So, the Tivo will be offered to some friends first and, if they don't want it, going on Trademe. It was a nice concept and nice hardware, but some strange design choices and the complete hash made of the whole thing by TVNZ/Hybrid mean that it's a semi-useless orphaned product. If I can get rid of it for $100+ I won't be too worried, as I only paid $199.
To replace it, I have picked up a Panny XW390 on sale, which I will connect up this weekend, and which will also replace my older DVD recorder - which will be pensioned-off to the spare room. I've decided it does all I wanted the Tivo to do, does it better, and offers more as well:
- no 24/7 endless recording
- bigger hard drive
- ability to record from external (so from Sky decoder as well as twin tuners)
- DLNA server to watch recorded material (incl Sky) over network
- FV EPG that I'm confident will be supported long-term
- Ability to burn disks
No real downside compared to Tivo as far as I can see. Only downside is that compared to my older, non-Freeview, DVD recorder it has had the 60-second skip function removed to comply with the cursed FV spec.
Tivo will go onto the long list of "things that might have been". Nice concept, nice hardware, shame about the mess Hybrid made of the marketing & support.