Product Type: Cisco set top boxes
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A fantastic tool but it needs some work on the nagivation
Virgin Media TiVo
Member Name: rxbeef
Virgin Media TiVo
Advantages: Easy to record things
Disadvantages: Navigation tedious and remote isn't always detected
Having recently relocated to a new flat we went with Virgin as their Tivo box appeared very appealing to us, particularly the price. I've never had the ability to record TV so easily so this was my first experience of what many consider normal!
Our setup was a bit of a drag, but once everything was in place we knew immediately how to use the box. It was certainly very intuitive and the menus are quite well laid out and easy enough to navigate with the provided remote. The main issue we have is that it doesn't seem particularly responsive and you need to have the remote pointing very directly at the box, rather than the TV which is quite forgiving if you aren't dead on! A feature where you could fix short cuts to the home page would also be brilliant. We always use the BBC Iplayer feature for instance and we find it tedious to have to go through the apps>tv movies>iplayer route every time.
The positive is undoubtedly the ease with which you can record what you want to watch, even while you're watching something else you've already recorded. Recording series of things is also done at a touch of a button (although be careful if you do something long as I've accidentally filled ours up with lots of episodes of daytime TV repeats!). The navigation inside a recorded programme is very easy, you can skip through as you would expect to be able to with a DVD, but when using the catch up service (not as part of an app) it can be painful to go through an episode (it can take five minutes for 30 minutes' worth of tv time to whizz by!).
On the whole it's a great bit of kit and now we're used to it we'd really struggle without it. Although I haven't tried using my phone to set things to record, that's a great feature. It's an unobtrusive colour and it sits nicely in our living room out of the way.
Summary: Perfect for the modern day home but needs a few tweaks to give it five stars!