Are we the only household left with a TiVo?
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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:24:27 AM
We just had a new able card installed in November because the old one stopped working. We are having cable/internet issues and my DH has been on the phone with a supervisor for an hour. She's told him a couple of times that they'll no longer offer a cable card in the future. Once this one goes out, our only option is their DVR.

Anyone else having this happen? We are with Charter Communications.




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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:26:54 AM
I still have TIVO but we have Fios so we don't need a card, I guess.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:33:57 AM
Unfortunately we aren't in an area with Verizon or AT&T cable/Internet service. We are stuck with a cable company because we need the speed of broadband for work.




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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:47:47 AM
Lame. It sounds like they're trying to force you into using their DVR.

Everyone I know has Tivo or DVR... probably more have DVR and question why we have Tivo instead. Tivo was significantly cheaper back when we got it. That's why we have it. I think they're about the same now.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:52:36 AM
We have the DVR from the cable company. We had a computer for a long time with a tv card and used that as a DVR. When we ended up getting a real tv we just got the cable company DVR instead of a TIVO out of convenience.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:52:50 AM
I have TiVo and love it. In fact, we have three. Ugh. I hate it when they phase out stuff that still works just fine. We had Comcast's DVRS a few years ago and I really don't like it. It wasn't user friendly in the least.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:58:15 AM
I'm so used to the TiVo that I want to keep it. I think it's crappy that they're going to phase out supporting it. If I wanted the DVR I'd have asked for that. I hate Chater and the fact that we have no real choices.




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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:02:35 PM
I got rid of cable a couple of years ago but before that I was a Time Warner customer with a Tivo. I started off using the cable card and eventually they added a separate piece of equipment that I had to use in conjunction with the Tivo. I forgot the name of it but it was free and very easy to incorporate into my system. Other companies may be switching over to this new piece of equipment too.

Time Warner really pushed their own DVR system and tried to make it difficult for me to use my own equipment. I love my Tivo, though, and their DVR is pretty crappy so I persisted and made it work.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:03:49 PM
We still have TIVO. We are with Direct TV. The only reason I would want to change to their DVR is because it has a larger capacity for storage.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:05:04 PM
We have Charter and we have cable cards in our TiVo, too. It took 4 days, 6 techs, and 4 cable boxes for them to get us up and running. It was worth it to me, though, because I hated their DVR interface so much. According to the Regional Head Tech, who finally got our stuff working, Charter and TiVo are actively working on a new DVR box that fused Tivo's interface with a Charter box. Not holding my breath, but I would like to see it.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:07:32 PM
I hope they figure it out. I just really like the TIvo.




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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:09:04 PM
I personally know more people with DVR than Tivo. But from what I hear DVR can be buggy.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:10:44 PM
I think we're the only ones who don't have and never did have either TIVO or DVR. The last thing we had that would record shows was a VCR and that's been long gone.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:15:53 PM

I think we're the only ones who don't have and never did have either TIVO or DVR. The last thing we had that would record shows was a VCR and that's been long gone.


You're not the only ones, we don't have TIVO or DVR either. We do still have our VCR but haven't used it to tape anything in probably ten years or more. Now sure when we last used it to watch anything either, but you never know lol.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:17:39 PM
We also have three TiVos. We've got a cable dvr for pay-per-view sporting events, but we don't use it very often and would not be happy with it as a primary.
I would probably drop my cable company before letting them force me into a cable DVR.
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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:26:00 PM
Won't they be in violation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 if they stop providing the CableCard?


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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:35:45 PM
Lizzy i need to read more about that because I thought the same thing.




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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:20:41 PM

We don't have TiVo. In fact, we only have free network TV. We watch very little television. There aren't that many good quality shows on that we enjoy.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:28:19 PM
I have a TiVo and love it - it doesn't need a cable card though - it is one of the original ones. It still works great and (hopefully) will keep doing so for a very long time.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:00:27 PM
I have a dvr (and have for years) and have never had a problem with it. It is super easy too.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:41:29 PM
Three tivos. We prefer them to cable company's equipment.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:12:01 PM
4 Tivos here all with cable cards. We just got two new cable cards in December. Long story of why.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:15:56 PM
We don't have TIVO or DVR. Or a flat screen TV. We are in the stone ages here!


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We don't have TIVO or DVR. Or a flat screen TV. We are in the stone ages here!


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:21:18 PM
We were TiVo early adopters, way back in 1999/2000 (we still have the unit they sent us for free as part of a pilot distribution). We have had two new units since then and still love it.

I am really happy with the TiVo interface and doubt I would switch unless I had no other option.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:30:02 PM
I miss my TIVO, and I want it back. DH switched over to HD last year and bought the cable DVR and its a buggy crappy POS. TiVo could record 2 Shows and I could still watch another...not with the POS, TIvo had the 30 second skip , DVR has only ff. TiVo let you easily set up your scheduled show recordings with a push of a button, the DVR you have to perform miracles to figure out how to program it!

Did I mention that I miss my TiVo?










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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:32:37 PM
I still have my Tivo and LOVE it! It will have to die before I get rid of it. We have been lucky and we got the box for free in 2002 when they were doing a rebate promotion. At the time we paid $250 for lifetime service and have been using it for 10 years with no problems. I have 186 shows on season pass right now (although many of them aren't running any episodes at any given time).

My dh surprised me last year with a bigger hard drive for my birthday (he bought it on-line for like $30). I can now store up to 250 hours of programming.

DH and the kids share the Dish Network DVR and I think it sucks compared to my lovely Tivo. I don't even care that it's not HD.

Edited for typo: I have 86 shows on season pass, not 186. haha


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:50:59 PM
Ha! I'm laughing because Tivo vs. DVR is a sore point in our house.

We had DirecTV with Tivo for YEARS and loved it. We moved, and tried cable TV with their Internet service. Ohhhhhh my God. DH complained EVERY SINGLE TIME we watched TV. It was not user-friendly. It sucked. (It did, actually.) It was confusing and difficult to use.

So last year, as a present to DH for Father's Day, we switched back to DirecTV. I called them and they installed it and I paid for the Tivo and DH is in love again. Ha. My only thing is that I want one for my TV (above my computer, in my office/craft room). But I'd have to pay full price for the box, and I'm too cheap to do that. I use the DirecTV DVR, and ... it sucks.

Anyway -- I highly recommend DirecTV in general. I know some people hate them, but we've loved them for a long time. No problems.

We only have the cable company for Internet now. Do you have landline telephone service available in your area? Do they offer DSL? That's one option if it's available to you, but I know a lot of people live too far from a switching station.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:03:28 PM
We have the originals and have no plans to rid of them. LoL we love our TIVO's


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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:25:52 PM

I think we're the only ones who don't have and never did have either TIVO or DVR.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:26:56 PM
We had a TIVO with Directv, but they quit doing them a couple of years back and we needed something new so we had to get a DVR. I don't like it near as much.

Direct TV just re-released TIVOs again, so we may switch back.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:45:42 PM
we dont have either one...have a vcr, but it is packed up somewhere..dvd recorder is hooked up to tv, but still dont know how to record..lol

and we are still on dial-up internet...being unemployed really limits you

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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:04:37 PM

We have Charter and we have cable cards in our TiVo, too. It took 4 days, 6 techs, and 4 cable boxes for them to get us up and running. It was worth it to me, though, because I hated their DVR interface so much. According to the Regional Head Tech, who finally got our stuff working, Charter and TiVo are actively working on a new DVR box that fused Tivo's interface with a Charter box. Not holding my breath, but I would like to see it.

Marcy


Oh I feel your pain. I just went through the whole thing this week because we finally GOT a TiVo and we have charter.

Sadly, the TiVo/Charter project is dead. They WERE developing together but Charter killed the project. The thing about no cable cards is baloney though.


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