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post #121 of 230
Richard -- I hope you enjoy Vice (great game)


but I do have a questions for you. I just bought a Tivo Series 2 80 hour unit. I tried a 5040 b4 I bought the tivo and it died after a day so I returned it and they were out so I bought a tivo.


I think I want to return the tivo and buy a 5080 or 5160 -- I like the fact that you charge just 9.95 a month with more features. But I do like the menu's of the tivo... I know a couple good engineers from tivo have joined your team. when if ever would I see a change in the menu system?



Thank you and I await your responce,
John



BTW -- your not increaseing the monthly fee are you?
post #122 of 230
Weird - I find the ReplayTV GUI much more straightforward. Seems with TiVo you've got to go three times as many pages to get to the same option..
post #123 of 230
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Originally posted by Ghoul
As has been discovered already, the current OS on the 5040s do no support dual drives.

Yes, I am aware of the fact that the software doesn't support it (not yet at least) ... but as long as the basic hardware architecture doesn't prevent dual drives, it won't be long before the software is updated.

That's why I am interested in knowing if the basic 5xxx hardware supports dual drives ... if support seems too strong a statement, I would be happy to know that it doesn't at least prevent it ;)
post #124 of 230
The hardware is certainly capable of suporting a harddrive and an atapi drive; I can't imagine that being the case without it being able to support two harddrives as well.
post #125 of 230
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Originally posted by jtl
The hardware is certainly capable of suporting a harddrive and an atapi drive; I can't imagine that being the case without it being able to support two harddrives as well.
The all question is since richard mentioned he had 320GB 5000 model and there is no known 320GB HD out there (IS THERE?)

SO it seems the 5000 should and does support it out of the box ? or maybe richard has an updated software ?
post #126 of 230
http://www.maxtor.com/en/products/at...op/compare.htm

the one on top of the list claims up to 320gb capacity. There are sites with prices for the drives but none seem to have them in stock, sooo.... it seems like they may have made some but not many. And it would seem likely "developers" would be the first to get them for product design etc. Who knows.
post #127 of 230
Certainly developers get their hands on these things long before the retail chain does. I saw oodles of SATA drives at Comdex, most unmarked, a few with warning type "proprietary" or "preview" stickers.

Side note, what do you want to bet "Serial ATA Network" for clusters of drives does not catch on? Bad acronym. "So, Bob, you set up a SATAN yet?" ;)

--Matt
post #128 of 230
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Originally posted by Cyrl
http://www.maxtor.com/en/products/at...op/compare.htm

the one on top of the list claims up to 320gb capacity. There are sites with prices for the drives but none seem to have them in stock, sooo.... it seems like they may have made some but not many. And it would seem likely "developers" would be the first to get them for product design etc. Who knows.
320GB was annouced sep 9th....

http://www.pcvsconsole.com/news/news...=1543&filter=7
post #129 of 230
Without reading the whole thread, I already bought one box that had "lifetime" service built into the price of the box (the ShowStopper). The implication there is software upgrades as well. I realize there was nothing guaranteed, but it would have to be a heck of a deal (read: super discount and no monthly fees) for me to even consider investing in another ReplayTV box--kind of the "fool me once, shame on me" school of thought.

I guess I should just be happy that the thing even still downloads guide data, but I wonder how long I can count on that.

You know, I could save Replay some phone fees if it didn't have the silly limitation of only recording recurring weekly recordings if it has guide data. I'm recording from a 4DTV and a HD DirecTV box--I don't need guide data. But I have to remember to plug the phone line in every few days because of this unexplained but previously confirmed limitation.

Fixing at least that should make it well worth SonicBlue's while for a little tiny software upgrade on these boxes . . .

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Originally posted by SonicRichard
I know this is disheartening news. I do hope we commit to plans to help people upgrade to the newer platforms for discounted prices.
post #130 of 230
At this point in time, you have a point. But if HD takes off the only satellite platform that will do the job is C band. It could happen--PVR makers scrambling to support that market. If support can be provided without too much work--SonicBlue might want to consider it.

I thought there was a former C band Motorola exec that went to ReplayTV/SonicBlue. Dorian Simpson. Is he not there anymore?

Silly us thought when we heard that that something would be coming down the pike from ReplayTV eventually for C band . . .

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Originally posted by SonicRichard
At this time we don't intend to extend support to the C-Band systems. I hate to tell you, but you're in a dying breed. You don't speak Latin, do you? ;) Seriously, it is not on our list of things to support. Sorry.
post #131 of 230
Activation fee not service fee. The service is free.
post #132 of 230
Actually, the activation is for the "ReplayTV service" (their words, not mine) . . . so it's unclear what is included in "the service".
post #133 of 230
Any plans for Replaytv in the UK. I'd love to record programs I'm paying for from over the pond and cut down on the number of tapes we share with families.

There would be about a million customers in the USA (Brits) who would love this too ;)

One last question. Will you be able to join remote 5xxx's in the future outside of your internal Lan to make them appear as if they are internal. i.e. if you setup a 'trust' relationship between 'family' devices say.

Thanks.
post #134 of 230
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Originally posted by RandyL712
Serra, do you have a newer unit? There ARE conflict warnings now (in some circumstances) and the whole "out of space due to lots of guaranteed recordings but nothing actually recorded" isn't a flaw, it's how it works. I prefer it this way....

So, you prefer not to be able to record your shows because your unit is empty?
post #135 of 230
Nonguaranteed shows always record if there is space, and get discarded if there is a guaranteed recording to take its place.
post #136 of 230
Yes, I prefer to not be able to record a show if it means there won't be space for shows I've setup guaranteed recordings for!
post #137 of 230
Welcome Richard and glad to see you here.

I have been having an intermittent problem for several months that no one has been able to give me good information on. Periodically, usually when my unit has less that 10 hours of space available, my shows will not record. When I have been around to see it it returns a message of "unable to initiate record". At this time I am unable to record anything until I reboot the system. What does this message mean? How can I prevent this from happening?

This has happened on only one of the 4 replay tvs that I have owned.
post #138 of 230
Quote:
Originally posted by franc11s
One last question. Will you be able to join remote 5xxx's in the future outside of your internal Lan to make them appear as if they are internal. i.e. if you setup a 'trust' relationship between 'family' devices say.
you can conceivable do this (set up a wan)... but it won't work very well. here's why:

a high quality show needs to stream 6.8Mbps to your local replay unit. this is not impossible with a 10Mbps LAN... and simple with a 100Mbps LAN.

a T1 backbone connection to the internet is a guaranteed 1.5Mbps. most dsl and cable high-speed broadband internet connections run around 1Mbps. to get a guaranteed 6.8Mbps stream to someone else would require a hefty monthly fee (several thousand dollars).

one of these days, yes... but not today.

--kip
post #139 of 230
If everyone had an OC3; no problem ;)
post #140 of 230
Vice City? We'll never see him again.
post #141 of 230
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Originally posted by ZroKewl
most dsl and cable high-speed broadband internet connections run around 1Mbps--kip
I think the vast majority of residential users are capped at 128Kbps for uploads, too.
post #142 of 230
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Originally posted by Revwillie
I think the vast majority of residential users are capped at 128Kbps for uploads, too.
On a good day!
post #143 of 230
I think that mpeg sharing over the net won't be extremely useful or widespead until two things happen:

1) Bandwidth increases. May take awhile...

2) File size decreases. With upcoming HDTV stuff, also not forseeable, and obviously would require new hardware.
post #144 of 230
Well Mpeg4 would be great if any PVR hardware supported. You can get a much smaller file size with little image quality loss.
post #145 of 230
Quote:
Originally posted by Scyber
Well Mpeg4 would be great if any PVR hardware supported. You can get a much smaller file size with little image quality loss.
Scyber that may be true on small displays, but on large ones that's not true. MPEG4 doesn't look that good on a large display, ok at times, but down right ugly other times.
post #146 of 230
Internet sharing over the internet is very plausible for many people even at 128/256kbs.

Background transfers (recoverable from failures, even if it takes 3 days) is worth while if the show is good.

Hopefully anyway, we'll be able to COPY to/FROM devices on a LAN and TRUSTED devices over the internet soon anyhow.... Then the choice would be yours.
post #147 of 230
Quote:
Originally posted by RandyL712
Yes, I prefer to not be able to record a show if it means there won't be space for shows I've setup guaranteed recordings for!
The problem is that isn't an efficient way to use the space. If I setup 3 episodes of Friends as a G recording, but Friends will not be broadcast once in the next two weeks, then the Replay is wasting 3 hours of space.

There should be a way to tell Replay to record shows as guaranteed, but only if space is available for them. NG isn't that way, because it isn't guaranteed to record.

In other words, Guaranteed shows should get priority space until space runs out and there are no NG shows left to delete. At some point you have to draw the line with space usage. Right now, Replay doesn't reserve space for your shows so that they are guaranteed to have space for them. If you three hours of shows on your replace in a channel called FRIENDS and a new episode of friends records, it will delete the oldest episode of FRIENDS (assuming you have 3 hours set aside) to make room for itself. Why? The Replay is EMPTY expect for those three shows. Now, that is simply stupid and a waste of space. Replay could be smart enough to say, hey, I've got 200 hours left, why don't I just save one more episode of FRIENDS until I need that space?
post #148 of 230
In reference to the bandwidth limitation issue I think if Replay implements a simple "Give the user a choice" policy it would make things a lot easier:

During the network setup screen an additional choice could be added to specify ( DSL, Cable Modem, Other )

The DSL would probably be the same limit as there is now and a increased limit for Cable modem since there is more bandwidth. This is the same methods other softwares us during there setup's.

The other is for selecting specific bandwidths, these setting should be up to the user and warning should be displayed. The worse thing that could happen is someone sets the unit to high and notices that there browsing slower ans sets the replay config back to the DSL or Cable settings. The Other maybe a hidden option if needed.

The above are back-end suggestions, there could be priority setting created for when your getting ready to send the show ( High, Medium, Low ). These setting could determine how much bandwidth that could be used.

A combination of both methods would allow a amazing flexibility and control on the user side. If you wanted someone to get a 30 min show quick ( medium quality ) then set it to high priority and send it quicker and post a bulletin " High quality may slow down other network devices until transfer completion".

I know that it takes sometime for the transfers and I rather there be a quicker way for someone to receive the moves.

A couple of morning thoughts... : )
post #149 of 230
Quote:
Originally posted by Serra
The problem is that isn't an efficient way to use the space. If I setup 3 episodes of Friends as a G recording, but Friends will not be broadcast once in the next two weeks, then the Replay is wasting 3 hours of space.

There should be a way to tell Replay to record shows as guaranteed, but only if space is available for them. NG isn't that way, because it isn't guaranteed to record.

In other words, Guaranteed shows should get priority space until space runs out and there are no NG shows left to delete. At some point you have to draw the line with space usage. Right now, Replay doesn't reserve space for your shows so that they are guaranteed to have space for them. If you three hours of shows on your replace in a channel called FRIENDS and a new episode of friends records, it will delete the oldest episode of FRIENDS (assuming you have 3 hours set aside) to make room for itself. Why? The Replay is EMPTY expect for those three shows. Now, that is simply stupid and a waste of space. Replay could be smart enough to say, hey, I've got 200 hours left, why don't I just save one more episode of FRIENDS until I need that space?
i responded to this message here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...28#post1659128

(since it is about "guaranteed recording")

--kip
post #150 of 230
You may not consider it "efficient", but its "effective"... If I tell the ReplayTV to record x episodes or x hours of a show, it HAS to allocate space for it. Otherwise, there might not be room when it needs to record the show. the unit can't just assume that I'll have some NG recordings it can trash in favor of the G stuff... I'm sorry, but I really do prefer the current G/NG system. It's like renting space for stuff I know I'm going to need to store. If we didn't have a system like this, stuff gets deleted and we have no idea why and get very angry...
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