Category: "TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite"

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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.

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07/25/08

  11:29:05 am, by The Dreamer   , 90 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Another pair of Cox Cablecards

I have scheduled the installation of a[nother] pair of Cox Cablecards, for my 'new' TiVo HD DVR.

I don't remember what I paid for installation last time, but it sounded much higher this time around. I may strongly consider the retirement of the Cox HD equipment next year. U-(

Anyways...I scheduled it for August 4th, since this is my next planned stay at home for deliveries day. Though nothing else has been ordered with this date, yet. But, I have stuff sitting in my Amazon.com cart.... :wave:

07/24/08

  11:15:23 pm, by The Dreamer   , 849 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, HDTV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

'New' TiVo HD is here

The 'New' TiVo HD arrived today. It was supposed to come yesterday, but the UPS delivery didn't happen until 15 minutes after I had given up waiting for it to show up.

This time I booked the morning off, and waited those extra 15 minutes. Perhaps its easier to force attempt #2, though the I didn't really know how long it would take from ordering the TiVo to when I would get it with free shipping...and didn't feel the rush....

The total delivery was the Refurbished TiVo HD, and the GloRemote. And a separate order of the My DVR Expander.

After a quick inspection, I set it aside and headed off to work.

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07/20/08

  11:26:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 189 words  
Categories: TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

TiVo HD DVR + Expander & Remote purchased

I remembered that I was to go back and try ordering the TiVo HD DVR again....

So, I did. This time it went through like a snap. And, soon afterwards I got confirmation from both my credit card and TiVo of the transaction.

From TiVo, I ordered a refurbished TiVo HD DVR....just going month to month on service for it. To go with it, I got the glo Remote for it. Just something that I've been thinking of getting for a while. Already have my current TiVo prepped to be unit #1. No plans that I know of for there to be more than 2 TiVos.

After the completion of that...I went ahead and jumped in an order from Amazon.com for another My DVR Expander. So that this would will be ready to upgrade as soon as I get it.

The TiVo is just coming by free ground shipping, so it might be next week before I get it. But, the My DVR Expander is coming by Amazon Prime....so I should have that in Wednesday.

Now off to prep other parts of home for its arrival. :lalala:

  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.

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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.... :|

05/14/08

  06:50:36 am, by The Dreamer   , 157 words  
Categories: Computer, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, AT&T DSL

Another day in the DSL upgrade

Starting to look like 6.0/768 might be a real possibility for my DSL connection.

This morning (around 3am) another bump in speed. Sync rate is now 3008/512. No noticeable change in SN Margin, but Line Attenuation has gone up by another db.

DSLReport's Spectrum Tool shows an estimated downstream rate of 4660 now.

I may really look at moving more over to it now. Think I'll move the TiVo HD....though now that Amazon Unbox is going to have HD content, that might mean that I really should be looking at the 6.0/768 tier.

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03/31/08

  10:05:35 am, by The Dreamer   , 202 words  
Categories: TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Storage

MyDVR Expander is here.

I checked the TiVo HD, and it was only recording a suggestion (that I wasn't interested in). So I canceled it.

I then setup the external drive. Found a spot on the UPS to plug in the odd shaped wart that prevented me to plugging it into my power strip. :? And found a spot where the tall drive would fit on my stand (couldn't find any answer on whether it would work in a horizontal orientation)....silly drive...its not a book. The 500GB My Book cheaper (and the local computer store had some).

I then pulled the plug on the TiVo HD. Hooked up the eSATA cable. And, powered up the TiVo again.

It came up...but didn't seem to see the storage. After surfing the menus a bit, I remembered that there was a selection in the settings menu for external devices. So, I went there and set up the drive. It rebooted again and did the setup....

Now I can have up to 86 hours of HD.

This time coming out, I got a message saying that it finally detected storage and asked if I wanted to set it up (again). I deleted the message, and headed into work. :wave:

03/27/08

  12:36:31 am, by The Dreamer   , 121 words  
Categories: TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Storage

My DVR Expander Ordered

I was debating whether to buy the My DVR Expander from TiVo or Best Buy.

For some reason I thought there was an advantage to getting it from TiVo....perhaps I had some vague recollection of reading that Best Buy's price was higher. But, I saw that it was the same price. And, there's the iGive factor &#59;D

As I was looking at my shopping cart for my checkout options, it occurred to me that I should've gotten RewardZone certificates. Apparently you have to check the site regularly to see when they are automatically issued to you, but they had apparently issued $35 worth of certificates to me on February 25th.

So, I went and completed the order using all the certificates.

03/25/08

  07:34:14 pm, by The Dreamer   , 171 words  
Categories: Stuff, iPod, Travel, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Storage

No Archos 605 WiFi

Because I've been doing too much stuff with my TiVo HD DVR at the moment, I've decided to put off the purchase the Archos 605 WiFi. Instead I'm likely to purchase the MyDVR Expander for the TiVo.

There are rumors of the Archos 606 coming out later this year, while the details of what it'll do and look like are sketchy....the consensus is that Archos is going to have regular releases of new products (which kind of fits with most consumer electronics companies &#59;D ) And, since it has been a major struggle of choosing between the Archos 605 WiFi or an iPod Touch....one would hope that the next version of the Archos will make the decision easier. :?

Plus the thinking to push ahead with the 605 at this point was based on wanting to have it before I go on my next trip (Penguicon).

So, quick cut to my netmap for April 2008....

And, now off to figure out where other gadgety goodness falls in my budget. Like moving up my next ThinkGeek order.

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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.

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