The end of an era?

Posted on Sunday, Mar 6, 2005

So I think I’m going to get rid of my Tivo.

Here’s the thought process:

Since I got my new TV, I upgraded my cable to support HD. I love HD. It looks so amazingly awesome.

Problem is, Tivo doesn’t record HD – unless you get the $999 HDTivo, which only works with DirectTV.

So for only $5/month more than I already pay Comcast, they sent me over a dual-tuner DVR that also records HD. My plan was to keep the Tivo to record the “non HD” stuff, and use the Comcast DVR for the rest.

This is turning out to be a bit of a pain in the ass. Plus now I’m paying almost $20/month for both DVR’s. Crazy.

As I see it, this is what I am losing by getting rid of the Tivo:

1) Wishlists – I’m gonna miss this one. I have many wishlists set up for my favorite directors. The Comcast DVR doesn’t do this.

2) Home Media Option – this lets me play music from my iTunes through my TV, and view pictures. I think I might just get one of those roku boxes to do that.

3) Tivo To Go – I haven’t used this to burn any dvd’s yet, but it’s been kind of cool to dump tv shows to my laptop to watch on the plane. But not cool enough to justify $13/month.

The other thing that sucks is that I don’t know the Comcast remote well enough – I can drive the Tivo “blind”, since I know the buttons so well. This will come with time.

The other main advantage of choosing the Comcast solution over Tivo (besides HD) is the On Demand thing. I really like that.

I’m still considering…but man, it feels weird to even think about.

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