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Tivo help

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BuckeyeNation27, Nov 30, 2004.

  1. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    OK. I have no idea how Tivo works and their website isnt the best way to find out. Does anybody here have Tivo? How does it work (pricing)?

    I'm thinking about getting it for my parents for XMas. They always tape everything and forget to tape everything. I think a Tivo would make things easier but im not sure.

    Also, theyre technological idiots :) . Is it hard for people to figure out if they dont even know how to copy and paste?

    Lastly, is it worth it? i saw on their website its 100 bucks for the box and 40 for 3 months. Will they deal with it for 3 months and then have a 100 dollar paper weight?
  2. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye Senior Former Game Champion

    I have a 'DVR' from DishNetwork and I love it. It's basically the same thing as TiVo, as far as I know.

    If you can operate digital cable or digital satelite, at least as far as navigating th 'program guide' or whatever, than you can work TiVo. It's fairly idiot-proof.
    Not sure how much 'TiVo' costs, but with my newly installed DishNetwork, I got a free 'DVR' upgrade (it's integrated with the reciever unit) and pay $4.99 per month for the DVR capability, in addition to my programming fee.

    As my co-worker with TiVo (with his DirecTV service) told me, it changes your concept of watching TV. You can easily pause live TV, recording is a snap and you can set it to record your favorite show every week.

    Anyway, hope that helps!
  3. T-MAN1964

    T-MAN1964 Newbie

    Tivo Is Sweet

    tivo is pretty awesome. it is a little hard to set up, but once you get it going, you are like man , why didnt i get this sooner.
  4. I have had a DVR for a while then moved to chicago where Comcast did not have DVR's (they do now) so i purchased a Tivo. I would say a DVR is now a must, but I am a little dissapointed in Tivo, for one I can only tape one show at a time, with my old Timewarner DVR I could tape 2, secondly, I have been waiting for 4 months for my $100 rebate and all they tell me is it is on the way. They are full of shit and am just hoping i will forget about it.

    My recomendation is to go with a DVR from your cable company they should be around $10-$15 per month. If you are going to buy a Tivo use ebay and get one with a lifetime subscription, the lifetime subscription goes with the DVR not the person.

    Other notes: I hooked mine up to a wireless internet which was another $60 purchase. Also, the current series 2 Tivo's will not work with HD TV if your parents are planning on updating, then Tivo is not right for them. For all of these reasons I suggest going with the cable companies DVR over Tivo. I will probably sell mine over ebay in the near future and go with comcast's DVR, especially when I buy my HD big screen.
  5. kn1f3party

    kn1f3party Junior

    It all depends on who you go with or where you get it. I have Directv and Tivo costs me $5 a month. I can record two shows at the same time, or even record two shows while watching a previously recorded show. I would take Tivo over HD any day. I never really watched TV until I had the ability to watch what I want when I want to. You'll also find that you'll watch things you wouldn't have before whenever you get the time.
  6. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    I would see if they could get a DVR through the cable company. Tivo is starting to run ads while people fast forward through the commericals.
  7. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    Isn't DVR available only for Digital Cable Subscribers? I think the DVR is all I really want. They record so many shows and have all kinds of tapes laying all over their house.
  8. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    I think you can get DVR with Satellite too
  9. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    They have satellite for sports and movies only. the regular cable comes through like the good old days. Does DVR work with that?
  10. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    I'm not 100% sure, but I think DVR only works with digital cable and satellite. If your parents have a satellite couldn't they just DVR the stuff on that and not worry about regular cable?
  11. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye Senior Former Game Champion

    Hmm, I'm no A/V expert either, but it seems to me that if they are getting television service from both satelite and cable, than any kind of DVR (TiVo or otherwise) may not work for BOTH signal sources.

    The DVR I have is completely integrated with my DishNetwork service. All of the DVR controls are on the same remote as the satelite remote and it's fairly seamless. Trying to cobble together a DVR with two inputs probably won't work.

    I gotta say, I absolutely love my new DishNetwork service. I went without cable or satelite or any Television subscription of any kind for several years and recently decided to get something. DishNetwork had the best price I could find and we are now getting 60 digital channels, including locals networks, plus DVR on two televisions (can record two things at once and watch TVs independently) all for $35 per month. Plus installation was free and the DVR 'upgrade' (as far as the actual unit, which in integrated with the reciever unit) was also free. Plus, they gave me a $49 credit on my first months bill. Not a bad deal. Of course, to get that deal, I had a 'gift' card from a coworker, with some promotional codes to get it going. I've got two of those cards myself if anyone is interested.

    Hope that helps!
  12. kn1f3party

    kn1f3party Junior

    I'm a new satellite subscriber and recommend dumping cable if possible. I use cable for internet, and that is it. Satellite has much better reception, usually cheaper than digital, and there is typically a better range of programming--I even get local channels.

    I have heard the stories about TiVo, but I haven't seen it yet. DVR and TiVo are the same thing--TiVo is a variety of DVR. The only "questionable" thing my TiVo does is automatically record programs I might be interested in based on my ratings of other programs--to be honest, that has worked out well.
  13. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    I had a Time Warner DVR for a few years and loved it. When I moved I ended up buying a DVR/DVDRW. I couldn't live without the DVR. One thing to watch with Tivo is that they announced that they will adding pop up advertising to their units starting in March.... so much for buying it to skip commercials.
  14. LongwoodBuck

    LongwoodBuck BP Founder Staff Member Bookie

    If anyone is still thinking about purchasing a TIVO, there's a sale on their TIVO Series2 DVR. A 40-hour capacity TIVO runs $99 after a $100 rebate. They also have 80-hour and 140-hour machines with a $100 rebate. I believe this level of capacity reflects a "basic" level of picture quality. You can program it to record at a high quality level, but you won't get as many hours out of it.

    Clarity and I have been TIVO owners for a long time, and can't imagine life without it. We own both a TIVO Series2 which connects to our DirecTV satellite receiver (and will also connect to a cable box), and we own a DirecTV HD receiver with TIVO built in.

    I'd recommend that anyone who is thinking about TIVO, or any DVR for that matter, should research, talk to local retailers, and talk to your cable or satellite provider so you can determine what will best meet your needs.

    Here's the link to the TIVO Series2 site with the rebated machines:

    They also offer other TIVO products if the Series2 doesn't interest you.
  15. Others may have had better experiences, but I am still waiting for my $100 rebate 7 months after ordering my Tivo with the mail-in rebate. You might not want to count on that $100 rebate when making a decision to purchase. I have got nothing but the run around from the company Tivo contracts to take care of their rebates. I would however strongly recomend the TimeWarner DVR, much better interface. But I too cannot imagine life without a DVR.

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