Originally Posted by TeeJay1952
Any Moxie users in Downriver Comcast area? I am thinking of pulling trigger and would love to hear from local user. Any Tivo guys? Comments & suggestions welcome.
realgoose has some good thoughts on TiVo, and I'll chime in as well. I'm a long time TiVo user, had the old school Series 2 model since 2005 which was great, and finally upgraded to the TiVo HD last summer. Couldn't be happier with it. I can't comment on Moxi, I've never used that.
I'd agree with realgoose, if you can find a used TiVo HD with lifetime subscription that appears to be in good shape, that'd be your best bet. However, if you want to get the new Premiere model (which does feature some minor hardware upgrades such as increased RAM and processing power, additional internal hard drive space, and a seemingly better user interface), I'd recommend paying for lifetime service upfront which would result in a substantial initial investment, but if you're like me that's not a huge deal if you can afford it as I prefer to eliminate future recurring subscription fees.
Assuming you'd use it with cable, you have to rent a CableCard from your provider. Comcast charges me $1.50/month for it, I don't know what other providers charge or if it varies by area. Be sure they give you an M-card, the installer tried to give me two S-cards which would have doubled my monthly rental fee. (Which lead to another gripe - I see no reason you couldn't install CableCards yourself, as far as I can see it consists of plugging a PCMCIA card into a slot and calling up Comcast and reading them some MAC addresses or whatever, but they don't let you do that and instead charge a $25 truck roll/installation fee.)
TiVo also requires an Internet connection to download the guide data, so you may want to see if you can have a cat5e connection by your box, otherwise you can buy the obscenely overpriced wireless adapter. You could also connect by phone line - but who does that these days?
The units themselves seem very durable, my old Series 2 has lasted for 5 years and at last report is still going strong (I gave it to a relative when I upgraded to the HD model.) By all reports, the biggest cause of failure is hard drive issues and you can replace this yourself if you have the technical know-how. TiVo won't help you with that if it's out of warranty, as they'd want you to buy a new box. But by swapping hard drives, TiVos can last a very long time. In addition, you can also purchase an external e-sata expander which adds a ton of recording capacity, but these seem to suffer high failure rates.
All in all, I'm not trying to sound like a TiVo salesperson, but I think you'd be very happy with it. I know I am. For more information, you can check out the outstanding Tivo HD thread
maintained by bfdtv right here on AVS forum.