I didn’t get a TiVO, I went with ReplayTV (Panasonic’s version). In general I’m pleased with it, especially the theme-based recording that guarantees every episode of a specific show (i.e The Simpsons) whenever its on. However, I do have some gripes with it. One is that it blue-screens any incoming Macrovision signal, meaning that you can’t pass-thru a DVD signal or a VCR with most store bought movies. I can understand not being able to record that signal, but not being able to even SEE it is retarded (couple that with the fact that you can’t hook a gaming system into it because of the time delay and you find that all of your inputs on it are useless). Another is that it sometimes recognizes a weak signal as Macrovision, once again giving you the blue screen. Another is that you can’t alter record times for theme recording, so if your show will be on late due to a game going into extra innings, you have to record it manually. In addition, “30 hours” is only 30 hours on low quality setting- useful for talk shows and sitcoms, useless for anything with lots of action as it soon becomes a pixelly mess. Lastly, my ReplayTV just died on me. Panasonic was very good in shipping a replacement unit to me with a credit card to secure it til they get mine back, all shipping covered on their part.
But overall, I do like it. I actually watch less TV now then I did before because I can record the shows I like and watch em anytime instead of constantly browsing and hoping that something good is on. Pausing live TV is awesome. The channel guide is easy to use and recording is very easy.
P.S.- Question for TiVo owners- Does it blank out the screen when you try to view Macrovision encoded material (i.e. DVDs) through it?