Originally Posted by Charles R
Originally Posted by tluxon
I don't believe I'll be ditching the TiVo anytime soon for its WAF, but I'm sure not giving up WMC (or some variation of it) if I can help it. There's definitely room for them to coexist in our house.
Are you using a Harmony (or other programmable remote) with WMC? I found the moment I did the interface became very appliance like. After a decade of TiVoing it certainly was different however after a week or so I was good to go. Now I'm using an Xbox 360 as an extender and have found zero reason to remote desktop into the PC. Not sure why but for some reason the Xbox 360 has become a little snappier than it was originally. Like when I fast forward it responds quicker. So much so I no longer get the urge to use the PC. Although I still miss commercial skip. I recently ran across a reference to a utility that actually rewrites the recording (minus the commercials) which I'm presuming would work with extenders. However since I (mostly) watch commercial delayed it wouldn't help as it wouldn't process the recording until it was fully recorded. Also, I like the fact that the one I was/am using doesn't touch the recording as it simply creates a file referencing where to skip. That way if it guesses wrong (which at times it does rather badly) I can instantly turn it off and see what I missed.
We had an extra WMC remote and IR receiver sitting in a drawer, so I put it to use for a few hours last week (I don't yet have a dedicated HTPC). I think WMC makes for a very capable DVR and is superior to the TiVo in many ways. I find starting and stopping recordings to be more direct, and I love having the 5 tuners in the combination of the HDHR Prime (CableCARD) and HDHR Dual (OTA/QAM). However, the active live buffer on both tuners of the TiVo trumps just about every advantage that WMC offers because of the quite random way most in my family select what they're going to view at any sit down (not much for season passes). They really need to be able to record a program from the beginning of the live buffer because they often watch a few minutes of a program before deciding they'd like to see the whole show. If they had to, I'm sure they could get used to the lack of that feature, but they'd rather not as of now.
For myself, I often just watch portions of various sporting events, and when I get to a commercial that I can't skip, I like to browse other games/programs while the primary tuner is paused. I can work around that by hitting record on everything I might want to come back to, but the tuners get tied up very quickly using that practice. I'm considering buying an additional HDHR to avoid that problem (as I've run out of both Cable and OTA tuners with that technique), but then I'm not sure how many programs I can record at once and still get acceptable playback. The limit seems to be somewhere around 4, but that could be due to the fact that I've yet to replace a megabit switch with a gigabit switch (sitting right here in front of me, LOL).
If I didn't already have lifetime and 1TB drives in our TiVoHD's, I'd probably settle on the WMC solution and make it as fully implemented as possible. In our situation for now at least, the TiVos give us some very nice flexibility that seems to be better supplemented than replaced by WMC, and the TiVo's tuners seem to be more sensitive to signal fluctuations.
I see your mention of XBMC, but I'm not really familiar with it. Is it just a shell of sorts that presents various multimedia engines like WMC in a Roku-like menu tree? Can it be put on media extenders in addition to HTPCs?