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Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by microbe, Feb 14, 2011.
Indeed, and Tivo is of the Sky box type, not the Xbox type.
Currently I pay around £25 / month for my broadband, all my telephone calls (including 0845 and mobile) and my TV (Freesat) ..
Virgin is connected to the house, but to get even just the minimum TV package with the new Tivo subscription would be too expensive for me ..
So, byebye Tivo .. been nice knowing you ..
indeed, but the tivo can run without the epg, altho its nice to have! lol this is swings and roundabouts really isnt it lol
Sad day, my wife is virtually in tears about this.
I am just angry but I guess 10 years of good service is more than I have had out of virtually any other electrical device in my house.
Right, I guess I better start looking for an alternative.........
We can't let s1 die. it's just too good and apart from the initial outlay for the lifetime sub, free.
I am sure there is a way to get a epg but it will need more savvy than I have. It also needs to be a community effort and open source.
What can I do to help. ?
Still waiting for the moderators to approve the comments we have made on the Tivo blog but they list customer service as being 7am to 7pm Pacific time so it could be at least 3pm uk time before anything gets approved... or not as the case maybe !!
What freesat box has the best subset of TiVo function ..??????
But these changes were UK-wide and applied to the whole country. TiVO could have accepted that there would be many users who were not on the cable footprint. Their message before last actually acknowledged that FFS but I think you are right in that they got 'spun' a story from VirginMedia as to how extensive their cable coverage was.,,,aka marketing bulls**t.
i've just entered a virgin support chat and asked about how i could get cable where in my town and told her where i lived. She said she couldn't comment yet as they have no update, and that they are working on it! Not sure whether i have been fobbed off or its actually in progress. hmm!
Sad news, I have enjoyed my time with TiVo.
From a personal point of view this means I will need to start using the Sky Planner for SD as well as HD programmes (my TiVo currently controls a Sky HD box and records all my SD). Not nearly as nice a UI but I'll get used to it. I might need to fit a bigger hard drive - I wonder if I can bring myself to cannibalise the 1TB I fitted to my TiVo....
Longer term if YouView works out I'll probably cancel my Sky sub and switch to a new YouView PVR.
The 1st June will probably be more of an issue for my mother. She isn't in a Virgin area, and anyway as a pensioner the current Virgin TiVo pricing would be prohibative for her. I did buy her a Humax Freeiew+ pvr a year or so ago as a precaution against the TiVo hardware breaking down so I guess she'll need to get used to that.
I submitted a complaint to Virgin about them refusing to connect me and now effectively depriving my of my current tivo
Yes, they do. They have been told time and time again but they refuse to listen. They even acknowledged this in the message before last where they said 'For those of you on the cable footprint, dig into your wallets and pay up for a new box that you don't want and a very expensive monthly sub'. OK..the last bit I made up.
I too am concerned about this, sometimes I wonder how sensible these American companies are when they go into these contracts, I seriously doubt TiVo ever really needed to agree "exclusivity" in this arrangement. Its not like Virgin had another superior DVR interface company to get into bed with and they definitely needed something to trump sky+
I hope and presume the term "exclusive" is relevant to new product offerings anyway, not pre-existing.
Anyway, nothing ventured, nothing gained, I have opened dialog with a contact of mine at TiVo Inc.
I done plenty for them in the past, so I'm hoping they will at least pay me lip service.
It would be a bit less irritating if Tivo didn't continue to operate a series 1 EPG in the US.
I can't believe that the EPG costs are prohibitive so I suspect its a contractual thing and it may even be Virgin Media who are responsible for turning off the tap.
I consider my Tivo to be one of the best things I've ever bought - it has been in daily operation for almost 9 years - I gave Tivo Inc £199 way back when and nothing after that so I can't consider it bad value for money. I appreciate this will be more sour for monthly subscribers.
I hope that if Tivo can't be persuaded to reconsider they at least have the courtesy to turn off all the nag screens and allow us to set the clock for manual recordings - ideally without bricking the LBA kernel.
I have no experience of FreeSat boxes but have tried three other normal Freeview PVR's. None come anywhere close to TiVo and certainly none have the concept of TiVo's suggestions (not that I've ever used that).
Surely there's an opportunity here? (I think some including spitfures have already alluded to it, but also for the likes of healeydave and others who earn from the TiVo in its current form).
I could see someone providing the guide data on a feed somewhere, and then rolling a TiVo image on a HD that accesses it and offering it for sale
I'd be interested, otherwise the old TiVo doesn't have any value and I'm sure it's good for another 10 years
You really think that two businesses would enter into a contract with one without knowing as much about each other as possible? Seriously?
That sounds seriously wrong. I'd certainly press them further on the issue.
And, as he's only a minority share-holder, exactly what would you expect him to do about it?
This is the problem my parent's had when I first looked into them getting cable. However, as it is now Council-owned there was no problem.
It's a wayleave issue.
There are options, official and un-official. The reason I have emailed Tivo regarding this is because it would be nice to think (contractual obligations permitting) that Tivo would like to help and support those users not able to benefit from the Virgin Media product. After-all we have been very loyal and no doubt we would all switch and support the new Virgin/Tivo venture if we could but I like many others have already verified from Virgin themselves that there are categorically no plans for expansion into my city!
Can someone say whether once we lose the service, whether we can use the manual recording on Tivo to set recurring recording times? Most of our recordings are season passes and while we would look to move to some new/unofficial EPG support, if that isn't available we might settle for Tivo as a manual recorder - at least until next year when we are due to get Freeview and may have more options for a longer term solution - whether a Freeview or Freesat PVR or maybe some custom PC media center
Actually, it's that comment that is obviously BS