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How did TiVo get it so right?

the TiVo UI makes the Comcast software look like it was written by disgruntled East Germans in 1964

I purchased my TiVo Series 1 (Sony SVR2000) on 15-Jun-2000 at Circuit City. I know this because I can still log on to my account on circuitcity.com and see my order history!

I loved my TiVo, I used it a lot back then. I was always amazed how simple the interface was. It was not cluttered and was easy to navigate. Even when they went to the Series 2 the interface did not change much. If you consider how many revisions there have been to Windows over the years, the folks at TiVo either really studied the design or just got lucky with this one.

I eventually hacked my TiVo to add a network card and used that until about 2005 when it stopped getting updates. I wondered if it was because TiVo was trying to block the hacks for Series 1 but I never found anyone else with the same problem.

I guess now TiVo is offering an upgrade to the TiVo HD unit. I considered this with the Series 2 but wanted to get something HD at least. Now I have to decide shortly if I am going to do the upgrade. I loved the DVD option on the Series 2 but it seems as if they have dropped the DVD option all together.

I think my feelings about the interface is summed up in this comment from the Gizmodo site… “the TiVo UI makes the Comcast software look like it was written by disgruntled East Germans in 1964…” Thank you Colonel35!

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