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TiVo Premiere FAQ: Overview, What's New?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by bkdtv, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    Is there still a remote address listing that can be changed on the system info screen? I thought I read there used to be a key press you could do on the series 1 remote to switch.
     
  2. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    Yes, there is. I just don't know how to do it with the TiVo Premiere remote.

    Older TiVo remotes are compatible, but they don't have the new colored buttons.
     
  3. DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    Thanks for checking. The search result screen is a deal breaker for me as I am not interested in all of the results that TiVo returns. It just makes the search results harder to read - again, IMO. It should be selectable by service.

    Speed, and search results, have combined to make me pass on the current implementation.

    Does the "video preview" in the guide still have the option to disable it?

    EDIT: For clarity (on my end ;)): When the "Guide" button is pressed, you currently get the classic guide that will be eventually upgraded to an HD version. Correct? If yes, does this this guide show only TV results?
     
  4. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    Just to reiterate, the TiVo Search results are customizable. Mine is set to TV-only right now.

    It's the "Browse TV" categories (Top Shows, New this week, etc) that aren't customizable.

    Yes and yes. There are no changes to the EPG in the initial HDUI release. TiVo says that is in the works for future software update.
     
  5. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    I wanted to correct my previous post.

    The Video Provider setting is still there under Channel Settings. For some reason, I didn't see it before. A software update also reset the provider settings to the defaults.
     
  6. DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    Thanks for the update.

    If you change the Video Provider settings to "none" do the search results speed up - excluding graphics in the advertising bar at the top of the screen?

    Can you select results, from a search, before the graphics load?
     
  7. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    The bar at the top of the screen (no ads in it) always loads images. The video provider settings simply change what images you get. Images are only displayed for programs you can actually receive (per your video provider settings and channel lineup). In search, the images displayed at the top are for programs similar to the one selected.

    Yes. It's not like the current HME beta search on existing TiVos where the remote is often unresponsive while images load. With the Premiere, the remote is responsive before and during image load, and you can navigate to another screen before they load.

    The search functionality is actually quite a bit different than the TiVo Search on the TiVo HD and Series3. I suspect TiVo Search on existing boxes was based on a very early version of what the Premiere offers.
     
  8. DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    As an aside: I have seen that there are no product ads in it yet, but I think it's fair to assume that there will be. Additionally, I believe that the "suggestions" will not only be made up of popular choices... paid "suggestions' will have better placement in the bar. I figure it was designed to be a money maker for TiVo, so that's why I call it an "Advertising Bar" :)

    Okay. This makes sense, but one more question: If I subscribe to Netflix, can I still disable the bar from showing Nexflix results?

    This is good news. If I decide to buy a new box, but unfortunately, it will kill the visual "experience" of the new interface, as it will probably never load before I have selected, and moved on to my next choice.

    Again. Good to hear.
     
  9. DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    I don't recall seeing positive confirmation on this, so I will ask...

    Can the "Live Preview" in the upper right corner of search and / or the guide, be disabled.
     
  10. jfh3

    jfh3 New Member

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    Yes.
     
  11. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    That's answered in the first post. You toggle the "live preview" on and off by pressing the SLO MO button (will re-enable automatically after a period of inactivity) or you can disable it permanently through settings.

    It is my intention to post videos showing all of these features in the next week.

    TiVo suggested to some reviewers that one spot might be used for advertising. Through Settings -> Improve Discovery Bar Recommendations, the user can customize the type of recommendations displayed, including more or less of: what's new, what's popular, TV, movies, sports, only rent or buy, suggestions, and partner recommendations.

    The only way to completely eliminate Netflix results from the Discovery Bar is to uncheck Netflix under Channels -> Video Provider List. However, if you do that, Netflix results won't appear in Search or the Browse TV selections. The Netflix queue folder is available regardless.
     
  12. ericlhyman

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    Is 1 TB the maximum external hard drive size that can be used?

    Am I limited to Western Digital My DVR external hard drives or can I use others such as Seagate Free Agent Pro, Western Digital My Book Studio II - 2 TB, or LaCie 2 TB D2 Quadra?
     
  13. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    Yes.

    Yes. The supported drives are the same as the TiVo HD (i.e. 1TB My DVR Expander).
     
  14. gconnery

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    As the owner of a couple of MoCA linked Tivo HD units, I'd really like to know if switching ONE of them to a Premiere would improve my MRV transfer speeds. From the posts I've seen so far it sounds like the answer is that HD to Premiere transfers would NOT be any faster, but Premiere to HD transfers *might* be. bkdtv has suggested that these would be not suprisingly limited by the HD transfer rates, meaning 16-29Mbps according to his testing. Since I *often* have issues transferring HD shows (probably ~15Mbps or so in most cases on Comcast) from one box to the other at rate, I'm guessing I'm getting that 16Mbps rate more often than not. So the question still is... what will a real user experience here? I'd really like the transfers to be enough faster than real time that I can relatively quickly skip a two minute block of commercials, meaning I really want something approaching 30Mbps...
     
  15. Apr 1, 2010 #135 of 239
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    I asked this in another thread, but I guess this is a better place for it. What is that blue ball in front of all the recordings/downloads in "My Shows" ?

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Apr 3, 2010 #136 of 239
    danjw1

    danjw1 New Member

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    Like pressing the '1' button to get to the Season Pass Manager, and '2' to get to the To Do List?
     
  17. Apr 3, 2010 #137 of 239
    aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    No idea. Every show in my list has a blue ball(or green), even if I have not viewed it. Although I do see the "Do Not Delete" shows have a green ball next to it.
     
  18. Apr 5, 2010 #138 of 239
    crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    I am very, VERY disappointed with the specs/features of the Premiere. Of the 5 primary things I have wanted/needed and have been waiting for, it fails to address four of them:

    1) It still has no way to save preferences, settings, stations, season passes, etc to an external flash device so they are not lost if you have to repair/replace your TiVo or upgrade to a new model.

    2) It has no support for SDV.

    3) Menus are not faster (yet, anyway)

    4) Still no native support for streaming additional video formats without re-encoding (like h264+AC3+avi)

    The only advantage (for me) it would have over my TiVo HD is faster networking. I have been using TiVo's forever (series 1, 2, DircTiVo HD, TiVo-HD) and the future does not look bright to me now. :(

    I suppose they could add 3 of the 4 items, above, through software updates... but I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for TiVo to fix the "group is empty" bug in the HD that annoys me every day. There have never been a solution, so I don't have great confidence in "updates" right now.
     
  19. Apr 5, 2010 #139 of 239
    Phantom Gremlin

    Phantom Gremlin New Member

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    You make some good points about failings in the Premiere. But you're complaining about the "group is empty" bug? Really?

    If you search my postings you'll see that I frequently complain about a myriad of bugs with the boxes and with how TiVo doesn't respond to them in a timely fashion (if ever). But your last bug is just too insignificant, even for a nit-picker like me. I think "TiVo has bigger fish to fry."
     
  20. Apr 5, 2010 #140 of 239
    tivogurl

    tivogurl New Member

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    I'd settle for automated migration of settings from an old TiVo to a new one.
     

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