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Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Stanley Rohner, May 9, 2007.
I understand it to be just one line of code too.
Count me as one more who would love to see that option on the S3.
My Dish Network controller box has caller ID. When I upgraded from TiVo S2 to S3 and had to move to cable, I was going to get rid of the Dish Network box but then I realized I could keep it plugged in and simply hit the source button on my TiVo remote to switch to the Dish box and see who was calling. It's not an elegant solution, but it works.
Still, I'm looking into other options. This unit looks attractive, reasonably priced and functional.
Do people still use their phones to hook up their S3? How 20th Century.
I saw this thread last night and I kind of thought it would turn out fun. First I couldn't connect my S3 through my phone because I use Vonage (yes, I know there is a way to do it but I can't, long story) and second I just can't imagine having a house anymore without a wireless network.
And have we really gotten so lazy that we can't pick up the wireless phone that is sitting next to the remote and look at the display there?
Heck, we are so lazy at our house that we only watch the next show listed on our "now playing" list, just to avoid those tiresome extra button pushes needed to move farther up & down the list.
My phone is in the kitchen or bedroom. I don't have it right by my TV chair. Even if I took it off the charger and set it by my remote, it's hard to read in dim light. I would probably have to get up and turn on the light to read it. Sometimes even when I dash to the kitchen and read it, the stupid thing just says "Ringing". Duh! I know that! So I guess I either have to buy a better phone or get one of the caller-ID boxes listed above.
I would prefer it if TiVo would make it easy for me (being the lazy person I am ). But since they have not done so, I just placed an order for the caller ID box linked in my previous post.
And yes, my TiVo is connected to a wireless network.
That is what the kick start code 111 is for. I heard that 8.4 will add a new Amazon service that will allow you to download the corn directly to your tivo.
Just ordered one. About 1/3 the price of the Ahern unit. Plus doesn't show the date (who needs the date displayed in their den?).
I'll post back here when I get it.
I picked up this phone system a few days ago to use in my upstairs rooms.
Panasonic 5.8GHz Cordless Phone System with Digital Answering System and 4 Handsets
(Sorry, I don't have enough posts to provide the URL)
It was very surpising when I found that it uses voice synthesis to speak the incoming caller-IDs. (All of the handsets do this, not just the base)
That seems a lot better than having it pop up on your Tivo to me.
Here's a device that overlays the Caller ID info into the video signal on your TV:
...but it works over composite. This wouldn't work so well with the HD S3, obviously, but I liked the concept.
I have these Panasonic phones as well. I found that "voice caller ID", though interesting in theory, wasn't that great in practice. You'll likely be amused by some of the pronunciations...
No kidding, my wife's been cracking up at how it pronounces the
that shows up when I call on my company-provided mobile phone.
She says it's something like: unveedeeeaaa see oh are pee
The last 3 cordless phones I've owned lit up the display when receiveing a call. I figured all the phones did this. My current cordless phones has a color display a funky animated graphics when you get a call, along with the caller ID.
Simple??? You want to buy a spool of cable and wire up your telephone to your TiVo so you can get caller ID? How is THAT simple?
Why would TiVo show caller ID? It's not a telephone.... I don't get it...
The TV is the display you're most likely looking at, while in the family/living room. Makes more sense to have caller ID info there, than on a tiny screen on a phone base sitting on a shelf across the room, actually.
That way you can decide if you need to get up off the couch, or pick up the phone.
My book doesn't have caller ID, which I'm often looking at when the phone rings.
I'd gladly hook up my books to phone lines if they added this feature.
Mine do - I read most of my stuff off a tablet pc - something like 2000 pieces (and growing) in a library I can take anywhere. Incoming calls are displayed on a pop-up window - the connection comes from the call management feature of my VoIP via 802.11 to my tablet. Now I can see whom I'm ignoring without having to lift my eyes from the page
That is where you eyes are most of the time. It would be nice to know if the incoming call was a telemarketer or a dear friend without having to pause the TV and get up for the phone. No one is suggesting that it should be a requirement, but we suggest it would surely be nice to have (and perhaps a competitive advantage to the device that can do it).
I use one of those on my whole house video distribution system. Caller ID on every TV in the house except the living room. In the LR we have the sets hooked up via HDMI so instead of changing inputs on the TV we got the Panasonic Talking Caller ID base unit with 3 handsets. I think we have all our Caller ID needs covered now.
You probably don't get PIP or FSI either. But you do get yellow star ads, Yahoo weather and the other things that differentiate TiVo from competition, do you?
Simplistic answer to your question - because majority of people want it and because (almost) every single DVR made has it.
And every one of the DVRs that has it allows to to turn it off if for some reason you don't want to use it.
In the series 1 days this was possible. Then they locked things down.
Series 1 CallerID Hack