The features are numerous and constantly growing.
What makes the TIVO better?
Think about your first computer. It ran slow, you had to restart it all the time, it didn't have too many features...
Now think of the current computer. It runs faster, never has to be re-booted and has plenty of extras...
It's kinda like if you have to ask you wouldn't understand.
BTW - Most if not all DVR's run on LINUX
I read about and did some research it and couldn't find anything negative about it. But the more I read, the more I was intrigued by it. Finally, i broke down and bought TiVo. I bought the lifetime subscription:pepper: (which they don't offer anymore, cry: unfortunately) and it paid for itself after two years.
Hmm, the online feature seems to be the best one probably. But I don't think it's worth the price to me compared to the small cost of the DVR.
-Its a smarter system
-it actually understands what "first run" means
-it groups your shows together (so your 7 episodes of Entourage will all be grouped in one folder in your directory)
-30 second skip (man do I miss that when using the TWC DVR)
Basically Tivo is just an easier system to operate and less frustrating to use. I don't know about you, but when I get toward the end of shows on my TWC box, it tends to sip to the end when I'm fast forwarding (like when I hit the 50 minute mark on an hour show it skips the final 10 minutes).
What do you mean by the 30-second skip though? We have the button on the remote for the TWC DVR that rewinds 30-45 seconds, but I don't think there's one that FFs 30 seconds if that's what you're talking about.