I'm An Idiott (I Think)

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Soapm, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

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    The real question is why is anyone paying for TV if they don't have HD? What is this, 1999?
     
  2. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    What do you mean by "paying for TV"? Cable sub, satellite sub?

    In our case, analog cable because no digital tuners (or HD TVs) in the house and certain channels unavailable over the air.
     
  3. RMBittner

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    Well, you don't even have to pay anything to get HD (assuming you're okay with broadcast offerings), but I do get your point.

    I've recently talked to several people who have satellite service -- and had to upgrade to HD service due to the fact that the company was no longer supporting the SD-only receivers. But the customers haven't yet upgraded to HDTVs. . .

    When it's never been cheaper to buy an HDTV, I'm baffled by the folks who still haven't made the leap. Do they not know what they're missing? And if they like TV enough to pay for it, why don't they want to get the most from it that they can?

    Crazy guess: Maybe they've seen too many incorrectly adjusted sets in hotels, etc. where folks are feeding it SD signals and stretching them to fill the width. (A sin, IMHO.) Maybe they think that's what HDTV looks like. . .

    Bob
     
  4. poppagene

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    Send it back under your 30 return policy.
     
  5. Soapm

    Soapm Active Member

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    Because you don't miss what you never had.

    This is like asking why anyone would have a car if they don't have fuel injection. If all you can afford is a car with a carb then fill the tank and go old school...
     
  6. Soapm

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    My answer is simple, my old set(s) still work. I can't afford to fork out for latest and greatest when I have something that reliably does an acceptable job. I could see if I had a snowy picture, foiling the antenna's and calling the kid to change the channel but the old 36" tube is still humming along.

    Now a more fair question to me is why I would pay to fix my 36" with the prices of HDTV coming down. The answer to that is I would probably replace it if it breaks.

    Perhaps some in this country just don't have the loot to keep up with the Jones residence so must make the best of the few dollars the Lord has trusted to their stewardship. I know people complain that we don't pay income tax without realizing there are a lot of other things we also do without, replacing something that works is one of them...

    I wouldn't invest in a new Tivo if the cable company wasn't going all digital. I would continue to tolerate my old S2 DT with 30 analog channels on one tuner and an IR blaster that rarely hit the right channel for the other. But since they're leaving me with the one IR Blaster channel that rarely hits the right channel the first time then we discussed it as a family and decided to sacrifice and upgrade the Tivo... Must be nice having your loot...
     
  7. Soapm

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    Unfortunately I got it off Amazon and don't want to do the seller that way but I'm thinking I may be able to sell the premier with minimal if any loss since it has an upgraded 2TB drive. If I can save and buy the life time for the HD I could recover my losses in a fairly quick time. Especially if I can get that $100 deal everyone is talking about...
     
  8. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    I know many people who are think the same as you a good 36 inch tube TV is not a bad TV - I dumped a 12 year old 26 inch discount TV when I upgrade (My old TV only had Coax in) that was on it's last legs if I had a newer 32 or 36 TV I might still be SD.

    Good Luck,
     
  9. RMBittner

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    You might want to try shielding your Blasters, to eliminate any extraneous light that might be hitting the TiVo box. We ran into this with a S2 -- ambient room light on the face of the TiVo (where the IR is) was enough to make channel changing erratic.

    I ended up just taping a small piece of cardboard over the blaster, so it was completely covered. Simple, free, and it eliminated the erratic changes.

    Bob
     
  10. RMBittner

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    Wow, that's quite an assumption.

    Here are the facts: We paid $2,500 for a 50" 720 plasma in 2006. That's hardly "keeping up with the Joneses" or having "the latest and greatest." (That same-spec model is now available for under $600.)

    And we had that "loot," as you call it, because both of my parents were killed in a car accident and we received some insurance money.

    Is that "nice"? You tell me.

    But I do take your point: Not everyone has even the $300-400 it would take to buy a new HDTV.

    Bob
     
  11. Soapm

    Soapm Active Member

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    Not nice your parent died. Sorry to hear that.

    It was nice you had the loot, I don't have that kind of expendable cash.
     
  12. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    FYI: lrhorer dislikes the Premiere because it hasn't been hacked (yet?).
    Once someone figures out how to hack the Premiere, lrhorer will be all over it. :p
     
  13. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    I know what I'm missing, but I'm a cheap SOB :p I'll wait until my current SD TV goes kaput before I buy an HD TV.
    Besides, usually I'm more interested in the show. As long as it is a clear picture, I'm fine with SD for now.
     
  14. Soapm

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    Me too... The only thing we own not hacked is our Wii...
     

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