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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. Jul 4, 2005 #941 of 1440
    BrettStah

    BrettStah Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Yes. The buffer can often contain more than the 30 minutes that's available from the normal Live TV 30 minute playback buffer that we see. As soon as you choose to record the show, the hidden part of the buffer is added to the new recording. In fact, you do not have to rewind first - all you're doing is losing part of this hidden buffer. You should immediately press Record without bothering to rewind at all. The caveat with the record from buffer feature, of course, is that if the show's ending time has been reached, then you will wind up recording the next show, even if it just started seconds before you chose to record. (You may wind up with some part of the old show tacked on to the next show, however).
     
  2. Jul 5, 2005 #942 of 1440
    Ericshere

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    I have a Terk 5x8 multi switch with Hi def Tivo. I have been gradualy losing signals on my HD reciever that doesnt have Tivo. I am now starting to lose some stations on my HDTivo. I am guessing it might be my multiswitch going bad. Anyone else have any ideas? Also, if thats the case...where is a good place to buy a new multi-switch? Thanks in advance.
     
  3. Jul 6, 2005 #943 of 1440
    Ericshere

    Ericshere New Member

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    Thanks Tom

    I have re-booted several times and it doesnt help.
     
  4. Jul 6, 2005 #944 of 1440
    jmgonzalez

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    I'm in the process of acquiring 2 DTV HD Tivo's through DTV.

    My Tivo experience on and off of DTV has been great and have always bought my DTV SD Tivos at a great price for the functionality.

    I have no problem buying these 2 new HD Tivos and having DTV upgrade their technology in the near future.

    I would rather enjoy something now then to just sit around on the fence waiting for the "next big thing" in HD Directv DVR.
     
  5. Jul 6, 2005 #945 of 1440
    HDLouco

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    I am using a 5 X 8 multiswitch that I bought from http://www.110degrees.com for $69.95 and it has been working for a couple of years now. Another company, http://www.mcminone.com is having a special sale until the 15th of July, and a 5 X 12 multiswitch is being sold for only $49.95 plus S & H and sales tax. The item number is 33-8690, and their sales catalog shows the regular price as $89.99. Take a look at their web site.

    One way to confirm that the multiswitch is going bad is to connect the HD receiver or the Tivo directly to the dish, bypassing the multiswitch. Why not try that before you spend good money to replace a switch that might be OK? Godd Luck to you!
     
  6. Jul 11, 2005 #946 of 1440
    Rutgar

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    Let me see if I have this straight. When you're saying that local stations will be provided in HD using MPEG-4 and those won't be compatible with the HR10-250, you're talking about digital local stations provided by DirecTV, right? Not the currently receivable OTA digital stations, right?

    And if that's true, then will the new MPEG-4 decoders be backwards compatible so that those of us who get all of our local digital stations OTA will still be able to get them on the new decoders?

    Am I making any sense? :D
     
  7. Jul 11, 2005 #947 of 1440
    Tom in OH

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    You're making plenty of sense. I'm sure hoping Directv Will include an OTA digital tuner. There's a chance they won't because they want everyone to signup for HD locals via the dish. I'm thinking even those who sign up for local HD with D* will also want an HD OTA tuner in case a local station isn't available via dish or some other reason. Choice always seems to be good.
     
  8. Jul 11, 2005 #948 of 1440
    feldon23

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    Rutgar,

    Yep.
     
  9. Jul 11, 2005 #949 of 1440
    jmgonzalez

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    I looked at the FAQ and could not find the correct answer to my question.

    Currently have an oval (3 sat) dish installed, connected to a multiswitch, that is then distributed to every room in my house. I am currently using only 1 coax to each Tivo, so i'm not taking advantage of the two tuners. I would need to have any additional coax lines wall fished if I ever want to take advantage of dual tuners.

    I am now looking at HD Tivo's to replace 2 of the DTV DVR's that I currently have.

    In order to do this, can I reuse that one coax line going to each DVR and not worry about setting up an additional coax? I would rather not do that as I don't know how much longer i'll be in this house.

    In talking to DTV minutes ago, I was told on a few occasions that I would need to have an additional coax installed to each TV to support the HDTV DVR.

    Any help with this question will be appreciated!
     
  10. Jul 11, 2005 #950 of 1440
    DonQijote

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    That is exactly what I did for one of my HD Tivos.

    - You can use only one connection.

    - You can use ANY two connections presently connected to an SD tivo, as long as you have the correct dish & multiswitch.
     
  11. Jul 11, 2005 #951 of 1440
    jmgonzalez

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    Thanks!

    I recently upgraded my dish through DTV to receive the Para Todos package, so i'm all setup with the multiswitch and dish needed to acquire HD content.
     
  12. Jul 11, 2005 #952 of 1440
    Helmut Forren

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    This page got moved. A working link 7/11/2005 is http://www.sigmadesigns.com/support/DVI_HDMI.htm
     
  13. Jul 12, 2005 #953 of 1440
    kalphoto

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    I'm feeling the same decision...

    I called DirecTV a second time today (called them yesterday as well).

    I found a couple of things.

    1. The CSR knew I had called yesterday... this didn't seem to help my case.

    I again VERY NICELY spoke to him about how I have been a long time customer 2+ years and have had the NFL package for the past two years. I expressed that I wanted to upgrade to the HD equipment but the price was holding me back.

    2. He quickly said, "I wouldn't recommend you upgrade yet, you are going to have to upgrade in 6-9 months when the mpeg4 receivers come out.... "

    I was a little surprised. I told him I really didn't want to wait as I wanted to watch the NFL in HD....

    After some more talking about how I shouldn't upgrade (he said he was "one of the few CSRs that suggest that") he offered me $100 off credit for equipment and $5 off programming for 1 year.

    Not the best offer so I said, thank you I'll have to think about it and he said "okay I'll note this in the account and if you activate it will take effect".

    Am I screwed? It seems so many of you are getting the $250 credit and all this free programming and such. Is it just the luck of the draw with the CSR?

    If I wait a month and call back... do you think they'll up their offer?

    Any of you who has had to call multiple times, any advice on what you said that did the trick would be great! Thanks!

    ---- still have to go attempt to use this coupon at best buy... i guess the decision has to be made quickly. this csr really threw me off when he suggested that I DON'T upgrade....
     
  14. Jul 29, 2005 #954 of 1440
    g-man

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    Totally luck of the draw.

    I decided I wouldn't wait for them to offer anything. I called up and told them I wanted the $250 credit towards purchase and HBO/Showtime deal I've been hearing about (I think I said my friend got it). They told me based on my history they could only offer $200 - yeah, right! If I could call them back and prove I was a signed up for a longer period of time than their records showed, they'd give me the other $50.

    They actually don't have one of my addresses and about 2 years of history on file, but that's beside the point. I called back in 3 minutes just to "confirm" that I must prove a longer history and that CSR laughed and said I can go ahead and give that extra $50 of credit to you right now.

    Pick up the phone my friend...
     
  15. Jul 31, 2005 #955 of 1440
    flytivoer

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    This is really a large post. Forgive me if this question has already been answered, but if so, I didn't find it. I am about to purchase a new HDTV and will also upgrade to an HD DVR (HR10-250) for my DirecTV service. I am in the Chicago area and understand that I do have access to OTA HD for local stations. My question: Do I need to purchase an HDTV with built-in HD tuner to receive these local OTA HD stations? or does the HR10-250 have a built-in OTA HD tuner?
     
  16. Jul 31, 2005 #956 of 1440
    chill903

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    The HR10-250 has a built-in tuner. You don't need one on your TV.
     
  17. Aug 2, 2005 #957 of 1440
    sda3

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    Right now i have a dsr-704 d*tivo and a set top d* reciever. I have a samsung sir-ts360 and i use it to input my tivo, and my dvd player, then it goes to the tv via DVI. The question i have is, I don't have enough component imputs on my TV for my tivo, dvd, and my game systems. Does the HR10-250 have a component input that i can use to plug my DVD player into and use it to upconvert like the set top box does? and does the hr10-250 have a DVI out?
     
  18. Aug 2, 2005 #958 of 1440
    MikeCC

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    The 10-250 does not have component inputs: it is an strictly an output device. However, it does have an HDMI output, and the unit comes with an HDMI to DVI cable. So if your TV has either HDMI or DVI inputs, then you should be set.

    Or, you can use the search tool to find multi-threads on component switchers. I haven't needed them, but I remember them being discussed.
     
  19. Aug 2, 2005 #959 of 1440
    sda3

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    Thanks, I might just have to use a different input for my ps2, if i can get as good of a deal as some people in the forums.
     
  20. Aug 15, 2005 #960 of 1440
    flytivoer

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    DirecTV just came to upgrade my satellite dish to an oval, Triple LNB dish so that I can receive HD channels. The installer couldn't get access to all three satellites coming out of the multi-switch so he said that I must have a bad multi-switch. I have a 4X8 multi-switch. Your article seems to imply that I should have 4 cables coming from the satellite dish. However, i only have two. Did the installer do something wrong? My multi-switch as well as your article seem to indicate that I should have four cables going into the multi-switch.
     

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