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Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by ccwf, Dec 25, 2003.

  1. ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

    Dec 29, 2001
    Just post some examples, and I'll fix them.
  2. Alpinemaps

    Alpinemaps New Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Of course, there's only one that pops out at me now. :mad: I swear there were at least three that I was looking at yesterday. I don't have a lot of time right now, but will try to go back through it to find the specific examples as soon as I do.

    Here's the one that I did find upon re-examination very quickly tonight:

    The link at 'step-by-step procedure' seems to be broken.
  3. onthenose

    onthenose New Member

    Feb 4, 2006
    ok newbie here, but i have a question. I never had a tivo before so here is the question. Lets say i want to record a program that normally comes on at 12 midnight, but this being a sports channel, a baseball game has went into extra innings, going right past the normal 12 oclock airing of my program, will tivo be able to pick up on this and start recording when my program comes on say at 1:13 in the morning? Thanks to anyone who can answer me.
  4. Syzygy

    Syzygy New Member

    Aug 17, 2000
    Twin Cities, MN
    Good question, onthenose — I had the same question when I was a newbie back in 1999. (The short answer, at least in the USA, is NO.) Also, I asked "If not, why not?"

    Local stations (in the USA and maybe everywhere) have access to the start and stop times for programs and commercials (embedded in the teletext portion of the broadcast signal), but consumer devices aren't supposed to be allowed to see this data, for fear of making commercial-skipping easier. It may not even be there in digital broadcasts.

    A post in a TiVo UK thread titled Overrun recording option mentions Britain's Programme Delivery Control, and succeeding posts in that thread tell us why TiVo can't make use of it, how it doesn't work all that well anyway, and why it's going to disappear eventually ('cuz it's analog-only).

    We're all stuck with having to manually pad every show that might run long or be shifted forward by a live event that doesn't end on time.
  5. mjohn

    mjohn New Member

    May 1, 2006
    Hope I'm in the right area and yes checked the compatiblity list and saw that my sat receiver MAY not be compatible ... I have a Humax drt800 with lifetime and a Philips 5353c sat receiver that was supplied by Directv ... cannot use the IF cables, tried at least 20 times to program remote to accurately change channels even with Tivo and Humax on the phone with me ... so the only other way to link Humax to the sat box is with the serial cable ... which of course the Philips has no port for ... do I need another receiver with the port or what ... any suggestions would be appreciated thanx, MJ
  6. ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

    Dec 29, 2001
    There's actually a specific entry for the 5353 in the compatibility list. It indicates that IR should work with code 10038 at medium speed but is, unfortunately, not reliable.
  7. dandmb50

    dandmb50 New Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    what is the beacon and how do I get it?
    I downloaded the TivoDesktop but it says I do not
    have the beacon??
  8. neverpay6

    neverpay6 New Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    Read all the Q & A...

    I went to tivo web site, tried an all code search.

    Does anyone know the remote code for my KEF KIT 100, home theatre to control mute and volume.

    P.S. Went to kef web site, no help


    Kevin Moran
  9. GPOET99

    GPOET99 New Member

    Jul 8, 2007
    I just purchased a series 2 80 hour TV Box - I have Bellsouth Americast Cable and the channel changing seems to be incompatible with Tivo. Any help on what the correct IR code is to make this work or how to make it work. Thanks G
  10. Lanisatu

    Lanisatu New Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Are there any threads or recommended websites for setting up a Tivo in Canada? Hardware isn't a problem. I'm looking for resources about the software setup, particularly for a series 1 Tivo.

    If what I'm trying now doesn't work, I'll post a question in a new thread.
  11. Lanisatu

    Lanisatu New Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    If you're using an IR control cable, you only need codes for your TV power and for volume. You don't need a code to change channels. Make sure you've positioned the end of the IR cable over the sensor on your cable/ satellite box and that there isn't other infrared interference that's causing the problem. There is information in the "cables and accessories" section of your manual about how to make an IR tent if you need to.
  12. nolanvoyd

    nolanvoyd New Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    I am genuinely appreciative of the FAQ. I'm a forum newbie, but to be honest, I was dumped into this forum because the TiVo support webpages are terribly inadequate. I don't have a lot of time to join an internet forum, and especially not time to dig through so much information to be thoroughly acquainted with what has been discussed in the past.

    I've tried to be a good internet citizen and perform a search for "service update" and "hour, possibly longer" (among other keywords related to my question) and the sheer volume of topics that come up is just too much to read, especially when I have already spent 20 minutes looking through posts.

    This is not directed at the good people here, in particular. I'm just wondering whether there's a way to contact TiVo and ask them to improve their tech support pages.

    The FAQ and content here is a LOT of text to read, and if I were interested in joining an online community, I'm sure I'd have much pleasure to browse leisurely through all of the wonderful topics here. Unfortunately, I need quick answers to questions (the kind that is formated in a logical list like TiVo has on its website) ... and TiVo has room for improvement in this area.

    I realize that some people may be offended anyway at my post. I mean no offense. I'm an active member of other internet forums, and appreciate the frustration of outsiders coming in and asking dumb questions that have been rehashed ad nauseum. But this is a VERY active forum, and there's just too much for the average person who wants to spend less than 30 minutes to find the answer to a single question.

    That's why this is directed at the good folks at TiVo. TiVo, are you there? Can you hear me?
  13. laurap414

    laurap414 New Member

    Nov 27, 2007
    Can someone please point me to a post or site which details how to run the kickstart codes? All of the posts I have read (including this one) point to a url that no longer exists: http://alt.org/wiki/index.php/TivoDiagnostics.

  14. tooper12

    tooper12 New Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    i have read all the reply these were really interesting
  15. skynet

    skynet New Member

    Apr 23, 2008
    hey there. I still have the series2 tivo in the box. Received as a gift, sort of, but have a question for anyone. The service fees listed at tivo's website does not have a lifetime service listed. I was at Cnet, and read a review on my unit and saw a statement that said that a lifetime subscription was $300.00, but now I see for $299.00 it gets you only 3 years! Is there a lifetime subscription? Was there ever? Since I have the tivo, I figured I'd use it and get rid of my $18 plus dollars a month my cable company (COMCAST) is charging me to rent their cablebox/DVR. Any feed back to this would be appreciated. thanks.
  16. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Nashua, NH
    Got a Series 1 standalone TiVo (Sony SVR-2000, Philips HDR312, etc.) and want to use it for manual recording (time and channel) without a subscription? Most can, with the exception of some late production run SVR-2000s.

    The deciding factor is which TiVo software version it shipped with from the factory (which then determines a PROM version.) If it was earlier than 2.0, then unsubbed recording is allowed. There is not a reliable way to determine this on your own. Furthermore, if a Clear and Delete Everything has been done, this flag indicating this capability is cleared.

    Note that the software version currently on the box does not matter. Version 3 is the latest available for Series 1 boxes.

    To enable manual recording, contact TiVo Customer Care and ask them to reference support article 14-29-02. You will give them your box's TiVo Service Number and they will determine if it is eligible and, if so, enable the flag for you. Once that is done, have the box make a "daily call now" to reacquire the feature. You can also send a PM to TiVoJerry with the TSN and this request.

    See this reply by Jerry for more details.
  17. billmar123

    billmar123 New Member

    Mar 3, 2005
    My Tivo froze and I powered down to reboot. Now all I get is the "your recorder is starting up, please wait a moment. Can anyone help?


  18. zimmett

    zimmett New Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    I have TIVO the DS DVR 40, some 3 years old. Keep getting signal strength satellite 1 or 2 on a clear day. Tried resetting the receiver with test satellite signal strength.
    Keeps coming up with satellite 101 and transponder 9.Tried resetting the test satellite signal to 72 and transponder @ 2.
    At 101 now gives 84 and 86
    On 72 gives 92 and 94
    On a cloudy day I usually get 65 to 70 on 101 and 80 to 85 on 72.
    I cannot change the DVR to 72. Each time I try this it automatically goes back to 101 when I recheck the Test.
    Top of screen says: Check the reception from a range of transponders on each satellite. Azimuth 232, elevation 32 and tilt 60 in degrees.What in the world does this mean and why can't I change the Test Satellite Signal??
    As you probably know the picture goes out when the signal goes near or below 60
    Any help would be appreciated!
  19. zhwdiana2008

    zhwdiana2008 New Member

    Sep 22, 2008
  20. pallen38

    pallen38 New Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    My Tivo model HDR212 has worked fine for years, but last week I started getting a message that I need to do the daily call or I'll run out of program info. When I try to make a daily call or test call, I get a message "Failed Service Not Answering". I'm in Phoenix area code 602, and the number I've been using from the beginning is 417-8765. I've gone thru the troubleshooting steps. Any suggestions? Thx for any help.

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