Should i get a 2nd TiVo?

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  1. conwayflyboy

    conwayflyboy New Member

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    i just bought my first TiVo, and absolutely love it. i had a DVR previously from my cable company, but it could not connect to my network. so i bought the TiVo for that purpose alone and it seems to be working quite well. now my question is: should i buy a second one for my bedroom. mainly i only want it to be able to transfer shows from one to the other. does this require a second subscription? or can i connect the second one to my network without a second subscription? anybody, please.
     
  2. crowfan

    crowfan The Dude abides

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    You must subscribe the second TiVo for it to do *anything* at all (well, except for trickplay features in the 30 minute buffer). But subscription on the second TiVo will only be $6.95 a month.
     
  3. paulstefano

    paulstefano New Member

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    You need a subscription.

    Sombebody can correct me if I'm wrong, but you need a subscription to do just about anything with a Series 2 except pause and rewind.
     
  4. dirtypacman

    dirtypacman Coming and going

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    Correct

    And Yes you should buy another ... and another... and another ... until every TV in the house has one like me :D
     
  5. jgaermom

    jgaermom Member

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    you can get a refurbished 40 hour for only $30 after rebate from Tivo right now
     
  6. MikeMar

    MikeMar Go Pats

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    I have 2 tivo's. One for my room and one for the living room for all the roommates. They both tivo pretty much the exact same things! I have like 0 conflicts. The only thing is 24/Las Vegas, that's all :)

    So when I move on my own in September, not sure if I should keep #2 on, we'll see how it works out.
     
  7. supersportsfan

    supersportsfan New Member

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    I highly recommend getting a 2nd Tivo. We recently got a 2nd, and I am thrilled with it. The transfers from one Tivo to another are amazing. We get better then real-time, in most cases don’t even have to watch commercials, so its almost as good as having a dual tuner. Interestingly enough, I had heard that Tivo 2 Tivo transfers were about real time, so I don't know if I just got lucky, or if this is typical...and yes, as others said you have to pay, but its worth it with the discount.
     
  8. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    I'm not saying to look into a second TiVo, but I'd look into a video extender first, unless you really could use a second DVR for recording something else.
     
  9. MikeMar

    MikeMar Go Pats

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    Just got my 2nd tivo online and connected to the other. The 2 connected is cool and is a touch under real time or about real time I think. But it's wireless B and not the best connection.
     
  10. TiVoEvan74

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    Networking requires a sub. Do you have conflicts currently? Namely, that you'd like to record two shows that are on at once? If so, a 2nd TiVo is a really good solution.

    Now, even if you don't have conflicts... and simply would like to watch the TiVo's output on another TV in a different room... you could go with an A/V broadcaster or extender... but that produces its own hassles (interference, etc.). If you have the ability to somehow do that wired, you'll be much better off.

    A 2nd TiVo does have the advantage in that you could use it as a backup device.

    Note: the transfers take time and so you shouldn't think of it as a "Oh, let me watch what's on the TiVo in another room" but rather "oh, while I'm fixing dinner, I better have it transfer the show--then I can watch". The A/V broadcast doesn't need the transfer time.
     
  11. dirtypacman

    dirtypacman Coming and going

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    On a wired network at High Quality transfer you may need to start it 10-15 minutes a head of time as transfer is close to 45 minutes and skipping commercials can get you caught up with the download. On any other setting Medium/Basic you can do a transfer and start it immediately in my experience.
     
  12. TiVoEvan74

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    Glad to hear that with wired one can start watching immediately, at least at the lower recording qualities... does it transfer continuously or, as with wireless, are there pauses while one waits for it to catch up?

    With wireless, it is certainly a better viewing experience to transfer first, then watch. Interestingly, when we have our wireless set up well, it probably takes 1/2 hour, maybe 40 min. to transfer an hour show... but that is at basic.
     
  13. DancnDude

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

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    I have things recording at High. When I do a wired transfer, I typically watch right away and I can FF through commercials as if the show was recorded on that TiVo. If you do catch up to what's being transferred, it will pause while it waits to catch up, but typically I don't run into that. When I do run into it, it's usually because I'm FFing a lot at the beginning of a show (skip "previously" stuff, etc).
     

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