Originally Posted by Rammitinski
Just look under "Most Bashed Items".
However, I have nothing to bash as far as using my Premiere goes. Nothing, Zip. Nada.
I use mine as a straight HD STB - all I needed was a CableCARD (which I already had) - because my FP LCD, like most, supports HDMI, it's just a single cable connecting the two. (Both HDMI and component/composite cables are included in the box the Premiere is packaged in.)
Channel tuning is as fast as, if not faster than, most STBs - HD or SD.
The remote (which comes with batteries) can also control the TV your Premiere is connected to - it's not universal, but IS programmable. (Yes - the standard Premiere remote remains the ergonomic wonder that is typically TiVo.)
Even better, a Premiere + CableCARD is cheaper per month than an STB from Comcast nowadays; an STB (HD or SD) now typically is leased for $9.99 per month CableCARDs cost nothing per month. Already have HD elsewhere? You do NOT get hit with a second HD Technology fee with a Premiere - therefore, a Premiere connected to a TV that lacks an STB adds nothing to your bill - if it replaces an STB, your bill goes down. (Mom got a Premiere that will replace an SD STB connected to an older "HD ready" SONY WEGA CRT which supports HDMI.)
I admit - a TiVo Premiere as a "straight" STB (even an HD STB) is overkill; however, until a CableCARD-supporting alternative becomes available, the Premiere is the only real option if you want to shrink your cable bill without reducing your cable service.