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  Reply # 250317 25-Aug-2009 11:11 Send private message

Can you quick skip the ads with Tivo - either by intelligent chapter jumping or several 30sec jump forward button presses?

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  Reply # 250326 25-Aug-2009 11:49 Send private message

http://www.mytivo.co.nz/faq/



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  Reply # 250328 25-Aug-2009 11:51 Send private message

Updated thread title, it was vague concerning location, and incorrect concerning timeframe.

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  Reply # 252106 1-Sep-2009 07:55 Send private message

Am just a little confused about the ad-skipping ability.

The MyTIVO NZ FAQ states: "...the fast forward feature DOES allow viewers to fast track through advertisements when viewing recorded programmes, there is no ability to skip advertisements."

But a recent Panasonic PVR review states: "... Panasonic does have a few tricks up its sleeve, such as the ability to skip forward through the ad breaks in 58 second increments - a feature Australian TiVo users are denied."

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  Reply # 252107 1-Sep-2009 08:11 Send private message

The Panasonic recorder likely has a button you can press which skips ahead 58 seconds (thus skip ads) rather than have to sit with your finger on the fast forward button. Tivo in the USA has/has/has hidden a '30 second skip' feature. When used it does the same thing but in 30 second increments. I believe this feature will NOT be enabled in NZ (it isn't enabled either in OZ).




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  Reply # 252110 1-Sep-2009 08:15 Send private message

The TiVo has a 30 second skip button which has been disabled in AU (and as said, in NZ).. but you can fast forward still at say 2* its speed or whatever it goes up to like MyskyHD

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  Reply # 252111 1-Sep-2009 08:18 Send private message

Ahhh cheers. Thanks for that.

I wonder how fast the FAST FORWARDING is? I've had a Sony DVR for a couple of years and LOVE the 30sec / 1min / 2min jumps. Haven't seen an ad for 2 years!

Makes you wonder if being "controlled" by Tivo is worth it, (ie no ad skipping, downloaded movies deleting themselves after xx days) or if a PVR like Panasonic with a built in DVD/BluRay would be better? (Sacrificing "wishlists" and "season pass" features)

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  Reply # 255216 12-Sep-2009 17:02 Send private message

JaredW: Ahhh cheers. Thanks for that.

I wonder how fast the FAST FORWARDING is? I've had a Sony DVR for a couple of years and LOVE the 30sec / 1min / 2min jumps. Haven't seen an ad for 2 years!

Makes you wonder if being "controlled" by Tivo is worth it, (ie no ad skipping, downloaded movies deleting themselves after xx days) or if a PVR like Panasonic with a built in DVD/BluRay would be better? (Sacrificing "wishlists" and "season pass" features)


would the Pana have the programme guide or do you have to record stuff manually?

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  Reply # 255218 12-Sep-2009 17:09 Send private message

I checked out the Pana 350 (DVD recorder / Twin Freeview Tuners / 250Gig Drive)

http://www.panasonic.co.nz/at-home/entertainment/dvd/dvd-recorders/dmr-xw350gzk.html

It was on special this weekend in ChCh, Harvey Norman @ $888 - down from $1299

It has a normal 7-day Freeview EPG which you can use to create your own record lists manually. ie: Select the EPG, select the program, it inputs the channel + start/stop times, then you modify - extend etc to suit. Like a poor mans "Tivo season-pass" in effect.

I checked out a few online reviews - most are very negative unfortunately. Slating the cumbersome levels and layers of menus, slooooow response times "making channel surfing unbearable".

Darn shame.

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  Reply # 255229 12-Sep-2009 17:51 Send private message

Do the aussie TIVO boxes work in NZ ?

Can we just plug them in and away they go etc..

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  Reply # 255234 12-Sep-2009 18:16 Send private message

FAQ @ www.mytivo.co.nz says:

Will the TiVo unit in Australia be the same unit in New Zealand?

No it is not and Hybrid TV is currently in the midst of adapting the unit for the New Zealand market.

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  Reply # 255238 12-Sep-2009 18:41 Send private message

JaredW: I checked out the Pana 350 (DVD recorder / Twin Freeview Tuners / 250Gig Drive)

http://www.panasonic.co.nz/at-home/entertainment/dvd/dvd-recorders/dmr-xw350gzk.html

It was on special this weekend in ChCh, Harvey Norman @ $888 - down from $1299

It has a normal 7-day Freeview EPG which you can use to create your own record lists manually. ie: Select the EPG, select the program, it inputs the channel + start/stop times, then you modify - extend etc to suit. Like a poor mans "Tivo season-pass" in effect.

I checked out a few online reviews - most are very negative unfortunately. Slating the cumbersome levels and layers of menus, slooooow response times "making channel surfing unbearable".

Darn shame.


The Panasonic units do not have the 8 day EPG as they do not support MHEG5. All you get is the now+next transmitted within the DVB EIT table.

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  Reply # 255242 12-Sep-2009 19:24 Send private message

Oh you're bloody kidding? Damn that pimply geek at Harvey Norman!!!

Why would anyone buy this then??? In the specs, it says EPG: DVB-T (What's that in English?)

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  Reply # 255256 12-Sep-2009 21:02 Send private message

JaredW: Oh you're bloody kidding? Damn that pimply geek at Harvey Norman!!!

Why would anyone buy this then??? In the specs, it says EPG: DVB-T (What's that in English?)


The box uses the EIT EPG. In New Zealand Freeview|HD does not use the EIT table for transmitting the 8 day EPG.

As for why anybody would buy one there are plenty of reasons - it's just that the box has the rather serious downfall of not having an EPG because Panasonic obviously don't see the value in implimenting MHEG5 for the NZ marketplace at present.

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  Reply # 256469 17-Sep-2009 12:54 Send private message

So Telecom will provide free Internet connection to this - http://bit.ly/BzYXj

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