Registered: Mar 2004
Just tried HMO. I'm using a wireless network adapter with my TiVo, so certainly that contributes to this my negative impressions, but here they are anyway:
1- First, I had read about HMO before, and since I only have a single series 2 tivo, I didn't think I wanted it.
2- However, when I tried it, I started to think about my 200 CDs of audio I've got on my PC, and since my Tivo is hooked to my home stereo, I thought that could really be worth something. Much to my chagrin, though, the audio thing wouldn't deal with WMP files (from Windows Media Player). Since there's zero chance I'm going to convert all my files to mp3 or rerip them all, I dismissed this HMO audio/music option as worthless.
3- Thought the pictures could be cool -- so I hooked it up to My Pictures. It seemed to recognize those, but it was VERY slow. Certainly part of that is related to the wireless. But it was too slow to be useful, particularly reading directories/folders.
I fooled with the pictures for a few more minutes and tried to do a slide show. The TiVo then told me it lost connection with my PC.
I've now uninstalled TiVo Desktop and am quite done with HMO. I'd reconsider it if they could work out a seemless integration with all my WMP files though. That would be worth something.
TiVo should focus on something that matters though, like a multi-tuner cable box DVR. I'm sure their standalone unit sales are on the decline by now, and DirecTV alone won't be enough to keep the company afloat.
My criticisms aside, I love my TiVo and really wish for them to succeed. However, my history (Apple and Sun, for example) is to pick people with great products and lousy marketing schemes.
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