D*TV TiVo Advice Please

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by richsadams, May 22, 2015.

  1. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Yep...it will be a sad day indeed. Since there are rumors that cable/fiber optic service will be coming to my new neighborhood and both TiVos have lifetime subs I'm torn about selling them. I may wait a while and see how it goes. Plus we have a LOT of recordings to watch before they go anywhere. ;)

    Thanks again my friend!
     
  2. Series3Sub

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    Just to be clear and concise about how "antiquated" it seems: the THR22 (DirecTiVo HD) is based on the Series 3 platform. That should make it clear what you are getting

    Further, many of the advances features from the retail TiVo's are NOT available on the THR22 such as no OTT apps; no transfers between two THR22's; and more. I won't get into how I think TiVo was terribly treated by DirecTV. Let's just say DirecTV agreed to a new DirecTiVo product only because TiVo agreed in the contract NOT to sue DirecTV for patent infringement. DirecTV got what it wanted, but not really the loyal TiVo users who deserved at least an S4 platform and without the LONG delays. the THR22 is controversial.

    Yes, the one feature I miss on TiVo's is the PIP. After all these years when it seems almost everyone else has PIP, TiVo never brought it to its subscribers is somewhat odd because TiVo has so many other good features. If TiVo had PIP it would be an ever stronger #3 to #1 Dish Hopper and #2 Genie. But those three are easily the top tier and far better than any other DVR's out there today. You can't go wrong with any of those three.
     
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  3. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Agreed and understood. Even our Series3 seems more robust than DirecTV's version of TiVo.

    Ultimately the TiVo DirecTV is offering does a disservice to both companies. I feel sorry for anyone that orders it from DirecTV as it may lead them to believe that all TiVo products are that poor...so bad press for TiVo. I can't imagine DirecTV customers being happy with such a crippled product either.

    Unless DirecTV brings their version of TiVo into the 21st Century it would probably be best for both companies if DirecTV stopped offering it. IMHO of course.
     
  4. stevel

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    The only people buying the THR22 are those who have past experience with TiVo, almost entirely those with DirecTV TiVos, especially the HR10-250. The THR22 is pretty much a drop-in replacement for the HR10 with nearly identical functionality, and as that it is successful. There are some incremental improvements, such as SWM compatibility and networking (so that the phone line is not needed), but really, that's it.

    For people moving to DirecTV from cable and who are used to newer TiVo models, the THR22 is a giant step back in time and these people would be better served by the Genie. Even for those who like the TiVo UI, I can't recommend the THR22 unless you have zero interest in features beyond that of the HR10. (My wife falls into this category, which is the only reason I have a THR22.)
     
  5. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    All good points and thanks again Steve! :up:
     
  6. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    So as mentioned the only broadband provider in our new area is CenturyLink. :mad: They have a package deal with DirecTV that looks like it could save us some money.

    However I wanted to check here to see if that makes sense, or if we should just sign up with each company individually.

    Also, either way, how we'd go about using the referral info that was kindly past on to us for a discount.

    TIA!
     
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    When we signed up we did it at Sam's Club and received a $200 gift card. Then after we were signed up they told us to call back and the referral was added to the account. Unless you are getting some kind of super deal you should be able to call and add it afterwards.
     
  8. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Ah...got it. That sounds like a plan.

    There are so many "deals" out there. Seems like not only DirecTV is making them, but there's the bundle with CL plus several what appear to be "brokers" selling packages. Sheesh! :eek:

    Thanks for that! :up:
     

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