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OFFLINE   Woz #21

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 09:15 AM

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If you can't wait for a TiVo for next year, you can just hack a series 1 box for Australian use. Here's the website.
Considering how much it cost, I wouldn't recommend it now. It's only a single tuner non-HD box. Better to wait for the proper one.

It was a fun hobby, but in terms of usability the new one will be a better choice.
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OFFLINE   Bargearse #22

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 08:52 PM

Comparing a TiVo to existing PVR's (including FOXTEL iQ) is like comparing a luxury jet with a paper plane. TiVo's ease of use and flexibility is second to none, and I look forward to seeing what offerings they have to bring to market.

TiVo is also hackable, making it fairly easy to add new disks, new software, and you can grab files you record across the network and portable media devices with TiVoToGo.
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OFFLINE   Big Dan #23

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 08:56 PM

It'll be interesting to see how they implement TiVo out here. Especially with the initial and monthly costs...
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OFFLINE   ando9185 #24

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 09:04 PM

QUOTE (Bargearse @ Jun 1 2007, 08:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Comparing a TiVo to existing PVR's (including FOXTEL iQ) is like comparing a luxury jet with a paper plane. TiVo's ease of use and flexibility is second to none, and I look forward to seeing what offerings they have to bring to market.

TiVo is also hackable, making it fairly easy to add new disks, new software, and you can grab files you record across the network and portable media devices with TiVoToGo.

Exactly what you can already do with the Topfield PVR! Lots of programs to add to make it easy to use or to do what you want including games. It is also hackable, I upgraded the HDD just after I got it and recordings can be transferred via USB, FTP or wireless in later models. Files can be played on the PC and easily converted for other devices including my mobile phone or for upload to the internet.

OFFLINE   tommytomlin #25

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 12:46 PM

I really don't see the point of a TiVo with just 7/10/ABC/SBS/maybe 9. TiVo's work in America because of the sheer amount of broadcast content, but if it can't work with Foxtel, where is the mass appeal?

OFFLINE   Woz #26

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 05:12 PM

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I really don't see the point of a TiVo with just 7/10/ABC/SBS/maybe 9. TiVo's work in America because of the sheer amount of broadcast content, but if it can't work with Foxtel, where is the mass appeal?
Because the good stuff is on the FTAs. I've got a modded TiVo running now and it's actually amazing how much good stuff there is on FTA, but you never get to watch it because of programming times.
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OFFLINE   TGIF #27

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 05:16 PM

That's actually quite true..I've seen all manner of interesting things on ABC TV in the dead of the night, although noticing them and remembering to record them are two different things.

OFFLINE   Woz #28

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 05:25 PM

That's what WishLists are for.

Also, without Season's Pass, I wouldn't have known that Torchwood was moved to midnight on Tuesdays. I would have missed crucial enthralling television, but TiVo knew better and taped it for me.

Not that Torchwood is a good selling point for anything.
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OFFLINE   TGIF #29

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 05:32 PM

What a wonderfully exciting (and very American I might add) name.. WishLists..

Foxtel iQ had that as well although we only discovered it in the last week of our two-month trial. What I'd really like to see though is a recorder that has all of those functions as well as the ability to copy stuff to DVD. We've got a Panasonic thing that records to hard disk and DVD, and will copy from one to the other, but it doesn't have any of the flashy features like time shift and so on that Topfields/TiVo/iQ have.

OFFLINE   Media Munger #30

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 06:18 PM

How does the TiVo record shows? Does their system go by when the show starts, or is it intelleginet enough to wait until te actually program starts and not when it's supposed to start.

OFFLINE   Big Dan #31

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 06:20 PM

Try: http://en.wikipedia...._Video_Recorder
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OFFLINE   Woz #32

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 08:48 PM

QUOTE (TimGraham @ Aug 20 2007, 05:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What a wonderfully exciting (and very American I might add) name.. WishLists..

Foxtel iQ had that as well although we only discovered it in the last week of our two-month trial.
Whereabouts? I had iQ for a month and it had Series Link for some shows, which was a poor version of Seasons Pass, but nothing like Wishlists. With TiVo Wishlists you can, for example, tell it that you like golf and that it should record anything related to golf when it comes on.

With regards to copying to DVD - not likely here. In the US there is/was a TiVo box made by Humax with a built in DVD burner. Also TiVoToGo allows you to copy it to your computer and I think convert to DVD format or iPod etc. Again, will likely be disabled here.

QUOTE (ATNI @ Aug 20 2007, 06:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How does the TiVo record shows? Does their system go by when the show starts, or is it intelleginet enough to wait until te actually program starts and not when it's supposed to start.
EPG based, like all recorders. You can set padding at the start or end, and there's a Linux you can install to get it to automatically stick 5 mins on the start and 15 on the end of everything it records.
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 10:02 PM

Seven jigsaw starts coming together

Seven Network Ltd is moving closer to a multi-channel broadband powered future with its takeover bid for wireless broadband provider, Unwired Group Ltd, analysts believe.

The network is offering 45 cents per share for the wireless internet provider, a 58 per cent premium to the volume weighted average price of Unwired shares for August.

The takeover values the company at about $114 million but Seven will increase its offer to 50 cents per share if it has 90 per cent of Unwired shares "by a specified date, not earlier than 8 November 2007".

"We're acquiring a strong business and spectrum that will build our company's abilities to compete in new media technologies," Seven chairman Kerry Stokes said in a statement.

But market analysts believe Seven's plans are more advanced than the vague guidance provided so far.

The network has a 34 per cent stake in broadband telephone specialist Engin, and in turn, Engin has borrowed money from Seven to build a 19.8 per cent stake in Unwired in recent months.

Seven and Engin also have an agreement to bring the Tivo digital recorder to Australia - a technology that lets consumers record hundreds of hours of programming onto a hard drive and then play it back with a user-friendly operating system.

The final ingredient in the Seven-Engin-Unwired cocktail is Unwired's ownership of most metropolitan WiMax spectrum, a new technology that will eventually be used to deliver high bandwidth wireless internet.

A three-way tie-up could see Seven provide content, using Unwired as a distribution channel.

Engin would complete the story in living rooms around the country, giving consumers a viewing platform through Tivo as well as phone services and internet.

"Tivo creates some interesting ways you could deliver video services over the internet into a box and Unwired could feature in that," BBY telco analyst Mark McDonnell said.

"Unwired has very significant spectrum assets that are independently valuable - in fact the market capitalisation of Unwired is about what they paid for the spectrum alone.

"We don't know the detail because it hasn't really been laid out, but it's emerging and it's like watching a jigsaw come together.

"In the past, it didn't make a lot of sense for Seven to have Tivo, but it's become more apparent that what Seven is really on about is being multi-channel."

Seven's moves contrasted with former rival Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd, Mr McDonnell commented.

This time last year, Seven looked like a clone of PBL with its matching television and magazine divisions.

But while both had sold down their media assets to private equity, Seven had gone deeper into the media with its embrace of new platforms while PBL had become transfixed with gaming.

Unwired chairman Mark Burgess, who is recommending the bid to his shareholders, agreed that if the takeover succeeded Seven would have many pieces of the converged media puzzle.

"Unwired assets would give Seven's content and other products direct access to a national metropolitan customer base, whereas without our independent access network they would be dependent on wireless or terrestrial delivery from a traditional telco.

"Seven clearly has a vision for the future and has been assembling the pieces to create that vision for some time now ... each of these pieces when put together is worth more than they are independently."

Shares in Seven closed up 13 cents at $13.25 while Unwired increased one cent to 48.5 cents.

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OFFLINE   Reuder7 #34

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 02:29 PM

Seven's set-top Trojan horse

The reason Seven has bought Unwired is to provide a delivery platform for its content. Seven has also bought the Australian rights for TiVo digital recorders and bought the voice-over-IP operator, Engin, as well.

The catch-word at Seven is “optionality”, but the core of the strategy is to use TiVo boxes to deliver IPTV into lounge rooms, and with an unlimited number of channels.

The TiVo boxes will contain Intel Wimax chips and will therefore be continuously connected by fast broadband to the internet wherever they are. There will be no need for customers to connect them to their home broadband service and worry about the effect of video streams on their capped data plans.

Seven in fact calls this 'Project Troy' because they see the TiVo/Wimax box as a Trojan horse for multi-channeling.

Up to this point, IPTV strategies in Australia have had two big problems: high cost of the data on Australian plans, and the lack of appealing content.

Telstra launched Bigpond TV in July this year with Eric Bana and a fanfare, but it seems to be struggling a bit with content. For example, the top item on the news channel at the moment is Sol Trujillo at the Telstra Investors Day briefing a month ago which, while unquestionably a major national event and a stunning individual performance, is perhaps getting a bit long in the tooth to be today’s main news item.

Seven is coming at the problem of IPTV from the point of view of content – something it already owns tonnes of. To that it is adding easy lounge-room access via TiVo and Wimax. So, for instance, one of the channels on everyone’s TV will be YouTube.

Seven says it will have an open approach to serving content on IPTV, and will mix its own material with the proprietary content of others, as well as open channels like YouTube.

In addition, it will continue the Unwired business of offering mobile internet access via laptops and Blackberrys and will also plug into it the Engin VoIP system.

Seven is quite open about the fact that it is taking on Telstra on its home turf, although it is hiding its best weapons inside a wooden horse for the moment.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 08:41 PM

QUOTE (byron @ Jan 8 2008, 09:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anyone want to sign up for Beta TiVo? http://www.mytivo.com.au/testtivo/


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Posted 19 January 2008 - 11:45 AM

Has anyone signed up to the trial? Testing gets under way in the final week of January and runs for 10 weeks.

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 12:41 PM

I have signed up and have received all the surveys so far

Fingers crossed

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OFFLINE   Media Munger #38

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 01:12 PM

I've also signed up and done both survey's sent.

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 01:58 PM

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I've also signed up and done both survey's sent.

Both? I've had 4.

OFFLINE   Media Munger #40

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 04:15 PM

Well I've only been sent two.