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Bad: Functionality, Lack of TiVo connectivity, Series Link, storage size
Comment: I don't know where to start on this one. Took them up on this offer thinking this would be a TiVo box. IT ISN'T do not be fooled by the fact it is advertised as one and is even called a TiVo box.
Firstly the series linking is ok, kind of clunky and has the worlds most annoying system for setting these things up (the boing noise alone annoy the hell out of me).
Secondly there is no way to connect the device to your PC to move the things you have recorded to view later (nothing better than a whole season in one weekend). This leads to the thing filling up in next to no time, I only watch HD content.
Thirdly VM seem to be dictated to by the "Content providers" regarding point 2. This to me seems a little odd as I am paying through the nose for a service and a product that is not working as designed! What happened to the good old days of VCRs
Good: recording series
Bad: Catch up on demand is a joke
Comment: Oh great a TIVO and..... not impressed one bit! OK you can save more & its quicker. For me now I want to watch a soap. Search for it & try my best & no joy. Use the itv player still no joy as it seems to be filtered to someones perception of what they think you may want to watch!!! Get the old laptop out and go to itv player online, oh look theres my soap... So yes it does have a second rate on demand service. So when I've finished this I will turn the TIVO off and watch my soap on the laptop with a HDMI cable into the TV. IF virgin got their bottom in gear this could be a very very good product but at present it isn't.
(The cynics may say why not record the soaps.I could, but I could of used the on demand service.....)
Good: Great at picking up shows you like through recommendations.
Bad: Some of the apps are slow
Comment: Very quiet box as it is passive cooled so doesn't have a fan....mistake in C-Net review says it has a quiet fan!!
Good: Wide variety of content at a good price and it does everything form YouTube to
Bad: The TiVo box can be a little slow at times and not that many HD channels
Comment: I think virgin media and TiVo is great i did have the V+HD box before and it was rubbish but the virgin TV service on its own is good but virgin TV and TiVo is great. And the benefits of having cable and not satellite is cable will not get interference from the weather or loss of signal so for me cable for virgin media and the TiVo box is the best all i would change is to have more HD/SD TV channels.
Good: clear picture
Bad: no link you tube
Comment: good machine
Comment: Start with the basics, the controller is uncomfortable to use, the wrong buttons are highlighted and its overly bulky.
The tivo itself is slow to respond, the navigation menus are way too complicated, it can take up to a full minute just to change channels.
The suggestions it supposedly makes to match your own tastes are ridiculous, for instance I gave 'America's Next Top Model' 3 thumbs down and the tivo box suggested pretty much every other model and reality show on the tv.
But by far the most annoying thing about it is the complicated and lengthy menus, I can't stress enough how unnecessary they are, it's just ridiculous.
I really do wish I had stayed with my original v+ box but unfortunately I'm stuck with this rubbish for another 11 months.
Good: recording tv with multiple tuners, hd
Bad: lagging UI, suggestions for shows you dont recieve, too many button presses to do simple tasks, od is obnoxius to use
Comment: Good but could easily have been much better.
Good: larger hard drive
Bad: buggy unresponsive and drawn out menus
Comment: Very disappointed with the Tivo box. The meta data, (thumbs up and thumbs down), does not seem to work efficiently and comes up with totally inappropriate suggestions, even after spending hours putting in thumbs up or down to customise what you like to watch on TV, which is extremely frustrating. Their are 2 Youtube Apps for some reason.The default Youtube App would be great is it did not deep stalling and taking you back to the main home page, after you have tediously typed in a search. The other Youtube App, (found in 'all apps folder' keeps coming up with the same haunting message "you have not yet made any Favs, go to www.youtube and next time you sign in your Favs will show here", but they don't. Believe me I have tried endlessly. `It also states I have no Playlists,(I have about 40!). All in all the interface and menus are still very buggy and I don't advice you pay for this service until it has been properly ironed out.
Good: Just a message to cnet, the usb on the back of the box is to plug a keyboard into so you can type faster then you can with the remote control
Comment: Just a message to cnet, the usb on the back of the box is to plug a keyboard into so you can type faster then you can with the remote control
Good: Not much that stands out
Bad: The fact that it stopped working last night, with every channel there but on on for 40secs before freezing.
Comment: Had to do a Tivo reset last night, which took a while. Even the remote control is badly shaped and slippy, so dropped many times and hard to use with one hand. Getting my V+HD box back end of February. Not much argument from Virgin, as though they are getting many complaints and are going back to the drawing board.
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