Registered: Nov 2003
Not looking to get flamed here, and not trying to do any subversive advertising, but I know there is a "cache card" available for series 1 DirecTivos that puts the Tivo DB in high-speed SDRAM...I've never seen it used in person, but I've heard it is quite effective. They sell it at 9th Tee for $99 (http://www.9thtee.com/tivocachecard.htm). I don't know if they have tested it with an HD-TiVo, and I know you shouldn't have to pay an additional $99 to get the performance of a $999 piece of electronics up to an acceptable level, but if enough people show interest, maybe they will test it with/develop one for an HD-Tivo. Just an FYI.
On a personal level, I have a DirecTivo at home, and I have tried using the Tivo guide, and I don't like it either...I think it's just a matter of personal preference. I'm a channel surfer too, and I think contending that people who watch live TV with a Tivo are using it as a "glorified VCR" is a bit harsh. The (lack of) speed and small number of channels displayed in the D* guide compared to any other STB has always bothered me, and I can't believe Tivo/D* wouldn't have created either a faster guide or a higher resolution guide with more channels listed (figuring most who buy an HD-Tivo have an HDTV). It seems to me that there has been a lack of innovation here - For a product that was delayed >1 year from its original projected launch date, I'd expect a bit more...Faster operation, additional recording options, anything...As it stands, it's the same as my DSR6000, except it records HDTV. That's it. Not too belittle the value of that feature, as I consistently watch SD version of HD shows on my HDTV, as I can't give up my Tivo, but I don't think adding HDTV recording capabilities and changing nothing else is really innovation, especially after the amount of time it took to get this product to market. Aside from the suggestions, which are the feature I use the least, it doesn't seem to me that building the code to power a Tivo would really be that difficult...Build a DB of all the shows in the guide, index it a number of ways, add a "record" flag for each show, and design a UI that can search the index and activate the record flag...Not easy, but not impossible either. Seems to me all Tivo did was take their existing code base and add some new codecs. I want one, but I don't want one $1000 more than what I already have...Just my $0.02.
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