May 10, 2005 10:17 PM Subscribe
Help me choose a Tivo successor.
posted by xorowo to technology (15 answers total)
I was an early adopter of Tivo, acquiring two early 14-hour units shortly after they debuted. I upgraded one with a 120GB HDD, and left the other alone. They worked flawlessly forever, but I am starting to have a few problems.
In a nutshell, the 14 hour model is having a problem dialing in each night. I use Vonage and have scoured the Vonage forums and found many suggestions for solving the problem. None have worked yet, but I still have to call Vonage and hopefully get them to make some changes in my service that might help. All of these difficulties, however, have me wondering if I should begin to look at alternatives.
I considered upgrading to another Tivo, but I can't stand the idea of paying for another lifetime service agreement (I already did that on both current Tivos). I have thought about MythTV, or some other Linux solution, but while I am competent with computers and, to an extent, Linux, I am unsure if I want to put the effort in for this. The MCE edition of Windows is tempting, but only because of ease of installation.
Ideally, this would be an easier installation that has a low price-point. I already have a large capacity Tivo that is working fine, so this is just something for the second TV and to record things that conflict on the first Tivo. Any suggestions? Should I go the MythTV route, stay with Tivo, or use Windows Media Center? I realize that this is a highly personal decision, but I am particularly frustrated with this second Tivo unit right now and ready to consider some kind of change/upgrade.