5 years on. Why can't I find anything better?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by peteoheat, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. katman

    katman New Member

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    I seldom look at forthoming episodes....

    ....most of what I record on Tivo is on the Discovery and NatGeo channels which have many repeats. If I set up a new season pass, particularly on the terrestrial channels where stuff tends not to be repeated, and Tivo says it wont record <whatever> I just tell it to "Get All Episodes" safe in the knowledge that Tivo will reschedule the discovery/NatGeo programs and get them anyway !!!

    My only current worry is about changing my Multiroom digibox for a Multiroom SKY+ box incase the kids set it up to record two programs at the same time so that it would prevent Tivo from recording what it wanted.
     
  2. AWT

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    A few times now I've been tempted to build myself a http://www.mythtv.org/ box. It's essentially a PVR based upon a Linux PC with TV card(s) fitted.

    One the one hand, the WAF is low because you need to stash a PC in the living room (and make it small and quiet). On the other, the WAF can be very high if you show her something that can record 1,2,3, 4 or more channels at once, you rip her favourite DVDs or CDs onto it etc etc. I suspect however, that because of the software complexity and potential functionality if you modify it, you'll be inclined to tinker and break it occasionally! :)
     
  3. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Sounds familar somehow ;):D
     
  4. AWT

    AWT New Member

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    LOL, sadly that's too true. Still, while MythTV is arguably US-centric, us mere islanders can at least keep bang up to date with software and hardware developments.

    That other Youtube thread here about the TiVo startup video, featuring the sponge/puppet/doll thing (call it what you will) on a TiVo Central, kindof brought it all home to me in terms of what we're missing out on. :(
     
  5. Major dude

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    As someone who has 2 TiVos and has been using Sky HD and Sky + for a year now, I agree with everything you say. I have now downgraded my Sky sub to the £15 minimum (so as to retain Sky+ for free) but the fact is as compared to TiVo it is still not worth even this reduced sub. I would rather forego the better pq from say BBC HD material recorded on Sky HD as compared to the same recorded on TiVo in standard sd never mind that recorded in mode 0. The reason for this is that the TiVo interface is so much better to the point where I cannot tolerate using Sky HD any longer.
     
  6. Pete77

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    Its good to know that my brief few minutes at a store trying to use the Sky+ interface correctly led me to the conclusion that it was utter rubbish compared to Tivo without having to go so far as to my waste my money or time and energy on actual installation.
     
  7. mdolan

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    I'll post a shout for Media Portal.

    Incredibly easy to setup and a very active support/development team.

    http://www.team-mediaportal.com/

    Oh yeah, it's free and definitely not US-centric either!

    Cheers,
    Mike
     
  8. Pete77

    Pete77 New Member

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    I couldn't get MediaPortal make my Lifeview dual DVB and analogue PCMCIA card work properly in my 1.6ghz HP Centrino Notebook though. Mind you I couldn't get it work properly without constant frame stuttering with Lifeview's own software either. Lifeview claimed it was HP's video circuitry not supporting DirectX 9c implementation properly, even though HP swore blind that it did.
     
  9. chubbybrown

    chubbybrown New Member

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    I use an older thomson twin tuner pvr with hd,
    The I use a tivo as well so I can record one or two sides and watch a reply as well.
    cheapest solution so far.
     
  10. TheBear

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    Would anyone buy a Freeview based Tivo that also downloads Sky programmes via broadband?
     
  11. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    We would all probably buy a new tivo no matter what shape or form it came in ;)
     
  12. Nebulous

    Nebulous New Member

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    If it had multiple tuners and you could turn off the sky thing, then yes, I'll take a dozen please :D
     
  13. TCM2007

    TCM2007 New Member

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    Isn't that pretty much BT Vision?
     
  14. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    The low usage caps that all broadband suppliers seem to be bringing in these days is at odds with any tv-over-broadband product.

    Unless the product is by the actual broadband supplier themselves - like BT or VM cable for instance.

    (BT vision)
     

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