I was a rabid Tivo fan until DirecTV formed me to their products. Now with this whole Viacom issue, I'm rethinking what I pay for TV. With a 21 month old, we don't watch much but we have some potential hangups that might force us to stay paying almost $1,500/year for DirecTV service. Yes, when you look at it like that, it's painful. Here are my questions:
1. If I get a Tivo Premier, I can tie into Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime (which I'm a member already) and Netflix. So pretty much we could subscribe to them all, have access to most all shows on demand. Anything about these services I'm blind to?
2. We watch a lot of HBO and sports on the ESPN networks. This appears to be the biggest deal killer to cutting the cord. We live in Little Rock, AR so we want to watch a lot of college football, including the Razorbacks. Almost all of their games not on CBS or ABC (the local affiliate carries some games via the "SEC Network") are all on ESPN. I have AT&T Uverse for internet, so I could get ESPN3, but I think they'll block out our games here in town. Can this be confirmed, and are there ways around this? Are HBO shows available to rent recently after their respective seasons are over?
3. Can you record anything on the Tivo besides OTA channels, which I would setup with an indoor antenna (thinking about the Terk HDTVa, unless you have other ideas)? Can you record on demand shows to skip over what ads there are? I doubt it, but thought I'd ask.
4. Does it make sense to get the Premier XL just for THX? That appears to be the only difference besides HD size, but I think given #3, I won't be recording much.
I appreciate any input you guys have. I think #2 will keep me from doing this, but I'd love to cut costs and have Tivo again!