Originally Posted by Paul Simoneau
I don't see why having to pause a program to set up a season pass or simple recording of a show presents such a problem ? Especially since said features are far more flexible (and reliable) than the standard cableco DVR solution.
The TiVo can get updates over phone or internet. At least TiVo updates their software on a semi-regular basis, adding new features all the time. When's the last time anything significant was added to the 64xx ?
I can live with or without VOD (and I work for a VOD company, BTW). You can rent movies and TV shows before they appear on VOD with the Amazon Unbox feature in the S3.
I'd argue that it also leads to somewhat confusing posts!
First of all : it's far more reliable and flexible than the 64xx. When I schedule a recording with the S3 (or any TiVo for that matter), I know it's gonna happen. That goes for a single show, or a SeasonPass / WishList. With the 6412, it may miss a show or two, or unnecessarily record too many repeats, cause recording conflicts, and potentially lead to more missed shows. The absolute control over recordings with SeasonPasses and WishLists can't be over-stated, rather than the simplistic and error-prone "Series Recording" wannabe thingy that the 64xx has.
Second of all : No remote control lag. You know, where you hit a bunch of remote keypresses, but the 6412 doesn't do anything for up to a half minute, and then plays them all back in quick succession ? That drove me absolutely bananas!
eSATA expandability. Not sure if they've turned that on with the 64xx, but the last I know it wasn't enabled where I'm at.
A menu system that doesn't suck. When I had the 6412, the menuing system felt byzantine and confused. You occasionally had to dive deeeep into menus to some some rudimentary things. The S3 GUI is simple and effective.
Amazon unbox rentals/purchases.
Galleon / TiVoDesktop allow you to play your MP3's and watch your digital photos on your HDTV (and many other cool things). Word has it that TiVo To Come Back is coming soon, which will allow you to watch videos that you may have on your CPU on your S3, rather than have to sit in front of your CPU.