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TiVo HD FAQ

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

  1. Toeside

    Toeside Circa Dec 2005

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    There are other factors--like the scaler involved, but it should be pretty much the same.
     
  2. dvr4me

    dvr4me New Member

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    I've updated the faq to include information on SD digital recordings.

    Based on my testing, an SD digital channel recording will consume about 1.6 gigabytes of hard drive space per hour netting you about 100 hours of SD digital recordings. Of course that all depends on how much the signal is already compressed before being sent. But since it's aleady in a digital format there is no quality loss due to compression at the TiVo as there would be when recording an SD analog channel.

    Just a reminder that if you have any suggestions for the FAQ, send me a private message.
     
  3. dvr4me

    dvr4me New Member

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    Updated the FAQ to include information on the new software revision.
     
  4. dolfer

    dolfer Myles Standish Proud

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    Can this be a sticky?
     
  5. peteypete

    peteypete New Member

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    Here's a dumb question. Is it available now? (Aug 07). Amazon is still preorder but it looks like you can get it now from tivo.com or bestbuy or circuit city.

    Why is Amazon showing an Aug 25 release date. Are they giving the big box retailers a head start?
     
  6. jordanz

    jordanz A is A

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    FYI - Multi-room Viewing and Tivo-to-Go ARE available on the Tivo HD. I don't know why the FAQ says they're not. I haven't connected two Tivos yet. But, if you go to http://www.tivo.com/guides and look up the Home Media Features Guide, it says that it can do it.
     
  7. jmpage2

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    Many times Amazon is just a "go between" who sells on the behalf of a distributor, etc.

    It's entirely possible that big box stores like BB, CC and others made a large enough ordering commitment that they have received the initial allocation of units.
     
  8. Dogen

    Dogen New Member

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    No they're not. Supposedly ToGo is going to be available later this year, and I have heard the same rumors about MRV, but as of now they don't work since they lack approval from CableLabs.
     
  9. jordanz

    jordanz A is A

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    Wow - then I think Tivo is being a bit misleading on their website. The FAQ says one thing, but the manual in the box says another. From the manual:

    So, I did consult it. On Page 1, it says:

     
  10. jmpage2

    jmpage2 New Member

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    If you look at the front page of the guide it says "Series 2 and Series 3" so if the guide doesn't differentiate between the two for home media capabilities, shame on Tivo.
     
  11. dvr4me

    dvr4me New Member

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    Updated the FAQ (verified working links, verified the information provided on Tivo.com, changed formatting slightly to more coincide with the information format on Tivo.com, added cut & paste disclaimer).

    Just a quick comment on how I am currently using my TiVo HD:

    - No cablecards (yet). Using basic/expanded basic analog cable
    - Using OTA antenna for HD reception

    Thus far my TiVo has been performing very well and I am very pleased with my transition from DirecTivo satellite to standalone TiVo HD with analog basic and OTA HD.

    I do need to greatly improve my antenna for OTA HD though. My signal strength ranges between 55ish up to 95ish depending on the station, the weather, planetary alignment, etc. However, I'm about 22 miles from the towers, below a hill, with two 150 foot trees in the way... so I'm not surprised. I'm using a cheap $30 Radio Shack outdoor UHF antenna on a stubby 18 inch mast (hehe, I took off the Directv dish and just mounted the antenna to the existing J-mount). I'm sure it will improve if I setup a 10 foot mast with a better antenna.

    Just a reminder that if you have any suggestions for content, let me know.
     
  12. jfh3

    jfh3 New Member

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    May want to update the release level:

    What is the current software revision?

    8.1.7B2-01-2-652, introduced 08/16/2007.
     
  13. dvr4me

    dvr4me New Member

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    Doh! Thanks Jfh3. Updated.

    Also updated information and references for hard drive upgrading.
     
  14. Tarik

    Tarik New Member

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    I am a little confused. I have a series 2 tivo box and HD cable box with HD services like TNTHD, DSC theater and all that good stuff plus the digital choice channels. Would tivo HD replace my HD Cable box and still receive the above services?
    sorry for the dumb question
     
  15. jmpage2

    jmpage2 New Member

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    Yes, you'd have the Tivo HD, and one M-card or two S-card digital cable cards that you would need to rent from your local provider.

    The Tivo HD would tune and record analog/digital/HD stations via Cable Card or with the over the air antenna connection (or both).

    You would not have a seperate cable box connected to the Tivo HD.

    Hope this answers your question.
     
  16. Tarik

    Tarik New Member

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    it does answer my question thank you very much. One more thing, Do I need to buy another monthly subscription fee or can I just use the one I have for series 2?
     
  17. jrm01

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    You should be able to transfer the subscription if you are going to discontinue use on the S2, otherwise you would be eligible for $6 discount on the second Tivo.
     
  18. TokyoShoe

    TokyoShoe Frustrated TiVoHD'er

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    I went through this same issue. They don't differentiate in the guide regarding Series 2 and Series 3 available features. They just state that the guide covers Series 2 and 3, and then list out a bunch of features that are "available". It took me coming to the forums and posting before I found out that MRV and TTG were not active on TiVoHD's yet. Heck even if you read just the unit's manual there are one or two severely misleading statements in there are well.

    I think Tivo Inc. really needs to rework their guides and materials , make some Series 3 specific guides and manuals.
     
  19. mwhip

    mwhip All better

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    Question about TiVo HD...

    If you do antenna only can you record two things at once?

    If you do antenna and cable card (SD) can you record and SD and HD OTA at the same time.

    I know these are probably dumb but I have searched and do not see the answer.
     
  20. lickwid

    lickwid New Member

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    If you have an OTA antenna hooked up, you can record two channels at once with that. There is an internal splitter that splits the signal. If you have cablecard hooked up, you can also record 2 channels with that. It should also work in any combination of the two.
     

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