|Item Weight||6.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||9.7 x 16.5 x 2.4 inches|
|Item model number||TCD746500|
|Batteries||2 AA batteries required. (included)|
|Number of Component Outputs||Component, Composite, HDMI, Optical|
|Special Features||Include TiVo Product Lifetime Service Contract|
TiVo Premiere 500 GB DVR (Old Version) - Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player - 2 Tuners
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- Connects to your cable service and replaces your cable box. Works with HD digital antenna, does not support satellite*
- Records two shows at once, up to 75 hours of HD programming
- Integrated access to Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Hulu Plus and more**
- Full HD support, including 1080i and 1080p
- Monthly subscription required
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|Connectivity Technology||Ethernet||Built-in Wi-Fi||Ethernet and MoCA||Built-in Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi|
|Item Dimensions||16.5 x 9.7 x 2.4 in||14.2 x 7.4 x 2 in||6.12 x 6.12 x 1.25 in||17.3 x 21.4 x 11.8 in||14.4 x 7.35 x 1.83 in|
|Item Weight||6.8 lbs||3.7 lbs||0.78 lb||1.9 lbs||3.7 lbs|
|Internet Applications||Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Pandora||Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Vudu||Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Vudu, Pandora||Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Pandora, YouTube|
|Total HDMI Ports||1||1||1||1||1|
|Total Usb Ports||2||2||1||2||1|
Records up to 75 hours of high-definition programming; control live TV with pause, rewind, slow-motion and instant replay; access on-demand movies, TV shows, Web videos from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Streaming, YouTube, Pandora and more. Minimum 1-year service plan required ($14.99 per month). Other plans available.
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So I began to gather data on what it will take for me to simulate my current setup, which consists mostly of being able to record shows that I like, which are mostly from channels that broadcast over the air, and be able to get them in HD.
Here is what I came up with. To record the shows I looked into a Boxee TV setup but after reading so many bad reviews, and finding out that the DVR functionality was not ready where I live (Tampa FL) I concluded that it was not the best choice at this time. I then looked into a Roku + Antenna setup. So I picked one up (Roku 3) and it is fantastic for streaming online content, but thats it. It will not intregrate with an Antenna or record anything for you. I did not want to have to switch Inputs every time I wanted to go from live TV to Streaming either. Also, an antenna connected to your TV does not do a good job of giving you a channel line up, or guide that shows you whats coming up next.
Then I found TiVo. I got the TiVo TCD746500 Premiere DVR - Black and it is just what I needed. A device that can receive an OTA antenna input and process that information and display it so that it makes sense to me, in other works, it gives you a nice line up of your programs from the channels that it picks up in your area, depending on the antenna you use. The TiVo took about an 1 hour to completely setup (un-boxing, updates, subscription service, activation..etc) but after that is done it just works. You can record your shows (2 at a time with the Premiere), pause, rewind.. etc. The cost is $15/m but to me it is well worth it.
The only drawback I had is that my Amazon Premiere subscription videos are not available via TiVo. Only Amazon OnDemand, which are videos that are available to rent (usually $2.99 a pop!) I contacted Tivo about this and it was explained that Amazon did not make this available to TiVo. A big let down to hear this from Amazon which is making me consider canceling my Prime Subscription. I will be picking up a Redbox DVD or BluRay instead of using Amazon OnDemand.
Now, here is my experience with Indoor Antennas. I had purchased the Artec HDTV Flat Antenna and set it up on the table where the TiVo and AV Receiver are and did a scan. It grabbed 26 channels. Very good quality but it missed everything below Ch 16 which included the two channels that I wanted the most, NBC and CBS. These channels broadcast in Hi-V and towers are 22 miles away (check DTV.org for this info) from my house and this antenna was not cutting it. I moved it close to a window and re-scanned, same results.
Next one I got was the Clearstream 1 Convertible. I placed it on same location as the previous, next to my window with an open view. This one grabbed 40 channels. Very clear picture and excellent signal strength. But, still no NBC or CBS or anything below Ch 15. So I returned it.
I then found the Mohu Leaf Ultimate Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna. I placed the leaf hanging by the wall above my TV and scanned. It found 55 channels. This time it picked up the missing channels below Ch 16. But the signal for these channels was not optimal and had some interference. I then placed the Leaf flat against my living room window and re-scanned. All I can say is wow!, All channels come in with an excellent picture quality. 55 channels in total, about 10 in HD which include all the major ones like NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, PBS..etc (these are the ones I normally watch).
My only concern was the exposure to the sun. Since it is attached to a window where the sun hits for a good part of the day I was wondering if it would get damaged so I wrote Mohu support and they said that it should be fine attached to the window but to make sure to use the white side of the Leaf and secure all four corners with the attached mounting Velcro to prevent it from curling.
I canceled my Dish subscription 2 days ago. I now pay $15 dollars a months for a feature rich DVR and the ability to use one control and central location for all my TV watching needs. I added Netflix for $8 a month to be able to watch more content when the mood strikes. I did have to invest some time and money on this. Time = a Weekend (All items were purchased at Walmart except the Artec HD antenna). Money = TiVo DVR + Mohu Leaf Ultimate + Tivo Subscription + NetFlix. But my total payment now is $15 (Tivo service) + $8 (NetFlix) = $23. So I have reduced my bill by more than half and I get more flexibility and no contract.
If you are trying to become independent of Big Cable but still want to have some flexibility over when to watch your favorite shows then I hope this review will help you decided which product is best for you and also help you save some time and money.
Let me know if you have any questions on the comments and I will try to reply as soon as possible.
The initial set up took over 5 hours because I'm using the antenna mentioned above, and every time I had to reposition it after the initial channel scan results disappointed me. Eventually I found the best spot (which also happens to be the most inconvenient spot) so part of that time was also spent wrapping cable against the wall from my dining room, through the kitchen, across the living room, and then splitting it off into the bedroom. Taking it out of the box and plugging in the 3 needed cords was the easy part (HDMI cable, ethernet cable, and power cord). That took all of 3 minutes. The majority of time was spent downloading the program guide and as I mentioned, scanning for channels, which would take upwards of 30 minutes each time with the Tivo box.
When I finally did get to sit down and check things out, I was really impressed. I'd cancelled my cable a few days before so I was living without an onscreen guide. Tivo has not only one guide, but two. Ok, technically it's the same guide, but there are two different layouts. One is grid style that you see with most cable/sat providers and the other is a very clean set up that shows you all your channels on the left side, and a 3 hour block of time for each channel on the right. As you move down your list of channels on the left, the programs on the right will of course change to reflect what is appearing on each subsequent channel.
Some other neat functions are the build in games. They aren't your typical kids games that come with other systems (like Roku for example) but instead there are games like Blackjack, Quiz Master (self explanatory) and a game called Skull and bones, which is nothing more than "Connect Four" with pirate themed coins. There's also a scrabble type game which I have yet to try. It's nice to see games that adults can enjoy too. In all there are probably 8 games but I wasn't counting. Additionally, as others have mentioned, you have access to Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Prime subscriptions and can download videos to watch. The best part of this for me though was having the ability to watch my youtube channel on TV. I was able to view videos my friends had posted, as well as my own. And just for fun, I tried the search feature, searched for c-a-t and was treated to a variety of funny cat videos that literally had me laughing out loud.
The user interface is really nice and I absolutely LOVE the remote control, as others have also mentioned. It just feels good in your hand. No other way to say it really. I'm still getting used to the buttons and I'll probably read the booklet later today to learn more about what I can do with Tivo but these were just some of the things that I found on my own and really loved. I mean, it does the standard stuff that other DVRs do... it records 2 shows at the same time, you can pause live tv, rewind, record, fast forward in 30 second intervals or more, you can replay the last 8 seconds if you didn't catch part of the dialog... typical DVR stuff. If I'd have known about Tivo sooner, I could have saved all that money I've spent on DVR rentals through my cable and satellite providers over the years. Tivo would have long since paid for itself. It gives me great power to think that I will never have to pay to rent a DVR again, if I ever go back to traditional cable again. At this point, I really don't see a need for that expense when I can get everything I want for much cheaper, through different channels, like the ones mentioned above.
When it comes to activating service, you may have read in others reviews that it's either $15/month with a 1 year contract, or $500 for a lifetime service (and that's lifetime of the box, not the owner) plan. If you combine that with a 3 year warranty which is $40, you'll end up paying $540 for 3 years, which is the same as $15/per month for 3 years. So really it just depends on whether or not you want a monthly bill or to pay up front and be done. Another important factor is also how much wear and tear your box is going to receive... but if you google "tivo promo code" you will get a list of results with many different sites offering the same promotion which is $100 off the lifetime agreement. It says it's only for existing members but that's not true. I was able to use the promo code (which apparently doesn't expire until 2018) so I went with the lifetime membership and now my box is paid for and I saved almost a year off what I would have spent if I'd paid per month.
I'm looking forward to a long term relationship with my Tivo!
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