TiVo has arrived!

Discussion in 'VirginMedia TV with TiVo - UK' started by nocomp, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    You are both right. You can either record two things or record one and watch one. You cannot currently record two and watch one :)
     
  2. jonphil

    jonphil New Member

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    Currently I'm happy as it's working just like the SkyHD box.
    What did surprise me though was On Demand must be seen as a Live channel as we wanted to try out Discovery HD on demand last night and said we had to cancel one of the things recording.
    But at the moment you can record two things and watch back something already recorded.
    We don't yet have an answer to if the 3rd tuner will allow 3 things to record at once or if that will just be a Live view only channel.
    I don't mind either way at the moment, as with Tivo unlike Sky it's easier to find additional showings.
     
  3. PeteM

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    Just noticed it buffers both tuners! Watching BBC1HD live, I set a remote recording via the VM website for "This Morning" on ITV1HD (just testing you understand ;)). I can now jump between BBC1 and ITV1 and have a full buffer on both :).

    Can't actually think of a use for this feature, but it impressed me nonetheless!
     
  4. AdamInKent

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    My install hasn't gone quite to plan :-( After the installer left all seemed fine except that I only had the M+ channels. I phoned up to get the full channel set added and now have no network or any subscribed channels! My new TiVo is a rather expensive paperweight, waiting for a call from the second line help desk. On the plus side, the Indian call centre knows to pass TiVo related calls back to the UK help desk.
     
  5. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Isn't one an in-progress recording, and the other a live buffer?

    The "last channel" button will flip between the last 2 channel changes - but each channel change clears the buffer...
     
  6. ericd121

    ericd121 Crown Topper

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    I've been curious about this.

    It struck me as odd that one 'tuner' was being used to show recordings, as I thought a tuner was a receiver, not a 'sender'. :confused:

    So you can definitely record two programmes and watch a third?

    [Edit] That last question should have been...

    So you can definitely record two programmes and watch a third, recorded, programme?
     
  7. Fixerman

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    I'm not a tivo expert but normally on most PVRs that have two tuners you can record two different channels, or record one channel and watch another, or record two channels and watch a recorded programme.

    You cannot normally record two channels and watch a third channel!! This where the Virginmedia V+ box comes into it's own with three tuners and that seems to be the plan, but only a promise at the moment, for the new Tivo.
     
  8. ColinYounger

    ColinYounger It wasn't me.

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    Hmmm. My engineer is puzzling over why the HDMI output isn't working. We're getting no signal through to the TV.

    FUN!!!
     
  9. ColinYounger

    ColinYounger It wasn't me.

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    Crappy cable. But TiVo/TV needed reboot after swapping cables to my PS3 one, or they still refused to 'see' each other.
     
  10. CeeBeeUK

    CeeBeeUK New Member

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    Still waiting. Box installed 33 hours ago and still cannot watch a damn thing.
    :mad: doesn't cover it

    Having to take another day of work tomorrow for a 'Technician' visit (is that different to an engineer?) to "...try and rectify the problem."!

    If they don't they might learn some new words!
     
  11. Digital Fanatic

    Digital Fanatic Virgin Media Staff

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    Did the tech say what the problem was?
     
  12. AdamInKent

    AdamInKent New Member

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    Strictly speaking, all of the installers are technicians. The engineers are the people who designed the thing. But in the UK the only people who care about the difference are the engineers :)
     
  13. CeeBeeUK

    CeeBeeUK New Member

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    Tivo team via the help desk don't know what the problem is. Apparently my account is now configured correctly, but the box won't sync with their end:confused:

    As I thought! ;)
     
  14. Digital Fanatic

    Digital Fanatic Virgin Media Staff

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    I take it you've tried "connect to a Virgin Media Service" since the account was sorted?

    If so the tech should get it up and running tomorrow for you. Sorry to hear you had issues on the install day.
     
  15. CeeBeeUK

    CeeBeeUK New Member

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    I take it you assume the box has started up?

    Not cycled through Starting up... Just a few more minutes... reboot for 36 hours?

    edit:

    Sorry for the terse response but I am a touch frustrated. This is my second box, the engineer installed the first one, the same thing happened so he swapped the box for another on the van. Same thing.
    Said it must be a problem with my account and left someone at CS looking at it. 3 hours of phone calls to customer services and, 36 hours, later; still no-one knows what the problem is, so I have to take a second day away from the office for someone to '...try and rectify the problem'.

    Hence my terseness!
     
  16. Digital Fanatic

    Digital Fanatic Virgin Media Staff

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    I see, So it just sticks there... hmmm. very strange. I've not heard of any install sticking at that point. Tech will have another box with him to swap.

    Hope it gets sorted tomorrow then. :up:
     
  17. PeteM

    PeteM New Member

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    No, this was (well) after the recording had finished, and I changed channels via the guide.

    However, although nothing has been recorded since my original post, the buffer hasn't been retained, so this may only be persistent immediately after a recording :confused:

    In any case, as I said, it's of limited value, so just ignore me :D
     
  18. jonphil

    jonphil New Member

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    Just tried it out now.
    Recording two programs and watching back a pre-recorded program now.
    As mentioned it's just the On Demand that can't be used with two recordings.
     
  19. Brangdon

    Brangdon New Member

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    Presumably that's because you are flipping a single tuner. If you switch between tuners, without changing their respective channels, I'd expect each to keep its own 30-minute buffer. I don't know if there's an easy UI to do that.

    No, that's saying the same: one tuner recording one channel, second tuner recording second channel; and playing back a previous recording from the local hard disk doesn't need a tuner. What Carl meant is that you can't record 2 channels and also watch live TV.

    Can: record 2 channels, watch recording.
    Can't: record 2 channels, watch 3rd channel live.

    And from what jonphil says, On Demand is seen as another live channel, not as a recording. That surprised him, but makes sense to me, as On Demand programmes aren't stored locally on your hard disk. Anything that comes down the wire needs a tuner to receive, whether to watch it live or record it for later. Once recorded, it doesn't need a tuner to watch.

    To put it another way, they are tuners, not decoders.

    (I don't actually have my TiVo yet, but the above is my understanding and it makes sense to me.)
     
  20. Zaichik

    Zaichik New Member

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    Had my new TiVo installed today and, so far, it's all good... apart from 1 small niggle: on the S1 TiVo, you could see whether a recording had started without turning the TV on because the red light came on even when the box was in standby. On the new TiVo, the recording light only comes on if the box is fully on.

    I suppose I could leave it fully on all the time, but all the other lights will attract the attention of my gadget-obsessed 3 year old son, who will then want to play with it, and I assume also that the box will consume more power that way.
     

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