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After a very long absence in Windows Media Center land I'm coming back to TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by deepthinker, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. spherular

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    Glad to hear that. I wonder who flicked the off switch for product activation when they turned out the lights for their week off!
     
  2. deepthinker

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    My mini had made a call this morning while still sitting on the guided setup screen and was all ready to go when I finished setup.
    ;)
     
  3. deepthinker

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    LOL, no kidding.
     
  4. deepthinker

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    Now that I'm activated, I popped my WeaKnees 4 TB drive into the Roamio Plus that has also been sitting here since mid week and I'm now going through guided setup again. Figured it was best to wait until this thing was activated and working and I had a good initial/activated backup/original drive before I popped the new drive in there. Well and I had also read I would probably have to activate the CableCard again after a drive swap. Don't want to go through that hell twice. LOL

    First time I've used WeaKnees. I did all my drive upgrades in the past using MFS Tools etc. This was a complete breeze. Just pull it out of the box, pop it into the TiVo, and then off to the races!
     
  5. deepthinker

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    Since I've been awhile for awhile in HTPC land can someone please remind me about Overlap Protection?

    If I set it to "No, cancel the lower priority program, it will still record another airing if say it's an HBO show that repeats multiple times a day/week right?

    Edit: Going to post this in main forum. More likely to get a quick answer there.
     
  6. deepthinker

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    Well other than the long delay from what were obviously seriously abnormal TiVo backend systems issues all is now right with the world and I'm back in TiVo land. WeaKnees drive upgrade went without a hitch and now shows 637 hours of HD. Amazingly enough the Verizon FiOS cablecard move also went smooth. I was off the phone and good to go in 10 minutes tops. Immediately tested the box out by letting the TiVo record 6 things at once for about 20 minutes and everything looks all set.

    I had been thinking about switching to Charter Cable with their new Spectrum TV/Internet as I could save about $30 for the same triple play over Verizon and even get a speed bump on my Internet to 60 Mbps, but man all of the things I've read in HTCP forums and here about Cablecos and tuning adapters has me really gun shy about making a switch.
     
  7. jwbelcher

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    All good things come to those who wait ;)
     
  8. deepthinker

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    If like me, (A few here in my thread already said they were considering coming back like myself) you had a WMC/HTPC setup, and are thinking of going back to TiVo as I did, you should feel comfortable doing so. When I left TiVo, my last boxes were two HDTivo units, but I tried the Premiere shortly after its release and returned it. I found the Premiere's to be uber slow with the HD UI and very buggie. and ended up returning both. I then made the decision to move to the WMC/HTPC world with Ceton/HdHomerun and deactivated all my TiVos. (FYI, both my 2 tuner OTA/CableCard HDTivo's have been sitting in my spare/junk room for a couple of years wrapped to keep dust away, in case anyone wants to take them off my hands) ;-)

    Well rest assured that these new Roamio models are about as quick if not more so to navigate and channel change now as as a current WMC/HTPC with Ceton or HDHomerun tuner. However, I still don't get why TiVo hasn't made the settings menus without the same HD interface, but whatever. Once set up, you really don't go there again for the most part anyway.

    So far, I'm loving being back with TiVo, but using a universal remote took some work, research/tweaking, and I'd like to share my experience.

    I currently have a pair of Logitech Harmony One remotes. One bedroom and one living room that I keep sync'd with the same config in case one dies.

    FYI, if you use the exact model numbers for the Roamio and the Mini when adding the devices to your Logitech, you'll get full functionality with thumb icons for thumbs up/down along with colored icons for the A, B, C, D buttons, at least on the Roamio. Mini just shows thumb icons for thumbs up/down and then A, B,C, D as text buttons. However, if like myself you're used to having a one touch button to get to My Recordings/WMC or My Shows/TiVo like old TiVO's with the List button, then you'll need to take a different approach as I did. (Yes, I know you can just hit the TiVo button twice to get to My Shows, but why do that when you could jut hit the List button)

    Don't set up your TiVo Roamio or Mini in Logitech remote software using the current model numbers. Instead, add a device using the old Series 3 TiVo DirecTivo "HR10-250" model number. This will give you the List command to go straight to "My Shows" and pretty much 99.9% of the other buttons hard/soft just as they should for both Roamio and Mini. The only thing you'll need to do is to have your Harmony learn the A,B,C,D, TiVo, and Back buttons to your device.

    Now once you've got your device added/keys learned, then go make a "Watch TV" activity, bur do not choose "Watch TV (TiVo)" option. Instead choose "Watch TV ( DVR or PVR other than TiVo) and then select DirecTV TiVo.

    After doing all of the above you'll have all your commands/keys, including a 1 touch button to My Shows. I personally set the Harmony One for Menu to be List/My Shows, Exit to be Exit and Channel Previous below directional buttons to be Back. By default lower left + will be clear and E/enter/previous tuner, but I almost never watch anything live so I couldn't care less about a shortcut to jumping from tuner to tuner or back and forth.

    After you've created your activity, if you just add LCD buttons to the screen and type Yellow, Red, Blue, Green for the name of the button it will create those color icons and you just map those to the A,B,C,D you've already taught the remote. Like I said, this works for both the Roamio and Mini.

    Hope this helps my fellow WMC/HTPC folks considering come back to TiVo as I did.
     

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