DVR / Tivo / Windows Media Center
I am looking to buy a DVR. Anyone have good and or bad comments on Tivo, or WMC? I am reluctant to buy a Tivo, as it seems the Series 3 is coming out, but with no release date or a price point waiting might be pointless.
I have the feeling that if you are located in the USA, the Powers That Be will pwn you whichever brand you buy...
I own a Toshiba with TiVo. I bought it because it has basic TiVo free. Basic does everything I want; but then I don't care to set the machine to record all episodes of any show.
I love it. I would like one on every TV in the house.
January 29th, 2006 11:57pm
Ian, I don't think Tivo can be used outside the US yet... no carrier support, right?
January 30th, 2006 2:36am
TiVo service does appear to be available in the UK, though it looks like the availablility of recorders is somewhat limited. Sky are trying very hard to dominate the paid subscription TV market and I think their Sky+ box has similar functions to TiVo.
+976 to Media Center. It does everything TiVo does, and more besides -- the files it produces are effectively just some padded MPEG2 files (which can be quickly and easily edited without any kind of re-encoding, and then have all the padding stripped to turn them into vanilla MPEG2 files in a couple of minutes), it's extensible (although the framework is somewhat awkward and restricted), and the Media Center Extender devices (including the XBox 360 or regular XBox with a bit of software) can, er, extend the PVR functionality to other TVs in the house, allow you to watch videos or listen to music from your MCE machine, etc. It's cool as all get out!
January 30th, 2006 7:06am
You should be able to set up a box yourself with Linux. Or simply use your home desktop.
I must admit, I copped out and bought a DVR?DVD recorder fron JVC so I could just plug it in and forget about cabling problems and a large etc, but using the remote control arrow keys to navigate an onscreen keyboard to input the letters of the name of the program makes me wondoer if I made a wise decision.