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Re: Certainly not worth paying extra for While I can certainly see that point, think about the other side to that coin. What if your Tivo (or insert other DVR) dies, chances are your recordings die with it. Sure there's the ability backup your Tivo/DVR but how many people actually do that? I know I would but I can see some not doing it either because they don't know how to or don't care to. Of course those that don't care to backup their DVR won't care for the "network backup" point either so shrug.
There really needs to be a kind of middle ground here where there can be local storage either for specific shows you store locally instead of on the network or have a local copy of all shows. Also consider the streaming aspect of this. With your shows recorded on the network, thanks to Netflix style apps they could tie in to your recorded shows and let you watch your recordings anywhere. Will they actually do this? No idea but it would need network storage to be possible.
b10010011Whats a Posting tag?Reviews:
Sure Tivo dies you lose your recordings. But I have to say I am amazed by the longevity of Tivo hardware. I bought my first generation Tivo in 99 and it ran 24/7 without a hiccup until I replaced it with a Tivo-HD in 07. The Tivo-HD has been running the same. I did have a WD-DVR extender external hard drive fail after three years, but it did not just quit it sort of puttered out. So I managed to transfer my recordings off of it. A year a go I upgraded the Tivo internal drive to a 1TB.
Most of what you call middle ground can already be done with a Tivo and a local network. I can transfer recordings from my Tivo to a computer, remove the Tivo DRM and stream them to any device using streaming software. Also the Slingbox will play recordings right off a Tivo and stream them to any device.
None of this stuff is rocket science, but I guess you would have to want to do it.
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