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Artifacts / "Hot" Signal

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 17:21
Hello fellow Tivo users. I have been a loyal customer since Series 2, and am experiencing an issue with my new Tivo Roamio (basic). When watching certain shows, I see what looks like MPEG artifacts or macroblocking, usually on dark colors.

For example, in the attached shot you can see Harvey's black jacket on the show Suits. On a friend's Tivo Premiere, the suit is smooth. On mine, it is blocky.

I e-mailed Tivo and they suggested attenuating the signal, so I now have a 9db attenator and a 6db attenuator on the line. The problem did not improve at all.

Does anyone else have any thoughts on what could be causing this issue?

I know there were some older posts where FiOS users (I am on Optimum) with hot signals saw "pixelation", but I am not sure if these are the types of issues they were seeing, since I would consider this more as blockiness than pixelation.
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Stream and Airport Time Capsule Problem

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 15:26
I have the TiVo Roamio that does not stream so I bought a Stream. I had the Roamio connected to an Ethernet switch which is subtended from my Airport TC (because the TC only has 3 usable Ethernet ports). I could not set up streaming between the two boxes and figured they might have to be directly connected to the router as shown in the installation diagram. I had to move my computer and IP phone to the switch and then plugged the Roamio and Stream to the TC. They still did not work. Called customer support (4 separate calls) and tried too many things to go into here from the various customer support suggestions, including resetting my Media Access Key. Still didn't work. I was also told that I need to connect the boxes to the router and not the switch (which I had guessed from the instructions but it makes no sense to me, the switch should let everything pass through as a bridge).

The tier 3 support guy said it must be some bad setting in my Airport blocking traffic between the Roamio and Stream and it was an Apple problem. I was skeptical but bought a cheap router from Target and the two boxes recognized each other and worked. Well my TC cost me some $300 and I wasn't about to trash it, so I reset it back to factory settings with the assumption that the support guy was right and somehow I had put some LAN port isolation or blocking. After factory reset, still no luck.

In frustration, I took the Roamio and Stream off of the TC and plugged them into the switch (just like I had done before) and all of a sudden, they work!

I was able to download a TV show to my iPad and all was good. That was yesterday. Today I was streaming a show while at the health club and the stream stopped and the TiVo could no longer get streaming working and I got the same error messages as before.

I got home and unplugged the stream and rebooted and it still didn't work. Then I unplugged the Roamio and Stream, plugged Roamio back in and come fully up and then plugged in the Stream and it was working again.....for now.

I assume that sometime it will stop working and I will need to unplug and plug. Anyone understand what might be going on here?


12 Monkeys - 3/27/15 "Shonin"

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 14:04
Talk about information overload. There was a lot of backstory info in this episode. It pretty much explained everything, except why the 12 Monkeys want to release the virus and who that woman and her father are and how the woman knew about Ramses. I'm assuming that will be explained by the end of the season.

I liked it, though it kept bugging me how no one aged in 28 years. Everyone looks the same in every time (except Goines).

Data Usage

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 13:54
I am curious if anyone can tell me how much data, on average, the TiVo Roamio uses daily to update services?

Sound no picture

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 11:38
I searched the forum and found plently of folks with HDMI issues but found nothing like mine.

I have a 14 month old Romio plus with a mini and a Cox tuning adapter. Every now and then, I lose the picture when changing channels or accessing a saved program. TV is on, sound fine but no picture. Only thing that works is to re-boot the Romio. Re-booting the tuning adapter does not help. Re-booting the TV does not help.

Any ideas?

Why must we always be surprised when a release comes out?

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 05:39
really i think it is about time that Tivo has a place to go for the customers (who pay dearly for their boxes and service) to see what is in store for them in the next release. their attitude on this has never been good.

Tivo HD 2TB with WinMFS?

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 00:18
I've seen conflicting posts so I'll ask here.. does upgrading to a 2TB for a Tivo HD work with WinMFS or does it require "special" tools?

I know in the past it was not particularly easy to upgrade past 1TB, which is why a lot of people bought drives of eBay, but has this changed? Is upgrading a TiVo HD with 2TB the same as 1TB using WinMFS?

Amazon Instant Video Parental Control Pin is not hidden!

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 23:22
I have parental controls configured on my Amazon videos so that you are required to enter my Amazon Instant Video PIN before you can watch shows rated Teen or Mature. When you go to watch one of these restricted shows in the Amazon Instant Video App you're prompted to enter your Amazon Instant Video PIN.

As you enter your pin the digits you enter aren't shown in the big "digit entry" fields. Instead only dots are entered. This done to mask your pin so that anyone who is watching your TV won't see your pin. So far, so good.

The problem is that for each digit you enter the on screen numeric keypad highlights each digit as you enter it, effectively making the dot masking worthless. I.e. they hide your pin in the upper part of the screen while at the same time showing your pin in the bottom part of the screen!

I have a Roamio basic, but I assume this feature applies to all Roamios.

Show will not go away from my shows list

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 23:04
I have Wicked Tuna setup as a OnePass and there are no shows recorded. I have tried to delete the folder and the OnePass and this will not go away.

Anyone else having this issue? Notice the 12/31 date...

Don't require android app to login on home hetwork

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 20:34
If I am on my home network, surely the android app could just ask the local TiVo if it has a valid active account and avoid going through the time consuming login to the TiVo servers, which lately appear to be run on an old 486 with a dial-up connection :-(.

New Minis, RF Remote Mode Not Working

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 20:08
I recently purchased and set up three of the new version Minis; two came directly from TiVo (already activated on my account) and the third came from Amazon (not activated). I can't get the remotes to work in RF mode for the two Minis that came directly from TiVo. All three Mini remotes will work in IR mode with all three Minis, and all three remotes will work in RF mode with the Mini that was purchased from Amazon, but none of the remotes will work in RF mode with the two Minis that were purchased directly from TiVo.

Has anyone else had an issue like this? Any suggestions other than return the Minis to TiVo and hope for better luck with the replacements?

Why doesn't TiVo pad suggestions?

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 17:08
I recently started letting my Tivo record suggestions. I was watching a BBT episode and it cut off just after the last segment started. I checked and it recorded a 30 minute slot for the show. Looking at other suggestions, they were all for exactly the time slot of the programs in the guide.

This may work for most movies, but as we all know, not necessarily for sitcoms.

Why don't the default recording options also cover suggestions?

Browse Upcoming Movies

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:43
I'd like a list of all upcoming movies to browse through for recording or rating.

On an older S2 TiVo I would abuse the search functionality by selecting the Movie category, entering a search of '0' and then browse through the entire list of upcoming movies.

On a new Roamio I haven't found a useful alternative. Certainly there is the Browse menu that lists movies, but there are many different categories that have be viewed one at a time and each usually only lists a few movies. Search has changed so I can't use it for browsing either.

android login always times out on first attempt?

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:25
I got the new app, I used it several times with no problems, but then it decided to start timing out with a "network problem" every single time I try to login. When it finally comes back and tells me to retry, pressing the signon button almost always works fairly quickly on the retry.

Is anyone else seeing this?

I guess I'll try reinstalling it from scratch one of these days, but I have no idea why it would suddenly develop this problem unless there is something wrong with the servers at the other end.

New Roamio TCD846500 $100

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 15:34
TiVo Roamio HD Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player (TCD846500)
Brand new sealed box.
I got a code from Amazon for my S3 unit for a discounted Roamio.
So I decided not to replace the S3 since it has lifetime. I now have a Roamio that you can save some money on and I make some money on. I will supply copy of receipt for any warranty purposes if needed.
Free shipping to contiguous US.

Roamio Plus not recording Suggestions after HD upgrade

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 14:26
Last week, I replaced the 1TB WD AV-GP in my Roamio Plus with a 3TB version of the same.. Prior to the upgrade, I backed up my OnePasses with kmttg..

For the upgrade, I removed the old drive, plugged in the 3TB and just let the Roamio Plus do its thing.. Re-paired CableCard, restored my OnePasses with kmttg, re-entered my settings and preferences manually. I then went about restoring my thumbs settings in a very basic way -- I took pictures of my thumbs screens prior to the upgrade, and then manually set them again by searching for those shows after the upgrade.

Its been a week since the upgrade, and so far the Tivo has not recorded any Suggestions. It is also not showing thumb-based content at the top when viewing the menu (rather generic shows are listed up there).

I've tried two things so far:
1) Just to be sure the thumbs weren't corrupted, I went to Restart/Reset, and chose to clear Thumbs
2) I also turned Tivo Suggestions OFF, performed a reboot, turned them back ON, and rebooted again.

Neither of these has led to Suggestions recording. Anybody know what else I can try?


Premiere to Tivo HD Transfers not working since SW Update

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:08
** Nevermind... router reboot fixed. Mods can delete*

Customizable TiVo "Sports Center"

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:31
With all the talk about difficulties in finding and scheduling sports programs with OnePass I have started to think maybe TiVo is missing a huge opportunity to cater to that HUGE market.

They should develop a "Sports Center", similar to their collections that would allow users to select a sport, select a team, see the schedule (more than just 2 week guide data) and record the "collection".

From this portal they could even provide team stats / player info especially via second screen iOS / android TiVo app (although this probably exceeds tivo's design strategy)

Do this right and TiVo could see some serious press as wall as bringing huge customer value.

Note: I don't watch sports very often, but even I see the value in catering to this rabid market!

Any dvr that offers a webcast scheduler and lets you watch live webcasts?

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:03
I'm moving on...It's kind of funny to ask for a feature built into several apps on our phones and tablets. But do any of the dvr's out there have a webcast scheduler or podcast scheduler? Do any allow you to watch live broadcasts and record live broadcasts?

Thanks everyone! I hope Tivo will listen to us.

Roamio Basic Dead < 3 months!

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:58
This Roamio went on line 22Dec14.

Pressed the TiVo Central button to wake it up and nothing...
Disconnected the power supply from Roamio. Wait a couple of minutes and reconnect power supply; nothing.
No lights no noise. It does not power up.

Call TiVo support.
The agent says not to use standby it can cause problems.
I question that... but what ever.

TiVo offered to exchange the dead unit for $49 plus local tax.

Not happy...