Sardinicus wrote:1. So, explain to me why, if this has a program guide and tuner (enabled by my cable company's cable card), it can't be used in place of a cable box? That's pretty much how I use the ReplayTV now.
It *is* used in place of the cable company's cable box. You get this, you don't need to rent a cable box or the cable company's DVR for anything. You *do* need to rent the cable cards supplied by your cable company to decode all their channels. So the answer to your question is "yes, it CAN be used in place of..."
Sardinicus wrote:1a. Assuming the answer to the above is a definitive NO, how does the hookup work? A splitter from the cable jack feeding both the cable box and the Tivo, then two independent HDMI outputs (one from cable, one from Tivo) to the TV? In other words, must this eat up another HDMI input on my TV?
The answer wasn't no, it was yes. Moving on.
Sardinicus wrote:1b. So then why is it I'm thinking the Premier unit may be a better deal than this in the long run? Doesn't the cable company usually charge $5 to $10/month for their non-DVR boxes? So you'd recover the extra $150 or so for premier in short order and save yourself a remote control and an HDMI input.
The biggeest difference between the Premiere and the HD is that the user interface. It supports 1080p, but so what? No cable provider (or broadcaster) sends 1080p.
Sardinicus wrote:2. Has Woot ever offered one of these with a lifetime sub included? I always struggle with this; the monthly fee is a sucker's game but the lifetime is a big chunk of change to cough up at once.
No, they haven't.
Sardinicus wrote:3. Does it have a dedicated 30-second skip button? (This is a huge advantage of my old ReplayTV vs. any cable DVR I've seen).
Not dedicated, but you can program it in if you want it. During playback of any recording, press the following sequence: Select - Play - Select - 3 - 0 - Select
Sardinicus wrote:4. Seems like TWC is significantly increasing their on-demand content lately; does this with a TWC cable card enable that? What about the premier?
No. No On Demand content can be accessed from the TiVo.
Sardinicus wrote:5. Somebody talk more about how Boxee is going to make this obsolete, or at least offer up some price competition. An alternative for me would be to negotiate a good first-year upgrade package with TWC and then look into a 3rd-party option next year.
Boxee doesn't have the "Live TV" option. Not really. Some sports are "streamed" live (like MLB) but most aren't (yet). Boxee is a more connected interface - it's social, and, if you're really just wanting to watch TV and are willing to watch shows AFTER they happen (like on Hulu, or whatever), then Boxee is a great thing. You can even download it and run it on a PC right now. No need to wait for the Boxee Box.
Sardinicus wrote:6. This requires a phone or internet connection, right? So if I have no handy phone or ethernet ports, can I do it wirelessly>
Yes, you can use a USB wireless network adapter, and as much as it pains me to say it, it's just easier to get it from TiVo. Far easier than trying to find one on the market that works, and it's really not going to cost you that much more.