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Tivo or Replay

I've read quit a few reviews on both. Which is a better choice for the stand alone unit? (not with satalite, using cable)

My intial choice right now is TIVO (probably with new Home media option).

but that leaves an big question:

which unit to get?
Tivo unit or
Sony svr-3000


do they both have that annoying delay when changing channels?

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I would go with tivo just for the fact you could (not that you might want too) go to best buy and purchase a 120 gig hard drive/ do a little research on the web and modify your box and have a ton of recording hours!

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Sony had one nice feature of queueing up a bunch of movies that you wanted to archive off to tape, other than that I think they're pretty similar. I don't know if the latest Sony units have the USB interfaces on the back.

One of the best places to read about the TiVo is http://tivocommunity.com/

All sorts of good tidbits and hacks there in their forums
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I have ultimate Tv at the moment. I absolutly love it. Although I dont know if they are going to keep making it. I also heard some rumors the other day about replay tv going under the other day. I think Tivo will be the one left standing. Check out places like www.avsforum.com for news on them.




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Replay has always had a slight edge on TiVo for hardware technology but they're a bunch of goofballs that couldn't stick to a marketing plan. They got acquired by Sonicblue (you probably heard of them for their early MP3 players) and then that company went belly up under Chapter 11.

http://biz.yahoo.com/rf/030401/tech_sonicblue_1.html
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oh yeah, and one more thing about the ultimateTV....that's pretty much gone now too. my best friend from high school was working on that project and he says MS disbanded the development group last year. It wasn't making the numbers they wanted to see so the plug got pulled on it.
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i've been on both boards and am still pretty confused. I did read though that a new company bought replaytv off sonicblue recently.

i think i'm going with tivo and the tivo series 2 unit.

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You can't go wrong with Tivo as long as you stick with Cable, if you go Sat, Tivo is ok but the channel changing speed and slight degredation of picture can complicate your setup.

With cable the setup is easy and the picture quality is just as good as it was before you hooked up the Tivo box
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what are you babblin' 'bout? Sat is way better than cable. Picture degradation? uh uh...

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what are you babblin' 'bout? Sat is way better than cable. Picture degradation? uh uh...

Beef, quit running the motorcycle with the garage door down
Ya no kidding, I'll never go back to cable, picture is horrible. I run directtv and an of air antenna for my HDTV locals.




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Earnie, what I was trying to say is that when I had cable my picture was just OK. When I added Tivo to cable my picture was still OK. When I got satellite and a digital tv, my picture was awesome until I hooked up a regular Tivo box (not specific for satellite) and saw a noticable difference in picture quality. I assume the main difference is that my Tivo box does not have s-video or composite in and out jacks, so I see a difference.

To combat this I use both outputs on my satellite box, one to Tivo and one direct to the tv.
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SATELLITE baby!!!!!!!!!!!

You can aways go with a multiswitch if you prefer. They are S-Video And Composite. This way you can record anything you like and even PS2 to review a race track and see what lines you could of used better. Just my .02

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Earnie, what I was trying to say is that when I had cable my picture was just OK. When I added Tivo to cable my picture was still OK. When I got satellite and a digital tv, my picture was awesome until I hooked up a regular Tivo box (not specific for satellite) and saw a noticable difference in picture quality. I assume the main difference is that my Tivo box does not have s-video or composite in and out jacks, so I see a difference.

To combat this I use both outputs on my satellite box, one to Tivo and one direct to the tv.
sounds like your putting yourself through some unneccesary pain. the TiVo does have an input and an output S-video connector. are you only using the coax input/output on the tivo?

even first generation Philips Tivo boxes had s-video

did you configure your inputs correctly in the setup preferences?
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