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Please rename a thread

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:24
Please rename a thread I created in the Now Playing - TV Talk forum. It's currently named "Black Jesus On Comedy Central (spoilers)". It should be renamed to "Black Jesus on Adult Swim (spoilers)".


Dual tuner OTA DVRs look like real competition to Tivo

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 23:20
I just saw this article posted at The Missing Remote:


The best thing I like about each of these dual tuner DVRs is that if you buy a lifetime subscription to the guide service you can add as many devices as you want without having to buy it for each unit. OTA seems to be something that's now only available on select Tivo models and it's missing from others. Either of these DVRs would be a nice supplement for any of the non-OTA Tivos. They'd also be a nice alternative to anyone looking to cut the cord without having to resort to a HTPC for OTA

hulu plus trouble

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 21:16
This has to be an easy fix, I hope! Watching Hulu Plus on Tivo is impossible, stuttering, stoppage, etc. Yet watching the same program using ROKU on the same tv at (almost) the same time there are no problems! Everything plays perfectly! So is this a Tivo or Hulu Plus problem? Netflix is fine! Tom

Tivo Roamio $50 discount code

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 19:31
$50 off Tivo Roamio using code 50TIVO expires 8/31

pytivo and 5.1

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:31
I have searched thru the forums and have not had any luck getting pytivo to transfer my m4v (not from iTunes store) files with 5.1 audio. They play perfectly in stereo.

Here are the audio settings for my file:
Stream #0:0(und): Video: h264 (High) (avc1 / 0x31637661), yuv420p(tv, bt709), 1280x528 [SAR 66:67 DAR 160:67], 1875 kb/s, 23.98 fps, 23.98 tbr, 90k tbn, 180k tbc (default)
creation_time : 2012-11-07 23:12:15
encoder : JVT/AVC Coding
Stream #0:1(eng): Audio: aac (mp4a / 0x6134706D), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp, 165 kb/s (default)
creation_time : 2012-11-07 23:12:15
Stream #0:2(eng): Audio: ac3 (ac-3 / 0x332D6361), 48000 Hz, 5.1(side), fltp, 640 kb/s
creation_time : 2012-11-07 23:12:15
Stream #0:3: Video: png, rgb24, 400x600, 90k tbr, 90k tbn, 90k tbc
Stream #0:4(und): Subtitle: mov_text (text / 0x74786574), 0 kb/sHere is my custom settings for pytivo.conf.
audio_lang = 5.1, DTS, en
override_mapaudio = 0:2
ffmpeg = /Applications/pytivo/bin/ffmpegHere is what pytivo does :
Stream #0:0(und): Video: mpeg2video, yuv420p, 1280x528 [SAR 66:67 DAR 160:67], q=2-31, 16384 kb/s, 23.98 fps, 90k tbn, 23.98 tbc (default)
creation_time : 2012-11-07 23:12:15
encoder : Lavc55.69.100 mpeg2video
Stream #0:1(eng): Audio: ac3, 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp, 448 kb/s (default)
creation_time : 2012-11-07 23:12:15
encoder : Lavc55.69.100 ac3
Stream mapping:
Stream #0:0 -> #0:0 (h264 (native) -> mpeg2video (native))
Stream #0:1 -> #0:1 (aac (native) -> ac3 (native))
I must be missing something easy. What easy setting am I missing.

10.9.4 OS
I got my ffmpeg from here: http://ffmpegmac.net
and the latest pytivo from here: http://repo.or.cz/w/pyTivo/wmcbrine/lucasnz.git

Tivo Desktop did not find Tivo DVR on your home network v 2.8.3

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:23
It was working a couple of days ago. Maybe not working since yellowish/gold highlite was changed on menu.

I have tried Beacon.

I can't see anything on my Premier XL about "transfer"

The Media key on my Tivo has not changed and I inputted it in again.

Watch & Record

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:09
After three weeks of waiting, my maintenance guy came in to hook up my TiVo II so I could record one channel and watch live TV at the same time. Y'all had given me advice and links and told me which cable to buy. (I could not find the thread in a quick search).

The link you gave began with putting Standby mode in action. He began reading but said you can't pause/etc. I want all alive and not in standby, he said.

So ... I need instructions I can print for him to set me up to record one channel while watching another channel. I have amnesia but remember y'all saying it was easy, hook one end here, the other there, done. A link, your words, a drawing -- anything I can show him.

I really don't to wait another few weeks! He'll be back in on Monday. Otherwise, the TiVo works fine but for having to delete a dozen or more suggestions every day. It's a pain in my tush ;)


Channel signal strength varies a lot?

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 15:42
I have digital cable, RG6 from powered splitter, 54-1000 mhz freq.
It is a rocketfish that is replacing a Dropamp that croaked just outside of it's warranty period.

Using Settings -> Channels -> Signal Strength - Cable

On channels up to around mid 60's I get in the 80's to 90's.
Channel 69, on which I watch Daily Show & Colbert, it is low 60's and more than expected pixelation.
Channel 70 is up in the high 80's & 90's.

I could understand it better if all channels above a certain range were lower, but for channel 69 to stand out as lower? What could that be caused by?

This signal strength reading was taken with nothing else using the cable except an internet modem.

Thanks, Jon

On-demand available on MSO Tivo but not on retail Roamio

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 15:06
Has anyone else run across this? It's annoying that I don't automatically get on-demand on my Roamio while my cable company advertises Tivo as a rental option complete with on-demand capability.

The Killing S04E06 Finale

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:03
Great show but I thought 5 & 6 were much weaker. Joan Allen being his Mom was very predictable. Too many tropes in those last two.

Bringing Richmond back caused me to have to go look up his story. Tough to remember.

Little B's headstone saying 2014 was odd.

I started writing this venues the jump forwards. I was surprised there were 10 minutes left.

I thought the coda was nice, Despite being cliche I think I liked that. Partly because we didn't have a will they / won't they throughout the show.

I will really miss the show.

Verizon FIOS and Tivo Premiere, work????

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:12
I have searched but have only found posts from 2011. Only one from 2014 but that was in march and the Tivo Premiere has gotten the summer update since then.

So ... my questions are:

- Is anyone using TIVO and FIOS together (especially in the NYC area, if that even matters)?
- how is it working?
- Is the HBO issue resolved?
- do on-demand channels work? (they don't with Time Warner)

Verizon is wiring up my block right now :up: and I am hoping all is good and i can finally give time Warner a boot in the ass. I have had them since 1987. I am due for something new and better!

.... anyone .... anyone ....

Black Jesus on Comedy Central (spoilers)

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:05
I just finished watching the first episode. It surely will raise the ire of the holy rollers but it cracked me the hell up.

TV Review: ‘Black Jesus’

'Black Jesus' raises ire of pastors, faith groups

Quote: "I gathered our youth group and had them sit and watch the trailer of the show," said Kerry Burkey, senior pastor at the 300-member Rockledge Church of Christ, who sees the show as a symbol of a decline in American pop culture.

"It was horrible, disgusting and completely offensive. Down to a person, everyone in the youth group was offended. It just shows where we are a nation. … We have no respect for God," Burkey said.

Roamio and "Smart TV"

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:33
I'm a writer/analyst by trade and one of my areas of specialty is covering football - specifically prospect analysis for the NFL draft. It means I watch a ton of college football.

I started doing this 10 years ago. I bought a Tivo Series 2 box and it worked great with my local cable provider. I burned the games to disc on a weekly basis for later viewing. Because I spend up to 10-16 hours viewing a single game and I might want to return to that game next year, burning the recording has been the best solution.

This winter I moved to a new town and the only cable provider is Comcast. They did not support the TiVO Roamio Pro (the box I want to get because it will allow me to transfer games to a computer so I can then burn them to disk) when I moved here and the customer service and quality of the cable provider is so bad out here that I'm inclined to wait a while and stick with Direct TV.

Unfortunately DTV/ATT doesn't support TIVO. I actually used ATT last year at my old house and bought a descrambler to record games off ATT's box, but could not get them at HD quality (I like to use HD quality so I can post clips of plays with analysis on my blog and other outlets where I write).

To try to shorten this story, Roamio Pro seems like the perfect solution to my needs, but I don't have a provider that is compatible to my area yet. A colleague suggested I look into a "smart tv" and find out if I can set up a smart tv that accesses the Internet and determine if I could use TiVo (either my current Series2 or upgrade to Roamio) to record from the smart TV and then burn to disc.

As a small business owner, having a library of games is a resource I'd like to have so I don't have to depend on others.

Anyone have suggestions about the smart tv idea or anything else that might help?

Thank you.

My Time Warner / Cablecard / Tuning Adapter Headache

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:55
So I recently decided to transition from OTA to Time Warner last week in order to get their "Starter TV with HBO" package, and I've been having some issues with my service that neither Time Warner or Tivo can figure out.

The main problem I have is that my HBO channels will sometimes get video but no audio, or audio but no video, and even occasionally fail to "tune" to the channel. Unplugging the tuning adapter solves the problem, but unfortunately that downgrades the signal from HD to SD, which is obviously not a real solution. I am assuming this pinpoints the tuning adapter as the problem, but after talking to technicians with Time Warner's dedicated Cablecard hotline, they say it could be any one of the devices in the chain (Tivo, Cablecard, or tuning adapter). I've gone to my local office and swapped out the Cablecard and tuning adapter, but the problem persists. Here are the facts:

1. I'm in the Raleigh/Durham, NC market.

2. I re-ran guided setup to update the channel map for the Cablecard according to the Tivo instructions.

3. The Cablecard hotline techs spent a considerable amount of time with me on the phone and ran all sorts of signal strength tests on my equipment (before and after the swap) and said that everything checks out okay.

4. My firmware on the Cablecard and tuning adapter are both up to date.

5. I've ruled out my sound bar (no audio directly from TV speakers either).

6. I've swapped out my HDMI cable for another one, and the problem still persisted.

7. I've hooked the coax out from the tuning adapter directly to my Tivo as well as splitting the signal beforehand, and sending one cable to the tuning adapter, and the other to the Tivo, and the problem still persisted.

8. All my coax cables are Quad Sheild RG6 cut to length and capped by myself, and I do know what I am doing.

My conclusion is that Switched Digital Video and the tuning adapter is the root of the problem and never should have been implemented as it adds one more layer to cause problems on top of the Cablecard, which can have it's own problems. The fact that other markets get along just fine without SDV makes me wonder why my region decided to implement it in the first place.

So basically, if I can't reliably tune to a channel for live TV or recording, then I might as well just stick with my antenna for the local channels and use HBO Go on my Apple TV for my HBO fix.

If anyone has any suggestions or tips, feel free to chime in, but I'm going to swap out the tuning adapter one more time before I give up.

Program transfer

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:39
I have two TiVos, an older HD TiVo, and a newer TiVo Premiere Elite. One of the features I have really enjoyed is the ability to transfer recorded programs from one TiVo to the other. Recently a problem has developed: When I try to transfer a program from the Elite to the older one, I get a message that says it will transfer the program right after it finishes transferring the program that is in progress. But there is no program in progress. It is true that the blue light comes on on the front of the TiVo, but nothing is transferring. I have left it on for a day or more and it never goes off and nothing ever transfers.

There is no problem transferring programs the other way. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what could be wrong?

Hoping To Improve Search Text Entry

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:52
I just bought a Roamio (4 tuner) and plan on cutting my DirecTV cord later today. Everything seems to be working fine including using my Harmony 1 remote in place of the TiVo remote. One item I’d like to improve is entering text in the search field. It is a pain moving around to each character, one at a time.

Does anyone know if there is a way to program the Harmony 1 remote to cycle thru the alpha characters assigned to each number? i.e. pressing 2 once sends an A, twice a B, 3 times a C and the fourth time the 2? Like typing a text message on a cell phone.

I assume the TiVo Slide Pro remote can send alpha characters to the search field using the QWERTY keyboard but I do not want to invest $50 in another remote.

The Following - Season 3

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:42
Wife and I started binge watching this season. This show is right up there with Under The Dumb and The Last Ship. But for some reason, I watch it.

TiVo + OTA + Internet

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:56
Hey viewers.

I'm new to this forum and have never used a TiVo before, but I've heard great things, so please excuse the basic questions.
I'm a current Verizon FIOS customer for cable, internet and phone and am pretty well fed up with paying $195+ per month for a bundled service. I'm hoping to halve that.
I've been reviewing a DVR+OTA (TiVo Roamio + Mohu Sky) options to cut the cable, and an Ooma to cut the phone, so I came across the TiVo Roamio with the OTA antenna option.

I have some questions and would be interested in any feedback and opinions:
1. Does TiVo charge a fee for using an HD antenna, or is that part of the current $14.99 monthly service fee?
2. Can I buy a lifetime service for the TiVo unit in say, 12 months, or does it have to be upfront?
3. Have any Verizon customers had to pay an early termination fee, if they want to unbundle their package and just keep the internet service? (Mine is $230 and I have 16 months remaining on my contract). Will Verizon even allow you to have internet only?
4. Provided I can have internet only, can I connect the Roamio to an antenna with the coax, AND the internet with the ethernet port?
4. I noticed a large selection of channels available with the Roku. Is it possible to record channels from say a Roku to the Roamio?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.


Open ports on your TiVo

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:06
I'm figured out that doing a port scan against my Roamio's can cause them to reboot. Now I'm trying to figure out which port causes this.

I have odd results so far, as just doing a port scan doesn't always cause my Roamio to reboot but in the one times that I did, my scanner utility showed port 3791 open however other times when the scan completes, I'm not showing it open so I believe it has something to do with that port or a port after it.

These are the ports I show open on my Roamio PLus and Pro, port 3791 only shows up when the box reboots:


Any thoughts? My utility (AngryIP) default starts at port 1 and ends at port 6100

Big Brother - 8/7/14 - Double Eviction

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:21

I thought Derrick and Cody were better off with Nicole and Hayden. Could have pulled in Donny, and had the same numbers but with more trustworthy people. They were both complaining about Christine and Frankie playing every side, yet run right to them. Who thinks the DR had any input here? ;)

Nicole is going to have to work hard to get anywhere...

It is certainly going to be interesting.

Oh and what a rude reaction from Zach! Sheesh! Let her get out the door before you start with the clapping and mouthing off. I do not care for that fellow.