UPDATED: Almost 3 years ago (on 2/18/06) I spent WAY too much $$ for an HD DirecTV TiVo. Then a few months later on 4/8/06 (1000 days ago) we moved into a new house and the TiVo was no longer connected to a phone line.Â I expected that, like the Series 2 TiVo’s, it could use an internet connection to get it’s programming information – but it can’t. I’ve tried several times over the past few years to get it to connect but it’s never been able to.Â Not in this house anyway.
The good news is that since it’s a DirecTV TiVo it gets it’s programming information from the satellite signal and doesn’t really need to make a call. Yet every day it gives me a message that ‘The Recorder has not made aÂ successfulÂ call for the past XXX days’. I suspect that DirecTV wants it hooked to a phone line so they’ll know if I’ve watched any PPV that they don’t know about. Well, we’ve been counting down to today to see if my HD DirecTV TiVo will sucessfully roll over from 999 days to 1000, or if something bad will happen.I normally get these messages at the end of the day. I’ve basically been expecting to turn it on this evening and see it say 1000 days. But late last night I was surprised..
I have seen this message before – many times. ItÂ has been showing up more often in the last week, since IÂ rearranged by media tower.Â But normally I can unplug it off for a few hours or for the night and it will work fine the next day. However, this picture was taken this morning, rebooting after the unit was ‘cold’ all night.
Chances are this message is unrelated to the 1000 days, and the cooling fan just needs to be blown out. Â The desert is dusty! This evening I’ll plug it in again and see what happens.
UPDATE – Jan 3, 2009:
We hit 1000 days, although the TiVo was shut down for most of that day. Â Today we hit 1001 days and I assume it will keep going – assuming that it doesn’t DIE a natural death. But the internal temperature message has nothing to do with the countdown. It’s just an unfortunate coincidence…
So that’s the end of this countdown. I’ll be trying to get it to make a daily call now and update the software so we can have folders. Then I’ll be trying to build my own DVR so that I can keep the programs longer and have them available to watch using my popcorn hour or an Apple TV.