Originally Posted by supasta
Your desire to use OTA will make your decision quite simple, as it will limit your choices to one. The entry-level Premiere 2 tuner box is the only one out of the three currently offered units (Premiere, Premiere 4, Premiere XL4) that supports OTA recording.
Well the above is not exactly the whole story.
At this point there are 4 different options and 3 different model "Premieres" available at TiVo.com that will work with OTA:
- The current Premiere (500GB hard drive) at $150,
- The Original Premiere (320GB hard drive) for $99,
- A refurbished original Premiere for $79, and
- The TiVo Premiere XL for $250
The original Premiere (320GB model) and the TiVo Premiere XL are discontinued models and TiVo just ended a sales promotion on both of them.
It is the general belief that the only difference between the original Premiere and the current Premiere is the size of the hard drive (320 vs 500GB). The differences the Premiere XL has are that it has a 1TB drive, glow remote, and THX certification.
All the models have the same basic DVR features and will Provide output identical to the actual OTA broadcast (which will be 1080i, 720p, or 480i depending on the channel and time of day) or scale output to a fixed number (720p or 1080i) they can also pass through 1080p content from Netflix or videos you up load to your TiVo (OTA is not currently broadcast in 1080p).
All units have a choice of 2 UIs the older UI that is referred to as the SDUI and the newer UI that is referred to as the HDUI. The SDUI is very fast but lacks eye candy and the newer features of the HDUI. Depending on who you talk to the HDUI is fast, acceptable, or to slow. So you will have to decide on that for yourself. I find both UIs very acceptable and normally use the SDUI because I have older units and just like using the same UI and all of them.