The “new” TiVo box is TiVo software on Directv hardware that was released three YEARS AGO. I had a couple of TiVos in the past and I absolutely loved the interface but when Directv went HD they stopped offering TiVo. No interface is good enough to watch SD and sacrifice HD. Now I’ve had a Directv DVR (with HD Directv UI) there’s nothing about the TiVo box that will be better – no new features – the only reason to switch would be the UI, for $199 up front plus an extra $5 per month, I don’t think so. Maybe they will get some new customers, but most existing Directv customers have no reason to switch. I predict the new TiVo will not be around for long unless they bring it up to date with the latest Directv DVR features.
Since we got the DVRs, we never watch anything live except sporting events. We added an external drive to the DVR, and now when we are ready to watch tv, we look at our recordings and choose. Up All Night, Amazing Race, CBS Sunday Morning, Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Good Wife, Biggest Loser, Parks and Recreation, The Office, American Idol, Survivor, Criminal Minds, 60 Minutes, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Mentalist, Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model, Intervention, Storage Wars, Antiques Roadshow, NOVA, Nature, 30 Rock, Who Do You Think You Are, Dateline, 20/20, 60 Minutes, The Firm, Smash, 48 Hours Mystery, Big Brother, and lots of movies.