Which Set top boxes work well with Tivo please?

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

  1. Jun 2, 2008 #81 of 117
    Pete77

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    Quite expensive in supermarket Freeview box terms for an unknown brand so probably explains why it does a fairly decent job.
     
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    RichardJH

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    Pete77

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    My point was that it was clearly not a £10 Tesco box because it was not rubbish.

    Your further findings only confirm that this is clearly a very good buy, although don't forget that some large Tesco Extras (eg Tesco Gatwick) are selling the Freeview Playback twin tuner Tvonics box with 250Gb hard drive for only £99.99 This also does Series Link via Freeview Playback.
     
  4. Jun 10, 2008 #84 of 117
    ericd121

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    I bought this at the end of April, and sadly, I have been suffering from intermittent audio dropouts, and signal breakups. Admittedly, I'm not in a perfect reception spot, but my remaining DaeWoo SetPal is still coping well.

    I wonder if I've got a rare faulty box, rather than a poorly designed one?

    Also, when "80" is input to switch to BBC News (24 as was), it sometimes inputs "7" and switches to BBC3 - annoying.

    (Maybe it's inputting "8", but as I don't receive the Mux with BBC4 on "8", it's dropping down a channel :confused:)

    Either way, it'll have to go back to Tesco, and I'm running out of boxes to try! :(
     
  5. Jun 10, 2008 #85 of 117
    Tim L

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    The Sony D800U I bought off ebay a couple of months ago has been working flawlessly since then. No missed channels, no reboots, no funny business at all. :)

    Plenty more of them on ebay, but they seem to be in demand and so not dirt cheap:
    http://search.ebay.co.uk/search/sea...&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=1&fsoo=1&fgtp=
     
  6. Jun 10, 2008 #86 of 117
    ericd121

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    Thanks Tim, I'll bear that one in mind if the one I've just bought does not perform as required.

    I bought a Philips DTR220. I'm crossing my fingers that the few channel change mishaps were teething problems.

    This box uses the last code in the Philips list Code - 20053 Slow and a couple of times it misfired
    (meaning it should have been sent "83", but only "3" was received),
    but I'm now suspecting Tivo might occasionally send an 'off' infra-red signal.

    Anyway, I'll try and remember to report back.
     
  7. Jun 10, 2008 #87 of 117
    RichardJH

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    Update on my own post.
    It has performed 100% no glitches on channel changing and best of all no sound drop outs.
     
  8. Jun 11, 2008 #88 of 117
    ericd121

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    Which strengthens my suspicion that Tivo may have occasionally sent 'bad' infra-red signals.

    Or may it's a wand positioning issue.

    Either way, the new Philips box now has it's own tent.
     
  9. Aug 12, 2008 #89 of 117
    jed

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    My previous Freeview STB (Sagem ITD64) appears to be failing so I'm looking for a replacement. What are the current recommendations which

    1. are readily available (preferably at a local store so I can easily return the faulty ones)
    2. automatically turns on after a power failure
    3. you can disable scanning for new channels (or it does it silently)
    4. obviously Tivo has the codes to control
    5. You can change from TV to radio and back by channel number only
    6. generally just works well with Tivo and is decent quality

    I've had a look at Garys list but unfortunately that doesn't tell me the situation for the above points.

    I did manage to find another ITD64 at a Comet however that doesn't appear to work so I'm not keen to try to find a good one in what is probably a bad batch.

    I'd be interested in the Philips DTR220 if Eric can comment on how he's getting on please.
    (Unfortunately the Tescos Technika is discontinued now.)

    I'd also be interested to know if anyone has had success with the Sagem ITD59, ITD68 or ITD72 please (although I think there was a suggestion the latter two can't have auto channel tuning turned off). It looks like I can get my hands on those fairly easily if I'm quick.

    Many thanks in anticipation.

    Jed
     
  10. Aug 12, 2008 #90 of 117
    terryeden

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    I'm using I bought the Wharfedale LPDV832B from Argos - only £25.
    See http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=6557642#post6557642
    1) Available at Argos
    2) No, but I've got an old firmware - will check later in the week after the update.
    3) Yes
    4) Yes
    5) Yes
    6) Yes

    The power on thing is annoying - but as we rarely get powercuts, it's not too disastrous. Oddly, the manual says you need to leave it 10 seconds after switching to standby before you can switch it on. I think this is because it goes into a low power mode (<2W).

    HTH
     
  11. Aug 12, 2008 #91 of 117
    jed

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    Thanks, that's a start. if the firmware update helps with the power issue we have a winner! Let me know how it goes please.
    Likewise we don't get a lot of power cuts, but they usually seem to occur at the start of 2 weeks vacation!
    Cheers,
    Jed
     
  12. Aug 12, 2008 #92 of 117
    Pete77

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    You could get a UPS for both the Freeview box and the Tivo to run off. About £25 or so.
     
  13. Aug 14, 2008 #93 of 117
    likhary

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    ou might find one on Ebay. Recent STBs I have tried tended to lock up after a few days of being switched on 24/7 so I moved the Pioneer from the bedroom to Tivo.
     
  14. Aug 14, 2008 #94 of 117
    ghstone

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    Trawling through old threads trying to find a current recommended Freeview box for my Dad to use with TIVO and came across Pete's comment. I understand where tou are coming from, but there is nothing 'free' about Windows MCE. it runs an operatinf system you have tro pay for, on a platform that will also be overspecced and expensive compared to a self built Linux box that would do the same thing. Of course uif you already have the PC and MCE then the perception is that it is free....

    Graham
     
  15. Aug 14, 2008 #95 of 117
    Tim L

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    He means free in subscription terms.
     
  16. Aug 14, 2008 #96 of 117
    johala_reewi

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    Did the same. My Pioneer DBR TF100 has been on with Tivo 24/7 for months with no lockups. You might still be able to get one on Ebay (or other auction site). The other great thing is that Tivo can bring it out of standby by sending the change channel codes. So just get Tivo to send 3 digit channel numbers and if the Pioneer has gone into standby (like after a power cut), it will come out of standby and change channel when Tivo requests it.
     
  17. Aug 14, 2008 #97 of 117
    jed

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    Rather hoping to steer clear of auctions, I think we are mostly agreed how unreliable these things are (even out of the box new as per my recent Sagem) - if I'm spending £35 on something I don't really want to have to risk wasting £10 just to get it and send it back.
    I'd prefer to get it from a local store where I can go back and thump my fist on the counter if required.
    Thanks anyway.
    Jed
     
  18. Aug 14, 2008 #98 of 117
    ghstone

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    I realise that, but would you pay say £500 for something that is free to use, against something that is say £150 but cost £10/month ? Until you've run it for 3 years you are in pocket, that's the dilema...

    Plus I work in I.T. and although MS is much better than it was, I wouldn't expect a PC running Windows to run faultlessly without the occassional reboot caused by memory leaks and the need to constantly apply security patches.

    Of course you can avoid having to patch by not connecting to the internet, but then where is your guide data going to come from ?

    As a device to store muisc and video on, stream it to the HiFi or watch on TV then MCE is fine, but it's not something I wolud rely on to work unattended, week in, week out.

    Graham
     
  19. Aug 14, 2008 #99 of 117
    ghstone

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    Me too, guess I'll have to try it with whatever he currently has.

    Graham
     
  20. Tim L

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    I'd certainly want to use it for more than 3 years (although I still pay a sub for Tivo, go figure ;) ). Anyway, Freeview PVRs are already here and available for less than £150. A subscription model simply isn't attractive now.

    Ah, so it basically comes down the old MS = Bad, Linux = Good flag-waving? Yawn.
     

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