Tivo HD -- How is the speed of the entire UI?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by merowe, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. merowe

    merowe New Member

    Jan 6, 2002
    I'm thinking about taking the plunge and buying the TivoHD -- I'm planning on also utilizing the lifetime transfer option as my Series 1 w/ lifetime was bought before the cutoff date, meaning no returns allowed...

    My worry right now is that I've heard ramblings on the forums that the Tivo guide is slow (even after the 9.1 update). How is the rest of the user interface? I don't use the guide that much, but it would be very annoying to me if the Now Playing list was slow to go through also... How are the rest of the menus?

    I'm tempted to wait to see if something better comes out, but I really want to start utilizing the HD on my HDtv when watching TV shows... Thanks!

  2. Tico

    Tico Bear Down Cats!!!!!

    Dec 9, 2002
    Mine is faster than my S2
  3. merowe

    merowe New Member

    Jan 6, 2002
    You're talking about the one in you sig, right? Just want to be sure. I've had two Series 2s so far.. The first one was really slow, while the second one is much faster...
  4. TexasGrillChef

    TexasGrillChef New Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    9.2 is out, some say it's better now.

  5. TiVoter123

    TiVoter123 New Member

    Jan 1, 2001
    Orange, CA
    can't speak for 9.2, but I recently used my mom's series 3 and it is SO MUCH faster than my THD...
  6. StEvEY5036

    StEvEY5036 Member

    Jul 9, 2003
    I'm personally not thrilled with the UI speed of the THD. I'm used to using the HR10-250, which runs circles around the THD IMO. I have not gotten 9.2 either but I cannot see how it would improve anything, as the UI response time has been relatively the same since I had 8.2.
  7. tmesser

    tmesser Member

    Apr 12, 2003
    Naperville, IL
    The UI on my THD w/9.1 is still slow. It's usable, and the speed of the grid guide has improved a bit since 8.1.7, but overall everything is definitely slower and jerkier than either of my S2's (S2 240, S2DT 649).
  8. jtseltmann

    jtseltmann New Member

    May 22, 2005
    So far I am quite happy with the THD. I just dumped the HR10-250 that was getting slower and slower. I am seeing a good guide speed...that is much better than my HR10 was.
  9. jmpage2

    jmpage2 Active Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    A buddy of mine who has owned Series 1 and Series 2 hardware for years didn't believe me when I told him how slow the Tivo HD is.

    After playing with the THD box at my place a few weeks back his comments;

    "wow, you weren't exaggerating, that's dirt slow".
  10. rodalpho

    rodalpho New Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    The series1 UI is lightning quick. The S3/HD are several major orders of magnitude slower. UI speed is my main complaint with my S3.

    Of course they also support, you know, HD. And now playing folders, and (soon) MRV/TTG/TTCB, and they download podcasts, amazon unbox, etc. But mostly HD.
  11. Ladd Morse

    Ladd Morse Member

    Feb 21, 2002
    That's disheartening.

    My two TiVos are Phillips Series and if the UI on these Series One models are "lightening quick" compared to the new HD models, I'm afraid to see how slow it really is on them.
  12. cjchaps

    cjchaps New Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    I picked up a TiVoHD about 2 weeks ago and it is dirt slow with the expanding grid TV listing.

    I heard that doing a few manual connects to get the latest software version sometimes help?
  13. Johnwashere

    Johnwashere Member

    Sep 17, 2005
    Columbus, Ohio
    I have a S1,S2, and just got a new tivo hd. Id say my tivo HD(8.2) and S2 are a tiny bit slower. But its really not bad. Maybe its just because I got my tivo hd and have only about 5 shows on it, but it moves pretty fast. After reading all these complaints, I was expecting it to be really slow. Now I only do have 8.2 and I hear 9.1 is slower, but I hope its not true. I dont know why I didnt get 9.1 or 9.2 this morning, my tivo was going to get it at 2am but did not for some reason
  14. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    I never had an S1. Had an S2 and now the S3. It's a bit slower, but not excruciatingly so. It's perfectly acceptable to me.
  15. drew00001

    drew00001 New Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    I used to have an S1 with a 512mb cachecard. I now own an S3. The S1 with the card was faster than my S3, but the S3 is faster that the S1 without the cachecard.
  16. control-z

    control-z New Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    I have plain vanilla S2 and it's much faster than my TivoHD. That said, the TivoHD gets a lot more viewing time because the HD picture is so nice...
  17. bdraw

    bdraw Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    Interesting, people actually use the grid guide.
  18. rodalpho

    rodalpho New Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    I vehemently disagree with this statement. I didn't have a cachecard, and my S1 UI was much, MUCH faster than my S3. Scrolling through the NPL for example was instantaneous, no refresh.
  19. Mars Rocket

    Mars Rocket Loosely wound

    Mar 24, 2000
    Sinnoh region
    I just got a THD and immediately noticed that it was quite a bit slower than my S1 unit. I only have 8.1.7 (or something like that) so far, so I can't comment on how newer versions of the OS make it faster or slower. I was disappointed in the speed, but all of the extra capabilities it has compared to my S1 TiVo more than make up for it.

    I was also surprised to see that the UI itself on an HD TV seemed less sharp the the S1 interface did on a SD TV. I also have a MythTV box running at 1080p, and that UI is razor sharp on all screens - much nicer looking than the THD UI.
  20. rodalpho

    rodalpho New Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    Version 8.1 was right up against unusably slow on my S3. When hitting pagedown on the NPL, it...refreshed...the...shows...one...at...a....time. It was excruciating. 8.3 was usable, but still laggy. 9.1 is in between 8.1 and 8.3.

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