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post #301 of 4820
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Originally Posted by Hyrax View Post

I believe you could, but I also believe that just adding a 1 TB drive to your TivoHD would be a better way to give you more recording space. What keeping the Comcast box would add is a way of recording more stations at the same time. But when are you going to find time to watch all that stuff if you're recording 3 or 4 programs at the same time?

At the time, you can't do this. The only external eSATA drive that works with the TivoHD is the WD 500GB that is officially sactioned by TiVo. To get any more storage than that would require cracking the case and plopping in your own hard drive.

You can do this with a Series3, as there is no restriction as to what you can hook up to that model.
post #302 of 4820
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Originally Posted by Paul Simoneau View Post

...The only external eSATA drive that works with the TivoHD is the WD 500GB that is officially sactioned by TiVo. To get any more storage than that would require cracking the case and plopping in your own hard drive.
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Right. I was suggesting either adding a 1 TB drive internal drive (which you can easily do yourself, or buying a TivoHD with the larger drive in place). Personally, I think the eSata solution is not all that wonderful. It would be great if you could hot-swap drives, but you cannot. And this marrying business is too restrictive.

Edit: Oh,I see...using the word adding is why you thought I was talking about eSATA. Suppose I should have said replace.
post #303 of 4820
Thanks for the comments. I already have the 500 GB Expander on my SA8300HD. The SA box only cost $15 a month so it's not like it's a financial drain.

I have to think about all this. I could always add another Expander to the Tivo. And one of the main reasons I'm interested in Tivo is the ability to record HD to my computer and burn it to a dvd capable of playing in my HD-DVD player. This would also provide pretty much unlimited storage since those programs, as I understand it, can be sent back to Tivo to be played on the tv normally. That's a nice storage space solution.

Replacing the Tivo hd is very intriguing, though. I suppose there are tutorials somewhere for doing this?

Harold
post #304 of 4820
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Originally Posted by hcour View Post

Thanks for the comments. I already have the 500 GB Expander on my SA8300HD. The SA box only cost $15 a month so it's not like it's a financial drain.

I have to think about all this. I could always add another Expander to the Tivo. And one of the main reasons I'm interested in Tivo is the ability to record HD to my computer and burn it to a dvd capable of playing in my HD-DVD player. This would also provide pretty much unlimited storage since those programs, as I understand it, can be sent back to Tivo to be played on the tv normally. That's a nice storage space solution.

Replacing the Tivo hd is very intriguing, though. I suppose there are tutorials somewhere for doing this?

Harold

I did it...the hardest part may be getting the right screw driver. I had one left over from when I modded my Xbox (by modded, I mean totally screwed up). The replacement procedure is extremely simple, even for one like myself who swore to never modify another box again.

Here's a link...

http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=360676
post #305 of 4820
Thanks Hyrax. I've been reading around about Tivo and I'm thinking more and more it's the way to go. If I install a 1 TB drive and hook-up my external 500 GB Expander, that should give me plenty of storage and I could go ahead and get rid of the SA. The tivo box is $250 on Amazon w/free shipping. W/2 cable cards and the Tivo monthly service, the costs will be about exactly what I'm paying for the glitchy SA box.

And of course there's the whole copying to your computer thing that sounds very promising.

Pretty sure I'm going to buy me a Tivo next month. Merry Christmas to me!

H
post #306 of 4820
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Originally Posted by Hyrax View Post

I did it...the hardest part may be getting the right screw driver. I had one left over from when I modded my Xbox (by modded, I mean totally screwed up).

I agree it's very easy. I found the required screwdriver (for the cheapest price) at the local auto parts store. As an added benefit you can keep the TiVo's backup image on your computer should your drive ever fail. Simply restore it onto another drive and you are good to go.
post #307 of 4820
I tried searching this thread and looking at Tivo's FAQ but I couldn't get a definitive answer on whether I'll be able to get PPV/ondemand if I use TivoHD with cable cards.

I'm a comcast subscriber.

Thanks.
post #308 of 4820
You will not get On Demand.
post #309 of 4820
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

You will not get On Demand.

Unless you can order via web or phone.
post #310 of 4820
Thread Starter 
That only works for PPV I thought.
post #311 of 4820
On the TWC website they say a new "2-way" cable card is coming out end of this yr or beginning of next that will allow PPV and such.

Harold
post #312 of 4820
Could you please provide a link?
post #313 of 4820
http://www.timewarnercable.com/South...CableCard.html

From the site:

Open Cable Products are two-way capable just like Time Warner Cable's leased set top boxes and allow access to ALL of Time Warner Cable's one-way and two-way services. We expect Open Cable Products to be available at retail in the 4Q '07 / 1Q '08.
post #314 of 4820
The device needs to be capable of two way communication through the cards which the TiVo isn't if I remember correctly.
post #315 of 4820
Hi all!

I'm having what I believe is a problem. I purchased a Tivo HD and received an M-card from Comcast. I called yesterday around 6:00 PM and attempted to activate the card. I read all the numbers to the Tech Support guy and he said that it should be active last night or early this morning. Sounded good to me.

At some point last night (I wasn't watching constantly), the screen on the TV with the Tivo HD changed to a screen saying "Please Wait... Acquiring Channel Information" and there is this revolving circle. I thought "Great"...something is happening.

Unfortunately, when I woke this morning, the screen still shows the same thing! I assume there is something wrong. How long should this take? Does this seem like a problem on Comcast's side or could there be something wrong with the M-card?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!!!
post #316 of 4820
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Originally Posted by jcsprankle View Post

Hi all!

I'm having what I believe is a problem. I purchased a Tivo HD and received an M-card from Comcast.

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I think you need to unplug and reboot - and then go through the guided setup. Not much help, I know.

On another topic...How did you get a M-card from Comcast? I've called them twice this month and they swear that Comcast doesn't have any.
post #317 of 4820
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Originally Posted by Hyrax View Post

I think you need to unplug and reboot - and then go through the guided setup. Not much help, I know.

On another topic...How did you get a M-card from Comcast? I've called them twice this month and they swear that Comcast doesn't have any.

Are you confident a reboot would help? If the Tivo is in the middle of something, I'd hate to screw something up by pulling the power.

I'm lucky enough to have a Comcast store just minutes from my house. I walked in there and asked for an M-card and they handed me one. I had to sign a form but there was no charge.
post #318 of 4820
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Originally Posted by yunlin12 View Post

That only works for PPV I thought.

You may be right. Since I do not use either, I get them confused.
post #319 of 4820
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Originally Posted by jcsprankle View Post

Are you confident a reboot would help? If the Tivo is in the middle of something, I'd hate to screw something up by pulling the power.

I'm lucky enough to have a Comcast store just minutes from my house. I walked in there and asked for an M-card and they handed me one. I had to sign a form but there was no charge.

The reboot should fix it.

There is no need to worry about pulling the power on the Tivo. It is not like a PC where data can get corrupted by pulling the power. TiVo basically traded performance for reliability in the way that writes to a disk.
post #320 of 4820
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Originally Posted by bfdtv View Post

The reboot should fix it.

There is no need to worry about pulling the power on the Tivo. It is not like a PC where data can get corrupted by pulling the power. TiVo basically traded performance for reliability in the way that writes to a disk.

I rebooted and have the same issue. I called Comcast and was told that the cablecard isn't yet activated. I suppose that would cause this . I was told that it would be active around lunchtime today. That's is about an hour so we'll see.
post #321 of 4820
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Originally Posted by jcsprankle View Post

I rebooted and have the same issue. I called Comcast and was told that the cablecard isn't yet activated. I suppose that would cause this . I was told that it would be active around lunchtime today. That's is about an hour so we'll see.

They should activate it while you're on the phone with them. Strange.
post #322 of 4820
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

The device needs to be capable of two way communication through the cards which the TiVo isn't if I remember correctly.

Argh! Bummer. I was hoping this would fix the SDV issue. That's the only thing keeping me from getting Tivo. There are few enough HD channels as it is, I certainly don't want to lose any of them.

H
post #323 of 4820
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Originally Posted by hcour View Post

Argh! Bummer. I was hoping this would fix the SDV issue. That's the only thing keeping me from getting Tivo. There are few enough HD channels as it is, I certainly don't want to lose any of them.

Tivo has said they are working on a USB adapter (dongle) to support SDV.

It's supposed to be available "before SDV is widely implemented" (i.e. 2H 2008).
post #324 of 4820
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Originally Posted by bfdtv View Post

Tivo has said they are working on a USB adapter (dongle) to support SDV.

It's supposed to be available "before SDV is widely implemented" (i.e. 2H 2008).

That's not a very committal statement, is it?

What are you basing your assumption of 2H 2008 on?
post #325 of 4820
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Originally Posted by vstream View Post

That's not a very committal statement, is it?

What are you basing your assumption of 2H 2008 on?

Statements from Comcast on expected SDV deployment.
post #326 of 4820
It should be noted that TiVo didn't link their statement to Comcast's.
post #327 of 4820
I want my dongle!
post #328 of 4820
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Originally Posted by bfdtv View Post

Statements from Comcast on expected SDV deployment.

Interesting--is there a link available?

Of course, in September 2006 Comcast said they'd have the TiVo interface on their DVRs in January. Silly me--I assumed they meant January 2007!
post #329 of 4820
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Originally Posted by Hyrax View Post

They should activate it while you're on the phone with them. Strange.

That was never an option. They always had to "submit" the activation into a queue and wait for someone else to flip the switch.

Since my last post, they have activated the cable card and everything is working the way it should. LOVE HD THROUGH TIVO!!!
post #330 of 4820
I'm new to TiVo HD so you may know this already, but I find it strange and very cool.

When watching a recorded program, I hit the fast forward button to skip commercial (with the speed of 2 >>), I just cannot stop precisely, but pass about 20 seconds into the actual program. But as soon as I hit the play button, TiVo rewinds a little bit & starts playing EXACTLY where the commercial ends!!!
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