Starting a new thread for those who are interested in replacing their Tivo once the service is dead with another comparable device.
There is some great info in the Tivo Service ending on 31 October 2017 thread, but it is both large and covers numerous topics such as ”how to keep Tivo going” and PC based solutions such as HTTPC and MythTV..
Even with Freeview Plus and the various on-demand solutions in NZ, there is still a requirement to have a recording and replay option for NZ digital TV, this is particularly true for hard of hearing folk due to the lack of captions supplied on NZ streamed channels (Netflix is a welcome exception – with great caption coverage).
I identified four options
- Panasonic PVR's/BDP's....1 TB PVR can be purchased for $320 with a bit of haggling.
- Samsung PVR's/BDP (BD-F850)....seems pricey at approx $500, and not many stores seem to stock. May be limited to old stock?
- Dish TV offerings - feedback indicates these have a number of operating/software issues. Dish also looked after MagicTV, which I think are now discontinued.
- DTVS offerings (http://www.dtvs.co.nz/) HomecastHT9200 - price slightly < than Panasonic but old and only 500Mb. Not great feedback on some forums. no freeview plus? no netflix.
It is a pity the Fetch TV offering from Australia is not available in NZ, hopefully there will be some deals over the next few months.
Are there other digital TV recording options folk have seen?
Based on the above, I recently purchased two Panasonic DMR HWT260’s and have been running these in parallel with our two Tivos. They are OK, but there is pain with the Wife as they are not “Tivo’s” and are not as intuitive for recording.
Thoughts to date on Panasonic HWT260’s;
- Not as intuitive recording – I have missed some shows by not taking enough care.
- Does not seem to retain the subtitle setting – need to turn on again after “sleep mode”
- Does not group the recordings as well – Tivo grouped into sets of same show
- Is a little bit laggy
- Set up is easy and it has a good signal strength menu (same as the Pana TV)
- The Netflix integration is great.
- It boots up nice and fast (unlike Tivo)
- If I took some power-save function off (i.e stop it sleeping) I think it would preserve the subtitle settings.
I have not enabled freeview plus (as there are no captions) and have not yet tried the Panasonic android app (reviews are terrible).
Looking forward to reviews, advice, options and comments to help guide others about to embark on the same journey.