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TiVo prepping nex generation DVRs

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by bradleys, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. Jul 6, 2013 #301 of 1049
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    We still have about 35 channels that are analog only. No simulcast and no HD equivelents. Right now I use an Elite for most stuff, but still have to use a regular Premiere for all the analog channels. We've been using TAs for about 3 years now. The only thing I can figure is that they started using SDV to increase bandwidth for OnDemmand, because we have no got any new channels in at least 7 years.
     
  2. Jul 6, 2013 #302 of 1049
    sbiller

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    The issue for these MSOs in abandoning analog is forcing their customers to add DTAs to multiple TVs in their households. I'm sure they would experience increased churn from unhappy customers so its easier for them to maintain the analog footprint at this point...
     
  3. Jul 6, 2013 #303 of 1049
    qz3fwd

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    Ouch - that really sucks.
     
  4. Jul 6, 2013 #304 of 1049
    BigJimOutlaw

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    There is a cable service here in PA, Service Electric, that still has about 70 analogs. They compress the hell out of their digital and HD channels, but at least they simulcast those channels.

    Up until recently the only HD premium channels they had were HBO and Showtime. Only in the last month or so they added a couple more HBO and Showtime HD channels. They might have ditched a few analogs recently to make room for them.

    We're very lucky to have a rare 3 choices here. Service Electric, RCN and Fios. SE is the only analog hold-out. They picked up a lot of RCN customers when RCN went all-digital a few years ago and forced TA's. They've been holding off on the analog crush as long as possible.

    Simulcasting 35 SD channels wouldn't take up that much space. And there's almost no excuse if they're using SDV too. That's really kind of strange.
     
  5. Jul 6, 2013 #305 of 1049
    lpwcomp

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    IMHO, changing the granularity of the padding options would be a poor use of TiVos limited resources since:

    a. It is of no use to most of their customers

    b. I don't believe it would be as easy as some people think.

    c. It would constitute an unwarranted difference in whatever platform on which it is implemented and prior platforms.

    I would much rather they fix existing problems and make real enhancements.
     
  6. Jul 6, 2013 #306 of 1049
    innocentfreak

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    Some of us consider better padding options an enhancement.

    The current padding option is pretty poor. I would much rather have Media Center's padding options where you can pad when available rather than all or nothing.
     
  7. Jul 6, 2013 #307 of 1049
    lpwcomp

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    Again IMHO, there aren't enough of you for TiVo to make this a priority.

    Might be nice but not really of high value. If something needs to be padded in order not to miss part of it, missing it sometimes and not missing it others is worse than the alternative.
     
  8. Jul 6, 2013 #308 of 1049
    Dan203

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    One enhancement to padding I'd like to see is the ability to pad two shows back to back on the same channel without it needing two tuners. Seems like it would be simple enough for them to share the data between the two shows.

    Another would be an automatic 1 minute padd on both ends if it doesn't cause a conflict. An extra 2 minutes per show isn't going to hurt anyone's space these days and this would eliminate the frustration of missing that last line or final bit.
     
  9. Jul 6, 2013 #309 of 1049
    P42

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    Or maybe the broadcasters can get their act together, stop jerking us around, and just start things in proper time slots. The current practice is childish. Yeah, I understand why they do it, but I still think it is a childish practice.
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  10. Jul 6, 2013 #310 of 1049
    lpwcomp

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    Both simple to describe. Not so simple to implement.
     
  11. Jul 6, 2013 #311 of 1049
    MeInDallas

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    Windows Media Center has an option for that, just saying.
     
  12. Jul 6, 2013 #312 of 1049
    aaronwt

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    Each analog SD channel uses as much space as 10 or more SD digital or two HD channels. And that is for a system that doesn't compress alot. When compressing more, like Comcast does is my area, then one analog SD channel takes as much space as three HD channels.

    Removing those 35 analog channels would free up alot of space. Enough to add 70 to 105 HD channels. Each analog channel wastes alot of bandwidth.
     
  13. Jul 6, 2013 #313 of 1049
    innocentfreak

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    Yet it is more reasons why I don't recommend the product to anyone anymore.

    It is even a joke on Tosh.0 where he references and now for the part TiVo users never see.
     
  14. Jul 6, 2013 #314 of 1049
    bareyb

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    I'm interested. With 6 Tuners available I'd be more likely to buy a Mini. I need at least four tuners just for me. :)
     
  15. Jul 7, 2013 #315 of 1049
    nooneuknow

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    One thing I fail to understand the logic of, is nearly every time somebody comes up with something they would like to see in a new model of TiVo, somebody says how easy it is to state, but how hard it would be to implement.

    WHY, should it have to be EASY???

    We pay premium prices, for what are supposed to be premium products. Yet, some people seem to think new, or improved, functionality, should only be taken seriously, if it's easy to implement.

    With that mindset, why even bother to release new products, other than to call them "new"? The ONLY reason to do that is to make money, by calling it new, designating what came before it "old", and taking money from the masses of people who blindly pay money for anything that is the newest, whether or not is actually worth bothering with, or is anything more than a recycled, re-badged, kludge of the same old, same old, called "new"... It's counterintuitive, but it's a market, all on its own. It's truly sad, that consumers make a market for this type of thing.

    There are so many "features" that have existed in nearly every TiVo, that could be improved upon, and haven't been, through each generation.

    If I want to watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, play games, and/or interact with social media, I already have multiple existing products that do these things, do them well, and about the only thing none of these products are is a DVR!

    So, my wish would be for TiVo to leave these extras to the products that already exist, do them well, and regularly update the features, and fix problems, in a timely fashion, and, instead, FOCUS on producing the very best DVR money can buy, and use the resources of the product to enhance a robust DVR.

    You can't even buy many devices anymore, which connect to a TV, that don't have all this extra stuff already in them.

    Just think of what TiVo could produce, if they focused on the part they do best: Providing an alternative to a cable company provided DVR.

    Sometimes I think some people actually want TiVo's core DVR functionality to stay the same, and not to actually evolve into a better product. What next, Angry Birds on TiVo? Why not, it fits the pattern of TiVo's stale DVR innovation, and the quest for the "One Box"... Like I said, it's sad.

    If the highest authority told TiVo engineers to strip out all the extras, that every other device attached to, or built-into, a TV already provides, and prohibited them from anything more than engineering advances, improvements, innovations, and other built-in functionality, that relate to a DVR and improving the DVR experience, interaction with the other devices in a home, just think of what kind of product we could have from TiVo...

    I think some of this "That wouldn't be easy to implement, so it's unlikely" talk, is more a reflection/projection of a "Just leave everything like it is and bung-in as many tuners as you possibly can, and do it quickly, because I want something new" mentality.

    Again, why should everything people suggest be in a new generation TiVo, or guess may be in one, have to be easy?

    IMHO, if everything they add, or change, comes easy, it then shouldn't be worth a price, other than one that reflects how easy it was to make and slap a new model/generation designation onto it.

    Edit/Add: The biggest issue I have with consumer electronics manufacturers releasing "new" products, just for the sake of doing so, is that it gives them an easy excuse to stop providing bug-fixes, support, and improvements to existing products, which get premature end-of-life designations, just because of the released "newer" models. This often leaves those with "old" models, designated end-of-life, while there's no real reason those products can't be improved, fixed, or supported. The only indication I see of TiVo making an exception, is that there are reports of an 11.0m software update for the S3 platform (which may only be to resolve the TiVo Desktop cookie issue). There's a thread about this spotted-in-the-wild update, for those who want to check into it, or discuss it.
     
  16. Jul 7, 2013 #316 of 1049
    lpwcomp

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    In the most recent instance, the poster explicitly said it should be easy. Plus given the level of competence exhibited by the current TiVo s/w development team, I really don't want them taking on something difficult until they fix the existing problems and develop a much more robust testing regime.

    TiVo is a business. How do you suggest they justify to their stockholders allocating the resources necessary to implement some of these features, particularly on platforms which are generating little if any revenue?
     
  17. Jul 7, 2013 #317 of 1049
    nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    In hindsight, I see I went off on a full-scale, long-winded rant, which I had been trying not to do, by repeatedly not posting anything in this thread, even though I typed up quite a few posts, which I chose not to submit.

    However, what are you saying? We should just accept that TiVo is incompetent, in nearly all aspects of their business, other than duping the customer, and we should alter our expectations accordingly? We should not ask them to do anything, except fix existing products, accept that the "new" products, are just "fixed old products" with new model/platform designations?

    I'm not trying to be condescending towards you. I do feel TiVo deserves some condescension directed at them, however.
     
  18. Jul 7, 2013 #318 of 1049
    Bigg

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    Yup, that's pretty idiotic.

    Comcast did it. Churn to where? I say that ironically, as I live in one of the very, very few places where you could have switched to the other cable company to get analog when Comcast finally killed it. In most places, the cable provider is the only provider to have analog support.

    Analog has no place on a modern cable network. Nor does MPEG-2 HD, but that's another story entirely. A network that was running even just an 860mhz plant with all MPEG-4 HD's and no analog would have a boatload of bandwidth. These providers have artificial bandwidth crunches by their unwillingness to get rid of technology that's been dead for 5-10 years.
     
  19. Jul 7, 2013 #319 of 1049
    lpwcomp

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    I'm not saying that at all. Even if TiVo's s/w design and and development process weren't flawed, they do not have unlimited resources AND most of the enhancements being requested benefit a small minority of their customer base, both existing and potential and/or are far more difficult to implement than a lot of people seem to think, particularly if you consider all of the ramifications of making that "simple" change.

    How exactly is TiVo "duping" anyone? All prior models of TiVos still work properly and still get guide data updates and they are reportedly fixing the expired cookie problem on all models of TiVo that are affected, i.e. Series 2 and later.

    I'm not trying to defend TiVo here, but the main problem is the flawed releases for the Series 4, not the lack of enhancements to the Series 3.
     
  20. Jul 7, 2013 #320 of 1049
    lpwcomp

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    Bigg posted while I was composing but he did touch on one Series 3 issue that I hope TiVo is looking at - MPEG4 support. I have no idea if it is even possible.

    One slight modification to my previous post - the S2DT does not work "properly" in an all digital setting.
     

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