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#1 Knox

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:42 AM

Will the Tivo function properly without being connected to the internet ?

Does it need an internet connection not only for software upgrades but also for its unique EPG .

Is TiVo not able to access the FTA EPG.

If Tivo needs to be connected to the internet can this be done wireless ?

Without it's unique EPG can it still be programmed manually ?

I don't want to spend $700- then find it's useless ! :(

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:50 AM

Will the Tivo function properly without being connected to the internet ?
No

Does it need an internet connection not only for software upgrades but also for its unique EPG .
Yes, and also for the initial setup

Is TiVo not able to access the FTA EPG.
No it can't

If Tivo needs to be connected to the internet can this be done wireless ?
Yes, they sell a wireless adaptor for ~$69

Without it's unique EPG can it still be programmed manually ?
I believe so, although it then only becomes slightly more useful than your VCR. The power of the TiVo is in it's EPG and other internet functions. Otherwise get another brand HD PVR

I don't want to spend $700- then find it's useless ! :(
You can get it for much cheaper than that, but suggest you need to have it hooked up to the net. No too many disappointed owners AKAIK



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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:51 AM

Will the Tivo function properly without being connected to the internet ?

Does it need an internet connection not only for software upgrades but also for its unique EPG .

Is TiVo not able to access the FTA EPG.

If Tivo needs to be connected to the internet can this be done wireless ?

Without it's unique EPG can it still be programmed manually ?

I don't want to spend $700- then find it's useless ! :(

Most of your questions are answered here. Additionally, there's also a very, very long thread on the Tivo where I'm sure your questions have been answered.
Edit: looks, like I was beaten to it, by diesel. And now you've got all your answers!

Edited by jakes, 23 January 2009 - 09:52 AM.


#4 peterca

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:51 AM

Will the Tivo function properly without being connected to the internet ?

No

Does it need an internet connection not only for software upgrades but also for its unique EPG .

Yes

Is TiVo not able to access the FTA EPG.

No, it can't

If Tivo needs to be connected to the internet can this be done wireless ?

Yes

Without it's unique EPG can it still be programmed manually ?

Not sure on this one, maybe a TiVo owner could answer this.


I don't want to spend $700- then find it's useless ! :(



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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:32 PM

Thanks for the quick response and advice

I don't think the Tivo is for me

So what are the favourite high definition PVR's ?

#6 peterca

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:48 PM

So what are the favourite high definition PVR's ?


Really depends on your budget and requirements.

#7 diesel

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:50 PM

Have a read of the HD PVR Comparison pinned at the top of this subforum. It gives a good pros and con of the various models.

I have a Beyonwiz and thinks it's great. It's stable and reliable as a PVR, but also has media player capabilities which we use quite a bit in our household.

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 12:50 PM

Thanks for the quick response and advice

I don't think the Tivo is for me

So what are the favourite high definition PVR's ?


The main contenders are the various Beyondwiz units, and the Topfield 7000 and 7100. Beyondwiz will replay all sorts of files so are a media player as well as a PVR. So they cost more than the Topfield units, which are PVRs only (although they will play MP3s). You will find the owners of both brands will be equally passionate about them. Many have one or more of each (think of the remote hell!!!!), so you really need to make up your own mind, based on a comparison of the individual units, your needs, and the prices. I went to each manufacturer's website and downloaded the manuals, as well as spending a lot of time on the forums here, the Topfield forums (http://forum.itopfield.com.au/) and the whirlpool forums. There is also a Beyondwiz user forum, but I don't have a link.

There are three Beyondwiz units. One (P1) has only an external HDD, which you provide. Another (P2)has an internal hard drive. The S1 has an internal HDD and a DVD player. They all will replay a variety of file formats (MPG, WMV, MOV, MP# etc. etc.) They, like the Topfield units, are IceTV compatible.

For my money, I chose the Topfield 7100 (7000 is the same but has a smaller hard drive and only wired internet. 7100 has wired and wireless. So 7000 is a little cheaper. Both accept an external USB hard drive to extend the storage).

Hope this helps

Ron

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 01:25 PM

There are three Beyondwiz units. One (P1) has only an external HDD, which you provide. Another (P2)has an internal hard drive. The S1 has an internal HDD and a DVD player. They all will replay a variety of file formats (MPG, WMV, MOV, MP# etc. etc.) They, like the Topfield units, are IceTV compatible.


Its Beyonwiz (without the 'd') and there are four models. The P1 certainly has an internal HDD, I think Ron was thinking of the H1 which was designed for remote file playback.

The P2 is an upgrade of the original P1, but includes analog inputs to enable recording from external video source like Foxtel etc, and comes with a larger 320 GB HDD. Both P1 and P2 can also use an external USB HDD.

Beyonwiz

cheers, John.

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 02:08 PM

Many have one or more of each (think of the remote hell!!!!),

Ron, get a Logitech harmony or other universal remote control that does macros and you will only need one remote. For $75, easily the best money I have ever spent

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 06:00 PM

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For my money, I chose the Topfield 7100 (7000 is the same but has a smaller hard drive and only wired internet. 7100 has wired and wireless. So 7000 is a little cheaper. Both accept an external USB hard drive to extend the storage).
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The TF7000HDPVRt has no ethernet, wired or otherwise.