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Anyone Else Disappointed in their Harmony Ultimate?

2 hours 13 min ago
Hi all,

I purchased a Harmony Ultimate a few days ago and have been having some real troubles getting it to program like I think it should. For example, by intent a TiVo should remain on 24 hours a day in order to capture content. The Harmony includes a TiVo On/Off trigger by default in a Watch TV "activity" and there doesn't seem to be a way to setup a Watch TV activity without this trigger.

Another example: I want to add an activity to simply change from AV1 to AV2 when the receiver is already turned on. When I try to add this activity, the Harmony, again by default, includes a receiver On/Off trigger and it cannot be removed. I realize that I can manually change the input from the Yamaha receiver device control area, but this requires 5 finger actions, vs one if I can implement it as an activity.

Isn't this supposed to be the "ultimate" remote control?


Why "Scandal" could use some political diversity on its writing staff

4 hours 14 min ago
I've really enjoyed the first three seasons of ABC's "Scandal," but now that I'm two episodes into catching up on season 4, the total lack of ideological diversity among the writing staff has become glaring. The "tl;dr" version of it is that the show has two kinds of Republicans: sanctimonious, hypocritical Jesus freaks like Sally Langston; or purported Republicans who are really just Democrats. The longer version, which contains mild spoilers, is at my blog.

Seagate HDD For Upgrade

5 hours 24 min ago
ST4000DM000 is a 5900RPM Seagate HDD I have in my Tivo now. It seems to be doing good and am planning to put another one in a TiVo. Just wanted to make sure it is fast enough to be in the 6 tuner PLUS. Most use western digital but am I ok?

Kindle Fire HDX: Streaming but no download?

9 hours 38 min ago
I received a Kindle Fire HDX for Christmas and was happily surprised to see the TiVo to-go app in the app store. After installing, I see that like my iPad, it can stream from my Roamio, but unlike the iPad, it cannot download shows to the Kindle itself.

Not a big deal I guess, with KMMTG, and the backdoor way to load videos. But I do like the TiVo interface when watching shows on the iPad. Too bad not on the HDX, which has better screen resolution.

Is this simply an operating system limitation? I would have guessed that streaming would be more likely to be an unavailable feature, rather than downloading.

Wireless N Adapter: 1 for 2?

10 hours 21 min ago
My 12 year old Series 2 just died. RIP. It was my backup for my Premiere. I connected to TiVo via the wireless adapter, which I think was the "Wireless G." It connected to the unit with a USB connection.

Question: If I find a decently priced Premiere to act as a backup, can I use my Wireless "N" adapter for both TiVos, or does each TiVo require it's own adapter?

I am connected to the Internet via a slow, but free, Wi-Fi network provided by the home owner's association.

Question #2: I know this has been discussed here many times...but what is a fair price for a Premiere with Lifetime?

WWE Royal Rumble(spoilers)

11 hours 43 min ago
Anyone watch?

Second year the fans just crapped over the winner. Even the Rock couldn't save Roman from getting majorly booed.

I did like the title match, but disappointed Brock(part time champ) is still holding the belt. Not going to be crazy about a Roman/Brock WM match.

DirecTV with Tivo THR-22

11 hours 57 min ago
Anyone know anything about this receiver? Specifically using the eSata port to an external drive possible/not, location of manual since not on DTV site? Anyone have one?

Standard Roamio Remote Repair

12 hours 46 min ago
Can anyone tell me if it is difficult to open the standard Roamio remote that comes with the unit to clean it out.. I was just told by the wife that there was accident and it got wet... Is there any tricks to opening it? Thank you very much... Bob..

One channel keeps freezing: How can I troubleshoot?

15 hours 9 min ago
I'm new to TiVo but I have a Roamio Pro and it's working great except one channel (and only that channel) keeps freezing.

It might not freeze for an hour, but then it might freeze for a second, and then freeze again a few seconds later.

What can I do to troubleshoot? I looked in the DVR Diagnostics area and that tuner shows 100% signal strength with -40 dB SNR.

Roamio Plus + Mini on FIOS Questions

15 hours 23 min ago
After a long hiatus without TiVo, I am converting my setup from DirecTV to Verizon FIOS, and am planning to install a Roamio Plus and two Minis. I had a few questions and was hoping to get some insight:

1. Features/Usability: Is there a reason to have the Roamio vs. a Mini at the primary viewing location? i.e., what functionality or capabilities would be lost by using the Mini vs. the Roamio?

2. Wiring #1, Media: My house is about 22 years old and the builder was kind enough to run RG-59 throughout. I have some CAT5e runs and plan to add more. I assume it would make more sense to use CAT5e vs. RG-59 to connect the Roamio and Minis?

3. Wiring #2, FIOS TV: Will the Roamio require a coax connection at all, or would that only be to set up the MoCa network (which I presumably would not be doing)? i.e., can I get FIOS TV solely via the Ethernet connection from the FIOS router? If so, any performance considerations?

4. Wiring #3 (bringing it all together), Location: I currently have RG-6 coming from the ONT (have FIOS Internet, but no TV yet) to my Verizon ActionTec router. It comes into the house at a certain spot in the basement, where I'll be installing a TV. Option A: If the Roamio needs a coax connection, I'll plan to install it here, with the Minis at other TVs in the house (networked via the CAT5e), and likely split the RG-6 between the Roamio and the Verizon router. Option B: If all internal connectivity needs can be accomplished over Ethernet (potentially also changing the ONT-to-router connection to Ethernet, if any benefit), and if more worthwhile functionality is available from the Roamio vs. a Mini, I may install the Roamio at the Family Room TV, where more viewing occurs.


confusion about cableCARDs set top boxes

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 17:48
My cable company uses this DCT700 ALL-DIGITAL CABLE SET-TOP when it doesn't want to use TiVo.
1) without a cableCARD how do these devices decode? Is there a chip? A signal?
2) I thought the law required cableCARDS in the devices used by the companies. There is a confusing statement in the wikipedia article.

Use of the term CableCARD can be confusing, because some technologies refer not to the physical card, but to a device ("Host") that uses the card. Some CableCARD technologies can be used with devices that have no physical CableCARDs.

3) Are such devices inherently limited to standard definition?
4) Why can't I purchase such a device? Is it technical or legal limitation? The retail rental rate is $10/month for a stupid little device like this one.

Switched from Fios...Disappointed

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 17:26
Just switched to Grande Cable Tivo from Verizon Fios. I'm really disappointed in the UI and the remote.

The UI is mostly awful. You have to click click click through too many menus to do anything. For example: quickly turn on closed captioning. Info, click down, click, click, on, Really? Fios remote: one button: click, its on. Click, it's off.

Then there's the program guide. Yikes. Terrible! Hard to read. Where's the color coding, blue for movies, green for sports, etc? Color helps the programs you seek to stand out. With Tivo I have to read each title, and if the program is 30 min it's truncated....blech.

To back out of Tivo Central back to your program, you press "Zoom"?? Really? On what planet does "zoom" equal "back" ???

I've read for years about how Tivo was supposed to be so awesome. Frankly I'm not impressed. It's not user friendly or efficient. I'll be keeping it though because Grande is cheaper than Fios.

I need to find an online guide--might try Titan TV's guide.

Transfer multiple recordings TiVo to TiVo

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:56
I'm transferring recorded programs from old TiVo (Premier 4) to new Tivo (Roamio Plus). Both machines are on home network using Ethernet and they see each other. I have successfully copied programs from old to new machine but only one at a time; I have to wait for a transfer to finish before I can select another program to transfer. Seems like there should be a way to select programs to queue for automatic transfer after previous program transfer finishes. Is there any way to do that?

Tivo black screen with sound

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:34
I have a Roamo Pro with a wired internet connection. On occasions when I click on a recorded show from the npl a black screen will appear with sound enabled. I can go back to the npl click on the show again and it will start playing ok. I have read where other posters that had this problem but I can not find them. It not the same problem as in the thread.


Success using wireless with Mini

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:26
Thought I'd share my success story with those who can't run either an ethernet or RG6 cable between rooms.

I used two Buffalo WZR-1166DHP wireless routers to build a wireless bridge. The routers are capable of the newer "AC" wireless protocol. After setting them up, I connected my laptop and got a transfer rate of 270 mbps between the two wireless routers. Of course, the speed is affected by the distance and obstacles between the two routers - so your results will vary.

I plugged the mini's ethernet port to the back of the Buffalo's router (has 4 port switch). Now I can watch live TV and all of my recorded shows perfectly from my Romio in the living room.

I actually have two apartments in the same building (one is my office and the other is my apartment). I could not run any type of cables directly from one apartment to the other. The distance of the two routers is approximately 80 feet.

Exploring TIVO - Please Help Me Understand

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:25
Roameo - Is this really the way to finally cut cable (non-internet) service. I am looking for a way to cut cable, not content, and I started reading up on the Roameo. We watch The Walking Dead, American Idol, American Horror Story, and (her) The Bold and the Beautiful. We don't care about cable channels like HBO.

If I buy internet only service from by cable provider, will I still be able to get the content above. If so, how does it work. The TIVO data says I can connect my cable tv to keep my cable content. Why would I want to do that.

I just want to buy internet only from the cable company, and use TIVO to get and DVR the shows we like to watch.

Is this the way to go?


Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:04
Is there any kind of good space scifi in production? I miss my B5 & StarTreks of my youth.

amazon prime app

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 13:15
Is there an app to watch Amazon Prime movies on an android tablet. I have looked and I couldn't find anything. The only one that I found said that it was for cell phones. I couldn't get a picture on it any way.

Thanks in advance.


Amazon Prime and 1080p Streaming

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 13:03
I know there is a separate thread for Amazon Prime on the TiVo, but it has gotten too large and has too many other general questions/comments.

I purchased a Roamio about a month ago. It is connected wirelessly to my Netgear Nighthawk on 5Ghz AC. I get 50Mbps download with Comcast. It has an excellent connection of between 81% to 88%. I have absolutely no problem streaming 1080p content from Hulu, but with Amazon Prime, I almost never get 1080p. It is constantly only on "HD" with no pausing or buffering. As a comparison, I have an Amazon Fire Stick connected to the same TV, and I almost always get 1080p, even on the same show.

I'm just wondering what everyone's experiences are. Do you ever get 1080p streaming, and is it consistent?

Roamio Plus 6 Tuner Question

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 10:11
Hi All - I am considering upgrading one tivo premiere 2 tuner to a Roamio Plus 6 tuner and replacing a Series 2 with a Tivo Mini. Hoping I can get a decent 10 year loyalty customer price on lifetime service.

My questions are:

Are there any known issues with 6 tuners. I had loads of problems getting all my Motorola Tuning adapter channels to come thru after adding my Moca network in my new home. The Cox Omaha tech determined that I was not getting a strong enough signal to the TA. I am concerned that if I move to a 6 tuner, I will have problems again with signal strength. Does the Tivo amplify the signal internally ? Wondering if others have had any problems with the 6 tuners.

Next, Does the Mini perform well over a MOCA network? I wondered if there was any lag using a tuner on the Roamio for the Mini and if there was any or much of a delay. I imagine there could be some for live TV. Can anyone share their experience.

Also, Is the Roamio harddrive upgrade process pretty straightforward? I upgraded hard drives in all my previous series 1, 2 and premiere tivos. I would plan to replace the 1 TB drive in the Roamio Plus with a 4 TB drive immediately.

I appreciate any feedback,