Originally Posted by linkstur
Santa Clause brought me a Tivo. It's not a bad thing. But I'd just like to say, set up was incredibly long, almost three hours. Contrary to what I read, or at least what I understood, the Tivo needs only ONE cable card to work (with two tuners). And lastly, it's easy to see why Tivo is willing to sell life time subscriptions for their units...they neglected to install an off swicth. That's right...as long as the unit is plugged in, the hard drive is spinning and the video output is on.
I basically threw up my hands in total frustration with Sony and Toshiba, and bought myself a Tivo too.
The newer Tivo units use an "m-card" CableCard which supports more than one tuner at the same time.
The default settings for a new Tivo is for it to start madly recording everything, until it fills up its entire hard drive. Personally, I quickly turned that feature off. Maybe the Sony spoiled me, but I only want it to record the shows I program it to record.
The only thing with the Tivo that disappointed me, is that one can't edit the channel numbers used in its program guide. Like with TVGOS, the Tivo program guide defaults to STB numbers. With TVGOS you can edit the STB numbers to QAM digital channel numbers in its program guide. With the Tivo you can't, and even though the Tivo can manually tune in QAM channels, its STB program guide basically forces you into having to use a CableCard.