Swivel search was replaced by an enhanced search function on the TiVo sourced Premieres. I assume that the Amazon Instant Video would violate the same contracts as NetFlix and Hulu do.
Agreed; the TiVo replaced the cable company's Scientific Atlanta "Explorer" DVR, which was such a piece of garbage that the expletives have not yet been invented to describe it. You can't even search the program guide!Crippled compared to a stand-alone TiVo, sure. Though still light years better (at least one light year better) than your generic cable box.
Yeah, your best bet is to find an inexpensive media box that will provide the services you want or buy a Tivo with lifetime. An S3HD with lifetime can be had for somewhere in the $300-$325 range on eBay. I know that Amazon was supposed to be disabled on the Suddenlink Premieres because it directly competes with their VOD. Sounds like the other services are being held hostage as well. I have Suddenlink but chose to have my own Tivos. They will pay for themselves in less than 3 years vs the Suddenlink Premiere. I lost Suddenlink VOD but I use Amazon for movies when I want them.Agreed; the TiVo replaced the cable company's Scientific Atlanta "Explorer" DVR, which was such a piece of garbage that the expletives have not yet been invented to describe it. You can't even search the program guide!
I'm paying exactly the same monthly price for the TiVo as I was for the S/A, so I've lost nothing and gained the features I'd been missing. (I was a TiVo user for years and years when I lived in Atlanta and was on DirecTV.)
I can get Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon video on my Blu-Ray player, but it's a Sony and that's a whole 'nother story. (It doesn't really access Netflix, but a COPY of Netflix on Sony's servers, which are unreliable.)
Still, I wish there were a way to go in and turn on what they've turned off. Or am I running some special version of the software that doesn't have those features? I hope that's not the case, because then I'll have to wait longer for upgrades, probably.