Advertisements I have recently moved in with my Fiancee who has a Directv Tivo, which I was thoroughly impressed with. When visiting various people I was told about and shown the networking capability of the Series 2, which also impressed me. So imagine my delight when on Christams day I unwrapped a Series 2 all of my very own This is where the downside of it all started to show its face. You can have either two tuners OR network capability, NOT both. Directv offers two tuners, GREAT, this is what I want. The ability to watch one channel and record another. Surely this is a major plus for a DVR, isnt that what we used VCR's for?? Networking with the Series 2, oh, I almost forgot, this is where you have to pay TiVo $12.95 a month just to use the box. First you pay for a box, then you cant use it without paying TiVo a monthly fee, did I forget to mention that with Directv you can run as many DVR's as you want for only $5.99 a month, HALF the price of TiVo for the same service. I am confused, someone is making money out of me..... But not being one not to give up I paid out another 50 bucks for a wireless adapter, the costs are adding up here! Next problem, I am a Mac user, oh no, TiVo dont have a current version of Desktop for the latest release of the OS, older ones but not the most up to date. Maybe the developers got upset by the old rumours of Apple buying TiVo? Anyway, a quick Google and I eventually get it up and running, I must say that it was a breeeze on the XP machine my fiancee has Being of the modern age I also have an iPod, and have over time religiously ripped all my music to AAC, toted as better compression than MP3 => More music in less space. As well as buying from the iTunes website, its all so easy and integrated with Apple, bare in mind I work in the software industry (PC) and am fairly capable, no beginner. So I have 20GB of music that I cant play without converting it all to MP3 and doing some daft time wasting stuff to be able to listen to my purchased tracks. COME ON TIVO OFFER FULL SUPPORT FOR ITUNES, THE MARKET SHARE FIGURES DONT LIE! iTunes is the biggest online download service there is and it isnt supported, this is madness. So i have done a deal with my fiancee, the TiVo was a great thought but not well researched. The deal is this, until we move house we pay TiVo the monthly fee, if by that time we decide we use the networking features she can keep the box and do with it what she wants, remember it was my christmas present, sorry if I seem a little ungrateful, but I have been really dissapointed. When we move I am getting HD Directv with dual tuners, (and TiVo DVR functionality for $6 a month, this covers any other we use too). Then I will look at some form of iPod solution, an iPod video and dock, all my music and pictures, plus I can take thme with me, all at a similar price too, but no monthly fee. Anyway, I think that the Directv offering is far superior, after all how often do you really browse photos on the TV, this is a gimic. As for music I already have the ability to wirelessly stream anything in my library to my stereo, with no converting of files. If you are still with me at this point, this is the end of my rant and well done to you. I am up on technology and very disheartened with my expirience. Thanks for reading.