Which Set top boxes work well with Tivo please?

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

  1. Apr 17, 2008 #61 of 117
    Tim L

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    I don't have an HDTV and Tivo can't record HD, so no plans to get an HD Freeview box for a while. :)
     
  2. Apr 17, 2008 #62 of 117
    Pete77

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    Same here but I can see the case changing in a year or two's time when things like F1 Motor Racing (happily remaining FTA on the BBC) start broadcasting in HD.

    Either way Freeview boxes are cheap (even HD ones will be unless they are also elaborate PVRs like Topfield) and the main issue is getting decent HDTV (expensive).
     
  3. Apr 17, 2008 #63 of 117
    laurence@key2.co

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    F1 in HD? I can't wait! I hope tivo have an HD machine for the UK by then.
     
  4. Apr 17, 2008 #64 of 117
    Pete77

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    It is still possible if they proceed with plans to roll out a software PC based rival to Windows MCE in most major television markets and especially for the benefit of those countries where they do not consider it cost effective to manufacture bespoke dedicated PVR boxes like the Tivo S1, Tivo S2 and Tivo S3.

    They seem to have decided they will do this but no sign thus far of the product actually being released. May be some time later this year or early 2009. Just in time for Freeview HD and BBC/ITV Freesat with any luck.

    You just then feed the computer with generic Freeview or Freesat signals off something like a PCI card or via a USB socket. As they will charge a monthly sub it will have to be pretty damn good though to justify itself compared to free of charge Windows MCE (although Microsoft may of course have plans to charge for their tv guide one day once they have built up enough subscribers worldwide).
     
  5. Apr 17, 2008 #65 of 117
    ericd121

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    Milton...

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    This box will be heading back to Tesco next week.

    It won't save the volume level I set, which means recordings on that Tivo are at a much lower level than everything else in my set-up, which is rather annoying.

    Another, possibly related issue, is that it keeps switching to BBC1, no doubt due to a power cycle (maybe that's when the volume is reset?); it usually does this in the morning, so that when I pause News24 on a Sunday, thinking I've got an hour's repetitious reportage to run through, I find it's switched to BBC1 and I'm watching last night's Match of the Day, which I watched - last night! :mad:
     
  6. Apr 18, 2008 #66 of 117
    mikerr

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    Can you stop it checking for updates in the menus?

    Some freeview boxes tune to a channel in the small hours to look for firmware updates,
    It may be doing this and then retuning to BBC1 afterwards (and resetting volume).
    Turnng off "check for updates" may fix both problems ?
     
  7. Apr 23, 2008 #67 of 117
    ericd121

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    The menu on the Sagem ITD 68 is very basic, and there is no such option. Mind you, in recent days, I found a recording where it appeared this behaviour is a freeze/reboot, and it happened at 9.00pm! It also went to black for an evening, so that lot of recordings were black and silent.
    It was still black and silent the next morning, even on channel changing, so back it went.

    Next, I bought a Grundig GUDSTB2000 from Tesco, £29.97.
    Unfortunately, I had misread Gary's Supported STB's page, and it turned out that none of the Grundig codes would control this box. Back it went.

    Last night, I bought a Digi Home DV940B for £16.99 from Argos;
    cheap name, cheap price, cheap box.

    It's not the prettiest box in the world, but thanks to this post, I used the Logik codes, and channel changes have been reliable so far.
    ( TiVo Community Search is your friend. :p )

    I have noticed some one second sound drop-outs, which I'll keep an eye on and report back.

    ha! I've just noticed this on the box's Argos page.
    Hey, if it doesn't work, they'll have to refund me, but it would appear this is not a 'change your mind' product.
     
  8. Apr 23, 2008 #68 of 117
    ColinYounger

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    Eric - I've got the Digihome DVB915 here on the play TiVo. It's connected to a crappy 20-year-old pointing in the sky aerial and I only get problems on a rainy day with Channel-4 linked stations. Hopefully you'll get some of the same good luck.
     
  9. Apr 23, 2008 #69 of 117
    Pete77

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    Surely you would also get problems with ITV1 toITV4 then given that they are on the same Mux?:confused:
     
  10. Apr 23, 2008 #70 of 117
    ColinYounger

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    <contents removed to avoid massive thread drift>
     
  11. Apr 23, 2008 #71 of 117
    Pete77

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    How is the matter of what Muxes a Freeview box attached to a Tivo can receive thread drift when it directly impinges on whether or not that box is any use for recording programs on a Tivo with?
     
  12. Apr 24, 2008 #72 of 117
    ericd121

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    Milton...
    I haven't had a chance to watch any recordings from the Digi Home DV940B, so the only sound drop-outs I've noticed are on BBC Breakfast (watching live), but given the paring back of staff and the resultant regular technical glitches and poor production decisions -
    "Let's put the weather forecaster in the garden!"
    "Oh, we can't see the graphics!"
    "And now we can't hear her!"
    - it's hard to tell which glitches to blame on the box or the Beeb.

    Apologies for minor rant and thread drift.
     
  13. Apr 25, 2008 #73 of 117
    ageorge

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    ericd121,

    glad to see that my (accent) post was of use to you. Just to point out that my recommendation was for the DVB915, not the DV940B.

    If the DV940B gives you any grief, I also recommend the Technika STB9007 LE Eco from Tescos - its a rebadged TVonics MDR-200, and is better than the DVB915 when its comes to weak signals.
     
  14. Apr 25, 2008 #74 of 117
    Graham Cobb

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    My Setpal box is giving up -- it reports extremely poor SNR on all channels and even BBC1 is unwatchable now -- the problem is presumably a combination of season (lots of trees around), changes at Sutton Coldfield (less power?) and the box being very old. Note that I am in a hilly area which has always had marginal reception.

    However, my panasonic HD recorder gets perfect results even on channels like BBC4 which always cause trouble.

    So, after reading this thread and a couple of others, I got a TVonics Prism. But I am sorry to report that its behaviour is just as bad as the old Setpal. AND, when it is in the signal path, all the downstream devices get a crap signal! The Panasonic can no longer receive BBC4 when the TVonics is in the path!

    So, that is going in the bin. It is clearly possible to create a receiver which can do well with poor signals -- my Panasonic can do it. Is there really no box which can do that and be a STB for the Tivo?
     
  15. Apr 27, 2008 #75 of 117
    ericd121

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    Milton...
    Yes, but the Logik codes work perfectly! :up:

    Sadly, I am getting 4 second audio drop-outs, which is too much to live with.
    Wow, you're a mine of information! :)

    I'll argue my case with Argos (to take the Digihome back), then back I go to Tesco for the Technika .
     
  16. Apr 27, 2008 #76 of 117
    Pete77

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    Remember it is faulty under the Sale of Goods Act (due to the 4 second drop outs) therefore you are entitled to a full refund and do not have to take a credit note or exchange it for another Freeview box.

    The no refunds business does not apply as you are not taking it back simply because you have changed your mind.
     
  17. Apr 28, 2008 #77 of 117
    ageorge

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    ericd121,

    forgot to say that VirginMedia's freeview boxes are said to be another rebranding of the MDR-200, are available, and cheap, on eBay.

    The IR codes that these boxes use are "TiVo - 88881".

    Hope this is of help.
     
  18. Apr 28, 2008 #78 of 117
    ericd121

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    Milton...
    Indeed, that was my understanding.
    We'll see how the highly trained Argos staff understand it later this week. :rolleyes:

    I was just composing a reply to ask about that very information, so yes, very helpful! :up: :)
     
  19. Apr 28, 2008 #79 of 117
    Pete77

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    They usually very happily offer a refund on a low cost item like this where very little is at stake.

    The only store I ever had severe issues with refunds on and within 7 days of purchase (their then returns deadline) at more than one store was old PC World. New PC World seems to have changed under new board level management and there is now a 28 days returns deadline and they no longer seem to give any hassle with making use of it.
     
  20. Jun 2, 2008 #80 of 117
    RichardJH

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