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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. pzalkind

    pzalkind New Member

    Feb 25, 2004

    Try component video cables, using Y, Pr, and Pb...leave the H and V empty. Works on my 1999 Mits.
  2. feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

    Mar 13, 2001
    Houston, TX
    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. Crash_Corrigan

    Crash_Corrigan New Member

    Feb 27, 2004
    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. edrock200

    edrock200 New Member

    Feb 7, 2002
    Northern VA/DC Area
    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. Crash_Corrigan

    Crash_Corrigan New Member

    Feb 27, 2004
    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. BrettStah

    BrettStah Active Member TCF Club

    Nov 12, 2000
    San Antonio
    Make sure to get a wireless PHONE/MODEM jack... the key is the word MODEM.
  7. MCodanti

    MCodanti New Member

    Jan 5, 2003
    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. Scott Corbett

    Scott Corbett New Member

    May 29, 2003
    SE NC
    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. joeyg

    joeyg New Member

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

    hongcho .

    Nov 26, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    > So is there an actual date for the standard HD Tivos to be released?


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

  11. feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

    Mar 13, 2001
    Houston, TX
    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. k2ue

    k2ue Retired RF Engineer

    May 9, 2002
    Victor, NY
    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. feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

    Mar 13, 2001
    Houston, TX
    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. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    Long Branch, NJ, USA
    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. feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

    Mar 13, 2001
    Houston, TX
    All I'm saying is, if you can run a 5th wire, do it.
  16. turls

    turls New Member

    Feb 6, 2000
    Central IL
    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. rogo

    rogo Member

    Dec 10, 1999
    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.

  18. AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

    Feb 5, 2001
    I agree, if you can run a 5th wire, do it. It just makes all sorts of diagnostics, etc., easier.
  19. HDTivo4prez

    HDTivo4prez Timeshifting HD??

    Mar 1, 2004

    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. AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

    Feb 5, 2001
    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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