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DIRECTV and Tivo to Launch new HD DVR in 2010

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Tom Robertson, Sep 3, 2008.

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  1. Sep 3, 2009 #3341 of 3658
    bbanks69

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    Just curious, what type of signal does satellite produce, I know that my tv can hook up directly to a cable and get the lower end channels, but i can not hook up to a cable wire directly to my tv with Sat. and get any channel
     
  2. Sep 3, 2009 #3342 of 3658
    bbanks69

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    One thing about cable, well charter which is the only cable in town in St. Louis, is they have one DVR rather u have hd or not, but D* has so many different dvr, it is mind bogling.
     
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    Steve

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    That's because your TV's tuner is expecting analog NTSC TV signals in the VHF (2-13) frequency range, the type of signals that are no longer being broadcast OTA since the digital transition. If you're still able to tune them without a box, I'm guessing it's probably because your cable company is still converting those channels to analog and sending them out to you.

    Satellite is delivering a digital signal that is only compatible with the tuner and decoder found in the DirecTV or Dish receiver. I'm pretty sure each company uses a proprietary system, though I can't be sure about that. I'll defer to those who know more about sat transmission technology.
     
  4. Sep 3, 2009 #3344 of 3658
    bbanks69

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    I have not checked since the changeover, so i guess we all need some type of converter until the tv's catch up to digital technology
     
  5. Sep 4, 2009 #3345 of 3658
    JLucPicard

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    Seems to me that most cable companies are required by the localities they serve to provide a low-cost alternative, which is why you can get basic service straight from the cable without a converter box.

    I have no problem with DirecTV using technology to provide their product that doesn't allow just anyone to receive their signal (their PRODUCT) with just any equipment. My interests as a consumer are served just fine, thank you, without having some government bureaucracy deciding a company should change the way they do business to have to provide some "one size fits all" piece of hardware.
     
  6. Sep 4, 2009 #3346 of 3658
    bonscott87

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    Your TV will get channels without a tuner box in one of two cases:

    1) If you have a digital tuner in your TV (most do) then you'd get OTA digital signals
    2) Clear QAM channels from the cable company. Simply non encrypted channels. VERY few of these exist on any cable company.

    You need tuner boxes with Satellite and cable and FIOS and Uverse because the signal is encrypted in one of various technologies as noted above. The tuner box needs to decrypt it to a signal your TV can understand.
     
  7. Sep 4, 2009 #3347 of 3658
    Volunteer

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    Anybody know whether the new Tivo box coming with support SWM?
     
  8. Sep 5, 2009 #3348 of 3658
    harsh

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    The hardware does and it is very likely that the software will too. SWM is relatively fundamental to DIRECTV's announced plans (although not the end-all for MDU).
     
  9. Sep 8, 2009 #3349 of 3658
    DCSholtis

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    I was on D*s Twitter page which noted that Tivo now had a sign-up page which directed to the following URL:
    http://www.tivo.com/dvr-products/tivo-partners/tivo-directv/directv-signup.html

    Sorry if it had been posted before.
     
  10. Sep 8, 2009 #3350 of 3658
    HiDuck

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    It will be interesting to see how this gets priced out for use. With the original DirecTivo it was monthly but we lost out on features the stand alones had. I would be game for a lifetime subscription for full content on the new unit....TiVo to Go and Netflix for starters :)
     
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    Syzygy

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    The one feature the stand alones had that I missed the most in the HD D*TiVo was the Leonard Maltin star ratings for movies. Apparently D* thought it would be best if we believed all movies were the same. ;)
     
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    Doug Brott

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    Yup, so far all of the news has been consistently "early 2010." This hasn't changed since the April time frame and is pretty much in line with TiVo's past history of delivering ~ 1 qtr late (the original announcement said 2nd half of 2009).
     
  14. Sep 8, 2009 #3354 of 3658
    Stuart Sweet

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    Just out of curiosity, what would you say "early" means? First Quarter? Before July 1?
     
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    trainman

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    I believe that's a difference between the guide data feed DirecTV gets from Tribune Media Services (and passes along to all their receivers) versus the guide data feed that TiVo gets from Tribune (and passes along to standalone TiVos), rather than something that was "turned off" in the DirecTV version of the TiVo software.

    DirecTV doesn't want people to know how bad some of their pay-per-view movies are. :D
     
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    Drew2k

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    With DIRECTV or any tech company for that matter, I think announcements with vague delivery dates always need to be taken with a grain of salt, so "early 2010" could mean anywhere from January 1 to June 30 to me ...
     
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    bonscott87

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    Doug Brott

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    I vaguely remember a reference to Q1, but that may have just been me talking to myself :)rolleyes:). However, I'm certain that "early 2010" is applicable based on every report that I've heard. Now, it's always possible those reports could turn out to be wrong and that things could slip again, but up to this point I haven't heard anything to suggest that it will.
     
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    Steve

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    I signed up for it months ago, but have yet to get an e-mail with any updated news.
     
  20. Sep 8, 2009 #3360 of 3658
    Tubaman-Z

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    The use of "early" tends to lead me down a mental path of early, mid, and late. So for me early would be sometime during the 1st 4 months.
     
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