Series 2s and may switch but I don't know

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by Raech, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. Oct 9, 2011 #1 of 17
    Raech

    Raech TiVo-ed since 11/00

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    Well I hate my insight motorola box finally. It is acting worse and worse. I miss tivo. Since I have had them since series 1. I have not bought Premiere, my series 2s mostly sit here now because I watch so much HD. Insight is being bought by Time Warner here. &^%$#@!
    Why couldn't it be a tivo carrying company? I will not be buying an elite I am not that bad of a junkie for tv.

    Mostly I am worried to get a regular premiere and later a add on hard drive because I would want lifetime service. What I am afraid of is that the box may not last as long as my beloved tivo 2s did. Any advice? I read interface issues last year with HD interface. Is that still the case and do the boxes last? Lifetime on a box that may not last would make me mad.
     
  2. Oct 9, 2011 #2 of 17
    atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    The Premiere has been out less than 2 years so no one has an "old" box yet. But my guess is they will last as long on average as any electronic device.

    Replacing the internal drive is way to easy to mess with an external drive, it also cost less to replace the internal drive as you can do an internal upgrade to 2TB for under $80.

    There are lots of threads with peoples view on the HDUI no need to repeat them here. Bottom line is some like the HDUI some don't some think it works fine some don't.

    Good Luck,
     
  3. Oct 9, 2011 #3 of 17
    chicagobrownblue

    chicagobrownblue Well-Known Member

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    I've been very satisfied with my TiVo Premiere using the SD menus for many months. I gave up on the HD menus when I encountered the green circle of death. TiVo added a feature in system settings to let you know how much unused disk space you have -- that was the only HD information I missed.

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    If you are not a TV junky, why would you add a hard drive? XL has 150 hours of HD programming. If you mix SD programming into the mix that expands the available recording hours by quite a bit.


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    I think all of the major problems with the Premiere have been software related. As the software was updated, these problems have disappeared for most but not all users of the HDUI. I think the hardware problems are typical for consumer electronics and can be at least minimized by placing the TiVo on a good battery backup. Also, someone on this board can probably recommend a credit card that offers to double the standard warranty, which would help alleviate your fears.

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    If you look at the deltas from the TiVo prices today you go from

    $ 99 45 hours of HD programming
    $299 150 hours of HD programming XL $200 bucks for 105 extra hours
    $499 300 hours of HD programming Elite $200 bucks for 150 extra hours

    The XL adds 105 extra hours for $200 while the Elite adds 150 more hours for $200, so you are getting more recording time for a cheaper per hour cost with the Elite and the extra tuners for free.
     
  4. Oct 9, 2011 #4 of 17
    lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

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    Lot's of possibilities if you want to get a Tivo box capable of HD. I got a lifetime S3HD with a 1TB drive already installed off of eBay and then added a Premiere when Tivo recently had a sale. Last I looked, a S3HD (160GB) with lifetime was going for $300-$325. Upgraded ones for a bit more but you can also buy a pre-imaged 1TB upgrade drive (WD10EARS) for less than $90 on eBay. There are also older S3 units on eBay but they will require 2 CableCards.
     
  5. Oct 9, 2011 #5 of 17
    chicagobrownblue

    chicagobrownblue Well-Known Member

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    Have you signed up to receive emails from TiVo? They just recently had a deal on the regular Premiere. Maybe something will come up that works for you. Elite for the price of XL with lifetime? And, Black Friday is less than two months away. Gotta be a deal then also. GL
     
  6. Oct 9, 2011 #6 of 17
    Raech

    Raech TiVo-ed since 11/00

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    I am a classic movie junkie. I also lets shows sit for a dogs age before I watch them. I mean I did not need to record that many programs at the very same time (Junkie). lol.

    How many cable cards would one need though?
     
  7. Oct 9, 2011 #7 of 17
    Raech

    Raech TiVo-ed since 11/00

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    Yup I sure have. I missed that deal as I did not check my email until it was over. Who knows maybe there will be another. But what I am hearing is I better let my tivos get programing data again or I won't get a discount on my lifetime membership on a premiere... unless I am mistaken.
     
  8. Oct 9, 2011 #8 of 17
    Soapm

    Soapm Active Member

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    I have a 2TB premier for sale. Want to make me an offer?
     
  9. Oct 9, 2011 #9 of 17
    Raech

    Raech TiVo-ed since 11/00

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    I would have to know how old it is and I only want a unit with lifetime on it.
     
  10. chicagobrownblue

    chicagobrownblue Well-Known Member

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    One. One M-card can decode up to six channels at one time.
     
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    chicagobrownblue Well-Known Member

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    I'm a big fan of calling up a company and saying I missed that deal, is there anyway I can get in on the deal at this LATE date? The worst they can say is no. And, I can not believe they won't have a better deal on Black Thursday, so ask for what you want but be prepared to wait.
     
  12. Soapm

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    It doesn't have a lifetime on it but it is eligible. I called Tivo and verified. It's new and never been activated (per Tivo), just got it in September but never used it since I later learned it couldn't be hacked. I ended up going with a Tivo HD with the prom mod instead.
     
  13. chicagobrownblue

    chicagobrownblue Well-Known Member

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    TCM and AMC are Standard Definition from RCN for me and part of the basic cable package. If you record movies in SD that will stretch your recording time quite a bit.
     
  14. unitron

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    My most sincere condolences to a future fellow TWC victim.
     
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    unitron Well-Known Member

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    Are your S2s lifetimed?
     
  16. Raech

    Raech TiVo-ed since 11/00

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    Yes they both are lifetimed. And thanks on the TWC condolences (they take over insight in Feb and I am mad).
     
  17. Raech

    Raech TiVo-ed since 11/00

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    This seems like a very expensive option for me. :(
     

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