DirecTV - TIVO Functionality ... neutered?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by oregondean, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. bghmsh

    bghmsh New Member

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    So I have been a Tivo Fan for almost 10 years and in fact worked for the company that produced the Tivo's 1st Tuner Chips I recently switched to DTV HR34 (Which is not a Tivo or even Tivo Lite) My question is : Can the New DirectTv Tivo be used in a mixed mode with other Tivo HD's I have a lot of programming on my network at Home which the Tivo HD's handle just fine. Can I still import my stored Videos for my NAS ?
     
  2. BOBCAT

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    Well....
    The HR34 was released today. Called D*, They want $399 for the receiver, $199 for the whole home setup which is required and it must be installed by their installers. Can't just have them send the box for self install. Install appointments out here are about 10 days out right now.
    Might as well buy one on ebay for $400, and not have to deal with D* and will get it in 3 days.
    D* sure does make a big effort to not be proactive with their long time customers.
    Will just buy the box off of ebay.
     
  3. bghmsh

    bghmsh New Member

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    Ok so I have owned.


    4 Series 2
    2 Series 3
    3 Series HD

    On my series 3 systems , after 45 days tuners died (yes and I checked it every way from Sunday) Swapped Cable cards , connectors , cables you name it.

    Called Tivo and was told : Return the broke units - we will replace them for $99 , after receipt or pay us $179 now (x2) and we will send you two units , return the broken ones within 30 days : Oh and your service agreement gets reset to $19.99 a month as these are new units. Let me see $40 + 6.99 a month for Tivo + $68 a month for Comcast = $114.99 just to watch TV Nah I switched to Direct TV
     
  4. bghmsh

    bghmsh New Member

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    I had mine installed last month (Oregon) and charged me $99 as a new customer - works mighty fine as well
     
  5. BOBCAT

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    Yea, D* doesn't care about their long time customers, 12years+, but gives a new customer a deal.
    The CSA said that there was no discount at all on this unit.
    I could see them perhaps charging an existing customer an extra $100 for the receiver over a new customer as they are trying to sign them up, but they just put the new receiver out of reach for some of us having to justify $600 to watch TV.
    Nice going D*
     
  6. Jebberwocky!

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    I called today to get the receiver and they wanted $200 so I told them I would cancel if they didn't come down on their price. They didn't and I did.

    I feel so free now :)
     
  7. BOBCAT

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    I friend of mine called and ordered the HR34, was $200 and he ordered it.
    Told him that he should call them back, make sure that he was getting the HR34 so he did.
    Turned out that they ordered a THR-22 for him, so he canceled the order.
    The box was already in the loop to ship. He has to wait until he receives it, then ship it back before he gets the refund.
     
  8. DocSavage2001

    DocSavage2001 New Member

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    If you don't mind leasing it instead of owning it, and commit to a 2-year plan (I have already been a DirecTv customer for 10 years), you can get it for free (actually cost of installation). I paid just $19.95 (plus $5 a month) to enjoy my new TiVo HD DVR.

    I called them and did not go through the website that wanted $199 for it.

    Dave
     
  9. stevel

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    No and no - at least right now. It will likely never work "mixed mode", but there might be some sort of streaming or import facility added later.
     
  10. sk33t3r

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    So has anyone had a chance to modify the software or is the OS on a chip and not on the HD?
     
  11. litzdog911

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    I'm not aware of anybody that has come up with any way to modify, tweak, or enhance the THR22 software.
     
  12. BOBCAT

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    What do you want to modify?
     
  13. Wil

    Wil Unknown Member

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    MRV and Tivo to go were hacks on Tivos and DTivos before they became features. Since they aren't features, again, on the THR22, obviously some users are hoping.
     
  14. Jerry_K

    Jerry_K Don't know much

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    Quit hoping. The operating software is on a chip. The hard drive is nothing more than a storage device.

    From what I understand even real TiVo is now a streaming not a transfer machine.

    The only hope you might have is if you use the method that is on DBS talk to write the content of the drive to another drive for use in the same unit. Then start digging into each and every byte to see what is recording etc. And then get NSA to unencrypt the video for your NAS.
     
  15. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

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    Real TiVo still transfers if the content is not marked as copy protected by the cable company.
     
  16. Jerry_K

    Jerry_K Don't know much

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    Latest and greatest as I understand is the Premiere Elite.

    I thought the Premiere Elite only does streaming. This quote from the TiVo website. No mention of the old MRV or Transfer

    "What is Multi-Room Streaming?
    Watch shows instantly between two network-connected TiVo Premiere DVRs
    Pause in one room and finish watching in another
    Access premium content whenever you want, wherever you want

    Connecting two or more TiVo Premiere DVRs for Multi-Room Streaming

    If you want to stream content between two or more TiVo Premiere DVRs, those DVRs must be connected to the Internet (and to each other) by:
    An Ethernet cable that plugs into the Ethernet port, or
    A coax cable that plugs into the MoCA port if you already have a MoCA-enabled network (such as a Verizon FiOS household), or
    A MoCA bridge that connects to your router if your DVRs are in a room other than your router"
     
  17. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    Yes, it still does MRV and TTG. You're inferring way too much from cheesy ad copy. TiVo is talking up streaming because it's a new feature, and because it doesn't have the same problems with CCI flags that MRV has.

    Also, no, the OS is not on a chip. However, the boot ROM does contain code that does integrity checks on the OS partition of the hard drive, so you can't arbitrarily modify the OS just because it's on disk (unless you have TiVo's keys to sign it with).
     
  18. Gasturbine

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    You mean I cant buy one from like Weakees, and have them activate it??
     
  19. stevel

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    You can pay Weaknees to send you one, but it will still be leased and subject to the same fees.
     

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