DirecTV or Comcast - Should I Switch

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by swkass, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. btwyx

    btwyx Substantive Member

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    I switched last year when the S3 came out. Comcast is as bad as ever, but once the installation is done you don't have to deal with them much. The S3 makes it worth it. If TiVo does another HD DTiVo I might reconsider.
     
  2. jskinvest

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    WIll the new comcast tivo have dual live buffers? I have heard conflicting answers. If there are no dual live buffers than I will have to get a stand alone TIVO HD box
     
  3. HomieG

    HomieG Nowhere Man...

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    Well, my Comcast/Motorola 3412 has dual live buffers, so I'd expect they'd still have the buffers with the TiVo software on it. Why would they take that functionality away? 'Course we are talking about Comcast here, but if they took that away, they'd put themselves way behind the eight ball on DVR functionality. I don't usually give Comcast much credit, but I doubt they'd take the dual live buffers away.
     
  4. jskinvest

    jskinvest New Member

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    That is surprising. I did not think that any of the existing comcast DVR's had dual live buffers. I called comcast and they even said that themselves. Are you confusing that with dual tuners?
     
  5. HomieG

    HomieG Nowhere Man...

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    Mine (DCT-3412) has both dual tuners, and dual live buffers.
     
  6. jskinvest

    jskinvest New Member

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    so you can switch between two programs and not lose the trailing 30 minutes on both?
     
  7. JoeSchueller

    JoeSchueller New Member

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    While I love my TiVo software and dual buffers, the ulcers over SDV and the loss of ESPN2HD and ANY new HD launches on TWC make me miss my D* service every day. The MAXIMUM number of national HD channels my TiVo HD will EVER get on TWC in Cincinnati is as follows: ESPN HD, HBO HD, Mojo, HDNet, HDNet Movies, TNT HD, Discovery HD Theater, and Universal HD. I'm already locked out of ESPN2HD, National Geographic, and soon to be TLC HD and many more.

    I'd recommend sticking with D* and living with the "inferior" DVR.
     
  8. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

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    Un, no.

    You HOA cannot set a limit on a dish that is smaller than the FCC ruling and the Slimline is well within FCC guidelines.
     
  9. GaryD9

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    As with most theory, it often doesn't apply directly to the real world. By the time I filed a complaint with the FCC, the FCC actually looked at it, decided to actually do anything with it, contacted my HOA, found someone who gives a hoot, and the HOA met 4502 times to talk about it...

    Then there's the issue that the HOA _can_ set any limit they care to for "common areas." Being I'm in a townhouse, this includes the roof... Without a roof, I'd have a really hard time pointing south...

    Oh, and don't forget that a HOA can make my life miserable as well... I've seen them do it to others. I'd really NOT enjoy having someone inspect the paint on my front door on a daily basis to make sure it is within the proper color guidelines, doesn't have any nicks, and so on...

    I'll let others stand on principle. In the meantime, I'll get on with my life.
     
  10. btwyx

    btwyx Substantive Member

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    The FCC rule says something about not applying to common areas "where the antenna user does not have an exclusive use area."

    In a townhouse you usually have exclusive use of your roof, so that shouldn't be a problem for you.
     
  11. IJustLikeTivo

    IJustLikeTivo Active Member

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    I'm still on the fence. I have a series 3 that I love but I also still have two D*Tivos as well. At some point, D* will go entirely but not till I upgrade the Bedroom TV to HD then I'll have to pull the trigger on more Series3/TivoHD and less D*.
     
  12. bicker

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    What matters is who pays for repairs. If you are responsible for repairs to your own roof, then you're correct. If it is a common asset, and repairs and maintenance are the responsibility of the HOA, then restrictions are permitted by the FCC rule.
     
  13. swkass

    swkass New Member

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    Thanks again All!

    Steve
     
  14. GaryD9

    GaryD9 Member

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    I don't have exclusive of my roof - it's a "shared" roof between 8 units. Did the homework on this when I was installed an antenna for OTA HD's (when I still had DTV)... ended up having to do an attic install.
     
  15. HomieG

    HomieG Nowhere Man...

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    Yes, definitely dual buffers. The trailing amount of time seems to vary. Definitely in the order of 15 minutes or more on each tuner, for each buffer. Never really measured it, and the timeline doesn't show the time at the beginning of the buffer. But both tuners do indeed buffer...check your PM for more info!
     

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