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New Mini Owner: TiVo Wins, Comcast Loses

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:28
I've been using TiVo for the past five years, first with two Series3HD's and then two Premieres (Elite and basic). I've always had two multi-stream CableCARDs from Comcast, for which I was paying a grand total of $1.50 p.m.; together with the two customer-owned equipment (COE) credits of $2.50 each, I was actually accumulating a balance in my account of about $4.00 p.m. (including tax and fee credits). Since I get my service via my HOA's bulk services agreement, there were no other charges on my account.

Then, in July 2012, Comcast changed my billing by removing the CableCARD line items and substituting a "Digital Service" charge of $9.95. Even though, with the COE credits, I was still only paying about $5.00 p.m. (the IMHO quite reasonable equivalent of $2.50 per CableCARD), the duplicitous manner in which Comcast had rewickered the billing just stuck in my craw. Instead of having the honesty to list the actual equipment I was renting and the per-item charges, they were pretending that there was no accounting or assessment for the CableCARDs but that I was liable for "digital service" charges of $9.95 for each digital device on my account after the first one. As we all know, this was done to allow them to charge us $10 a pop for each additional digital device running off of a CableCARD, while circumventing any FCC challenges regarding unfair card fees. Thus, customers who had three or four cards could be billed as much as $25 more p.m. without any change in equipment or services.

By complaining and negotiating offsets plus additional free services (HBO/SHO), I was able to avoid actually paying these charges until this last August when I finally used up the accrual in my account. So in September I took advantage of the new inclusion of product lifetime service (PLS) in the TiVo Mini pricing and picked one up at Best Buy for only $82.60 (including tax). Yesterday--having had time to test out the Mini and satisfy myself that it would substitute admirably for the seldom used Premiere in my bedroom--I sold my basic Premiere w/PLS for $375 and returned the second CableCARD to Comcast (very friendly and competent CSR in the retail store, BTW). Now I'm back to running a monthly accrual of about $3.00 on my Comcast account, and TiVo gets an additional box in service. The basic Premiere, which I purchased in March 2012 for $459 (w/PLS), wound up costing me the equivalent of $2.80 p.m. to "rent" (exclusive of the new "digital service" fee)--not a bad investment compared to Comcast's $15 to $20 DVR rental charges.

Ironically, I would have been glad to give my money to Comcast if they had just been aboveboard with their billing. I am happy with the cable TV service (in fact, I was the one who arranged for my HOA's 10-year contract with them) but their DVR is inferior to TiVo and not worth what they're charging for it. IMHO Comcast has done a great job in the past several years improving customer service, but their consumer ratings will remain below par until they make their billing services more uniform, transparent, and reliably honest.

TiVo has been a great product for me and my wife and I can't recommend it highly enough. Even at the current MSRP pricing of $150 (w/PLS), the Mini is a handy and (thanks to MSO greed) cost-effective DVR extender. Paired with a Roamio Pro (which I can see myself upgrading to at some point), it should satisfy most consumer demands.

How to get away with murder: "He Deserved to Die" Nov 6th 2014 (SPOILERS)

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:07
A pretty tight episode overall I thought. Things are finally moving along and we're getting more details about things.

Again could have done without the obligatory and pointless Conner sex scene. Meant nothing to the whole story and was IMO 100% tossed in for shock value. Thanks goodness for the FF button (DVR'd the show).

Looking forward to next weeks ep where I think we get some final questions answered.

The Big Bang Theory [11/06/2014] - "The Prom Equivalency"

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:32
He said what? :eek:
Amy: Sheldon, there's something else I've been wanting to say, but before I do, I just... I want you to know that you don't have to say it back.I know you're not ready, and I don't want you to say it just because social convention dictates...
Sheldon: I love you, too.
Amy: You said it.
Sheldon: There's no denying I have feelings for you that can't be explained in any other way. I briefly considered that I had a brain parasite. But that seems even more far-fetched. The only conclusion was love....and he said it before Amy did.

Anybody get update for standalone stream ?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:14
Has anyone gotten an update for standalone stream.
my build date says June, which is older than the one on Roamio.

Updated to 20.4.5, but not seeing Amazon Prime or Vudu

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:32
My Roamio updated to 20.4.5 this morning however even after a restart I am not see options for Amazon Prime or Vudu.
I checked under Video Providers and Amazon is checked, but there is no Vudu option.
I also checked the existing Amazon app and it did not look different.

Premier compatible with wireless G?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 02:46
Having issues setting up Wireless G with new Premier. Setup menu only gives me an option for Wireless N.

Series 2 Tivo is sending wrong channel numbers to Comcast digital adapter

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 18:51
I have a series 2 with an IR blaster connected to a Comcast Digital Adapter. When I change the channel, on most channels, the IR blaster sends the correct signal to the Comcast adapter but for channel 12 the IR blaster sends the numbers 011. For channel 2, the IR blaster sends the number 001. I have tried all 3 versions of the IR codes for the Comcast adapter (10104 A, B and C) but still have the problem. Anyone else experience this?

Cable update "breaks" my MOCA splitters; MOCA still works fine without MOCA splitters

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 17:33
I'm writing this post in the hopes that it can help someone out. I just spent 3 hours with the cable guy...

Last night, Charter pushed the update to double everyone's download speeds. Great! I woke up to a cable modem that would no longer work. To make a very long story short, of the Holland MOCA splitters (2-2150 MHz, from Amazon) that I own (two 4-ways, and two 2-ways), none would allow the cable modem to work, with or without a PoE filter in place. However, swapping to the 5-1002 MHz default splitters worked fine.

So I figured this would break my MOCA network -- but no! --- my Roamio and my Mini talk to each other fine and both are online (Netflix works great).

Has anyone experienced MOCA working on lower (cable) frequencies?

South Park "Freemium Isn't Free" OAD 11-5-2014

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 16:12
South Park has turned into a show I watch all of in hopes of seeing one or two really good episodes per season, and last night was one of those eps.

Satan, Canadian Satan (Beelzeboot - LOL), "freemium" mobile apps, addiction, etc. I laughed at lot. Check it out.

Series 3 HDD Died, What 1-Terabyte Drive May I Use

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 15:22
My Series 3 TiVo took another dive so I need to acquire a new 1-Terabyte Drive to put in it. This will be the second time I have had to do this.

I have looked at the HDD Upgrade Thread and the listed drives in that tread seem to be obsolete.

My question is what HDD (WD, Seagate, or other) can I buy and use.

I know if I get a WD then I have to worry about Intillipark but is that the case with other HDDs?

I appreciate your responses.

Green Screen dead Elite: Options?

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 14:51
I have a Premiere Elite, maybe 3-4 years old, stuck between rebooting and a Green Screen of Death (see photo). After 1-2 minutes of the reboot cycle, it displays this screen, then after 3-5 minutes, it starts rebooting again. Endless repeating... for hours. I've tried unplugging, let it sit a few hours, yada yada, nothing works.

1) What is this screen, what does it mean? (And why in 12+ years of TiVos have I never seen it?)

2) What are my options? This is a lifetimed Elite.

I'll venture a guess I can buy a new hard drive. How much, and from where?

I could also buy a new TiVo (get a Roamio, and the speed upgrade that brings). Then sell this one?

Options, ideas, help!

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Cable company restricts use of TiVo Desktop

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 12:28
My cable company recently turned off the ability to transfer ANY shows to or from the TiVo using TiVo desktop/plus and I have tried pyTiVo. Neither allows access. I had a very knowledgeable technician out and he advised me that in the last update the cable company sent to the TiVo Q's that they turned on DRM to prohibit the transfer of shows to or from the box. I have a Premiere box from TiVo and it works perfect on it. So, I believe this tech. Does anyone know a way around this?

Amazon Prime Access?

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:19
I see the Amazon icon has appeared on my Roamio after a few forced updates, but I can't seem to find any way to access Amazon Prime. Everything I want to see comes with a price tag and no "prime" banners to be seen.

Is it a different app? Is it not available yet?

Sent from my galafreyan transdimensional communicator 100 years from now.

The Mentalist cancelled!

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:22
Yes, I know there are a lot of fans of the show, but it's finally coming to an end. The writers are, at least, being given the chance to wrap things up.


Survivor: San Juan del Sur "Million Dollar Decision" OAD 11-5-2014

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:44
Lame Lame Lame. Of all the Survivor quits we've seen over the years, that was the lamest of them all.

I feel for Jeremy and hope he can find a way to stay in. I think the couples are deluded thinking they can stick together long enough to get rid of all the singles. No way they go thru 4 TCs without someone or another getting the bright idea to blindside a pair. Hope so anyway. Actually, I'd like to see both Jeremy and Josh hang around. They're both good players. I'm thinking one more player goes before the jury starts to form.

And what happened to that giant bag-o-rice?

Anyway, now the game starts for real. The post-merge time is always my favorite part of a Survivor season. Game on!

Cheesed off at DTV

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:33
Well I got my THR 22 connected and do like it.
Except that the instructions dealing with the on demand feature is wrong.
It says connect the unit to your network and use a HDMI connection to the TV.. Not so much!!
Called DTV who said I need a $100 cinema connection kit, and a $49 tech visit!! Rold them to pound sand. Guess I'll get the on demand fearue through Amazon and my off air TIVO which is also networked.

Considering leaving dish for Comcast. Would love some input.

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 00:43
I've been doing some reading and searching on here. Found some helpful information, but I'd love some up-to-date info and feedback on my situation.

I am nearing my decision to leave Dish Network. I understand their situation with Turner and losing channels but I digress.... I currently have Comcast internet and I believe I could save a little bit of money by getting on the double play plan for internet/tv.

I'd love to see how people with any experience feel about the following setup moving from my current Hopper, to Comcast TV service using the Roamio Pro.

I'd like to know if I would be able to use all tuners, and in general, get people's feedback on moving from the 220 Dish plan to the 220+ Comcast plan.

Here is the setup I plan on so far....

(one) Roamio Pro (master bedroom)
(one) Mini (living room)
(one) Stream (for my Android and iOS devices)

tivo mini - network too slow - v69

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 23:40
i have a tivo roamio connected directly via ethernet to my router downstairs, and in 2 other rooms in the house on the 2nd and 3rd floors via moca . whenever we try to play something it constantly says "network too slow" / v69 error every few minutes

i've seen a few other posts where people said they disconnected an ethernet cable to the roamio, and another where they said something about switching static IP - not a technie, so don't quite understand that

i'm hesitant to try anything to disrupt my service as it literally took over 10 calls to tivo, a replacement unit, and a moca bridge to finally get the system working at all, but any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!!

Tivo mini high pitch squeel

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 22:57
I got a mini a few days ago at best buy. Everything has been working well with the mini. Today I noticed with the TV off a noise coming from the mini. Its a whine but kind of a squeel as well. I can only hear it when I'm about 3 or so feet away. It reminds me of a ground loop issue but even when its the only thing plugged in it makes the noise... Has anyone else had this problem? Do you think its fine? The noise isn't annoying due to being so far from me and on being so high pitched. I'm only worried it might break before the warranty ends. Anyone else have this problem?

Guide does not show 2 weeks future listings

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 17:08
Guide & To Do list do not go 2 weeks out. Mine shows a day or 2 less.
As of Today, Wed, 11-5-2014, 3 PM, Mine stops @ Sunday, 11-16-2014.
~11 days out. I did check Settings & TiVo successfully connected with Server 5 AM today.

Do most people get 2 weeks?