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Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by JustinGrimball, Jun 6, 2003.

  1. JustinGrimball

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    You have probably heard this a million times but bear with me. Check out the link in my sig to see what I have, but would it be worth $300 for me to get a TiVo? I have been considering it for a while. Has anyone tried it with comcast digital cable?

    I also have that new radio shack 6 in 1 one remote.
     
  2. Chris Hovanic

    Chris Hovanic Well-Known Member

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    Don't walk, run as fast as you can and lay down the 300 smacks and get one.

    Just the time you will save skipping comercials will pay for itself in a month.

    Spend the extra cheese and get the 2 tuner version.
     
  3. Stephen Tu

    Stephen Tu Well-Known Member

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    The 2 tuner version only works with DirecTV and is actually cheaper, not "extra cheese". Certainly it's a good choice if you want to switch to satellite & locals via sat are available in your area.

    For cable, the standalone version total cost is closer to $550 than $300. (refurbished 80 hr = $250, unit lifetime service fee = $300 for the software+guide updates+future software updates).

    But it's absolutely worth it to get near total control of the TV schedule. Expensive, but definitely worth a try. They have 30-day money back on both the unit & sub, but I really doubt you'd want your money back after a few weeks.
     
  4. CharlesD

    CharlesD Well-Known Member

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    My only regert is that I did not get one (TiVo) sooner.
     
  5. Jay Heyl

    Jay Heyl Well-Known Member

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    Not to steer you in a different direction if you're set on Tivo, but you might want to take a look at the SonicBlue offer on the refurb 5040 ReplayTV that Parker posted about. $329 for a 40-hour ReplayTV, and that includes the lifetime programming subscription (which would otherwise cost $300). The unit is easily DIY upgraded to 200 hours or more by just swapping the disk drive (with a little magic on the PC first).
     
  6. Pamela

    Pamela Well-Known Member

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    Worth it? A resounding YES! Once you get a TiVo, you won't know how you got along with out it.
     
  7. JustinGrimball

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    Can you watch a DVD and record on tivo at the same time?

    I have my audio going through my reciver and my video going straight to the tv. How would that work with tv if i switch the audio to dvd while it is recording?
     
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  9. JustinGrimball

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    I dont have Direct TV. Also how I have it setup it wont mess with the audio of the TiVo?

    Thanks.
     
  10. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member

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    Connecting your cable box DIRECTLY to a stand-alone TiVo (and then out to A/V receiver) will make it possible to view DVD while recording a program.

    Some A/V receivers, however, have a feature that would allow you to record from any source connected to it while viewing another source.....if your receiver doesn't allow this you'll have to go with the aforementioned hook-up.

    Vin
     
  11. PaulHeroy

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    Don't think of the Tivo (or Replay) as a separate video source (like a DVD and a VCR), but as an extension of your cable box. Since you can watch a previously made recording while another channel is recording there's no point in keep the cable & Tivo on separate inputs on the receiver.
     

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