How many UK users left?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by ColinYounger, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Jul 1, 2009 #481 of 740
    roger_phillips

    roger_phillips New Member

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    Damn Digital Switchover. Everything worked fine until last night and now I've discovered my Pace STB won't work after full switchover, so off to buy a new one. Came here to see if anyone was recommending a STB which is compatible with TIVO.

    We've been fully digital for years so all this "after digital switchover you'll need to ..." rather got ignored.

    :mad::(:eek:
     
  2. Jul 3, 2009 #482 of 740
    digital_S

    digital_S New Member

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    A year or 2 old now, but I have the Sony VTX-D800U Freeview box and it's worked continuously and reliably, left on 24/7 and still going well (without jinxing myself lol)
    I recommend that one if you can spare £70 from http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-VTX-D800U-Freeview-Digital-Set/dp/B0000TEV88 or even less via the bay of E.
    (sorry, off topic)
     
  3. Jul 8, 2009 #483 of 740
    colinstewart

    colinstewart New Member

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    Hi All

    I bought my Tivo when it first launched in the UK and would not be without it.

    I now also have the V+ box but still keep my Tivo.
    I have hacked it and have a recording time of 758 hours in basic quality.

    I am dismayed that we haven't had the advantages that the US have had with newer versions as there is nothing to compare in the functionality and usefulness.

    Sky+ & V+ are poor shows compared to the even the Series 1 Tivo that we have been stuck with in the UK.

    I would love to be able to upgrade to a new series Tivo and have all the bells and whilstles that it now incorporates.

    BRING BACK TIVO TO THE UK.

    Thanks
    Colin
     
  4. Jul 8, 2009 #484 of 740
    incognito56

    incognito56 New Member

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    Just decided, regrettably, to leave TiVo. Bought my box 5 years ago and (I know how stupid this was, so don't remind me :mad:) paid the £10/month ever since. Just got a V+ box which is nowhere near as versatile, but I wanted the HD content. Had I bought the lifetime subscription, I would have kept the box and hooked it into a Freeview box, so I rang Customer Service to see if they might have a special deal for longtime subscribers like me (who have paid £600 in monthly sub fees). You only get one guess at the answer! Still £199 for the Lifetime Subscription. Not a very smart move to keep the user base up.
     
  5. Jul 8, 2009 #485 of 740
    v56k

    v56k New Member

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    Have a freeview HD recorder also - but is terrible in comparison, nasty unresponsive menu's, keeps dropping the season pass for Click on BBC News 24 and others.
    Been upgraded to Mode 0 playback for better quality recordings and a 400Gb drive fitted - Tivo is still the best PVR and now with more "+1" channels even the lack of dual tuners is less of an issue.
    My only gripe is the telephone dial up for updates, the unit is not near a phone point and internet/wireless access would be so much better.

    In short the only way you'll get my Tivo is to rip it from my cold dead hands (or until Tivo stop supporting in the Uk!)
     
  6. Jul 8, 2009 #486 of 740
    marsmail

    marsmail New Member

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    I have had my TiVo since the launch in UK.
    Still nothing comes near for functionality and ease of use.
    Mine broke down and I thought it had had it, but with a new power supply and new hard disk (Tivoland - check them out via search engine if you don't already know them) it is up and running still.
    I also have a Humax 9300 with 500Gb disk. It really is a pain by comparison, OK the two tuners is a bonus but waiting for the prog guide to populate is a chore, and losing the "series links" after 13 weeks with a limit of 25 anyway is pretty hopeless!
    Come back to UK TiVo!!
    You are still the best, even with your slow processor.

    marsmail
     
  7. Jul 8, 2009 #487 of 740
    marsmail

    marsmail New Member

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    Go for a good quality one. I have a Grundig which has the disadvantage that it has no display to show which channel you are switched to, but aside from that is is good, quick to change channel and so far, totally reliable (on 24/7 for nearly 1 year now) Got it at Comet.
    Don't buy cheap, it won't be worth it in the long run (and we all hope that our TiVos will continue to have a long run, don't we?)

    marsmail
     
  8. MagpieMike

    MagpieMike New Member

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    3 tivo's Here. 2 with lifetime subs. 1 of these used with Virginmedia analogue cable (Shortly have to upgrade to digital service, as analogue to be turned off 1st October) Other Tivo unused at the moment, as cannot use with Samsung TV idtv. 3rd non sub tv not working, as modem is seems to have broken. Best purchases of such equipment I've made, and have had them all for some years. Would love Tivo to recommence selling in UK!
     
  9. Pete77

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    Surely all you need is a Freeview box or Freesat box to feed the Tivo Scart input its tv picture and then wire the Tivo tv output to a Scart socket on the IDTV?

    You and other family members then view live tv using the IDTV's built in tuner but watch all recorded tv programs by switching program source to the IDTV Scart socket and the Tivo?
     
  10. dante ameche

    dante ameche New Member

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    490 or is that 491

    Life time sub since 2002. Why can't we have a twin tuner digital TiVo here in the UK?

    I'm so glad I paid for the life time sub even though I had no idea how long I'd be using TiVO for. Apart from the early teething troubles channel changing etc, it hasn't skipped a beat. It's as original as the day it was bought. [Could do with a new remote though] I found that keeping the 20 gig HD makes you watch programmes rather than having them pile up and never getting round to watching them.

    I still speak to people that have never heard of it or think it's only available in America.

    EDIT: Can't believe this is my first post. Can't believe I remembered my password
     
  11. Pete77

    Pete77 New Member

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    491 as the last guy didn't quote a number.

    Congratulations on finally getting round to posting on the forum after all these years.
     
  12. Aug 6, 2009 #492 of 740
    hmallett

    hmallett New Member

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  13. Aug 6, 2009 #493 of 740
    Rue

    Rue New Member

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    Wish I'd had the money for a lifetime sub way back then. I've spent the past few years (and another £240 odd) wondering how much longer I'll keep my TiVo!
     
  14. MrNoisy

    MrNoisy New Member

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    494 - running fine with 2 SetPals!
     
  15. Fred Smith

    Fred Smith Still learning

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    You will have to retune them sometime.

    Owner of two 'dead' Setpal's.:(
     
  16. MrNoisy

    MrNoisy New Member

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    Yes, I did that the other day - after hacking an SI fix. :)

    (Before anyone asks, this can't be done for others I'm afraid (I have special h/w for example) - I expect it will go wrong again soon for some other reason anyway!!)
     
  17. n1ckT

    n1ckT New Member

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  18. netnode

    netnode New Member

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    496
     
  19. dcoleman

    dcoleman New Member

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    After 7 years of paying the monthly sub (I know, dont tell me) :mad: we have cancelled and have stopped using our TiVo.

    As a replacement I have built a HTPC with a quad tuner card (2 Freeview tuners and 2 Freesat tuners), so I can get HD on our 46" plasma. Running Windows 7, with 1TB storage and BluRay / HD DVD play back, it is the best alternative to TiVo complete with all the ripped kids movies, MP3s, family photos and web browsing etc.

    Time has marched on and TiVo (UK) hasn't - I've given up hope that they will re-enter the UK market, even the US boxes cannot compete with a well setup HTPC.

    So long and good luck,
    Dave C.
     
  20. jdwood37

    jdwood37 New Member

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    I've had lifetime sub since I bought my Tivo in 2000 now with 1TB Samsung Eco super cool quiet drive. The great thing is simplicity and rock solid reliability. Windows Media Centre is ok but being Microsoft needs constant TLC - dual tuner is a big plus though
     

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