Why is my TiVo different???

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Big Devo, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. Jan 2, 2006 #1 of 19
    Big Devo

    Big Devo New Member

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    I see the people using the TiVos on TV and they always look different from mine. Much cooler, and I want my TiVo to look like that. We've had 3 TiVos and they have all just had the green or blue foggy background, I want what I'm seeing on the TiVos on TV.

    Does anybody have anything other than the plain blue and green foggy backgrounds on their TiVos? Is this a firmware issue? I also want to get my TiVo to do all this cool new stuff like TiVo to go, but I can't get my firmware to upgrade. Should I have bought the TiVo-brand TiVo box?

    I want the cool features that it looks like everybody else has, for music, video over IP, and pictures. I have the network adapter and it's plugged into the network, but I don't have the network options in my menu, even after rebooting the TiVo.
     
  2. Jan 2, 2006 #2 of 19
    funtoupgrade

    funtoupgrade New Member

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    It would help if you would tell us your make and model number TiVo.
     
  3. Jan 2, 2006 #3 of 19
    Big Devo

    Big Devo New Member

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    From the System Information thingy: (I think these may be the important ones)
    Brand: 100 (don't know what the heck that means)
    IRD Model: R52180
    DVR Service Level: P:- (don't know what that means either)
     
  4. Jan 2, 2006 #4 of 19
    ThreeSoFar

    ThreeSoFar FourNow...WaitFive

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    First six or so digits of your TSN is what we need.

    What's it look like? What color? Does it have a "nightlight" front panel?
     
  5. Jan 2, 2006 #5 of 19
    Big Devo

    Big Devo New Member

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    It's metallic silver, does not have the "nightlight" front panel. It says DIRECTV DVR R10 on the front and it has an over-sized door for the card thingy.
    TSN (starts with): 521-0001
     
  6. Jan 2, 2006 #6 of 19
    Big Devo

    Big Devo New Member

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    Is the one with the "nightlight" front panel the best one? I see that one a lot, but none of my 3 TiVos look like that on the front.
     
  7. Jan 2, 2006 #7 of 19
    Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    You don't have a Tivo.

    You have a Directtivo box.
     
  8. Jan 2, 2006 #8 of 19
    ThreeSoFar

    ThreeSoFar FourNow...WaitFive

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    The "nightlight" one is a standalone TiVo. It works with any input (cable, over-the-air, satellite) by recording (in analog form) whatever you plug into it via either RF (coaxial) or composite (red-white-yellow or red-white-S-Video).
     
  9. Jan 2, 2006 #9 of 19
    Big Devo

    Big Devo New Member

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    So does that mean I can't do all the cool stuff that the other tivos can do? I don't get it. Why does the stupid thing have USB 2.0 ports if they're not going to do anything?
     
  10. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Don't blame Tivo. Blame DirectTv.
     
  11. Big Devo

    Big Devo New Member

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    Well if it's DirectTV's fault, then why do I see the new-style TiVo menus on the DirectTV info channels? Do they only upgrade their TiVos and not the TiVos of their customers?
     
  12. bluraven

    bluraven New Member

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    The DirectTV Tivo won't have any of those cool features you're after, and from what I've read, they don't plan on adding any of them. They are only on the "stand alone" TIVO units, they work with cable and sattellite but don't have any directTV hardware in them (no directTV logo on the front).
     
  13. Big Devo

    Big Devo New Member

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    so the Tivo-brand ones can do exactly what mine does, and more? Do I need anything extra to get them to do what my DirectTiVo box is doing now?
     
  14. TivoGeezer

    TivoGeezer Snow-ina-ear

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    Well, not exactly all yours can do. A stand-alone TiVo only has one tuner, so it can only record one show at a time. However, DirectTV determines exactly which of the TiVo features their units will support and so you will not be getting many of the new features in that unit.
     
  15. Big Devo

    Big Devo New Member

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    that's really messed-up, so how do the people who show off the tivos on the Direct TV information channel get the new TiVos?
     
  16. ThreeSoFar

    ThreeSoFar FourNow...WaitFive

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    call direcTV
     
  17. mec1991

    mec1991 Cranky old coot

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    Back home...
  18. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    The one on the DirecTV info channels now are likely R15s, which are not TiVos at all.

    I have seen a TiVo infomercial, where they were featuring the 540 S2 Standalones.
     
  19. hpfanatic

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    You can hack any Series 2 DirecTivo to do all that a standalone tivo will do, including the networking, sharing programs, pulling programs off to burn on dvd, playing music and showing pictures off your computer, etc.. etc..
     

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