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What Is TiVo?  
User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 847 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

I´ve seen on tele that in many US homes there´s TiVo. Is it HD TV, 10.000 channels etc.?

Thankful for info.

Micke//  wave 


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User currently offlineMCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1238 times:

It means "TV On Demand". Really it's just a DVR. They were pretty much first-to-market in the US so it's the most popular brand.

[Edited 2006-10-17 13:09:57]


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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1238 times:

Tivo is basically a Hard Drive recorder for your TV. We have a version of it in the UK called Sky+ which we use. It's great.

There are different versions of it about, varying sizes of hard drive, HD ready ones. You can pause and rewind live tv with it too.



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User currently offlineMCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1227 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 2):

What this person said.  Silly
It's basically a high-tech, 21st Century VCR.



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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 847 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1213 times:

Thx for this info, guyz.

We´re just starting with HD broadcasting here, only 2 channels got HD.

Btw, if you got a flatscreen HDTV, dont you also need a HD-DVD and a HD ready satellite box?

Sheiz, gonna cost a fortune! *big sigh*

Micke//  Smile



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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1206 times:

Quoting Solnabo (Reply 4):
Btw, if you got a flatscreen HDTV, dont you also need a HD-DVD and a HD ready satellite box?

Sheiz, gonna cost a fortune! *big sigh*

Well yes, you do to view a High Definition picture. The standard equipment won't play HD dvd's nor will a regular satellite box give out the HD subscription.

Frankly, until everything calms down with High Definition TV, Digital, Blue Ray, HD-DVD and everything else that's coming out, I'm not going to buy anything! I fear wasting money on something that will be outdated in a few months. They are comparing the new DVD formats to the Beta vs VHS wars aren't they except this time, it's more confusing and costly!

Let's wait a few years until everything will play everything and be less costly! The current standard is fine for now.



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

Quoting MCIGuy (Reply 1):
It means "TV On Demand". Really it's just a DVR. They were pretty much first-to-market in the US so it's the most popular brand.

Not for long, even if it is still #1. My cable company gives me a DVR for a smaller monthly fee than Tivo charges, and there was no up front cost to buy the box. I'd bet that Tivo's share of the market these days is far less than 50%.

[Edited 2006-10-17 14:07:47]

User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1160 times:

TiVo is a service that uses a rather nice digital recorder device. Mine's got a 120 mb hard drive and a DVR-RW device. It's got a telephone hookup and once a week at about 2 am it updates itself. Far more accurate than TV Guide too.
We had a grey market TiVo receiver in which the power supply failed, as it's made of unobtainium. I scrapped it out and used the hard drive and DVD-RW drive in an old IBM computer that's my backup.


User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1129 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 2):
Tivo is basically a Hard Drive recorder for your TV. We have a version of it in the UK called Sky+ which we use. It's great.

It used to be available in the UK, My parents have a box and i've used it...

Not as good as Sky+ But then its much cheaper (per month)



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8414 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1124 times:
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Here it is called PVR or personal video recorder.

Check it out: http://www.dstv.com/main.aspx?ID=848&s=5



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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1118 times:

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 6):
My cable company gives me a DVR for a smaller monthly fee than Tivo charges

And guess what - you're still being ripped off. You don't need to pay any fee for any DVR or TiVo box to function. I stopped paying my $4.95 "DVR" fee to Dish Network a few months ago when I called and told them that I didn't want or need that capability (ok, I lied). They don't sell receivers without DVR anymore, so they just quit charging me. And my DVR still works just perfectly.

The new line of CoolSAT boxes will have fee-free DVR capaiblities too. The 9000 series will also allow you to daisy-chain some external HD's to archive movies on to etc. Pretty cool stuff.


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1113 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 8):
It used to be available in the UK, My parents have a box and i've used it...

I don't remember that? Wonder why it never took off?

Quoting Andz (Reply 9):
Here it is called PVR or personal video recorder.

Check it out:

Good stuff. Do you know what satellites they receive from? Bskyb digital boxes in the UK connect to one of the geostationary Astra satellites, (2D is it?) some where over the equator. Just curious what is used down in Souh Africa, could it possibly be an Astra?

I think it's 80% of all tv satellite dishes in Europe connect to the Astra network.



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 10):
Quoting Halls120 (Reply 6):
My cable company gives me a DVR for a smaller monthly fee than Tivo charges

And guess what - you're still being ripped off. You don't need to pay any fee for any DVR or TiVo box to function. I stopped paying my $4.95 "DVR" fee to Dish Network a few months ago when I called and told them that I didn't want or need that capability (ok, I lied). They don't sell receivers without DVR anymore, so they just quit charging me. And my DVR still works just perfectly.

Of course I could, but that would be dishonest....  duck 


User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1069 times:

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 6):

Not for long, even if it is still #1. My cable company gives me a DVR for a smaller monthly fee than Tivo charges, and there was no up front cost to buy the box. I'd bet that Tivo's share of the market these days is far less than 50%.

I had considered going with a cable company issued DVR but when I compared it to TiVo, TiVo was head and shoulders above the cable company when I considered the 'extras' TiVo offers (I have 2 TiVo boxes). With TiVo, I have the ability to transfer any program I record to a desktop or laptop computer. From the computer, not only can I watch the programs whenever I want (and wherever I want if I transfer them to a laptop), but I can edit them as I see fit and burn the finished product to DVD. This came in handy for the recent Detroit Tiger victories. Thanks to TiVo and some corresponding software, I have the games I want on DVD, minus commercials. Also, I don't know if cable company DVR's allow you to program them via the Internet to record programs but TiVo does. I have both my TiVo boxes wired into my DSL (via my router) and it usually only takes about 10-15 minutes after I schedule a viewing via the TiVo Internet site for my DVR to 'see' the request and schedule the program to be recorded (I can choose which of the 2 DVRs I want to record the program). Also, being that the DVR's are part of my home network, anything I record on one, can be transferred to and viewed on the other. TiVo also allows you to listen to any music files and view any photos that are stored on any networked computers. I don't know if cable company DVR's offer this option or not. There are also rumors that TiVo and Netflix may be joining forces which will allow TiVo and Netflix subscribers to download anything Netflix offers to it's subscribers. That will sure beat waiting 1 or 2 days for the DVD to arrive in the mail.
I was fortunate enough to purchase TiVo when they offered their 'Lifetime" plan. Rather than pay $12.95 a month (and then half that for each additional DVR), I paid $300 for a lifetime subscription (the first DVR was $99 and the second one was free when I signed up for a full year of pre-paid service at $6.95 a month). That was 4 years ago and I am still extremely happy with the TiVo service. I've become DVR spoiled as, when I am watching a non-DVR equipped TV, I am constantly reaching for the remote in anticipation of being able to pause or rewind what I am watching.


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1034 times:

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 12):
Of course I could, but that would be dishonest...

And your cable company aren't being dishonest by charging you a fee for a fictitious service?


User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

Tivo is only the greatest invention ever.

 Wink


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8414 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 989 times:
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Quoting Myt332 (Reply 11):
Just curious what is used down in South Africa, could it possibly be an Astra?

DSTV receives the signal from PAS 7/10.

http://www.lyngsat.com/pas68.html



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