Advertisements Okay, this is going to be long... sorry for that. I have been a Tivo customer since 2000. Bought a Series I, then added a Series II (single tuner) in early 2001... both with lifetime passes. Series I still works, but wont connect to the Tivo Service since 2008. Took Series II out of storage (stored for 5 years) and started using it. It finally died late last November (2016). (I have NEVER open or modded either unit BTW). So I broke out of deep storage my Replay TV for what it was worth and used it as a dumb DVR until I settled on what to do next. Got $99 lifetime transfer offer from Tivo to upgrade to Bolt. Bought Bolt+ and a Tivo Mini. Whoa.... this thing is DIFFERENT..... WAY Different... some of the differences are good (love the mini too for the most part). Love the fact it finally has a 'gas tank guage' of sorts, speed is good, generally like most of the changes. Still chapped that there arent many user preferences and settings you can make... miss having the Tivo 'beeps' on everything (makes me feel like the audio is out on some menus and when FF and Rewinding, etc). But that is minor stuff. But what REALLY makes me think I spent entirely too much money on this and perhaps should send this back is the new IN-Ability to find anything! On my old Tivos, every Wednesday (sometimes every other Wed if I lacked the time), I would go into the 'Pick Programs to Record' section and spend 2 to 3 hrs in the 'Browse by Title' section. I could do a THOROUGH search on everything on Cable for the next week or two. I knew what categories I liked... in TV Shows part I would search the Science, Documentaries, and Sci Fy / Fantasy section, and in the Movies area i would check out the Action Adventure, Horror, Suspense, Mystery and sometimes the Drama section (very long section). Outside of that, I looked at wish lists for specialty stuff every few weeks. I KNEW I was being thorough.. got good at it over 17 years. I knew that THIS ABILITY like no other feature on Tivo was where its REAL power was. It helped justify a $200/month cable bill... WTF good are all those channels if you dont have a clue what is on them? Now, after getting the Tivo Bolt and being confused for a couple of days, I am starting to see that those abilities have been pretty much wiped off the face of the earth. They made something LIKE that under the "Guide" menu if you use the (C) filters, however, with that, the listings are no longer in alphabetical order and EVERY FRIGGIN OCCURANCE of the program for a given genre has to be gone thru for two weeks of data... and that is for EACH of the several genres I search each week. So for EACH genre, the list of things to 'skip thru' is at least 10 times as much data... most of it listing the individual times each occurrence 'Gold Rush' is on or what have you. So to go thru the programs like this instead of taking 2 or 3 hrs per week, would definitely take at LEAST 20 to 30 hrs per week..... like a friggin part time JOB!!! I had always thought on my Series 2 how nice it would be if I could actually filter out movies or shows I have seen (green thumbs) or rated (green or red thumbs)... that would have cut that 2 or 3 hrs down to like 30 minutes... but instead of nourishing and improving the real power of Tive (vs any cable DVR, etc), Tivo decided to severely cripple it. Now when it comes to TV shows, the Tivo Online website lists many shows in the 'Browse' section and is almost tolerable (again, for shows ONLY)... but I know it isnt comprehensive since the "Network" filter fails to list MANY networks, notably CW, Chiller, etc....plus I also know it isnt comprehensive from the 'Genre' filter since selecting 'Science' for example yields FAR FEWER results than my Series 2 did for the same Genre. But the Movies part of the Browse tab is anything BUT comprehensive. It doesnt have (in the Network filter) the likes of Epix, HBO or Showtime, etc. And of course, if you just search by Genre, many if not most 'movies' are not available at all or are only available for streaming... which I dont pay for / subscribe to. This is all about DISCOVERING what is on this $200/month Cable package, not what is on the net for me. A bunch of friggin $2.99 per view fees add up. SO THE QUESTION I HAVE IS, is there any free service out there that allows me to do a THOUROUGH and farily quick search of MY CABLE like I used to do with my SERIES 2 TIVO? Or should I just send the damn thing back and check out if Cox's new Contour service is at least as capable as the current Tivo as far as a DVR is concerned. I am sure it will do season passes, and even my digital cable box allows me to do a stupid 'search' IN the RARE event I actually knew the name of a movie I was looking for.... remember... this inst about SEARCHING the database... it is about DISCOVERING shows and movies I had no clue were OUT THERE.... THAT was the power of the Series 2 Tivo. So again, I am mildly furious with a brand that I have Ranted and Raved about to everybody I discussed TV with for decades.... I just cant BELIEVE the screwed this feature up!