Am21 updated

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  1. dod1450

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    I see this mention alot. What is 65535 (0xffff)?
     
  2. bakers12

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    65,535 is the largest number that will fit into a 16-bit binary integer, which is a simple way to store numbers in computer files. This is the largest number that DirecTV's database can store for an over-the-air (OTA) station identifier. Unfortunately, the database that tribune Media Services uses to provide this identifier to its customers allows larger numbers than 16 bits, so DirecTV leaves out any station which has an identifier greater than 65,535.
     
  3. HoTat2

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    Yeah ...

    Just another reason I dumped the AM21 over a year and a half ago now for a TIVO Roamio OTA.

    TIVO has been regularly updating the station logos here to where I now have them for almost all the major stations and their associated sub-channels.

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  4. RunnerFL

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    I moved to a TiVO bolt for my OTA backups and I'm not regretting it one bit. Both of my AM21's have now been moved to storage.
     
  5. ejbvt

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    For those of us without a ton of money to have two DVR services, the AM21 still does it's job.
     
  6. RunnerFL

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    Who says it's a ton of money? Service is free for one year then very affordable after that.

    It's also more than just OTA.
     
  7. coconut13

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    It's nice to have everything in one box ( OTA, SAT,etc) and not have to change inputs on your TV, plus the AM21 serves all the mini's hooked up to the Genie system. The TIVO's are very good machines (IMO better than any D* receiver) and it is a very functional way to go, if the AM21 database is lacking in your area, etc. So really both (either) way works very well and it's just up to how you want to structure your setup. I've heard the TIVO's have very good receiving tuners, so that would be another plus for the TIVO.
     
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  8. ladannen

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    Each person's "ton of money" definition is different.
    Amazon has the OTA/Streaming Bolt listed as $319.99 for the 500GB version and $419.99 for the 1 TB version. Annual guide data is included for the first year and $149 per year after that.
    I think it is safe to say that plenty of people would define that as "a ton of money".

    https://www.amazon.com/TiVo-500GB-Unified-Entertainment-System/dp/B013X8YI5I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465393053&sr=8-1&keywords=TiVO+bolt
     
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  9. ejbvt

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    I agree with coconut - having it all in one place is wonderful.

    Also, about the CBS logo - am I crazy or have they gone in there and changed the Fox logo but didn't fix the CBS logo? The FOX logo used to be written large on the AM21 channel and smaller with "HD" on the Directv feed. Some time ago, I noticed that the FOX had changed to both being small FOX and the Directv feed has the HD.
     
  10. dod1450

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    Thank you
     
  11. David Ortiz

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    This. This. This. It's nice to have everything in one list.

    I had a TiVo HD, but sold it a while back. The Roamio and the Bolt can only record 4 OTA programs at a time, plus you need a good reliable antenna. With 5 networks, a 4 tuner OTA DVR just won't cut it, IMHO.
     
  12. coconut13

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    You need a good antenna to make the AM21 functional, also. Plus the AM21 only has 2 tuners capable of recording OTA channels. Although, you still have a total of 5 tuners if the AM21 is hooked to a Genie. Like I said, the nicest thing about an AM21/DVR setup is, 1 guide with all your SAT and OTA channels in one guide, and not having to switch inputs on your TV to view either one. So actually the TIVO would be capable of recording 4 OTA channels at once and you still would have all the tuners on your DVR to record SAT channels, if you have a setup of a DVR for SAT and a TIVO for OTA.
     
  13. slice1900

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    Is there EVER a time when you want to record programming on all five networks? How would you ever have time to watch all that crap?
     
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  14. David Ortiz

    David Ortiz Save the Clock Tower!!

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    The answer to the first question is yes. The second question is just rude.
     
  15. RunnerFL

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    Agreed...
     
  16. ejbvt

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    This is my question when people are like "We only have 100 timers" or "i need to record 8 things at a time" - why on earth do you need that? How could you possibly watch it all? I can barely keep up with 6 shows!
     
  17. trh

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    While you can barely keep up with 6 shows, some here spend more time watching TV or have a large family with diverse viewing habits.
     
  18. HoTat2

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    Well ... while my TIVO Roamio OTA is still a superior off-air solution especially in comparison to DIRECTV's poor one. I will nevertheless temper my boasting about it somewhat from now on I guess.

    Cooling fan recently started humming like a refrigerator and so far the only replacement (with tools) I can find is from the seemingly forever expensive Weaknees.com for ~$40.00 ...

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  19. slice1900

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    Does the fan sound like it always did the first 30 seconds after booting? If so, the defect is probably not with the fan but with its ability to sense temperature. Tivos boot with the fan at max, until the boot gets enough of the OS running to where it looks at the temperature and moderates the fan's rpms to the "barely alive" level required to keep it cool. At least with my Premiere, I think it would probably run just fine with the fan disabled - certainly sticking a small slow USB powered fan on the outside by the vent where the real fan is would be good enough.
     
  20. HoTat2

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    No it seems to go loudest at boot up then almost dissappeares at "barely alive" when coolest. Then comes back at the "somewhere in the middle" temperature range I guess to a softer but still annoying (for a bedroom environment) buzz or hum and vibration.

    Tried the noisy fan fix here for the Roamio ...

    https://youtu.be/1Fk4cN3EXoY

    To no avail.

    So looks like a new fan is needed, which I wouldn't mind so much if I weren't just limited to buying from Weaknees. I know they've always done good work and parts distribution for many years, but they really charge you the $$ for it too.

    $39.99 for that small fan and the torx bits which I already have.

    https://www.weaknees.com/cart/TiVo-Roamio-and-Roamio-OTA-Replacement-Fan-and-Tools.html

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