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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 8, 2006 #1101 of 1440
    jaspers95

    jaspers95 New Member

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    I have an HR10-250 DVR and a 42" Samsung Plasma. I'm noticing that the picture on some HD channels is coming in grainy or pixilated. ESPN 72 & 73 usually come in perfect, but on the local channels(80, 82,86, 88) I notice the poor picture, and it's really bad with darker images.

    I'm using the HDMI connection and I've tried switching the resolution between 720p and 1080i. I tried upgrading the hdmi cables, but that didn't help. I've also tried the component connection and that didn't help. Directv also sent me a replacement HR10-250, but I had the same problem. I'm not sure what to try next. :(

    Anyone have any suggestions? Could it be my TV? The connection from TV to receiver? or the HR10-250 receiver? Would a software upgrade for the HR10-250 help??? Please help?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Feb 9, 2006 #1102 of 1440
    feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

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    What city/market are you receiving locals in? Which callsigns are they? (KTRK is ABC-13 in Houston)
     
  3. Feb 9, 2006 #1103 of 1440
    jaspers95

    jaspers95 New Member

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    I'm in New York Market: 80 CBSE, 82 NBCE, 86 ABCE, 88 FOXE.
    Signal strength is great on all 3 satellites.
     
  4. Mark Lopez

    Mark Lopez Just click ignore

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    Ok, so where does one find one of these new MPEG-4 compatible multi-switches. I looked around and did not see any that specifically say they are for the AT9 dish. Or don't they expect anyone to use more than the 4 outputs on the dish?
     
  5. A J Ricaud

    A J Ricaud New Member

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    Take a look here:

    http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_display.asp?CAT=Multiswitches&PROD=WB68
     
  6. feldon23

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    Beat me to it! :)

    All current 4xwhatever multiswitches cutoff frequencies 750Hz and below for diplexing broadcast (OTA) TV. 250Hz~750Hz is now meaningful satellite signal and so must be passed through. Also there is this Flexport stuff which I still need to read about. :)

    It's going to get hard to know where to draw the line on what info is provided here? If I create a FAQ for the H20 DirecTV non-TiVo HD DVR, I know it will get deleted/closed by forum management and they would probably frown on me posting a link to it.
     
  7. Mark Lopez

    Mark Lopez Just click ignore

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    I did look at that one, but didn't understand how it's supposed to connect to the AT9 dish. In the dish install video, it shows only 4 outpus from the dish (and 2 of the LNBs are 'jumpered' over to the built in multi-switch). So, how are you supposed to use this one? Use those 4 outputs and connect the 2 'jumpered' LNBs to it?
     
  8. maharg18

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    Take the 4 outputs from the built-in multiswitch and run them to the WB68 switch. The 2 jumpered connections go directly into the built-in multiswitch as normal.
     
  9. feldon23

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    The 4 wires out of the AT9 dish simply have more MHz of signal on each wire. 250MHz -> 2150MHz instead of the old 750MHz -> 1450MHz.
     
  10. Mark Lopez

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    So the other 2 inputs of the 6x8 just remain unused?
     
  11. A J Ricaud

    A J Ricaud New Member

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    Yup. Feldon, I believe, is reading up on the 2 additional "flex ports" and their application.
     
  12. maharg18

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    The flexports are for the 72.5 and 95 satellites, used for some locals and ethnic programming, respectively.
     
  13. jn8199

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    After reviewing most of the pages of this thread, I am having problems trying to get a straight answer (partially because of my ignorance). Please help:

    I am a huge Tivo fan. I have 4 networked together. I received a DTV TIVO a year or so ago and it was not compatible with my home network, so I keep my standalone Tivos. I still have DTV though.

    I have been upgrading TVs in my house to HDTVs and have the HDTV programming from DTV. But what can I do about my Tivos?

    The HD10-250 will not network, correct? That won't work for me.

    The new Series 3 HD Tivo standalone announced at CES will only apply to cable customers, correct?

    What can I do? Is there a way to Tivo most programming but be able to view programming in HD without 2 feeds? How is this done?

    Is there a way to hack the DTV HD-10-250 so that it can network?

    Is there a standalone HD Tivo that can be used with Direct TV coming out? What's taking so long? Shouldn't this be pretty straight-forward?

    I am a huge Tivo fan, but as a stockholder, I have a problem with this. If forced to choose between putting my HDTVs on DirecTV HD receivers with a DVR (NOT TIVO) and switching to cable, I will definately stay with DirecTV. My cable company sucks and I will never go back to them.

    I would think that I am the ideal customer and there are probably more people out there like me rather than cable types, what is Tivo doing to address my concerns?

    Can anyone help?
     
  14. slocko

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    the new standalone tivos i think will do OTA plus work with any cable provider that provides cablecard. i'm not 100 percent sure about the OTA, but it will definitely work with any cable provider.

    the directivos are all hackable. you won't find the info here, but look around. you might even be able to send the units somewhere for them to do it for you.

    the only problem with the directivos is that they won't receive any new hd channels that might go up on the new satellites. but if you are happy with the current offerings and whatever ota you receive, then you should be able to get many years service out of them.

     
  15. jn8199

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    When you say OTA, I assume that means regular antenae and not sattellite, right? That might allow me to get broadcast channels Tivo'd on the series 3 receiver, but not HBO, Showtime, ESPN HD, Discovery HD, etc.

    The hacking materiels of the DTV Tivos that I have found suggest that the inability to network is hardware driven, and not software driven. Is this correct?

    Any idea why this is so difficult? Is it just a pissing match between Tivo and DTV?

    The other issue that I had was that the home control port on the H-10 that i do have was not operational so I had to use IR, which has interference in my house. DTV said that it would be corrected via Over the Air Programming, any ideas if this was corrected?

    Thank you for your comments, but I am still no better off. Is there a DTV compatible HDTV Tivo DVR coming to market? Will there ever be?
     
  16. feldon23

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    This larger photo reveals the answer:
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  17. cheer

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    The Series 3 Tivo will do over-the-air and cable (via CableCard).
    It depends what you mean by "network." If you mean MRV, where you can see other Tivos in the Now Showing list and watch recordings across the network, then no, the HR10-250 cannot do that.
     
  18. cheer

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    Again, depends what you mean by network. The HR10-250 can be hacked to be networkable, but it cannot do MRV (Multi Room Viewing -- being able to transfer shows between Tivos so you can watch in any room). This is a software limitation; the HR10-250 is running older code (3.1.5f).

    No one is really sure why the HR10-250 hasn't gotten a software update like the SD DTivos have, though everyone has a theory. :)
     
  19. lflorack

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    Quote:
    The Series 3 Tivo will do over-the-air and cable (via CableCard).

    Probably a stupid question but I'm a DTV user with two SA Series2 Tivos. I've recently upgraded to HD equipment and would, when they arrive, buy at least one of the Series 3 Tivos so I can record HD. I'm making the assumption that I'll be able do that using the DTV H10 Reciever as my source?

    I know I could buy one of the DTV HD DVR's but I want to stick with Tivo if possible.
     
  20. maharg18

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    No, as stated it will support OTA and cable recording ONLY. It would just be way too expensive to include an HD encoder that would be able to take the output of a Directv HD receiver.
     

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