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Tivo gets an extender!

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by mr.unnatural, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Saw this over at The Missing Remote (which is, ironically, an HTPC website). Tivo's IP-STB extender has just been announced for fall release. Here's a link. There's a link to Tivo's full press release in the article. It appears that this is only going to be offered to GCI subscribers, but it will be interesting to see if Tivo expands the offering to the general public at a later date. I'd be curious to see if this device can link to more than one Tivo on a home network.
     
  2. CoxInPHX

    CoxInPHX COX Communications

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  3. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    I don't visit the Premiere forum so I missed it. Sorry for the duplicate thread.
     
  4. wco81

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    So this is now vapor right? We're well past Fall.
     
  5. innocentfreak

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    It was pushed back until 2013.
     
  6. wco81

    wco81 Member

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    I Googled Tivo Extender and this thread was one of the hits.

    A lot of the other ones are from earlier in the year when they announced it. So if Tivo officially announced the delay, Google can't seem to find a web page about it.
     
  7. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    TiVo never officially announced a release date so they didn't officially announce a delay.

    One of the things TiVo needed to get out is the update which is just now rolling out to the priority signups. As a result with the holidays, there is just not enough time to get it out before the end of the year.

    There are also rumors they wanted to change how the live TV function worked so that would require another update.
     
  8. shwru980r

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    It seems counter intuitive to use a Tivo to watch live TV. Maybe they should have released the Mini without the live TV functionality.
     
  9. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    If a Tivo is the only tuner attached to a TV monitor then there's no reason not to use it for live TV. I think most people would prefer to watch current news and not something that's been recorded, unless it's a special newscast they'd like to keep. A DVR isn't the answer to all TV viewing.
     
  10. lessd

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    I and many of my friends may not be home for the 6:30p network news, I record this news and can see it in less that 20 minuets when I do get home that night (I have a season pass that keeps only one news program so if I don't get to watch that night the next night it will be replaced with that night news), I can skip stories that I have no interest in, and of course the commercials.
     
  11. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    I was thinking more along the lines of late breaking reports, such as watching the status of Sandy on The Weather Channel or any other real-time event. I had to keep tabs on what Sandy was doing in my area and watching a recording that's a couple of hours old wasn't going to cut if. There are times when you need live TV. If it's not urgent, then a DVR is fine. Some things simply cannot wait.
     
  12. ah30k

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    The fact of the matter is that TiVo people tend to look down upon anyone watching anything that hasn't been previously set up as a season pass or at least programmed 24 hrs in advance.

    They think people who watch live don't deserve to have a TiVo.
     
  13. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Well it does seem fairly foolish to pay for a TiVo and then use it to watch the "live" broadcast of a prerecorded show. I have friends that watch many shows the same night they are broadcast but they don't watch them "live".

    For actual shows that are being broadcast live for real (sports & some news) there are reasons that actually watching live makes some sense but even for local news I do the same as lessd does. Most nights I get to it around 10-15 minutes after it starts, but it is on my schedule not theirs and I don't have to waste my time with commercials or stuff I don't care about.

    If someone wants to pay for a TiVo and still suffer the pain and inconvenience of "live" TV that's their business but I sure don't.
     
  14. Dan203

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    I don't think TiVo people look down on those who watch Live TV, but I do think they wonder why anyone with a TiVo would bother watching Live TV. It seems like an unnecessary habit. You're using the tuner anyway, so why not set it up to record? That way if something unexpected happens that interrupts your routine you wont miss anything. There are no negatives to setting up everything as a recording, so why not do it? (other then late breaking news, but that's pretty rare in the scheme of things)

    Dan
     
  15. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    I watch live TV (news) in the morning before work (no time to invest in anything recorded), and use it as background noise when I'm on the PC.
    Occasionally I will also use live TV (PBS) to fall asleep to.

    I don't remember a lot of talk about Tivo people looking down on others who watch live TV when they own a Tivo.
    I think most of the statements I have heard had been made in jest.
     
  16. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Winter begins in about 3 weeks, so we're not well past Fall, we're still in it.
     
  17. shwru980r

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    Most TVs have tuners in them. I would just run the cable directly to the TV and watch the local channels that way rather than waste a tuner from a Tivo.
     
  18. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Don't hold your breath. TiVo may release them to MSOs by then but it's highly unlikely we'll see them available to retail before winter starts.

    Dan
     
  19. badtuned

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    Not that we ever see any of these extenders here in UK, but just wondering if people have been happy with these kind of extras from tivo?
     
  20. lrhorer

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    There are many, many reasons not to do so, the top of which is not wasting one's time.

    That would mean I would have to tie myself to the schedule set by the station, which is nonsense. Real news doesn't wait for 17:00 to happen, and although there are sometimes live feeds from events which are protracted in time, in general the news is no less "live" at 18:30 than at 17:00.

    I have never kept a news report.


    That's utter nonsense. First of all, there is nothing which prevents the user from watching a program while it is recording. Secondly, while I do on rare occasions watch the weather live, even that is better served by being recorded. If I am ten minutes late (by the TV station's ridiculous notion of "late", not mine) turning on the TV, I don't want to have missed the weather.
     

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