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HD Tivo Users Manual Is Now Online!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Chris Blount, Apr 1, 2004.

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  1. Apr 1, 2004 #1 of 30
    Chris Blount

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    James Hill

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    Looks like you've got to be connected to a phone line, or else.

    Am I the only person in the world with only a cell phone?

    James Hill
     
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    dswallow

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    Gosh Chris, now whatever happened to attributing the source for posts copied from other places? :D

    'sok. :)

    Anyway, I put those files on a very well connected/configured server; people should only experience troubles if there's connectivity issues between their point and the server.
     
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    Chris Blount

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    Sorry about that. I was on my way out the door and thought I put something in there. :blush:
     
  5. Apr 1, 2004 #5 of 30
    Chris Blount

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    Man! Does that thing look cool or what! I wonder why they didn't go with a different remote. I don't really mind the peanut but it would have been nice if they used something different this time.

    If I'm reading that correctly, we should be able to switch output modes (480i, 480p, 720p etc.) directly from the front panel.

    That's going to be great in my situation because I will have the RCA Video and Audio running to a Terk Leapfrog which sends the video to other parts of the house. When I'm not using my main HDTV, I usually watch the news and such in the kitchen.

    Just too bad that there are no simultaneous outputs from the hi-def and s-video/composite at the same time. :( At least the hi-def stuff gets downconverted. :)
     
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    SParker

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    I can't wait till mine ships. My keyboard is covered in drool. :D
     
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    Chris Blount

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    Me too. :)


    Page 125 of the guide is very interesting. It talks about where the Tivo gets local channel programming guide information for off-air channels. Apparently, when you enter your zip code, it automatically downloads them from satellite. Not sure if this is good news or bad news. :scratch:

    Also, starting on page 28 I see that all local off-air channels are already tuned and ready to go after you enter your zip code. If certain channels do not show up that you know are there, you can do another scan to look for any additional channels. I guess this could be interpreted as a "manual" setup routine but it kind of bothers me that you can't specifically choose a channel without going through the scan.
     
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    dswallow

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    Chris, do you have a DirecTV HD receiver now? That's how they all work; you can enter 2 zip codes and all the local channels in those markets are automatically added to the configuration -- OTA frequency as well as virtual ID's.

    The scanning really only becomes of any use if you plan to hunt for distant signals outside your markets. So yeah, it's a shame you can't just go enter a frequency to scan immediately, but in practice, one really never even need to do the scan to get all receivable stations configured.

    Last weekend I was at a friends house who has a Dish 811. I was shocked how much of a pain it is to configure OTA channels, and we had one or two channels that simply refused to stay on their virtual ID's; they'd always revert to broadcast frequency whenever we tuned to them. And of course having to identify some of the channels was ridiculous, and then no guide data but for network stations, as I recall. What a mess.

    The DirecTV HD receivers really are so much simpler to deal with in that respect.

    Funny thing was, in my rush to get my receiver hooked up initially, I did skip the zip code configuration, and was really annoyed with scanning and waiting for everything and finding after each scan some new channels got added but some others were removed. Once I actually read the instructions and went through the zip code configuration (for me, my home zip code which got me NYC area channels, and then I hunted down a Philadelphia zip code to add those), I practically slapped myself for having wasted so much time doing the scan thing.

    And only in the last week (almost a year after getting my DirecTV HD receiver) did I notice that the guide data is rather extensive, including lengthy cast listings on movies, too... so it's apparent the guide data for ATSC channels is rathr complete and has been for some time.
     
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    Chris Blount

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    Ah! I see. No, I have not owned a DirecTV HD receiver so I didn't know. My last HD receiver was a Dish 6000 and that thing was a pain in the butt to setup for locals and had the same problems you describe about the 811.

    It's going to be interesting to see how accurate the programming will be for my area.
     
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    I see people get referred to www.zap2it.com to check, because the guide data apparently comes from the same source. If they have it, you'll definitely have it on the DirecTV receiver. I use www.titantv.com so I'm not too familiar with Zap2It.
     
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    Looks really cool, shame I can't afford it.
     
  12. Phil T

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    I really like the way the guide data works with my Samsung 360. I get guide data for all digital stations and sub channels. Much better then the Dish 6000.
     
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    As opposed to DISH, it looks like this unit will allow OTA reception without a satellite connection. Right? Makes the investment a little safer.
     
  14. dswallow

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    It will allow OTA reception, but no recording capabilities without a DirecTV subscription.
     
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    One down side I see is that it only has one set of analog audio outputs (page 172). This will make it difficult for archiving to a DVD recorder. Especially for people who also distribute the SD to other TVs.
     
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    I noticed that channel 219 is talking about the HD-DVR and gives a 800 number to order one.
     
  17. SParker

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    I just saw that too. Anyone interested that doesn't already have an order in call 1-888-238-7177 and see what they have to say.
     
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    Some things to keep in mind when planning to install the HD Tivo:

    Page 4: LNB = "Low Noise Blocker" (WTF?) (okay, not a caveat, I just thought it was funny)

    Page 6: 'If you set up the HD DVR for “Off-Air antenna only,” you can watch, but not record, two antenna channels. See page 48.'

    Page 34: 'No Local Numbers. If you selected “None of the Above” on the Dial-In Numbers screen, you will see a reminder to go back and choose a local dial-in number. If you are concerned about toll charges associated with any of the available dial-in numbers, keep in mind that the HD DVR’s calls are very brief. You are responsible for any such phone charges.' (what, no toll-free?)

    Page 48: 'Dual tuner will not work if you only connect one cable from your satellite dish, even if you also connect an off-air antenna.'

    'If you set up the HD DVR to receive off-air antenna broadcasts only (that is, you connected an off-air antenna and you selected “Off-Air antenna only” during Guided Setup), you will be able to watch programs from two antenna channels at the same time. However, no recording is possible unless you activate the DVR service and connect a satellite dish antenna.' (So, you can use this a an OTA HD Tivo, but still need a dish connected to make it record.)
     
  19. Flyboy917

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    I called just to see what they had to say and here ya go, "we don't have the HD units. You have to buy them from third party dealers. I think they are about $1000 but I'm not sure. DirecTV really hasn't given us a whole lot of information about them."

    Good thing they gave us that number to call!

    Flyboy
     
  20. SParker

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    Sorry about that! I figured they would have info about them since they gave out a number, apparantly not! :(
     
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