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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Dan203, Dec 8, 2008.
I don't understand what you expected.
I expected something that didn't require an expensive subscription, that had a limited number of movies, as basically a shill to get you to rent movies in their usual business model. To get my value out of it I'd have to rent lots of movies by mail - not a model that's going to survive, therefore not worth the high monthly fees.
I want to go to a menu, select any movie that's currently available (not a select "tivo compatible" set) and sit back and watch (or wait a few minutes and watch.
More like Amazon VOD - but with the same selection I would get at the video store.
Netflix streaming has worked perfectly for me from the first day I tried it (sometime last week). I have not experienced any of the audio problems described here -- can exit in the middle of viewing a movie, do other things, then resume. No problem.
Anyone know if a device like the TiVo or XBox 360 can accept multiple Netflix accounts? We have two accounts in the household, and three high def TiVos plus one XBox. I have one account set on the Xbox and one of the Tivos, and the second account on another one of the TiVos.
I just cannot see a way of entering a second account on these devices without deactivating the first, which would be a major pain.
Tivo and Netflix have both been around for many years separately, fees and all. I'm not sure why you think that having netflix on demand available on Tivo is somehow going to make one of them fail?
This service has worked wonderfully for me. The quality is quite good, there has been plenty 16x9 content, and even some decent "HD" I put HD in quotes because what I have played looks like DVD level quality not real HD.
It is smooth and trouble free - with one small glitch that occassionally when I play a video the trick play controls don't work - though pause does.
I have used it on a fast 6+mbps cable connection and a slower <1.5mbps DSL connection. The quality on the slower connection is typically of a basic to medium quality analog TiVo recording off a clean analog source - all of which is quite adequate on the very good 30" CRT HDTV I use.
The variety of content is quite generous. I am concentrating on older material (or rather anything that doesn't require high bit rates to look its best) with the slower connection, but I can play some of my 2008 TV series quite adequately as well. Because of this, I am continuing to not get cable in one of my homes, saving me a lot of money.
For a long time TiVo and Netflix customer like me, adding this feature without any additional monthly cost is an enormous value. I may even reduce my Netflix sub by a disk or two, saving even more money.
And I will soon be buying an additional TiVoHD to replace an older S2 unit to further take advantage of this.
The last day or two I've noticed that the Netflix streaming problems we'd been running into seem to be gone. Everything appears to be working very smoothly right now.
It's very nice to have this service on my Tivo. With this, great homebrew apps like pyTivo, and with the support for a wider range of video formats on my new Tivo HD - I am beginning to rethink the need for a "roll my own" media box.
Watch a movie the other night and had occasional audio sync problems. Today I tried several different movies and had a problem with all of them. Even though I get all bars and even the HD symbol, I receive for about 15 seconds, then get to watch about 5 seconds of the movie when it starts receiving again. I finally gave up and cleared my list. Guess I will try again after the new year and the newness wears off and maybe some of the kinks get worked out.
I really like Netflix on the Tivo, it gives me an opportunity to try shows & movies I would not usually rent. Some, the video quality is pretty good others it is poor. Considering how much trouble I had with Rhapsody before I gave up, it looks like Netflix on the Tivo is a winner for me.
I am having horrible freezing and resume on my streams on the TIVO. Streaming to my other computers from Netflix is not a problem. Anyone else ever seen this? I am streaming over wireless 54 mb connection with 70-85% connection strength.
It could be wireless issues, wireless is burstier than wired because of interference (and bursty transport is a problem with streaming). It could just be different Netflix servers - the download to a TiVo is a different version than a download to a PC and most often comes from a different Netflix server.
Yes, which is why I don't stream to my Series3 TivoHD anymore. I got a XBox360 which does better with streaming (no crashes so far -- fingers crossed) and has a much better interface. However, the approximately $50 per year (plus the cost of the hardware) would be a big deterrent to most non-gamers (I'm just getting back into after being a Nintendo player from way back -- 80's -- the original Mario and Zelda).
We have the same issue over wireless too. We've just taken to using the laptop. The PS3 Netflix disc is supposed to arrive today though, so we'll start using that and see how that shapes up.