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Advice from a veteran to a newbie (consolidated)

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by DMHinCO, Aug 10, 2002.

  1. Debworks

    Debworks New Member

    Jul 12, 2003
    I have a question about Comcast InDemand Pay-Per-View while using TiVo. When I used Replay TV all I had to do was hit "record" on the channel guide and it would ask me to verify that I wanted to record the Pay-Per-View movie. TiVo does not. Do I have to go back to my old TV remote to request a Pay-Per-View movie to record and then use the new TiVo remove to record it? (I just got TiVo yesterday after my 2 1/2 year old Replay bit the dust.)

  2. buffstitch

    buffstitch New Member

    Jul 20, 2003
    I've had tivo for a few months now. I bought a second remote from tivo.com. It sure comes in handy. Between the wife and kids I could never find the remote and Tivo doesn't have any buttons on the unit. It was $29 well spent. I would recommend it to anyone with more than one person in the house.
  3. DMHinCO

    DMHinCO Blithering Idiot

    Dec 14, 2000
    Or a dog. :)
    Good suggestion, buffstitch.
  4. stanoman

    stanoman New Member

    Aug 23, 2003
    I have one of the new Hughes SD-DVR120 and I can't find where to set the recording quality. It's a Directivo Dual tuner, supposedly Series2 Tivo. I'm not real concerned about it since I have 100 hours or recording time, but it'd be nice to know how to modify this. I'm fine watching Simpsons reruns in "cable quality" mode.
  5. winders

    winders New Member

    Jul 29, 2003
    The DirecTiVo units record the digital signal from the satellite which contains compressed data. Therefore there is no need to for recording quality settings.

    There is zero difference between the recorded playback and the original show.

  6. april76

    april76 New Member

    Sep 10, 2003
    Please can someone help me? i just bought TIVO and my cable box is not listed as an acceptable box. It's called a Divinci. Any ideas on what to do?
  7. Rose4uKY

    Rose4uKY Member

    Mar 28, 2003
    My suggestion is to call Tivo tech support. I bought a second Tivo for my bedroom. My dad had just bought me a new 20 inch tv for back there. The brand was an off the wall one that I had never geard of. It wasn't listed so I called and they had me enter some code then keep hitting a button and waiting 2 seconds until the tv went off and it finally did. So they should know what to do. Rose
  8. toddco

    toddco New Member

    Oct 1, 2003
    I have recently moved and have been experiencing problems with tivo not recognizing channels and/or not locating certain programs when i do a search. These are shows I know exist and cannot find them when i do a search. I basically have to search by channel and then select the program for recording and then it actually does record the program it said did not exist. I'm sure there is an easy solution to this problem but unfortunately i am a newbie. Can you please help me? If you can respond via email to tber11@aol.com it would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks a ton

  9. smenzel

    smenzel New Member

    Oct 2, 2003
    This is great information. Wish I had had this when I first bought my TiVo three (or was it four?) years ago. Thanks for posting.
  10. franksf

    franksf New Member

    Oct 8, 2003
    I understand from reading all the postings that :
    I cannot watch one show while tapping another one (with stand alone Tivo)
    I cannot tape two shows that are showing at the same time

    the first posting suggests that Tivo will record one show and then detect the next rerun of the second one.
    Has anybody set their prefernce to record Friends and Survivor?
    Were the reruns running set up soon enough that they could watch both shows the next day?
  11. dan9486

    dan9486 New Member

    Oct 25, 2003
    I just got the Hacking TIVO book and was quite interested in getting into the Backdoor mode for my new Tivo 4.0-1 version. I cant figure it out. Can anyone help?
  12. Zevida

    Zevida witless and unarmed

    Nov 8, 2003
    I've had my TiVo for going on four weeks now and this thread was very helpful. Thanks to all who contributed!
  13. Russ Dorsey

    Russ Dorsey New Member

    Nov 20, 2003

    Can I have the CC on without muting the sound?

  14. BrettStah

    BrettStah Active Member TC Club

    Nov 12, 2000
    Russ, that depends entirely on your TV, but chances are you can.
  15. renepaul

    renepaul New Member

    Nov 10, 2003
    Yeah, what he said. Depends on TV. My TV when I hit mute the captions come up automatically. Also that SAP Audio is kinda cool but iffy. I turned it on and my "CSI" was narrarated for me. And my "Family Business" was recorded in Spanish. I now know better.
  16. selwyn47

    selwyn47 New Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    Thank you. I am about to purchase a TIVO. I have learn more about TIVO from your discussion than any place else I have looked.
  17. kp49ers

    kp49ers New Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    Thanks for the great and thorough information. I just got Tivo and love it. However, I am busy and sometimes can't watch a show before it is deleted. I even had it on Save Until I Delete and it still deleted it for another show. Perhaps 40 hours is not enough for me. Do you know what the user fee is on a second unit? I am thinking of buying one for the bedroom.

    Thanks so much.
  18. bidger

    bidger New Member

    Mar 30, 2001
    For the standalone TiVo boxes, each unit requires a separate subscription fee of either $12.95mo. or $299lifetime. You could consider upgrading the capacity of your 40hr. by either doing it yourself through the "Hinsdale's How To" thread in the "Upgrade Forum" or having one of the Forum sponsors do it for you. It would ultimately be more cost effective to upgrade, but if you have your heart set on a TiVo in another room, it's up to you.

    Another option would be to see if your cable co. offers a DVR. You'd still be paying another service fee, but you wouldn't have to pay for hardware. My option is DirecTV w/ TiVo. There is no additional DVR fee other than the first unit. I pay a $4.99mo. mirroring fee that any D* customer pays for extra receivers for my 2nd D-TiVo, but no extra DVR fee. I also use a S1 SA TiVo unsubbed for two local channels I couldn't get waivers for. Good luck whatever you choose.
  19. 1man

    1man New Member

    Dec 22, 2003
    I am a newbie. this was very helpful. Is it possible to tape a show while watching another one, if your connected to cable?
  20. Brianz28

    Brianz28 New Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    1man- I just set up my TiVo the other day. The way I set up my system. I can record one channel and view a different one. I have cable without a cable box and a tv with 3 inputs. I used a splitter on the incoming cable line. One went to the TiVo and the other went to the tv. Out put from the TiVo went via RCA cable to "Video 1" on tv. When I want to watch thru TiVo, I switch tv to "Video 1". I record what I want, and switch back to "Antenna" on tv. "Video 2" is for the VCR, "Video 3" is for PS2.

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