Originally Posted by glennQNYC
I am considering ditching my Time Warner DVR and upgrading to a Premiere XL4. The quad tuners and increased storage capabilities are the main attractions. On Demand and Pay-Per-View are not issues for me at all. My main sacrifice will be giving up TWC’s iOS apps; but I am considering getting that functionality back (plus) with a Slingbox PRO-HD.
I have two questions I haven’t been able to find answers to…
- Can I place another chassis on top of the XL4, or do I need to provide ventilation? I don’t see any mention of needing to provide space for convection in any of the manuals I can find online.
- Fios and Time Warner Cable are both available in my home. Does one provider or the other have any advantages unique to being used with Tivo? Of course I will do the usual comparisons between the two services, but I am wondering if a potential Tivo user should consider anything beyond the norm.
I understand your concern about ventilation. I tend to go a bit overboard to compensate for heat buildup. I have a shelving unit with ventilated shelves and I went to home depot's plumbing department and bought little 3/4" PVC caps with flat tops. I use them as spacers for any components that are stacked, securing them with small strips of velcro. Like I said, I may have gone overboard but I am a believer that excessive heat is detrimental to electronic components and the small extra expense wasn't a big deal. In the Mitsubishi DLP 738/848 forum I posted photos of how I installed a 240mm usb fan by the vents in the rear of my 60' TV to draw off heat and lowered the internal temperature by 5-8 degrees.
As for ditching cable... I've had Tivo for well over 10 years always upgrading to the best current model (I still have my Tivo series 1,2, HD & basic Premiere in the closet. I'll probably give the Premiere to a poor Tivoless family
and I've been intending to pull the hard drives on the others and sell them on eBay for 10 or 15 bucks each. When I moved to my present location, Comcast did the install when I was away and my grandson was there. The installer set up a Motorola 3400 cable decoder box with a 500gb tuner (the largest storage available from Comcast), put a cable card into my Tivo, split the signal and so forth. I thought briefly about having Comcast pick up their box, but changed my mind because the units both work perfectly and I can switch between them with the TV remote giving me a total of 6 tuners and 3.5tb of storage (500gb on the cablebox, 2tb on the Tivo and an extra 1tb with the WD DVR Expander). I was told that the Tivo software was limited to 2tb total, but the Expander works for me and DOES increase total capacity to 3tb. I then called Comcast telling them the installer made a mistake and pointed out their expense to send out an installer again, she offered to let me keep the current setup without an extra charge which saved me $10 a month. They already charge me through the nose for enhanced internet (their fastest service at about 30mb/s speed) and cable with the premium channels, so the discount wasn't a big deal. I never intended to have them pull their cablebox, I knew they would negotiate. Over the years, our local cable changed hands 4 times, finally ending with Comcast. Each time I called them to pull their service so I could switch to Dish, knowing that the phone rep's had the authority to offer discounts....and each time, they did...after a bit of haggling.Edited by wardhealer - 7/17/12 at 5:54am