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Tivo/Cable connection/signal issues

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:48
Having a problem with my Tivo/cable and not sure what to try next.

I have Comcast with 3 Tivos:
  1. Tivo Roamio (with MoCA to feed Mini)
  2. Tivo Premier (2 tuner)
  3. Tivo Mini (connected via MoCA from Roamio)

On the Premier, the signal on many channels started pixelating several days ago and now it’s to the point that HD channels are virtually unwatchable. SD channels are okay, but not perfect by any means. I checked signal strength on the Premier channels and they are all around 50% (the signal on these same channels at the Roamio is 98%+ so not a problem with the signal coming into the house). I can view previously recorded shows with no problems.

The Premier and the Roamio are both fed by the same splitter. I changed the splitter with no improvement.

This morning the Mini is not working. Thru all of this the Roamio is still fine.

The problems all seem to have started after a recent Tivo update (but could also be unrelated to the update). Any thoughts on what to do next? I have already restarted the Premier and Mini each twice. Thanks for the help.

Several Tivos for sale

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:03
I have the following Tivos for sale:

Tivo Premier XL/Elite with 4 tuners and lifetime service. $400
Tivo Premier with 2 tuners and no service. $50
Tivo HD with 2 tuners, lifetime service and 1TB Western Digital hard drive. $200
Tivo HD with 2 tuners, stock hard drive and no service. $50
Tivo Series 2 with lifetime. $40
Tivo wireless G adapter. $10

Prices are firm. If they don't sell here, they're going on ebay. You pay shipping from 34145

TCDA92000 TiVo Mini for $83—ever heard of cheapchange.net?

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:46
I missed out on the $80-$90 Tivo Mini deals from Frys and Radio Shack a few weeks ago, but now that I know it does in fact work with the Roamio OTA we'll hopefully be upgrading to soon, I have been trying to find any kind of deal.

Just came across this site, but I've never heard of them and $83 for a new Tivo Mini almost sounds too good to be true.

TiVo TCDA92000 TiVo Mini

Is it worth the gamble to place an order?

did my tv or my pytivo delete my shows?

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:39
I have a 3 year old premiere and a new Samsung tv that hooks up to the web. Never used that feature until this week. hooked up Netflix and watched and HD movie. Then saw there were different apps on the tv and just played around for a while. Found a game and played that a bit. Then I went back to tivo to watch some tv and I lost a ton of programs. I rarely go below 80% so when I saw 50% I was dismayed.

The programs weren’t in the recycle bin either. and no new shows to delete 30% of my space were set to record. So is it just coincidence that 30% of my tivo was wiped at the exact moment I hooked up the tv to the internet? I’m pretty sure that’s not really possible but then what other explanation is there. I specifically remember at least 10 of the shows that were deleted, one was 7 eps of the same one.

there is one possibility I can think of . I had a 2 hour movie on my laptop that I was sending to the tivo but stopped it midway, or so i thought. But the blue light was still on. however I was well under 90% on my tivo so no 2 hour movie should have deleted 30% of my drive space. to kill the blue light i had to go to the show and delete it.

Arrow S03E01 "The Calm" - OAD 10/8/2014

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:34
I didn't like how Black Canary was disposed so quickly and abruptly. Hopefully, she's only comicbook-dead, and not really dead. Spoiler: Next week's episode is titled "Sara".

I was hoping for a new villain season arc, but the new Count was killed in the end.

So much for the "Olicity" shippers. The angst will continue for a few more years. In the meantime, Superman Returns Atom new CEO is being setup as Felicity's new love interest. I can see her taking the new job, perhaps as the CTO?

'Kingdom' - DirecTV - MMA Drama

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:18

Quote: Kingdom is a raw family drama set against the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Venice, California. Alvey Kulina owns Navy St. MMA with the help of his girlfriend Lisa Prince. He is willing to go through extraordinary means to make sure his fighters are taken care of, but all of this responsibility comes at a steep price. He has complicated relationships with both of his sons, Jay and Nate, who are both struggling with their own identities and places within Alvey’s life and gym. First episode aired on DirecTV last night.

Out of Home Streaming --- Forced to Re-Setup ???

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:17
I have a Roamio Plus and I’m using it with my iPhone via OOH Streaming.

About once every 7-10 days, the App is requiring me to “re pair” my device with the Roamio. (i.e. Go thru the Setup process of setting up OOH while connected to my home network). It always happens when I’m away from my home, and therefore I’m not able to stream until I return home and re-setup the OOH by going to the Settings. (Apparently it won’t allow OOH Setup for the first time when you’re away from your home network).

Any idea what might be causing this, or what I may be doing that causing it to “break” the pairing process?

14 Forgotten TV Superheroes

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:02
How many of these tv shows do you remember?

14 Forgotten TV Superheroes

I remember watching:

Birds Of Prey
Black Scorpion
The Cape
Mr. Terrific

I think Mr. Terrific is the only one I would remember without being prompted by this column and that's only because I've always remembered the name Stanley Beamish for some reason.

Sky+ gets suggestion feature...

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:50
Not sure anyone is still here, but I found this funny:

Quote: Brand new: Suggestions

Discover even more shows to watch with
the new Suggestions feature. http://www.sky.com/products/ways-to-watch/sky-plus/


Yes, sky finally get the TiVo suggestion feature, 15 YEARS after TiVo ! :D

Sky's offering is a little different in that those suggestions are not auto-recorded off-air, and some link into on-demand content.

First android streaming bug (or misfeature at least)

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 09:13
Because the app can't actually stream live, but insists on starting a recording so it can stream that, I just noticed this watching extra inning baseball:

The app just stops suddenly and asks if I want to delete the program I just recorded, but the dadgum game is still on. So now I have to dig up the guide and tell it to stream the next program in the schedule.

Couldn't it be bright enough to just keep recording and streaming till I actually exit the app or change channels?

Best way to upload video to a roamio from a Mac?

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:17
I know there are several versions of pytivo....but I can't get any of them to work. They load, but won't find my roamio on the same network. Is there a version that works with Mavericks?

Possible to mirror tivo iPad app to Apple TV?

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 05:41
Is it possible to mirror the tivo app to an Apple TV when I'm outside of my home network? I have a roamio and several minis. Alternatively, is it possible to use a mini via a VPN now, while outside my home network? Thanks for any feedback.

Newbie questions

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 01:23
I am moving to an area seviced by Comcast and am tired of getting killed with equipment rental fees. I've done a bit of investigation on Tivo but I have a few questions before I plunk down the cash. I currently use a Roku in my set up and would love if my Tivo could replace some key features so I don't need to use the Roku. I heavily use the Plex app for streaming from my PC. I know Tivo does not have Plex but is there any other way to stream H264 files from my PC through the MOCA network? Also, my two girls are obsessed with Sporut and the Disney Channel apps on the Roku, does Tivo have any of these or similar streaming apps for kids?

Also, I've heard that Tivo allows you to edit your channels so you never need to scroll past channels you don't subscribe to or so you can eliminate SD channels from showing up in your personal line up. Is this true? And might I also be able to renumber or reorder the channels to something that that makes more sense to me...like grouping all of the kids channels or having my more frequently watched channels come up first? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide - Steve

Streaming not permitted while HDMI connected

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 22:26
After having no luck getting streaming to work on the Kindle Fire HD, but great success streaming to my HTC One, I thought I would pick up this little tool to use on an upcoming trip: Micro USB to HDMI MHL Adapter. It actually works really well, with everything but the TiVo app. Disappointing, but worth a shot.

Any bets on whether this is cable labs requirement or just to keep me from using my phone to replace a Mini? (With the recent sale on Minis and "free" lifetime, the Mini is way too convenient to replace with the app.)
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Too many MoCA devices or new many splitters?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 21:58

The above diagram lays out my coax network. Everything worked great until I recently tried adding the part labeled in orange. Adding that MoCA wireless extender and the extra splitter caused one of my TiVo mini's to fail (the one that is on ethernet, not the one shown here on Coax).

I'm technical but coax is one area where I'm weak so I'm all ears about the mess of splitters on the network and how I could improve everything. It seemed odd that the simple introduction of a new MoCA would cause the TiVo mini to get a strangled connection from the Roamio but I'm thinking it was actually due to the extra splitter that was placed on the line between the Roamio and everything else.

Please comment and let me know what I'm doing wrong.

Furthermore, you'll notice that one of the splitter-like devices actually contains a tap—I would love to know the difference between that and a splitter. I've searched for it, but still don't quite know in the context of my network.

Android app: "We cannot find this program in this DVR."

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 20:13
I've just installed the Tivo app on my android device (unrooted Nexus 4) and most things seem to work correctly. However, when trying to stream many older recordings from my Roamio Plus I receive the following message:

"We cannot find this program in this DVR. Please check it again on your other DVRs."

All the programs which generate an error on the android play correctly on either the Plus itself or a remote Mini.

Has anyone else seen this behavior?

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No Spotify app at all

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 17:43
Not that I care, but just curious, I don't have Spotify App at all on my Roamio Plus.


According to message, my SW was updated on 9/25.

losing center channel audio

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 17:40
So my Tivo is dropping the audio on the center channel sometimes. The dialog goes mute and all I get is the audio from the side and rear speakers which on some shows like kid's shows means that there is little audio except the music. It will happen in the middle of the show, not just at the start of the show.

I can fix the issue for awhile by going into the settings/audio menu and clicking up and down a few times until the tivo beep noise comes back. At first I thought I needed to change the audio to PCM and back to DD, but I found all I need to do is to just click up and down in the menu and the audio comes back. The audio is then fixed and I can watch my show again for awhile. This makes me think it is something wrong with the way the Tivo beep noise has been programmed.

I'm pretty confident that the issue is not with my audio reciever as it doesn't have this problem on any other source, and I can fix it from within the Tivo itself.

I noticed this after the last update a few days ago. Anyone else see something like this? Tivo chat support hadn't heard of it.

HD TiVo stuck on "Powering Up" screen

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:33
Title summarizes my problem. Here's what I've tried: Unplugging for 10 minutes, plugging back in: same problem. Removing cable card, unplugging, same problem. TiVo support says its dead, and I can accept that, but was wondering if there was a market for such a unit with a lifetime sub. I have a 1TB expander plugged into the unit, but I'd like to use that for a future Roamio.

ISO "Streaming from Network Share" for Dummies

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:38
Hi! New Roamio+ owner here! On my DVR's "My Shows" list, I see my router's shared drive (I think; at least I see the router's name). I think it's DLNA capable (there's a ".ReadyDLNA" folder on the drive). But how do I use the drive to store/stream video? Do I put it in a certain directory? I don't see and type of DLNA setup in the router's interface.

The router is a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 (AC1900) with "ReadyShare". Is the DVR interface tricking me or is there really a way to stream from the share drive??

Thanks! Sorry for the N00Bosity!