Category: "ReplayTV"

Pages: 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

06/14/09

  11:49:58 am, by The Dreamer   , 839 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, OTA HDTV, DVDs / NetFlix, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Missed an anniversary

Link: http://www.netflix.com

I was writing a comment on the NetFlix blog (about when captions won't appear in Instant....and that one of the reasons I prefer DVDs to watching in a theater is that I can have english subtitles to follow along with all the dialog. I also often turn on closed captions on my TV.....)

Anyways...I then realized I've been a NetFlix subscriber for more than 10 years now.

I rented my first DVD's on in January 1999 (shortly after the purchase of my first DVD player -- a post Xmas clearance). This was back when it was pretty expensive to rent a DVD by mail by the week, there was reasonable grace time around the rental period to allow for the post office to misplace the DVD for a week (a problem to continues to happen). Though NetFlix offered value packs to bring the average cost down. Used to be that you told Netflix when you had mailed it back, and you didn't have to wait so long before reporting a problem had happened somewhere in the return trip...or occasionally on getting the selection.

Only once did I get the wrong selection in the mail from them. Which was bad, because I didn't get the usual confirmation that I had returned that wrong selection and had to declare the correct selection as being lost. Even though I emailed them explaining what had happened. I think they have the ability to report that online now though.

Anyways, after my first two trial selections, for $7....I got a 30 pack for $141 and then a 40 pack for $162.55. During the 40 pack, NetFlix switched to its Marquee program. Which I transitioned to in November of 1999. Back then it wasn't unlimited, so I did have to pay overage fees for the first few months.

I've stayed with the same plan all this time....it did become an unlimited plan and allows instant (something I didn't get to trying until the feature appeared on my TiVo HD's

Pages: 1· 2

12/04/08

  08:42:25 pm, by The Dreamer   , 322 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, AppleTV, TV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Boxee

Hulu: AppleTV, Boxee and Life

Link: http://www.hulu.com

Today I tried out Hulu.

Because last night, the schedule bumped Life to about 3:40am. My TiVo HD didn't get it, because it apparently needed to do some kind of maintenance reboot around 3am....only it got stuck, at the just a few more moments or something like that screen.

I had to reboot it hard during lunch when I found it that way. (I was home at lunch today, because I was still un-numbing from a dentist appointment)

I noticed the absence of shows recorded last night, and eventually concluded that only one show was actually missed. Life.

So, I was thinking where can I find the missed episode... I suppose with patience, I could get somebody to send it to me on my ReplayTV. Though it would only be SD. But, then I was reading my twitter feed of the impending new release of Boxee. (It is hard to write this blog post with twitter [TwitterFox] updates popping up and stealing focus, and not giving it back)

The NetFlix feature sounds nice, but it isn't available in the AppleTV version....so I'll stick to waiting for that from TiVo.

But, it did talk of improvements with its Hulu support...and I decided it was time to check that out. First I quickly popped over to the site to see whether it would be possible to get the missed episode of Life. Then it was off to work, with it as something to try when I get back home.

Well, it turned out to be a reasonable experience. It was 16x9, not as good as HD. And, the commercials were tolerable (and interesting and relevance). It only paused once (not including when I hit pause to answer the door and get my food delivery (I think she was cute, but I just took my food....)

Now I know what to do the next time my TiVo or cable company let's me down, eh? :P

09/03/08

  07:16:48 am, by The Dreamer   , 657 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, DVDs / NetFlix, Blu-Ray, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, AT&T DSL

Time to upgrade my DSL again

Last time I pulled the trigger on upgrading my DSL, I was just hoping to get them to bring me up to the speed I had been paying for (originally they said I could only get 1.5m/384k, and they did deliver that for the first month....when after a storm they then locked me down at 768/384. And, no amount of calling or emails, would make them think to let me back up.)

When I had last looked, both tiers were offered...but I was pessimistic, so I only ordered the 3.0m/512k tier. But, since sync rate is almost always this rate now....and DSLreports tools suggests that 768k upstream is possible. And, should be able to get another 1-1.5m on the downstream. I had started wondering if I shouldn't have gone for the higher speed.

Then the Roku NetFlix player was announced, and that seemed like something I would want to have. Which would make the need for more speed that much more desirable.

So, I had drafted a plan to get the NetFlix player last month and upgrade my DSL last month. Only as time went on, and reviews of the NetFlix player came in....my interest faded. The lack of subtitles or CC capability in the player is a big negative.

Especially since I've been catching up on my TV recordings, and the big thing I miss is that they weren't recorded with CC enabled. Of course, I suppose it might have something to do with the fact that some of the people behind ReplayTV are now behind Roku. Though to be fair, part of the lack of CC on my ReplayTV recordings is the transition to digital....

Anyways...I was online today to check my account information....couldn't remember if I had seen the bill or not. Decided to go ahead and order the upgrade to see how close to 6.0m/768k they can actually deliver.

I'm more likely to be holding out for the LG/NetFlix combo device now....than the Roku. Even though the LG device is apparently no more capable than the Roku for NetFlix. But, I've been wanting Blu-Ray since the beginning, and now that its the winner...it might be time to finally pull the trigger on that. Guess it'll depend on whether NetFlix streaming improves....and whether I see enough Blu-Ray now to justify it.

Pages: 1· 2

07/26/08

  09:49:58 pm, by The Dreamer   , 496 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, HDTV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Zektor HDVI5 input selection resolution.

Link: http://www.zektor.com/hdvi5/HDVI5.html

One of the things I had grumbled about was now having to switch inputs on my Zektor HDVI5 more often than usual.

Namely, going between my two TiVo HD's. The other two devices, my DVD player and the Cox HD DVR, were getting little use. Like, I'm only watching on DVD a weekend...if that. And, right now I check the Cox HD DVR now and then to remove stuff it has recorded, because it is duplicating stuff that I'm now getting on my TiVo (one of the them anyways). I originally scheduled the shows because I wasn't able to get them via Cablecards, but Cox has since made all the HD channels here available that way.

I could remove the scheduling I suppose, but that's more time on the box than I want. Perhaps sometime before the start of the fall season, I'll sit down and figure out the distribution of what I record where. Kind of like the spread of channels over the many ReplayTVs I've been using.

Should be interesting to see what my ReplayTV usage becomes in the fall.

Anyways...back to what input switching problem, it dawned on that I can reprogram the switcher to select the input based on a different remote. Though I didn't want to change all the buttons, and there didn't seem to be a way to cycle through inputs...so I hadn't looked much further.

It then occurred me that I could temporarily juggle remotes to program so just input 1 and input 2 are triggered by some other IR code, that corresponds to the respective TiVo HD's. Better yet, while checking the manual...I can only change the IR codes that I want.

So, I mapped the TiVo button of #1 to input 1, and the TiVo button of #2 to input 2. Sure, the switcher is going to reselect the input every time I hit the TiVo button. But, it seemed a safe button that would switch inputs without disrupting things on that TiVo.

Especially, since it is preference to hit the TiVo button for the input I'm going to before I switch to the input. That way I won't get blasted by whatever Live TV that the TiVo might be playing.

At some later date, I'll probably think of what button on the other devices (Cox HD DVR and Momitsu V880N DVD player) to be the input selection for that. But, back to my TiVo viewing.

Full story »

07/20/08

  03:49:44 pm, by The Dreamer   , 225 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, HDTV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Getting another TiVo HD (or am I?)

Yesterday, I mourned the death of one of my ReplayTVs. I accepted it fairly quickly, since I use them less and less (due to more and more stuff on HD and having a TiVo HD).

So I've set about removing it from my setup (can't seem to get to ReplayTV to remove its subscription...guess I'll try again or call on Monday).

After mulling things over....I decided that I would get a second TiVo HD.

I went to tivo.com and ordered a refurbished TiVo HD with month-to-month service, threw in a glo Remote...and checked out.

But, it timed out before giving me an order confirmation. My cart is empty, but no email of the order either. So, did it complete or not? :??:

I tried calling the sales number...but the call won't go through.

Full story »

07/19/08

  01:02:58 pm, by The Dreamer   , 81 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, HDTV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

A ReplayTV is dead. Long live ReplayTV

Sometime early this morning, one of my ReplayTV's failed. Looks like the harddrive big the dust. :..(

Guess if it doesn't start working on its own soon, I'll just see about unsubscribing it. I still have my other 6 ReplayTVs...and I hardly use any of them now since I'm more in HD.

What I might do now, is see about buying another TiVo HD :>>

Off to figure out what I've lost and see if I want to bother getting those shows back.... :|

04/12/08

  07:55:10 pm, by The Dreamer   , 709 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Home Theatre, Software, WiFi

URC-6131N

I mentioned that my URC-6131 was failing...the main annoyance was the PVR Menu button. It was getting harder and harder to get into the Replay Menu on my ReplayTVs.

I searched around online to try to find a new URC-6131 (forgetting at first that it needs to be modded to do JP1 reprogramming). But, no luck. I decided I would take a chance try the 6131n. Found it in numerous places.

But, as I was looking at whether to buy or bid....I saw an auction listing that mentioned that the 6131n for sale had been modded for JP1 programming. Oh ya....the 6131 that I had was modded for JP1...that means I should be bidding on this one.

I marked it for future bid....

Full story »

Pages: 1· 2

03/20/08

  01:10:19 pm, by The Dreamer   , 399 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

I got CableCARDs

The process got off to a rough start...the installer put card 1 in and then put card 2 in, and called to do the pairing. During the call he was instructed to remove cards and then do them one at a time.

That seemed to go somewhat better.

He didn't want to go through guided setup, just wanted to see live TV to confirm that things were working. But, it stayed at Acquiring Channel Info, forever. A quick call, seems he would have to do it, if he wanted to see channels.

So, we did the guided setup.

Still no channels. He decided that everything was done on their end, that it must be TiVo that is preventing things....so he left his number, and said to call if there were any problems on their end.

Full story »

02/16/08

  02:33:53 pm, by The Dreamer   , 131 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, Cable HD DVR, Networking

WiRNS resurrection

Link: http://www.wirns.com

I've had it with lack of line up updates from DNNA, and the need to call a non-tollfree number and wait on indefinite hold to fix something they should be keeping up on.

So, I looked at remapping some data to get the one channel that I'm missing out on....digital Fox.

I had stopped using WiRNS, because my ReplayTVs had stopped being able to get data from it....I figured it was probably related to having lost one of my Linux servers due to the icepocalypse. And, evidently this is so. :>>

Now at least I'll have the option of recording Fox from digital cable....though American Idol filling up the schedule, means there's just "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"....which isn't in conflict, so is getting recorded on the DVR.

01/05/08

  05:18:20 pm, by The Dreamer   , 338 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Samsung HLN4365W1, Time Warner/Cox Cable, HDTV

6118 Hours

I had been thinking that over the Xmas holidays, and then on New Year's....that I would replace the bulb in my Samsung HLN4365W1. It had been getting darker and darker for some time, and was beginning to annoy me...especially which watching TV shows and movies that tend to be dark themselves.

But, I keep forgetting to do it before turning the TV on for the day. Being that I need to do it with the set cool.

Today I got an email from a person looking for a replacement bulb for her Samsung HLN4365W1....which made me think that I should try to remember replacing mine. She told me that looking at Sears Parts online, it would set her back like $250. And, wanted to know if I knew of somewhere cheaper. I went over to Samsungparts.com, where I had ordered my replacement bulb from...and found that they give a price of $149.99. Darn, I paid $199.99 for mine...of course, I bought it over 1.5 years ago....in preparation of a move for just in case. :**:

The bulb replacement was pretty straight forward, except that it was on the side that required contortions and later pulling the TV out to get at.

Once the set turned on...I went into the service menu to clear the lamp timer. Making note that the timer was at 6118 hours.

Interesting to note that the new bulb is a 120W, whereas the original bulb was only a 100W...where I had read somewhere that the 'Dynamic' picture mode ran the bulb at 120W. Guess the part change addresses this fact. Though I guess I've been fortunate to not experience total bulb failure.

Meanwhile, while checking out the new bulb...I noticed that Fox HD is now available on Cox.

Wonder how long before DNNA get's the lineup fixed so that I can record it using my ReplayTV? Maybe I'll have to dig out my fax machine and send them the full line up, so they can get it right.

2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

Latest Poopli Updaters -- http://lkc.me/poop

bloglovin

There are 19 years 3 months 24 days 18 hours 3 minutes and 3 seconds until the end of time.
And, it has been 5 years 9 months 2 days 19 hours 59 minutes and 53 seconds since The Doctor saved us all from the end of the World!

Search

September 2018
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
 << <   > >>
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Google

Linkblog

  XML Feeds

Who's Online?

  • Guest Users: 1
This seal is issued to lawrencechen.net by StopTheHacker Inc.
Open-source blog

hosted by
Green Web Hosting! This site hosted by DreamHost.

monitored by
Monitored by eXternalTest
SiteUptime Web Site Monitoring Service
website uptime