Originally Posted by rm -rf *.*
Tivo can also stream from unit to unit, but it's not in realtime. It's a BS solution that requirres you to buffer like 15 minutes of the show to the recieving unit before playing back the show. Then, if you catch up to the end of the buffer, you get to take an intermission... Additionally, you still have to buy the network interface for the DVR and might have to hack the software to activate it. The fact that you can't get a lifetime subscription for a Tivo anymore (unless you buy a used unit that has one) and would have to pay monthly is yet another reason to steer clear of Tivo and their DRM'd POSes.
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1. Transfer speeds will depend on your network, but, for example, the current S2DT can transfer at 4x realtime for highest quality over Ethernet. So 15 minutes to transfer an hour show. And lower quality levels are faster since there are fewer bits-per-minute to transfer. Older units can transfer in better than realtime over most networks too, some faster than others. You can watch MRV (TiVo calls it Multi-Room Viewing) transfers *immediately*, no waiting for any buffer. I do it regularly over 802.11g, and it will continue to transfer ahead of your watching.
2. The S2DT has a built-in 10/100baseT Ethernet port, just like the ReplayTV 4k/5k. (And the S2DT has something no RTV has - dual-tuners.) Other S2 units accept USB adapters for wired Ethernet. Oh, boo-hoo, you have to buy an adapter. I got one for $5. Even without looking around wired adapters are maybe $20 at retail. Unlike ReplayTV, TiVo also supports WiFi on the box via USB. So you can connect an 11g dongle to the TiVo and be off, and not need to use an external bridge. (ReplayTV promised WiFi support and never delivered it.) And there are no hacks to enable supported adapters, you plug it in and set it up in the config. That's all.
3. TiVo no longer offers lifetime, this is true. However there are options other than monthly payments. 1-, 2-, and 3-year prepaid plans are available, both for the bundle sales from Tivo.com and for service-only plans for units purchased at retail.
If you network the TiVo you can copy content to/from a PC. (Officially supported, ReplayTV does this with 3rd party software.) You can view photos stored on a PC. (ReplayTV requires dedicating drive space and copying them to the RTV.) You can listen to music stored on a PC. (RTV can't do this.)
But even more - you can listen to music from Live365.com. You can access Yahoo Photos, Music, and Weather. You can check movie listings and buy tickets from Fandango.com. You can access broadband content available through TiVoCast (this keeps expanding). You can use Home Media Engine applications such as Galleon
which provide many additional features - such as downloading video podcasts and making them available via the TiVo, accessing local event schedules, even checking email. You can access online software such as http://www.Apps.tv/
DRM on TiVoToGo files is no big deal, programs such as DirectShow Dump will strip the DRM in seconds and you have RAW MPEG2 to do what you want. There are programs, such as TVHarmony.com, which will convert it for iPod, PSP, Treo, etc.
TiVo is delivering on the promise of a networked DVR in ways ReplayTV never did. RTV did it first, but they stopped and now they're gone. They promised 4k-5k interoperability, music playback, WiFi support, and more, but after DNNA bought RTV they cancelled all of those projects - and, really, all further evolution of the product. RTV was a great product, but what you see today is what you get forever - and it is what you got two years ago. TiVo keeps evolving, both hardware and software, with new features. And, if nothing else, there are a lot of hacks for TiVo to give it even more features. Since it is a Linux-based system it hs been much more hacker-friendly then RTV.