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  Reply # 1948879 30-Jan-2018 21:48
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You can buy a second hand one and pay someone $55 to get it modded. Plus another $150 for a new 1TB hard drive if you like. That’s what I did (I bought a second TIVO for upstairs). Have not regretted one penny spent on the modding it. Once its all done, way better than anything on the market - Panasonic, T2200, etc - eat your heart out.

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  Reply # 1948885 30-Jan-2018 22:03
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I gave my Tivo away. 


I'm computer-programing minded - but not technically minded to fix/repair the tivo. 



Can you get it back again ?


You don't need to be tech minded.


You send it off and the modding is done for you and it comes back like tivo was before,


all you do is connect it and turn it on and tivo is back.


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  Reply # 1954848 10-Feb-2018 15:46
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I just felt like we should not give prospective TIVO users overly high expectations. a) it is not quite that easy (almost) and b) as the TV guide data is now generated by volunteers, it is not perfect. 


I had some trouble with a modded TIVO, so asked on a forum and got the following reply:


Season Passes


When setting season passes, you need to retain what has always been the default setting of "First Runs and Reruns". If you modify your season passes to "First Runs only" nothing gets recorded. This may change in future.


The NZ guide data has been pretty good. There are some channels that seem to have a whole lot of nothing out beyond 3-4 days, but, mostly they pick it up before they need to record. The biggest hassle is trying to record a short series of one-off movies when you can't set the next week to record sometimes because the data doesn't go out that far.


You don't need to delete your old season passes, but they won't work due to differences in the codes used by the underlying guide data. It's a good idea to delete them though, as you'll then be able to keep track of what you have chosen to record.


Channel Scan


The following Channel Scan process is also worth doing to tidy up channels including Maori (5) and Te-Reo(15) so that you get the correct data.


  • Go to Read New Messages and Settings
  • Choose Settings
  • Choose Channels
  • Choose Channel Scan
  • Choose “Delete previously scanned channels”
  • Let your Tivo scan for channels, then when completed, choose to add them all.
  • You can then delete any you don’t want listed from the “Channel List” menu item.

Guide Data:


Remember, this is a volunteer driven effort with no guarantees.


In NZ, you will only get up to 7 days guide data, unless the current sources for the guide change in the future. I think you'll find all Freeview boxes that get their guide data over the air are also limited to 7 days.


The Aussies are only getting 3x days of EPG guide data. They have so many regions and channels, that NZ is a walk in the park by comparison.


I think I speak for most people in that the guide has mostly been pretty good so far (09/02/2018). If you have any concerns about specifics, please feel free to PM me, and I'll pass these onto the developers handling the NZ guide.


Personally, I do notice some incorrect guide data, e.g. The TV series "Young Sheldon" being listed a on-off, so no season pass options, and then a movie "Maze Runner" being listed as a season, so had season pass options. And "Find Programs" by Movie, all types incorrectly lists a lot of TV series.



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