we purchased the tivo - series 2 to replace our older version so we would be able to watch a show while recording another. we loved our original tivo but that limitation of not being able to watch a show while recording another was a little too restrictive. we worked with our cable company to get a cable card installed into our tivo thereby reducing the number of components we have since we no longer need the cable box. the tivo itself is very easy to configure and connect to the cable provider. we have customised ours to do season passes and connect to our wireless network to get schedule updates (the other alternative is to use a telephone line). we have young children so we tivo all of our shows (csi and the like) to watch while they are sleeping. i would recommend the tivo to anyone. it really is an amazing piece of technology.
Stone Mountain, GA