October 26th, 2007

Another Reason to Ditch Your TiVo

I’ve been thinking about buying my first HDTV for a couple of weeks now, which is why I discovered that the new TiVo Series 3 HD is incompatible with my DirecTV service. That’s a real bummer for me, as I invested in a lifetime TiVo subscription back in 2000 when I bought my old Sony SVR-2000.

So, over the past two weeks or so, I seriously contemplated something I was loathe to do: Abandoning the DirecTV service that I’ve grown to love in favor of returning to terrestrial cable. Safe to say, it’s something I really would like to avoid, given my previous experience with Comcast. As for turning to Verizon Fios TV, that’s a non-starter as that service still doesn’t carry NHL Center Ice.

But now, thanks to some news I’ve picked up via Greg Wyshynski at FanHouse, my blood is genuinely about to boil over. As it turns out, Brooklyn-based hockey fan John Niedermeyer is reporting that the new TiVo Series 3 HD DVR is auto-deleting NHL Center Ice content:

We recently upgraded our TiVo unit from an old DirecTiVo, to the new Series 3 TiVo HD, which apparently implements unnaturally strict copy protection on premium content. Because the new unit utilizes CableCards, TiVo has different rules for these TiVos as compared to Series 2 units …

What this means is that NHL Center Ice content is copy protected, and will be deleted within hours of the game

One Response to “Another Reason to Ditch Your TiVo”

  1. Chris Lemon says:

    It seems to be a localized problem, so I don’t know if the NHL is entirely at fault here. I have a TivoHD and so far here in Seattle I’ve been able to record and watch Center Ice content days after the fact just fine. That said, it will be interesting to see if Sharks / Wings is indeed waiting for me when I get home late tonight.

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