Most Of Us Approaching 2 yrs - HDTIVO- Hows It Holding Up?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by cheridave, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. Mar 27, 2006 #41 of 105

    bladewalker New Member

    Aug 3, 2004
    madison, wi


    1.5 years, and as of the last few weeks, it looks like my harddrive is failing. It's been a great 1.5 years, but I'm going to leave TiVo and DirecTV now. The drive failure is just the kick to put me over the fence... moving internet/phone/tv to my cable company will save me $50/month for the next year. At which time I'll be back on the fence probably. And Series 3 could definitely work its way into my setup when it finally debuts.
  2. Mar 27, 2006 #42 of 105

    adamshipley New Member

    Aug 21, 2002
    Washington, DC
    I got my original HD Tivo in August 2004 and added a second hard drive about a year ago. It's still going strong with no issues with HDMI or a hard drive failure. I bought another HD Tivo late last year to replace an older SD tivo and it also had no issues to date.
  3. Mar 27, 2006 #43 of 105

    chris_h New Member

    Dec 17, 2003
    Sacramento, CA
    I got a second one just prior to the lease program coming around. The first one was $900, so getting a second one for $200 seemed like a bargain, and I wanted a backup ($400 - 200 rebate). The original one was still going strong when retired. I have had it since Jun 04 if memory serves.
  4. Mar 27, 2006 #44 of 105

    Cody21 New Member

    Jan 11, 2004
    El Cerrito, Ca
    Other than an occasional reboot, still running fine ... mayboe a POLL is in order??? :)
  5. Mar 27, 2006 #45 of 105

    kbcrowe Member

    Dec 12, 2000
    Madison, AL USA


    My original from two years ago made it about 6 months (HDMI). It's replacement made it about another 6 months and it's HD crashed. It's replacement lasted less than two hours, not exactly sure what happened to it-- power supply maybe. It's replacement is going strong and I just bought a second one for the LCD TV in my office before the lease kicked in.
  6. Mar 27, 2006 #46 of 105

    bdlucas Right side up again.

    Feb 15, 2004
    What you read here is about people who have problems, because they post. What you don't read here is about people who don't have problems, because they don't post. From what you read here there's no way you can conclude "most" of us had HD problems.
  7. Mar 27, 2006 #47 of 105

    TiVoPrince New Member

    May 22, 2003
    Hoping that
    mine lasts until the cable company pulls thier act together. DirecTV was a great experince from 2000 to mid 2005. Since August the declining support and lack of clear advantage will probably put me over the line when my current commitment ends....
  8. Mar 28, 2006 #48 of 105

    Rally1 New Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    1st unit: hard drive failure.
    2nd unit: HDMI failure (new box).
    3rd unit: Still working after three months (refurb).
  9. Mar 28, 2006 #49 of 105

    rogue5 New Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Metro DC
    Had to swap the HDMI card but other than that no problems. Still going strong with about 20 season passes, and no suggestions active. I record mostly HD shows and haven't had a problem (finds wood to knock on!!), I have a second unit standing by for the last year and a half that D* sent me when the HDMI went bad. I used the card from that unit and swapped it with the bad one, I still want to send that card to those guys that fix the cards so I have two good boxes. Has anybody used them, what was the experience like. This thier website if anyone has used them please let me know what you thought.
  10. Mar 28, 2006 #50 of 105

    teasip Member

    Aug 24, 2002
    Excellent experience with CCS within the past 2 mos.. I haven't ready any negative comments about their service.
  11. Mar 28, 2006 #51 of 105

    csweeny TIVO Junkie

    Jun 9, 2004
    Going on one year for me with no problems (using HDMI). I felt even better yesterday when my rebate finally showed up after submitting it for the 100th time $299-100-100= :) Best piece of electronics for under a 100 bucks. To bad I can't get a second one for that!
  12. Mar 28, 2006 #52 of 105

    alagol New Member

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mine is an original ($1000) and still works well. I use component so I don't know about HDMI. My OTA is only so-so , therefore my only complaimt is not having locals on HD SAT. Overall, very satisfied. :)
  13. Mar 28, 2006 #53 of 105

    Dave47 New Member

    Jun 3, 2004
    Allen, Tx
    Purchased June 2004 from Circuit City. I upgraded the HD to 400GB, but NOT because the original drive was failing. I have used HDMI since Day 1 as well with no problems.

  14. Mar 28, 2006 #54 of 105

    plehrack New Member

    May 6, 2002
    Mine was from the first batch and ran fine until the day I decided to upgrade my audio cables. When I removed the red RCA, the jack (relatively easily) pulled out of the unit. I've been using my replacement unit for about a year without issue.

  15. Mar 28, 2006 #55 of 105
    Lee L

    Lee L Got Basenji?

    Oct 1, 2003
    Morrisville, NC
    Unit 1, received late april 04 bought for $899 using VE $100 discount preorder, upgraded to two 250 gig drives sometime over the summer (I can;t remember, but it was only a couple of weeks after Weakknees started offering the brackets. It still works fine to this day and is in an enclosed wood cabinet. I have never tested teh HDMI though. It is pig slow since I have about 75 SP/ARWL and a pretty full NPL, but hey, it records HD.

    Unit 2, Bought 2-26-06 for $417-$200 rebate and $120 of programming discounts. Stock, works fine, much faster (but not as fast as teh SD DVR 40 it replaced) since the sdrive pace is smaller and HDMI does work on it.

    Both these are still in service to date and have had no issues.

    Heck, If they would give us a version of 6.2 for these things I would never want another DVR. Too bad that will never happen.
  16. Mar 28, 2006 #56 of 105

    Waldorf Super Duper Member

    Oct 4, 2002
    Phoenix, AZ
    Just to add to this, I *almost* didn't post because I've had mine for nearly two years with absolutely 0 problems.

    Just like those sites like Most people don't go there to post what a great transaction they had... they go to complain.
  17. Mar 28, 2006 #57 of 105

    herdfan New Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    Hurricane, WV
    I am on my 2.5 one. My original had a dead HDMI out of the box, so it was replaced within a week. It went into service on 5/2. Somewhere around the 9-month mark, the HDMI died. I requested a replacement and when it came, I swapped HDMI boards and sent D* back their replacement unit with my faulty HDMI board. Has been working fine ever since.
  18. Mar 28, 2006 #58 of 105

    KungFuCow Thread Killer

    May 6, 2004
    Im on #6. Hard drive failures and HDMI problems abound.
  19. Mar 28, 2006 #59 of 105

    avNeophyte Member

    Mar 25, 2004
    I'm on unit number 4. Two hard drive failures and one HDMI posterization failure.

    Program guides unbelievably slow on all 4 units!
  20. Mar 28, 2006 #60 of 105

    jeshaffer New Member

    Feb 15, 2004
    Slowness compared to 6.2 is killing me. I only use it for sports and movies in HD. Otherwise it is TV on my sammy SIR4120.

    I am using it less rather than more as it is increasingly painful. D should be ashamed that they screwed us on this unit by getting our $1000.00 and then flushing us with no upgrade and now a Non Tivo leased unit replacement. Very nice business model.

    Looking like comcast series 3 later this year for me. Then i will ebay my unit for about 10% of what I paid for it and count it as a lesson learned. I think between the new business model and that POS DVR they are passing off, they will be surprised when it comes to it where the loyalty lies.

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