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Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by Muttley1900, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. Feb 15, 2011 #1 of 230
    Muttley1900

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    Now we have notice to quit, I'm thinking about options. Some of you have already moved on from your S1, for various reasons, so I'm interested to hear from yourselves too.

    I think my options are:-

    1) See if someone comes up with a hack that allows epg data from other places to be used on the S1 (I can just about follow step by step instructions on how too do these things, but do not have the brain power to start working out how it is to be done);

    2) Just go for another PVR (this time with HD and freeview inbuilt) - but it just wont be Tivo - what are the best ones (on a user interface point of view) out there, or you have had experience of;

    3) Go for sky - erm, not for me, but others may be interested;

    4) Hope that VM upgrade the old analogue cable system in my area (not happening this year);

    5) Go for BT vision;

    6) Use MC? (I have to admit of knowing absolutely nothing about it - can someone point me to an overview of it?);

    7) Use the internet as my pvr (e.g. download bittorrent versions of what I want to watch, but have missed and either watch on the mac, or stream via apple tv to the tv) - not good on the old copyright bit;

    8) Other options?

    Thanks,

    J.
     
  2. Feb 15, 2011 #2 of 230
    warrenrb

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    What he said.

    I've been wondering on a viable replacent for my parents (70 y/o) who are in a VM area, but can't afford the subscription charges.

    I'm watching with interest for the first sparks of a replacement guide service (although I'm gonna have to get them a network card - hopefully there'll be some cheap ones in the "post S1" market. This seems the best option, assuming there's no technical knowledge required after the initial setup.

    Alternatively, I think it will be Freeview PVR. What are they like? Any decent ones? Is the software specific to each manufacturer, or is there someone licencing it to manufacturers?

    Anyone have a good source for reviews?
     
  3. Feb 15, 2011 #3 of 230
    steveroe

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    I've started a thread in UK Chit-Chat to discuss Freeview+ options.
     
  4. Feb 15, 2011 #4 of 230
    TCM2007

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    "1" has been done in Australia and South Africa and if you Google oztivo or tivoza you'll find out how to do it.

    It requires hacking the TiVo with a new image, and a community effort to maintain the guide data. It's much better with a networked TiVo, but I believe it can be made to work by dial-up
     
  5. Feb 15, 2011 #5 of 230
    TCM2007

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    Re: 6 there is a lengthy thread in Chit Chat, but broadly speaking any Windows 7 PC has most TiVo features (and a bunch of extra ones) built in. Cheap PCs are available with HDMI outputs now; you just need to add TV tuners, a remote control & IR receiver.

    Getting it working "just so" can take some fiddling, but getting a basic system working is easy for anyone with basic PC skills.
     
  6. Feb 15, 2011 #6 of 230
    Muttley1900

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    Thanks, that was very helpful.

    J.
     
  7. Feb 15, 2011 #7 of 230
    kweller

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    I've been trying to find a way to do this for a while but I want to view Sky and it looks like the only output-from-sky-to-a-PC option is composite video so the picture quality isn't going to be good. I was surprised I couldn't find a SCART-to-PC interface.

    Unless someone knows another way?

    Kevin
     
  8. Feb 15, 2011 #8 of 230
    DX30

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    I assume you meant composite? Component can be pretty good. I haven't used it myself but the Hauppauge HD PVR will record component at 1080i

    http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/site/products/data_hdpvr.html

    Or from SCART the WINTV-HVR-2200 will let you use S-Video for recording.
     
  9. Feb 15, 2011 #9 of 230
    kweller

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    Idiot (me, not you!), yes I meant composite. I use component elsewhere and it is pretty good. I'll correct my original.

    Kevin
     
  10. Feb 15, 2011 #10 of 230
    TCM2007

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    Google dragoncam
     
  11. Feb 15, 2011 #11 of 230
    kweller

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    AIUI this was broken by the last release of Sky cards.

    Kevin
     
  12. Feb 15, 2011 #12 of 230
    FJSRiDER

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    I would pay for 1. but will probably end up paying for 2.

    I too would like to know what the 'best' replacement would be. Given we can get an Freeview HD PVR now for about the price of the old 'lifetime' sub it's not the end of the world. Loss of functionality for sure, but we are losing the TiVo anyway.
    Nor me. I have a dish on the house so I could get a Freesat PVR.
    No cable here and not likely to get it. So no.
    Meh.

    What does it cost?
    What is this?
    Too much hassle.
     
  13. Feb 15, 2011 #13 of 230
    davisa

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    The Humax Freeview HD PVR seems my best option, but hardly good.

    I don't know of any other PVR that offers proper full screen menu's when one can navigate without having to mess around with all those silly coloured buttons (which I don't have).
     
  14. Feb 15, 2011 #14 of 230
    cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    VirginMediaPhil

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    cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Well I am British and here in the UK :D
     
  17. Feb 15, 2011 #17 of 230
    davisa

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    Is the product as slow and poorly laid out as the website?!
     
  18. Feb 15, 2011 #18 of 230
    FJSRiDER

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    Thanks.

    I'm a bit allergic to Windows and wouldn't really want a howling PC box under my TV either. My Mac mini would be ideal but they are not really priced for home entertainment!
     
  19. Feb 15, 2011 #19 of 230
    FJSRiDER

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    My brother has recently bought a Humax Freesat HD box and seems happy enough with it. He says it does record series, not just individual programmes. I've not seen it in operation though.
     
  20. Feb 15, 2011 #20 of 230
    Fred Smith

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    I've recently bought a Digitalstream Freeview HD PVR. As above it records a series or at least prompts to to ask if you wish too. Most channels it actually records the programme from the actual start to finish not just the advertised time. But no suggestions, thumbs etc.
     

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