Tivo Sucks !!

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by ukaussi, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. shady

    shady Previously European TCF Club

    May 31, 2002


    I'm actually impressed. The search function obviously worked spot on for him/her
  2. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

    Jan 2, 2004
  3. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    Well, I guess if someone was ***** enough to buy a Range Rover, I guess they should expect that kind of problem....:rolleyes:
  4. headroll

    headroll Let em' Roll

    Jan 20, 2003
    I blame vbulletin's suggest thread engine. Obviously found this thread when the user typed TiVO SuCks!

  5. TheGreenHornet

    TheGreenHornet Don

    Oct 31, 2007


    I thought it was interesting that this guy on this ridiculous crusade to report Tivo to the BBB came under bicker’s scathing remarks from two years ago. Where are you bicker to let this guy have it?

    I hate these kinds of posts from these people that pop on the boards to make unrealistic irrational complaints about Tivo. I wanted to watch hi def television so I bought a plasma television and upgraded my Sony Trinitron. I then upgraded my series 2 to a series 3.

    As a bonus, TiVo jumped through a few hoops to release a software upgrade so that my series 2 will work flawlessly with a digital converter box. What a value that upgrade is to many consumers with older TiVo’s who do not have the finances to upgrade in these difficult economic times.

    And HOORAY for TiVo who holds their long time customers in high esteem who have older S2 units and analog television to give them an opportunity to extend the life of the product with today’s digital television technology.

    As with other negative newbie posters this guy will disappear quickly once they are sufficiently flamed.
  6. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Wow. Join date 2005 and only one post. Must not be a lurker - otherwise he/she would have realized a long time ago that only the newer series 3 platform DVRs handle HD. :D
  7. newskilz

    newskilz New Member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Perhaps I am just in the dark, but I'm guessing you know for a fact that TiVo switched their hard drive manufacturer? And unless things have changed recently, Maxtor is one of the better hard drive brands out there reliability wise. But alas, I guess that part is just MY opinion. :)
  8. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    You realize that it's been two years since I posted that?

    But at the time, TiVo had been using Maxtor Quickview drives in their Series 2 units (I recently reconfirmed this when I put my original drive back into my Series 2 for a couple of weeks).
    I do IT support for a living for an international company and we had serious failure issues with Maxtor drives that were manufactured a year or so earlier.
    (It was bad enough that Dell was proactively replacing these drives.)

    To be fair, it's my opinion that every drive manufacturer goes through a period where they have a rash of bad drives and I avoid that manufacturer for a while. Maxtor was on my list at the time.

    Of course, this is all academic since Maxtor was purchased by Seagate a while ago.
  9. j1-ohio

    j1-ohio New Member

    Oct 30, 2008
    I totally agree with you. Tivo is terrible. Why would you want to pay for their service if they can't get good programmers to code the software. Let me suggest something to you guys! It's called MythTV. It's way better than Tivo. It runs off Linux. It deletes commercials and automatically transcodes your recoded tv shows. For those of you who want to save money on a dvr or need help building one shoot me an email and I can provide you with information.
  10. drewman

    drewman Life is Good

    Apr 16, 2000
    San Diego, CA
    Can MythTV (which is a fine DVR don't get me wrong) record encrypted QAM HD channels direct from cable?

    (can't believe I'm feeding a troll that resurrected a resurrected thread.)
  11. j1-ohio

    j1-ohio New Member

    Oct 30, 2008
    I'm not sure about recording HD channels. I don't have an HD tuner so I can't say if it works or not. However I managed to find a link that might have the answer to your question. Here is the link. http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/PcHDTV_HD-5500 I hope this helps. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
  12. alansh

    alansh Active Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    So, no. You're only going to get encrypted channels with a CableLabs approved device, which none of the MythTV devices are.
  13. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

    Sep 24, 2004
    It's Halloween, a monster double-resurrection seems perfectly in line :).
  14. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

    Jan 2, 2004
  15. I Like To Watch

    I Like To Watch New Member

    May 30, 2006
    Given the volumes on info available regarding the Range Rover's deficiencies, why would you even consider buying one? :eek:

    Buyer Beware...
  16. rainbow

    rainbow Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    1st, what is so funny is that i had not realized this was a 2 yr old thread when I started reading it!

    anyway, reading TGH post above brought a question to mind that i have had. I have a sony triniton that has a digital comb filter, whatever that is, but it is not a digital tv.

    I saw some kind of theatre system at Costco over the wknd and the guy told me that it had an HD tuner in it. So, if I got that system w/the HD tuner, and hooked it up to my sony triniton, would that enable my tv to become an HD tv?
  17. LoREvanescence

    LoREvanescence Always Autocorrected

    Jun 19, 2007
    Salem, MA
    Huh? I guess Costco's employees are worsethen best buys:rolleyes:

    It would be impossible to turn a analog SD tv like the Triniton into a HD TV. This is because the screen can not out put the resolution. It is limited by 640 x 480. Now, if you hooked the tv up to a home theater system with a HD Tuner, what will happen is the audio will be the 5.1 Dolby Digital, and it will take the HD video feed, and out put it to your tv in SD letter boxed. It would be like playing a widescreen dvd on a dvd player to your tv that happened to be hooked up to a good sound system.

    A digital Comb Filter only cleans the analog signal, it has nothing to do with DTV or HDTV.
  18. rainbow

    rainbow Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Thanks for your response, LoREvanescence . That is what I figured, but I am getting so confused about all this stuff that I was beginning to think I might not be 'seeing the forest for the trees'.
  19. user583232

    user583232 New Member

    May 6, 2010
    A fair warning about TiVo and why TiVo sucks.

    Short version: I paid for a lifetime subscription. TiVo cancelled my account, claimed I called and cancelled, and claimed they credited my account. I never called and cancelled my account and they never issued a credit to my credit card. Now I have a useless TiVo machine with no service and I'm out over $300.

    Details: I used to always brag about TiVo and have purchased 6 TiVo machines. I have been a TiVo customer for years and currently have three TiVo boxes "running." I have to put quotes around running since TiVo took it upon themselves to turn off one of them, which I paid a lifetime subscription for. I received and email warning and I emailed back to TiVo and even attached screenshot showing I had a lifetime subscription and never received any response. The proceeded to shut off my box. I then had the pleasure of calling TiVo. Should you ever call them, be prepared to be on hold forever. After giving up on two previous occasions, I finally planned my day around it and was able to get through after about 20 minutes of being on hold. The customer service representative was less than helpful. He claimed I called and cancelled my account, which I had not. I explained I had a lifetime subscription and he insisted I cancelled my account and claimed my credit card was credited. My credit card was never credited and I explained that. He then claimed their records showed they issued me a credit and he blamed my credit card company and said I had to take it up with them.

    I called my credit card company and they confirmed I never received a credit from TiVo.

    I got online with TiVo, which still took about 30 minutes to get a representative. The guy looked at my account and agreed something did not look correct; however, he would have to send it to a supervisor to look at. Even though he did absolutely nothing to rectify the problem, except pass it along, he seemed helpful. He told me someone would call me and I asked if they would leave a message with a number I could call back without being on hold forever, since I don't answer calls I don't recognize, since they're oftentimes sales calls. He said they would leave a number that was a direct line. Did they ever call and so much as leave a message? No.

    Bottom line: TiVo can take your money, claim you cancelled, claim they refunded your money, and leave you with a useless TiVo box and out hundreds of dollars. But they'll make sure they wait a few months, so you don't even have recourse with your credit card company. TiVo SUCKS.
  20. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Something not adding up, you can cancel TiVo Lifetime Service within 30 days of payment and you can dispute any charge with your credit card co within 60 to 90 days of the charge so even if TiVo made an error on your account your credit card co should handle the dispute. If TiVo cancels your lifetime service after 30 days the service would have to be xfered to another TiVo, I can't see how TiVo/credit card co. will not help you fix this problem.

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