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Roamio Basic 3TB upgrade only has 2TB usable

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 17:39
I have a new Roamio Basic. I initialized it with no problem with the original drive. I them removed the original drive and replaced it with a WD AV-GP 3TB drive. Again it initialized fine and showed 477 usable HD hours. Everything seemed fine.

I started loading it with saved videos from another TiVo via pyTivo.

Everything looked fine until I noticed that after a while, no matter how many videos I transferred, I could never store more more than about 59% of the drive (which I presume is 2TB)

The oldest video is deleted without warning. (None of the videos are eligible for deletion. All "blue dot") It appears that some of the software thinks its a 3TB disk and some a 2TB disk.

I've rebooted, tried kick starting 57, 58, 67 and 54, tried transferring files from another TiVo Roamio instead of pyTivo. Nothing seems to get me past the 2TB mark.

System Information currently shows:

Software Version: 20.4.6a.RC1-USA-6-846-INIT
Recording Capacity up to 477 HD Hours
Free Disk space: up to 192 HD Hours

Possibly, but unlikely relevant: I have not yet installed the cable cards.

I've upgraded 2 Series 3 and 2 HD to larger drives the "hard way". I was looking forward to this new and improved "just drop in a new drive" upgrade.

I also have an unmodified Roamio Pro and Premier XL4 and a couple of minis.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Harmony 650 remote setup tips

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:46
With the default settings for Tivo model TCD748000, my new Harmony 650 was not putting my Tivo Premiere into standby or waking it from standby.

After some experimentation I figured out that the Power Cycle command in the Harmony's LED menu for Device > Tivo puts the Tivo on standby, and the hardware Menu button wakes it up.

Modifying the power settings for the Tivo device using the MyHarmony app was simple for power off: I just selected Power Cycle. Oddly, the Menu command was not among the choices, so for power on I had to use the "learn" mode and press the Tivo button on the original Tivo remote. I had to do that four or five times before it finally took.

iZombie - The Exterminator - OAD 03/31/15

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:26
Heard the ratings are up and looking good for iZombie, and this last episode was the best of the 3 to me so far. I really like how they are incorporating her brain eating with her personality and it taking her over / how she struggles with it, and the realization that her friend was beyond gone and she had to kill her was well done (though the ME falling into the pit was so predictable :))

Interesting Pairing call today w/Comcast

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:15
Installed my new Roamio last week using a 1 year old cable card from one of my HD units. Since I only have digital basic and no extra's or premiums everything worked fine , all six tuners no problems. However 'Comcast On Demand' gives an error screen saying it requires pairing. So I broke down today and called the Comcast pairing number.
I was told due to ...quote.. 'Marketing Restrictions' The system will not allow un-pairing my cable card from the HD and pairing it to a Roamio (maybe I should have not mentioned Roamio) The rep offered to dispatch a Tech to bring in a different serial number card, and pair it. No charge, because its a Comcast problem !! I asked it it was a card EC level or part number restriction and the rep said no. It's just moving the same serial number cable card from an HD to a Roamio is a "Marketing Restriction". (whatever that means)
Has anyone heard of this before ? Tech's scheduled for tomorrow, hope this does not go south. I don't particularly like anyone touching my equipment or setup. Other option was to go to a Comcast store and swap cards ?? An hours driving and sometimes an hours wait..

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - "One Door Closes" OAD 03/31/15

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:42
Wow, lost of movement on this episode. I'm glad they didn't keep the "real SHIELD" hidden and in the shadows for a long time.

Loved the flashbacks with Bobbi and Mac, and it was cool to see Lucy Lawless in (off-camera) action.

Skye vibrating the water was pretty cool. Even she seemed surprised at the amount of destruction she was able to cause, without much apparent effort. She's definitely at Avenger level power - I wonder if she'll make at least a cameo on the big screen in any of the coming films. That random impalement was such bad luck... the real SHIELD will definitely be gunning for her now. I hope Ramse^H^H^H^H^HAgent Calderon survives. Either way it's bad for Skye, but if he lives, at least they won't consider her a murderer.

The house that banner built was pretty cool too, and I'm hoping we'll get to see more of Inhuman World in the next episode. I'm anxious to see if my speculation is right. I think that Gordon answers to:

Spoiler: Skye's mom.

And who can forget May vs. Bobbi!

I wonder if Simmons will switch teams, given her now well-known mistrust of anything non-human.

Does anyone know how many episodes were ordered for season two? It looks like there are only two episodes left (last one airing on March 14th), but it's only the 17th episode. The first season had 22 episodes.

Forever - "Punk Is Dead" OAD 03/31/15

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:19
It was nice seeing David Krumholtz playing young Abe - a nod to their time spent together on Numbers.

Setting up TV access for airbnb room

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:05
I have posted a similar question on the mini forum. I am setting up an airbnb rental in my basement, and I would like to provide cable access for a TV there. However, I would like to set this up in a manner so that ONLY streaming of the cable TV stations is allowed. Specifically, I do not want this device to be able to access or change and recordings, settings, etc., on my Roamio plus. My concern is the security of my accounts while still providing access to cable TV stations. (I'd actually be OK with this mini setting up recordings, etc., but it would have to be on a separate account.)

It seems that a mini may not be the right platform to do this. Would another device (slingbox, Apple TV, roku, etc.) make this possible? The room does have access to WiFi (at streaming speeds). Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

P.S. My cable TV provider is Comcast (sigh...).

HD unit in green screen of death loop...

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 08:08
So, one of my venerable TivoHD units is looping through the "Powering Up...Almost There...GSOD" sequence this morning. :( I have little hope of it self-repairing.

This unit had the original drive. My other unit, also a 652, I replaced the drive almost immediately, and I still have the original, untouched since it was removed - egads - 7-8 years ago...

Should I just take the other unit's original drive and drop it in? I'm guessing it will take a while to do all the updates...or would I be better off grabbing a more recent 652 image (I see in another thread where I can grab it)?

It's been quite a while since I've done drive upgrades...will WinMFS deal with a USB-attached drive so I don't have to go and pull a system apart?

Tivo removed Video Podcasts from Tivo service

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 08:00
Has anyone heard why Tivo removed Video podcasts from the Tivo service ? I have 3 Season passes (One passes) setup for 3 video podcasts, and when I noticed it wasn't downloading the new shows, I sent an email to Tivo and received the following response:

Hello Kevin,

I am following up on your concern below.

As of March 26th 2015, Video Podcasts have been removed from TiVo and are in the process of being removed from the TiVo Service. Existing MPEG4 feeds that were previously available under Video Podcasts are being transitioned and gradually being made available through Web Video Hotlists. Please note, however, that Web Video Hotlists do not currently show up as Streaming options in a OnePass setup either.

Though Download Manager is still available under Find TV & Movies, no new content will be downloaded as the feeds have now been removed from the TiVo Service.

I loved the ability to have the Tivo download the podcasts. Such a shame.

I truly apologize for this change that has affected your user experience and your concern has been passed along to the respective team.

Best Regards,
Program Manager @ TiVo Inc.

Justified "Fugitive Number One" S06E11 03/31/2015

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 00:51
Crazy how this episode still feels like a setting up episode, even though it was a relative bloodbath: we lost three main characters in one episode. Usually this kind of attrition seems saved for the season finale!

I knew Mikey (er, Michael) wouldn't let Wynn just get shot like that. Still a gruesome scene. I don't know why Katherine didn't go for a head shot: clearly the body shots were not getting the job done. That was a lot of damage Mikey took before going down.

Loved the face-off that wasn't... yet... between Raylan and the kid. That was harsh of Raylan to drop Katherine's death, and use it as nothing more than a warning. He didn't even say "sorry for your loss!" His mama would be ashamed.

I'm not sure I like Raylan dropping badge and heading out off the books. I did love Art's last comments to Raylan though. What the heck, I love just about everything Art says.

Minis have not worked since the OnePass update

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:45
I'm trying to find out if anyone else is having problems with their Mini's after the OnePass upgrade. 1st, the Roamio has worked fine with no problems, but the Mini's stopped being able to play any show with more than 1 episode. It could play live TV and shows with only 1 episode, but not 2+. Very strange! I was then told that it was a known software problem and it would take some time to fix. I kept calling about every 3 days for about 2 weeks and then was told there was no software problem. After spending 2 hours with a tech, they finally decided that something must be wrong with the Roamio so they sent me a new one (after wanting to charge me which was nuts). So I have not installed the new Roamio and the Mini's now can't connect properly with the new unit. They can see the new unit, they just can't connect. After spending another 2 hours with Mark tonight, I finally asked that 2 Mini's be sent to me since the problem is still not solved. He said he could not authorize sending them and his manager had already gone home. What descent manager leaves their people on the phone after hours when the customer's problem is still not resolved? Anyway, now I get to call someone tomorrow and deal with getting 2 Mini's sent to me. Bottom line, I wish I could throw these things in the trash, but of course I have too much money invested at this point.

What does this onepass error mean?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:05
Trying to do a web content pass

I do search. Find my show, Tekzilla

Selecting this, I get message:
Onepass not available for this web content

Why do they show it if i cant set it up to record?
And why can't I set it up?


Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:50

The Flash S01E17: Tricksters OAD 3/31/15

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:19
"I am your father."

Worth the whole episode.

Xcrool Remote?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:13
Has anyone here played with this remote while at CES 2015 or elsewhere? It seems like it could be a "xcrool" concept for a TiVo remote. Maybe we should get the two companies together?:up:



Download manager not working

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:29
Sorry I see a post already started on the Roamio Plus section. Don't see away to delete this post.

COX Cable & Cablecards

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:33
I have been using Cox Cable for 14 years and cable cards for the last several. My question pertains to the premium channels, HBO, Starz, Cinemax, etc. I have had premiums and they usually consist of 6-8 channels to the package. The other day my HBO and Starz packages went to two channels each. The techs that come out are not well versed in dealing with cable cards/tuning adapters, and I am not sure about their supervisors either at times. Anyway, I am being told that the premium packages for cable card users is only 2 channels each, "You need the Contour box to get the additional channels." That has not been the case for me for several years.

Does anyone have any experience dealing with this issue that may help me get them restored? Thanks.

Blackberry 10 support

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:52
Has anyone had success streaming on a BB 10 device. I have been able to successfully install the app and browse my recorded shows and schedule but can not stream any recorded shows over wifi or cell network, it just keep going into a buffer and when it does load a frame after a few minutes it is just one frame. Android runtime is 4.3 so i would assume it is compatible. Really a shame was hoping to use this on travel.

Tivo App for PC??

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:10
Hello all,

Really sorry if this topic has been covered already but I can't seem to find the information anywhere. Is there an App or application on some type where I can view shows that are recorded on my Tivo on my PC? Preferring something on Windows 7 but Windows 8 is also ok.. I don't need it to download the show but just stream it like it does on the Tivo App on my Android Phone or iPad?? The only thing I can find is that Tivo Desktop Plus but I am not sure that if that is exactly what I am looking for.. Any help would be greatly appreciated...


The Americans renewed for fourth season

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:59
Announced today....great news!