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Mini and Live TV

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 14:15
I have 3 hooked to a Roamio 6 tuner tivo. It seems when the Roamio is recording too many shows, the mini is unable to view live TV. Is their anyway to hard set the mini so it will be able to view live TV no matter how many shows the Roamio is recording? My father is tech challenged, so when his mini equipped TV can't view live TV he can't watch TV. Thanks.

Don't know What to Do

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 14:12
Hello all... Any input would be greatly appreciated. I own a Premier Lifetime two tuner and just purchased a Roamio Lifetime four tuner because the two tuner just wasn't enough! Can these two Tivos communicate with one another such as watching shows on the Premiere that are recorded on the Roamio? Can the Premier use the Roamio's tuners like a mini does?(house is Ethernet wired). In your opinion would it be better to just try to sell the Premier and buy Minis for the other rooms. Don't know what is best...Thanks

Hell on Wheels "Thirteen Steps" S04E12 OAD 11.15.14

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 08:05
Wow...nothing is ever clean or easy in Hell on Wheels....what an episode. One of the best and some outstanding character development. You just knew Ruth would not choose anything but death for her actions. Incredible scene between her and Bohannon overnight in the jail cell. I'm certainly gonna miss this when next season's over, but it's been good stuff...

Older Premiere & Mini question

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 07:12
I know when they first came out the TiVo Mini only worked with Premiere 4 tuner devices but at the time there was a bunch of talk of dynamic tuner latching instead of permanent locking to allow it to eventually work with 2 tuner devices.

I have 2 Premiere 2 tuner devices and in reality I just want the extender capabilities, I don't want live TV on these remote devices so I don't even want it to latch on to tuners.

So tl:dr version, I know it doesn't state it works with the older 2 tuner Premieres but at one point it was talked about they would, so do they?

Bravo HD Issues

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 00:53
Hello all, I stopped getting Bravo shows and I am trying to figure out why. I'm in Denver with XFINITY and successfully recorded channel 761 before, but then it stopped. When I look at the XFINITY lineup online I see the shows, but when I go to that channel through my TiVo it says "Title Not Available." When I search on my TiVo for shows I know are playing it does not find them. I don't think this is an XFINITY issue. What should I do? Thanks!

multiple RF remotes --> multiple tivo's

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 20:48
In the past I've setup multiple remotes with multiple TiVos with no problem, blocking IR ports makes that fairly straight forward. I'll have a new situation soon...

I currently have 1 roamio (with RF remote) and 1 XL4 (with IR remote I believe), I'll be adding another roamio (with RF remote) and am wondering what the procedure will be for making sure the 2 RF remotes don't control both of the Roamios at the same time. They'll be on separate floors, but still pretty close together, one in the basement right below the one in the living room.

Also, if I were to add a TiVo mini with an RF remote to this TiVo-web would I be able to set that up to work to "play well with others" as well?

Any help would be appreciated. If someone has done something similar and has a step-by-step of their procedure that'd be super appreciated!

Thanks in advance to all responders.

edit: looks like I should update my sig sometime soon as well, bit out of a date ;)

Is hard to unpair and cable card from ceton and put pair it with a new tivo?

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 19:15
Im thinking of replacing ceton with a TiVo. don't know if I will do it yet. I hate calling the cable company.

Another Thread Ruined by OT Babble

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 16:50
That would be the latest Walking Dead thread. It was an interesting discussion until the spoiler thing came up, now it's all about that, a completely different discussion altogether.

To hell with rules about spoilers, what this forum needs desperately are rules about inconsiderate babblers ruining threads with off-topic nonsense that goes on and on and on... Or maybe there are such rules and no one follows them or they're not enforced. Folks sure won't follow them if they aren't enforced because, just like that old joke, no one on the internet can resist commenting when someone else is WRONG.

Dead S3 plus Tivo Wireless G adapter

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 13:59
The S3 in the kids room finally died the other day and I upgraded it to a Roamio so now I have no use for this device.

It doesn't power on at all, so I believe the power supply is all that's needed. The HDD worked the last time it was on. I know weaknees sells a power supply replacement for the s3 and it doesn't seem to be a difficult job to do.

I also have a TiVo branded USB G wifi card as well that will come with the unit.

What you get:
S3 backlit remote
USB Wireless G
Dead S3 - you will need to do a 'delete and clear' once you get the unit running unless you like to watch a ton of Disney and Nikelodeon kid shows. :)
Power cable

There is no service plan on it currently.

Price: $40 plus shipping

My roamio isn't on my one and only account :-).

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 13:23
With lollipop destined to show up any day now, I unrooted my Nexus 7. Since I have it unrooted, I tried to install the android app from scratch to setup streaming.

The very first thing the apps does is say "Hey! I've detected a streaming device, do you want to setup streaming now?"

Foolishly, I answered "yes". It thinks for a while and says the roamio I'm trying to setup isn't on the account I logged in with. I only have one account. If I use the same login on tivo.com, it shows the roamio as one of my devices. What fun!

While chatting with tivo suppot, I tried restarting the app, and shazam!, the 2nd time I try to setup streaming, it has no problems.

It sure is nice that the very first thing you see when installing the app for the first time is a stream setup that always fails :-). (I cleared the data and cache and uninstalled and reinstalled a couple of times, and the initial failure happened every time).

BREAKING NEWS: Disney Movies Anywhere coming to Vudu

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 13:21
Posting in here as Roamios are currently the only TiVo model to support Vudu (although Premiere owners may be interested as well).


Vudu seems to be positioning themselves to be the one digital locker to rule them all.

No moca

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 12:01
I have frontier fios. I have 1 roamio plus, 1 premier, and one mini. The only way the system will work is with ethernet. The roamio is close enough to the actiontec router to run ethernet cable from router. The tivo mini and premier are both running on mocha NM100 moca adapters for ethernet connections. The mini and roamio won't connect via moca. why? tivo tech does not know and was no help. P.S. My android app won't stream of the roamio even when i am home on wifi. Help...

signing in to Picasa on my Roamio

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 11:47
We just set up our new Roaming and it's great! We've set up almost all of our season passes, recorded programs and checked out all the new goodies which were not available on our old HD Tivo. However, I'm not able to sign in to Picasa on Tivo. I've reset my password, double- checked my sign-in name and allowed sign-in on multiple devices. Can anyone help?

Can a Romaio Plus really keep up with 6 streams?

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 11:24
I'm considering getting a Romaio plus and 5-6 mini's to get rid of all the FIOS STB's in my house.

Wondering how well this system would really keep up streaming 5 HD streams at a time? I have to make sure this is going to work before I make the investment in money and time.

I do have a full wired gig network so every device will have a robust connection. Would think the Plus box would be the point of weakness as it's only got a single Ethernet connection and I'm told hd streams are fairly network intense.

Does anyone have a similar setup and have their family using 4-5 TV's all pulling off the Romaio with HD service?

Interested in your experiences. Thanks,


Logging OTA Reception

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 11:14
This appears to be exactly what I am looking for to analyze my Roamio Basic Antenna reception problems:

"DigiMax DVB-T Monitor generates and displays in an Events log a series of time stamped events based on the received signal." dvbtmeter dot com

It says "DVB-T", I take that to mean it won't work in the USA. Or would it ? Is there something similar I could use ?

Purchasing Cable Card from Time Warner?

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 09:19
Is there any news regarding Time Warner (NE Ohio) and Cable cards for use with Premiere?

I've been renting 3 cablecards per month and would like to purchase them outright.

When I last checked (probably a few years) Time Warner would not sell you the cablecard and you could'nt purchase your own either.

Has anything changed here?

Watch live TV

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 21:42
On my Roamio Plus in TV central there is no option to "Watch Live TV" which I miss that option. My Mini has that option in TV central. Is there a reason for this omission on the Roamio?

OTA Issues.

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 21:06
I've had a Roamio Basic since January, and I'm very happy with it. Yesterday, I put a new Roamio Basic in for my parents connected to an outdoor antenna, and all was great for about 10 hours. All but 2 channels were pixelating very often. I checked the signal strength, and all channels are at 72 except 1 that was 62. I removed the small signal booster, and the pixelation was greatly reduced, but now the 3 weakest channels are in the 50's or lower, and of course don't come in at all.

What bothers me is that there is occasional pixelation on channels in the 70+ signal strength, and 2 of the channels never pixelate. Could there be some issue with the Roamio itself?

Any help would be appreciated.

CBS cancels The Millers

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 20:40
Yes thats not a misprint they cancelled The Millers not The McCarthy's.


New Tivo Questions. Can I really ditch my Fios STB's?

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 20:13
Wow. I can't believe I'm back. I was a long ago series 1 user who managed to take a simple series one, upgrade the HD, put it on a RF/IR modulated system and basically give my entire house a network dvr. Tune to channel 99 and there was tivo. Back in 1998 that was pretty amazing.

I left tivo when I went HD and now am sick and tired of my Version equipment rental fees. I just sent their DVR back when Verizon scrapped my DVR for life credit because of a screw up. This has me wanting to get rid of the other 6 STB's and brought me back to tivo. Here are my questions: (assume a tivo romaio plus with a cable card, and several tivo mini's.

1. How many tivo mini's can you attach to a single tivo romaio plus?

2. using a romaio plus and mini's can I really replace my Fios STB's? (I have no need for any of the fios on-demand content, never used any of it) Is the tivo guide good enough? Is the channel changing really slow? OR is it amazingly well designed and actually pretty responsive? This has to pass muster with the family and also pass the WAF.

3. I'm a lifetime only kind of guy. So I have to get a lifetime sub for the romaio plus, but do I have to get a lifetime subscription for each of the mini's? I see a deal for 149.99 with lifetime service. I see bestbuy sells the mini for 149.99 but no mention of service. Please set me straight on how service fees work with the mini.

4. I see a "buying service" auction on eBay for 49 bucks to _help_ you buy a tivo at a 200+ discount. What's this all about. Sure I want a discount, but I would rather do it myself and not have to spend another 49 bucks. What are these guys doing to get discounted hardware/service?

5. How does Tivo handle protected content on FIOS? My understanding that HBO, Showtime and other premium channels as well as TMC, ESPN and some others have a copy once protection. Will Tivo allow watching these live on the romaio plus? Will it allow the mini's to watch those channels live? Will it allow recording and playback on the romaio plus and mini's? Set me straight on how content protection is handled on Tivo.

6. Check my math:

Fios Monthly Equipment Rental Fees 7 STB's, 7.99 each/month=55.93*12=671.16 per year.

At full price, tivo romaio plus, 399.99+ lifetime service 499.99+6 mini's (if that many can actually be connected to 1 romaio plus) at 149.99=1,799.92 for hardware.

Divide the 55.93 into the 1799 and you come up with 33 months before you break even. After that, you are getting DVR+STB service for FREE. I didn't take into consideration the cable card rental fees at 4.99 each month, but I can accept that.

My first Tivo I ran for over 10 years and would still be running it if it weren't for HDMI and HD. I'm into long term savings and would be willing to shell out big bucks now in order to save lots in the long run.

Very interested in your thoughts on this.

So fire away. Let me know if any of this makes sense or if I'm going down a slippery slope. I'm really interested in knowing how well the system works as a STB replacement. Understand everything will be Ethernet cabled. No wifi. I'm going to try and get a demo on the hardware if possible.