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may buy hd tivo, but concerned about future changes (mpeg4)...

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Ted Lee, May 18, 2005.

  1. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

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    hi all -

    with the price drop down to about 650 for the hd-tivo box, i'm thinking about picking one up. but i've been trying to research the issue about the mpeg4 standard -- which i'm hearing will make this box obsolete?

    i tried searching/scanning this forum (i also posted this over at avs), but didn't find any clear info. so, if anyone has a good thread or article i could check out (or of course post your comments) .... i would appreciate it.

    650 is a good deal (compared to 1k), but not if the thing is gonna be obsolte in a year.

    thx,

    ted
     
  2. Dean_S

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    From what I hear D* will replace the hardware if and when that is necessary for MPEG4. Plus there is no published timetable for the change to MPEG4, so when it WILL happen is currently unknown...could be by the end of the year, could be 3 years. So if you want to wait some unknown amount of time to have HDTivo then, by all means, do so...I couldn't wait so I got mine already (before the drop to $650).
     
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    All I can say is I LOVE mine. By far the things I record most are network shows using my antenna. That capability isn't going away. I'm hoping I get the new hardware without having to give back my TiVo. I'll want to keep using it to record off the antenna. Why should I record a compressed local from DirecTV?
     
  4. Ted Lee

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    I just bought the HD-250 Tivo with
    the same exact concerns that you have.

    Cost me $639 shipped from TV Authority.

    Yeah, I could have waited a year for the
    changeover to take place, but who exactly
    knows how long it will take, and, there is
    always the smallest possibility DirecTV will
    assist those of us who bought their products.

    The best argument that can be made is that
    they are still selling equipment that will
    be outdated in a year without letting customers
    know.

    I am thoroughly enjoying my Tivo unit.

    I am surprised at the subtle differences
    between Tivo and Replay (which I own). The
    Tivo program guide is VERY slow and there is
    no marker placed on the guide when you select
    a program to RECORD.
     
  6. Ted Lee

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    i ended up buying one for pretty much the same reasons. from what i hear, directv has historically taken care of their customers so i'm hoping they'll continue their trend.

    also, with all the gift cards i had, this thing ended up being a great bargain.
     
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    The 6.2 version of the software makes the guide MUCH faster, and adds other nifty stuff like folders in the Now Playing list. Unfortunately they haven't released 6.2 for the HD DirecTivo yet, only the SD ones.

    According to something I read on tivocommunity it's in the works, and will add native passthrough of video modes(480i, 1080i etc) so you can use your TV to choose the best display mode for SD signals. Hopefully not too much longer.
     
  8. Ted Lee

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    wowsers...i never even knew i had this feature (i have a sd tivo in my bedroom).

    any other useful features i should be aware of? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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