Tivo designations aggravating me

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by UCLABB, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. UCLABB

    UCLABB Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking for either an Premiere xl4 or a Premiere 4. But the regular premieres are called "series 4". So when I look on EBay I have to investigate which model it is as people often call the regular Premiere, Premiere 4. Sometimes you can tell right away by the picture, but not always. TiVo should have been more careful in naming the models, imo.
     
  2. CoxInPHX

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    Try searching using the model #

    TiVo TCD750500 = Premiere 4, 500GB HDD

    TiVo TCD758250 = Premiere XL4, 2TB, THX
     
  3. UCLABB

    UCLABB Well-Known Member

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    I don't think they always include the model number. Check out this one on EBay. Look down the page at the description. Calls it a Premiere 4, but it is not. My main point is that TiVo invited this confusion by first having products called "series 4 Premiere" and then coming out with a product called Premiere 4 which is different.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/TiVo-Premie...DVRs_Hard_Drive_Recorders&hash=item19d76ea7d1
     
  4. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    Sorry but the issue isn't Tivo who were very good about giving them unique model numbers that tell you EVERYTHING you need to know, but with the poor ebay sellers who aren't properly describing the product.
     
  5. aaronwt

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    Isn't that ebay sale for the original Premiere with a 320GB drive? They mention 45 hours of record time. That corresponds to the original Premieres that had 320GB hard drives.
    Of course you need to send a question to thr seller to verify.
     
  6. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

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    Always ask for the TCD number and double check it on something like Tivopedia. I suspect that part of your irritation is due to the poor play of the UCLA BB team. I've been a fan since before they won their first title but the past few years have been hard to watch.
     
  7. ThAbtO

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    The main differences are:

    Premiere and XL = 2 tuner, use on antenna and cable, note 2 LED on front
    Premiere 4, XL4 = 4 tuner, use only on digital cable, note 4 red LED on front

    Regular Premiere has either 320GB (TCD746320) or 500 GB (TCD746500)
    The XL (TCD748000) has a 1 TB drive of recording space.
    The 4 has 500 GB.
    The XL4 has a 2 TB drive of recording space.
     
  8. UCLABB

    UCLABB Well-Known Member

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    Yes I'm in a very bad mood!
     
  9. UCLABB

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    Yes, indeed it is an original Premiere and that's my point. TiVo has contributed to the confusion by calling their first premieres "series 4" and then coming out with a "4".

    To others that responded, yes, I know the difference between them all, I was just commenting on the way TiVo has named them.
     
  10. Arcady

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    It could be worse. They could follow Apple's example and have 27 different computers in six years that are all called "MacBook Pro."

    Maybe instead of calling the next one a Series 5, they can just name it "the new TiVo" and sell 4 versions of it.
     
  11. cherry ghost

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    Did TiVo actually ever label it a "Series 4" or just "Premiere"?
     
  12. CoxInPHX

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    It says Series 4 right on the name plate right hand side bottom.

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  13. CoxInPHX

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    When it comes to purchasing from ebay, I never purchase from anyone who does not appear to know what they are doing. Missing key info like a model number and proper description says to me STAY AWAY...
    Often I will ask them a question and if they are rude or haven't a clue I stay away.

    On the other hand you might get the best price from someone not knowing the actual value, but to me it is not worth the risk.
     
  14. cherry ghost

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    Huh, never noticed that. Thanks!
     
  15. mrsean

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    True, but a TP4 is also a series 4 Tivo just like regular TP.
     
  16. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

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    Now that we have the Series 4 stuff settled, anyone want to take on sorting out the Series 2?
     
  17. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

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    Series 2? Easy!


    Standalone Models:
    TiVo/AT&T TCD130040, TCD230040
    TiVo TCD230040, TCD240040, TCD24004A, TCD540040, TCD140060, TCD240080, TCD24008A, TCD540080, TCD542080, TCD240140, TCD540140, TCD649080, TCD649180
    Pioneer DVR-810H, DVR-57H
    Toshiba SD-H400, RS-TX20, RS-TX60
    Humax T800, T2500, DRT400, DRT800
    Sony SVR3000

    DirecTV Models:
    Hughes HDVR2, HDVR3, SD-DVR40, SD-DVR80, SD-DVR120
    Philips DSR7000, DSR704, DSR708
    RCA DVR39, DVR40, DVR80
    Samsung SIR-S4040R, SIR-S4080R, SIR-S4120R
    DirecTV R10, HR10-250


    Of the standalone non-DVD units, there are about 6 variations. Of the DirecTV boxes, there are really only three variations (and two software versions.)
     
  18. wmcbrine

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    Yes, TiVo's model naming is a mess. Series 3 is even worse than Series 4, IMHO. You've got two basic models (ignoring the XL variants) -- this should be easy, right? But no. When the second Series 3 model came out, they tried to distinguish it by referring to it as a "TiVo HD". Only problem? The first Series 3 model had come in a box that looked like this:

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    I kid you not. So clearly, that box... wasn't a "TiVo HD"? And you couldn't just call that old model a "Series 3" anymore, either (although they often did), because the new model was still a Series 3, too. So people have taken to calling it "the original Series 3", or "the OLED Series 3".
     
  19. aaronwt

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    That threw me for a loop one day. I couldn't figure out why I still had a TiVoHD box left even though I had sold those a long time ago. Until I realized it was the OLED S3 box. I guess I really need to throw the box out since my GF has my last two S3 OLED TiVos.
     
  20. Arcady

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    You can sell the box on ebay. People actually buy empty boxes there.
     

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