Sometimes, I dont understand the web. If you read the reviews
of Virginmedias Tivo product, they all rave about how good it is.
But it isnt. The interface is buggy and designed by people who havent
tried to read the text from across a living room, even on a big screen.
The fact that you cannot archive programs from the device without
watching the same program on the main TV is, well, somewhat myopic.
The ethernet and USB interfaces do nothing (as yet). Why? Its 2011.
(I think I know why, because the film industry doesnt want people to watch
films away from a DRM controlled environment).
The on-demand and catch-up services are badly thought out and confusing.
The remote control is as bad as all other remote controls - it
cannot be held in the hand and used in a one-handed mode - not if you
are fast forwarding.
The fast forward on tivo is very badly thought out and confusing.
Its idea of fast forward is 2x or 3x. One cannot quickly scroll
through without a lot of button pressing. (The jump in 10min
intervals is broken and confusing).
The suggestions do not understand recording and watching something -
it only seems to work based on thumbs up/down.
Tivo does not understand a family who have different tastes and
The YouTube app is a joke. Watching 240x320 youtube videos in
degraded quality on a 40" TV is about as ugly as you can get.
The above is typical of the glowing self-satisfying reports on
the product. Multi-room streaming? How will that work? If that means I
can watch tivo on my PC in another room, then I am salivating.
If it means I can watch one tivo from another room, then think on! Who
is going to have two Tivos in a household?
Applications on the tivo are just a real joke. On the ipad,
applications are great because it allows a degree of 'context'
without having everything coming through the browser.
BTW the virgin Android TV guide app is poor. Very poor. It is welcomed -
it is better than nothing, but it is one of those 'why am I wasting
storage space on my device' apps. (You can control your
tivo device from this app, to do remote recordings; but theres a serious
glitch in the way it works - you cannot record a program if it is
on in less than 35mins from now. Why?)
The tivo is 'not bad' but its certainly not a step up from the
prior Virgin+ device.