Which Set top boxes work well with Tivo please?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by MarkH, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. Mar 3, 2008 #21 of 117
    timdownie

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    Arrgh! That's what I've got now and the darned thing keeps crashing!

    Tim
     
  2. Mar 3, 2008 #22 of 117
    jeremy Parsons

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    Guys given my last setpal box bit the dust (I have had 3 in total) I needed a new freeview box for TIVO , I have a decent external aerial and also a booster as well.

    The result

    Wharfdale DV832BN - as below but sound drop out means Is consigned to the cupboard if you can live with the sound its excellent

    refurb BUSH DFTA11 - same codes as Wharfdale powers on to old channel , no sound issues , has the same remote as wharfdale - MY CHOICE cost less than £20 off e**y. I have it on a timer to reset daily (after a while it stops changing channels) can turn off autoupdate. [just bought a spare before you all nick them]

    SAGEM (£39 from tesco with santanda badging) - good if not better picture than BUSH , only issue is it does not power on after power fail so its my strategic spare if the bush dies.
     
  3. Mar 3, 2008 #23 of 117
    MarkH

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    Well my complete history of stbs is the panasonic cheapo can't remember model but didn't recieve film4/ukhist transmitter that well, but otherwise was not too bad!

    Then came the wharfedale and I thought my reception problems were over as it received all channels perfectly, but the dreaded sound drop out sent it back.

    Now the BT iplayer+ is working perfectly but not receiving the film4/ukhist transmitter well either!
     
  4. Mar 3, 2008 #24 of 117
    jdwood37

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    Timdownie: could you check the software, I think this is the latest (last?)
    Hardware NEO REV 1.0
    Software MGFTF 1.00.13
    Loader L.1.05 <---
    Update date 14 Sept 2005
    ....how does it crash? (lock up, misbehave, etc)
     
  5. Mar 24, 2008 #25 of 117
    stevensdrs

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    My Bush DVB11 packed up on friday, (havent had time to check it out to see if its fixable yet), so went to Argos and got the Wharfedale 82B unit at £24.99. No problem setting it up for TIVO and quality of picture seems ok. Have noticed one slight audio drop out for a half second so far and if thats all the bugs I will be happy. Will report back after a week of testing.:)
     
  6. Mar 24, 2008 #26 of 117
    MarkH

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    I am tempted to give wharfedale another bash and see if I can get one that has minimal sound dropout!
     
  7. Mar 24, 2008 #27 of 117
    Tim L

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    It's pretty bad that after nearly ten years of DTTV, the best we can hope for is "minimal sound dropout". Ho hum.
     
  8. Mar 25, 2008 #28 of 117
    terryeden

    terryeden TiVo, Tivum, Tiva,

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    Are there any boxes which allow you to disable MHEG (Press Red) and won't search for software updates?

    The reason I love my Setpal is the fact that, aside from being rock solid with no sound dropouts, it doesn't interrupt any recordings with "A new lineup is available. Rescan Y/N"
     
  9. Mar 27, 2008 #29 of 117
    AMc

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    You can disable the software update check on the Wharfedale, but not the 'press red'.
    I don't notice that as much these days - not sure if I've grown immune or it's not used as much any more.
     
  10. Mar 27, 2008 #30 of 117
    Pete77

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    Freeview box enforced press red buttons have always disappeared after a minute as now possible with but not originally possible with Sky Digiboxes.

    I am not aware of any Freeview box that maintains the press red button permanently on screen throughout a program of its own volition.
     
  11. Mar 27, 2008 #31 of 117
    stevensdrs

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    Further to my previous post, I have to report that the sound dropout bug is making this unit a pain in the **** to use. The picture quality is great, the channel changing from Tivo is rock solid but the sound dropout is driving me mad. I have sent for parts to try to repair my Bush DVB11.
    Meantime can anyone recommend a current model of set top box that is compatible with Tivo and actually works 100%.
     
  12. Mar 27, 2008 #32 of 117
    Pete77

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    Are you sure it isn't also a pain in the *** too.

    Not to mention the damage it may also be doing to your ears;):p
     
  13. Apr 1, 2008 #33 of 117
    regdor

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    Well i would have said try the Tvonics or ferguson triangle stb. Got mine last June after trying the Wharfedale(sound drops argh). It works well with Tivo, switches radio, ok after power cut.Never missed a recording. Uk made by ex sony engineers i believe. Neat and easy to hide.
    Trouble is mine died today! Not sure if they are still made.
    So i am back here and how depressing nothing has changed for us Tivoers.
    Except demand on ebay has dropped and sony seem to be much cheaper but still the red mist isssue?
    So now i am on my old Philips which is supposed to be pants but mine works well except for two things. One it cannot format the picture on some shows(West wing in particular*****) and two it cannot switch radio - no Garrison Keillor*****.
    Well Netgem perhaps if i can find one.
     
  14. Apr 2, 2008 #34 of 117
    AMc

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    If it's the Prism then it's &#163;25 delivered straight from TVonics
    http://www.tvonics.com/sprism.html

    If you bought yours in June 2007 then you could call them "In the event that your TVonics product needs guarantee service, please contact the dealer from whom it was purchased or our service department on 0870 80 30 551 (calls charged at national rate). "
    http://www.tvonics.com/prismsupport.html
     
  15. Apr 2, 2008 #35 of 117
    Tim L

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    regdor: The Tvonics triangle looks good, although I'm confused about the radio functionality. You say it switches radio, but I'm not clear what you mean by that, especially as the manual describes a button on the remote for switching between TV and radio channels.

    How does it behave with regards to updates, interactive gubbins and so on?
     
  16. Apr 3, 2008 #36 of 117
    nickharman

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    Setpal = got mine for £6 off ebay. Small simple high quality and Tivo and it get on like a house on fire, never a bad channel change even when blasting across the room to the far wall and back again
     
  17. Apr 3, 2008 #37 of 117
    Pete77

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    0870 is not National Rate and is excluded from all mobile and fixed line calling plans:-

    Try 01656 862421 for Tvonics instead
     
  18. Apr 3, 2008 #38 of 117
    AMc

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    Oh damn that's my conspiracy with "the man" uncovered :rolleyes:
     
  19. Apr 3, 2008 #39 of 117
    stevensdrs

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    The wharfedale is back in its box awaiting its return to Argos. I have purchased a Humax-Fox from whatsit-bay, and so far everything about it works great with my Tivo. Worked first time with the Humax code at fast speed. Happy Now:):):):up:
     
  20. Apr 4, 2008 #40 of 117
    Tim L

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    Is that one of these?
    http://www.humaxdigital.com/uk/products/f2-foxt.asp

    Does it work with radio channels okay?
     

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