I have owned Tivos (Series 1, 2 and an "early adopter" of the Series 3 when it came out). I have been away from Tivo for about a year and have been using DirecTV (and their DVR's - which are surprisngly pretty decent).
I recently switched to FIOS and picked up a Tivo HD... it is running the current sw - 9.4.
So my question - WTF? I have had numerous total lockups, forcing me to pull the power. I think I have had more lockups with this Tivo HD than with all my previous Tivos combined. From reading the forums I don't seem to be alone in this.
Lockups aside my brief return to Tivo brings up other UI deficiencies compared w/the DirecTv DVRs:
I miss the ability to press rec rec to quicly setup a season pass.
I miss the speed of the UI and guide, search (by title) is quicker as well.
What's up with the low-res, web based looking Swivel Search UI?
UI is very cluttered around the "Find Programs option... like they keep adding more "options" but don't realize they need a more intuitive UI to organize them better.
I would happily overlook these things, because I do like the Season Pass functionality (Tivo's bread a butter), Wishlists and, up till now ROCK SOLID RELIABILITY.
Looks like I will be returning the Tivo HD and using the FIOS DVR for now, I know I don't want to go through the cable card troubles that I had with a new Tivo again.
Very disappointed right now...