We have been used with the legacy VCR devices and DVD Players. The newest generation of digital home entertainment, however, is much more than just a video player. A modern home entertainment video device must be able to record online and offline, interact with the internet, play different formats of digital video files, be network accessible etc etc.
TiVo TCD652160 High Definition Digital Video Recorder is one of those modern generation home entertainment units that is probably the most popular model in its field. Founded in 1997, TiVo, a pioneer in home entertainment, created a brand-new product and service category with the development of the world’s first digital video recorder (DVR). Today, the company continues to revolutionize the way consumers watch and access home entertainment, by making the TiVo DVR the focal point of the digital living room: a center for sharing and experiencing television, movies, video downloads, music, photos, and more.
Some of the characteristics of TiVo TCD652160 are the following:
- It can replace your cable box.
- Provides access to more than 60000 on demand video titles
- Records two shows at once
- Works with both cable and antenna
- Saves up to 20 hours of HDTV (180 hours of SD)
- Instantly watch over 12,000 movies & TV episodes from Netflix
- Connect your TiVo to the Internet and get access to over 45,000 movies and TV shows ready to download from Amazon Video On Demand.
- Watch YouTube videos
- Connect with the TiVo service to allow you to schedule recordings remotely, either online or from your mobile phone
Some Reviews from Amazon:
Having been totally disillusioned and disappointed with three Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD/VHS Recorders that failed well within their one year warranties, one after the other (yeah, three; just call us eternal optimists), we were desparate to find another product that would provide off-the-air recording and archiving. We had looked at Tivo many years ago, but written it off as a cable-only device. I was very surprised to learn that this product had a built-in digital tuner that could receive digital programming with our rooftop TV antenna. Not only could it receive and display a TV program for viewing, it could also record two other TV programs at the same time! It took the place of two DVD recorders right out of the box!
I was less than enthusiastic about paying an annual fee until I learned all that it could do. Somebody worked overtime to anticipate all the functionality and more that an owner might want. After a week in operation, we ordered and installed a second one – in the kitchen – so that my wife can watch her “soaps” and Oprah while there. Both are connected to our wireless network and DSL for interconnectivity.
Its recording capacity sounded endless – 180 hours of standard TV or 20 hours of HDTV. I didn’t account for just about everything being transmitted in HDTV – whether or not you intend to view it that way. It didn’t take long for the first “out of memory” alert message. Our safety net was found in the form of the Western Digital “My DVR Expander” with 1TB 600 Hours of Digital SD or 120 Hours of HDTV capacity. We purchased one for each TiVo and haven’t seen that warning again (yet).
Our only problem with picture quality is that we are using these TiVos on standard analog TVs and everyone looks tall and slim. This has not been a deal killer, as they are designed to work with flat panel or widescreen TVs. We’ll get there.
It was well worth the initial “sticker shock”. We love ’em!!
I had a Series 2 Tivo, which I mostly stopped using after getting a large HD TV. I went started using the DVR supplied by my cable company. That device was a piece of junk; it truly made me appreciate the TiVo and all its greatness. Not only is the TiVo and easy to use reliable DVR, but it also can stream video from Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and more. It also allows you to listen to music and show photos from your computer. The big draw back is the cost of the TiVo service. If you can stomach that, the rest is amazing.
Cox Digital in Phoenix, AZ, said I had to upgrade to “digital” cable. (funny, I thought all transmission had to be digital this past June) That would be $38 dollars a month plus any fees, and the rental of $4 a month for the “CableCards”. I told them to forget it, and returned the TIVO. I called TIVO and they said that COX was not telling the truth, and that all I needed was the CableCard(s). I have filed a complaint with the Arizona Attorney General and intend to follow this up with a complaint to the FCC. The TIVO’s concept is superior to the cable/Sat companies DVR.