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Why TiVo?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV DVR with TiVo Discussion' started by rmmccann, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

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    DIRECTV's DVRs have had series (season passes) since day one. They also have the ability to use boolean searches to do the same thing that a wishlist can do, it does take more effort, and they have had that for years as well. So I'm not sure what or where you're reading your information but it appears to be incorrect.
     
  2. F1Turbo

    F1Turbo New Member

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    That's good to hear that. I talked to a guy at Costco today (their salesman for DirecTV) who called his DirecTV rep, who said that their DVRs do NOT have any season pass or wish list capability. My father also has one, and said that the DVR used to give him a chance when recording a show to add it as a season pass, but no longer does this. I'm going to a friends house tonight, and he has a DirecTV DVR, so I'll get to check it out first hand.

    Are you using an HR-24 or HR-34 now, and if so, can you do "season passes"?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  3. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

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    They're getting hung up on specific terminology and not the functions of the receiver. Having to setup manual timers for every show now days would be insane.
     
  4. F1Turbo

    F1Turbo New Member

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    Thanks!! That's exactly what I thought too (having to manually set timers).
     
  5. sbl

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    I will agree, though, that the DirecTV version of wishlists, while more powerful, is a bit of a pain to use - especially when it comes to reviewing previously entered searches. Nevertheless, they can do most everything TiVo wishlists can do, and more.
     
  6. htroberts

    htroberts Cool Member

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    I'd say it's more Windows versus Mac... :)
     
  7. drumdude

    drumdude Cool Member

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    And TiVo is like a Mac!
     
  8. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

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    Teays...
    Maybe an OS 9 Mac.
     
  9. drumdude

    drumdude Cool Member

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    True! I'm still holding out for a newer TiVo OS before I replace all 3 of my Directv DVRs. Still holding out some hope.
     
  10. speedy4022

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    I don't hold out hope for a new tivo os I have 2 directv dvrs and one thr22. If the tivo did whole home I would have 3 tivos they are way more responsive than the directv dvr and I think this is the reason tivos don't do whole home. I know some on this forum do not believe directv is holding the tivos back but I think if they didn't their dvr would become a thing of the past.
     
  11. speedy4022

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    I have one more thing to add if the had the same software as the tivo premiere minus things like netflix which directv would never allow. The tivos would outsell the directv dvr by a large margin.
     
  12. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    No they wouldn't. Look at cable...Tivo doesn't replace even close to 50% of cable DVRs.
     
  13. drumdude

    drumdude Cool Member

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    But this is due to cable companies strapping TiVo with cablecard technology which doesn't work. I was one of the unfortunate buyers of that fiasco.
     
  14. speedy4022

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    Drumdude pretty much summed it up cable companies stick tivo with cable cards if they did not things would be different.
     
  15. celticpride

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    cablecards work fine on verizon fios except no indemand,although comcast has added in demand to tivos in boston and the san francisco bay area.
     
  16. bwaldron

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    What I still miss from Tivo is the ability to run all wishlists at once; with the HRs, you need to run each saved search one at a time.
     
  17. mrro82

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    It worked for me with Charter. The only difference between what my TiVo couldnt do that theirs could was on demand and I honestly didn't miss that for the past 4 years.
     
  18. cyborlink

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    I have a Tivo HD with Lifetime Service that I used on Fios and then Cox. A year ago I went with DirecTV and their HR-24. In February, I added the THR-22 Tivo, and way back, I had a DirecTV Tivo Series II.

    DirecTV Tivo (THR-22) Advantages:

    #1 - Smooth playback in Fast Forward. This is very important if you want to move through a sporting event more quickly, but still see all the detail as with auto sports or football.

    #2 - Immediate Slow Motion. Yes, the HR-24 can do slow motion by holding down a few seconds, but Tivo gives instant slow motion, step-by-step, and return to regular speed immediately.

    #3 - Two constant ON 30 minute buffers. Yes HR-24 allows the manual start of a second buffer, but it goes OFF after 90 minutes of inactivity.

    #4 - Unlimited Season Passes. The HR-24 limits to 50 and the HR-34 to 100. While 50 sounds like a lot, it really isn't.

    #5 - Faster response to operator inputs. The Tivo typically responds within a second or two. This delay is due to DirecTV SWM rather than the 'box'. (on cable Tivos, all responses are virtually instantaneous) However, the HR-24 can hang-up on a channel change or play a recording for 5-10 seconds.

    DirecTV Tivo Disadvantages:

    #1 - Because the Tivo Peanut remote has buttons and features not supported with the DirecTV remote, the Tivo remote is required (unless you program a remote such as the Harmony). Unfortunately the DirecTV Peanut Tivo does NOT have full code sets programmed into it, especially newer products such as Sound Bars. Therefore, you can't use the Tivo remote to control the sound or mute on some newer A/V equipment.

    #2 - Not compatible with any whole house system.

    #3 - Does not allow access to outside programming such as Netflix and other sources that the previous Tivo HD cable units did support.

    #4 - HDD problems. In 7 months I've gone through two THR-22 units and now on my third. The bad units start recording then pause in the middle of the recording for 20 to 90 seconds, then continue recording. What you see during playback are these 20 to 90 second 'jumps' and the recording is, for example, only 22 minutes long, not 30 minutes. The green bar at the bottom shows only the 22 minutes. When this starts happening, it gets worse very quickly.

    The way I 'prove' this happens to the service tech is that I have an HR-24 sitting right beside the THR-22 in my home theater. So I record the same program on both units simultaneously from the same feed line. The HR-24 program looks perfect and the THR-22 stops and starts, along with other strange artifacts.


    I know there are a lot advantages and disadvantage, but the ones above are based on my years of experience using various Tivos and DirecTVs and they are the ones that have made a difference for me personally, based on what I watch and features I like.
     

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