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New TiVo rumors?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by ghiggz, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Yes I really didn't like the idea of having a one point of failure and losing a bunch of recordings. But having less boxes to deal with made a big difference for me. I used to use four Premieres for my main recordings. And it was a pain having to manage all those. Since replacing those four Premieres with two Elites, Season pass management is so much easier.

    I enjoy it so much that I plan on selling both my Elites to replace them with a six tuner TiVo when it's released. I just hope it has at least a 3TB drive for storage. And preferably a 4TB drive..
     
  2. JoeTaxpayer

    JoeTaxpayer Member

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    Agreed. I have multiple TiVos in the house and am glad to have some redundancy. Now and again a show doesn't record well. It pixelates and freezes. Not too often, and not the same machine every time, so a really random event. Glad to just transfer a copy over.
     
  3. MScottC

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    Here's another reason for mixed OTA and Cable. All the sudden my TiVo, an original S3, has been having recording issues. Basically lots of video and audio breakup. My wife restarted it and the problems seemed to go away. This evening, 8 days before we go on a 2 week vacation, the problems started again. I restarted the TiVo several times with no improvement. Re-seated all the cable connections, to no avail. Eventually as a last guess, I did what I did during the period that our cable was out after Hurricane Sandy, I switched over to the OTA channel, yes I still have an indoor antenna pointing at the Empire State Building, just for these occasions. My OTA channels are perfectly cleans. Ironically and fortunately, so is AMC so tonight's Mad Men should also record.

    If the problem is still persisting after we get back from vacation, I call Comcast and start a royal bitchfest.

    Point being... Even with cable, it's always good to have an OTA fallback.

    I'm waiting for an S5 or whatever TiVo decides to call it, hoping it will have both OTA and Cable capability, and if it does, I'll transfer my original Series 1 grandfathered lifetime to it, replace the S3 with it's two cable cards, and buy a mini with lifetime. Please TiVo, make me a happy customer. I've been with you since the beginning.
     
  4. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Had same problem with my S3. It's most likely caused by a dying power supply. I replaced the whole TiVo with a 4 tuner unit, but I did look at the power supply and I see some bulging capacitors so I'm 95% sure that's the problem.
     
  5. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    Also, it could be a fluke, and could be a hard drive starting to go bad.
     
  6. MScottC

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    Dan, I'm pretty sure you've hit the nail on the head with your power supply diagnosis. For two reasons, first, after unplugging and replugging, the unit would not restart, I had to wait several minutes before it would re-power up, several times. Second, I did look at the power supply, and while there doesn't seem to be any leakage, the caps are slightly bulging. I'm annoyed if this is the case, simply because this was a unit that was replaced just a year ago with a $50 fee, also for a bad power supply.

    I'm just not sure why cable channels would be bad and OTA is working just fine.

    Unfortunately, I'm not yet ready to replace this unit for the simple reason that I'm waiting for the next TiVo series that will hopefully restore OTA capacity while at the same time be a server for the Mini.
     
  7. stujac

    stujac Member

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    Sorry if this has been asked but can you replace the power supply? I'm having issues with my TivoHD that uses a WD external hd. It's probably the hard drive but if it is the power supply, what to do?
     
  8. cherry ghost

    cherry ghost Well-Known Member

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    Weaknees sells power supplies

    http://www.weaknees.com/tivo-power-supply.php


    You can replace bulging caps yourself for much less. There are threads in the S3 section.
     
  9. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    WOW!!! Those are very expensive. At least the S4 power supplies are only $50.

    I hope I don't have to deal with the power supplies on my GFs two S3 boxes. So far they still work great since 2006.
     
  10. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Mine also records OTA just fine. It also can record from one of the two CableCARDs just fine as well. I'm not sure how the power supply is divided up to the various components, but in my case it only effected CableCARD #2. If I removed the card I could actually record all unencrypted channels on that tuner. However I ruled out a CableCARD issue by replacing both cards and still having the same issue. Like I said I'm 95% sure it's the power supply causing the problem.

    If you're desperate you should buy a used Premiere unit and put it on a month to month contract. Then when the new units are released you can invest in one with lifetime. A used Premiere without lifetime shouldn't cost more then about $50. (+$12.95/mo MSD for subscription)
     
  11. buscuitboy

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    I had a buldging cap issue on my Series 3 (OLED). I didn't feel comfortable soldering new ones on, but was able to find a local mom-and-pop repair place that basically did it for $17.

    Also, you may want to scour Craigslist and/or ebay for the same Series 3 and use it for parts. Could be cheaper than getting one from Weaknees. Although, it might wind up having the same issue in the long run anyway.

    I actually sort of did this as well. I was able to find a used & fully working Series 3 (OLED) on Craigslist for about $40. At the time, I got it mainly for its hard drive (since my S3's was failing), but I could use its power supply if I really wanted. It also came with a glo remote and USB wireless adapter. I am using and liking the glo remote for a bedroom TiVo and I was able to sell the USB wireless adapter on ebay for about $30 (since I have all hard wired Ethernet jacks). So, bottom line is I was able to get this Series 3 off Craigslist for about $10 at the end of the day. Well worth it.
     
  12. MScottC

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    I spoke to TiVo yesterday, and their tech support specialist asked me if my unit was plugged into a power strip. It is plugged into a UPS. I'm not sure how this could make a difference. As a video technician working with all sorts of video gear over the last 40 years, I've never heard of not being able to plug equipment, ranging from $80 consumer recorders to million dollar servers, routers and switchers into power strips. Has anyone ever had a power strip make a difference in terms of their TiVo?
     
  13. innocentfreak

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    Not a TiVo, but my mother's Dell PC is extremely sensitive on what her computer is plugged into. It will shut off all the time if it is on an APC backup and regular power strips but works fine with Cyberpower backups.
     

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