If anyone is considering switching to TiVo, I see that they have a $50 off "Big Game" sale through Tues Feb 5:
Note that only the 2 tuner Premiere supports OTA (the 4 tuner models are digital cable only). (We are OTA only).
When this all started in Nov, I spent way too much time catching up on this forum and researching alternatives. I decided that for myself (and my household) that TiVo would probably be the best replacement. Setting up something computer based (e.g. with the HD Homerun) sounds interesting but probably more hassle than the rest of my family wants to deal with.
And then I took a step back and thought - it's only TV and not really an essential part of life.. And since we have plenty to watch between what's already recorded on the Sony, a Roku with Netflix & Hulu Plus, DVD's from Netflix and three public library systems that are all within a couple of miles of our house (Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and Berkeley), plus I have a Magnavox 515H DVD/HD recorder that does a decent job of time-based recording (SD rather than HD, but the PQ is adequate on our 32" LCD), maybe we can survive without the Sony - but we'll miss it, especially the convenience of the guide.
I have added a UPS so hoping to retain the clock and do time-based recordings, but if it doesn't work out, so be it.
Worse case (for shows that we can't get via Hulu Plus or web-based), we can wait a year for the DVD, like we do for cable-based series like Mad Men. And any show that doesn't last long enough to generate a DVD probably wasn't worth watching in the first place.
It seems to me that the biggest losers in this (besides us end-users) are the local broadcasters who will lose viewer to things like Hulu Plus and the network websites.
Note that our feed (KPIX in San Francisco) is still working great - probably better than it ever has...
So at this point I'm just sitting tight and waiting til April and then I'll see how things go. Still hoping against hope that either Sony or Rovi will do something, but not holding my breath. I just went back to the Rovi Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RoviCorp
(where I had already posted in November) and clicked Like on each and every post related to the TVGOS shutdown - maybe someone at Rovi will notice if all their Facebook traffic is related to TVGOS...
And worse case I'll buy a TiVo in April (having gotten a final 6 months of useful life out of the Sony), but at this point I'm expecting we will survive without it.