One crazy setup, 11 TV's, and one question

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Solman, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    Yes, it will, regardless of how you interface the TVs with the TiVos.

    If it has a digital tuner and a CableCard slot, it will work just fine. If not, but it is fed from a digital DVR or STB, then it will work just fine. If not, then no. In the not-so-distant future, the same will be true of your TWC feed.

    That said, all HD content is digital, so if it is an HD set, it has to have some sort of HD tuner associated with it, internal or otherwise. To obtain anything other than the locals off FIOS, the HD tuner must be CableCard ready.

    Once set up - it's really not that difficult - it requires essentially no user intervention.

    I have a 400 Disc Sony. It's collecting dust. I have HD versions of most of the DVD titles in the changer on my video server, but the rest I have ripped to the server.

    That means if you buy a new DVD, you have to print a new list and laminate it. Actually, unless you carry it from room to room, it sounds like you need to print 11 copies and laminate them.

    Although not of primary importance, does that laminated list have information such as actors, directors, year of release, cover art?

    You have 11 TVs. Presumably more than 1 at a time may be in use. What happens if 2 people in 2 different rooms want to watch 2 different DVDs? Three rooms and 3 DVDs?

    Perhaps more importantly, it is not as simple as you suggest. You have to switch the video feed on the TV from whatever to the DVD feed. Then you have to deal with a different UI. I don't know about the Pioneer, but the Sony's UI is really pathetic. It is also glacially slow. No matter what the UI, however, a DVD jukebox mechanism is going to be slow.

    Wouldn't that be so much easier - not to mention quicker - if it were on-screen and all controlled by the TiVo Peanut remote?

  2. Solman

    Solman Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Diamond Bar, Ca
    When I get new DVD's, I add them to my laminated list (just 1 copy) with a sharpie. I just reran the list this week after adding about 40 dvd's. I also have the mx 850 universal remote in most rooms where I can remotely operate all components including the switchbox, meaning I can change the inputs anywhere in the house. I agree that computerizing would be a better way to go if I could find someone to set it up for me. I think my reluctance to go that route is because I know my current system and know how to manipulate it. If I computerized, with someone setting it up for me and I ran into problems with it, I would have to call back someone every time I have a glitch. For me its the fear of the unknown. Also, it goes back to being satisfied with everything but that monthly $$$. If I can negotiate a deal with TW, that is my best choice. In two years, I went from $100 to $175 for phone, internet, all premium channels, and 4 cable cards. I also have a TW tivo that my son uses, but was thrown in on the deal. If I can drop it down to $125, I'd be content.
  3. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    Lordy, mercy me.

    I assumed you had something like that.

    It's really not that difficult. Jcthorne hacked his Linux based NAS a couple of weeks ago, and I don't think he had ever touched anything but a Windows PC. Another of the conference members successfully hacked his TiVo HD - whihc is much more involved - even though he knew nothing of Linux. The people on these conferences are extremely helpful, and the tools are truly not very difficult to install and set up.

    I have no doubt. I have had this sort of complex system in the past, and although I rarely had any problems with them, I can tell you it is a significant relief to have a simpler system in place.

    I definitely recommend people set up their own systems. Getting help from someone more knowledgeable is fine, but one should be fully familiar with one's own systems.

    It's entirely up to you, of course, but I can tell you we had an extended (8 hours!) power outage 48 days ago. Here is the uptime report from my main server:

    RAID-Server:/usr/share/pyhme# uptime 
     22:54:22 up 48 days, 21:39,  7 users,  load average: 0.21, 0.16, 0.15
    That should give you an idea how stable the system is. My servers do a lot more than just serve videos, so I am forever tinkering with them, but the video server has not failed to serve up a requested video since... well, I can't remember it ever failing to serve up a video, unless you count the time the motherboard fried and took out the power supply with it.

    I was satisfied with my S1 TiVo (that as it happens just died last night), but that doesn't mean I didn't jump at the chance to get an S3 when it came out, or that I would have ever considered going back to the S1 as my main DVR. I submit it is a matter of your not knowing what you are missing.

    I also hasten to point out that you could easily add a NAS or video server to your system without making any other changes of any sort, and simply abandon it and go back to the old system if it doesn't work for you. Your DVD changers and everything else would continue to function as they do right now. I don't see any down-side here, other than a modest investment in a used PC or NAS and one or two hard drives, plus a couple of liesurely evenings of your time. (Well, unless you get the bug. You might find yourself tinkering with the video server for fun, rather than watching DVDs.)

    Again, it's your choice, but FWIW, I surely would not let fear of the unknown stop me from implementing a much more sophisticated, secure, easier to use system.

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