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Thoughts on the new DirecTV TiVo

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by buscuitboy, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    If you have lifetime service with DirecTV for old DTiVos, then you are exempt from the monthly TiVo fee.
     
  2. pjs2004

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    I upgraded to the THR-22 after using a Hughes HDVR2 for 10 years. The only reason I got it was because the tuners started to go bad in the HDVR2. I've been using the THR-22 for about 8 months. All things considered, my 10 year old DirecTivo was better. It was way smoother and had only one major glitch that annoyed me: it would jump ahead sometimes when fast forwarding. The THR-22 does this as well, but much more often. Actually, it's even worse because it will jump forward while fast fowarding, but the video it shows after the jump is not updated. So when you stop it where it looks like it's right after the commercials, it's actually like 2 minutes into the program. That's only one thing, out of like 20, that annoys me on the THR-22.
     
  3. Wil

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    I forget the name of the marketing law: you reach a state of customer satisfaction with a product, and it is mandatory that you discontinue that product and introduce inferiors. More features, but fundamental soundness of functionality abandoned. Not just abandoned: repudiated, forced into obsolescence.

    The THR-22 is not terrible, but we used to be in a better place and some fools thought we would move forward from there. Shame on us.
     
  4. chamelea

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    After some research here I accepted the 2 yr commitment for a free THR-22, plus free HD, plus the $10/mo credit. I was upgrading from my old HR-10 that had lost local channels. I was intent on getting a dTiVo for the slow motion feature, which seems to be less functional on D* units.

    FWIW, I find the new uint generally quicker than the HR-10. The slow motion is exactly what I was expecting, which I find essential for watching NFL games. In the month it's been here I have not experienced any of the deficiencies noted here, or elsewhere. Satisfied user? Yep.
     
  5. chepworth

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    Have you used the On Demand feature, and if so do you find it fully functional for a wide variety of content? How do you have it connected to the internet?
     
  6. TonyTheTiger

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    On Demand worked fine for me.

    However, I had a new dish and SWiM installed today, along with an HR34 Whole Home DVR (I have an HR22 in the bedroom). It replaced the THR22 I've been using for over 2 years.

    I'll miss the badoop, but I can live with that. The only thing I really miss so far is the guide. I used to love the list style over the grid, but I do like having shows set to record indocated in the grid and the channels I can't get are grayed out.

    I won't miss TiVo's ability to add informercial channels and others to my list at random.
     
  7. billux

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    There will occasionally be a title that will glitch and not d/l. game of thrones 1.3 was that way for us.
     
  8. Davelnlr_

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    Directv raises their prices every year in February, often a doubt digit % increase.

    Fees for their Genie, additional rooms, even to enable your OWN OWNED TV for RVU capability is something you need to add up.

    They also charge you for the ability to share programs between each room.

    Anything you get from them, will need to be returned after you discontinue service. You dont own any of the boxes. You pay the same price up front as buying a Tivo, but unlike Tivo, its not yours.

    Depending on your Comcast market, DirecTv has far less basic HD channels than Xfinity.

    DirecTv charges an HD fee, then charges another fee for many of the HD channels they call the Xtra Pak, which has channels included in Digital Preferred.

    Ive been a DirecTv customer since they fired up their first satellite. I upgraded to the Genie system (along with my HR24 DVR, and two HD receivers) when it came out, which put me into a two year contract. I signed up for Xfinity under a promo plan at the same time, and purchased a Premier with lifetime service.

    After comparing the two services side by side, and the full price + fees for each service along with the channels I get in HD, I purchased another Tivo Premier 4 tuner, and will be deactivating my DirecTv account as soon as the contract is up at the end of the year. I personally feel Xfinity+Tivo is a much better value for my money than DirecTv+leased equipment.

    I wont even go into the fact that each and every software update to the DirecTv boxes seems to slow the boxes down to where some of them are frustratingly slow, and even their new boxes, like the Genie, are getting slower and slower each month.

    Since, unlike Xfinity, you cannot test drive a DirecTv system for 30 days and get your money back, be prepared to live with your decision for two years. And get all you can from them free upfront, because once you are a customer, you dont get squat for upgrades. My parents (also DirecTv customers since day 1) cannot even get a slow HR21 with 300GB drive replaced without paying full lease fee plus new contract.

    Also be aware that the Genie is the ONLY box from DirecTv you can order and be guarenteed to get. Any other DirecTv boxes you get could be new HR24's with 500GB drive, or coulde be an old slow refurb HR21 with 300GB drive like my parents have. And once installed, you are stuck with it.

    The grass is NOT always greener on the other side. I strongly suggest going to a friends house who has DirecTv, and actually using the equipment for an afternoon before you decide.

    Im not anti-Directv by any means, they still have as good as or better best picture quality of any provider, but their fees and upfront costs if you cannot get them waived, plus their use of old antiquated boxes keeps me from recommending them anymore.
     
  9. Adam1115

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    Kidzone, MRV, TTG were all available in 2006.
     
  10. bengalfreak

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    MRV may not have come along on the series 3 until the end of 2007, but I haven't had Tivos with cable TV since 2006, and those units had MRV then.
     
  11. joed32

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    Been with Directv forever and have never seen a double digit % price increase.
     
  12. Davelnlr_

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    Not for programming alone, but if you add in the hikes to the service fees, equipment fees, and premium channel fees together, some this year are reporting 10-15% increases to their bill (threads on the dbstalk forum). I suspect it depends how many boxes, and what programs you subscribe to. My bill averaged a $5/mo increase this year.

    My point was that all providers raise prices every year, not just Comcast.
     
  13. Adam1115

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    I still don't get why everyone forgets kidzone. It is literally the number one feature of TiVo for me and the THR-22 is the ONLY TiVo not to have it. DirecTV parental controls are a complete clusterf***.
     
  14. Arcady

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    The Premiere no longer has it. They removed it in the Fall 2012 update.
     
  15. Adam1115

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    REALLY? Wow, that's crazy, I loved that feature. It worked SO well!
     
  16. Arcady

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    I couldn't care less about KidZone, but a bunch of people were upset about it. Apparently TiVo did not want to update it for the HDUI.

    The upcoming user profiles may be an alternative, but we won't know until the Spring 2013 update.

    Of course, none of this applies to the DirecTV box. I doubt it ever gets an upgrade.
     
  17. joed32

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    They all do raise their prices every year. Some people exaggerate when they talk about their increases. It's a very competitive business and all of the providers tend to keep their pricing in the same range and that includes price increases. If they don't they will lose subscribers to one of the others.
     
  18. kews12

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    I am in the process of looking to upgrade to HD & was planning on upgrading both recieers to TiVo, but now Im unsure that going back to TiVo will be the right move if the software is so problematic. I have hated the loss of TiVo with Direct TV, but live where cable is not an option. The DVR misses programs as well as cuts off programs early, a problem we never had with TiVo. I dont use On Demand or any other features other than scheduling via the DirecTv mobile app, so thinking maybe the issues wont affect me, but if TiVo is having issues with not functioning properly, maybe I should just stick with their DVR.
     
  19. stevel

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    I would recommend staying with the DirecTV DVRs. From what you wrote in the other post, the TiVo-based THR22 holds no advantage for you, and it costs more.
     
  20. sk33t3r

    sk33t3r New Member

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    I think Im going to go the hr24 upgrade route myself, Directv offered me HR24 or THR22 as a free replacement for my ailing dsr7000. Of course weaknees sells refurbed dsr7x for about $200, not HD though :(
     

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