Hydra coming to local cable company

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by compnurd, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. compnurd

    compnurd Well-Known Member

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    So it looks like the Mi4 is the Mini Vox Equivalent and the Qi3 is the regular mini version as far as CPU specs
     
  2. TKnight206

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    By iguide, do you mean like https://s.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2010/05/comcastiguide.jpg ? I wish TiVo would color the guide like that.
     
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  3. Jed1

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    Yes that is one of the versions of the iGuide. This was based off of Gemstars TVGuide On Screen guides that was embedded in some consumer electronics years ago. They used different colors in the listings, purple for movies, green for sports, blue for kids programs.
    Here is some links to what TVGOS looked like. These are version 8 and version 9.
    RC: TVGOS in GTA (Post 10 by Daniel Tonks)
    http://abi.s3.amazonaws.com/v9_listings_screen.jpg
    For reference Gemstar became Macrovision that then changed their name to Rovi which in turn bought TiVo and now uses that name. Notice the program description and how detailed it is. Also notice the logos as this is what you are seeing in the guides on our TiVos. Rovi/TiVo is using the same database for our TiVos that they used for TVGOS.
    The iGuide and also PassPort Echo are guides that are still used today for cable boxes. The iGuide was developed from a very early version of TVGOS and PassPort Echo was purchased when Gemstar bought Aptiv Digital back in 2007. Aptiv Digital used to be Pioneer Digital Technologies.
    https://www.bizjournals.com/losangeles/stories/2007/03/26/daily43.html
    http://www.diamondnetok.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/46
    Here is the reason that TiVo/Rovi/Gemstar is suing Comcast over the X1 platform as this was a joint agreement that was made all the way back in 2004.
    Comcast and Gemstar-TV Guide to Form Interactive Program Guide Development Group Dedicated to Creating the Industry's Best-in-Class Guide
     
  4. Mikeguy

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    But, I'm so skinny! ;)
     
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    That brings back memories of my old Comcast DVR before I bought a Moxi in 2009! So retro looking.
     
  6. tenthplanet

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    The master says: "All creatures in the Tivo-verse must find their place" :eek::eek::D
     
  7. Mikeguy

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    I'm fairly happy with mine (TiVo OTA)--just don't abandon me. ;)
     
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    I miss some of the features my Comcast DVR had that my TiVo lacks. I'm thinking about creating a thread for features I'd like to see come to the TiVo that my legacy DVR had. To name a few, a colored guide, advanced audio options (ability to mute and set audio to mono), and the ability to drop down an individual channel (TiVo Live Guide doesn't suffice in my opinion).
     
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    what does drop down an individual channel do?
     
  10. HerronScott

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    On the advanced audio, what do you mean ability to mute since wouldn't you do that through your TV or receiver? And why would you want the audio set to mono? Just curious. :)

    Scott
     
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  12. compnurd

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    That guide was the ugliest POS ever created..
     
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  13. TKnight206

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    On my legacy Comcast DVR, when on the guide (similar to TiVo's Grid Guide style), if I recall, hitting Guide a second time would show a listing for that specific channel (similar to TiVo Live Guide, but without seeing any other channel). If I could make a suggestion, I'd settle for toggling between Grid Guide and TiVo Live Guide by the (d) button perhaps. Rather than having to hit (a), channel down, right, (a).

    I suspect patent issues are why. There might be licensing fees which would increase the monthly cost of the DVR.

    On my legacy Comcast DVR, the Mute button on the remote would mute the audio on the DVR itself. Technically, I'm using a computer monitor to watch TV, not an actual TV. As to why I want mono, I watch TV using headphones. Anyone here record South Park? If anyone here watches South Park, try using stereo capable headphones. Notice how the music portions are only in one ear and how irritating it is.
     
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    RCN and SECTV overlap in Lehigh Valley PA.
    At RCN we still have the Pace MG1 DVR and Mi3 clients. Perhaps the new competition from SECTV will force an upgrade.
     
  16. JoeKustra

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    This is a funny way to learn about my cable company. I just made a service connection. My guide now has the following channels:
    INSIGHT4K
    TCN4K
    NATUREVIS4K
    FASH4K-US
    NASA4K-US

    Nothing about this on their website. I just received my 2018 lineup card and price increase. Nothing about 4k there. The guide has data too, no TBA.
     
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    they might be testing 4k I know when cox in our area was testing/getting ready to launch channels theywould hit cable card customers first even before guide data was added then they would get mapped to the rented cable boxes
     
  18. Jed1

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    I only submitted that they add the SD and HD version of Strike Zone so I have no idea why these got added. They only have a 6 tuner Bolt+ in the office with voice remote. It has a CableCard in it and they are using WiFi to connect to the internet. It is possible that they are going to go live very soon with these channels so Rovi/TiVo added them in now.
    I must have over a dozen submissions to Rovi for channel lineup changes and changes to the zip codes for our system in the past two months. The only mistake that was made is when they deleted TCM and IFC but that was SECV fault as it was missing from their pdf lineup document. Rovi requested that when I submitted the pretty big change to the Hazleton lineup and nobody at SECV would give them a call back to verify the changes.
    I had to contact SECV to get them to fix the document and then resubmit it to Rovi to have the channels added back in.
     
  19. NashGuy

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    Looks like your cable company may have made a deal with SES to carry their 4K UHD channels which are, AFAIK, the only linear 4K UHD cable channels that exist in the USA. (That said, DirecTV and some other MVPDs have their own 4K UHD channels that they program themselves with live and recorded content from various sources.)

    Accelerating the Delivery of Ultra HD
     
  20. NashGuy

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    Here's some additional details about SES's UHD delivery platform:
    Verizon Teams with SES on Ultra HD Trial

    For the trials, SES has been delivering 4K TV at 18 Mbps using HEVC coding. In an earlier interview, Corda reasoned that that bit rate squares with cable operators, because it allows them to fit two 4K TV signals into a 6MHz-wide channel. That bit rate also enables SES to balance video quality and cost, while allowing four UHD signals to fit into a satellite transponder, and up to 16 UHD channels to be remultiplexed on a satellite receiver.

    Most of the cable operators that in the pilot are delivering the signals over QAM transport to set-top boxes, but some are also considering deliver over DOCSIS networks using IP multicast technology.
    Joe, your avatar is a hamster but you may turn out to be TCF's guinea pig when it comes to trying out the Bolt's ability to view and record 4K UHD cable channels via CableCARD!
     
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