Product Type: Thomson video recorders
Newest Review: ... get tivo to record every episode of a series for you automatically. You can even watch something that you have recorded while it records... more
Member Name: LeedsBoy
Date: 29/04/01, updated on 29/04/01 (343 review reads)
Advantages: Programme Guide, List of recordings, Season passes
Disadvantages: Pricey, no support for Integrated Digital TV
Debated buying a TiVO for a while, because I thought it was a bit pricey - £600 including the lifetime subscription). Eventually, I succombed last week.
When I got the unit home, I discovered that I had a set-up which TiVO doesn't really work with. I have Analog Sky (which I knew was not supported) and On Digital through an Integrated Digital TV. Unfortunately, TiVO requires you to have a set-top box, so that it can change the digital channel and record from that channel. Having tried for a while, I called Customer Support. They answered very quickly (well done), and told me my problem - the lack of a set-top box. They suggested a take the unit back for a refund.
However, I'm hoping to get Sky Digital in a couple of months so instead I have set up the TiVO just to work with the basic terrestrial channels.
I haven't found much use for pausing live TV, which is the big advertised feature. Instead, I really like the way you can record programmes, and it stores a nice clear list of what you have got recorded. No more messing around trying to find the tape you recorded Match of the Day on.
The best feature is that you can book a season pass for any programme, so that all episodes are recorded automatically. Be warned, though. ER is not only on Wednesday evenings. There are also 2 old episodes every day - all of which get recorded under the season pass. Easy enough to delete the unwanted ones though and not a big price to pay for the certainty that you can go on holiday, and all your regular favourites will automatically be recorded while you are away.
TiVO also records its own suggestions for you. Every day, I get home and find it has recorded a variety of day-time TV programmes for me. Most are rubbish and I delete them However, every so often I find it has recorded something worthwhile.
I'm really looking forward to having my Sky Digital, so that every channel will be available to TiVO and I'll b
arely need my VCR again. Until then, it's nearly perfect.