Posted 22 December 2011 - 10:15 AM
First, I am not so technically astute as many of you so I may seem silly..and. I wanted to get my post up quickly in the hope I may save someone else from "install hell" if their system is down. Thus, I was upstairs at another computer and didn't have anything in front of me. So.. I was $tup!dly aaaargh. Here goes correction:
My old D-TV RC64R remote WILL turn on/off my Sony tv and Tivo together. This is in the DTV switched mode. I have to switch it to AV1 to on/off my HK audio.
My Tivo peanut WILL turn on/off my Sony tv and HK audio together. I have NOT yet figured a way to get the Tivo also go in/out of standby simultaneously [sorry for the misstatement].
The only "problem" with this is my wife not liking the bright lights [even in the dim mode] when the room is otherwise dark. Very minor issue and nothing to do with functionality. I may play more with the peanut as well as my RC64R to see if I can trick one into controlling all three [tv, Tivo, AV] together.
Some of the "issues" so far is simply that it is different and things are still loading. I recently replaced my DTV rcvr due to a DOA HD. This gave me a better feel for how quickly the Tivo loads up and functions compared to the DTV unit. Yes, it IS superior! yea.
If you happen to be reading this and have never had a Tivo, you may wonder why anyone wants one. The info D-TV supplies comparing features makes the Tivo look useless. The best way I can describe it is to compare the better Apple products to MS. Example- I have a newish Droid Charge. It is nice and does things that my friends new I Phone 4 won't do, BUT the FEEL and intuitiveness of the I Phone is SO much nicer to use. The Tivo had SUCH a superior search engine that I am always frustrated when I am searching for programs on the D-TV unit. Also, the Tivo's ability to search out programming based on my "likes" and 'NOT likes" always made me smile and exposed me to new programs and movies I never would have found on my own. Looking up the newly saved programming was a bit like being a kid on Christmas day. What new treat might I be in store for?! If this new Tivo works as well as the old ones ... I am delighted.
I will advise if I happen upon a way to control everything. Yes, I have a Harmony One and it may be possible to program it to do all this. I don't use it that much as I mostly simply watch live and recorded tv here. I have different systems in other rooms. The basic remotes have proven quicker and easier for my use. I should point out that my wife adores the Harmony One for playing DVDs, CDs, and general listening to music here.
So far I am happy. I am setting up searches and replacing movies I had saved on my D-TV unit. I am noticing how much BETTER the Tivo is. I am so glad to see Tivo survive. I have been a D-TV customer since 1996. Back in the day it was great, but as they have grown I am aware of them becoming more like the people I dreaded working with [cable]. The few times I have to contact them, half the time their tech help is inept. It used to be superb. They are unfailingly polite [good] but many times either misinformed or just not-so-bright. Their computerized "help" is terrible, and borders on offensive. I suppose it may help those who are totally clueless, but us adults are slowly being squeezed out in the cold. I also resent how ALL the major suppliers of programming have forced Tivo to sue them [and collect EVERY time] for stealing their technology. It looked to me like they were going to drive Tivo out of business simply by stealing all their good stuff and forcing them into long court fights for compensation. This hasn't slathered these suppliers in good will and makes a case for those whom consider the larger corporations as ...evil. TIVO, I am soooo glad to have you back and hope for a lovely long term relationship. An extra $5.00 a month? Anyone complaining about that has GOTTA be kidding!