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Good: It doesn't record radio.
Comment: Wake me up when it can record radio.
Good: Brings PVR to another level by far.
Bad: sluggish on certain areas of the software.
Comment: YES!! I've been with Tivo for 2 months now. Tivo is a big step in the PVR world that gives Sky+ HD box a fright. By far it's exciting and amazing service to use with it's clever functions such as suggestions to programs that you may like which features the programs that fits your current shows and allowing you to record 3 programs while watching on demond or recorded program. 10meg delicated broadband, it's pretty kewl for Youtube and etc. The apps are kewl with a free "Who wants to be a millionaire" game will entertain you. The box is new, as you know with it being new it comes with many down sides such as the remote control has many buttons that can confruse you when navigating in many ways. The on demond services are great but it's very slow to get around to your chosen content. When I spoke to Tivo they did say they will bringing out an update to solve that problem. THE GREEN THUMBS UP.
Good: TIVO info is intense
Bad: lag, functions, ff, learning a new system (I will check back about this)
Comment: I have only had the new box since my move a week ago. So use to the V+ after having one forever. I don't want to review the tivo, just find other users to chat with. Anyone know where I can do that?
I had TiVo in the US many years ago and I do know that time creates a response from the system that is unique and individual. One week in? Nothing yet.
However, there is a lag using the TiVo. The V+ box had great FF functions and an easier to understand software for doing what it does. Example: the front panel lights are easier to see and provide more feedback than the new box does.
So let the training begin, but show me less than I expected and the new TiVo will cause me to write exactly why it has failed.
Good: Its TiVo!!
Bad: Missing features and few bugs!!
Comment: I have owned a 1TB TiVo box for six months and can definitely say, it is the best PVR/DVR I have owned.
There may be some inconsistencies, bugs and few features missing but it will be resolved, hopefully, in the next firmware update.
In my opinion, TiVo is the best PVR on earth.
Good: The possibilities
Bad: The 'userbility'
Comment: I have owned my 500GB TiVo box for all of one week now and I have to say I am rather unsure whether or not the produce is at all better than my previous STB: an HD V+ box. To date I'd state it is less good.
The TiVo is better than the V+ in two respects. It has a larger recording capacity and it benefits from having a third tuner. Such a lack was never an issue on my previous STB.
Virgin seems to have released this box before many of the more obvious defects have been corrected. For example, as a formula one fan I do enjoy watching the free practice sessions via the BBC's red button (sports multi-screen). This is not available. Also, the 'info' button - as the name suggests - used to be handy for deciding what programmes to watch or record. This function also is not available.
Most annoying, however, is the complexity of the menus. What would take but a few button presses on my old STB now requires a dozen or more - and even then, the returned result often is not that expected.
To give another example: my old V+ box gave the option of easily setting up padding programmes (early start / later end to progs). The TiVo requires this to be done for each programme or series to be recorded.
Although nothing to do with either the hardware or the software, Virgin really ought to train their staff to those considering a move to TiVo to mention the downsides of the change. This is also annoying.
Others have mentioned the inability of the thumbs up and down system to adequately reflect one's choices.
Good: 1tb drive. Faster than V+. Wishlists. 21 day EPG. Reliable (no reboots in four months)
Bad: Some SD menus.
Comment: Comments on ease of use are a little wide of the mark - there are some screens that could be simplified but generally I would say it was considerably better than the V+ and better than Sky too
Good: it remembers what you like and records it even if you forget to set it up
Bad: Does not as yet have a full red button facility and you have to use BBC iplayer to catch up which is more complicated than the old catch-up system
Comment: Like it, there have been a few bugs but nothing serious. We are learning more about it as we go along. It is easy to use.
Good: Three tuners, recorded recommendations, 1Tb storage
Bad: Series links unreliable, complex menus, slow slow navigation, expensive
Comment: After struggling with VM's TiVo for a month, I have returned it for a replacement V+ box. The promise of TiVo is just not borne out by the reality of using it. VM need to sort out the multiple software bugs, and most importantly exercise some influence over the company that creates the meta tags that TiVo needs to set up series links. The menus are overly complex, and the navigation is painfully slow. The picture quality is not as good as the V+ box. Whilst this will eventually be sorted out, I doubt that the unreliable series linking is actually somethign that VM can fix, and this is perhaps the most frustrating aspect. The series linking is so unreliable that I was reduced to checking that every recording had started to avoid the mutliple losses I experienced in the early days of using it. I would love to have TiVo back, but I will be waiting for VM to finish beta testing it on the current early adopters.
Good: it engages you
Bad: waiting for further development
Comment: just love it
Good: Apps and features
Bad: picture is terrible!
Comment: We have had this box since 21st June 2011 and have been complaining about it since this date. I noticed the picture was terrible as soon as the engineer ran out of the house and upon looking on virgins website we found a letter from their operations director to advise that they are aware of this problem and are trying to sort it. I have had nothing but problems with Virgins usually accommodating customer service team and have just received an extortionate bill when I was informed by 2 people that this had been dealt with. The Tivo box will be fabulous when they get this problem sorted out but if the picture is worse than freeview then its not worth having until that time. I would not recommend this to anyone simply because if the picture is bad, Virgins customer service don't know what to do about it or how to deal with the complaint. I am ringing today... again... to tell them to take everything out because I am sick of the whole sorry saga... I have been a loyal customer for 5 years and cannot believe that it has come to this.
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