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    Default Tivos for £99.

    These things are great dixons online have got them for £99. again hurry they won`t last long

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    dont you need a subscription for these or somethin?

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    yeah £10. a month or a life time sub witch a carn`t remember how much
    VIP WOOP !

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    hmm seems pretty cool.. but what kind of inputs does it take? and do u need a 'subscription' to view terrstrial tv? is there somewhere i can get more info?

    cheers

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    best place to go for info is here

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    i have had mine for over 18 months now and even the £300 price tag back then it was still worth every penny..
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    id like one but the £10/month and needing a phone line thing puts me off

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    Just to let you know dixons.co.uk no longer have any of these in stock.

    Cheers,

    sub.

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    these things are like hot cakes!

    how do these compare with $ky + ?

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    No, I lie, they're back.
    Dixons seem to be resetting the stock levels each hour.

    Rumour has it these are end of the line models (6020). Tivo 2 or something will be out at some point.

    Tivo's (or rather, the technology) are HUGE in the States - the beauty is they are Linux based, and can be hacked to hell, for all sorts of purposes.

    As for Sky+, well you get two digital tuners in that (along with a quad LNB), which is much better... however, it is expensive and I believe there are restrictions on what you can do with recorded content. Don't quote me on that though - I don't know anyone who has one.

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    you might as well spend the money on setting up your own pc based hdd recorder

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    Originally posted by subhuman
    As for Sky+, well you get two digital tuners in that (along with a quad LNB), which is much better... however, it is expensive and I believe there are restrictions on what you can do with recorded content.
    There are two good points about Sky+, a) You can record something while watching another satellite channel, and b) it records the digital stream. (As a pose to resampling.)

    However, it cannot:
    Record things 'on spec' for you. (the TiVO learns what sort of programms you like and will record you programms accordingly.) The season pass (what records everything of one series) works on the TiVO, regardless of the channel! Its also a lot cheaper, and very hack-able!

    On the painfull side the service charge is £200 (or was) for a life time subscription. (or £10 a month, like Sky.)

    Honestly, its the best peice of kit Ive ever bought. Well worth the money, and I probably couldnt live without it!!
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    On the painfull side the service charge is £200 (or was) for a life time subscription. (or £10 a week, like Sky.)
    Don't you mean month?

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    Originally posted by wizer
    you might as well spend the money on setting up your own pc based hdd recorder
    Dunno where you would find a hardware mpeg2 encoder that can encode off RGB for your PC for £99

    Add on £60 for a turbonet card and you can extract the video over your network to your PC and convert to DVD/SVCD.

    So even if you didn't take out a subscription, for £160 you can have a hardware mpeg2 encoder that records off RGB and is completely independent of your current PC's spec, so long as you have a nic.

    However once you have used a tivo for even a week you will begin to realise how you can never be without it again. Watch hour programs in 45 minutes (fast forward through ads), wishlists, season pass, pause "live" tv (if you still watch it I know I very rarely do now).

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    Originally posted by RhinoBanga
    Don't you mean month?
    Yes, sorry, slip of the, er, finger!

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    I have just ordered 2. Called up Dixons orderline and they said they have none in stock at the moment. This offer is only for this week too.

    You CAN use them without a subscription just as a DVR but you will not get any program guides etc.

    Personally I am willing to pay the tenner a month if it makes my life easier

    Now all I gotta do is have a look at the format of the files on the HD and we can make our own EPGs!
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    I have Sky+ and I must say it is superb, well worth every penny I spent. Never again would I go back to normal Sky/TV.

    Sky+ also has the season lists etc the only thing Tivo has on top of sky is recording things it thinks you may want... but to be honest I didn't like this feature in Tivo as it ended up recording a load of crap (could have been my fault mind you )

    After having both Tivo and Sky+ I found the Sky+ to be far easier and better. The ability to watch one channel while recording another is superb.

    What can be gained from hack1ng it incidentally? if its just the larger HD this can be done with SKy+ very easily too.
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    how much is sky+?

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    From skys web site

    The Sky+ set-top box costs £250 (was £300, save £50), standard installation is £50 for Sky digital subscribers (£100 for non-subscribers). The Sky+ subscription costs £10 a month. Sky digital packages start from £10 a month.

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    I think it still £300 if you dont have sky already though.

    I dont tend to have a problem watching 2 channels at once so the Tivo (and an extra drive I have knocking about already) will be fine - ordered mine.

    cheers
    Ironman

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