If you don't already have TiVo, but you are thinking about getting one, there is a referral program and I'd love to work with you to get you set up.
Here are a few of the reasons that I love my TiVo
* TiVo to go. You can now transfer recordings off of the TiVo to play back on up to 10 different items including laptops, PCs, other TiVos in your home, etc. Plus, you can playback photos and MP3 files that you share off of your home PC. I've got mine running through my 5.1 amp and it does a really good job of making even the 128 mp3s sound pretty good.
* You can move video files off of your TiVo to a computer on your home network. If you have a 40 hour TiVo like I do, that means that you have 40 hours of stuff to watch right now, with your long term storage limited by how much free hard drive space you have at home on your network. Considering I have the terabyte of drives from the old web server, that's quite a bit for me
* Galleon. Holy cow, this is a pretty cool app. Galleon allows you to playback Shoutcast streams on your TV, check movies in your local area, get a weather report, and more. This is possible with the HME enabled on your home network if you have a USB adaptor.
* More! I am going to try to write some custom apps to see if I can do it. It looks like I just need to use java to do this. Luckily, I know a little java.
Anyway, there is a deal right now where you can get a 40 hour box for $49 after $150 back. You need to commit to a one year service agreement at around $14 / mo., but I think it is well worth it. Considering that's the price of a cable movie channel, or a ticket to a movie + a popcorn... i get way more value out of the TiVo.
Ask me anything here or in a PM. If you want to give me a referral credit on a new purchase, let me know in advance of your purchase - I want to make sure I make the process as easy for you as possible.
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To be honest, I have no idea yet. There really aren't that many apps out there yet, so the field is wide open. I'm trying to figure out something to keep me busy during the long lonely winter up here, and this seems like someting that could fit the bill.
I've thought about getting a Tivo (and would definitely get the name brand instead of a cable company knock-off). I'm just not sure if I would use it enough to justify the expense. By my math $12.95 / month + $49.99 for the unit is $205.39 in the first year. On the other hand, that is only about $4 / week. Taping every syndicated Seinfeld episode is almost worth that. If PBS still showed Red Dwarf or if I had BBC America so I could tape Monty Python I would be sold. Still, it's something to consider.
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That's a different deal than I took, but it works out the same. I would go with the instant $150 back deal when you prepay, just because I'm still waiting for my rebate check so I'm out the money as it is until I get it back.
I'm sure I'll get it back -- but I'd rather have the thing done and dealt with than hanging over my head.
I just bought the 80-hr DVD-R Tivo by Humax through Ebay. You have previously mentioned how much you liked it, so I splurged and got it for my wife for Christmas. I still don't know that much about 'em though. Can someone tell me more about the things I can do with this magical device, besides record, pause, & rewind live TV & the stuff Guru listed, please? Where can I find these applications? I can write Java apps for it?! Also, any pitfalls? (oops, too late to ask that one I guess....)
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I have DirecTV and the Tivo and love the damn thing. I almost never watch live TV anymore. Even sundays I start watching NFL games at about 2pm and fast forward through comercials.
For those of you who don't have an auto comercial skip, like me, and find yourselves fast forwarding too far all the time here is a nice easter egg.
Hit: Select play Select 3 0 Select
you should hear three dings.
Now the button on your remote that takes you to the next time line, or to the start or end of a program, will give you a 30 second skip.
Its great for getting through comercials faster, or if you are like me and watch alot of football, there is ~30seconds between snaps when the team huddles. Just keep hitting the button and see nothing but game play.
edit: thanks Guru, thats what I get for posting before my first coffee in the morning
Originally posted by vspI have an 80-hour TiVo, and need only a wireless adapter or ethernet bridge to hook it up to my LAN to use TiVoToGo.
If I move a recording from the TiVo to my hard drive, can I move it BACK onto the TiVo later if space permits?
Yes, it can be moved back and forth from the HD to the TiVo. It's quite handy.
You can start watching it on your TV within 20-30 seconds, but if you want to FF you have to let more of it buffer.
If you get a USB adaptor, make sure you get 100 base if you can. I think mine is only 10baseT and it is pretty slow - 8 minutes or so to move a 30 minute show. It's not really that bad though, after you get past the first commercial break if you FF you are fine. You just can't skip right to 3/4 of the way through at the very beginning, so it might be a pain if you were storing something like RAW and wanted to skip a lot of craptacular early stuff.
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