Originally Posted by thedvdguy
1) How bad is the interface (w/ the latest firmware) compared to TiVo? I have 2 Series 1 TiVos right now and I love them, very easy to use, very intuitive. Anything that really annoys current/previous TiVo users?
Having just switched from DirecTiVo, here are my main gripes so far:
-- No way to save searches--you can create a series recording (like a Season Pass), but only if some episode of it is actually showing in the next few days (i.e. is in your guide). This isn't a huge deal, since I mostly relied on Season Passes rather than Wishlists, but it does mean that if there's a series that doesn't happen to be showing currently, you can't add a series recording for it.
-- It's more of a pain to enter the title for a search (you have to scroll through the whole alphabet instead of having a grid of letters).
-- If you accidentally try to turn off the box in the middle of a recording, it will ask if you want to cancel the recording. You basically should just leave the box on all the time. (This was true with the TiVos too, but they didn't have a power button at all on the remote, really, so you never had to worry about accidentally hitting it.)
-- Generally feels like more button presses to do simple things. The UI doesn't feel well-organized.
3) My HDTV only has HDMI (and component of course), will Comcast provide me with an HDMI cable, or do I need to have one for them to hook up the box via HDMI?
You'll have to buy one yourself, as well as a female HDMI/male DVI adapter if you get one of the older 6412s with the DVI port (apparently the newer ones have an HDMI port). These cables aren't cheap, btw--at my local Best Buy a 6' HDMI cable was $75, and that wasn't even a Monster cable. You can get them much cheaper online, e.g. from bluejeanscable.com (which has a 6' HDMI-to-DVI cable for about $37), but I was feeling impatient