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TiVo HD FAQ

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by dvr4me, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. m_jonis

    m_jonis Member

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    thanks. So it's still as worthless as it was before. Basically you have to turn your Tivo into a "dumb" VCR.

    Absolutely stupid. The technology is there and it should be easy to do. If you're smart enough to "know" about Clear QAM, you should be able to handle the interface/mapping mechanism.

    In my case, time Warner cable uses the same channel numbers.

    ClearQam "CBS" is 18-06 and the same channel on the STB is: 1806 (the TV doesn't do 4 digit numbers without a - somewhere)

    It was easy for me to go into MythTV and tell it what QAM channel was what.

    And if some open source person in their spare time can do it, you'd think Tivo could as well.
     
  2. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Great job dvr4me. Mods, I think this thread deserves to be a sticky one for it's 1st page as was done for the S3 FAQ thread.
     
  3. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    eSATA is no different than any other SATA drive. So the fact that it's using a SATA drive means the kernel already supports eSATA drives. It probably just hasn't been ported to the TiVo HD code base yet.
     
  4. dvr4me

    dvr4me New Member

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    Here's a few things I was able to confirm:

    When you first setup the TiVo HD (without cablecards), it will only show the basic channels. You must then do a channel scan to find any digital/QAM channels.

    My unit found 252 channels, though only a dozen of them were actually in use. I deleted the non functioning channels.

    Unfortunately, just like the S3, the TiVo HD can tune the channels, but does not have any way of mapping the channels to the guide data. Thus, there is no guide data for any of the scanned digital channels (when you are not using cablecards).

    You can record on those channels with a manual time/channel recording, but it will have no show information in the now playing list.

    The TiVo HD software (8.1.7a) works well for the most part, but it does have a few small bugs. One is the LED settings for the front panel. In my case, if I set them to OFF, the green power LED stays on all the time and the amber recording light does go OFF. On the S2DT, the when you set all LEDs to off, they ALL go off.

    The other error I encountered was when I was playing with the over the air signal strength. I had it on the signal strength screen for quite a bit of time (10-15 minutes). When I was rapidly flipping through all the channels (again while on the signal strength screen) the Tivo rebooted.

    On a positive note, the HD recording looks fantastic on the HD digital QAM channels. Hopefully at some point Tivo will update the software so I can map the QAM to some guide data (it's a wish item).
     
  5. CCourtney

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    I tried it tonight with the TiVo HD I bought today. The answer is No, you must use theirs :(

    I had to go over phone line. I'm happy to say it's doing a champ of a job over Vonage (VoIP.) :up:

    CCourtney
     

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  6. jfh3

    jfh3 New Member

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    I can confirm all of the above.

    In addition, there is a bug where you can't directly tune any channel with three digits after the . (e.g. 0.655), but you use channel up/down to tune them.
     
  7. vstone

    vstone New Member

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    Apparently we do NOT yet know if the channel 0 problem has been corrected by either hadrware or software. Of course, absent Tivo making a statement on the issue or a report of the issue on an HD we may never know. If we see it we know its an issue. The only way to confirm it has been fixed would be to see an S3 and HD side by side and see the channel 0 issue on the S3 and not on the HD.
     
  8. chg

    chg New Member

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    I am thinking of getting one of the TiVo HD's only for OTA HD recording. I would not use a cable card. So, this mean I would have no guide information and could not set up a season pass?
     
  9. aus1ander

    aus1ander New Member

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    No, this is incorrect. TiVo provides guide information for your OTA stations based on your ZIP code. This is downloaded to your TiVo over the internet/phone line just like for cable stations. Even if you had a cable card and digital cable, guide data is still downloaded from TiVo, not from your cable company.

    In fact, I have the exact setup you are considering (OTA HD with no cablecards). Season passes are working fine.

    Since in many smaller markets, people can access OTA stations from very far away with good equipment, the number of stations provided for your individual zip code usually includes a lot of stations that are physically impossible for you to get reception. I live in Rochester, MN, and with my TiVoHD, I can get guide data for all the stations within a 150 mile radius, but I obvious only get reception for my local stations. You simply delete the extra stations from the "Channels You Receive" list.
     
  10. chg

    chg New Member

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    Thanks. I have a 10% off Circuit City coupon, so I think I will pick one of these up.
     
  11. tootal2

    tootal2 New Member

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    Do i need a phone line to setup tivo hd? i only have dsl and vonage
     
  12. jfh3

    jfh3 New Member

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    No, you can do the entire setup with a broadband connection.

    Phone hasn't been required for initial setup for some time now.
     
  13. joneSi

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    I'm anxious to hear reports from those that have tried an upgrade, or know where to find more information. As an avid TiVo'er abroad (in Spain for a while) I am chomping at the bit to get my hands on one, crack it open, and have a 750gb drive all for my favorite HD shows, (btw not including the eSATA port as I understand it does not work right now). Though it seems there is some holdup, software wise.

    joneSi
     
  14. dvr4me

    dvr4me New Member

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    As we all are. Spike2k5 is working on WINMFS (see [post=5368943] this post[/post]) and has been able to upgrade the drive in his TiVo HD. The tool hasn't been released yet though. Hopefully soon we'll have the ability to upgrade our drives.
     
  15. JANNINO

    JANNINO New Member

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    Does the 30 second skip hack still work on the HD Tivo like it did on the Series 3?
     
  16. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    Yes :up: .
     
  17. vstone

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    TWC in SC doesn't do this.
     
  18. tootal2

    tootal2 New Member

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    Does tivo hd compress HDTV? Or is it not compressed at all?

    Im waiting dhl for my tivo hd. I hope he gets here before i goto work.

    thanks
     
  19. Toeside

    Toeside Circa Dec 2005

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    Digital signals are already compressed by being in MPEG2 format. Neither the Series3 nor the TiVo HD recompress digital content.
     
  20. tootal2

    tootal2 New Member

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    :) will it look as good as my hdtv tuner? I guess it should. Its going to nice to get rid
    of the cable company DVR:)
     

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