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Thinking about DirectTV / TIVO.. opinions and technical info needed

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by stickpony, May 16, 2013.

  1. stickpony

    stickpony New Member

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    Hi Everybody.

    I live in Coral Springs, FL, and we have the worst cable company in the world. last year, we bought two Tivo Premieres for $99 each and the life-time buyout fee of $399 per machine. I love the Tivo interface, and the ability to share recordinsg across the network.

    Rcently, our cable company ditched its analog channels permanently. all channels are digital now. We don't have a cable card nor use the cable provider's decoder box, we just buy the basic cable package plus extended cannels, for a total of about 99 channels( the lower 99).

    we dont get any pay channels, but are fine with that.

    one of the major problems with the changeover, was that the Tivo program guide doesn't match any of the new channels, even after running all updates and re-scanning all the channels. its been two months now, and still no correction. the channels are the "same' n the sense that lets say that channel 19 is the CW network, but channel 19 doesn't have any content on it, Channel 19-1 and 19-2 have the content( one is SD and the other is HD ).

    this poses the problem where none of the programming matches the channels...

    I was looking at DirectTV as an alternatve, and saw that they have a Tivo unit. My question is this: can i utilize my existing Tivo units on our TVs, and put the DirectTV Tivo unit on a 3rd TV, and have them all co-mingle together nicely, including sharing recordings across my home network? Or do I have to have directTV Tivo units on all TVs to decode the Direct TV signal?


    Thanks for any advice/knowledge that you can give:)
     
  2. joed32

    joed32 New Member

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    The Directv TIVO unit doesn't share recordings at all.
     
  3. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

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    Your Premieres will not work with D* and the THR22 DVR with TiVo does not have the features of a Premiere either. A Joad stated, there is no sharing with the THR22.

    If you want whole-home service, you need the new Genie (HR34/44), which has five tuners plus clients for each TV. You would lose the TiVo interface, but gain features like On-Demand and some others. The D* boxes do not have Netflix and many other apps that are on your TiVo.

    As for your program guide, I would think that it's a problem with Tribune not having the correct lineup from your cable company.

    My in-laws in Kissimmee have Brighthouse cable and seem to be pretty happy with it.
     
  4. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    this should be able to be corrected in a few days with a call to tivo support. you can submit the info to correct online, too.

    cable tivos will not work with dtv. imho, if you are paying nothing now, you're really not going to like dtv.

    dtv does not include monthly equipment fees in their advertised new customeer package pricing. once the promo is over halfway through the contract, the monthly price for the second year is unbelievable.
     
  5. PCurry57

    PCurry57 Liberal Hippie Chick

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    $7 per extra device is hardly unbelievably high
     
  6. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    that's not the only charge not included in the package price, just one example. there's the dvr service fee, the hd service fee, the whole home service fee, etc...
     
  7. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    Well, no whole home with THR22. TiVo fees for cable are as high if not higher.
     
  8. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    of course the fees are comparable, and that was the point: dtv fees are not advertised, and that makes the dtv new customer offer appear less expensive than it really ends up costing in the end.

    dtv advertises only the package cost. then they offer "free hd dvr up to x rooms". what they don't say is that the "free hd dvr" is only free the day you place the order. after that, it's another $17-$38 on top of the advertised package price.

    so, $29.99 a month ends up $67.99 a month, and that's just the first year - it goes up another $20-$30 after that, and you're under contract.

    the op is paying nothing now, already has two tivos, and is looking into jumping into the dtv fray. sounds like cost could be one concern.
     
  9. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

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    If you take the blinkers off, you'll notice that D* is not doing anything that all the others aren't!

    The free DVR refers to the fact that they will provide you with the equipment for free, but there is a DVR fee which is clearly (albeit in smaller print) stated in the advertising. there is a fee for each receiver, which is NOT waived for any period of time, and the price clearly states that the programming price will increase by X amount after 12 months of a two-year contract.

    Cable companies are famous for hidden fees - trust me, I know, I worked for one for two years.

    I'm not particularly a D* fanboy, but it is basically one of two options for me where I live (out of range of cable and no OTA available).

    However, if you are going to be a hater, get the full facts first.
     
  10. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    let me do a better job to spell this out for those who were confused by my comments. i never said dtv was more expensive, just tried to warn the op that dtv was as expensive. didn't want that shiny new customer offer to mislead the op.

    i'm not a dtv hater - dtv is a great service. if it's right for you, go for it. dtv offered a bigger selection of hbo & showtime hd channels compared to cable. dtv also offered fewer hd package channels.

    the monthly bill was the same or higher than cable. the picture compares evenly imho. either way, i prefer tivo equipment over dtv or cable.

    p.s. not a single error was identified in my commnets
     
  11. TonyTheTiger

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    No-one said there were errors. All I was doing is pointing out the fact that this is not a devious method of advertising used by D*. Everyone does the same thing. In fact, some of the worst offenders are the major cable companies!

    Your posts just always make it look like a poke at D*, so maybe softening your style may be a suggestion.
     
  12. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    the op has cable, already knows their pricing, asked for dtv opinions, and those opinions were given.

    laughable coming from you, tony!
     
  13. Johncv

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    You have two TiVo's with lifetime, why not just get two cablecards? :confused:

    I think that will cost you less then going with DirectTV.
     

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