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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. Apr 20, 2004 #621 of 1440
    midas

    midas I heard that

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    I guess it all depends on what you like to watch. I watch a lot of stuff that's already in HD so the HDTivo will be of big value to me. Of course, I already had an HD receiver that I sold for $350. I'll sell the Hughes I got on the $99 for at least a $200 profit. And I'll also sell my current DirecTivo for at least $150. So if add that all up it's at least $700. With the $100 discount from VE my end cost will be about $200 and that includes all the antenna work I got D* to do last week. Well worth it to me.

    BTW, I'm around Belmont and Cumberland so my area is much more conducive to good reception.
     
  2. Apr 20, 2004 #622 of 1440
    Baracuda

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    well financially, you're certainly making out. And yep, it depends on what you watch. Glad you're getting more use out of it than I did. I know DirecTV is working on more HD content and I wouldn't be surprised to find myself with an HD DirevTivo before the year is up, or early next year....if enough has been added.
    Thanks
     
  3. Apr 22, 2004 #623 of 1440
    fishracer

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    Midas, I also live along Belmont in Chicago. What antenna do you use?
     
  4. Apr 22, 2004 #624 of 1440
    neilaevans

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    Feldon,
    I'm sorry if this has been covered before (I didn't search) but I just wanted to confirm that there is NO optical cable included with the HDTivo. You may want to change the faq accordingly.
     
  5. Apr 22, 2004 #625 of 1440
    Joe Siegler

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    Very cool piece of info. One small nit about the shows that are offered.

    UPN canceled Jake 2.0 awhile ago, and hasn't been aired in a few months.
     
  6. Apr 22, 2004 #626 of 1440
    midas

    midas I heard that

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    Well at this point that's a very complicated question. First read this message and then read this one.
     
  7. Apr 22, 2004 #627 of 1440
    Bigg

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    D8 should offer INHD and INHD2, currently only for cable people. I don't have an HDTV yet, as the HDTV situation in hartford-NH is not terribly pretty.
     
  8. Apr 24, 2004 #628 of 1440
    bakerkj

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    Does the DirectTV HDTV Tivo support ethernet via a USB adapter for it's phone calls?

    Thanks,
    Ken
     
  9. Apr 24, 2004 #629 of 1440
    caruthers

    caruthers Technologist

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    There are 2 USB ports for "future" use
     
  10. Apr 24, 2004 #630 of 1440
    bakerkj

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    Does this mean I will have to get a land line again? I heard somewhere that it can get all of its programming data over the satellite. The only thing you need the phone for is to purchase movies...

    Is this true?

    -- Ken
     
  11. Apr 24, 2004 #631 of 1440
    BrettStah

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    Ken, currently software updates and the initial setup require a phoneline. Future software updates AFTER the next big update (4.x) will most likely also come via satellite. You will get "reminders" after awhile letting you know that the call didn't go through. Pressing SELECT on the remote clears this reminder, and you don't lose any functionality.

    So see if you can go through the initial setup at a friend's house (or maybe at the store that you buy it from, if you buy it locally). And order your PPV via the web instead of with your remote, and that isn't an issue either. Then when you find out that the software has been updated, bring your Tivo to a friend's house with a phoneline, and let it dowload the update. Then no future phone calls should be required.
     
  12. Apr 24, 2004 #632 of 1440
    dswallow

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    I believe at least one person successfully used PPP over serial to setup and install a unit. SO if that is the case, and you can deal with supporting PPP over serial in your environment, you may get away without a phone line at all.
     
  13. Apr 25, 2004 #633 of 1440
    MGreen

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  14. May 2, 2004 #634 of 1440
    mag249

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    I currently have a round dual LNB dish. I am not going to get the triple until I receive my unit. I assume that I can connect everything (with the understanding that I will not get certain channels) as I would with the triple without damaging my unit? Once I get the triple I simply go through guided setup again?

    Thanks guys (and gals) for all the great info on this BBS, it has been very useful in getting me up the learning curve.
     
  15. May 2, 2004 #635 of 1440
    dswallow

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    Yes, you'll identify what sort of satellite dish you have when running through guided setup. Later when you get the 3-LNB dish, you will just rerun guided setup to change the satellite dish selection.
     
  16. May 3, 2004 #636 of 1440
    hongcho

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    I guess I will just ask it here instead of creating a new thread since it could be a FAQ...

    So, when watching live, is there a way to go back to the previous channel of the same virtual tuner? I know there is a way to change between the virtual tuners, but I was wondering if there was a way.

    Hong.
     
  17. May 3, 2004 #637 of 1440
    mercurial

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    Doesn't "Enter" function as a Last-Channel button? Not sure what the interaction is with two tuners. On the SAT-T60s, I always remember it wasn't quite what I expected.
     
  18. May 3, 2004 #638 of 1440
    steveru

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    It's been a while since I have been on here to check updates, so please forgive me if I appear to beating a dead horse, but I for one will be very disappointed with TiVo if they do not offer a stand alone HD unit. I spent months of time researching the "perfect fit" HD receiver for my monitor and don't want to have to settle for the unit that comes with DirecTv. I have been a loyal TiVo fan since year one, but, if someone else beats TiVo to the punch on a standalone unit, I will be first in line to switch from TiVo.:mad:
     
  19. May 3, 2004 #639 of 1440
    acroswel

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    Zenith has had a standalone HD recorder out for months now:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00009RF6G/104-6910179-8241524?v=glance
     
  20. May 3, 2004 #640 of 1440
    BrettStah

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    Check out the AVS Forum - HDTV Recorders Forum for more details on current HDTV recorders. There are a couple of standalones, but the last time I delved into them, they were lacking considerably when compared to Tivos. You can't watch a recording while something else is being recorded (deal-breaker for me), can only record one thing at a time, only buffers live TV when you press a specific button on the remote, only 8 hours of space, etc. Some/all may have been addressed via software/firmware updates or newer models, so check that forum for the most recent info...
     

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