Advertisements I am a recently new comcast customer in south florida. I started using the HD DVR that comes with comcast and realized it was worse than a 1980s vcr. It was horrible and I had to pay 15 a month for this? I looked at other options and finally went to tivo. Tivo was a bit hard to understand, both in its pricing and how it works with the cable company. For new users reading this I will relate what I learned. I learned that the price of the tivo box is just the price for the box, not for it to actually work. For it to work you must get a subscription, a monthly or a lifetime sub. The lifetime is for the lifetime of the box, not your lifetime. It can be transferred (sometimes) but that costs even more money. Once you go monthly you may pay a HUGE fee for changing your subscription before one year is up. Comcast, my cable company, still charges you separate. Tivo charges you a subscription to make the box work and get the guide, comcast charges for cable. Tivo works with an antenna when you finally throw comcast to the curb. When you throw comcast to the curb and go with directtv, u-verse, dish, you find your tivo is worthless as it will not EVER work with those other units. ==================================== I found that a cable card is required for the use with comcast. Comcast will try to fool you and charge you, require a service call, etc....however due to very recent FCC regulations they cannot charge you for the first card, require a tech, and allow it all to be done by phone. ===================================== Tivo, up until like 2 months ago it seems, forced you to go monthly if you bought a unit off anyone else but them, no exceptions. However, now and then people would find a store bought unit that allowed a lifetime. According to tivo reps, this is no longer the case. I found you could buy a tivo from your buddy and their lifetime comes with the unit. I found tivo changes boxes enough that the lifetime is really 3 or 4 years...your warranty, if paid for, lasts 3 years. As long as the unit does not fail, it is cheaper for lifetime. I highly doubt you will be using it 10 years from now, so lifetime is not what you think. ===================================== Tivo store does not work, at least not for the last month I have tried to buy from them (goes to page not found when checking out). I bought through amazon.com, and selected 'amazon.com' as the seller, very important. I got the wireless N for 30 bucks less, the special qwerty remote for 20 bucks less, and the extra drive is available as of this writing for 50 bucks less. So, good deal I guess. ================================== Amazon does not sell warranties or subs. Tivo rep 'supposes' I could buy both from tivo after it arrives and believes I can get the lifetime...sigh. Believes??? ================================ Apparently comcast and tivo may be working out a deal that allows on demand to work with the box. Interesting. ============================ Comcast may charge me for a set top box (going to get one to trouble shoot as everyone complains comcast never gets the cablecard pairing right). Comcast ALWAYS blames it on tivo. ============================ A place called weaknees dot com came up in my knowledge search AFTER i bought my unit...sigh....Their units are hacked to have 4TB of storage and many cool things...sigh sigh sigh. ============================ The wireless N adapter requires a power plug, bummer. ============================ Rep said I could copy data to my computer for video editing (I plan on making a news feed on youtube and using quotes from cnn and such). Surprise, you cannot do that. Tivo uses their own file type and you must pay for their software to copy it to your computer and (I hope) allow you to convert it to a file type the rest of the universe uses. =========================== So far what the reps tell me does not jibe with what the complaints on amazon say as to subscriptions and such. The reps say it 'has just changed'. ============================ The wireless G adapter sounded cool, but the premiere is a series 4...and ALL literature says the G is for series 2 and 3 only. Even the reps could not answer if it would work. Luckily I got the N adpator on amazon for only a bit more than the G at the tivo store. The N adaptor also works with G series routers....win win there. ============================ Will receive the unit tomorrow and probably start the comcast nightmare then. I am concerned about this whole thing as it is a lot of money for what is basically a vcr that can show the tv guide to me. But to give comcast any money for their decrepit dvr is too much for me. And I gotta record doctor who.