Friday, March 26, 2010
Posted by Jon Childs in "Digital Home News" @ 06:00 AM
"So while the actual TiVo hardware has actually gotten smaller and simpler, it's the software that's received a substantial makeover this time around -- it's migrated to Flash, and the main elements have been totally redesigned for HD displays and the invisible integration of online video services. Is it enough to keep TiVo afloat in a sea of cheap cableco DVRS? It is worth upgrading from an existing TiVo HD? There's only one way to find out -- read on for our full review."
Engadget has a very thorough review of the new Tivo Premier. The updated interface is Flash based, and gives the old GUI a much needed facelift. This is a double edged sword. It has a much more modern look with some nice new functionality, but the use of Flash combined with the fact that it only utilizes one of the two CPUs means that the interface can be quite slow. Tivo's latest release also focuses on integrating online media with support for Netflix, Amazon On Demand, Blockbuster, Youtube, etc. Engadget also ran into the usual issues getting a third party box to work with their cable system. Given the cost (including the monthly fees), the probable pain to get it working with Comcast, and the not quite ready for prime time user interface, I will stick with my Comcast DVR for now. Hopefully, after a few software updates Tivo will make a more compelling case.