System Message 2/5/11 - Your TiVo service will end soon.

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  1. May 3, 2011 #1 of 23
    spitfires

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  3. May 3, 2011 #3 of 23
    spitfires

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    ^ :D :D :D :up:
     
  4. May 4, 2011 #4 of 23
    ash10

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    What I find most frustrating is that I only have menu options for Done and Delete Message - there doesn't seem to be one for GFY... :mad:
     
  5. May 4, 2011 #5 of 23
    spitfires

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    nor one for:
    Send 10,000 volts back up the phone line to the originator of this message
     
  6. May 4, 2011 #6 of 23
    baward

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    As a Series 1 user in a non-Virgin'd-Up area (sick of receiving these messages that I can't take advantage of even if I wanted to) I say - "Virgin Anything...Never *&^%$£@ Again!!!" :mad:

    Roll On Virgin-free Tivo Series 1, 2011 style! :D
     
  7. May 6, 2011 #7 of 23
    Pete77

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    I can't believe these heartless Virgin Media marketing department people or their main partner in crime, Joshua Danovitz of Tivo, can just keep mindlessly saying "make sure you upgrade to Virgin Media before we cut off the Lifetime Service you thought you had already paid for" without even admitting to or apologising about the fact that 50% of UK Tivo S1 users who still use the box (or indeed probably a much higher percentage than that now that many Tivo S1 owners in Virgin land land have had a Virgin Tivo installed) won't be able to get any form of Tivo supplied Tivo service after 1st June 2011.

    Why won't they tell us what we are supposed to do in order to go on recording television on a PVR device after 1st June 2011.:eek::mad::thumbsdown::thumbsdown::thumbsdown:

    Anyone else with the same question might wish to send it to the following

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    Neil Berkett, CEO, Virgin Media UK, neil.berkett@virginmedia.co.uk
    and the following other Virgin executive director listed at http://investors.virginmedia.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=135485&p=irol-govBio&ID=182188

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    Gordon McCallum, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Management, gordon.mccallum@virginmanagement.com
    The other directors are all Non Execs from outside the Virgin group so won't have Virgin email addresses although as they are all Americans they ought to know what a Tivo is and why we might be unhappy to be deprived of using one that was supposed to have Lifetime Service.

    You may also wish to email the following people at Tivo about the discontinuation of Tivo service to our Tivo boxes in non Virgin Media cabled areas at the apparent insistence of Virgin Media:-

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    Joshua Danovitz, GM & Vice President of International [email]jdanovitz@tivo.com[/email]
    Tom Rogers CEO/President [email]trogers@tivo.com[/email]
    Jim Barton Co-Founder [email]jbarton@tivo.com[/email]
    Joe Miller SVP Consumer Sales/Distribution [email]jmiller@tivo.com[/email]
    Mark Roberts SVP Consumer Products/Operations [email]mroberts@tivo.com[/email]
    Anna Brunelle VP Controller & Treasurer [email]abrunelle@tivo.com[/email]
    Jeff Klugman, Senior Vice President, Service Provider Division [email]jklugman@tivo.com[/email]
    
    See also http://pr.tivo.com/easyir/tivo/files/03.01TiVoCompanyBackgrounder.pdf

    Company Facts Founded: 1997 Publicly traded: NASDAQ: TIVO Headquarters: Alviso, CA

    Subscribers: 2.7 million
     
  8. May 7, 2011 #8 of 23
    spitfires

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    ^ Perhaps you could attach copies of the letters / e-mails which you have sent?
    (to give people an idea).
     
  9. May 7, 2011 #9 of 23
    TCM2007

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    Why would sending e-mails to Virgin people help?

    I don't think those TiVo addresses are right; I've certainly corresponded with one of them on a different address to that.
     
  10. spitfires

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    They're not - he's simply guessing.

    Particularly the ones for Tom Rogers and Jim Barton are wrong (you have to mail their PAs if you want to contact them - been there, bought the t-shirt).
     
  11. Pete77

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    Because in my humble opinion it is almost certainly at Virgin Media's insistence and not for budgetary or financial reasons that Tivo service is now being discontinued to Series one machines in the UK but not in the USA (where there is no contractual deal between Tivo and Virgin)

    Odd then that this company information web page shows that the email address format I have listed is the address format used for 90%+ of Tivo's staff and directors. Only Tivo Board Member David H Courtney has a different email address format listed there.

    See http://free.salesfuel.com/CoIntell/CoDetailsPersonnel.aspx?CompanyID=1998913

    and

     
  12. spitfires

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    I'm not disputing that, but they don't all exist - try sending an e-mail to e.g. jbarton@tivo.com and it will bounce as undeliverable.
    (been there, ... t-shirt, etc.)

    You would, of course, know this if you've e-mailed them yourself.
     
  13. VirginMediaPhil

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    If I was in this position I would just buy one of the many new HD DVR that are available on a wide range of platforms, including Freeview HD, Freesat HD, Virgin Media of course, Sky, BT Vision, the list goes on.

    I would suggest doing the same if you would wish to have a new HD DVR. :)
     
  14. Pete77

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    Are you sure you don't actually work for Virgin Media as you claim despite your bizarrely loyalist choice of forum name to the company?

    The reason I would not get any of the PVRs that you suggest is that they are all vastly inferior to a Tivo in functionality terms as a PVR or do you just think that those of us who do not live in a Virgin cable area do not deserve to have Tivo level functionality in our PVR?

    The only PVR that comes close is Windows MCE but for some odd reason you neglect to mention it and the main factor that puts most of us off considering one of those is cost and complexity in creating one plus lack of support for Sky encrypted channels.

    HD is not a facility that I am willing to sacrifice other PVR functionality for as you seem to expect me to do. I have viewed programs in HD and so far as I am concerned it is a five minute wonder as a technology. Also as my eyes are not 48 years old the chances of them telling the difference from SD become less and less with each passing year.
     
  15. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Good though it may be, MCE is not a PVR device is it?
     
  16. Pete77

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    Surely an irrelevant question as VirginMediaPhil talks about an HD DVR;)

    Also since a Windows MCE device can easily be housed in an Intel Atom computer box as small as a Freesat or Sky HD or Virgin Tivo box I don't see why you would not consider it to be a PVR if that is the only function to which that particular computer is assigned.
     
  17. martink0646

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    Pete,

    I know you are wumming as usual so I won't get wound up about this but I can't let this comment pass on two levels.

    Firstly, HD is not a five minute wonder as a technology. It is a fully mainstream technology, just look at any channel launches in the past 2 years. How many are SD compared to HD & EVERY new tv launched is HDReady at a minimum & within two years they will all be FULLHD (It will be cheaper for manufacturers to produce one type of panel & one type of chipset rather than two). In fact you yourself have talked about WHEN you will go HD & what the driving factors will be in past posts in more than one thread. I'm sure you will argue that that you will only change when when your CRT fails & that you have only gone HD because you can't get a CRT.........Exactly, because HD is now mainstream. Manufacturers don't make CRT's anymore because they are inferior & no-one wants them!!!

    As for the old eyesight question, if your 'eyes' are the thing stopping you seeing the massive difference of HD then you either need to put your vanity aside & get some glasses or get the correct prescription!! Either way, the majority of people either wear glasses or make sure the ones they have are fit for purpose because it is better to be able to see than not. And if you can see correctly then you will be able to see the differences that HD brings. Or do you believe that HD only 'works' & is visible for people with 20/20 & without glasses or eyesight correction & that it is invisible to people who have any form of vision correction.

    Come on Pete. Many of your statements are daft but your position on this is so indefensible as to be ridiculous.

    I agree, it is possible to have seen an 'HD' picture & not been impressed but that is ONLY if it is setup wrong or the screen is too small/you were too far away. Yes you may not want a big screen or to sit close enough to see it but that is your preference & it does not invalidate a complete technology.

    Let me know if you are wumming or you really do believe this & are a fool. Either answer will confirm what a lot of people on this, & I'm sure many other forums, have known ever since they had the misfortune to read any of your posts.

    Martin
     
  18. Trinitron

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    There are PVRs that can support Sky HD channels: the Sky+HD boxes! Given your attitude to HD I presume you haven't seen the Sky HD EPG in action. Sure, it has considerable limitations compared to TiVo but the latest version is definitely an improvement on what Sky+ used to be.

    I have the choice on June 1st between continuing TiVo on the alt.EPG or switching to a twin tuner Sky+HD box. As I personally value HD pictures over TiVo functions it's going to be the Sky box that wins.
     
  19. VirginMediaPhil

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    Firstly, I understand that the TiVo UI is vastly different to others and I never said, nor do I believe, that people who do not live in cable areas should not deserve to have that sort of UI on their DVRs. I was just stating that if you want a HD DVR, there are plenty out there.

    I was speaking about TV DVRs, of course there is Windows Media Center, I use it all the time. If you want me to mention it, well now I have. :)

    If you don't care about HD, then my post wasn't aimed at you. My post was aimed at people who wanted an HD DVR. I was reminding people about the fact that there are many HD DVRs out there, as some people might have forgotten the fact that there are other services out there like TiVo, such as 3view.

    Also, your views on HD are quite preposterous. HD is not a five-minute technology. It's been around since the 90s, and personally I hate SD and always choose the HD alternative. At the very least you should notice the picture is much more clearer as there are no artefacts, the biggest reason why you should switch to HD.

    And no, I don't work for VM, I chose that username when the company started and have with it ever since, having been a loyal customer since 2002. I've waited years for a better TV system, and now we have that. I don't love everything about the company, and I didn't say anything about it in my post.

    :)
     
  20. baward

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    I agree with you on this point. IMO digital screen of all types are too intense for my 49 year old eyes much of the time, so my tolerance to watching TV has decreased with time/age. And yes I know about being able to control brightness/contrast/backlighting etc. - in general they're still too intense, certainly for the stuff I am able to afford.

    In my experience, HD isn't all the same quality. Blurays of the latest editions of James Bond or Zulu are awesome, but Gladiator is dreadful. I have never experienced broadcast HD, so I admit I might be biased.

    (apologies for going OT a bit there :eek: )
     

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