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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. Sep 21, 2005 #981 of 1440
    opie

    opie New Member

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    Thanks for the quick response!

    1) I couldn't get any signal strength to come up for OTA, regardless of channel chosen, which of course probably doesn't matter much since the channels seem to be coming in OK.

    2) I've tried taking them out of my channels I receive list, but they will still pop up when I use the up/down channel buttons.

    3) Is it possible to program the power button on the remote to power on the Sony TV, while the volume button to change the volume on my H/K receiver?
     
  2. Sep 21, 2005 #982 of 1440
    mercurial

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    Are you sure you're on the right channel? For instance, you may be watching "4.1" which is the re-mapped channel but your local is actually broadcasting on some other channel (likely in the UHF range) and sending PSIP (if I recall the acronym correctly), data to remap it on your end to the "normal" channel.

    That should have worked. If they aren't in CIR, then they shouldn't show up in the guide or by any other means.

    Sorry, no idea- I use a Harmony remote. The older Series 1 TiVos (like the SAT-T60) could do that but I don't know if the new ones can.
     
  3. Sep 21, 2005 #983 of 1440
    Tom in OH

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    You can run thru all channels 2-69 while checking ota signal and see which ones come up. The station id shows up also for stations with a good signal.
     
  4. Sep 21, 2005 #984 of 1440
    DaveWhittle

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    Yep - I have the power button on the DirecTivo remote turn on the TV and receiver, the volume and mute controls the volume on the receiver and all other buttons operate the DirecTivo. I'm pretty sure the instructions on how to do this are in the manual.

    The Tivo remote is a work of genius. :cool: ...well, IF the power button wasn't so close to instant replay! :(
     
  5. Sep 21, 2005 #985 of 1440
    opie

    opie New Member

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    Cool. I didn't think that the remote could turn the Sony TV with the power button, a Harmon/Kardon A/V receiver for the volume, and the channel buttons on the DirecTiVo machine.

    Next time, I will study the manual better before asking a question like that! :D
     
  6. Sep 21, 2005 #986 of 1440
    Hootydog

    Hootydog New Member

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    Quoting my own post...
    I was right. Going to standby does not turn off the fan... So I guess I'm stuck with the noise.
     
  7. Sep 21, 2005 #987 of 1440
    Budget_HT

    Budget_HT Heavy User (of TiVo)

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    Are you sure that fan noise is the culprit? Could it be the hard drive? Or a little of each?

    If my old memory is accurate, I recall reading that some folks have stopped hard drive activity by tuning to a music channel (e.g., in the 800 series) on each tuner because there is no hard drive buffering of the music channels like there is for a video channel. Their goal was to quiet the unit down during sleep time.

    Good luck!
     
  8. Sep 26, 2005 #988 of 1440
    buellwinkle

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    If I take their latest offer on a HD Tivo they said I have to agree to 12 months of the HD Package. Is this true, can I cancel before then? I don't really care for anything in that package as I don't watch SD Discovery and ESPN now. I mostly want HD for the local channels.

    I live in the LA area and have the local channels package, will I get the HD channels ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX off the satelite or do I need an OTA antena to get this? It shows channel 87 for ABC for example, is that OTA or a sat channel? I have an HDTV OTA receiver now but ABC reception is spotty at best.
     
  9. Sep 28, 2005 #989 of 1440
    RockyTheSquirrel

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    Just get the HR10-250 HD-TiVo. The picture quality is way better than the SD D-TiVo.

    Because you are in the LA area you shouldn't have to wait until the MPEG-4 upgrades to get locals off the satellite since your locals are the West coast national feed so you should be able to get them without a waiver like many of need to try and get.
     
  10. Sep 30, 2005 #990 of 1440
    Anubys

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    sorry if this is a smeek...should this sticky be updated to reflect ESPN2 in HD?
     
  11. Sep 30, 2005 #991 of 1440
    Tom in OH

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    Have other HDTivos been acting strange today? Ours rebooted twice today.

    thx, Tom
     
  12. Oct 2, 2005 #992 of 1440
    A J Ricaud

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    Hacienda...
    To Opie: by chance do you have just 1 satellite cable, instead of 2, feeding the HD Tivo?
    If so, the OTA signal meter won't work. Also, I believe that firmware version "f" fixed that.
     
  13. Oct 3, 2005 #993 of 1440
    tbpokestb

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    A couple of weeks ago, I got an HDTivo box from Circuit City.

    My current set up is as follows:

    Oval 3 LNB dish
    4 lines into a 4 x 8 multiswitch ( I don't have an OTA antenna)
    3 standard DTV boxes
    1 HD TIVO box

    The problem I am running into is that when I use my HDTivo and one tuner is on an HD channel, the other tuner cannot receive standard programming and vice versa (error message - searching for signal on satellie 1). The only way to cure this is to put both tuners on HD or both on standard. In other words, I can receive all channels, but have to tune the HD Tivo to 2 HD channels to watch without error messages. For example, last Wednesday I watched the MLB game on ESPNHD and left the house without changing the channel. Lost was set to record (on standard, as Dallas has no HD local channels through the dish). When I came home, Lost was not recorded, as the box was never able to get a signal.

    Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
     
  14. Oct 3, 2005 #994 of 1440
    MikeCC

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    I can't say for sure, but it sounds as if your 4x8 multiswitch may not be cascadable. If it is, and it is working fine, then I'm at a loss.
     
  15. Oct 3, 2005 #995 of 1440
    A J Ricaud

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    Hacienda...
    Check the connections on the cables first. If they are OK then it sounds like either a bad multiswitch or LNB assembly on the dish itself. Hook up your HD Tivo to the dish, bypassing the multiswitch. If that fixes the problem, then the multiswitch is bad or not cascadable (most are). If it doesn't, then the LNB assembly is bad.
     
  16. Oct 3, 2005 #996 of 1440
    Hrunting

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    Tom, I have an HDTiVo, recently replaced by DTV. For the past couple of weeks it's been randomly rebooting now and then. Sometimes, it looks like it's the show that causes it (it hits a certain point and reboots; then the program seems corrupt). Other times, it just happens during the middle of the day. I end up discovering when my 30 second skip goes to the end of my half-hour show.

    I haven't looked into it yet. I assume it's the hard drive.
     
  17. Oct 5, 2005 #997 of 1440
    Big Daddy P

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    I was so psyched to get this box... and then it came...and then I began to actually use it...oh boy!

    Don't get me wrong, it's great to be able to record in HiDef. But the rest of the box stinks out loud!

    Guide is slower than molasses flowing down a polar bears tuchose at the North Pole!

    The OTA tuner really is pathetic. I'm real close to my transmit towers in Miami, and I've gone thru 5 indoor antennas already. Can't watch any OTA HD station without some periodic pixellation! The signal strength is good, by the way!
    Cell phone usage & microwave usage any where near it also cause pixellation!

    I'd like to smack the taste out this box's mouth with a louisville slugger!

    What a pain in my arse this thing is!

    Hope I don't go postal...
     
  18. Oct 5, 2005 #998 of 1440
    mercurial

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    If you are really close and the signal is very strong, have you tried adding an attenuator to the antenna feed to see if it helps? You may be getting too much signal.

    Never heard of that before but it could be related to too much signal as per above.
     
  19. Oct 5, 2005 #999 of 1440
    MikeCC

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    You have issues that have been noted before: the guide IS slow, and because the OTA tuner is more sensitive than other tuners, you can over-modulate with too strong a signal.

    Please add an attenuator as the previous poster suggested.

    For specific brands/models, try a search of the threads.
     
  20. Oct 5, 2005 #1000 of 1440
    Tom in OH

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    Hrunting,
    The HDTivo seems ok now after the rebooting spell... could be a normal thing. I've often wondered if it has a hidden defrag utility for when the hd is nearly full or the reboot could be triggered by a corrupt show as u said.
    Also, just started using the HDMI out which has always worked perfectly(maybe not related). Thx for the reply. Is yours working ok now?
     

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