Is TiVo hacking dead?

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by Saturn, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. philhu

    philhu User Since Day ONE!

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    believe it or not, my fios in boston has few mp4 channels

    It is a shame when they did the software upgrade a few years back to update the certificate, they didnt fix the mp4 thing. The TivoHD harware wise can do it, they just never put in the software.
     
  2. Wil

    Wil Senile Member

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    The s3 has the hardware capability as well. In both cases, my understanding from insiders was the software simply had to be turned on (and was, accidentally and temporarily at one point on the HD [probably during the Australian marketing of the HD] even before the official upgrade).
     
  3. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    If memory serves only the original 648 S3s with the OLED display could be PROM modified. Once the 652s and 658s came out they moved the encryption chip to the main CPU. I may be wrong.

    I don't think the 648s were capable of MPEG-4 which is why only the later models supported it first in Australia and much later in the US.
     
  4. Wil

    Wil Senile Member

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    No; both the s3 648 and HD 652.

    The s3 648 plays back mpeg4 just fine; the hardware capability is there. The capability of receiving mpeg4 channels is uncertain, but a moot point since the software (if it exists) has not been turned on and never will be.
     
  5. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    FWIW, the DDB forum, where a lot of TiVo hacking knowledge resided, has been shut down by its owner. (For many years, I was the only active moderator, but it's not my site.) I am trying to see if I can get a copy of uploaded files, though I discovered that a bunch of old scripts had been deleted. I'm not sure what value, if any, is left there.
     
  6. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Misanthrope

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    Well, that sucks. I had a lot of issues with the attitudes on that forum, but without that resource, I think we can pretty much answer "yes" to the thread subject.
     
  7. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    I am discussing the issue with the site owner. The main issue is that the forum runs an ancient version of vBulletin and he doesn't see the value in paying for an upgrade (I agree). I pointed him to resources for converting to phpBB or xenforo.
     
  8. Wil

    Wil Senile Member

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    He provided an environment there in which the DVR we eventually came to know became defined, from the bare bones of the original Tivo. An important historical site. Tell him one of the early contributors says hi.
     
  9. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    The HD was upgraded to support MPEG4 at least as far as recording shows. Are you referring to the fact that they did not update the ability to download an MPEG4 show from an HD?

    Scott
     
  10. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    As Wil indicated, the S3 OLED has MPEG4 hardware support but they never released any software update to support it unfortunately.

    S3 OLED (648) CPU/decoder
    Broadcom BCM7038 system-on-a-chip, including the MPEG-2 decoder
    Broadcom BCM7411 MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and VC-1/WMV9 decoder

    HD (652/658) CPU/decoder
    Broadcom BCM7401 system-on-a-chip, including the MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, and VC-1/WMV9 decoder

    Scott
     
  11. reneg

    reneg Well-Known Member

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    I didn't expect my Tivo HD to last longer than the DDB forum. If you get the text from the forums, I'd be interesting in the text from the very long patching the Tivo HD thread. This past week, I cloned my Tivo HD drive just to have a backup handy in case of drive failure.
     
  12. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    Don’t hold your breath.... I have heard nothing from the forum owner.
     
  13. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    Well you probably can get information from the internet archive.I doubt if you can download any files.
     

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