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Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mchad, Sep 12, 2006.
Thank you. Fantastic.
Thank you. Fantastic. I'll be there.
You want NASA TV, see HME/VLC (in my sig). But yeah, for shuttle launches I'd recommend HDNet.
can you watch shows on demand with fios and Tivo?
TiVo doesn't support Fios' VOD, but they have their own (more or less), via TiVoCasts and Amazon Unbox (now just called Amazon VOD, I think). Plus Netflix soon!
cool thanks for the heads up!
I have two Series 2 TiVo's (one 40-hour and the other 80-hour w/dual tuner) and was scheduled for a Verizon Fios install this morning. I don't currently have HD nor did I order it. The salesman that I dealt with assured me both my TiVo's would work and that he was ordering "cable cards" for both of them.
The technician that came out to install this morning said there's nowhere on either Series 2 to insert the cable card.
A) Is this true, and B) is there an alternative to ditching the TiVo's? Any help would be appreciated!!!
Only the Series 3 Tivo's have cable card slots. You would need to use Verizon's set top box w/ your Series 2 Tivo's just like you did w/ cable.
Thanks for the input. The problem for me was the IR cables didn't work well and (just like Comcast) Verizon doesn't support TiVo's box controlling theirs.
Man...it looks like I'm going to have to shelve my TiVo's for their multi-room viewing DVR system.
I would seriously consider upgrading to the Series 3 Tivo. It ends up being more expensive in the beginning but over time you would re-coup your money plus be ready to upgrade to HD. From what I have heard the FIOS DVR's suck and don't have nearly the recording capacity that you can get w/ a Tivo.
Check out this thread reference using an HDTivo for non-HD tv:
I thought they were doing away with series 3, I would go for TivoHD unit and it is cheaper than S3 I believe.
Really? I used the Verizon set top box to control my Series 2 for several months (before upgrading to TivoHD and an HDTV), and never had any issues whatsoever. I tested it with both IR Blasters and a serial connection, and neither gave any trouble. Do NOT shelve tivo because of a minor issue like this. You can make them work.
I didn't test the IR leads on the Verizon STB, but with Comcast's box they "misfired" about 50% of the time. Neither Comcast's nor Verizon's box allow themselves to be controlled via serial connection.
Don't confuse the set top box with the digital adapter. The digital adapter (DCT-700) is a small sleek thing with no LED numbers on the front. I never used one from Verizon, but had one with Comcast with no IR Blaster trouble. These don't have a means for serial control.
The set top box (http://www22.verizon.com/residential/fiostv/EquipmentDetails/EquipmentDetails.htm?Media=3) is much more robust, and is serial controllable (but even then, I opted for IR Blasters).
I have no problem controlling the DCT-700 with my TiVo 540, although it is a little slow. And I recommend not doing anything else with the remote until the channel is actually changed.
Don't just assume that bad performance with Comcast's box will translate to Verizon's.
My 2 S2s control the SD Verizon STBs (Moto QIP-2500 I believe) just fine. IR blasters work fine. Serial control is fine unless you try to tune to a 4 digit channel - that is above chanel 999. FWIW, lots of other folks have reported no problem controlling the low-end DCT700 as well.
I also seem to remember one of my S2s controlled the HD STB fine - for the short period I had one.
Be patient when running Guided Setup and you'll be OK with Verizon STBs and your S2.
Can anyone confirm if the M Cards are available in the New York area? I called Verizon about it and they either told me they don't know anything about it or they just heard about it and don't know when it will be available.
FWIW, verizon came out and put an M-card into my new TivoHD. I inquired as to whether he had any others on him. He did, and we replaced the two S-cards with one M-card in my other TivoHD. Now to go wrestle with billing for them.
Oh, and when I asked to switch from Moca internet (coax) to ethernet they've totally bungled it. Now I've got neither coax nor ethernet. Three different calls now and the finger-pointing between departments goes on. FIOS, great technology operated by an utterly incompetent bureaucracy.
I had absolutely nothing by trouble with my S2 and a QIP-2500. Serial just wouldn't work at all (it did, for about 2 days). IR was unreliable. That and the box would just HANG all the time. No thanks. I switched to a TivoHD with an M-card and it's working great. Even better, the TivoHD downconverts the HD stations to display on the old CRT TV I'm using for it.
I've been looking at getting a lifetime subscription for a while now, but never had a decent opportunity. My parents want a TiVoHD and TiVoHD is offering a decent package which includes a lifetime subscription. Could I just swap my TiVoHD with the new box which has the lifetime subscription without having Verizon come out to reinstall the cable cards? I'd just give my parents my old TiVoHD with a gift card for service while keeping the new box with the lifetime plan. If switching the boxes will be too much of a hassle, I guess I'll just keep looking for other options. Thanks for any advice!