The idea of telling the DVR to record the entire season of 24 with a single press of a button and then be able to watch it when I actually do get time, was compelling enough to push me into taking the leap…
- Unlimited pause/rewind time.
- Network enabled.
Well almost unlimited pause/rewind. Fact is you’re only limited by the amount of space on the unit as to how long you can pause or how far back you can rewind. I was very happy to get home late one night, go to bed and then rewind to 9 PM the night before to watch a program I forgot to schedule for recording! With Tivo you can only pause or rewind for something like 2 hours. At least that was the number when I researched it. That means if you have the 5504 model with the standard 40 hour hard drive, you can pause live TV for 40 hours. You could pause your show, go out for the evening and the resume tomorrow morning! Sweet!
Now you may be thinking… what’s the big deal about being network enabled… Let me tell you… it IS a BIG DEAL! By having the unit be network enabled, a whole world of possiblity opens up. First thing is that it gives you the ability to stream shows from other ReplayTV‘s on your network. It’s not a big deal, but if you’re watching TV football in the living room and then for whatever reason you have to change where you’re watching from to another room, you simply pause the show and go to the other room from where you can then resume your show. Nice. Of course it gets better… the network ability allows you to schedule recordings on another unit if it conflicts with a recording on the current unit. Sweet. Now here’s the best part of all… You can stream shows from another unit. So if you recorded a show on the bedroom unit, you can watch it on the living room unit.
DVArchive is a little Java app that you install on any computer on your network. When you run DVArchive it essentially makes your computer look like another ReplayTV unit on the network. Now you can’t record on the DVArchive unit, but you can certainly stream from it! Now me, with my 1.5 TB (that’s right TERRABYTE!) storage server really can use that! I simply download shows from the ReplayTV unit to the DVArchive and then I can simply stream my shows from there! SWEET!!!
Now I’m about to embark on upgrading one of my 5504 units from 40 hours of recording time to 640 hours! I will detail that in here later!
Like I said, Tivo can’t touch my ReplayTV!