I was looking at my Amazon account the other night and discovered that I had written a review of my original Philips Tivo from 2000. It's amazing to think that 30 hours of hard drive space (of course it was basic quality!) was considered a lot back then.
Here is what I wrote:
Welcome to the Tivolution!, April 28, 2000
This review is from: Philips HDR312 TiVo 30-Hour Digital Video Recorder (Electronics)
Wow! I've had my Philips TiVo unit since December (my Christmas present to myself) and I have been quite impressed with it and think this is the greatest entertainment device since DirecTV.
I have the 30 hour unit which gives me a lot of room of programming. I generally record movies under the Best Quality setting and other programming under the other settings.
The other features I like are the Season Pass, the ability to pause live television and video quality and sound. The Season Pass feature enables me to never ever have to worry about having a tape in the vcr to tape programming or setting the timer In my life, I don't have the time to spend worrying about videotape.
Being a movie buff and a sports nut, the pause button comes in handy frequently when watching live television. One thing that I've done while watching sports is rewinding back to catch some of the action, thus avoiding commericals.
And finally the video/sound quality is outstanding. I have my TiVo hooked up to my home theatre system and the sound quality is not altered.
The drawbacks of the TiVo unit are trivial in my eyes, but I will point them out for the benefit of others who have DirecTV. If you have a DirecTV system or other DSS, you will find that it will take quite some time for the unit to index the channels/programs when initially setting it up. Patience is necessary. Second, do not ever turn off your DSS receiver. This will cause the TiVo unit to freeze the next time you attempt to use it.
I have no regrets with my decision to purchase the Philips TiVo unit and highly recommend it. You can finally control television instead of it controlling you.