Live TV

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by katman, May 7, 2011.

  1. katman

    katman New Member

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    Hi All,

    I have a question about Live TV. I picked up a "spare" Tivo from eBay a few years ago but havent really used it as it was unsubbed.

    I did watch some of the recordings that were already on it, and also some live TV. I noticed some artifacts on the screen and wondered if that is a sign of a faulty video encoder or does live TV also get written to the disc before being read back and displayed.

    Does this sound like a problem with the hard disc or is it a sign of something more serious.

    Thanks

    Keith
     
  2. healeydave

    healeydave from tivoland.com

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    The artifacts could be both, a failing hdd (good) or a hardware fault (bad), pressing the AUX button on the remote (to bypass the encoder) can help determine which.
     
  3. spitfires

    spitfires wassock

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    Artefacts are usually caused by glitches in the satellite stream rather than the TiVo - as Dave said, use the AUX button to check whether the problem is in fact with your Sky/FV box.

    (Of course if you're using analogue then ignore what I've just said!).

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  4. katman

    katman New Member

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    Thanks Guys, was with Analogue. I still have the origianl disc from my main Tivo so will put that in to see if it still has the artifacts before investing in a new drive.
     
  5. spitfires

    spitfires wassock

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    If the disc still works then I would be inclined to (i) backup the Tivo image, (ii) run manufacturer's diagnostics on the disc (marks out bad sectors etc), (ii) restore the image back. Personally I would do that before investing in a new drive.

    Of course if that all sounds like technobabble (or hard work!) then... as you were! ;)

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  6. katman

    katman New Member

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    My original Tivo disc is still OK from when I upgraded my main Tivo. The "spare" tivo is still on its original disc so I will just put my disc into that for now to test it
     
  7. AMc

    AMc Active Member

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    Yes, it does if it's coming from the SCART input. AUX routes the video directly from the AUX SCART input to the TV SCART output - not sure what happens with the Analogue tuner though?
    I'd guess that the default Live TV stream is still done via the disk to allow pause etc.
    I'd also guess that pressing the AUX button on an analogue set up Tivo would simply show the blank video input.
     

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