powermatt wrote:I'm sorry that your experience wasn't a good one. My original batch card hasn't had a single issue. Windows issues can be mitigated any number of ways, but not everyone can do that. Tivos are definitely more friendly to the non-tech savvy, and I'd recommend one over a cableco DVR in an instant.
As far as me, media center may be abandoned, but I'll keep using it until Tivo can give me a really compelling reason to start paying them again. I don't see a reason to right now.
Oh I'm far from new to this. My first dedicated "HTPC" was a de100c (Linux-based) around 2001. My current HTPC is home built with an Ivy Bridge i7 in a component-style brushed aluminum case I modified, and a 42" touch screen. There were several in between. You can make HTPCs fairly reliable, but a few quirks always remain that make them largely unsuitable for unaided non-techies.
I understand what you mean about not having a compelling reason to switch back to TiVo though. I wish TiVo would have really gotten their R&D in gear a few years ago and used a faster processor, better-optimized software, and better multi-room features when the Premier first launched, but for what it is it still works better than anything else I've used, so it's our primary DVR and the HTPC is a secondary. If I could only keep one, it would be the TiVo. That's partly because it already has lifetime service, but also because it works really well and without any hassle at all.