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Tivo Series 2 & the February Digital Switch...questions

Postby cprice12 » Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:22 am

I am staying at my cousin's until probably March or April until our house is finished.
He has cable, but no cable box. Just a cable going from the wall, to his tv.
I'm not an expert on this, and I've done some research but can't find a clear answer.

1) Will his cable be effected by the February digital switch since he doesn't have a cable box?
2) If we get a series 2 Tivo, which we are thinking of doing, will it work without a cable box after February?
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Postby Mellanby_equals_grit » Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:31 am

no and yes
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Re: Tivo Series 2 & the February Digital Switch...questions

Postby cprice12 » Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:44 am

Mellanby_equals_grit wrote:no and yes


So, to use the Series 2 Tivo after February on his setup, we'll have to get a cable converter box in addition to having the Tivo?
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Postby kodos » Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:55 am

The only people effected by the digital switch are people using rabbit ears. The TiVo will not work with rabbit ears after february, but will work with cable, with or without a box.
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Postby cprice12 » Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:21 pm

kodos wrote:The only people effected by the digital switch are people using rabbit ears. The TiVo will not work with rabbit ears after february, but will work with cable, with or without a box.


That's what I suspected, but couldn't find concrete confirmation anywhere.

Thank you sir.
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Re: Tivo Series 2 & the February Digital Switch...questions

Postby cprice12 » Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:03 am

Well, got the Tivo a couple days ago.
Gotta say, it's pretty sweet.
I wasn't aware how easy it was to transfer recorded shows from the Tivo, to your computer over your local network. Tivo provides a free program to install on your PC that will transfer shows quite easily. That's huge. You can even start watching them while they are transferring. And you can then burn them on DVD if you want. I'm not sure how that is legal, but they have directions on how to do it on Tivo.com.

Now I'm ready for the season to start. :letsgoblues:
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Postby Jackman_the_Iceman » Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:30 pm

My dream is to make a website of Blues highlights. This Tivo 2 might be a step in that direction.
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Postby cprice12 » Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:00 am

Well, the Tivo has been hooked up for a week or so now...and I gotta say, it's pretty nice.
Being able to transfer recorded shows from Tivo to my PC and watch them there, is a great feature. :okman:
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Re: Tivo Series 2 & the February Digital Switch...questions

Postby kodos » Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:40 am

I just ordered a TiVo HD and I'm excited! That is all.
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Postby cprice12 » Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:25 pm

kodos wrote:I just ordered a TiVo HD and I'm excited! That is all.


Color me jealous.
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Re: Tivo Series 2 & the February Digital Switch...questions

Postby kodos » Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:04 pm

I get HD hooked up next week. I can't wait. I've had an HDTV for 3 years without actual HD service.

I was waiting on the Blues to get their act together. 36 games was enough for me to take the plunge.

Mostly because I'm anticipating more in the next year or two. I think in 2 or 3 years we'll have 100% of the games in HD.
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Re: Tivo Series 2 & the February Digital Switch...questions

Postby cprice12 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:15 am

kodos wrote:I get HD hooked up next week. I can't wait. I've had an HDTV for 3 years without actual HD service.

I was waiting on the Blues to get their act together. 36 games was enough for me to take the plunge.

Mostly because I'm anticipating more in the next year or two. I think in 2 or 3 years we'll have 100% of the games in HD.


I have an HD Plasma, and we had HD service before we sold our house and moved out. HD is great...the viewing experience is just so much better.
We'll have HD service again once we get our house built and move in...so I'm looking forward to that. It just sucks I'll miss the 36 HD games this year...not a huge deal though...I'll live.
And I agree...in a few years every game should be in HD.
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Re: Tivo Series 2 & the February Digital Switch...questions

Postby Mellanby_equals_grit » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:20 am

Directv wants like 70 bucks to come out and install HD service.. They actually said they'd give me the receiver free and I'd just be paying for the installation.. But since I have the standard receiver hooked up now I wonder if I could just pick up the receiver from them and hook it up myself. Since with a regular package and Center Ice I'm paying $90/month I can't justify paying 70 upfront to pay 10 more a month for HD. That said I really do want it.. Saturday flipping between the Mizzou game in HD and the Blues game in regular quality.. It was quite the contrast and part of me wanted to watch the Tigers get killed just b/c it looked prettier.
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Re: Tivo Series 2 & the February Digital Switch...questions

Postby cprice12 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:43 pm

Mellanby_equals_grit wrote:Directv wants like 70 bucks to come out and install HD service.. They actually said they'd give me the receiver free and I'd just be paying for the installation.. But since I have the standard receiver hooked up now I wonder if I could just pick up the receiver from them and hook it up myself. Since with a regular package and Center Ice I'm paying $90/month I can't justify paying 70 upfront to pay 10 more a month for HD. That said I really do want it.. Saturday flipping between the Mizzou game in HD and the Blues game in regular quality.. It was quite the contrast and part of me wanted to watch the Tigers get killed just b/c it looked prettier.


I'd imagine all you'd have to do is voice how unhappy you are and just flat out insist that they waive the fee, or else you'll switch to Charter or Dish, where they don't charge an installation fee.

They tend to waive crap like that if you threaten to drop their service.

I once got DishNetwork to give me a refund on half of the Center Ice Package once because we were switching to Charter in the middle of the season. I told them it was their fault I was switching because they couldn't fix a signal problem I was having and they didn't offer an HD DVR like Charter did. They didn't want to refund half of the season, but I was persistent and kept asking to speak to "a manager"...and I got what I wanted.
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Re: Tivo Series 2 & the February Digital Switch...questions

Postby Mellanby_equals_grit » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:01 pm

I'm two months into a two-year contract.. I think they'd call my bluff. :lol:
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Re: Tivo Series 2 & the February Digital Switch...questions

Postby cprice12 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:52 pm

Mellanby_equals_grit wrote:I'm two months into a two-year contract.. I think they'd call my bluff. :lol:


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