By “new”, I mean anything beyond series 2.
My series 2 box has to be about 7 years old now and I’ve been considering replacing it. I don’t have an HDTV yet but I may if there are good deals this holiday season. But even without HDTV, the dual tuners and ability to act like a cable box with cable cards in addition to greater capacity sounds good.
So I gather that there was a TiVo series 3 which was high capacity and THX certified, but that didn’t sell well and was replaced by TiVo HD, which has similar capabilities but lower capacity and no THX certification. Are there multiple hardware units floating around now, or do I just buy any “TiVo HD”?
What are the differences I can expect in the units? Do they have different kinds of software/firmware with different features?
Does the dual tuner system work intelligently?
How does digital cable tuning work? I’ve read that there can be pixellation and other glitches. How much does a cable company charge to rent the cable cards?
When it records in HD, does the signal get compressed at all or is it storing the raw digital data like satellite tivos do?
Does it have an expansion bay for another hard drive?