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Master Geek
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#60098 19-Apr-2010 13:35
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should i get tivo i thinking about it but isint it just freeview dvb-t with i allready have on my pc i cant see what so good about it

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  #320225 19-Apr-2010 13:45
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If you've already got a working HTPC solution then yes it would seem a bit pointless.  Unless you've only got a single tuner, as the Tivo is dual tuners.

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  #320226 19-Apr-2010 13:48
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davidcole: If you've already got a working HTPC solution then yes it would seem a bit pointless.  Unless you've only got a single tuner, as the Tivo is dual tuners.

my tv card is only one tuner but can work as 2


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  #320237 19-Apr-2010 14:14
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Why don't you just have a look on the main TiVo site at the features and see if they include anything that would be of use to you over and above what you already have.

It does have a few features that your HTPC [actually, you just say PC, so I don't know if it is part of your HT setup] wouldn't have.
We'd have to know what your set up is, otherwise your question is a bit vague.

I personally love mine, the 1080i is pretty stellar on my Pioneer, the suggested recordings turn up some good stuff from time to time even though I haven't spent too much effort on teaching it what i like with the thumb buttons.
I don't download anythinng from CASPA other than free episodes as the films are a bit expensive compared to the video shop.

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  #320242 19-Apr-2010 14:34
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i love the way it records preferences and trys to record "pro-actively" as it were

but it all depends on what ya want really

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  #320289 19-Apr-2010 16:26
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cassadee: should i get tivo i thinking about it but isint it just freeview dvb-t with i allready have on my pc i cant see what so good about it


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  #320374 19-Apr-2010 18:19
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* No EPG for Maori TV & Prime
* Limited mac support - does itunes + iphone integration.
* Desktop software is sometimes a little bit complicated to set up
* Requires internet connection (though can be wireless or ethernet)
* On Demand content requires a Telecom broadband connection
* Not as open as other PVR packages (like gb-pvr)
* You need to get tivo approved external drives to expand space.
* DVB-T only, not DVB-S.

* Proactive recording
* 'Genie' - allows to request recordings from Internet enabled device (smartphones included - I use it with my iphone)
* Don't need to worry about XMLTV files for EPG
* Decent remote - Can be programmed to work with your TV as well.
* Dual tuners (though you can get a second tuner for PC based media centres)
* Once set up, desktop software is quite good (can be set up to export series or export to a series of mobile devices)
* Very nice interface for the TV
* Season passes/Series recording is quite good
* Space management (keep until xx/xx/xx, delete oldest recordings) is very straight forward
* Appears to automatically pick up channels (like the new C4 channel)
* On Demand content is extremely fast at streaming...
* Can stream content from computers.
* Wife acceptance factor is good (mainly having one remote for TV + Tivo)

I've switched from a PC recording solution and have found the migration process quite straightforward. GBPVR was great on vista, but required additional codecs to use DVB-T...

Windows 7 media centre on the otherhand worked, but lacked the ability to get EPG.  This has meant that you are generally dependent on external sources to get EPG data and insert it into windows media center friendly format.


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