will still be available from the recording buffer after returning from a menu screen.
TiVo has a uniquely styled EPG although it offers DirecTV's traditional grid also. TiVo's EPG is made up off white lettering with the program playing in the background. It uses a vertical format for displaying listings. I find it hard to read and the program behind it hard to see.
TiVo does have the best program search algorithm. While ver. 3.5 has improved UTV's program finding abilities I doubt they're as finally honed as TiVo's.
UTV is better suited than TiVo for a user who doesn't choose to totally timeshift all TV watching. Watching an ongoing problem is easy to do with the program being continually available with audio while entering most menus or setting up recordings. UTV arguably has the most pleasing EPG of any DVR product. Easy to read, pleasant colors, not a distraction from the ongoing program.
Why not get both a TiVo and a UTV and compare them on an extended basis for oneself? Unfortunately DirecTV's pricing structure strongly discourages doing so. Having two DVR's of the same brand causes the second to be free of additional service fees and only subject to the $5. monthly extra receiver fee.
UTV offers 3 hrs. of MSN-TV internet included in its service fee with additional MSN-TV service options. If that's important to a user it could be the deciding factor in choosing a DVR but it really has nothing to do with a DVR's main purpose of easily and tapelessly recording TV programs.
In the final analysis the choice depends on which DVR a user likes better. Nitpicking feature against feature of two or more brands in a product category is only part of the story. Presentation style and suitability of use for a particular user style is at least as important, IMHO.
A last thought. Posters favoring UTV appear to generally have a less fanatical style when discussing their preferred brand than TiVo supporters some of whom can be downright obnoxious in their insistence on the superiority of their product.