Humax DRT800 Owner's Club

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by deputydog95, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. Nov 29, 2004 #61 of 962
    deputydog95

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    just add a splitter if you want to watch one thing and record another. works fine.

    what's wrong with your channel changing? if you set it up properly it changes channels just as fast if not faster than my series 2 did. you have to experiment with the different channel changing settings.
     
  2. Nov 29, 2004 #62 of 962
    deputydog95

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    btw, if you get the direct tv tivo, you won't have the hmo option. your call. i'd keep your humax and add a spliter.
     
  3. Nov 29, 2004 #63 of 962
    erliban

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    Hi, everyone, I'm new at this TiVo thing and am thinking about getting a DRT800. I'd like to ask a current owner: can this unit function as a regular DVD player as well? Meaning, can it play regular DVD discs? Can it play already burnt DVD+R/RW discs (I know it can not burn DVD+R/RW)? If I do not sign up the TiVo service, can I still use it as a DVD recoder/player? Thanks in advance!
     
  4. Nov 29, 2004 #64 of 962
    bedelman

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    Crystal...
    The DRT800 will not function unless it is subscribed to the TiVo Service. This differs from the DVD Recorder/TiVo units from Pioneer and Toshiba that come with TiVo Basic.

    The DRT800 does function as a regular DVD player. I believe that it can play DVD+R/RW media as long as they have been "finalized"
     
  5. Nov 29, 2004 #65 of 962
    pernar

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    TDK DVD-RW, the disc that came in the box.
     
  6. Nov 29, 2004 #66 of 962
    pernar

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    I can explain why the unit only burns at 2-4x speed when the drive is technically possible of faster speeds.

    It's pretty simple, really - to burn at 8/16x, the hard drive needs to pretty much continuously crunch data to the disc, which would make the Tivo unusable for anything else. Since you can watch TV/record shows while the thing is burning away, they had to limit the burn speed.

    As for DirecTV guy, I think you're screwed. The splitter won't work for you since the DirecTV box can only output a single channel at once.

    What I'm doing with digital cable is pretty much your only option. Take your DirecTV box and hook it into the Tivo, and then take whatever analog cable you get and plug it directly into the TV itself. This way you just have to switch inputs on the TV and you're set. Obviously you won't be able to watch DirecTV on the other input - UNLESS you go out and get another DirecTV box, of course, which then requires another home run from the dish.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2004 #67 of 962
    erliban

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    Thanks for the reply. So do you mean I can't use it at all: even as a regular DVD player? Or do you mean I can use it as a regular DVD player no matter what but can not use it as a DVD recorder without subscription?

    It kind of sucks if I can't use it as a stand alone DVD player/recorder :(
     
  8. Nov 30, 2004 #68 of 962
    juanian

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    OK - you have me confused.

    With non-satellite TiVos (using a coax R/F input, and a coax R/F output to the TV), you can record one channel and watch a different channel by putting your TiVo into Standby mode. (While in Standby mode, the TiVo still records shows, still has the 30-minute live buffer, and otherwise acts normally.) Think of Standby mode as similar to the "TV/VCR" button on a VCR.

    If you are recording from the A/V inputs to your TiVo, you are not using the TiVo tuner, and that is a different issue. Since you said that you were using the satellite remote exclusively, it looks like you aren't even using the TiVo for more than a dumb recorder. Are you using an IR or serial interface from the TiVo to a satellite box to have the TiVo change the channels?

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    On a different topic, BestBuy is selling Memorex 4x DVD+RW 25-pack spindle for $20 (much less than normal price). Hopefully they will be selling DVD-RW media at a similar price soon!

    Also, the HUMAX manual says:
    The Recorder is compatible with DVD-RW Ver. 1.1 and Ver. 1.1/2x, and DVD-R Ver. 2.0 and Ver. 2.0/4x.

    Juan
     
  9. Nov 30, 2004 #69 of 962
    pernar

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    You can buy standalone DVD player/recorders for a lot cheaper than the Humax, so why on earth would you spend the extra $$ and then NOT subscribe to Tivo? There's a reason the Toshiba and Pioneer units are more expensive than the Humax, and that's because they have Tivo Basic.

    It never made sense to me, though, since you're talking about a $100+ difference, and that is a huge chunk of a lifetime sub on the Humax. It's like the old saying, "jumping over dollars to pick up dimes".
     
  10. Nov 30, 2004 #70 of 962
    erliban

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    Well, when you put it that way it does sound reasonable to bite the bullet and subscribe lifetime. :)

    Since I have not tried TiVo before, I just want leave meyself the option of stop subscribing in case I don't like it after several months and still keep it for DVD recoder/player functions.
     
  11. Nov 30, 2004 #71 of 962
    cprovo

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    I'm also new to TIVO and was thinking about purchasing the DRT800 due to the great price at CC (although I would price match at BB because I have a $20 off coupon). So let me understand this unit - I cannot rent a DVD from Blockbuster and play it on there, I cannot record TV shows (on the hard drive or to disk) without subscribing to TIVO? Can anyone help me out here? Thanks.
     
  12. Nov 30, 2004 #72 of 962
    ashu

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    BINGO!
     
  13. Nov 30, 2004 #73 of 962
    sting

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    In this case, you should get a Toshiba RS-TX20, it has Tivo Basic and 120GB HD. You can get it for around $470 online. You can first try full Tivo for 45 days free and then subscribe to it at $12.95/mo for a few months and get the $100 rebate. You can also buy a lifetime sub if you liked the full Tivo after the first 45 day free trial and get the rebate. You will always have some sort of Tivo service this way at a close enough price to a comparable Humax DRT800. To me, Humax only makes sense for people who really want full Tivo service and I am one of them.
     
  14. Nov 30, 2004 #74 of 962
    cprovo

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    The thing is...I did go ahead and purchase the DRT800 from BB (got the price match from the CC misprinted price - plus I used that $20 coupon). So with tax my total was $303.09 and I can send in for the $100 MIR. I am going to return this though because I don't think it's really what I want. I'd rather have something that's a player and recorder.

    Does the Toshiba unit that has TIVO basic service act as a player as wel as a recoder. The only downside to this whole thing is the great deal I got on the HUMAX unit.

    Any suggestions?
     
  15. Nov 30, 2004 #75 of 962
    erliban

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    Thanks for the suggestion. But I couldn't wait and did the $199 after rebate deal mentioned in the other thread (it was actually $179 + tax on $279 because I did it at Best Buy through their 110% price match) today. Guess I can't complain at this price ;)
     
  16. Nov 30, 2004 #76 of 962
    sting

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    With lifetime sub your total would be just over $500 after rebate for a DRT800 w/ 80GB HD. IMO, lifetime (vs monthly) is a much better deal for the DRT800 as your machine would be worth a lot more when you sell it and you get the use of Tivo when you own it. Toshiba RS-TX20, on the other hand, would cost you aorund $430 after rebate with a 120GB HD and Tivo Basic. If Tivo Basic is all you need (and want) then the Toshiba is a more compelling value.

    Don't get me wrong, I like my DRT800 (w/ lifetime), it's just a better value if you wanted full Tivo. I bet a lot of owners also want to upgrade it to a higher recording capacity. My plan anyway!

    Enjoy Tivo!
     
  17. Nov 30, 2004 #77 of 962
    lwsexson

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    The only reason I can think of for not liking Tivo would be you never watched any television. By that I mean you want to watch rented tapes and dvds but never watch on air, satelite tv or cable tv. Tivo is a wonderful change and well worth the price.
     
  18. Nov 30, 2004 #78 of 962
    jratcliff

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    Lawrencevill...
    I'm having some very bad luck with my new Humax DRT800. I used the DVD-RW that came with the unit to save a few shows but this DVD will not play back on any other DVD players or my computer. My other DVD player says that it supports DVD-R/RW so it should work but didn't.

    I then went a bought some new DVD-R discs but the Humax will not record to them. The first time I tried burning to the DVD the Humax rebooted itself. The second and third time I tried, it got about 15% complete and then it quit with an "internal error".

    I called Humax support and all they told me was to try a different brand of DVD-R/RWs.

    Has anyone else experienced this? What brand should I buy? The whole point to buying the Humax was so I could burn DVDs to play back on my other DVD players and on my computer.

    Jack
     
  19. Nov 30, 2004 #79 of 962
    sting

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    I've used Memorex 4x DVD-R, Memorex 2x DVD-RW and TDK 4x DVD-R, they all worked on the DRT800. Check out earlier posts on this thread.
     
  20. Nov 30, 2004 #80 of 962
    jratcliff

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    Lawrencevill...
    Thanks! I'll give Memorex a try then.
     

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