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Which is Better Sky+ or TIVO??

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by NeilH, Aug 23, 2002.

  1. NeilH

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    Want to get one.

    Don't know which is best
     
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    I have been using Tivo for 6 months and I love it, however....

    My unit has just been damaged by lightning and it's a right off and with the insurance money I'm going for SKY+ as a replacement. The main reasons are:

    1. Picture quality - I have a 40" TV and tivo slightly downgraded the signal as it's always recording. Sky+ is identical to sky

    2. On Sky+ you can record one channel and watch another. Soon you will be able to record 2 channels and watch another

    3. Support - Although very good customer service I think Tivo may not be here in say 5 years as Sky are pushing Sky+ hard now with more competitive pricing.

    4. Outputs - Sky+ has 5.1 for some movies and S Video so I can switch it through my amp.

    You can get some good deals on Tivo (as low as £99 in some shops during a sale) so if you do go for Tivo and get a good deal I don't think you will be dissapointed but for me Sky+ is now the better option.

    Hope this helps

    p.s. time to change my avatar I think
     
  3. NeilH

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    Shane,

    thanks for your comments.

    Very helpful as I will be using it via a 42 inch Plasma so picture quality is very important.

    Cheers.

    Neil.
     
  4. gringottsdirect

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    Tivo is excellent......much better than VCR.
    It's a touchy subject, have a look on www.tivocommunity.com
    even the moderators jump at the slightest whiff of anything negative to Tivo.
    Tivo truthfully is disappearing fast, disappeared already really...... Thomson units no longer bought for re-sell by Dixons, Currys, Powerhouse, Comet next probably.....
    Available through NTL or directly from Tivo at full price or see various clearance deals.
    Tivopony ( Tivo U.S./U.K. interpreter ) states nothing to worry about Tivo is in U.K. for keeps.
    I'm sure Tivo operating system will have a future in other products, it really is good.
    I've got both, prefer Skyplus+ for accurately recording specific events with tops PQ and sound.
    Why not buy a cheap deal Tivo and enjoy it's other qualities.

    If you prefer your Tivos folks, no need to have another "versus" thread they always go round in circles.
     
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    I have had Tivo for a while,and love the thing to bits,never touched the video again and the features are superb,if you can get one cheap then go for it - you won`t be disapointed.
    The subject of 5.1 on Sky is a bit redundant at the moment,I mean it`s only on a few of the movie channels,and if you are into home cinema then pretty much chances are you are gonna have it on dvd,or are going to be able to rent it out for less than Murdoch`s going to charge you,and when the bugs are ironed out from Sky+ and they start to broadcast on other channels aside from the movies,then I will go for whatever Sky+ unit is available then.
     
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    I have both and there are pros and cons on both sides.
    It would be difficult to choose one or the other.

    The main moan with Sky+ is the lack of a lifetime sub option.

    Bal
     
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    They are too different to compare as like for like products.
    As others have said they both have strong and weak points, the winner will be the one the matches the bulk of your requirments.

    I doubt either piece of hardware will satisfy you 100%.
     
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    At £430, TiVo for life is cheaper than even only one year of Sky+ . Over the years you'd be paying £470, £590, £710, £830, £950... etc for Sky+.

    Please take a look at the TiVo community http://www.tivocommunity.com
    We are friendly and do our best to answer all questions however silly you think they may be.
     
  10. gringottsdirect

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    Fantastic support site.
     
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    Common

    I don't think you'll be able to record 2 channels and watch another. for that you'd need 3 LNBs. You'll be able to record 2 channels while watching "one of them". Still bloody useful though!
     
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    Sky+ software rollouts :


    Summer 2002
    Manual Recordings
    - Record radio programmes (hitherto not possible with Sky+)
    - Set up repeat recordings where Series Linking unavailable
    - Set “padding” or extra time before/after scheduled recordings

    Late 2002
    ReView
    - Ability for “constant recording” to enable rewind from live TV
    - User definable “buffer”

    Late 2002
    Dual Simultaneous Recordings
    - Record two programmes on different channels at the same time
    - Watch recorded programme while recording two programmes
    - Archive “paused” material to Sky+ Planner


    It was the late 2002 I was referring to

    Cheers
     
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    I always fancied a Tivo, and the lifetime sub thing would be great.

    However, Sky+ works for me because I have a) no room for another box (the VCR had already been consigned to a cupboard) and b) I have no analogue aerial.

    So for me the ability to combine my recording into the space occupied by an existing Sky box and the fact that I could now watch one channel while taping another (both digitally) was the real seller.

    I also managed to shift my old box for £120 making the purchase of Sky+ cheaper.

    So far I haven't missed any recordings and the box hasn't actually crashed in 4 months of use! I'm more than happy to continue paying for it!
     

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