Some of this stuff is a bit dubious for discussion here.Hi there
Sad about TiVo service coming to an end, but TiVo central is working on free epg replacement. So I am hopping to keep the TiVo.I cant go back to freeview PVRs, they just don't cut it. Thing is will the thumbs up, down recommendation still work? Also is it not better to hack a series 2 or 3 tivo to work on a free EPG, why stick with 1? With tivo central it says you have to replace the hard drive to make this new epg work, why do you have to replace the hard drive? Anyway I hope to keep the TiVo.
Tanks for any help
However there has only ever been a Series 1 Tivo sold in Europe (so far) - which has suitable electronics to capture UK (aka 576/50i PAL Composite and RGB) TV signals (and with a PAL I NICAM tuner for analogue broadcast TV). The Series 2 and Series 3 models sold in the US are NTSC/ATSC only - though I'm not sure about the Australian models which I assume are DVB-T compatible.
In Aus there were some US S1 models converted to PAL (prior to their launch in Europe) - though I think the S2 and S3 are significantly more "locked down"? (In fact I think the original network card design was courtesy of an Aus Tivo owner who is also behind the Linux Samba stuff? )
Given that all users currently with Tivos in the UK (with few exceptions) are likely to have Thomson Series 1 boxes, then it makes sense to target these for upgrades, rather than expecting people to source a new Tivo as well?
As for the hard drive replacement - it's the easiest way to upgrade a Tivo for users who don't have network cards, or aren't PC tinkerers and happy with connecting hard drives to their PCs etc. It is just a straight swap out for the existing hard drive - much easier and significantly more robust.
I upgraded my S1 Thomson UK Tivo to TivoWeb, Mode 0, Ethernet listings update etc. with no major hassles, but I'm pretty PC literate and build my own computers.
I suspect that any "roll your own" EPG upgrade will also be possible without a hard drive swap if you've already got Telnet etc. access to your Tivo via the network.