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SDV Adapter Progress

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by britdiver, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Apr 14, 2008 #1 of 290
    britdiver

    britdiver New Member

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    The post on Tivo's website about the "tuning adapter" was released about Aug 2007 and it states "Tuning Adapter that will enable switched digital channels to be viewed on your TiVo DVR is due out later this year". It's now April 2008. It seems that this might kill off Tivo completely if they don't have a good fix.

    I have looked at several threads on this and I didn't see any recent posts.

    Anyone (TivoPony?) have any news on this. I will certainly not be buying another Tivo until this is fixed.
     
  2. Apr 14, 2008 #2 of 290
    blacknoi

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    I'd love to know too as of tomorrow, I'm losing 15 HD channels to Cablevision's decision to implement SDV on the Voom channels (which I LOVE dearly, believe it or not..).

    C'mon Tivo, throw us a bone.
     
  3. Apr 14, 2008 #3 of 290
    acvthree

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    Could Tivo even provide this information? I thought it was dependent on each cable company. Do people think that it will be available on a single release date from all cable TV providers?

    Al
     
  4. Apr 14, 2008 #4 of 290
    moyekj

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    Mission...
    Bingo. At this point since the specs are already in place (Tivo probably had a helping hand in that phase) it's really up to cable box manufacturers first to make the hardware available, then up to your local cable headend to order and make available to customers. Unfortunately I don't see much of a business incentive for the manufacturers or cable companies to get these out quickly (if at all). Hopefully since Tivo has a relationship with Comcast and Cox perhaps they have enough leverage to make it happen eventually, but who knows when... It's already too late for some.
     
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    madneon

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    ASW

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    Gene S

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    My wish would be to have one in time for the Olympics. I can't watch UniversalHD without it.
     
  8. Apr 16, 2008 #8 of 290
    dig_duggler

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    Am I the only one who had some blind faith this might get out Q2 and is suddenly getting very pessimistic about our prospects?
     
  9. Apr 16, 2008 #9 of 290
    spolebitski

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    who is going to provide the adapter ... tivo or the cable company? I'm sure if it is the cable company they are going to stall as long as they can to provide the worst service for the small percentage of people who choose to use the tivo or an alternative dvr.

    the cable companies think that because so many people use their dvr it must be the better device
     
  10. Apr 16, 2008 #10 of 290
    britdiver

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    I posted a couple of messages on the official Tivo forums a few days ago. One was a follow up to a thread about this issue but it hadn't had a post since Sept 2007, and I also started a completely new thread. Not one single reply to either. Amazing. I'm thinking this could slowly kill off Tivo but seems to be flying under the radar. As you say if it ends up being in the hands of the cable companies why would they bother rushing. If Tivo (and cable cards) won't show all channels in the near future, we will have no choice but to go crawling back to the crappy cable company dvr. Tivo needs to be pushing this issue hard and be in control of it. Their the only ones that really have a vested interest in getting this running. Tivo may lead in dvr technology but they really really suck at customer relations. They never give any news about anything (GSOD issue and whether 9.3 has solved it, for example). Also the fact that you can't even email them! To be selling machines and certainly lifetime subscriptions and not be telling people that they may not be able to see all of the channels they pay for, is verging on criminal. Is Tivo about to become the new Betamax?
     
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    mattack

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    "Official Tivo forums"?? Huh?
     
  13. Apr 17, 2008 #13 of 290
    ASW

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    I believe the following may have been posted by Tivo in response to postcards recently sent to Cablevision cablecard customers (other than me) who were offered one non-DVR HD box free for one year if they turn in their cablecard(s) in order to continue to receive 15 VOOM HD channels.

    I would be surprised if the tuning adapter is not available pretty close to end of Q2 '08, but who knows.

    http://tivosupport2.instancy.com/Ti...-88de-4b74-82c1-754c3260112a/ins_content.html
     
  14. Apr 17, 2008 #14 of 290
    ASW

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    The cable company.
     
  15. Apr 17, 2008 #15 of 290
    brettatk

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    So let's think about this now. You are waiting for the Cable Companies to come up with a solution that will enable you to keep using Tivo's DVR instead of the their own. Am I the only one that thinks this isnt likely to happen unless they are forced by the FCC?
     
  16. Apr 17, 2008 #16 of 290
    HDTiVo

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    JWThiers

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    I'm sure your aren't the only one, but the one thing that the cable companies want almost as much as people using only their inferior hardware for everything is people using their services. If it makes sense for the Cable Co's financially to provide the SDV adapter they will. If 100 people with Cable Cards all dropped service because they couldn't get the stations they want anymore at $60 a month for Basic (the real number is probably higher), that is $6000 a month that they are no longer taking in. Let your wallet do the talking. I dropped cable in the early 90's in favor of Satellite (first a big dish later DirecTv) and only recently came back. The reason I left was prices. The reason I came back is pricing was nearly the same and I wanted to keep Tivo as a DVR for HD. 15 years at $60 is over $10,000 times 100 people...

    With cable cards users being a very small minority (a couple of hundred maybe for each company for each area?) when they finally put everything (or everything they can) on SDV and a CC can't resolve anything, people will either break down and get their equipment or find another way to get the content they want. The other ways might not be as easy record directly from the Cable Company, but they aren't difficult either. Economically, right now if I turned off BHN I would save $90 a month. I can get almost everything I want to watch from OTA or Unbox and still save money. What I cant get is Jon Stewert and Colbert. If I got them from Itunes I just about break even. The price difference is a "convenience fee", for me anyway. Take away that and I am gone.
     
  18. Apr 17, 2008 #18 of 290
    britdiver

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    The help forums on Tivo's on support part of their website.
     
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    George Cifranci

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