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Goodbye Tivo

March 17th, 2006 · 10 Comments

Now that I’ve got an HD TV, my old Tivo seems very deficient. I can’t record any of the HD signals, and the defects in the picture from the Tivo show up much more on the high-def screen.

What to do, what to do? Tivo hasn’t said much about when they will introduce an HD version (other than the DirecTivo).

Besides the Tivo, I’m missing the few programs that my satellite provider broadcasts in HD since my satellite receivers are only SD.

The solution seems to be Dish Network’s new “VIP622” DVR. It is quite similar to the DirecTivo that Richard and Don (?) have in that it is a satellite receiver and DVR (like a Tivo) in one. Nice features are that it can record 3 HD or SD programs (2 satellite and one OTA — over the air), and play back to two separate TVs, all at the same time. It seems to have most of the features that I love on my Tivo, though I’m sure I’ll find things that I will miss.

They are on back order, so it’s three weeks out. I’ll publish here after I get it with impressions.

In the mean time, anybody want a Tivo with a lifetime subscription and upgraded hard drive?

Tags: Computers, Tech & Science

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Donna // Mar 17, 2006 at 11:37 am

    Can’t you use your Tivo on any TVs in your house? One of the boys’ rooms? Your bathroom? Seems so sad, doesn’t it?

  • 2 Don // Mar 17, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    I feel for you. Three weeks without Tivo. Take it one day at a time. 😉

  • 3 Richard // Mar 17, 2006 at 2:40 pm

    Ouch! That is a tough one. I don’t think I could last through three weeks of commercials.

  • 4 Daryl // Mar 17, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Don’t misunderstand; I’m still using my Tivo for shows from the satellite. They won’t turn on the HD signals until the HD receiver comes in.

    But the picture quality looks pretty bad, and I can’t use it at all on digital programming from the antenna, so that means all the extra NCAA games the local CBS station is broadcasting.

    So it’s not cold-turkey withdrawal, just uncomfortable!

  • 5 Heather // Mar 17, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    We would take it off your hands! Don’t want you to have to keep it in the closet. We have a good home and just the place for it! 🙂

  • 6 Don // Mar 17, 2006 at 9:42 pm

    HD TV and Tivo? I’m feeling less sorry for you.

  • 7 Jocelyn // Mar 18, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    I don’t even have cable…. 🙁

  • 8 Heather // Mar 29, 2006 at 2:41 pm

    Is Tivo coming to live with us? Or have you decided to keep him around?

  • 9 Daryl // Mar 29, 2006 at 7:13 pm

    Heather, you certainly have first dibs on it. I won’t get the new unit for a couple more weeks, so we can work out the arrangement then.

  • 10 Robin // Mar 29, 2006 at 11:53 pm

    We have an abandoned Tivo sitting in our bedroom. We don’t get service on it anymore and so we only use it to pause, then fast forward live tv. We can only record things if we manually input the times. I’ve gotten used to our new DVR, but I miss Tivo. It’s just not the same.