What's a good Freeview Tuner for TiVo I can buy tomorrow?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by Mark Ward, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. Ian_m

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    When my neighbour had his Sly+ done, he helped the installer drill the holes and run the cable so he got nice holes drilled in nice places and neat cable runs where he wanted all with drip loops I see as well.

    Only issue was where the neighbour wanted the cable to enter the lounge my shed was against the wall so has to locate elsewhere.
     
  2. Pete77

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    I think Tivo_Noob was unlucky in getting a cowboy as there are many other much better Sky installers out there who want to make their customers happy.
     
  3. Tivo_noob

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    Oh believe me if i had been around while the install was taking place there is no way he would've been allowed to leave until everything is put right. The contractors rung me this morning and said they will be in touch within 72hrs to put the faults right. They said it is best if i am there to show them what the problem is....................i think if they just pulled up and took one look they will realise how bad a job was done. I have since shown friends who have all said they cannot believe that somebody would do and leave such a bad job. I am self employed and if my work was of the same quality i wouldn't be in business long!
     
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    Tivo_noob

    Tivo_noob New Member

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    Does anybody have a complaints number for Sky :mad:

    Not heard anything back about the above problem, fair enough i wasn't expecting them to come out on Christmas Eve but 72hrs have certainly passed.

    Not only that but i have just had a very rude call from somebody at Sky saying they needed my DD details to activate my account (you know the no contract one off payment account!) they have suspended my FREE 6 months of 2 mixes until i give them my DD details, i refused saying that it said quite clearly on the box that this is a one off payment to join Sky and why then would they need my DD details......................they then just hung up :eek: :mad:

    Why i even bothered with these crooks is beyond me :thumbsdown:
     
  5. Jan 3, 2008 #285 of 307
    Pete77

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    Email:- jeremy.darroch@bskyb.com (new CEO after James Murdoch moved on to higher things)

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    AllCustomerCareEscalation@BSkyB.com

    As to losing the free pay mixes I'm very surprised to hear this as my mum's install was in late November and they sent her one letter asking for a DD which I took home meaning to email Jeremy Darroch to complain but I haven't had a chance to do this and she still has two free Sky Mixes despite Sky having no DD.

    It is definitely the case that the first Sky Pay Once Watch Forever deal with 2 Mixes for 6 months did not require a DD to be signed. When Sky relaunched Pay Once Watch Forever with 4 Mixes for 4 months free they changed the terms & conditions so you do now have to sign a DD which you have to remember to cancel at the end of the 4 months.

    The All Customer Care Escalation (email to Jeremy Darroch will end up in the same place) people at Sky usually manage to sort out unhappy customers. Normally bribery with a free £50 credit on your Sky account or whatever is their usual technique.
     
  6. Jan 3, 2008 #286 of 307
    Tivo_noob

    Tivo_noob New Member

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    Thanks Pete, i rang CS and told them of my complaint, i also asked them for a direct number for the contractor who carried out the installation (i was given this previously but i lost it) and i have just rang but the line appears dead :eek:

    I had the 2 mixes for 6 months free and i have just had to give them my DD details which i am totally unhappy about and i intend to take this further because nowhere on the box that you buy does it state that you have to give any DD details to receive the FREE mixes

    Anyway i on't want to hijack this thread with my complaints about Sky so any further developments and i'll start a new thread :eek:
     
  7. Jan 3, 2008 #287 of 307
    Pete77

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    But did you ever get to watch the games on Setanta successfully after all this hassle?

    I saw a niceish looking Philips box that could do TopUpTv in a Currys over the xmas period but it was £50 or so and I do tend to believe that the TUTV method of program encryption is inherently glitch ridden.

    The new Pace Sky box at my mother's house keeps working 100%, even in heavy rain. Resistance to snow is probably about to be tested.
     
  8. Jan 3, 2008 #288 of 307
    TCM2007

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    Takes a full-on cloudburst or hailstorm to take the signal out with a properly aligned dish, but it does happen.
     
  9. Pete77

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    I was in Tesco this evening and they were trying to unload a large number of Astratec Freeview boxes with TUTV card slots. I believe this box is basically exactly the same piece of hardware as the DIgifusion TUTV box but shipped through a different supply channel.

    On the whole I would have said that for £40 you had probably gained a lot more choice with Sky Pay Once Watch Forever though.

    How goes the Setanta viewing Tivo_Noob and have Sky been back to fix the dodgy cabling?
     
  10. benallenuk

    benallenuk New Member

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    OK, another update on the Wharfedale DV832B. Its rubbish, the second dropout in sound has turned out to be really annoying and for anyone who's a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to electrical stuff will find this very frustrating. Ive bought a Daewoo DS608P from ebay instead.
     
  11. Pete77

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    Would that be the same Setpal box another forum member has just had burn out and that the power supply then blew up on when he tried to repair it?;):rolleyes:

    Coming back to the Wharfedale I think it was made clear before you bought that the Wharfedale 832B was a flawed box design.
     
  12. manolan

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    Time to wake this thread up!

    After returning a faulty Philips DTR220 that Philips Tech Services said did things they had never heard of (see below), I searched SW & W London for a new Freeview box I could buy immediately. Would you believe, not a single one. (Not even a new Philips - check, say, www.argos.co.uk and see if they have availability near you, I checked all their stores in W London and several other vendors).

    Eventually, after sitting in the Bank Holiday traffic leaving London to the West, I found a Metronic Digi-Scart (aka 441816 - http://www.metronic.com/index2.php?p=produits&lang=UK&idcat=75&idsscat=59&page=3) in Comet in Isleworth. In fairness, they had 1 Sagem as well. Having read many negative comments about Sagem, but not having read this entry (http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=5779170#post5779170), I went for the Metronic.

    Of course, there were no codes for it as far as I could see (tried all the ones under Freeview), but I dusted off my old Pronto and seem to have a reasonable set of codes now. I've sent them to Gary at the tivoportal address, so hopefully he can get them uploaded if that process still works.

    (edited to add: Metronic must have done some work since the other post as channel change is quite quick, though not as quick as the Philips DT220 - when it worked).



    * faults with the Philips:
    - on two occasions, I saw it register the digits of a channel change (i.e. echo the right digits back) and then change to a completely different channel.
    - two or three times a week it would just hang half way through a channel change and had to have the power cycled.
    I assume these problems might actually be to do with any workaround needed to get the TiVo to work with RC5 codes, but fortunately Philips accepted it as a fault.
     
  13. einstein

    einstein New Member

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    I sent codes to gary for an Alba many years ago, no response, and they certainly didn't end up in the TiVo database, do TiVo still update the IR database, mine hasn't changed in years, and if it did, none of my Alba's would work, if they overwrote the codes.

    I think you'd be better off, inputing the codes yourself! using Gary scripts, if your TiVo is on a network.
     
  14. manolan

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    This is what I have done, but I would rather have the right codes on the box under the right manufacturer's name. I would have thought updating the database would be a trivial matter for them.
     
  15. britcub

    britcub Bear with a TiVo

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    Recent-ish updates for Freesat boxes suggest the IR database is still updated... I don't think Gary is active on the Forum any more though, maybe OzSat can help though?
     
  16. Pete77

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    His last post in the forum was on 2nd May 2007.:eek:
     
  17. ashers

    ashers New Member

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    Does anyone have any suggestions on what is a good cheap STB that they've purchased recently that works with the Tivo?

    Ashers
     
  18. Pete77

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    The only Freeview box I have noticed any consistently positive opinions on here is the standalone Sony unit.

    Nearly all the other Freeview boxes seem to have issues including short lives.
     
  19. bigwold

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    Pioneer DBR-TF100. Looks like they're going for £20-30 on a certain auction site.

    PS It's Bank Holiday and it's raining here
     
  20. Pete77

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    Yes its also raining here in the South East.

    The weather forecast last night implied it would be sunny most of the day and then a big thunder storm this evening as two weather fronts met over the channel.

    To be fair the weather forecast on Friday did suggest sun yesterday and rain today so presumably the weather pattern today was a complicated one that made it hard to forecast accurately.
     

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