I feel like a tool. Last month Slingbox, and this month, TiVo.
I mentioned awhile ago that when TiVoToGo went HD, I would get one… Windows Media Center’s lack of placeshifting with CableCARD is downright unacceptable. QAM solutions like HDHomeRun barely work… and wind up with four cable drops going to a single PC.
Plus without Comcast hinderings, eSATA can take the place of FireWire.
So folks, I know the TiVo options, but tell me your favorite tools. The first thing I’ll want to do is tear apart an HD-encoded TiVo file, of course. That actually is one of my main concerns, despite a good hour or two of research, I haven’t found any talk of .tivo extraction with a TiVo HD.
Update: TiVo HD is ordered and on its way. I opted for the $199 refurbished unit on a monthly plan, versus a lifetime subscription unit. While the lifetime unit is a better deal (even taking into account the future value of that money in a savings account, and that TiVo units upgrade an average of four years)… you are taking the risk that TiVo will be around in four years, at the same pricing structure.
With sites placing TiVo on a deathwatch within the past two years, and TiVo’s reducing fees, it doesn’t make sense to take the risk on lifetime service right now. Oh, and they won’t let you add lifetime to a refurbished unit, artificially adding $100 to the cost of the service.