What the Series 2 DirecTV DVR with TiVo can't do ...

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by D33p Th1nk3r, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. D33p Th1nk3r

    D33p Th1nk3r D33p Th1nk3r

    Jan 8, 2006


    Hello All,

    I just joined the forum today and this will be my first post. The reason I joined the forum is to get answers to the following questions. If this is not the proper forum for these question, please give me a link to the correct place.

    A friend of mine just got a TiVo 40 hour for Christmas along with a wireless USB adapter. I had no idea about the ability to use wireless with these devices, so when I did research, I was disappointed to find that I CANNOT use the same USB device. The more research I did on TiVO(dot)com, the more I found that other users could do, that I cannot.

    Online Scheduling
    MultiRoom Viewwing

    My experience with TiVo up until this point has only been with the Series 2 R10 DirecTV DVR. Why does it not work with all of these features? Now it seems that using a TiVO box from TiVo would give me more of an advantage. Actually, more like it would allow me to do what TiVo is growing into.

    So, I am wondering, what should I do? Should I give my box away and simply use the Sat box for signal and the TiVo box for Tivo? If I did that, would I be able to keep the same "Tivo" account or do I have get a new one?

    Thanks in advance.

    D33p Th1nk3r
  2. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

    Jul 10, 2003
    it doesn't work with those features because directv doesn't want it to.
    BUT there's hope.
    Sell your R10 on Ebay and buy a DVR80 from robert at valueelectronics.com and hack your dtivo for the features you're missing.
  3. tbeckner

    tbeckner TiVo Fan

    Oct 26, 2001
    Bend, OR, USA
    Good Recommendation! I did notice that Robert at Value Electronics still has SD-DVR80's on hand. In fact, I was considering buying one myself as a backup, since it could be a while until TiVo, the CableCard people, and the cable industry get their act together.

    I wonder as an existing DirecTV customer, can I buy the SD-DVR80 for $99 and can I buy more than one. I guess I should ask Robert what the details are.

    I am preparing for the long haul, I do not plan on going to HD until January of 2009 (three more years), but I currently will not buy a "R15" and the Series 3 TiVo is really currently VAPORWARE with all of the multi-directional cable industry problems.

    E-mail that I just sent to Robert at Value Electronics:

    Robert or Sales,

    I am a current DirecTV customer, what are the details and requirements to purchase up to three DVR80’s.

    Can I buy three of them for $99 each?
    Do I have to activate all three of them?
    If I have to activate all of them, can I pull all of them from my account after a couple of days and put them away for future use?
    Will I get hit with a two year commitment?
    And will my DVR charge change from $4.99 to $5.99?

    This is important, because I am attempting to have available for the next three years backups for my current HDVR2 SD DirecTiVos, until I go HD in January of 2009.

    Thanks so very much.
  4. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

    Oct 18, 2002
    Mill Creek,...
    Don't overlook the advantages that your DirecTV/Tivo DVR has vs. a standalone Tivo ...

    * dual tuners so you can record two different channels while watching a third previously recorded program

    * better recording quality since it records DirecTV's digital data directly to the hard drive

    * Dolby Digital audio for better surround sound

    * cheaper subscription fees
  5. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY


    BTW, the TiVo accounts are separate. The standalone is $12.95/month paid to TiVo.
    The DVR account with DirecTV is $5.99/month. And the R10 gives you dual tuners. But, you could do as Gunnyman suggested.
  6. tbeckner

    tbeckner TiVo Fan

    Oct 26, 2001
    Bend, OR, USA
    Good post, right on the money.
  7. Dkerr24

    Dkerr24 Lost in Big Bend

    Oct 28, 2004
    Okla, USA
    I never hacked my DTivo's beyond installing larger hard drives in both. Those 'additional' features seem pretty useless for my viewing habits. If I want to view a certain program on either DTivo, I just make sure both units record it. And I have no desire to watch programs on a laptop.

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