all this moaning about slow tivo. it is not as if the shows actually playback in slo mo
what are you going to do with the 5 seconds you'd save from having a box with faster menus ?
plan your lives better- start the viewing sessions 30 seconds sooner, then keep calm and wait for the show to start
I was going to make a jocular post about the changes of the OP getting a prompt reply, but then I saw your post, and realised the thread already had it's own comedian.
Whichever way you slice it the TIVO box is slow. People are paying, increasing, amounts for it, so they are entitled to have a grumble. Although, one can find light in all the darkness. We play a game where you have to guess how long it will take from pressing a button on the remote, and the TIVO responding. I won with 19 seconds last night....oh the fun we have.
how does sluggish channel change / menu selection translate to "unusable"
It's primary purpose is to display live channels and to provide timeshifted recordings, and it does those two things very reliably.
you need to know what's upcoming, when your favourite show is next on, and you simply have to have the answer within 2 seconds, go ask google .
& as others have said - it will run much faster with a local cache clean.. + delete all the crud you'll never actually watch, and disable the auto recording of suggestions, so that it is far less busy..
& a powercycle always helps with recalcitrant electronics- sometimes you just have to show the device that is is NOT the household alpha male.
yes it's a pretty crap netflix interface but there are so many better ways to stream netflix...
I only see 2 ways for Virgin service to improve core services.
1) they invest lots and lots of money in better infrastructure ( don't laugh)
2) so many people go to sky, BT whatever... that there's enough capacity to go around for us stayers
so sure, trot off to sky, but do have the sense to skim their customer forums first, so that you know what to expect
be aware with sky you will own the TV box - so anytime breaks you pay for the repair or the replacement, and if a newer better model is released, well you pay again...
a bit of trolling helps pass the time while waiting for the channel to change
but seriously - major issue ?
a major ( 1st world , Virgin Media ) issue would be having no internet for several days or having all your mail repeatedly lost or treated as spam, or your mobile damaged at the VM repair centre with no compensation.... all of which you can read about in other threads
a sluggish remote is IMHO, a minor issue.. in a list of things that Virgin do badly I doubt it would make the top 20 .