So, with July 31st just around the corner...I decided that its time I stop putting it off...and see about replacing the drive in Number 5 and see about setting up WiRNS again.
But, as I go to Number 6 to see about it picking up its new DHCP settings, it shows a message that they are continuing guide service. Though I guess how the monthly people continue with ReplayTV is open....but since I have 2 lifetime units, I guess I get to continue living a little while longer....
After the announced shutdown of the ReplayTV programming guide service, we have had many positive, enthusiastic comments about the ReplayTV DVR products and services. In light of this response, ReplayTV and its parent company Digital Networks North America, Inc. have decided to continue the electronic programming guide service pursuant to the terms of your service activation agreement. We thank you very much for all of your support and enthusiasm over the many years these products have been sold.
As we have said previously, the analog programming that the ReplayTV units are capable of recording is in fact likely to be converted to digital signals in the very near future at which point the ReplayTV units will no longer be able to record such programming. We encourage our users to consider digital video recorders that have this digital recording capability as well as additional technological advances which are not a part of the ReplayTV units (all of which were end of lifed by 2006). For monthly subscribers of the ReplayTV service, we are exploring options by which you may continue paying for and receiving such service going forward. We apologize in advance should there be any minor disruptions in the ReplayTV service while we implement the continuation of the programming guide. Thank you. ReplayTV
The "My Accounts" button on the page don't work though....
The ReplayTV Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) Service will be permanently discontinued on July 31, 2011. After this date, owners of ReplayTV DVR units will still be able to manually record analog TV programs, but will not have the benefit of access to the interactive program guide. Effective immediately, monthly billing for the ReplayTV service to remaining customers has been suspended.
The industry conversion to HDTV is complete and ReplayTV DVRs are unable to take advantage of the wealth of HDTV programming. Please contact your service provider for current offerings.
Guess my (2) lifetime(s) is about to end....
Wonder if its just guide data, or if the other services like time setting, activation, IVS are shutting down as well.
Guess I don't need to be looking to replace the drive in one of my lifetime units.
A few days ago, I started getting reports that ReplayTV number 5 wasn't responding. It had been doing that with greater and greater frequency after its weekly reboot. But, this time holding the power button down to reboot wasn't making it respond again.
So, I guess it was time to change the input on my TV over to it and see what it's doing. Its stuck at "Please Wait..."
Oh well...guess I'll unplug it for now and remove it later. It was the first ReplayTV I got with Lifetime service, which is the only reason I still have it running. Having canceled monthly subscription on the units without lifetime service. I suppose if I really wanted to I could take a drive out of one of the non-lifetime units and resurrect it (since finding PATA IDE drives that'll work in a ReplayTV will probably be too hard, and not worthwhile.) Since, I don't watch anything that the machine records....its just for the benefit of people over on poopli.com.
So, I went to unplug it..but I traced it wrong and unplugged Number 6. Number 6 almost didn't come back up from that. But after some coaxing, it came back. It might not be long for the world either....
Wonder what I would do if Number 6 died. I'm renting a cable tuner box to feed it, I suppose the wise thing would be to return the cable box. Originally, I had rationalized keeping it around in case I should want to use Video-on-demand. But, so far I haven't. Don't know if a more convenient setup of it would make it more likely or not. But, word is that Cox and TiVo Premiere is going to be able do Video-on-demand...and since I have both...I guess, eventually I won't need to keep around the separate tuner for that just in case.
Perhaps it'll open the way to clearing the top shelves of my rack so I can do a different arrangement of components...and perhaps get a bigger TV....
that's commit to lifetime service for my TiVo HD's.
Hard to believe that I'm coming up on 2 years with my first TiVo HD. First year I did monthly fee on a 1 year commitment, and when that was ending, I opted to pay for a year in advance. As that nears completion, I got an email with a promo code to get lifetime service for $100 off.
I had considered getting lifetime last year, but $399 was a little hard to jump on at the time. Of course, $299 now...probably would've been cheaper if I had jumped on lifetime last year... but, hindsight being what it is and not yet being graced with a TARDIS....
Meanwhile, a short while after I got the first TiVo HD, I had pulled the trigger on a second TiVo HD. Got the first in March, 2008 from woot.com, got the other during the summer in preparation of the new fall season (July). That one started on 1 year commit month-to-month with Multi-Service Discount (MSD). Lifetime service on that with the MSD is $299, which I could've gone with when my first year was up...except that the disparity of costs per unit and order of unit acquisition or other strange think that is me I couldn't rationalize the move....so I made no new commitment and stayed month to month on it.
But, now that I've pulled the trigger on lifetime for my first TiVo HD....it has cleared the way for me to also get lifetime on my second TiVo HD. Though due to the timing of renewal dates, the second TiVo HD will get its lifetime service before my first TiVo HD
Now what am I going to do with my two (remaining) ReplayTVs both with lifetime service (one's a 250G and the other's a 300G).....
Was going through my photo collection and saw that it had been over two years since I last snapped a shot of "My Mess". So, here's what it looks like today:
With the coming fall season, it was starting to look like that 4 tuners of my current two TiVo HDs might not be enough to cover my recording needs. So, I was trying to work getting another TiVo HD into my budget. And, figuring out how it would fit into my Home Theatre setup.
I had worked out where it might go, and I even got another TiVo HD remote and figured out how to change codes (which I did because #2 conflicted with a Honeywell Fan, which I mentioned earlier).
But, with a little time on my hand, I made up a spreadsheet (again) and worked out the shows I want and the tuners I have...and it looks like I can make it work with the TiVo HD's I have now. Plus, I could always just cut back on TV. There's shows I recorded last year that aren't going to get recorded this year, and who says all the new shows are going to make cut. Either mine or the networks...usually the network cuts the shows I want to watch and keeps the shows that I cut...so the tuner over load tends to be more of a transient problem....
Though there have been times in the past where 4 was not enough back in the ReplayTV days....though there was the getting of HBO/SHO during that period. But, only appointment show during that period was "Dead Like Me"....I kept the package and even continued it after moving to Manhattan, KS and with Cox....but eventually it was time to end it. I don't seem to watch nearly as much TV as I used to.
Though it would be nice if there was a way to upgrade the external drives on my TiVo HD's....perhaps someday I'll clear the backlog of shows on them, and do it.... like someday I'll add more storage to various computers at home....
Now to find some time, sit down and reorganize my season passes to fit the plan I've come up with on my spreadsheet. Though I also want to tweak it a little, similar to how I had a plan of what shows would be on which ReplayTV....
Even though I was up before noon and could do something dangerous, I got lazy and procrastinated the morning away. Continuing the lack of motivation and go out and do stuff, I jumped into the latest equipment shuffle.
I started by turning off the UPS on the left side of my HT rack and seeing what went off. And, then started removing cables and stuff, making sure I knew things were going as expected. Plus there were other cables to nowhere or longer loops caused by the removal of some ReplayTVs and related components.
Then, I moved my 2 TiVo HDs to occupy the void that was once 4 ReplayTVs (at one time 5, but I had removed the dead one some time ago). And, then I swapped the GeekSquad 1285 UPS for the PowerSource 400.
With things powered up, the guage is reading 120W for load. That's pretty good, guess the numbers I pulled off online were a bit too conservative. Means there'll be ample capacity to add another TiVo HD + expander when that time comes. Though alternatively, there is the new void on the right side caused by the movement of a TiVo HD. And, I'm sure the SmartUPS on the right side can handle having a TiVo on it again.
So, it was time to go put the GeekSquad 1285 back into service.
The first plan was to put 'box' on it. And, maybe the monitor. There's an APC BackUPS 1500VA that is powering 'box' and the monitor along with my Windows stack. So, 'box' and monitor needed to move. Ideally, 'box' would go on a PowerSource 400, but that one hasn't been purchased yet. But, once I traced out the cables and discovered some quirks (by accidentally pulling the plug on 'orac'.) I got 'box' and monitor onto the GeekSquad 1285.
Then I noticed the annoyance. The 'silent' icon was no longer lit. Guess that explains why it was making a racket last power outage. Apparently it needs utility power to remember its settings, seems kind of lame. So I got my laptop and set about to reprogram it.
While I was connected I saw that runtime was shorter than I expected the move would get me. Guess 'box' draws quite a lot of power, and the UPS isn't really up to that kind of task. Even though it would also be bad, I ended up putting 'box' onto the PowerSource 400 that backs up the network switch and 'lhaven'. Guess at a future date, I'll move 'box' and switch to a separate PowerSource 400. That'll be fun.
I put the GeekSquad 1285 to back up 'orac' and monitor instead. Interesting that Gnome Power Manager saw the UPS, and seemed to indicate that it knew what to do now. Guess we'll find out next outage. Not sure if that means I should be looking at a UPS other than another PowerSource 400 to protect 'box'. Its a trade off....I would rather 'box' never go down in an extended outage, though it is also modern enough now that it should detect and handle modern UPSs as well.
I guess we'll see when the next impulse hits.
Of course, there's the question of what to do with the now retired CPS1500AVR-HO and CPS700AVR.
My ReplayTVs that is.... Today, I canceled the rest of my ReplayTV subscriptions.
I had canceled a subscription a while back when one of my ReplayTVs died. But, I continued with the other 4 monthly units. I still have the 2 lifetime units.
I haven't watched anything that I've recorded with my ReplayTVs since that cancellation, in fact there was probably some length of time before the cancellation that I had stopped.
But, I wanted to be sure that I didn't need to go back.
Last weekend, another one of my ReplayTVs went away....it did its maintenance reboot and then got stuck in a reboot loop.
The first ReplayTV to die was the second ReplayTV that I had acquired, it was probably the first one that I upgraded to 250GB. I had first patched a 5060 to fully use its 80GB drive, but I had voided and done that for other reasons. And, that gave me the experience to go and upgrade all my ReplayTVs to 250GB. The last one to get upgraded went to 300GB (well, it first went to 160GB....using the 160GB drive from my very first ReplayTV...and then a 300 to make it close to what the others reset were....plus I was using it for OTA HDTV recording.
Anyways, the one that went last weekend was my very first ReplayTV....a 5160.
Along the way I acquired a 5040, then another 5040, then a 5060. It was supposed to stop there, but I was renting a cable SD DVR which died...so I downgraded to a regular cable box and got a 5080 with lifetime. Later I got another 5080 with lifetime. And, then in the final days of 5000s...I picked up a refurb 5040, which I then upgraded to 250G to be an additional OTA HDTV recorder. That was the only one that was post 250GB+ to have a drive fail and I then patched a new drive to go in it.
When the first ReplayTV died, I decided to go without. And, now its time to completely be free of them.
Plus I've been looking for a new TV....it'll probably be the same size as my current one, but 1080p and LCD. Apparently they don't make 50" DLP's any more...and 50" LCDs have too thick of a bezel to fit my current stand (so 46" is probably as big as I can go...though that isn't to say that I couldn't look at a new stand.) It probably will be a year or two before I take that plunge. I'm hoping that the current bulb will do that and then replace the whole thing when it gets too faded. But, one thing about new TVs...is they lack S-Video inputs. Though ReplayTV can do component....it doesn't do it very well.
OTOH, I'm planning to make the plunge into Blu-Ray before Xmas. But, I guess I'll just live with 720p....
I don't know what I'm going to do with the desubscribed ReplayTVs....not sure the logistics of trying to sell and ship them. I will probably hang onto the two lifetime units short term....thinking of playing with OTA HDTV now that things are fully transitioned, of course I might find that I still can't receive anything OTA. Guess it depends on how much interest I have in playing around....
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