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Questions about Tivo with FIOS

HI,  With the 20 HD hours available on the FIOS DVR box, I am considering getting the TIVO DVR.  IF I go this route, will I loose the multiroom feature?  I hear also that I loose the on demand abilities.  Is there any work around for these issues?

 

I just ordered a new HDTV and want to enjoy HD viewing, but 20 hours just wont cut it.

 

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Re: Questions about Tivo with FIOS

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dross333 wrote:

HI,  With the 20 HD hours available on the FIOS DVR box, I am considering getting the TIVO DVR.  IF I go this route, will I loose the multiroom feature?  I hear also that I loose the on demand abilities.  Is there any work around for these issues?

 

I just ordered a new HDTV and want to enjoy HD viewing, but 20 hours just wont cut it.


If you get a TivoHD, you will lose multiroom capability with the Verizon STBs.  The TivoHD only supports multiroom with other TiVos.  If you want multi-room with a TiVo, you'd have to buy a second TiVo.  Note the TiVo subscription does cost less for every box after the first.

If you want Verizon's free VOD, you would have to keep one of their STBs.  TiVos support Netflix SD/HD streaming (free with Netflix subscription) and Amazon's PPV VOD, but they do not support Verizon's VOD.  If you were to keep a Verizon STB, you would connect it and the TiVo to separate inputs on your TV.

The TivoHD currently costs $199 at Sears, and one of the following subscriptions is required: $12.99/mo, $129/yr, $299/3yrs, or a one-time payment of $399 ($330 on ebay); this subscription includes nightly guide downloads, software and feature updates, and remote scheduling.  For every TiVo after the first, the subscription is $9.99/mo, $99/yr, or a one-time payment of $299.   The TiVo completely replaces the Verizon DVR so you would no longer need to pay for that box or its DVR fee.

If you buy the $199 TivoHD model, you'll want to budget another $110 for drive expansion.  If you are willing to open the TiVo and follow some simple directions, you can replace the built-in TiVo drive with a 1.0 TB drive ($110 at Buy.com) to get 157+ HD hours.   If you aren't willing to open the TiVo, then you can buy the 500GB Western Digital My DVR Expander external drive ($110 at Dell.com) to get 92 HD hours.

If cost is no object, you can buy the TivoHD XL for $549 which already includes a 1TB drive (157 HD hours) and connect the 500GB Western Digital My DVR Expander external drive ($110 at Dell.com) to get 227 HD hours.

All high-definition TiVos also allow you to download recordings directly to your computer over your home network.  You can then watch those recordings on your computer, burn them to DVD or Blu-ray disk, and/or transfer them back to the TiVo at a later time.

 

If you have other questions about the TivoHD, chances are they can be answered by this post.

Message Edited by KenAF on 02-18-2009 02:27 AM
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Re: Questions about Tivo with FIOS

Thank you for the detailed response.

 

Tivo all around seems like the way to go.  Just need to fork over some cash up front.

 

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