The Tivo's remote is also missing basic funtions like a stop button
There is no 'stop' button??
What are you suppose to do, just keep on watching it?
Cost - This is obvious. The CM7400 is $400 with no monthly fee. To avoid monthly fees on the Tivo, you have to pay at least $100 for a unit and an additional $500 for "lifetime" service that only covers the lifetime of the unit, for a total of $600.
But, with PSIP data for a Guide, it makes the DVR almost worthless for most. A few hours from the present time is completely useless to most here. I can't imagine how anyone could deal with that in this day and age except someone who only had a VCR.
Heat - Normally, this shouldn't even be a part of a review, but in the case of the CM7400, it's neccessary because of just how hot it is. The reports are true. It is nearly "burn your hand" hot. The Tivo, on the other hand, is completely cool to the touch.
I can't understand how any company, or imported in this case, would ever try to sell something like that. Obvious logic would scream potential fires and lawsuits for starters.
If only Channel Master had taken more care in designing their unit
The company that bought the Channel Master name, doubtfully designed this.
BTW, very good review. You should place it in Amazon.