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Official TiVo HD thread

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by MickeS, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    the cards themselves do not do the talking back to the cable company. Cable companies have proposed a bi-directional standard that includes current cable card and a docsis modem and an OCAP system that runs java code. That is a lot of extra to ask Tivo and even more so a TV manufacturer to include so the Consumer Electronics Association has not signed off on such an onerous standard and nothing fast is happening. A big stumbling block as well is the cable companies legitimate desire to control how PPV/VOd is presented to the customer which of course raises some big complications for a 3rd party like TiVo that wants to woark on any cable company system
     
  2. dirk1843

    dirk1843 I'm your huckleberry

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    I saw an HDTiVo at local CC yesterday. No pricing and I wasn't even sure what it was unitl I started looking on TiVo's site today.
     
  3. acheslow

    acheslow New Member

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    I felt the same way until I considered the Amazon Unbox service as a replacement for VOD. Have you checked out the content available "on demand" from Amazon?
     
  4. jkalnin

    jkalnin Baad Spellor

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    It sounds to me like you can still use OnDemand, just not through Tivo HD. Just have the cable split, one goes to converter box, other goes to HD Tivo. Connect Tivo to TV in one input, then the converter box to another. I didn't say it was the perfect solution, just a workaround.
     
  5. Eitel

    Eitel Active Member

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    The thing is that the HD Tivo doesn't work with a converter box. So you will be paying for two outlets of service in order to do this.
     
  6. Dmon4u

    Dmon4u Unresponsive User

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  7. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    Yep. That's what we do. We have the Comcast DVR for On Demand stuff and then use the S3's for everything else including PPV. We do have to pay for the extra box. In fact, Comcast has told us we can't get any PPV on the S3 unless we have their box to i"use as a gateway". It's about 12 bucks a month extra.
     
  8. dolfer

    dolfer Myles Standish Proud

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  9. dolfer

    dolfer Myles Standish Proud

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    Nevermind... Judging from the photo of the card at the top of the page (s) which has "Multi-Stream" and "M-Card" stamped on it I guess they are the same thing! ;)
     
  10. cr33p

    cr33p New Member

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    Im looking at one right now on Ebay :) TivoHD here I come ;P
     
  11. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

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    Not being able to get rid of my "additional outlet fee," that makes the difference between a) the TiVo box fee plus three years under the MSD at $6.95, and b)three years of $11.95 for the DVR with Comcast, $132.17. IOW, the TiVoHD costs $132.17 (present value) more than the Comcast DVR over an assumed three year life, for someone eligible for MSD. Is it worth it? On the pro side, there's the TiVo software and the ability to expand the storage space and integrate my HD recording and my SD recording on a single box with a single Now Playing list. On the con side, there's the price and the loss of VOD. Decisions decisions.
     
  12. aus1ander

    aus1ander New Member

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    Just opened mine and going through guided setup as I type. I must say, it looks much nicer in person than in the pictures. It looks really shoddy and cheap in all the pictures, but up close, it looks pretty cool.
     
  13. dolfer

    dolfer Myles Standish Proud

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    Are you using an M-Card???? Who is your cable provider?
     
  14. megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

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    ROFL!! TiVo® Series3™ HD DVR , 180-hour TiVo® HD DVR! :eek: Please forgive me! I sit corrected <vbg>
     
  15. megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

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    Zeo, I already have a registered box and I'm in my first 30 days of service. When I get the 180-hour TiVo® HD DVR, I want to transfer my 3-year contract to the new box and discontinue the Humax.

    So far, the SOAK has been (at least my understanding was) to buy the new TiVo HD DVR from another source, e.g., Circuit City, WITHOUT a TiVo contract, and then transfer service to the new TiVo HD DVR box. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I figure TiVo then loses the extra profit on the box to Circuit City. ;)
     
  16. aus1ander

    aus1ander New Member

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    No M-card... no cable cards for that matter (yet). I have a proprietary cable company that does not offer cable cards, but I get all the networks OTA by antenna. I'm eventually moving and will use Charter then.
     
  17. aus1ander

    aus1ander New Member

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    So after playing around with the TiVoHD, I only have one gripe (which I knew about before buying it). Why would TiVo just pull the standard menu typeface thats meant to be 4:3 and just stretch it to a widescreen format? It looks pretty bad. You think as they move to having multiple platforms that they would support widescreen tvs better, especially since 90% of TVs sold today are high definition sets.

    Otherwise, the TiVoHD pretty much lives up to all the reviews. I haven't played with it enough to see if there are audio sync issues (will be recording some HD shows tonight).
     
  18. Stainless Steele

    Stainless Steele Wake-Maker!

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    I tried to activate it last night but the rep said they were so new that the S/Ns were not in the system and to call back to night. So when I get home we will see! I have to say it's a very nice looking box!
     
  19. Illrigger

    Illrigger New Member

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    Just ordered my Tivo HD! I had a Philips Series 1 many long years ago, but strayed away to MCE for a few years. With all the new issues brought on by the HD era (I'm too far from the broadcast towers to get all my locals from OTA, QAM not including all of them, and CableCARD-ready PCs a minimum of $1300), the THD seems by far the best thing going.

    I called my local cable company (my city power company provides cable TV and internet, competing head on with Comcast), and they just got their m-cards in last week! Now I just need to wait for my THD to arrive; is there really a 3 week wait?
     
  20. megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

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    First, Congratulations!

    Next . . . I thought ALL cable companies were required by FCC mandate to provide cable cards. I have written to BrightHouse (lacking any info about Bright House cards either here or on their website) to inquire about the cards before I order.

    I'm interested in what I can receive without cable too. That sounds very interesting. :)
     

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