What was your reason for hacking your Tivo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by Tracy RainH2o, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. Tracy RainH2o

    Tracy RainH2o Photo Man

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    Ok gang. I do not fully understand every benefit gained from hacking a Tivo. Please tell me the main reasons for hacking a Tivo and maybe I'll get it.

    I get the caller ID feature.
    Logos added to channels.
    Adding a larger HD.

    What's with the networking it to a computer? My computers are networked for internet connection sharing. Is there a FAQ or Tivo Hacking for Dummies? :confused:

    Thanks !!!
     
  2. sabotage

    sabotage New Member

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    I just wrote a post with all the things I do with my hacked tivo - but then realized that they might not be allowed on this forum, so I delete it - sorry.
     
  3. austin61

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    For me the main benefit is MRV (multi room viewing). I have 3 DTivos networked, so MRV allows me to watch something recorded on one unit in a different room where another unit is.

    Other things like caller-id, merging programs, etc are a bonus. For me the killer app is MRV.
     
  4. David Platt

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    For me, the killer app is tivowebplus, followed closely by being able to extract the shows I want to save to DVD. With tivowebplus, I can access any of my three DTiVos from anywhere with an internet connection to set up a recording or just check to see if everything on a TiVo is working as it should.
     
  5. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    MRV and TWP do it for me. Streaming shows to my mac is nice as well.
     
  6. ttodd1

    ttodd1 Proud Computer Geek

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    Same here - except I use a pc and not a Mac. :)
     
  7. dnemec123

    dnemec123 Member

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    MRV, HMO (Music and Photos from my PC) and a larger hard drive were my main goals.

    Caller ID, FTP, telnet and TWP were just "frosting on the cake" as far as features go.

    D
     
  8. rbautch

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    TWPing in from work to record a show or enter a season pass. Backing up all my season passes and favorite channels so when I hose my tivo (or buy a new one), I never have to enter them from scratch.
     
  9. Tracy RainH2o

    Tracy RainH2o Photo Man

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    Multi-room viewing is one of my goals.

    I want to be able to let my daughter watch her Tivoed Little Einsteins and Dora the Explorer in her room. In order to make this work would I need a networked computer in each room, and each connected to the television? Or is it to be viewed only on the computer monitor?
     
  10. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    multi room viewing is done between tivos.
    In the now playing list of the MRV enabled tivos will be an icon representing the other tivos on your network.
     
  11. Tracy RainH2o

    Tracy RainH2o Photo Man

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    NOW I UNDERSTAND !!!!!!!!! :cool:

    I was thinking it was between Tivos but not totally sure. If they are DirecTV Tivos, do the additional Tivos have to be activated with DirecTV?
     
  12. tase2

    tase2 Shy Guy

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    Am I correct that these features are not available for the HR10-250?
     
  13. rbautch

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    Everything except MRV and HMO is available for the HR10-250.
     
  14. tase2

    tase2 Shy Guy

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    Is the extracting part of HMO?
     
  15. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    no
     
  16. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    Nope :D
    just have to have valid access cards
     
  17. Tracy RainH2o

    Tracy RainH2o Photo Man

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    Referring to The Zipper, what is the purpose of keeping the Tivo from calling in?
     
  18. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    it's best not to alert Tivo that you have a hacked up unit. I have no idea if they can tell with the call in since nobody knows exactly what happens when a unit calls in better safe than sorry.
     
  19. rbautch

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    I think it used to be more of an issue when everyone was using 4.01b, because then your Tivo would download new software when it called in. Theory was that if thousands of superpatched tivos called in everyday consuming tivos download bandwidth, they'd eventually get pissed and cut you off. There's really no reason to call in, since tivo gets guide data from the satellite.
     
  20. Tracy RainH2o

    Tracy RainH2o Photo Man

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    OK......now I am searching for used Series 2 Tivos to network. If I find a steal of a deal on a Tivo that does not have the access card, am I wasting my time?

    I have cards that I can rob from old unused DTV recievers but I assume I will have to contact DTV to match the card with the reciever right? If that is correct, from what I hear they require a contract for all sdditional recievers.

    Is that correct?
     

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