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Hack Tivo (Free Service Alternative/Install Linux/Myth TV?)

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by zacdl, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. zacdl

    zacdl New Member

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    Basically I was given a Tivo (Direct TV kind). One of the first and simplest questions: this will work with a cable signal, right? There isn't anything that says it has to be satellite for it to work with this is there??

    I already use a Replay TV for most of my shows, but I was thinking it would be nice to have this Tivo to play around with (media center stuff, etc), and also record shows.

    My first question- without wiping the Tivo software off, is there any way to get some sort of free service (I know it is against forum rules to steal, etc. I am not looking to do that, I am looking for alternatives to the general pay-for method).

    If that cannot be done, is there some sort of guide to installing Linux on a Tivo (Then MythTV or something). The only thing, if it installs right, how do you make sure the remote interfaces with the unit?

    It is a Directv DVR R10. Thanks for any info you can give me.
     
  2. SeanC

    SeanC ECT

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    No the Direct TV Tivo will not work with a cable box.
     
  3. zacdl

    zacdl New Member

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    It does not have a built-in tuner?
     
  4. SeanC

    SeanC ECT

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    That, and it doesn't have an MPEG endcoder.
     
  5. zacdl

    zacdl New Member

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    So what on earth can you do with the darn thing?
     
  6. skinnyjm

    skinnyjm I'm Grumpy???

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    A DirecTiVo has 2 built-in tuners. However, they only accept DirecTV satellite signals (which are MPEG 2 encoded).
    So...a DirecTiVo will only record via the DirecTV service with an authorized DirecTV access card.
    Sorry, cable recording will NOT work.

    You must subscribe to DirecTV.
    Sorry. :(
     
  7. zacdl

    zacdl New Member

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    You can't even install linux to run with media stuff (even non-cable shows)? In other words, just watch shows you send to it?

    I guess I am coming back around to my question- what can you do with the darn thing?
     
  8. SeanC

    SeanC ECT

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    Nothing. It's a door stop without programming from DirectTV.
     
  9. David Platt

    David Platt !Texas TCF Club

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    Actually, you could hack it to enable the Home Media Features and use it for a media server. You could also use tivoserver to watch shows from your PC.
     
  10. Tonedeaf

    Tonedeaf New Member

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    Hack it along with a PROM swap.
     
  11. skinnyjm

    skinnyjm I'm Grumpy???

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    Good Luck with that.
     
  12. David Platt

    David Platt !Texas TCF Club

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    Whoops. Didn't notice it was an R10. :eek:

    Probably not worth going to the trouble, then.
     
  13. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    The best thing you can do is sellit to somebody that will use it for its intended purpose, and go buy a box built for your intended purpose.
     
  14. SuperFan

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    I am in a similar situation as Zacdl. I was given a direct tv tivo box and am a poor college student so I don't want to pay the monthly service fee to record 2 shows a week and nothing else.

    My university has a campus wide subscription to Direct TV but for all practical purposes it works just like cable. They have a master feed to all the on campus housing with cable jacks that you plug into.

    I have a Phillips DSR6000R01.

    So can I use this box for more than a paperweight or am I in the same boat?
     
  15. Da Goon

    Da Goon Registered Abuser

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    Since you have a Series 1 Dtivo, it will take quite a bit of work to make anything other than a doorstop. Put it on Ebay, somebody will buy it.
     
  16. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    You are in the same boat. Despite what you receive being from DirecTV, you have what amounts to, at a techincal level, cable.
    Yuo need to install a DirecTV dish and subscribe to the DirecTV service, or get a standalone or PC based DVR that can record from a cable source.
     
  17. SuperFan

    SuperFan New Member

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    Ok. Well let’s assume that this summer I will be moving to a new location with a direct TV satellite.

    Does this unit have the lifetime service associated with it? I know this question gets asked a million times but here I go again... So assuming it does have lifetime service how do I get it transferred? Or does it just go with the box; whoever has the box has the lifetime service?

    I know I'm being very n00bish here, but I am learning how tivo works as I read this amazing forum.

    A final question (forgive me if I ask to much) but is it possible to take this unit I have and reformat it and flash the motherboard with a 3rd party software/bios to just convert it to a standard DVR unit? I know they have programs like Direct Cake but I’m not sure how they work or even relate to what I'm trying to do.

    Between my roommate and I we have lots of free time (ahhh college:)) and are pretty tech savvy.


    Thanks for all your help so far. I find it amazing you all know everything about these units.
     
  18. gfb107

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    The lifetime service, if you have it, is associated with the DirecTV account, not with the unit.
     
  19. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    And no, there is nothing you can flash to make it a non Directv DVR.
    The physical silicon and associated components are DirecTV only, no software can really change that.

    The "cake" would be instantcake, and that is simple a linix boot CD with a script and an essentially standard drive image, to build a drive for stock useage.
     
  20. EricF

    EricF New Member

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    So...... Could you/is there available instead install completely new software (or image) on a TiVo box that takes advantage of some of the free services out there? Basically making the TiVo NOT a "TiVo" anymore?
     

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