Originally Posted by kcmotwcuser
So Dave how much different does it look than SARA.
Everything "looks" better than SARA, but the problems remain. It doesn't matter how different it looks, what matters is function and availablity, the latter being the most important.
I've used (sparingly) Passport at my daughter's in North Carolina, Moxi at my sisiter's in Wisconsin, SARA here at home, and DirecTV at my neighbor's cabin. There are aspects of each that I like (or I should say that I don't mind). SARA does the job of recording what I want and it's been pretty bullett-proof for me for the past 2 years. Passport and Moxi expand on SARA by adding keyboard entry for advanced searching (something I almost never use), by displaying the IPG, recorded programs and programs to be recorded, in different ways, etc.
All those items enhance the functionality for many folks, but I can't remember a single item from either that I miss when I'm back home using SARA. The only item I could use is the Tivo Wish List, so I wouldn't have to rely in TitanTV, especially when I'm away on vacation. I did like being able to view IPG data for a given channel, much like I do using TitanTV. SARA limits that to the 1.5+ hour by 5 channel grid with no other display options.
I didn't see a big difference in selecting items to record or selecting recordings to view other than some options. I didn't play around with series recordings on either because I wasn't going to be at either place long enough and it was summer rerun season. I did have some difficulty trying to help my daughter get Passport to allow her TV to properly expand SD channels and I'm not sure we ever got it set quite right. I wasn't subscribed to the Passort thread at that time.
I did get used to both fairly quickly though. I'm sure if I had used either for any length of time, I could have gotten used to the differences and would probably have come to like some features I didn't get to explore.
But, the bottomline for me has always been that until we actually have options to choose from, all the bashing of one over another and lamenting missing features is pretty much for naught. I would love to have Tivo software, but not at a higher cost. I've heard anywhere from $3-$10/mo for the Tivo port and that's over and above current costs. Tivo hardware is too expensive in a changing world. I've been through 3 different cable boxes in the 3 years I've had HD. Two of those were $500 each retail and I don't know what the 8300 would have cost. If I had had to buy each of those, I'd probably still be on my first box (non-DVR).
However, once things stabilize with OCAP, etc., I might then be persuaded to invest in a purchased DVR. Hitachi just announced a 1T drive for $399 specifically for DVRs. Being able to purchase a DVR with that kind of capacity and the ability to run different software with varying degrees of functionality based on cost will go a long way toward making the DVR a standard piece of equipment. The unknown factor is what impact things like Start Over, more VOD, etc., will have on the long term need for a DVR. If I can't get 8-10 years worth of use, it just doesn't seem prudent to buy one vs continuing to rent the latest from cable.