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  1. I bought a FetchTV Mighty to replace my broken TiVos. Fairly happy with it, in many ways it is a much better box, but in others the PVR smarts are not as good as a TiVo. Picture quality, snappiness and the EPG are excellent. It can handle channel families, so you can record up to six channels across 3 tuners, and it can also split content so that overlaps get shared on recordings. It seems much better at dealing with the networks poor scheduling than a TiVo ever was. Did I mention the EPG is excellent Also supports all catchup apps, and all the subscription apps (9Now coming soon). Also offers a paytv service, if that's your thing. Would like to find a way to upgrade the HD. Biggest thing I miss is suggestions.
  2. The simple answer is that a 3D Bluray player can decode and deliver both views from a 3D bluray disc at full resolution. A 2D player can not. Simple web video players do not decode both views from a full resolution 3D mvc file. Rather both views have been squashed into a traditional 2D file, and the TV is extracting the 3D views from the 2D video stream... but not at full resolution.
  3. I've got a 55" D8000 now, and I'm loving it Just finished watching the new Starwars Blu-rays on it... mmmmm immersive
  4. Here is more information on the HDMI Detective Plus from Gefin http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/switchers/7...ctive-plus.html Probably going to order one of these. Figure it will become an invaluable part of my system anyway. edit: Thinking of ordering one from http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/6885...ctive_Plus.html seems to be the best shipped price i can find
  5. So, I looked into this a lot. As far as I can work out 1) If you have your Yamaha AVR on, and your TiVo on and your TV on and everything is setup correctly (so TiVo on Native or Fixed 1080i) then you turn on/off your tv, the tivo will reset to Fixed 576p 2) If you instead turn off/on your AVR, it will be fine 3) If you turn off your TV and AVR (order unimportant) then turn on the TV, and wait a good long time... say 10 seconds... then turn on the AVR... the TiVo will be fine. This is happening to me with both an old Samsung F81 and a brand new Samsung 55" D8000. For the last few months the F81 has been flaky, meaning I haven't been turning it off at night, so I had forgotten about this issue. The solutions I can think of are 1) Never turn off the TV - no thanks 2) Ensure TV turns on first, then AVR 10 seconds later. Not a bad solution, just not sure how to do this with my Harmony One 3) TiVo Australia could fix this. TiVo in the US released tivo software Version 14.7RC7 which resolved this issue, but in Australia we only have version 11 4) I assume Yamaha could fix this too. But they have said they won't. and probably 5) I remember there used to be a DVI Detective device, which solved these problems for DVI connections.... yep, there is an HDMI Detective device now... http://www.gefen.com/kvm/dproduct.jsp?prod_id=8005 I suspect this would solve the problem. Better to work out how to do it with the harmony tho I spent about 4 hours today trying all the HDMI Pass-through, monitoring, on off, combinations today. Essentially they make no difference. Also tried the latest Yam Z7 firmware. Again no difference. I'm pretty certain the only solutions are the 5 options I listed above. Here is a post from TiVo's own support site in the US http://forums.tivo.com/pe/action/forums/di...PostID=10440354 This is the issue
  6. Just picked up a Samsung 55" D8000 LCD/LED with 5 year warranty for $2666 when I factor in all rebates, rewards and cashbacks JB quoted 3K Myer couldn't match but with a combination of 10% bonus gift cards and being able to make the purchase on my amex and earn myer points I netted $2666 all up and 3000$ paid on the day That's with a 5 year myer/united warranty
  7. Yes, haloing. The microdimming zones on the 55" seem to be about 10cm or so wide/high. On the Samsung D8000 i could see the lack of uniformity across the picture, but i don't think that was as annoying as seeing halos around blue/white objects on dark backgrounds
  8. I wanted to like the 925, I really did... but I just couldn't get past the blooming... it was like looking at a hazy chessboard every time I watched the credits to a movie... In that respect, the Samsung D8000 looked better... and with the amazing bezel on the Samsung... I think that's the way to go... Plasma... phft. If I wanted to look at dithering maybe.
  9. This particular model, i had to have the primary component or the entire device replaced 7 times. This was supposed to be the flagship at the time. 6 times within the manufacturers warranty period, and then the final time, it was written off This particular model has a bad track record. Some TVs might be reliable, and some might not, but I think you *could* break it down into brands and models as to which are more reliable and which are less. Essentially, you're advocating self-insuring, where the purchaser takes the risk that it will not be their tv which breaks down but rather some other poor saps. Third Party extended warranties are a profit centre, as such, buying them you are lining someone elses pockets who's run the numbers and is making a profit. You can win providing you pay an average price for a device with an above average failure rate as the extended warranty products are not normally model specific, but rather category or sub-category. The manufacturer is the only party who has the ability to provide the warranty coverage at minimum cost. He can spread out the risk across the largest base and does not necessarily have to use the warranty coverage as a profit centre, unlike a corporation who's business is providing extended warranties. The least cost option to the end user is to pay slightly more upfront to the manufacturer for a product with a longer warranty. The manufacturer could then also justify increasing their costs of inputs marginally in order to increase longevity beyond their 1 year statutory minimum, which otherwise, would be harder to justify But in the market shaving an extra 20$ off a tv is good marketing, even if it ends up costing the end user 2000$
  10. +1 here Was looking into 55" TVs Basically it comes down to the Samsung 55" D7000/8000 or the Sony HX925 Assuming you want LCD Unfortunately, for me, the 55" Sony is just a tad too big for the space allocated, because its by far the best LCD on the market at the moment
  11. Just finished dealing with a similar scenario which has got me thinking about Extended Warranties in the future. I used to believe that these devices were reliable, and if it lasted 1 year, it'd last 5... obviously I was mistaken. The reality is they fail just outside of warranty, and if they fail inside warranty, then they'll fail again just outside warranty too. Anyway, my Samsung had 3 year manufacturer, and luckily 1 year gold card extension. At about 18 months the LCD panel failed completely, but inside warranty... Another 20 months later the LCD panel (which was already replaced once) failed again... this time inside the 1 year credit card extended warranty. Luckily, not economical to repair (again), so I guess I get a new LCD panel. This time I'm going to get at least a 5 year ext warranty on it, especially since it seems most manufacturers only offer 1 year warranty... which is pathetic in its own way. Is it really so much to ask for a major electrical device to actually be designed to last more than 4 years? In many ways, the biggest inconvenience is having to deal with the failing device
  12. Yep, And what's worse is these days you can't seem to get a decent factory warranty. I've begun to look at the Extended Warranty as "guarantee of useful service life" And It annoys me that I have to pay 2-300$, but if I get a 5 year warranty out of it, then at least I can be reasonably confident the TV will at least be in service for 5 years, with necessary repairs or my money back (well, that's how my current Extended Warranty Insurance works).
  13. The saga of this lemon is coming to an end... I first purchased this TV April 08. I had to return it FIVE times in a matter of weeks dealing with DOA, Lines, Splodges, early death, clicks, failure to turn on etc. In retrospect, I should've asked for my money back... but the picture was by far the best at the time. 2 years later the panel failed... took 2 months replace the panel under warranty. 1.5 years later the panel is failing again... Luckily, I had Extended Warranty Insurance, and as the repaires have stated "Not Economical To Fix" I should get a payout... 3.5 years of TV with about 6 months of out-of-commision is NOT good. Yes, it had a 3 year warranty, but it seems to have barely limped over the line. I was personally expecting at least 5 years from this set. I have 20+ year old trinitrons which are still going fine. Next set will have a LOOONG extended warranty. I'm looking into a Sony, as much as I like the look of the Samsung 55" D8000, I just can't quite trust Samsung. Now, the problem is, I'm not very impressed with "how far" LCD technology seems to have come in the last few years... and I still dislike Plasmas Sigh. (PS: no its not the PSU)
  14. http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtop...t&p=1726821
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