|Item Weight||6.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||9.7 x 16.5 x 2.4 inches|
|Origin||Made in USA or Imported|
|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
- 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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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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The antenna I use
Mohu Leaf Paper-Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna - Made in USA by Mohu
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 last 4 years I have been using Direct TV's DVR. With my home phone line plugged into it which would show the caller ID on the TV. No big deal but it really is kind of nice once you get used to it. The TiVo does not have that option anymore. not sure why They don't include it on the new DVRs. My guess is they think a lot of people have cell phones. but I use a landline through the internet. which I still call a landline. now I kind of miss having that option plugged into the DVR. TiVo if you are reading this please offer an update so we can add caller ID to the premiere 4 DVR.
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