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What's with the crappy remote control

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by Time_Lord, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

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    I LOVE my peanut. The TiVo remote is the best remote I've ever used, hands down, and one of the reasons I love TiVo.
     
  2. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    The TiVo Slide remote is far better than the old IR peanut remotes. It is easier to hold, easier to use, has a much better feel, especially feedback on the buttons, the buttons are solid instead of squishy rubber, it is bluetooth so it doesn't need to be pointed at the TiVo, has a longer range, is MUCH faster, has a auto backlight, and, of course, a full keyboard.

    Took a while to get used to, but once you have one for a while, you will NEVER want to use a peanut remote again :)
     
  3. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

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    That thing must have magical powers, as the peanut has excellent IR range and sets the bar pretty high in terms of the look and feel!!!
     
  4. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    If you haven't used a Slide for a while, you don't realize how much the peanut remote can be improved...
     
  5. Tivo II Jack

    Tivo II Jack New Member

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    You had me pretty much convinced and I went shopping for a slide remote. A regular peanut can be had for $30 while the lowest price I found for a slide was $140.

    I can't imagine what the slide can do for me that justifies a $110 increase in price.
     
  6. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    They were discontinued quite a while ago (which is stupid to not wait until the next model is released) so now there is price gouging. But even still, it is not cheap

    That depends on your priorities. Some people will spend thousands of dollars on a gold plated phone, which is a far less sensible use of money. The Slide is at least three times the remote of the old peanut in terms of features/speed/convenience... so to me it is easily worth 3 times the price.
     
  7. JWhites

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  8. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

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    It's not price gouging... it's the laws of supply and demand in a free market. Totally free markets don't always work, but in this case, it is working very well.

    I can't quite imagine what's that much better about the Slide than the Peanut. The Peanut is just so good, I feel like you're really close to hitting the asymptotic line of perfection with the Peanut.
     
  9. JWhites

    JWhites New Member

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    Back when TiVo was liquidating their slide remotes in the clearance section of the website, the prices were pretty reasonable and lower then the MSRP that they were originally selling for.
     
  10. XIBM

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    I just got my extra "charter" remote and I am on Charter in GA. The Tivo says function not available when I press the extra on demand button. The remote is not backlit but the buttons look the same as my glow remote that came with my XL4.
     
  11. Tivo II Jack

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    Kinda makes one wonder why they would discontinue such an excellent product?

    Begs the question...Were they DISCONTINUED or are they planning to release a "next model"?
     
  12. Tivo II Jack

    Tivo II Jack New Member

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    Almost sounds like they couldn't give them away?
     
  13. Tivo II Jack

    Tivo II Jack New Member

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    Good point on that "On Demand" problem. I am on Time Warner in Brooklyn, NY and it's the same here. My Toshiba (Tivo "box") (non-HD) Tivo can access the TW On-Demand channels but if I try to view them with the Series 3 units I am also told they are not available.

    Don't know if TW or Tivo are responsible for this unavailability but I believe it has something to do with using cable cards vs a regulat Tivo box.

    I called TW to complain and asked why I could not access the On-Demand channels I was paying for with my choice of service pack. Their usual idiotic response was that the On_Demand channels were a free service so I was NOT paying for them.

    Yeah, right, just like you are not paying for the gasoline a moving company uses while moving you across country.
     
  14. JWhites

    JWhites New Member

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    Wait how are you able to access the Time Warner On Demand service on the Toshiba TiVo unit? Is there like an app or something, or is it a Time Warner branded TiVo? Is it the same way TiVo Premiere works with Comcast's On Demand service through an app? I know that it's possible with the cablecard authorizing the app to work and using the internet to send the remote commands to the Xfinity On Demand server, so it should be possible with Time Warner if they ever wanted to do it.
     
  15. Tivo II Jack

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    As I said, I believe the On Demand channels are not accessible when using cable cards. The Toshiba is connected to a TW cable box which allows me to access the On Demand channels.

    "If they ever wanted to do it". I tend to agree with you there, they just don't want to do it.
     
  16. JWhites

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    Oh I must have missed that. You are correct that if channel 1 or channel 199 or any of the special On Demand channels are entered into TiVo, it will say "Problem with the signal on this channel. Trying again. (V53)"

     
  17. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    Because of a replacement, most of us suspect.

    The next model was probably delayed more than they had planned. Despite problems with some of the units, the Slide has been one of the best products TiVo ever made.
     
  18. Tivo II Jack

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    You sound pretty certain there will be a new model, so save your breath. You have already convinced me, if the replacements are reasonably priced, I will try one...or two.

    I won't pay over $100 to go from a perfectly usable and suitable peanut though. BTW, how much were the Slides going for before the discontinuance caused price gouging?

    Anyone care to discuss the peanut's shortcomings? Right off the bat, the Select and Clear buttons should be closer together, preferably near the current Select button. There are others.
     
  19. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    1) It is too big (one doesn't realize that until later)
    2) The buttons are rubbery
    3) Button have no feedback
    4) The writing can wear off
    5) It is IR only with no RF
    6) It has no Qwerty keyboard
    7) Most are not backlit
    8) Response time is noticeably slower
     
  20. dianebrat

    dianebrat I refuse to accept your reality TCF Club

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    2 and 4 are related, and there are both rubberery buttons and plastic'y buttons, my Premiere Glo's have plastic buttons, my Premiere normal is rubbery. FWIW I prefer the rubbery buttons.
     

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