Tivo with Fios TV

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  1. GoHokies!

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    Your S2 tivo came with a serial cable. It goes from the jack marked "serial cable" on the Tivo to the serial port on the STB.

    Then you rerun guided setup to tell the Tivo to use the serial cable to change channels. Haven't noticed any problems with lag - every once in a great while the STB doesn't change channels correctly, but I've only noticed that once or twice.
     
  2. bkdtv

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    As indicated above, Verizon doesn't yet stock M-Cards, so you'll need two of the S-Cards. When Verizon has M-Cards at a later date, you could replace the two S-Cards with a single M-CARD.
     
  3. phoenix69

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    Thanks GoHokies. I'll give the serial cables a try.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2008 #144 of 166
    iobdennis

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    I've been with FIOS and using their Motorola box. I record certain Series in the HDDVR. The other day, a basketball game went overtime, so the show I normally record, (First Run Only) with AirTime set to "Anytime", went overtime. I was shocked that the recorder came on anyway at the prescribed time and of course went off at the prescribed time. I missed the end of the show I wanted to watch because of the delayed start. I thought my settings were to prevent this. When I called FIOS, they said their box doesn't do that kind of recording. I used to have a Tivo back when I was with DirecTV, and I thought the Tivo box was smart enough to know about delayed starts for regular recordings like this. I'd like to switch back to a Tivo box, but I was wondering if I do get the Tivo, but the FIOS subscription cards work with their own program menus, will I indeed be able to prevent the loss of a program due to a delayed start with the Tivo box. Thanks in advance.
     
  5. Apr 2, 2008 #145 of 166
    ilh

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    TiVo doesn't do any better in this regard, either a standalone TiVo or a DirecTiVo in my experience. I don't believe they have access to real-time information accurate enough to handle this kind of thing. You are much better off padding the end time of shows that come on after a live sporting event.

    (Now, one could argue the TiVo should perhaps detect this situation and prompt you to add padding, much like it does to live events themselves, as it knows there are live events preceding your scheduled recording.)
     
  6. Dec 9, 2008 #146 of 166
    bicker

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    Just resurrecting this thread.... can I take it from this thread that the following comment is off-the-mark?

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=15252131#post15252131

    Can folks with FiOS TV service, and TiVo S3 DVRs please chime in with an update on how their experience with FiOS and their S3 compares to perhaps a previous experience they had with the S3 and Comcast? Thanks!
     
  7. Dec 9, 2008 #147 of 166
    jcherins

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    I have two S3's with FIOS (made the switch from Comcast more than a year ago) and couldn't be happier. PQ is fantastic, and with the recent addition of Netflix, the Video On Demand functionality is more then enough for me.

    Given the horrible experience that I had with Comcast, I have been thrilled with FIOS and recommend it heartily
     
  8. Dec 9, 2008 #148 of 166
    cram501

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    It took Comcast 5 visits over the space of 9 days to get my S3 and Tivo HD up and running.

    FIOS installed the ONT, UPS, and Cablecards in about 2 hours. I have a m-card in my TivoHD and 2 m-cards in my S3. The installer entered the information on a laptop and got the Tivo's working on the spot.
     
  9. Dec 9, 2008 #149 of 166
    Generic

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    I have had my S3 with Fios for a year without any problems. It has worked great other then the freeze/reboot problem that was on the Tivo side. It was corrected with a software update. Once I pay off some bills, I plan on getting a TivoHD for the bedroom to replace my S2 DVD.
     
  10. sjgmoney

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    Looking for some guidance, apoligies if this was covered somewhere else in the thread. Here's my current setup: I have Direct TV and Comcast (overkill, I know but I have to have the NFL package) both connected to my Series 2 Dual Tuner Tivo. My comcast connection is just the cable directly, no box (i.e. no digital) using the analog tuner while my Direct TV box uses the Digital tuner.

    If I switch to Fios can I once again just plug the Fios cable into the analog tuner and leave the Direct TV digital connection alone?

    Thanks
     
  11. sjgmoney

    sjgmoney New Member

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    C'mon TC, don't let me down. Any help here?:)
     
  12. NotVeryWitty

    NotVeryWitty Too Big to Fail

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    Nope, no more analog with Fios.
     
  13. sjgmoney

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    Damn, I was hoping the local channels (below ch 50ish) would be analog and I could use it like I am now. Not the case, eh?
     
  14. wmcbrine

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    That's what they had until a few months ago (analog/digital simulcast for channels below 50), but they removed the analogs so that they could bring us 100+ channels of HD (and with no SDV). I think that was a good trade. :)
     
  15. Generic

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    If your tv has a qam capable tuner, it can be used to access the local SD/HD channels and the audio music channels. All other channels are encrypted and cannot be accessed.
     
  16. pierpont

    pierpont TiVo-ing since 1999

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    Will the IR blaster for a Series2 work with the FiOS TV box?
     
  17. pierpont

    pierpont TiVo-ing since 1999

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    I would like to know the answer to this question too. Will the serial cables work with all FiOS TV boxes?
     
  18. jay_man2

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    The FiOS box you need to work with a Series 2 is a Motorola DCT-700. In this area Verizon provides them for $3.99 a month.
     
  19. asgard3

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    motorola QIP 2500-3 cable box with FIOS, TIVO SERIES 2,

    Problems: no 4-digit channels and Lag with IR (code 10006B)
     
  20. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    Does serial control no longer work with the QIP2500?

    I thought the primary reason for choosing the QIP2500 over the cheaper DCT700 -- for use with a TiVo -- was serial control, eliminating some IR lag?
     

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