View Full Version : one reason behind dtivo lockdown

08-21-2001, 12:27 PM
here is a quote from the tivo website regarding the 2.5 upgrades:

Shorter phone calls
TiVo is now using the satellite to deliver TiVo Service information like TiVolution Magazine and Showcases--which means that your phone calls will be significantly shorter!

obviously, the stakes of the fixup script are raised with 2.5, besides dual tuner stuff. if you want all the info, heres the link:


the standalone notes are at http://www.tivo.com/flash.asp?page=standalone_release_notes

08-22-2001, 01:11 AM
It's also mostly DirecTV's doing. They sell the unit as "DirecTV receiver with TiVo" - implying the "TiVo" functionality is more or less minor to the DirecTV service. From what it appears, it appears that TiVo has to cooperate with DirecTV at implementing DirecTV's orders.

If DirecTV says to TiVo, "I want you to disable ALL HACKS," TiVo will have to comply. It's about the only reasonable explaination on why the SA TiVos are still hackable while the DirecTiVos are slowly being locked down. If TiVo doesn't do it, DirecTV will probably just disable all DirecTiVo boxes, and say "Sorry, but all you TiVo users will have to go with Ultimate TV - we'll exchange your boxes for you". Or, basically, shaft TiVo (it's also probably why there isn't a DishTiVo).