anyone have Directv+Tivo and/or UltimateTV?

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  1. KevinW

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    Everyone wants a comparison between Tivo and ReplayTV, but I'm interested in the DirecTV versions.
    If you have used one of these, what are your thoughts?
    Does the DirecTV+Tivo differ from a stand-alone Tivo unit?
    How does UltimateTV differ from Tivo? (besides being able to record or watch 2 shows at once)
     
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    Thanks Don... [​IMG]...that's exactly the kind of information I was looking for.
    Now I have to convice the wife we need this $400 machine.
     
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    I have both Tivo versions (Phillips). If you are sure you are going to stick with Directv then the Directivo is the best solution. The integrated box is quite a bit easier to learn and use. You can view either the Directv listings or the Tivo listings. You can record programs easily off of either. The Directivo records the digital signal right off the satellite so there is no loss in quality. (A separate Tivo will convert digital-analog-digital-analog with some degradation.) Finally, I think the Directivo is easier to learn and use then the Directv boxes (American software is usually better than Japanese!).
     
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    Just to let you know that at least one HTFer has a UTV and loves it. I got mine in mid March and it has had no problems, worked as advertised. Two tuners and DD 5.1 are great!
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    2-tuner functionality for DirecTivo is in beta....
     
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    I think directivo is offering a $300 rebate until June 30th.
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    2-tuner functionality for DirecTivo is in public beta....
     
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    I'm buying a new Phillips Tivo / DirecTV unit. How do I get the software to enable the second tuner?
     
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    I've had a Sony Ultimate TV for about a month now and so far I've had no problems at all. I also have a TIVO but I had to send it back for a new hard drive after 3 months. Both machines have their respective strengths and weaknesses.
    Here's how I break them down.
    UTV - Dual record works great, but I don't really use it a lot. The Web TV is just to slow for me (wish I could add it to my network and cable modem). Even so, it's fun to switch between the two. I like the menus on UTV, and the PIP function works very smoothly. You can do all the usual DirecTv functions. I think that the FF on the UTV works better than the TIVO's and it's really helpful when watching a recorded program. The price is the same per month but with UTV you also get some Web access. All in all they both work well. The real question is which company will be around the longest.
     
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    Steve, the software upgrade will be automatic, delivered over your phone line. Beta testing began this month.
     
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    I was very interested in the DirecTivo until I realized that it cannot record signals from the off-the-air antenna ... and local channels are not avails through DirecTV in my area.
    This means that the DirecTivo will be useless for 75% of the stuff I usually tape -- off the major networks. Nuts.
    But if I go with a "standard" TiVo I have two drawbacks: reduced image quality; and lack of integration with PPV channels. Nuts.
    Am I right? Any better ideas?
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