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Official TiVo HD thread

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

  1. Jul 24, 2007 #61 of 479
    cgould

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    Just like the S3, it will depend on what your cable company has activated/targeted to your account (cablecards.) It is not up to Tivo, but how the CableCards are programmed to map the channels. It would be the same as what your comcast box would show.

    It may be possible (but difficult, normal CSR cluelessness) to get them to change the ADS setting for your account, however you prefer. (Sometimes digital is better quality, sometimes analog, depends how good your analog is. )
    If you get a digital-only comcast box, that will normally activate ADS for your account. If not, it may default to analog mapping. YMMV.
     
  2. Jul 24, 2007 #62 of 479
    aindik

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    Analog might be better than digital at the source, but not once it gets through the TiVo's encoders. It's either far inferior or it takes up almost 3 times the space.

    I have a 3416 now, so it must be is on my account now. Does that mean it will be on future Cablecards I order? Even if I, at the same time I order the Cablecards, turn in the digital box?

    Does anyone know if ADS (nice to know the name of it) is activated for anyone who has digital cable, or only for people with the digital-only DVRs? Or is that a market-by-market question?
     
  3. Jul 24, 2007 #63 of 479
    aus1ander

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    I ordered mine from bestbuy.com today and it shipped within 4 hours, UPS tracking number and all.
     
  4. Jul 24, 2007 #64 of 479
    Mongoos150

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    Interesting - any reason you went with BB over Tivo.com? Which one should I go with? I'm buying tomorow. :)
     
  5. Jul 24, 2007 #65 of 479
    aus1ander

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    I went with BB since I have two Tivos already and want to use the MSD (multi-service discount). If I bought from Tivo.com directly, I would be forced to use their package deals.
     
  6. Jul 24, 2007 #66 of 479
    Mongoos150

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    So - for a first time TiVo buyer, which would you recommend? I'd like the box ASAP, since my cable is being installed next week...
     
  7. Jul 24, 2007 #67 of 479
    smark

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    If you have a box, you should be on ADS. It is not specific to DVRs.
     
  8. Jul 24, 2007 #68 of 479
    Legacy679

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    Tivo website now supports giving MSD. I just had to login to my account and then go to Buy Tivo -> Tivo Plans to see that I could get MSD pricing. I figured it was cheaper to go through Tivo website for free shipping and no taxes.
     
  9. Jul 24, 2007 #69 of 479
    aindik

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    Thanks. Is it fair to say, then, that the only people in an ADS market who are not on ADS are people who have never had a digital box?
     
  10. Jul 24, 2007 #70 of 479
    ldc3000

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    I went with Circuit City. I was going to order from bestbuy, but they weren't offering an extended warranty through the website. I called their customer service and she told me that I could go to my local store and buy the warranty, but didn't know how much it costed. Seemed like to much work since Circuit City had warranty listed right on the same page as the Tivo Hd, so I went with them.
     
  11. Jul 24, 2007 #71 of 479
    aus1ander

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    I don't think it really matters for first time buyers, honestly. The main difference is shipping is free from Tivo.com. I'm not sure if Tivo.com charges sales tax...
     
  12. Jul 24, 2007 #72 of 479
    aaronwt

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    Any mention of Lifetime transfers like with the S3?
     
  13. Jul 24, 2007 #73 of 479
    aus1ander

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    Wow, I stand corrected. So if I had gone with Tivo.com, I probably would have saved 10 bucks.
     
  14. Jul 24, 2007 #74 of 479
    lessd

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    If you cable system has simulcast you will have no say on the channel that is recorded as the cable cards do the switching. I have that system now on my Comcast cable system and I can't get any analog channels, I can't select the record quality for any channel on my Series 3.
     
  15. Jul 24, 2007 #75 of 479
    smark

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    If you mean the only people in an ADS market who are not getting the ADS versions of channels are people WITHOUT a digital box or cablecard then you are correct.
     
  16. Jul 24, 2007 #76 of 479
    Mongoos150

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    Since I can make the purchase all at once (HD box, 1 yr service, Glo remote) I'll go through TiVo.com. I'm purchasing tomorow - hopefully the box will ship quickly (not the 14-21 day estimated shipping)... I dont' even want to THINK about the cablecard nightmare that would make, with my installer coming out next week. >_<
     
  17. Jul 24, 2007 #77 of 479
    mph005

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    They made it pretty clear to me they wouldn't ship until mid August. I suppose you can hope all you want.
     
  18. Jul 24, 2007 #78 of 479
    aindik

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    So it extends to Cablecards, too? That means that any Series 3 or TiVoHD with a Cablecard in it in an ADS market will get the ADS channels? Cool. Exactly the answer I was looking for.
     
  19. Jul 24, 2007 #79 of 479
    sirfergy

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    I wonder when this will be available for rewards and how many points. :)
     
  20. Jul 24, 2007 #80 of 479
    ZeoTiVo

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    there is a massive difference between eSata drive and wireless USB adpaters.
    USB adaptes kept changing chip sets and never wrote linux drivers for them. TiVo had a very hard time keeping up with those changes plus all the time anything they could do just sucked up resources on the TiVo DVR. Finally tiVo put out its own adapter and designed it to do most of the work on the adpater versus on the DVR.
    I would not use another adapter on the TiVo DVR anyway, they are designed for PCs and not for a consumer electronic appliance running Linux
     

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