What is TIVO exactly?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Tony, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. Tony

    Tony Guest

    Hardware-wise?
     
    Tony, Aug 18, 2004
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  2. Motherboard, processor, memory, hard drive, mpeg-2 encoder and tv-out card.

    A few screws, PSU and a case.

    :)

    Simon
     
    Simon Walters, Aug 18, 2004
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    Al Guest

    The processor is a Motorola and quite slow by today's standards.
     
    Al, Aug 18, 2004
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    david.mccall Guest

    I think it is basically a Linux computer with some video stuff added on,
    and some proprietary software.

    David
     
    david.mccall, Aug 18, 2004
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  5. Everyone gave a great explanation of what a DVR, and Tivo is a DVR.
    BUT...it's far more..

    TiVo is the brand name for the software running on top of the linux box.
    Software that is unmatched by ANY current DVRs on the market. The ease of
    use, interface design, and features that come with that software package
    have helped to make TiVo the defacto best in class product it is...and
    summarily a generic reference for any DVR. Obviously no one that responded
    owns one. I've had a TiVo for several years, and have upgraded (180
    hours)...it's one of the most solid pieces of gear I own. The hardware IS
    simple, but a TiVo is SOOOO much more!!

    Vincent
     
    Vincent Williams, Aug 20, 2004
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  6. David basically said what you said but with less flair. The problem
    with Tivo is not the interface or the quality of the picture, it's that
    you have to pay for the service and you can't save and edit what you
    record on your pc. That's not a problem for people who don't have any
    interest in that of course but I got into PVRs originally so that could
    record all the WRC events and make DVDs instead of waiting 2+ years for
    the FIA/WRC to authorize and make one.
     
    Chris Phillipo, Aug 20, 2004
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    david.mccall Guest

    We owned one for a couple years, but now we own 3 and have them
    networked together with the home media option. They are very nice, but
    the PVR implementation that Kieth and others have been talking about
    sounds like it is much more versatile.

    If people want to build up PVRs in this manner, and their families are
    able cope with it, then go for it. Sometimes plug it in and use it is better
    for the health and sanity of the family though.

    David
     
    david.mccall, Aug 20, 2004
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    Gary Tait Guest

    Depends which version/type.

    There are two versions, Series 1 and Series 2. There are two basic
    types (right now), Standalone (which have an A/V input and NTSC analog
    cable/antenna tuner), and DirecTV Tivo, which has two DirecTV tuners
    that essentially write the DirecTV digital video stream directly to
    the HDD.

    S1s use a 54 MHz PPC CPU, an MPEG encoder, an MPEG decoder, and a
    mediaswitch ASIC (which is really the heart of the Tivo), that streams
    video data from the encoder to the HDD, and from the HDD to the video
    decoder.

    S2s use a 233 MHz MIPS processoer but are otherwise not unlike S1s.
    I believe newer S2s may use a combo mediaswitch/MPEG decoder chip.

    DirecTivos don't have an MPEG encoder, they record the MPEG2
    transmitted on satellite.. The tuner in them provides the TS from a
    tuned transponder to a satellite receiver chip, which parses out the
    packets for the tuned channel, and required system and conditional
    access packets, performs authorisation on the channel, and formate the
    A/V packets into a format that the Tivo poertion of the system can
    use.
     
    Gary Tait, Aug 21, 2004
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    videoguy Guest

    I've owned 2 Replay's networked together years ago, they were great and my
    friend has a tivo, so I've seen the great interface you mentioned. But I
    really love my Time Warner Dual Tuner DVR, it's so simple to use cause the
    interface is integrated in your normal cable box lineup already, just find
    the show in your guide and hit the red (record) button and your done.
    Of course you can go into more features, like setting up a re-occurring
    recording (season pass) schedule, only recording first-run, specific nights
    or channels only, etc... Just as much power except a lot less conflicts with
    the dual tuners than my replay's every had. Add to that I watch most HBO and
    Showtime shows directly from their ON-Demand (available anytime) channels,
    that leaves me more free space to only record what isn't available
    on-demand, so even less conflicts and more tv to watch! I love the digital
    cable combination and it's only a few bucks more a month to rent, I am not
    married to it forever. :)
    When an HD Version or 3 tuner version or whatever new comes out, I'll just
    trade it in for the next best thing.
    It's an option few people talk about, and I think that's the best gadget I
    own at the moment, right about my iPod!
    :)
    AnthonyR.
     
    videoguy, Aug 23, 2004
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