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Topic # 46471 6-Nov-2009 12:54
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Don't bother going to Leading Edge stores (Hornby ChCh) ... dumb blonde teenagers... "What's TIVO?"  Went down to Riccarton Mall and grabbed one.

Had a LOT of fun setting up.

Menu system is out of this world!  Very advanced and very friendly.

Told me of all the steps in connecting it to my wireless network.

Can't find a SSID,  it must be hidden,  please enter the name...
Do you have WEP, WPA etc.   Enter the password...
Still can't find it,  make sure this MAC address is enabled in the access list 00:CE:57... etc
DHCP or static?   Enter static,  enter subnet mask...

SUCCESS!  You are connected.

Setup and found 18 channels... all signal strength in the 95%+ area.

5 Welcome to TIVO "Getting Started"  videos give a quick overview of features.

It DOES have all the beautiful scary Tivo sound effects!!!

Checked out my horoscope,  weather reports.

Takes about 2 seconds to view each program when channel surfing... but,  the Channel Info is INSTANT so you can channel surf and just read the program info without waiting for the picture to appear.  BRILLIANT!!!

Programmed the remote to control my Sony TV,  power, mute and volume.  Easy.  Has got a list of about 1000 tv manufacturers.  Can even program the remote to control my Denon HT amp.

Setting up my season pass recordings now...

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  Reply # 270628 6-Nov-2009 13:38
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Nice.

Im not 100% au fait with this but essentially this uses network bandwidth to watch tv shows right?

I guess you pay a subsidy for this per month like sky tv or whatever through Telecom??? Do you still have to pay for the bandwidth or does this come "free" with your telecom broadband plan?




 


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  Reply # 270630 6-Nov-2009 13:43
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  Reply # 270632 6-Nov-2009 13:50
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rossmnz: Nice.

Im not 100% au fait with this but essentially this uses network bandwidth to watch tv shows right?

I guess you pay a subsidy for this per month like sky tv or whatever through Telecom??? Do you still have to pay for the bandwidth or does this come "free" with your telecom broadband plan?

Not at all.  It uses Freeview UHF signal for TV.  The internet stuff is just for the extras (downloaded movies etc) and it is free if you're with Telecom (and not available with other ISPs).  Also, the EPG comes over the net but I wouldn't think that traffic would be much.

Have you checked out mytivo.co.nz?

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  Reply # 270641 6-Nov-2009 14:08
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Normal TiVo usage, ie just watching TV/recording does not have any obvious affect on your data allowance.



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  Reply # 270644 6-Nov-2009 14:15
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OK, here is a sample of what is available on CASPA On Demand

Movies - New Releases (about 12 so far) $6.95
including: Underworld, Lakeview Terrace, Watchmen etc

Movies - Standard - $4.95
including: Rosemary's Baby, MIB, Bad Boys, Easy Rider etc

Television - $2.95
including: Arj Barker LIVE, Inside the FBI etc

EXTRAS - FREE short films, music videos

BONUS EXTRAS - Coming soon during November we will be introducing a range of FREE podcast style technology videos covering tech news, gadget reviews plus more....

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  Reply # 270645 6-Nov-2009 14:17
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Hmmm interesting. I will have to check it out, alas(well.....not really) Im not with Telecom so it looks like Tivo will be no go for now!




 


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  Reply # 270656 6-Nov-2009 15:02
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You can still use it for it's primary purpose (watching and recording TV). You just won't have access to the On Demand downloads.

P.S. JaredW, what are the 18 channels?!

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  Reply # 270659 6-Nov-2009 15:03
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Does it give any indication about connecting a NAS/ext HDD to it either via the Network, or spare USB socket, and what files it may/may not play?...



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  Reply # 270661 6-Nov-2009 15:07
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Don't get too excited most are radio - doh!

TV1, TV2, TV3, C4, Maori, TVNZ6, TVNZ7, TV3 PLUS 1, Prime, Parliment, Chinese, 50 National Radio, 51 Concert, 71 Base FM, FreeView DEMO.

Hmmmm... that's only 15 - it said 18 found on setup. Where's my Playboy channel then? :(

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  Reply # 270663 6-Nov-2009 15:11
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Fair enough, just the regular Freeview channels. I hadn't sat down and counted them before. 15 (18) sounds like a lot!

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  Reply # 270664 6-Nov-2009 15:16
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bazzer: Fair enough, just the regular Freeview channels. I hadn't sat down and counted them before. 15 (18) sounds like a lot!


There are a couple of spare slots on the freeview MUX, that will turn up as empty channels on a scan, you should be able to disable them until they actually are live ( which could be a while)

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  Reply # 270670 6-Nov-2009 15:32
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How well does the Tivo stream or access other video content from your PC?

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  Reply # 270685 6-Nov-2009 16:09
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I want mine now!

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  Reply # 270692 6-Nov-2009 16:34
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wellygary: Does it give any indication about connecting a NAS/ext HDD to it either via the Network, or spare USB socket, and what files it may/may not play?...


external HDD - there is a 1TB drive which can be purchased from Tivo which is supported. Apparently if you just buy one yourself and try to connect it, it won't work.

Apprarently you can swap the internal drive for a larger one fairly easily if you know what you're doing. May invalidate warranty though.

NAS - not really supported as you need to be running the Tivo desktop software (Tivo doesn't access standard network shares).

With Tivo desktop most video file formats are supported.

Tivo desktop only runs on Windows however many other boxes such as Linux OSX etc can run pyTivo which emulates the Tivo desktop software and enables you to transfer videos to the Tivo. http://pytivo.sourceforge.net

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Reply # 270700 6-Nov-2009 17:13
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Just out curiousity, anyone know JaredW's home address??




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