"thereâ€™s not much to differentiate itself from cable DVR"
This is definately NOT true. TiVo connects to your home network and allows you to stream audio, video, and photos from your computer to your TV. It also lets you transfer recorded content from the TiVo to the computer so you can save your favorite shows without taking up space on your DVR. You can also burn programs to a DVD or copy to a laptop to view when you are away from home. It also will convert shows you've recorded to play on your mobile devices. Most of the DVRs from Cable/Satellite providers don't do any of that.