We finally got a Tivo. I bought an 80hr model off of eBay for $150. It arrived about two weeks ago, and I finally installed it last weekend. We set up some of our favorite shows as Season Passes and put Bruce Campbell in my actor wishlist (hey, I forgot that he was an extra in Darkman!).
We’re just starting to get used to it. One of Susan’s favorite features is the Guide (“You mean I don’t have to watch that stupid TV Guide Channel anymore? If I had known that, we would have gotten Tivo years ago.”), and we’ve taken advantage of the ability to rewind live TV shows a couple of times.
The next big step will be getting it on our home network. Then we could use listen to music, do online scheduling, view photo slideshows, or use TivoToGo to copy shows to our laptops for viewing while out of town. I’m also hoping that we can get a second unit for our family room one day, and then we’ll be able to use the multi-room viewing features.
Then the next thing after that is to get a better television. Our current TV sucks a bit. The image isn’t bright enough, and we can’t seem to get it any brighter, and I can’t get the Tivo remote to talk to it. So, maybe we’ll pick up something bigger and better at the big after-Thanksgiving sales.