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Now Tivo boxes offered for Direct TV clients.

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by dadrepus, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. dadrepus

    dadrepus Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    Columbia, MD
    I wonder if that means we will get "direct tv now" or do we have it and I just don't know?
  2. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    Where did you read that?
  3. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
  4. schatham

    schatham Active Member

    Mar 17, 2007
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  5. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    I think it's over a year old also.
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  6. schatham

    schatham Active Member

    Mar 17, 2007
    And some of the comments go back to 2012.
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  7. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    I can't hardly find any references to TiVo on the DirecTV site.

  8. compnurd

    compnurd Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2011
    Agree. It looks like one of those bot sites.
  9. stile99

    stile99 Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2002
    Given the dateline, I'm going to guess this article is from about the time DirecTV looked in their warehouse, saw a pile of DirecTiVos, and said "hey, let's dust these off and offer them again". The quality of research these days has declined to zero, so many people just decided to believe it was a new release and regurgitated the press release as 'articles'. You think Hydra is bad with the gory murder of features, the DirecTiVo is what...a series 2 with half the features slaughtered?
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2018
  10. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Nashua, NH
    The THR22 is effectively an HR10-250 that can receive MPEG4 transmissions and connect to your home network. Even basic DirecTV features such as VoD aren't supported. (The box claims it can do it, but DirecTV now admits that it doesn't work.) It satisfies my wife, who doesn't care about the other features, but I think most of us would be disappointed, especially as there's a $5 TiVo surcharge for it. (We also have an HR44.)
  11. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Bummer. I've never been a DirecTV customer, but kind of hoped this was real.. for "more competition" even if between Tivo boxes.. Yes, I'm streaming stuff nowadays, but usually only AFTER I have Tivoed it (and watch the stream on Hulu no commercials which I mostly have because _for me_ Tivo downloading to iPad doesn't really work). I want to be able to record stuff and keep it as long as I want as an option... even if it's copy protected and only lives on my Tivo (yes the hard drive will eventually die).

    If I could stream everything 'forever' (or with expiration dates known well in advance, with the UI being able to easily sort by expiration), then I'd be a lot more willing to stream everything. (Though I would hope I could also pre-download-copy-protected-version to deal with poor connectivity.)

    Basically, I was hoping a 'new' DirecTV Tivo would keep something like the existing cable model going a bit longer.
  12. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    I have both TiVo (on Comcast) and DirecTV, with one of their Genies. One area where TiVo really stands out is trickplay. The FF/REW, 8 sec rewind, etc, is far superior on TiVo. Miles ahead. And of course SkipMode.

    I would be thrilled if DirecTV offered a true TiVo experience. Having said that, the rest of their DVR experience isn't bad. It's gotten much better than it was 5-6 years ago.
  13. NashGuy

    NashGuy Well-Known Member

    May 2, 2015
    AT&T/DirecTV is never going to offer another TiVo. In fact, I'd say that the current generation of Genies is the end of the road for that format of DVRs. They've stated that the look and feel of the UI they've developed for v2.0 of their DirecTV Now app (which I'm currently beta testing) will eventually be rolled out across all their TV services. After DTV Now, it will be incorporated into a revamp of the mobile app for DTV satellite users. And, eventually, they've stated, it will be incorporated into the actual STBs/DVRs for DTV satellite too.

    I think that will happen with the next generation of DTV STBs, which were submitted to the FCC for approval last October. This forthcoming line of STBs (code named Osprey, with model numbers starting "C71-KW") are thin clients (no hard drive) like the current C61 Genie Mini, and will likely be used in conjunction with the next-gen HS-27 home server, which actually contains the satellite tuners and DVR hard drive. Like the current HS-17, the HS-27 will act as a central hub for live and recorded satellite TV and feed that content wirelessly to the little C71 boxes connected to TVs around the home.

    This C71 box, per the FCC docs, will run Google's Android TV operating system. I'm sure it will be a customized version though (Android TV Operator Tier) that auto-boots into the next-gen AT&T UI (basically the same UI as in the upcoming new DTV Now app). But the user will be able to navigate away from the main AT&T UI and launch apps from the Google Play Store such as Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, etc.

    I'm wondering if AT&T won't also use one of the C71 models as a standalone STB for accessing their OTT TV service. They've stated that they're going to take the underpinnings of DTV Now and extend it to support a second OTT service, which comes with its own dedicated STB, to roll out later in 2018.

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