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** HD TiVo and HD DirecTV TiVo FAQ **

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by feldon23, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. Feb 25, 2004 #441 of 1440
    pzalkind

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    Try component video cables, using Y, Pr, and Pb...leave the H and V empty. Works on my 1999 Mits.
     
  2. Feb 27, 2004 #442 of 1440
    feldon23

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    Looking up shows to record for tomorrow .... no longer required with TiVo
    Keyword searches .... only needed for movies/special events you don't already have Season Passes for
    Picking the non-reruns out of the selected list .... no longer required with TiVo

    The TiVo interface can be dog slow, but I still think it's better than anything anyone else has done.
     
  3. Feb 27, 2004 #443 of 1440
    Crash_Corrigan

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    My current Directv STBs are using a wireless phone jack as their connection to a phone line. Will the HDTivo STB be compatible with a wireless phone jack or will I have to get a hardwired phoneline run to the wall behind my a/v equipment?
     
  4. Feb 27, 2004 #444 of 1440
    edrock200

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    That depends, if your current STB's are making calls then you're probably ok, though Tivo's connect at higher speeds than standard DirecTV STB's because they download software updates over the modem. If your wireless jacks are rates for 33.6 or better you should be good. Otherwise you'll either need to hardwire a line or get a better set of wireless jacks.
     
  5. Feb 28, 2004 #445 of 1440
    Crash_Corrigan

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    My E86 and old Sony SAT-A2 work fine with my wireless phone jack, but it is an old wireless phone jack circa 1996. I'll have to check the speed, but I have a feeling it may not be fast enough for TIVOs. I'm encouraged to hear the newer wireless phone jacks may be fast enough for TIVOs. I had been under the impression that a hard-wired landline was needed for any TIVO to operate correctly.
     
  6. Feb 28, 2004 #446 of 1440
    BrettStah

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    Make sure to get a wireless PHONE/MODEM jack... the key is the word MODEM.
     
  7. Feb 29, 2004 #447 of 1440
    MCodanti

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    I've got one of the original wireless phone jacks from when DirecTV first started up, and it worked just fine for my HDVR2 getting the b update. It might have taken longer, but it only took one phone call. Maybe the old ones are better than the cheap new ones.
     
  8. Mar 1, 2004 #448 of 1440
    Scott Corbett

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    Just in case it matters, my SD TiVo has not made a phone call for about 230 days (the modem is fried). Hopefully the HD TiVos will also not really require a constant phone connection.

    I get one nag screen per day, but just pressing ENTER makes it go away.

    I sometimes order PPV through the web site.
     
  9. Mar 1, 2004 #449 of 1440
    joeyg

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    So is there an actual date for the standard HD Tivos to be released?
     
  10. Mar 1, 2004 #450 of 1440
    hongcho

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    > So is there an actual date for the standard HD Tivos to be released?

    No.

    There has not even been an announcement except for a technical demo last year (that no manufacturers would pick up).

    Hong.
     
  11. Mar 3, 2004 #451 of 1440
    feldon23

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    There is no such beast and probably never will be.

    I'd look forward to an OpenCable HD TiVo with OTA 8VSB tuners in the next year or so.
     
  12. Mar 3, 2004 #452 of 1440
    k2ue

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    Huh? Complimentary High Pass/Low pass Filters with constant impedance on the common port are hardly an imperfect science -- filter synthesis is quite exact. Since UHF TV ends at 806MHz (750MHz in practice) and the Satellite Downconverter output begins at 950MHz there is no reason why a diplexer should affect Satellite reception, if well designed and built.

    It is true that lower pole count diplexers can allow noise and harmonics to bother the lower Satellite transponders in some cases, however one can go to trunk-grade diplexers (rather than drop-grade) with higher pole count, or double-lowpass the TV signal by sending it thru a diplexer with the Satellite port terminated before sending to the actual diplexer.
     
  13. Mar 3, 2004 #453 of 1440
    feldon23

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    There are a lot of crappy diplexers and 5x8 multiswitches out there. Diplexing is not always the answer. I am speaking from the testimonies of many people on the DirecTV/TiVo forum who have had to run a separate OTA line to get all their DirecTV channels to work.

    I don't make the news, I just report it. :)
     
  14. Mar 3, 2004 #454 of 1440
    dswallow

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    Then you should be reporting the brand names and model numbers of the diplexers prone to doing crappy things rather than passing along cryptic notes about diplexers not working well -- because diplexers do work well when everything's in spec. :)
     
  15. Mar 3, 2004 #455 of 1440
    feldon23

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    All I'm saying is, if you can run a 5th wire, do it.
     
  16. Mar 3, 2004 #456 of 1440
    turls

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    I have had both for over 3 years, I had Replay first, and I thought I still liked that interface for a good 6 months or longer after I had both. Not anymore. Tivo all the way.

    But in any case, it isn't like you have a choice. You seriously think the UI is going to be any real concern at all when you have the ability to record HD now, and your ReplayTV HD is probably going to die anytime anyway?

    (I have 3 dead Quantum drives on my shelf. I've never had any other HD die at home. One of those was the original ReplayTV drive).

     
  17. Mar 3, 2004 #457 of 1440
    rogo

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    I just don't believe there is any reason to run a 5th wire. (Yes, if you can, do it).

    Any halfway decent diplexer on a single line, is going to work with miniscule signal strenth loss (something like 0.5 dB)....

    The diplexer on a 5 x 8 that then splits the OTA signal 8 ways is a much different story and will fail for a lot more people.

    Mark
     
  18. Mar 4, 2004 #458 of 1440
    AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

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    I agree, if you can run a 5th wire, do it. It just makes all sorts of diagnostics, etc., easier.
     
  19. Mar 5, 2004 #459 of 1440
    HDTivo4prez

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    Feldon,

    I know the HD Tivo will come standard with a WD250GB HDD. Do you know if it is upgradeable? Can you install another drive in the system? Also, is the drive EIDE or SATA?
     
  20. Mar 5, 2004 #460 of 1440
    AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

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    Just speculating here (wth), but given that:

    1) The OS is still Linux
    2) The version of the Tivo software is still pretty much the same I think (or it's been reported not to have any 4.x features like folders)
    3) The hardware is supposed to be pretty much the same
    4) The box looks pretty much the same

    Then I conclude that, at worst, it's like the DTivo2, and we need to buy a replacement IDE cable, a power splitter, and some form of HDD mount. And a HDD of course.

    The main question is whether the current add-a-drive methods (a.k.a. BlessTivo, etc.) will work. And I'd guess they will since I think those are more Linux operations than Tivo software operations. I wonder about the >134GB limit (or whatever it was)?
     

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