Good ol' Tivo now dual tuner
First thing, it's a Tivo, which means best user interface, reliable recording, powerful and easy search function, KidZone, TivoToGo to transfer shows to PC and handheld devices, TivoDesktop to view/play your photos and MP3's on your TV. On top of that, this model is dual tuner. If you are using simple analog cable, this is the box for you. If you are sick of the unreliable performance of cable company's DVR, it's a good replacement. It can record from the following sources: 1) analog cable from the coax cable, whatever channels your TV and VCR can get without a cable box or 2) digital/scrambled cable or satellite TV through a cable or satellite set top box. It can record two shows at the same time in these combinations: 1) 2 shows on 2 different analog cable channels or 2) 1 show on an analog cable channel and 1 show on a digital/scrambled cable channel or sat TV channel. You can watch anything already recorded while it's recording, even the show that's still being recorded. It has ethernet network port built-in, so if you have a home-network, you don't need a phone line to make it work. Just connect it to the router, plug cable coax into Tivo, plug your Tivo into your TV, and follow on-screen instructions. Setup can be done in ~30 minutes. Unfortunately nothing is perfect, this box isn't for everyone, if you are in the following situation: 1) You get TV only from over-the-air (OTA) antenna, this Tivo can not tune OTA. A signle tuner Tivo can though. 2) You want HD-DVR. You have to get the cable co's HD-DVR for now (Tivo is coming out with their HD box later in 2006, as well as Comcast will upgrade their DVR to Tivo software). But you can still use this Tivo to record the analog channels in this situation, as most cable channels are still being broadcasted in analog. If you have satellite TV, DirecTV's current HD-DVR is running Tivo software, and is a good option.
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