Lifetime TiVo's still available. $49 + $299 for Lifetime..!

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  1. Dajad

    Dajad Active Member

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    I've suggested this to 3 people about to purchase a TiVo and they all are very interested.

    Can someone answer me this question?

    If you want to, say, record 5 episodes of, again, say ER, onto a DVD, do you have to queue them all up at once and then record or can you record one today, another the next and so on. Meaning, on the Humux box, is there only one WRITE opportunity. My friend is considering getting the small unit and wants to copy some shows onto the DVD over time ... but will have deleted the earlier shows long before the later shows are broadcast. Is this possible, or is each write to the DVD a one-off thing with the rest of the unused space on the DVD non-usable thereafter.

    Sorry, but when it comes to writing DVDs, I'm a REAL newb. I've never done it before.

    ...Dale
     
  2. cgi-bin

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    You have to burn everything you want on the dvd at one time. It closes the session when it burns, so it must be all at once.

    Its not really that big of a deal to wait a few weeks to burn several episodes at once. Unless you use the higher quality settings to record everything and you delete what you have watched (that you don't want to burn) Its really not a problem.

    It also depends on what quality you record at. If you record at best quality you're only going to get one episode on the dvd anyway. High will get 2 episodes, medium 4, and basic 6. Medium is pretty good for most shows.

    I've personally had 12 episodes of a show waiting on my tivo, because I missed one of the first episodes and was waiting for the repeats to get the one I missed. I never really had to worry about running out of space.
     
  3. Dajad

    Dajad Active Member

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    Thanks CGI-bin.
     
  4. petew

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    Dale, Another option if you plan to create a more permanent archive is to use DVD-RW disks for the initial save and then move them elsewhere for editing and consolidation.
     
  5. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

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    I definitely think these dvd Tivos are worth it. I must have burned about 20 movies, seasons 1 & 2 of Weeds, S1 of Dexter, and both seasons of Sleeper Cell. I also have used it to burn shows for trips and just to open up some space on the Tivo until I could catch up watching. Just beware, friends and family without Tivos will turn to you as their default recording option since you can put it on a disk and they can watch at their leisure.
     
  6. Dajad

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    Whiskey, that is exactly the scenario my friend has in mind. Her mother doesn't have cable but does have a DVD player. Currently my friend records shows on to a VCR for her mother and when the cassette fills up she drops it off. These are relatively poor folks. My friend was thinking of doing the same thing if she got a refurb TiVo with just the 40 gig drive. My problem with this solution is the 40 gig is going to fill up REALLY fast so she won't be able to a new show on each week, as she does now and then bring the DVD over when it fills up. She'll need to save up the shows enough to fill up a DVD and then bring it over. That will fill the hard drive REALLY quickly.

    Anyway, it is what it is. They'll probably figure out a different approach - or just keep using the VCR.

    Thanks Pete, given the scenario my friend is in, I highly doubt they'll be doing post processing. It's just for one off watching by her mom.

    Hey, is there still an export to VCR option on the Humux-DVD equipped TiVo's? If not, I'll need to know that too.

    ...Dale.
     
  7. peteypete

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    I've always wanted one of these DVD burner types, but wasn't aware the lifetime thing was still legit, especially on a refurb. Kinda tempting. It doesn't matter if you're a subscriber already, i suppose.

    Anybody know the durability of the DVD drive itself?
     
  8. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    I don't see why the won't have the save to VCR option.

    Maybe one of those non TiVo HDD based DVD recorders, or a Pioneer or Toshiba Tivo would suit those folks.

    You can get that Lifetime if you are a sub already, jsut the bux cannot have been subbed before.

    I don't know the reliability of the DVD drive, but they are replaceable.
     
  9. mattack

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    I know someone already said you have to burn everything at once..

    Also, you can't edit recordings at all.. No removal of commercials, no saving just the musical guest (or a rare especially funny sketch) from SNL or a talk show, etc.

    Also you cannot record to DVD shows transferred to it from other Tivos.

    Also, AFAIK, it WON'T tell you if you have picked enough shows to fill up a DVD.. it will just ask you for another DVD and put the last ~5 minutes or whatever on a second DVD.

    I would LOVE the Tivo interface on a DVD Recorder, but those were things that I needed, and thus I got a Toshiba XS32 (which I've had DIFFERENT problems with) to augment my Tivos.

    Those features on a DVD recorder that had the reliable Tivo software would be worth $$$$$ to me...

    Though one thing that would make me seriously consider something like this.. it is PROBABLY voided by the same thing I said above about inability to burn to DVD shows transferred.. But what about TivoToGo? Can you record to this recorder, transfer to computer, EDIT, then transfer back to Tivo and burn to DVD?
     
  10. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    No, you can only burn recordings that have directly made on the DVR. Any from of transfer to the unit won't burn on its burner. Since you will be transferring it to a PC, you can burn from there.
     
  11. davezatz

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    My Humax DVD burner is about 2 years old and was a refurb. Has held up fine. I don't burn shows as much as I thought I would, but it's great when Melissa's niece needs High School Musical or whatever. Though, at this point in time, I wouldn't suggest $300 for Lifetime on a SD unit with 1 tuner.
     
  12. peteypete

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    Thanks,

    Yeah, Lifetime is so tempting, just cuz Tivos last forever, but I got 2 already.

    No real plans to go HD in the near to mid future, so...

    I prob wouldn't use the burner as much as I think either!
     
  13. Dajad

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    Dave there is a scenario where it makes sense, and is the case with both my two friends about to purchase this baby. The scenario is where the user is NOT an HD watcher and when they subscribe to satellite and only have one tuner available to you at a time. There's no downside to not having a second tuner when you don't have a second source of programming.

    Cheers.
     
  14. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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    Well, in that case I recommend your friends upgrade to HD and then not get this. ;) Seriously, I do recognize there are households and uses for this model but it's not something I would personally recommend. Heck, even my retirement-aged mom has HD these days. Then again, she does have a pretty geeky technology adviser.
     
  15. lexsar

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    Does anyone know if these Humax's support Home Media functionality?
     
  16. petew

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    Not true. If you pick multiple shows the Humax will only allow you to pick as many shows as will fit on one DVD. The only way to create a recording spanning multiple disks is to record a single show that's longer than one disk.

    Also as plus points I love having the Tivo interface for DVD playback, it's a single box for recording and DVD viewing and you can stop a movie and come back days later and resume from the pause point since Tivo remembers where you were.
     
  17. davezatz

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    Yep, it's a full-fledged Series2 - plus DVD player and burner. It's a nice combo... Now if only we could get the TiVoHD with an optical drive of some sort. :) (From my conversations with TiVo, it does not sound like that an imminent possibility.)
     
  18. petew

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    Yes they do. They run 8.3 or 9.1 same as any other Tivo and have all the same functionality.

    The only significant difference is that they record in DVD compatible formats (other series 2's don't) so file sizes and recording qualities are slightly different.
     
  19. lexsar

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    So.... with my other two Series2 Tivos I could transfer shows to/from the Humax, view them and also see my photos and listen to music from my PC? Can I transfer a show to the Humax recorded on a different Tivo and burn it to DVD?
     
  20. davezatz

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    You can transfer shows using MRV, but you won't be able to burn shows from a regular S2. I think it's a resolution issue.
     

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