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gordonisnz

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#128873 26-Aug-2013 18:06
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If I want a 2nd TiVo box, or a expansion, where do I get them from ? I'm in auckland.

As far as I'm aware, the nz suppliers have kind of stopped supplying TiVo.

Can I buy direct from Australia and plug-N-go with my nz box ?


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  #884968 26-Aug-2013 20:50
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Bad luck, unfortunately. Can't buy TiVo, can't buy accessories, can't buy one from another country to use here.
It's a ridiculous shambles, I fear the day my TiVo dies.

Cheers,
Joseph

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gordonisnz

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  #884975 26-Aug-2013 21:13
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josephhinvest: Bad luck, unfortunately. Can't buy TiVo, can't buy accessories, can't buy one from another country to use here.
It's a ridiculous shambles, I fear the day my TiVo dies.

Cheers,
Joseph


Just curious - is there a technical reason WHY we cant buy from Australia and work here. a TV signal is a TV signal is a TV signal - right ?

I do understand a Australia Tivo cant work with a NZ one - but two Aussie ones connected - will they work here ?

No worries - I guess answer is no, but just curious.


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  #884976 26-Aug-2013 21:13
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josephhinvest: can't buy one from another country to use here.


Ours came from Australia, it works just fine.



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  #884990 26-Aug-2013 21:44
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when I first set mine up I seem to recall either Aus or NZ as a setup option. Aus TiVo should work fine in NZ and visa versa

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  #884991 26-Aug-2013 21:44
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When you first startup a NZ TiVo, you're asked if you're in NZ or Australia, so I suspect it's one and the same model. Not sure if the newer 1TB models sold in Aussie will be able to work here though.

If you want more storage, it's not too difficult to fit a 1TB hard disk in place of the original one. There are guides on the net showing you how to clone to a big drive, and there have been "already ready prepared drives" and upgrade services advertised on Trademe in the past if you don't want to do this yourself.

I guess good advice would be to only do this if you're machine's out of warranty, as this will void your warranty.




Tivo upgrades to operate with the new OzTivo EPG, support and service. Over 400 performed here so far. See: www.hillcrest.net.nz


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  #885160 27-Aug-2013 10:21
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gordonisnz:
josephhinvest: Bad luck, unfortunately. Can't buy TiVo, can't buy accessories, can't buy one from another country to use here.
It's a ridiculous shambles, I fear the day my TiVo dies.

Cheers,
Joseph


Just curious - is there a technical reason WHY we cant buy from Australia and work here. a TV signal is a TV signal is a TV signal - right ?

I do understand a Australia Tivo cant work with a NZ one - but two Aussie ones connected - will they work here ?

No worries - I guess answer is no, but just curious.



Oops, apologies, I may well be wrong about Aussie tivos, makes sense when I think about it.
I am sure that tivos from countries other that Aus will not work tho.
Is it because the EPG data does not use the standard Over the Air EPG but their own proprietary Internet based EPG.

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  #885393 27-Aug-2013 16:21
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josephhinvest: Bad luck, unfortunately. Can't buy TiVo, can't buy accessories, can't buy one from another country to use here.
It's a ridiculous shambles, I fear the day my TiVo dies.

Cheers,
Joseph


Mine died a few weeks back. I just rang Telecom and they sent out a replacement from Australia. Took less than a week to arrive. I thought I'd be out of luck, as I purchased it not long after they first became available.



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  #885415 27-Aug-2013 17:19
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Theres usually a bunch of units on Trade Me... surprisingly, many of them appear to be "new" - as in the owner has only ever opened the box to check everythings there, then shovelled it into the cupboard...!! 

I think theres a chap who sells upgraded units on there also, with larger HDDs.  Handy to have that extra space as TiVo suggestions pretty soon fills things up which means actively managing recordings you want to keep.

Pricing seems to flail around depending on the phase of the moon, but sometimes you can get one for only a coupla-hundy beans.  Postage around NZ would be about $25-$35 with the scary part being how well the seller packs things.

If you go down the tardme path, make sure the seller has deactivated the unit if its been in use, otherwise it remains linked to their account...
That said, the TiVo support desk are pretty helpful (perhaps unless the unit is marked as stolen on their system??).

Shame TiVo didn't get the traction it deserved in NZ.  I love my TiVo and its got pretty high WAF :)





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  #885418 27-Aug-2013 17:25
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josephhinvest: Bad luck, unfortunately. Can't buy TiVo, can't buy accessories, can't buy one from another country to use here.
It's a ridiculous shambles, I fear the day my TiVo dies.

Cheers,
Joseph


I don't, 5 year warranty at $30 iirc when I got it(after negotiation). Will have to be replaced by something of equal of better value if it does not last

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  #885532 27-Aug-2013 20:41
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Just had an email from Tivo (I asked a few queries.)

Apparently TIVO is no longer available in Australia either (Unless its second hand - same as in NZ)


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  #885564 27-Aug-2013 21:24
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http://www.current.com.au/2013/04/22/article/How-Channel-Seven-ownership-created-and-eliminated-TiVo-in-Australia/VPBGYNLPEI.html

That'll be that then...

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  #885675 28-Aug-2013 08:39
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I did ask a guy from TiVo in Ozz who was posting on another news group who was at a TiVo conference in California a couple of months ago about a new model for AU and NZ. He said he was working on it.. Looks like he didn't work hard enough especially with new gwee wiz models being released in the US..




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  #885683 28-Aug-2013 08:53
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From memory Australia uses a different channel spacing value than NZ. If there's a selection option when you start it up, then the firmware probably allows for use in either country.

TIVO was a great bang for your buck buy, especially when it was on run out. There are other options if it dies. There are some rather staunch supporters, but frankly it was a balls up implementation into this country and we're stuck with extremely limited support and ageing hardware. It's very interesting to hear it's not being sold new in Australia now either.

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  #886218 28-Aug-2013 21:41
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I'm in the minority who never really liked it.

- an (to my mind) annoying interface
- constantly recording the last two channels watched 24/7 for no apparent reason which couldn't be disabled
- wanted to gouge me a ludicrous price to simply enable networking (I didn't want their software, just to access the drive over the network)
- no DLNA functionality, and
- no ability to record from external sources.

Replaced with a newer Panny DVD recorder, which has been a much better experience. Bigger hard drive, no annoying constant buffering, ability to record from my Sky decoder, DLNA streaming over the network and the ability to burn disks. The UI is slightly on the clunky side, and the manual reads as if it was written by a stoned Orangutan, but otherwise it beats the Tivo hands down.

My Tivo hasn't been powered on since before Christmas. I'll test it when I have some spare time. If it still works, I will probably offer it for sale. A friend is vaguely interested, and can have it for the $199 it cost me.

I suspect Hybrid have taken legal advice on how long they need to keep the service operating to avoid having to take all the boxes back under the Consumer Guarantees Act. Once they get to that point, they will shut the EPG down. Unless I have gotten rid of mine, I will be the proud owner of a useless brick with a winking green light on the front.

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