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HDMI Suddenly Died

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by hotoru, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. hotoru

    hotoru New Member

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    Tivo Premier box working for over one year. HDMI suddenly stopped working one evening. Unplugged Tivo and TV then tried multiple cables with two different TVs before switching to component cables which work fine.

    I guess I will have to send in for repair. Any idea what Tivo charges for repair and what is turn around time? I would just buy a new box but this one has a firmware hack and a 1.5TB Drive :-D
    Thanks

    (failure output failed tanked blown stopped working dead no signal)
     
  2. bshrock

    bshrock New Member

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    TiVo won't repair your unit the only offer an exchange for a rebuilt.

    When the HDMI port went bad on my HD I switched to component and it works great I no longer get the ~1 second black outs for the HDMI re-syncs.
     
  3. shamilian

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    I think they charge $150 for a refurbished unit.
    You will have to restore the unit back to the original disk....
     
  4. hotoru

    hotoru New Member

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    Thanks for info. The component cables work but there is a definite loss of HD quality :-( Maybe its time to upgrade to Premier 4. I have avoided before as will increase my monthly bill :-/

    I suppose the lifetime subscription is tied to the unit. If I upgrade to lifetime on a new 4 and it dies in the future then the lifetime dies with it? If u trade in a lifetime for a refurbished does lifetime transfer?
     
  5. poppagene

    poppagene User

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    Are you sure it's the hdmi on tivo and not on your set?
     
  6. Richard Cranium

    Richard Cranium New Member

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    << HDMI suddenly stopped working one evening. Unplugged Tivo and TV then tried multiple cables with two different TVs before switching to component cables which work fine. >>

    Unless the OP has TOTALLY bad luck, I'd say if one TiVo on 2 different TV sets doesn't work....
     
  7. poppagene

    poppagene User

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    Or old tvs with the hdcp crapping out on the hdmi
     
  8. hotoru

    hotoru New Member

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    Ok, getting off topic. But, if I get refurbished Premier (same as my box) from TiVo can I swap out the drives and keep my same programming ? Or is the drive paired with the firmware in the box?
     
  9. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    The drives are "married" to the motherboard and this prevents you from doing what you are planning. When you place a drive from another unit of the same model into your working TiVo, you will need to do a C&DE to "marry" that drive to the working TiVo unit in order for the unit to function properly.
     
  10. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    I've seen virtually no diff with component vs. HDMI on many TVs and devices. Use better cables, try another TV to see if it's any better. Make sure your TV's settings are the same on the comp input as HDMI, most TVs now have per-input settings and you could be seeing the defaults on the comp input.
     
  11. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    But then not only are you going back to analog video, but you are also stuck using separate cables for audio and video. Just the fact that HDMI carries both audio and video is a great reason to use it.
     
  12. poppagene

    poppagene User

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    As noted above, you can't do that. However, you can use tivo.com to copy season passes. Also as long as both tivos are active on your account, you can use ethernet connection to move any content that isn't copy protected from one premiere tivo to another. If it is copy protected, you can watch it on the new tivo by streaming the content over ethernet.
     
  13. hotoru

    hotoru New Member

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    Based on you comment I checked TiVo settings. I noticed TIVO had removed 1080 as a video option. Adding back 1080 improved video quality over component. I switched audio to PCM which fixed some of the recorded shows that were not playing sound over optical. Pictures quality is still not quite as sharp as HDMI IMO but it is close enough for now.

    I spoke with TiVo who said I could keep my $12.95 a month plan with Premier XL4 box if I paid the stand alone price of $499. Not sure the extra 2 tuners and bump in video quality worth the $500. If the Premier XL had more RAM and processor bump I might think differently.

    Thanks
     
  14. bshrock

    bshrock New Member

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    You might check out the multiple service discount and add a XL4 with Lifetime then cancel the Monthly next month.
     
  15. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    Uh yeah but you might've missed the point which was that his HDMI is dead.
     

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