SuperTully wrote:All right, let's get serious. You can get a DVR from your Cable provider for $5 per month, so what does Tivo offer that a cable provider doesn't?
First, the user interface is SOOOOOO much better! Really, there's no comparison - the TiVo was the first and only electronic device that made me an early adopter - when I saw it, I had to have it. I've tried the DVR programs that Time Warner and RCN have, and they're just so off-putting - they don't have the functionality, grouping characteristics, or ease of navigation that TiVo does.
Second, TiVo keeps adding extras like the ability to download Netflix, Blockbuster, and Amazon rental movies instantly, and the latest version lets you link to YouTube, etc.
The bells and whistles are nice, of course, but for my money, the interface is the real star. Sure, the cable DVR is cheaper, but in this case, it's definitely worth paying a little more for a VASTLY better experience.
I just got the Premiere recently
(among other things, I wanted the TiVo device to replace my cable box as well as record shows), but if I hadn't, I would have jumped on this deal - the TiVo site sells this same device for $229.99 (https://www3.tivo.com/store/clearance-tivohdxl.do), and this *IS* the most recent pre-Premiere model, with a lot of the same extras as the newest version has.