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Ultimate Geek

# 80012 25-Mar-2011 17:54
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I'm on TC and saw the news article about the lack of worth of this business unit for Telecom.  So, I check the price, and it's now down to $499.  The telecom site implies that you need Telecom land line and broadband .. but I guess that's not true.

So, for someone like me who records freeview ( when I remember ) using dvb on an older PC, is it worth the $499?  I've got TC broadband.

And what exactly is the broadband use for anyway?


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Uber Geek


  # 452108 26-Mar-2011 16:23
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Broadband is only required to update the EPG, this is only a few MB per week at most.
Optionally you can use the CASPA system to rent movies etc, but it is not very well patronised.
I bought my TiVo on the day it was released, for full price, and have never regretted it. I have never paid for any CASPA content, and do not plan to.
Its an excellent device, I have not watched ANY TV live since I bought the machine. Once you get your season passes set up, you can pretty much set and forget. Highly recommend using the thumbs up and down ratings, as it will record stuff you may like too, if you enable recommendations.
Also, I highly recommend buying the premium remote, I did a review on GZ some time ago. It really is vastly superior, much nicer to use. My kids are allowed to use the default remote, but not allowed to touch the good one!
Also kid zone is very good if you have kids!


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Ultimate Geek

  # 452116 26-Mar-2011 16:45
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How well does the EPG work? I read that there were issues ...


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Ultimate Geek

  # 452123 26-Mar-2011 17:32
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No guide info on Maori and prime with TiVo.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 452126 26-Mar-2011 17:44
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no Prime?? That sucks. Anyone worked out how to hack this in?

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Ultimate Geek

  # 452128 26-Mar-2011 17:45
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I'm using PVRx2 and there's no way that I can see to record two programs concurrently. Is that something the Tivo can do?

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  # 452385 27-Mar-2011 13:38
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Yes, TiVo has two tuners, can record two channels at once.
Yes, No PRIME on the EPG sucks balls. Especially now that TVNZ are gifting SKY with all this programming etc, and SKY will STILL not just make the EPG data available. I don't know why they won't just realise that I WON'T WATCH PRIME IF I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S ON!

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Ultimate Geek

  # 452387 27-Mar-2011 13:44
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Exactly where is the EPG data sourced from ? Is it something one can change or reconfigure? I presume it is because the Tivo is a US device.

Nice about the dual tuners .. that means I could record 3 channels concurrently if I need to using my existing setup!


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Master Geek
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  # 457258 10-Apr-2011 17:20
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You can get prime and maori tv
But you have to manually programme it to record like a video

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Master Geek

  # 459182 15-Apr-2011 14:56
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^^ Just to clear the above statement up.

You can watch Prime TV and Maori TV with TiVo.

You can record Prime TV and Maori TV with TiVo. However, you do have to manually set up that recording. I.e. start time and end time.

Maori Television and Prime Television do not presently allow their EPG / listings to be utilised by TiVo. There could be more to it than that but I've been on a crusade to get a straight story from both networks.

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Master Geek
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  # 459217 15-Apr-2011 17:16
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My tivo screeches when you fast forward the sound
I have to reset it all the time as there is no sound sometimes
now the thing is saying aerial reset all the time bla bla

SO hopefully they will swap it?

I rang up today but the tivo support was in chch apparently and they have no one else to do it?
Put though 5 times
BUt the tivo lady did say chch so when she said that I learnt some patience lol

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Ultimate Geek

  # 486125 26-Jun-2011 16:55
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I'm looking at getting a new telly and see that some of them now have the ability to record directly to USB etc with timers .. so if they're using the freeview epg, seems it would work better than getting a new telly and tivo ??  Though I see Farmers have a 42" Panasonic LCD for $699 so that Tivo works out marginally cheaper.

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