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Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bdraw, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    Yeah, another little bird told me the same thing, but it's not a bird I trust overly much. When my TiVos are getting all the scheduled SDV programming, I'll believe it. Or maybe I'll just switch from TWC to Grande. I've been threatening to do that for a while. Grande is certainly cheaper.

    I can't really say for certain. I looked up BeyondTV, and the support site says it can write MPEG-2 files, which really should be compatible with the TiVo, but should and are can be two different things. You might have to run them through a pre-processor like QuickFix in VideoRedo. Try it and see. You alos might try pyTiVo if TiVo Desktop doesn't work (or maybe just because pyTiVo works better than TiVo Desktop).
  2. pmiranda

    pmiranda Member

    Feb 12, 2003
    Austin, TX
    Yeah, that's why I asked somebody that says they did it. I don't intend to be mean when I say this, but you don't have to reply to every post on this thread.
  3. gatzke

    gatzke New Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    You can try out Beyond TV for a month for free.

    Using a PVR 500 card with hardware encryption for two channels, it writes normal MPeg2 files in a directory of your choosing on your PC. Running tivo desktop allows my Tivo HD to see that PC on the network and it treats all the video on the PC as a single group in "my playing" list. This is not especially good, since the PC has 1 TB+ (lots of video files). The Beyond TV names the files rationally enough to at least tell what show it was. No transcode needed, just select the file and start it downloading to you my playing list, then watch as it streams.

    I think it may also work with the HD homerun, which can record two SD or clear QAM HD. I would go with that one, since it does HD and it does not need a slot, just a connection on your wired network and a cable in.

    BTV actually gives me stability issues, so I am not 100% behind it. It seems to need a daily reboot. Not sure if it is due to watching live TV overnight or what? They are looking at my logs to see if it is something I have done in my config, but it for the most part works and is very snappy.

    The PC is also down right now since I had to send back my PCV 500 Hauppage card. Terrible signal on some channels, but some were ok. Maybe I just have a bad card. After months of PC headache, the Tivo is nice (only one week of cable card SDV headache...)

    The coolest part is using a slingbox on the Tivo to stream tivo back to the PC. I can move stuff to the PC if I wanted, but it is so much easier to just stream it to the bedroom PC.
  4. gatzke

    gatzke New Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    Apparently I have something wrong with my hardware, probably a flaky IDE controller. So maybe Beyond TV is not to blame, although it should have been able to gracefully fail on me. Another good thing about Tivo, limited hardware combinations so they should be able to minimize hardware issues or at least handle them somewhat well. I have never had a Tivo hardware problem (knock on wood) so I don't really know how good they are about HD failure or other issues.

    Hauppage sent me back a working PVR 500 MCE card and it works very well in Beyond TV to make two simultaneous SD Mpeg 2 recordings. All my quality problems are gone now, just the HD stability issue on the HTPC. For about the same cost, I think I would still try the HDHomerun instead of the PVR 500 card.

    Funny thing is, with a Slingbox on the Tivo running to the HTPC, my wife likes to just watch the Tivo in the bedroom. Slight loss of quality, but it simplifies reconciliation of the to-do list since the HTPC and Tivo don't communicate. So maybe the Tivo will be hers and I can fill the HTPC up with Sci-Fi and animated comedies... I would like to expand the HD on the Tivo, but I am waiting on a blessed 1 TB drive to come out for the Tivo HD. They can't suppress it forever, can they?
  5. JimWall

    JimWall Member

    Oct 19, 2002
    Here is some good news. In Mason Oh (near cincinnati) My Tivo S3 started working with Time Warner HD channels which before were only showing a Pay Per View advertisement. Channels were added last fall (espn2 hd, tbs hd, history hd and a couple others). I assumed they were not working because of SDV. Last week the channels were working on one and not the other S3. I rebooted the other S3 and next day they were also working on it. I called time warner cable to find out what changed and whether it was permanent. The customer service person didn't have a clue but I guess they moved the channels from SDV to the normal. Maybe there were enough FCC complaints but who knows?
  6. mercurial

    mercurial Retro-Av

    Oct 17, 2002
    Caraleigh, NC
    Similar experience as what I posted about here in Raleigh/Cary, NC several weeks ago. Of course I seem to be seeing a LOT of compression on some of the HD channels now so maybe there was an SDV hiccup and it's just a temporary work around. On some of the SD digital channels, I can even tell the frame rate has dropped (or effectively dropped) a bit.
  7. PacketBoy

    PacketBoy New Member

    Mar 11, 2005
    Raleighwood, NC
    What part of Raleigh / Cary is Caraleigh in? hahaha (-:

    SCSIRAID Active Member

    Feb 2, 2003
    Vero Beach, FL
    Perhaps its near Raleighwood? :)
  9. mercurial

    mercurial Retro-Av

    Oct 17, 2002
    Caraleigh, NC
    The part that's "in Cary" but has a "Raleigh zip".... Endless fun and excitement trying to give directions or deal with utilities/municipal services... :rolleyes:
  10. TimmyZ

    TimmyZ New Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    I've been watching and reading the "Comcast TiVO" thread over on the AVS boards, waiting for over a year now for Comcast to release their version of TiVO. And now that Comcast is finally rolling out their version, and reading all of the issues that people are having, it's got me wondering again - Comcast TiVO vs. TiVO HD.

    The Comcast TiVO interface and features will never match the real thing. TiVO to Go, the Music interface, sharing between units. I'm tired of waiting, and I'm really worried that it will be a much inferior product, when compared to the real thing. So I think I've talked myself into wanting to purchase a TiVO HD.

    My only concern is SDV. I've seen and read reports that Denver, CO (where I am) has started rolling out SDV. And as of yet, SDV isn't supported on TiVO hardware. It could be another year - and who knows, maybe even longer - before it is.

    Can someone tell me which Denver channels (or areas) are SDV, and if Comcast is only using SDV to deliver new channels? I've read on Wiki, that an entire head end will deliver SDV, or not. Then I've read on this board, people talking about only certain channels that are switched. Now I'm confused. Which is correct?

    I really hate this Comcast Motorola box with the IGuide - I want my TiVO... but I don't want to lose channels I watch either. Does anyone know, or can you point me toward a list of these channels?

  11. Brad Smith

    Brad Smith New Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    TWC in Lincoln, NE, has several SDV channels as well.
  12. vstone

    vstone New Member

    May 11, 2002
    I suspect that the TWC SC system is also SDV.
  13. Talkincat

    Talkincat New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    TWC in Milwaukee also has a ton of SDV channels. 6, I think. Among basic cable channels that are available in HD, I believe more are SDV than aren't.
  14. gatzke

    gatzke New Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    I suffer from SDV in Columbia, SC. About half my "free" HD programming is not available on the Tivo HD and 1/4 of my paid HD tier channels are SDV.
  15. Feb 1, 2008 #1015 of 2401

    sidsub New Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    TWC in Austin, TX just added 7 or 8 new HD channels. They're of course all SDV (in addition to several HD channels that were already that way). I want that tuning resolver now!!!
  16. Feb 1, 2008 #1016 of 2401

    Nugget New Member

    Nov 4, 2002
    Austin TX USA
    I'd love to drop my DirecTV and switch to cable but living in Austin I'm pretty much stuck until there's an SDV solution.
  17. Feb 1, 2008 #1017 of 2401

    cdp1276 New Member

    Mar 24, 2003
    Fairport, NY
    You and me both!! They are starting to roll out more HD content in my area too and they are all SDV. Here is our current list of the following are now SDV on TW Rochester:
    1015 MTV HD
    1037 A&E HD
    1049 TBS HD
    1053 ESPN2 HD
    1054 Universal HD
    1055 National Geographic HD

    Do we have a status on the TiVo dongle that is suppose to resolve this?

    As you can see I have a growing list of channels that I can't get. It is good to see the TiVo S3 now knowing which channels are SDV and giving us a blue bar saying channel not available in your area.

  18. Feb 1, 2008 #1018 of 2401

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

    Jul 10, 2004
    San Diego,...
  19. Feb 1, 2008 #1019 of 2401

    bicker bUU

    Nov 9, 2003
    I wonder what the significance is of the specification just being released. Does this provide any more insight into the timetable (i.e., "not soon")?
  20. Feb 1, 2008 #1020 of 2401

    jlb Go Pats!

    Dec 13, 2001
    Newburyport, MA

    Love this:

    Nice circular reference. Efficient.

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