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THR22 Rebooting and On Demand Problem

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by jlseber, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. robroy1948

    robroy1948 New Member

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    I agree 100% with stevel. I was able to download DTV Cinema PPV and Showcase Previews without any problems since 12/4/2012 with the THR22.

    When I finally retired my Hughes TiVo SD DVR I had bought in 2004 after waiting a year after the THR22 was released then set up the THR22. Until this week there were never any Premium Channel Downloads available. Yesterday they were all suddenly available. Now the THR22 (Firmware update: 01B5) will not download anything including DTV Cinema PPV.

    Calling DTV Technical including the so called Tech Supervisors is useless and frustrating. DTV Technical support is virtually nonexistent.

    Please keep this thread open and ongoing with any updates to the issue. We can help each other.

    Rob

    DirecTV customer since 1994.
     
  2. NGeorge

    NGeorge New Member

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    Yep having the exact same issue tonight with the 'error' yellow triangle then queue delete... Looks like On Demand is broke again :(

    I just got another THR22 on Aug 3rd to complement my other one and the first thing it downloaded was new software and the On Demand worked... My other THR didn't have On Demand for a good 5 months until they came out with this fix. (01B5)

    The last time I tried to download anything was on the 8th so it broke between then an tonight.

    Called D*... Totally useless... She was giving me directions for non - Tivos and was convinced I had something really special because she hadn't got a call about one in a year and thought they were SD only.

    Second rep was convinced it was something wrong with my router because 'any calls I get about Tivos are related to the satellite signal... The Tivo is our most solid receiver. We never have software issues with them... I only see one update since it was released... Most of the other receivers need software updates to fix bugs regularly' - - he was also convinced that the on demand channel screens would come up regardless of if an internet connection was present or not (they wont).

    Bah!!! This is frustrating... Why is it so complex for a box to download a movie or show from a server if it has Internet access?


    Anyone got D* to open a ticket on this yet? I hung up on both my reps since they were convinced I was imagining it...
     
  3. robroy1948

    robroy1948 New Member

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    Thank you NGeorge for posting. Any information or feedback helps all of us.

    Update to my last post:

    I had forgotten that the 'Gold Star' of support centers was the Oklahoma call Center since I have not called for tech support since 2006. I started again from 2008 thru 2010 to Oklahoma only checking for any information on the return of the TiVo HD DVR.

    Forget getting any help about anything from any other Support Center. The Oklahoma Center takes over the bulk of all calls late at night, after 11pm. Always ask the representative answering where they are located. If not in Oklahoma just politely thank them and terminate the call. Just keep calling back until you have an Oklahoma Support Center or wait until very late at night when Oklahoma takes over the calls.

    I talked to tech support in the Oklahoma Center on 8/18/2013. I made a request for the tech to 'escalate' the issue to the engineers. The tech asked very detailed questions for the 'escalation' including very detailed network and hardware details, then submitted the ticket.

    I will continue to test downloading On Demand twice daily at 3pm and 11pm. I will contact Oklahoma in a week or two if not resolved to check the status of the escalation ticket and resubmit if necessary.

    The more of us that politely talk to the Oklahoma Support Center the louder we be be heard.

    Please pass this information on to those you know who are affected.

    Rob

    THR-22, direct wired ethernet connection 12Mbps, Premier Package.

    Customer since 1994
     
  4. Cezzium

    Cezzium New Member

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    Just joined.

    Add me to the list of folks with this issue (my tivo is not rebooting). Apparently I have been lucky.

    I got my THR-22 within a week of TiVo being available again in my region.

    Started getting errors a little over a week ago just like those described.

    The REALLY frustrating thing is NO ONE knows what you are talking about. Some guy told me he didn't even know DTV had New TiVos.

    They keep telling you to use the dash key. ..... There is no freakin dash key.

    I had two techs hang up on me and the latest one told me the problem was with "the Internet" because if it was directv there would be a code.

    I am now trying the reset the box option which no one really wants to do because you lose everything.

    Of course the icky DVR in the man cave works just fine.

    Don't the TiVo folks care that DTV is such a pain?
     
  5. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    Cezzium, what is the problem you're having?

    TiVo doesn't really have much of an interest here. But it is sad that even a year and a half later, many DIrecTV CSRs are unaware of the THR22.
     
  6. Cezzium

    Cezzium New Member

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    Hi Steve,

    My problem is that after roughly a year or more of working just fine I cannot access on demand programming from the TIVO.

    I have called customer support several times and each time get some lame response because they have no clues.

    I finally broke down and reset the whole thing last night. I left it to reacquaint itself with the guide and all that.

    Later tonight I will see what I get. I am delaying because I am afraid it will be no better.

    It is certainly a software glitch *somewhere* As others have indicated it is most likely caused by an update to the box and the symptoms we see remind me of a "paper jam" in the fax machine. Prior to this I would load up a whole season of a show and the first one would just start ... there was no (preparing) step.

    One thing that is now crystal clear to me is that it is all BS (again as others have suggested). DTV and TIVO could really care less about each other. This is a marriage of convenience and while they would like customers to think differently it is just good old propaganda. Last night I got a "manager" in Texas and he was not even aware there was a new TIVO box.

    My thought is that the TIVO represents a minute portion of the DVR community for DTV and it probably generally just works most of the time. Therefore it is unknown. Kind of like what I do for a living. No one knows it even exists but it is vital to the community we serve.

    Thanks guys, this is probably more of a vent than anything else. If it doesn't work I will continue to harrass DTV.

    celia

    DTV customer since 1992 with a *brief* hiatus when my employer paid for high speed internet and we tried cable.
     
  7. robroy1948

    robroy1948 New Member

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    Repeat of earlier post on 8/19/2013

    I had forgotten that the 'Gold Star' of support centers was the Oklahoma call Center since I have not called for tech support since 2006. I started again from 2008 thru 2010 to Oklahoma only checking for any information on the return of the TiVo HD DVR.

    Forget getting any help about anything from any other Support Center. The Oklahoma Center takes over the bulk of all calls late at night, after 11pm. Always ask the representative answering where they are located. If not in Oklahoma just politely thank them and terminate the call. Just keep calling back until you have an Oklahoma Support Center or wait until very late at night when Oklahoma takes over the calls.

    I talked to tech support in the Oklahoma Center on 8/18/2013. I made a request for the tech to 'escalate' the issue to the engineers. The tech asked very detailed questions for the 'escalation' including very detailed network and hardware details, then submitted the ticket.

    I will continue to test downloading On Demand twice daily at 3pm and 11pm. I will contact Oklahoma in a week or two if not resolved to check the status of the escalation ticket and resubmit if necessary.

    The more of us that politely talk to the Oklahoma Support Center the louder we be be heard.

    Please pass this information on to those you know who are affected.
    _______________________________

    Rob

    THR-22, direct wired ethernet connection 12Mbps, Premier Package.

    Customer since 1994
     
  8. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    Ok - if On Demand is important to you, then the THR22 fails. Furthermore, as you have found, when you complain to DirecTV about it you get a runaround. For myself, I also have an HR44 and use its On Demand feature, which works. I never got it to work on the THR22 and have given up on that aspect. But the only reason I got the THR22 was because my wife likes the TiVo UI and she doesn't use On Demand at all, so she is happy with it.
     
  9. Cezzium

    Cezzium New Member

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    Steve

    Thanks for the words. The thing worked wonderfully for well over a year. I called again tonight and got yet another person with no clue about tivos. The interesting thing is he agreed to send me a new one and waive any shipping fees.

    I may not be able to get it to work and if I end up having to go to a dvr for on demand I will switch to dish which we have at the cabin. Hub liked that because dish has a "vacation plan" if you are not there year round.

    Either way I will continue to pester DTV. They keep sending me emails telling me about tivo so I will be all over it.
     
  10. Cezzium

    Cezzium New Member

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    Rob

    Didn't see you post until after I called DTV. I will be doing that if the new box fails.

    If they would get DTV anywhere fully functional I might not care.
     
  11. norahs99

    norahs99 New Member

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    I switched from DSL to cable internet. Now I'm getting the same download error message that everyone else is getting. I didn't use the OnDemand download much because my DSL speed was so slow (~1-1.5mbps!), but with the relatively speedy cable internet, I was looking forward to taking advantage of this feature more often. But after all this, it's clear that's not to be. It's also becoming clearer that neither DirecTV (understandably) nor Tivo (inexplicably) are interested in solving problems for those of us who want to use this machine. I like DirecTV and don't want to go to cable, but I like TiVo more. So if ultimately if I have to choose, I'll say good-bye to DirecTV and go to cable so I can use standalone TiVo boxes.
     
  12. robroy1948

    robroy1948 New Member

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    Please read my previous entries on 8/19 & 8/21 above in this thread.

    :up: All On Demand is working perfectly now :up:

    I stress tested On Demand by downloading 25 hours non-stop of 24 HBO Episodes, 4 each from 6 different series and 1 PPV 2 hour Cinema Movie, while simultaneously watching recorded shows in the Now Playing List and also recording 2, 2 hour movies via Satellite simultaneously on 2 Tuners.

    All recorded flawlessly without a hint of a problem with perfect HD video playback. Of course I just sampled a small portion of each download and Satellite Recordings .

    I called the Oklahoma Tech Support Center around 12AM today and asked what was the issue and how was it resolved. The Tech admitted there was never an On Demand Download problem or issue with the THR22 or other DirecTV DVRs (HR22 thru HR44) which some were also having the same issue. She said that my detailed ticket which was escalated to the engineers on 8/18 was the issue and was always on their end never on the customer's end except for those with improperly configured Home Networks.

    She also apologized for all the misinformation and lack of knowledge at the other Regional Tech Support Centers. She said their center (OK) has a huge number of customers who only call their center as I do.

    Due to my nature I will be calling back to the Oklahoma Tech Support Center to follow up on exactly what the issue was and what was done to resolve it.

    I will post if and when I get the answer for those of you who would like to know the details.

    Rob

    THR-22, direct wired Ethernet connection 12Mbps, Premier Package. Always use the Oklahoma Tech support Center.

    Customer since 1994
     
  13. midas

    midas I heard that

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    Rob, funny that you posted this today. Just this morning I tried again, for the first time in months. And it worked.

    So I do want to thank you for your efforts. I too would like to know what the issue was since, at one point, it did work in the past.
     
  14. NGeorge

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    Yay! Back working here as well...

    I'd be curious what the issue is as well... I get the feeling that the THR-22 is sort of a "frankenstein" box--and that these breaks happened because they updated something for their non-Tivo boxes, forgot to test on the THR and broke On Demand.

    Just from looking at the interface, it looks like the On Demand side of things is ported over from D*'s own software and probably has some sort of code translation going on to get the Tivo side of things to work with it (otherwise it would seem we'd have the Tivo On-Demand interface that they wrote for Comcast on the Premier--which works quite well I might add--they basically funnel all of Comcast's content into the Tivo interface)

    This is the second "extended outage" of On Demand since the box launched 18 months ago -- the first time it went out for a good 8 months until they released a new software fix... then it broke just a couple months after the new software was out, but in a different way (before it was timing out -- this time it was doing the error/delete thing)

    I really do like my THR-22... but it's painfully obvious that this is a practically unsupported product unless enough people *****.

    Nat
     
  15. Cezzium

    Cezzium New Member

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    Well my TIVO is here and I'm waiting for the software update to download and install so I am checking the forums ...

    Interesting to see an update. It did not even occur to me to do that before hand. Maybe could have saved something.

    We all suspect there is something "in the code" that causes issues.

    If nothing else I am keeping the shiny new remote!

    c
     
  16. robroy1948

    robroy1948 New Member

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    Cezzium

    This is the latest THR22 Update from May 2013.

    Firmware update: 01B5 Previous Firmware: 018A

    Again the issue was never with the THR22 Hardware or the Firmware Updates. I am not even going to speculate at this time what the issue was, though I do agree that "in the code" seems to be the most logical cause.

    I'll take a new remote also as a backup!
    _____________________________________

    Rob

    THR-22, direct wired Ethernet connection 12Mbps, Premier Package. Always use the Oklahoma Tech support Center.

    Customer since 1994
     
  17. Cezzium

    Cezzium New Member

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    Just got back

    downloads like a dream.

    Rob is correct I believe and had they given me good information it would have saved alot of hassle.

    However, if DTV really wanted me to have a new unit I guess that is okay. It does lead one to wonder if there is some part of the high cost we pay to pay for all these tech support people who have no clue and waste dollars sending out stuff.

    oh well,

    now to reprogram all my season passes.

    celia
     
  18. robroy1948

    robroy1948 New Member

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    Per my previous post on 8/23 my THR22 On Demand features are still working flawlessly on all On Demand Channels. I was give it a few more days without issues before calling the Oklahoma Tech Support Center and find out was at the root of the issue and how was it resolved.

    Now to address the random rebooting/restarts of the THR22.

    I had noticed this happening first in early fall with my old Hughes SD Tivo. Directv corrected it then and refunded all Tivo users HD and SD versions $10.

    After waiting over a year from the date that Directv released the THR22 to the world. I installed the THR22. I waited so the THR22 would have at least a year to mature in the wild to shake out the bugs that are inherent in newly end user devices which are this complex.

    The way you can tell if yours restarts when not attended is to leave one of the options in messages & settings highlighted when you place your THR22 in Standby after viewing. I choose to leave mine highlighted on the 'Standby' when navigating to another menu. This way when shutting down for the day I simply press the Tivo button on the remote then the Slow button then Select which is the option I left highlighted. Tivo + Slow is one of the many Tivo Menu Navigation Remote shortcuts.

    Then when you bring the Tivo out of standby and navigate to messages & settings if the Tivo has not restarted it will always be on the last option you left highlighted.

    I had noticed every now and then that the THR22 had restarted while unattended because in messages & settings it was on 'Messages' not 'Standby'. The Tivo always defaults to highlighted 'Messages' after a Restart. I then checked the System Information for the last service connection time and my Internet Gateway/Modem Router combination control panel for up and down times on port 4 which is the Tivo. When they are identical the THR22 has Rebooted.

    It has been four days now without a 'Reboot'. With guarded optimism I believe the bug was corrected and was similar to the early Fall 2012 Rebooting issue. I theorize that the rebooting may have been also addressed along with the On Demand issues.

    If interested here is the list of Remote Navigation Shortcuts and Backdoor Codes for those not familiar with them.


    Navigation Shortcuts

    There are navigation shortcuts that can make your life easier:

    TiVo+TiVo = Now Playing List
    TiVo+0 = Plays the boot animation
    TiVo+1 = Season Pass Manager
    TiVo+2 = To Do List
    TiVo+3 = WishList Search
    TiVo+4 = Search by Title
    TiVo+5 = Browse by Channel
    TiVo+6 = Browse by Time
    TiVo+7 = Record Time/Channel
    TiVo+8 = TiVo Suggestions
    TiVo+9 = Showcases
    TiVo+Slow = Messages & Settings

    In most menu screens, Chan Up/Down will move you one screen up/down in the menu. And Advance (->|) will jump to the end on the first press, then to the beginning on the second press. This can really speed up navigating the menus.

    In the Now Playing List, press ‘Enter’ to change the settings – or just press ’1′ to toggle the sort between name and date, or ’2′ to toggle groups on/off.

    Backdoor Codes

    30 second skip – There is a hidden 30 second skip feature on the TiVo. While watching a video enter Select-Play-Select-3-0-Select (SPS30S) on the remote. This toggles the Advance (looks like ‘->|’) button into a 30 second skip button. Each press will advance you 30 seconds. It is easiest to enter this while watching a recording.

    On-screen clock and Elapsed Time Indicator – Similarly, Select-Play-Select-9-Select (SPS9S) turns on an on-screen clock in the lower right corner of the screen. While watching a recording it also shows the elapsed time of the playback.

    Series3 and TiVo HD only – Select-Play-Select-Instant Replay-Select (SPSIRS) toggles an on-screen data display that shows different information along the bottom of the screen depending on if it is a recording or LiveTV. You can see which tuner is in use, the output resolution, etc.

    There is one more code, Select-Play-Select-7-Select (SPS7S). On the Series3 and TiVo HD this overlays a kind of map over the video you’re watching. It seems to be designed to calibrate the overscan region of the display. But it isn’t documented and exactly how it is used is unclear. On other units SPS7S is a toggle which disables the display of the playback progress bar and the information banner at the top of the screen.

    To disable any of these, simply enter the code again. You may need to exit the video and return to the menus (Hit ‘TiVo’) to clear the on-screen clock. Also, if the TiVo ever reboots, some of these may reset and need to be re-entered.
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    Have a good day,

    Rob

    THR-22, direct wired Ethernet connection 12Mbps, Premier Package. Always use the Oklahoma Tech support Center.

    Customer since 1994
     

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