Call from DirecTV re: TiVo

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by marktd, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. lonewoolf47

    lonewoolf47 Member

    Nov 16, 2001
    Denver, CO.


    What was the number on your Caller-ID?
  2. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

    Nov 12, 2004
    What kind of idiots are running the show at Directv? Think about it... why would Tivo care to promote 'Remote Booking'? It seems that feature would directly compete with Tivo's 'Online Scheduling'.

    From Tivo's stand point it really does not make much sense to do any of this. If Directv gets all the features that SA Tivo's have then what would be the selling point of the SA Tivo?

    There has to be more to this than what is being told on the surface.

  3. marktd

    marktd New Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    (800) 730-4645
  4. controlguy

    controlguy New Member

    Aug 26, 2007
    Following up on a billing dispute, today I received a call from the DirecTV executive offices. She said "unofficially" that DirecTV was close to announcing a new relationship with TiVo that would result in new DirecTV/TiVo DVR's with full capabilities. I got the definite impression that the plan was to move back to TiVo and away from the DirecTV DVR.
  5. MighTiVo

    MighTiVo TiVotarian

    Oct 26, 2000
    Nashville, TN


    With over 2.5million customers with DirectTV TiVo boxes, TiVo could charge as little as $1 per box to upgrade the software and make a good haul..

    Do you think TiVo is giving the upgrade to DirectTV free?

    Good for DirectTV if TiVo selle to them for less than it costs them to develop the software, good for TiVo if the get anything...

    I just wish the relationship hadn't gone stale for so many years, we can only hope for the best now...

    Next up, get AT&T to buy into the TiVo platform for IPTV!
  6. sbourgeo

    sbourgeo Hepcat Daddio

    Nov 10, 2000
    New England
    Today isn't April 1st, is it? :p
  7. BigFoot48

    BigFoot48 New Member

    Jul 1, 2003
    Next month is "coming soon", 2008 is "distant future".
  8. donnyboy

    donnyboy New Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    I just spent the last 2 weeks trying to get a straight answer from Directv about tivo and their new HD programming. After receiving the phone call, calling to find out if my 10-250 will be compatible, being told it would be by one person, then when I tried to order the 5 LNB dish was told that I would have to use their DVR (which sucks by the way) and then told I could connect it to a free standing Tivo unit, only to find out that the new HD satelite won't work with it, then spoke to a third Directv agent and hewasn't aware of this, I decided to dump satelite and go to cable. I hated to do it but I refuse to use inferior equipment just because they want to monopolize the technology. SD sat. will still work with Tivo but if you want HD you have to use cable period. It makes you wonder what kind of training program they have doesn't it?
  9. cwpomeroy

    cwpomeroy New Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    You can use your Tivo unit's with the new dish, you just won't be able to receive the new HD channels. I just upgraded my dish to the 5lnb and have one of my existing HDDirecTivo's connected to it - it's still delivering all of the channels i had on my old dish.
  10. cowboys2002

    cowboys2002 Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2001
    Cypress, TX
  11. ping

    ping New Member

    Oct 3, 2005
    When a moderator merges thread A into thread B, the result thread has the same ID as thread B. I imagine the quoted link was originally posted in thread A pointing to thread B.
  12. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY
    And this thread should have been a reply to which other thread? :)
  13. restart88

    restart88 New Member

    Mar 9, 2002
    Some have suggested going to an HD unit and SA Tivo. But here's why I won't, or at least not entirely.

    Using the single 18" dish I only get rain fade during a few minutes of a heavy storm. But I tried an old eliptical 3 position dish using just the 101 lnb and it crapped out about as bad as E* with 3 positions. With my E* setup (which I just have Sky Angel & the Info pak) it is trying to see 3 positions and seems to go out at the faintest hint of heavy clouds. I'm thinking of just going with the 61.5 dish and forget the rest on that provider. But I do miss the Encore Pak for $5 a month. :(

    So the thought of a single 5 position dish makes me wonder if I wouldn't be better off with cable or an OTA antenna and pay as I go via broadband. More choices, less problems.
  14. orome

    orome Tribal Style

    Dec 29, 2004
    I haven't received the call yet, but suspect it's becuase my Series 1 refuses to die. :)

    Sad, really. I've been wanting a recycle bin since about day 2. Not much point in picking up a used Series 2 if there's going to be an HD shakeup soon.
  15. restart88

    restart88 New Member

    Mar 9, 2002
    I just reworked my entire household media setup since my last post and can't believe I didn't think of it before. And all it took was one simple coax to the bedroom through an old phone line hole to have analog access in the bedroom to all my entertainment room toys. :D

    The downside is I love this new setup (except for having to use 3 remotes, 1 being UHF for the Dish 508) and to switch everything over to HD would cost too much, and like I said I have had bad experiences with multi position hookups anyway.

    I really wish I could at least do MRV & home network with an HD Tivo for my OTA channels since my digital signals are much stronger than my analog, but obviously I can't today and then there's the expense there too of 2 new STBs and replacing the bedroom TV.

    And to top it off I still have a commitment on the S2DT I got around Christmas. Makes no sense to me to go to the expense of switching to an HD receiver when I'm stuck with a SD DVR for a while, unless they start giving them away with new antennas or something.
  16. kyote

    kyote Who me?

    Oct 20, 2001
    I have the directv dvr and a 2nd gen directivo. I've been looking to upgrade to HD since I have an HD tv. The reps I have spoken to, including one in winback have told me to wait at least two or three months before doing an HD upgrade. They're rolling out another 150 channels of HD content and the existing hd dvr's are incompatible with the new channels. They're currently contacting customers to get them to upgrade their equipment. I guess there's a device they have to hook up to them or something so that they can get the additional channels. I was told when the new channels roll out there will be newer equipment and new promos to get people to sign up for HD.

    And on a side note (and maybe slightly OT) I saw this on the PVRBlog today:

    A friend of mine also named Matt recently canceled his cable and went with DirecTV. During the signup process he said two reps claimed TiVo software was coming to DirecTV boxes in a couple months.

    I asked Matt for clarification on exactly what the DirecTV reps said and he told me this:

    ...they were both very convincing. The second guy even said "I have the paperwork on my desk right now." I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    I'd be very surprised if DirecTV could work out a deal like this without anyone finding out (I have a feeling these same reps would be on various forums like tivocommunity leaking it), so I'm going to classify this as a wild rumor that is likely untrue, but with about a 1% chance of happening. Would the TiVo software run on HR20's? The upcoming HR21 Pro?

    My guess is these DirecTV reps have been half-reading Engadget for the past year and crossed up the stories of TiVo releasing a OS updated to older Series 2 DirecTiVo combo boxes with the Comcast testing TiVo OS on their own boxes story.

    Still, it'd make things interesting if it were true and since it came from a friend I trust, I'm posting it here.​

  17. ADent

    ADent Active Member

    Jan 7, 2000
    Denver, CO
    Well control on DirecTV recently changed - from Rupert Murdoch to the Libery Group (aka John Malone).

    Seems like the new DirecTV wants to get away from the SkyTV boxes - and TiVo was the best thing DirecTV had going. Or just somebody shifted around in management and a TiVo lover got in charge, and TiVo looking at the sinking ship of Standalones really wants to get back into the DirectTV business.

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