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Tuning adapter on timer to fix suggestions

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by ahwman, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. ahwman

    ahwman Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Like many, I've had to resort to putting my tuning adapters (Motorola) on timer's to get suggestions working again. Though this works, it's creating another issue whereby sometimes I wake up only to find that the light on the TA is blinking indicating that it is not synced. I then have to power cycle it for 2-3 minutes and usually that gets it back in sync. Right now I have my TA's set to power off at 3:00am and back on at 6:00am. I certainly can't expect my family to have to do this when I'm not around. Has anyone else noticed this odd out of sync issue with their TA's after powering off/on?

    FYI, I've been working closely with TiVo on this issue and they maintain that this is an issue with my channel map being incorrect. They've had me try erasing/deleting everything and the problem still exists. They've also sent a script to my TiVo's which is supposed to rewrite the channel map, again no success - same issue. Hopefully they'll get a handle on this soon and have a fix for us unfortunate people living in SDV networks.
  2. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Yeah, there's a long and growing list of such hopes.
  3. stevewjackson

    stevewjackson Steve W. Jackson

    Nov 2, 2007
    I purchased a timer and managed to figure out how to set it to power down my Motorola TA between 1:00 am and 5:00 am Sundays and Thursdays. The first Sunday, no problem occurred. The first Thursday was today, and I too found it blinking this morning and had to tinker to get it operating again. I only *wish* I had any idea how to avoid this...

    I also find that the nature of suggestion recordings has changed drastically now that I'm periodically powering off my TA. Before, I'd frequently get TNT recordings of The Mentalist and Castle, both of which I like very much and often watch in reruns from there. Now with the TA trickery, I'm almost never seeing those and I'm getting lots of movies and stuff that seldom recorded via suggestions in the past.

    All in all, I don't feel like my TA-equipped TiVo is worth what it was to me before...sadly. And I fault TiVo for acting like it's not their issue!
  4. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2006
    Turns out what I thought you were talking about isnt what I posted so I went back and edited this post to add this part. Even though it wont fix your problem the info might help people with older Tivo's and the cable company going all digital.

    The tuning boxs you are talking about is the digital to analog adapter you need after the cable company went all digital? If this is true call the cable company and see what their Digital Starter Package costs. My parents had to get one of those adapters but while calling to arrange for one I found out that the Digital Starter Package was the same price as what they were paying for the Basic package. However, it added the music channels, some extra movie channels like Encore and a few other regular channals. It also included one of their boxs that can be used with the older Tivo boxes.
  5. stevewjackson

    stevewjackson Steve W. Jackson

    Nov 2, 2007
    This is *not* a digital-to-analog adapter. I think I've heard of those and that they're called DTA devices or something.

    In markets where cable providers use Switched Digital Video (SDV), it's required to have two-way communication. The CableCARD devices used in the TiVo HD and newer Premiere devices can't do that, so the Tuning Adapter was created (originally called a Tuning Resolver). It connects to these TiVo models via USB. When tuning to one of the channels on SDV, it sends that request upstream to the cableco's headend.

    Different topic entirely.

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