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post #1 of 11 Old 11-05-2004, 05:41 AM - Thread Starter
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I like the 480p output on the replay but wondering what other differences there were? Is picture quality the same or better for one unit? Features etc?
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If you check the Replay forum, you will find that the concensus is that the 480p output on the Replay does not improve picture quality (in fact, some find it to be slightly worse than S-video).

That said, there are many cool 3rd party tools (DVArchive, WiRNS, etc...) that really gives Replay the edge over TiVo in my humble opinion.

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Yes replay by far is superior. But if you are a D* subscriber I would get a directivo
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Yes replay by far is superior. But if you are a D* subscriber I would get a directivo
I would agree with that assertion, too.

However, if what you are looking for is the most functional stand-alone PVR that money can buy, I think ReplayTV is the way to go. One final note: If you find yourself shopping around for one, try looking on e-bay for a 5000 series (as opposed to 5500 series) model. These contain the controversial Automatic Commercial Advance and Internet Show Sharing capabilities. While the 5500 series are fine machines (and readily availble at Fry's, CompUSA, and other B&M stores), they do not support CA and IVS (well, not without a fair degree of hacking that is...).

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If you like having TV their commercial pop up way, buy a Tivo... http://www.usatoday.com/tech/product...tivo-ads_x.htm
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I have 5 RTVs (that is changing) & have spent at least 50 hours between reading the forums & "tech support" (on my dime). I've made my living in the computer biz for 10 years & am not a dummy...but have yet to get IVS functional...therefore, it's a nonexistant feature as far as I'm concerned. I was told by Support that was why they discontinued it on the 5500s...and when it does work, it's not very well. There have been other issues that couldn't be fixed, too. I bought a TiVo for my daughter...plugged it in & in 10 minutes was up & running & not a glitch since. No brainer for me.
The corker was when I called RTV on Tuesday to cancel an account & remove the 4532 unit . On Wednesday @ 9:00 PM, the activation screen came up (an hour after tech support had closed for Thanksgiving). Seems they had NOT removed the unit or closed the account, but DID deactivate the Lifetime. Called them this AM (Friday) & he suggested that the guy misunderstood me & thought I wanted Lifetime removed...yeah, right...& just keep the $300. Remains to be seen if it ever comes back to life.

In summary...RTV is like messing with a 286 running DOS & dealing with MS support (with only 40 hours a week availability) & TiVo running Fedora (in fact we have Linux under the hood there).

I don't know how support is at TiVo, since I haven't needed to use it, but I don't see how RTV will stay in business with the sorry state of affairs there.
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So the score is 4 Replay and 1 TiVo.

FWIW I just bought a used 5000 series Replay unit. The setup/swap over from the last user to me was pretty painful but their was bad weather in the area so it could have been computer related, I suppose. Now that its up and running, I find it to be great, fan is a little noisy though. Commercial skip is great although it works most of the time, not 100%, seems like everything, they find a work a round I suppose. :cool:

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how is it that you have 5 Replays and yet are decrying them? Wouldn't you buy one and see if you liked it? Return in before the 30 days was up and go to TIVO?
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Love the replay tv if you do decide to buy one try to get a 50xx model if you want the commercial skipping and ivs.....

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how much is the service fee for replay?
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Lifetime sub = $300
Monthly sub (1st unit) = $13
Monthly sub (additional units) = $7

The lower monthly sub of $7 is valid if your first unit is lifetime activated or on a monthly subscription of its own.

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