2008-01-12, 01:28 PM
The only thing, apart form the HD TiVo models, is that the Dual tuner becomes a single tuner for satellite, since it supports only one external set-top-box, only in the A/V input jacks. The RF input can only tune analog cable.
The Series 2 DT 80Hr is the one introduced to the Canadian marketplace.
2008-01-13, 11:32 AM
I have had *C here in Michigan since 1999. We both work in the Detroit area, and do much of our business there. It is nice to be able to catch the local news, weather and traffic in an area where much of our time is spent.
We are just a tad to far to get OTA Detroit local channels, and barely any others for that matter. We are in hilly country, and I am not putting up a 75' mast in my yard.
*C offers the only viable solution for us to get our Detroit locals. I have DTV also, but they give us Lansing MI locals, in SD, which is barely viewable on our LCDs.
As far as the legality? I am not stealing anything. I buy my equipment from KUSat out of Ottawa. I pay my bill in full every month through a broker in Canada. When I have problems, I can call *C myself, which is very rare.
If you want to talk about stealing, just one look at the DTV debacle over in Windsor. The cards are still on the market to unlock these units. Now that is stealing!
When Tivo was introduced in Canada, wasn't there mention that it was not compatible with satellite?
TiVo is fully compatible with satellite (but not HD). Newspapers actually wrote that "TiVo was optimized for cable", meaning that its dual-tuner ability comes from a secondary cable input (used to access analog unencrypted basic cable). For Canadian satellite subscribers, TiVo is essentially a single-tuner device, since its only usable input is your satellite box's output. (The same applies to digital cable channels.)
As a longtime TiVo owner and digital-cable subscriber, I quickly learned that paying a couple of bucks for Roger's timeshifting package solved almost 100% of programming conflicts. The same would apply to StarChoice: when conflicts occur, TiVo will automatically find alternate timeslots to record lower-ranked recordings.