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Honest opinion about TiVo before I switch from Dish Network to Comcast?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by sofakng, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    If he doesn't need 4 tuners he'd be better served getting a used lifetime HD off of fleabay. Could use it for a while and resell it in future with minimal cost if Tivo ever gets a sniff on how to finish the HDUI (slowness included) on the Premiere.
     
  2. Meditas

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    I have a two year contract with Dish and I am not happy with my DVR system, I thought to order the new hopper from Dish or go directly to TiVo Elite and keep it for years to come, my questions are,
    - Do you see any compatibility issues with TiVo and Dish??
    - With the hopper I can trash all other 3 receivers from Dish and connect all
    my TVs, can I do the same with TiVo or I need to buy few receivers from TiVo

    Thank you for your time
     
  3. MeInDallas

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    The new Tivo's do not work with Dish, if thats what you were trying to do.
     
  4. Meditas

    Meditas New Member

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    Thank you very much; I was just trying to buy TiVo Elite...
    So, I guess. I have to keep my Dish and it is not very smart to invest another $500 for hopper just to dump it in a year. I should just find a way to cancel my subscription with DishÂ…
     
  5. MeInDallas

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    Youre welcome, but unfortunately The Elite/XL4 will only work with digital cable or FiOS. The Hopper from what I have read about it, will record 6 channels but its a bit deceiving. 4 of those channels are limited to ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, and then 2 of the other tuners you can record other cable channels. I sure wouldnt throw down $500 if thats what they want for it, and then it be tied to Dish forever.
     
  6. TZR916

    TZR916 New Member

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    I had dish for over 12 years. The last Dish box I had was the Vip722 with Sling Adapter and external hard disk for archiving. I put my Dish account on $5/mo vacation hold for 6 months to try out Comcast with Tivo Elite. I just got done cancelling Dish for good and sending my Dish DVR back. I really like the Tivo Elite 4 tuners. The guide speed is fine, but beware of using the remote to edit your season passes or you will be waiting 5-6 minutes to get back to watching Tv (just use the iPad app). You will get used to the little Tivo quirks, and as long as your cable signal is clean there won't be any reboots. Be sure to check out if your area has Xfinity On Demand for Tivo or you will be stuck without any PPV (my area just came on line). A few things that I do miss are the organizational format of the recorded shows lists (no custom folders/sorting on Tivo), the ability to create multiple channel guides/favorites (on Tivo there's only ONE), and Dual Mode (Tivo only outputs ONE Tv signal so no PIP or secondary room Tv watching a different channel).

    In all, I am very happy with my Elite purchase. Thinking forward to the stream or mini for additional rooms... and dreaming of Amazon Prime.
     
  7. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    tivo's hd gui is my favorite part of tivo. it's much faster than directv's hd gui could ever hope to be. i never had dish, and never will.
     
  8. compnurd

    compnurd New Member

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    +1
     
  9. sofakng

    sofakng New Member

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    Well, I've just received my XL4 and so far I'm pretty happy!

    I haven't installed a cable card yet, but just navigating the menus seems pretty good. The HDUI Guide is plenty fast and I am VERY picky about that so I'm thrilled that it's as fast as it is.

    The Dish Hopper is a tiny bit faster but not much.

    The rest of the HDUI is a bit slower but it's definitely acceptable. If the 2-tuner Premiere is faster then it should be quite fast since even the XL4 isn't that bad.

    I don't have a cable card installed yet so I can't test the skip forward/backward speed but that's my next (and last) area of concern so we'll see how fast it can skip...
     
  10. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    :up::up:

    i think you'll be happy with the skip feature, too...
     

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