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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. cbrantly

    cbrantly New Member

    Jul 8, 2006
    Does anybody have the new Series 3 Tivo yet? When is it coming out?
  2. annenoe

    annenoe He's a Smooth Fox

    Oct 19, 2003
    Just posted to another thread put wanted to clarify something.

    In the original post, there is a comment about "dual tuner" capability:
    >> DirecTV HD TiVos contain 2 DirecTV SD/HD/OTA tuners (a total of 3 coax inputs) which can receive/record standard definition and high definition programming from DirecTV as well as local digital/HDTV broadcasts brought in by an antenna. 2 tuners means 2 different shows can be recorded simultaneously. <<

    Just to be clear, I have one OTA, one satellite hooked up and cannot use dual tuners. As I understand it, you need a minimum of *both* satellite cables plugged in to get dual tuner capability to work. But with both satellite, you could also plug in OTA.
  3. ericlhyman

    ericlhyman New Member

    May 19, 2001
    Is there any info on when DirecTV will begin the swap for HD Tivo owners?
  4. cheer

    cheer Registered Offender

    Nov 13, 2005
    There isn't even a release date for the new DVR yet.
  5. cheer

    cheer Registered Offender

    Nov 13, 2005
  6. Bob_Newhart

    Bob_Newhart My Custom User Title

    Jul 14, 2004
    I'm sure this topic has been covered ad nauseum but I didn't see it and didn't look carefully. I just bought my first HDTV and an HR10-250 HD Tivo.

    Question: When Directv releases their HD DVR that will record local channels, will there be offers where I can upgrade my current HD DVR to theirs? I know I'll have to get the 5 LNB dish, as well. Any guesses on what that will run?

    Question: What additional channels do you think will be added to their service in the near future? Just the locals or a lot more?

  7. Joe Smith

    Joe Smith Medium Member

    Aug 1, 2003
  8. cheer

    cheer Registered Offender

    Nov 13, 2005
  9. Kenwood

    Kenwood Stockholder

    Dec 18, 2000
    Okay, D* has me living in LA, but I moved to Phoenix a year ago. I have DNS East & West Coast feeds. I didn't want to lose those or the ability to watch Dodgers/Lakers games.

    So would I be able to receive the HD Local feeds (Living in PHX) if I bought a HDtivo?
  10. cybrsurfer

    cybrsurfer New Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    click on the link below to go to DirecTV DNS (Distant network) site to find out if you can still get the NY/LA feeds...

  11. bellbm

    bellbm New Member

    Dec 16, 2003
    This would be great stuff to post on You Tube!
  12. Valor55

    Valor55 New Member

    Feb 8, 2002
    I am not the most knowledgeable guy when it comes to this A/V stuff so I am far from an expert. I recently moutned a plasma TV to the wall and put all my A/V equipment in a separate room and in a cabinet. I don't want to look at it. I got the Logitech Harmony 890 remote which sends an RF signal to an receiver in the cabinet that has IR blasters built in. The remote was a cinch to set up. It has "activities" that are just macros of signals. "Watch TV" will turn on the TV, wake up the HR10-250, turn on the receiver and set it to the proper inputs. When I hit "Off" on the remote it shuts all the devices off. It works the same way to "Watch DVD" --it turns on the DVD player and sets the TV and receiver to the correct inputs.

    This may be way overkill for what you want to do but it does work. All my remotes are put away, the Harmony is the only one I need to use for anything in my system.
  13. MikeNorman

    MikeNorman New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    I think this may be the correct place to ask this question. If not I am very sorry for causing a problem.

    I am schedule Friday morning by Directv to replace my dish and install the MPEG4 dish and H20 MPEG4 receiver to be able to get local high definition channels coming to Oklahoma City early December.

    Does my 5X8 power multiswitch I am currently using have to be replaced? I used it to connect my HR10-250 and other high definition receivers and standard TIVO PVR's.
  14. Budget_HT

    Budget_HT Heavy User (of TiVo)

    Jan 2, 2001

    DirecTV should be expected to replace your 5x8 multiswitch with one that is compatible with the new satellites.

    The potential trap here might be the OTA input to your 5x8 multiswitch. If you are using that to diplex OTA signals with the satellite signals delivered to your receivers, you may need to come up with an alternative method, which DirecTV will likely NOT help you with. The 5-satellite system has downlink frequencies that conflict with OTA UHF frequencies, so diplexing OTA with satellite from DirecTV will not work.

    That said, I have read here or on AVS Forum that some folks are still TEMPORARILY able to use their diplexing, since apparently the interfering frequencis don't come into play until the next satellite is launched. I may have this wrong, but folks have reported this or something similar.

    One potential solution might be to leave your 5x8 multiswitch in place, feeding your current receivers as today. But the satellite inputs to the 5x8 would be fed by 4 outputs of a new multiswitch that supports all 5 satellites. The new HR20 would be fed directly from 2 ports of the new multiswitch.

    This approach can work in part because none of your existing receivers are capable of receiving MPEG-4 signals from the new satellites.

    Anyone, feel free to correct any erros here.
  15. Blademan007

    Blademan007 New Member

    Jul 16, 2002
  16. amberbamber

    amberbamber New Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Has Tivo or anyone released TivoToGo or any similar software for the hr10-250's yet?
    One post said it might be out the end of this year. It seems like a lot of trouble to muck around in my hr10-250 since I'm supposed to be upgraded to the mpeg4 unit when they come out. I have the 5lnb dish already.

    I just watched a commercial tonight about Tivo allowing people to move recorded tivo shows to their laptop computers for portable viewing.

    Is it better to get a stand alone Tivo with dtv to be able to watch shows on my laptop at my leisure?

    Why does dtv have to limit things and screw everything up? :(

  17. feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

    Mar 13, 2001
    Not that I know of. Check the "other" website which I cannot give the URL for. You might find a great deal of info in their database about TiVo.

    If you want to go back to the dark ages as far as picture and sound quality. If you must have MRV and/or transfer shows to your PC and you love DirecTV, get a DirecTV non-HD TiVo. There is software out there to enable HMO and MRV on the DirecTV non-HD TiVos.

    But now is the wrong time to buy a DirecTV TiVo. They are switching to MPEG-4 as you are aware and Rupert Murdoch, the cause of DirecTV ditching TiVo, has sold DirecTV to another company. So off in the distance, there is now a slim chance of a series 3 DirecTV TiVo that does MPEG-4 and all the other goodies.

    Thank Rupert Murdoch for setting technology back with the lowest common denominator. Australia has been thanking him for years. He's gone out of his way to block High Definition in Australia because it costs too much. His philosophy is, if nobody has HD, nobody will miss it.
  18. feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

    Mar 13, 2001
    Pretty soon, the HR10-250 will be useless for HBO, Showtime, etc.
  19. bgshapiro

    bgshapiro New Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    Since the TIVO "Scrooge" has now parted with his interest in DTV, does this mean that DTV may get back on track with TIVO and stop making us use that horrible HD DVR?
  20. BizarroTerl

    BizarroTerl New Member

    Oct 1, 2002
    Please, please, please. We have the DTV HD DVR and it rates a 10 on the 1-10 scale of suckiness.

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