Originally Posted by KryptoNyte
So I grabbed the $99 TIVO premiere box from a local Best Buy today. Coming from the SageTV (and other HTPC video recorders) community, I am utterly astonished at the "financial rape" that is referred to as TIVO.
I'm always amused that people are willing to spend big $$ on a display and equally big $$ on an audio setup but when it comes to spending $600 for a TiVo to feed it all, that somehow triggers such indignation. Perhaps it's ease of use and the fact that it "just works"
, dependably, makes it seem it doesn't do enough for the cost. It's not like there aren't lower cost alternatives with frugal feature sets that one could choose to buy instead -- oh wait, they're not exactly reliable (if they work at all), are they.
TiVo is a feature-laden high-end unit. It is much more than a tuner box with a HDD & TV guide and it costs accordingly. No one finds fault if you are not willing to pay for high-end. But complaining that the cost of TiVo is "financial rape" is like going into the Denon forum and complaining that their high-end units are not priced like a Sylvania.
Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
If all you want is OTA . . . Tivo is probably not for you.
Not to single you out on this, but I often read people making this statement as if one needs to hook a TiVo up to 300 cable channels that one won't watch in order to justify the cost of a TiVo. Kind'a like saying don't bother with a nice big plasma if you are only going to watch OTA. I've been OTA for decades and going from a DVD Recorder to a networked TiVo HD was the best investment I ever made. My plasma and AVR thank me -- even my wife does.
I would recommend to anyone looking for an OTA DVR that they start and stop their search at TiVo.