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Topic # 75455 18-Jan-2011 15:13 Send private message

just a quick question, couldnt find the answer on the net, is tivos epg free?  i thought you had to pay a subscription service for it.  or basically is it just a one off payment of $600 and then thats it.  its paid for, and i can have EPG?  (i understand prime and maori epgs arent available)

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  Reply # 428463 18-Jan-2011 15:22 Send private message

the EPG is free.

You pay for the box and that is it.

If you are a nonTelecom customer downloading the EPG counts towards your data cap, but it is so small to be not worth worrying about.

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  Reply # 428466 18-Jan-2011 15:25 Send private message

it's just part of the deal, no ongoing subscription required. Once you connect and your device is registered to the Tivo service, the EPG is part of the deal.



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  Reply # 428468 18-Jan-2011 15:27 Send private message

cheers guys. thinking about getting one for ease of use, but err interface is a little ugly and dated...

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  Reply # 428484 18-Jan-2011 15:48 Send private message

I agree the box itself doesn't win any design elegance awards, but I've found the actual user interface not too bad to use actually and the WAF has been good. FF/Rewind is good and no noticable stutter when restarting playing either.

I do find the lack of Prime/Maori EPG to be a bit annoying, because although you can record by time, it's only in chunks of time beginning on the hour.

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  Reply # 428485 18-Jan-2011 15:48 Send private message

reven: cheers guys. thinking about getting one for ease of use, but err interface is a little ugly and dated...


I don't find it so. You have two options for displaying the EPG, The grid one being the better of the two.
I can't remember the other as I haven't seen it since day 1 over a year ago.

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  Reply # 428491 18-Jan-2011 15:59 Send private message

the interface reminds me of sage.tv, would love to see a slicker interface, something along the quality of xbmc or boxee or even windows media centre. its better than mysky, but thats not saying much :).

ill see if i can get a cheap one off trademe, they're roughly same price as a ps3 + playtv brand new, and well with ps3 you get, well a ps3.



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  Reply # 428492 18-Jan-2011 16:00 Send private message

oh one more question, does the remote have any learning abilities? ie can it turn on my tv as well and switch it to the correct input? (i know i could just use a harmony one or something, but i prefer to use the actual devices remote when possible).

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  Reply # 428497 18-Jan-2011 16:08 Send private message

reven: oh one more question, does the remote have any learning abilities? ie can it turn on my tv as well and switch it to the correct input? (i know i could just use a harmony one or something, but i prefer to use the actual devices remote when possible).

Yes there's a list of common TV makes with codes (if I recall correctly) that let's you turn TV on/off, volume, TV interface port, etc. I had no trouble getting it going with my Samsung.

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  Reply # 428499 18-Jan-2011 16:11 Send private message

allan:
reven: oh one more question, does the remote have any learning abilities? ie can it turn on my tv as well and switch it to the correct input? (i know i could just use a harmony one or something, but i prefer to use the actual devices remote when possible).

Yes there's a list of common TV makes with codes (if I recall correctly) that let's you turn TV on/off, volume, TV interface port, etc. I had no trouble getting it going with my Samsung.


Couldn't get it to recognise my Pioneer Plasma [PDP-436XDE] but I have a harmony 785 which I use instead of the stock remote. I actually find it performs better than the stock one. More responsive, less direct pointing neeeded.

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  Reply # 428501 18-Jan-2011 16:14 Send private message

allan:
reven: oh one more question, does the remote have any learning abilities? ie can it turn on my tv as well and switch it to the correct input? (i know i could just use a harmony one or something, but i prefer to use the actual devices remote when possible).

Yes there's a list of common TV makes with codes (if I recall correctly) that let's you turn TV on/off, volume, TV interface port, etc. I had no trouble getting it going with my Samsung.


is that just with the standard remote that comes with the tivo 320?  and basically do you just hit the "on" button on the tv and, it turns on (and off) and switches the correct input?  and the volume buttons on the tivo remote can they controller the tv volume or a receiver volume (if using a receiver)?

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  Reply # 428508 18-Jan-2011 16:37 Send private message

reven: is that just with the standard remote that comes with the tivo 320?  and basically do you just hit the "on" button on the tv and, it turns on (and off) and switches the correct input?  and the volume buttons on the tivo remote can they controller the tv volume or a receiver volume (if using a receiver)?

Yes standard remote with 320. On/Off button which does both On & Off. Separate TV Input button for selecting TV interface, which on the Samsung with each press cycles you thru the active ports on the TV. Not sure how that translates to other makes & models.

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  Reply # 428528 18-Jan-2011 17:52 Send private message

You can set up manual recordings for Prime which start stop whenever you want. You can do them as one off or repeating.

Also Telecom are selling them for $449 at the moment. They did have a $360 price for Telecom customers, not sure if this is still on or not.

The only thing really missing is the home networking package, they sting you $129 for that (direct from Hybrid).

Be careful of getting one off trademe. There is a bit of a process to getting a second hand one registered in your name.



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  Reply # 428581 18-Jan-2011 20:22 Send private message

wallop: You can set up manual recordings for Prime which start stop whenever you want. You can do them as one off or repeating.

Also Telecom are selling them for $449 at the moment. They did have a $360 price for Telecom customers, not sure if this is still on or not.

The only thing really missing is the home networking package, they sting you $129 for that (direct from Hybrid).

Be careful of getting one off trademe. There is a bit of a process to getting a second hand one registered in your name.


anyone know if that price is for everyone, or do they make you sign up for a telecom service when you try to buy it? otherwise, sold ill get that. 

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  Reply # 428585 18-Jan-2011 20:37 Send private message

I pretty sure the $449 is for anyone.  Go to a Telecom store or phone 0800 698 486 to get one.

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  Reply # 428599 18-Jan-2011 20:56 Send private message

allan: it's just part of the deal, no ongoing subscription required. Once you connect and your device is registered to the Tivo service, the EPG is part of the deal.


Wouldn't bet it will stay  that way forever.  If sales drop they have two options. Start charging a monthly or yearly service fee for the EPG or bail out of NZ.. They could of course open retail sales up to every big box seller and IPS  as they do in Ozz.




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