DirecTV TiVo may finally ship in April or May

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by gimp, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

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    I can kind of understand the concern about forced leasing but honestly I don't see how it has hurt anyone. I paid $850 for an HR10-250 which is now basically a useless door stop. What good does it do me to own it. At the same time DirecTV gave me 2 free HR2x's when they switched to Mpeg-4 which were both leased plus I paid $199 for another one. I guess I am not sure why I care if it is owned or not.
     
  2. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

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    Really, TiVo has been gone now since 2006 and you think that people are just staying because of the exorbitant fees? They can leave for free after 2 years.
     
  3. formulaben

    formulaben Formula Tivo Racing

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    Well, that's quite different from the last offer I had, which was a slightly (?) subsidized box, a 2 year commitment, plus the lease terms. So in my mind, I was pretty much paying for the DVR (just like when you get a new phone) but then I couldn't keep it! If they give it to me for free then I don't care if it is leased, then I just have to deal with the 2 year commitment, which I am not fond of, but my prior offer of being stuck with all three (pay for box, 2 year commit, and lease) was highway robbery, IMHO.

    As far as ownership, the only concern I had was hard drive upgrading, and if I do not "own" it, I am far less likely to do it, unlike now, which I have done twice with my current Tivo.
     
  4. BrettStah

    BrettStah Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Yeah, that's a real stretch... I was perfectly happy with my DirecTivos, up to and including the HD model - but the MPEG-4 channels started coming, and I saw the writing on the wall. I was pleasantly surprised by the HR-20 that I got, and wound up replacing all DirecTivos with HR-2x models over a period of about a year. I miss the Tivo List Guide, but otherwise very few issues/complaints. The limit on the number of season passes sucks, but with multiple HR-2x DVRs it hasn't really been a huge problem - basically it forces me to prune my season pass manager about once a year to delete cancelled shows.
     
  5. BrettStah

    BrettStah Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    You can just plug in an esata external drive and the HR-2x DVRs will automatically use it (it will automatically install/configure/format/etc. the drive, and start using it). I recommend doing that early on in your use of the DVR though, because it doesn't copy over anything from the internal drive at all - so you need to recreate your season passes, and you don't have access to any recordings on the internal drive at all. If you boot back up without the external drive, it will resume booting to and using the external drive again though.
     
  6. formulaben

    formulaben Formula Tivo Racing

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    What is the limit?
     
  7. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    50 on the HR2x.
     
  8. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Well-Known Member

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    and 100 on the 5 tuner box, the HR34 or whatever it is called.
     
  9. Rainy Dave

    Rainy Dave Regulated User

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    Yeah...owning my DirecTiVo boxes did me a lot of good. When I switched over to the HRxx boxes they were door stops so I took them in for recycling.

    If I leave DirecTv what use would I have for DVRs that only work with their service?
     
  10. formulaben

    formulaben Formula Tivo Racing

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    If you own it you can sell it, just like I did with my first 2 DirecTivos...
     
  11. dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    As soon as the free NFL Sunday Ticket promotion is over, they will start selling it. That's just my prediction. I know nothing. Still want one though.
     
  12. Matt L

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    4 of my HR2x are owned one is leased. I'd have no issue popping open the leased one and dropping in a new hard drive if I wanted. I would just stick the original hard drive in a bag and store it somewhere in the event that I needed to return the box. I do'nt see any advantage to owned vs. leased. If you can get a good deal on a new install go leased.

    The only reason I own 4 is that I was cheaper to pick them up on ebay for $50-$80 each rather than paying the $199 to D. And yes, they are listed on my account as owned, and I have the protection plan and if one is replaced it is replaced with an owned box...
     
  13. sjberra

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    don't find their fees different then any other service type provider - you seen the etf for smartphones for the various carriers and how they decrease? In some cases if you cancel at 23 months you still owe close to 100.00 for the etf
     
  14. innocentfreak

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    According to the press release from TiVo today about their earnings, per DirecTV the DirecTiVo will be in limited markets in December for testing and an early rollout in 2012.
     
  15. Rainy Dave

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    I'll believe it when I can order one from DirecTv.com
     
  16. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    Yet one more prognostication in a long line of prognostications :)
     
  17. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

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    They've never said anything this specific or imminent.

    The "select major markets" aspect is interesting. My guess is that TiVo hit all their requirementsand now DTV is forced to do some kind of roll-out by the end of the year to hit some kind of year-end deadline.

     
  18. dswallow

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    So it's looking like the thread title may actually turn out to be true.

    Thankfully the OP didn't put the year in it.
     
  19. unitron

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    I hereby prognosticate the occurrence of further prognostication.;)
     
  20. Cudahy

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    Will the people who get in December be sworn to secrecy? It's in Tivo's interest for it to leak out.
     

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