It comes with a standard set of cables. But it’s disappointing that a system designed for Digital TV has no optical cable and no HDMI cable included. Harvey Norman tried to sell me extremely expensive Monster cables, but I had said no – I had spares at home. Alternately, I could’ve bought extras off eBay for much less.
I had a peek at the back of the Tivo. Nothing unusual here – but there is no coax digital audio connection. There is a fan on the back for cooling.
It was good to see an eSATA connector for future expansion, but I believe it is disabled in the current firmware for the Australia box. Tivo and Seven – PLEASE don’t make us pay for firmware upgrades in the future!!!
Also, there is only a single antenna in socket and no RF out. No big deal – you just have to place it on the end of your antenna chain.
The Tivo is surprisingly “big”. Here it is next to the PS3, which already is quite big.
So what next? I connected it all up using the easy to follow instructions, turned it on and followed the configuration wizard and 24 minutes later.. it all worked out of the box!!!
I was SO HAPPY! No wireless drivers to install, no ifconfig or iwconfig to run, no worries about Nvidia or ATI drivers, no need to think about what file system type to use, no need to determine what Graphics card chipset and CPU combination required to record and playback high definition video, no need to install IR drivers or set up perl scripts to download the latest TV guide – IT JUST WORKS!
And just in time for us to watch, pause and replay the Olympic opening ceremony last night. And tape Star Wars – A Phantom Menace in high def at the same time.
And this morning, the kids were up early and worked out how to watch the opening ceremony again.
Only problem – I’ve scheduled so many things to tape that I need to upgrade the hard drive 😦