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Tivo set top box

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:52
No dvr.
Enough flash memory to pause live tv for an hour on it and 3 Minis.
Streaming services.
Playback of music/video from mobile devices.

Just a thought. Nothing I personally want. But I think a lot still don't use a dvr and something like this could have a lot of appeal if much cheaper than a dvr.

opera tv store not loading

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:54
opera tv store has failed to load for hours on my pxl 3 of the past 4 days, each time getting stuck on the hourglass. there's no error or time out message, and pressing tivo central always exits back to tivo.

i figured each time it happened opera was down, so i waited, and after several hours, it began to operate normally. it's not a big inconvenience, but i couldn't find any other trouble reports in the forum, and this is the first trouble i've had using the opera tv store app - i regularly use it to view the nws radar to keep from having to leave the tv or access another device, and until recently it's been a solid app.

anyone else having troubles?

Streambaby Stretching Issue

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:55
Hi, I've been using Streambaby for years and love it, but my anamorphic widescreen content (aspect ratio of 2.35 or 2.40) gets stretched vertically. I've read others having this problem have been able to fix it by just changing from FULL to PANEL aspects on TiVo, but no such luck for me.

I have a ton of videos like this and I really don't want to go back and re-encode them all. According to this page, I shouldn't have to:
"Non-standard resolutions are supported; videos do not have to be encoded in 1280x720 or 1920x1080 to display in the correct aspect ratio. Streambaby will add black bars to the top and bottom so 1.85:1, 2.35:1, 2.40:1, and other non-16:9 videos display in the correct aspect ratio."

The black bars are not being added to mine. I have a Premiere and a S3. Streambaby is running on a Win7 machine. Here's an example MediaInfo entry for a movie that will be stretched (this one is HD, but it also stretches for SD anamorphic movies):

Code: General
Complete name                            : D:\Videos\Movies\All Movies\Captain Phillips.mp4
Format                                  : MPEG-4
Format profile                          : Base Media
Codec ID                                : isom
File size                                : 8.65 GiB
Duration                                : 2h 14mn
Overall bit rate                        : 9 237 Kbps
Encoded date                            : UTC 2014-08-18 02:37:00
Tagged date                              : UTC 2014-08-18 02:37:00
Writing application                      : Yamb [http://yamb.unite-video.com]

ID                                      : 1
Format                                  : AVC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                          : High@L4.1
Format settings, CABAC                  : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames                : 12 frames
Codec ID                                : avc1
Codec ID/Info                            : Advanced Video Coding
Duration                                : 2h 14mn
Bit rate                                : 8 600 Kbps
Maximum bit rate                        : 26.4 Mbps
Width                                    : 1 280 pixels
Height                                  : 536 pixels
Display aspect ratio                    : 2.40:1
Frame rate mode                          : Constant
Frame rate                              : 23.976 fps
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                      : 4:2:0
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                      : 0.523
Stream size                              : 8.05 GiB (93%)
Title                                    : x264
Writing library                          : x264 core 140 r2377 1ca7bb9
Encoding settings                        : cabac=1 / ref=12 / deblock=1:-3:-3 / analyse=0x3:0x113 / me=tesa / subme=11 / psy=1 / psy_rd=0.97:0.00 / mixed_ref=1 / me_range=32 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=2 / 8x8dct=1 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=0 / chroma_qp_offset=-2 / threads=12 / lookahead_threads=2 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=1 / interlaced=0 / bluray_compat=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=8 / b_pyramid=2 / b_adapt=2 / b_bias=0 / direct=3 / weightb=1 / open_gop=0 / weightp=2 / keyint=240 / keyint_min=23 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=40 / rc=2pass / mbtree=1 / bitrate=8600 / ratetol=1.0 / qcomp=0.70 / qpmin=0 / qpmax=69 / qpstep=4 / cplxblur=20.0 / qblur=0.5 / vbv_maxrate=40000 / vbv_bufsize=40000 / nal_hrd=none / filler=0 / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:0.80
Encoded date                            : UTC 2014-08-18 02:37:00
Tagged date                              : UTC 2014-08-18 02:51:39

ID                                      : 2
Format                                  : AC-3
Format/Info                              : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension                          : CM (complete main)
Format settings, Endianness              : Big
Codec ID                                : ac-3
Duration                                : 2h 14mn
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                : 640 Kbps
Channel(s)                              : 6 channels
Channel positions                        : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth                                : 16 bits
Compression mode                        : Lossy
Stream size                              : 614 MiB (7%)
Title                                    : DD 5.1
Encoded date                            : UTC 2014-08-18 02:47:42
Tagged date                              : UTC 2014-08-18 02:51:39

TWC installed today, brought CableCard but no tuner adapter!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:19
When I called them back early last week when I found out I needed to make sure they are including a tuner adapter the told me they added it to the order for me. Fast forward to today and the installation guy told me it was on the order for him to install but they don't send those with the drivers, they are mailed to our home before the installation date. The rep on the phone said the install guy will have it. They shipped one out today and I should have it by the end of the week.

Question, can I just install the CableCard without the adapter and will I get any channels (at work now so can't try it) or do you need the adapter to get any channels?

channel guide on mini

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:48
Does the host tivo channel guide need to be on "all channels" for me to see all channels on the mini. In other words if I go to bed and leave the host tivo on "favorites" do I have to get out of bed and change it to "all" to see all the channels on mini?

Guide Data

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:38
I'm only getting less than 4 days of guide data. Anyone else having this problem? Do I need to connect to the TiVo Service in order to have the complete 9 days of guide data download?

TiVo customer service just lost a customer of over 15 years

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:32
I can't believe what a farce getting my account straightened out has been. Like a good TiVonation citizen, every time I bought a new TiVo, I would give my old one to someone else so they could enjoy the great benefits of TiVo. Turns out, I had been paying for that service all this time and was supposed to be paying the $6.99 rate, but was being charged $12.95. So I call to get it all squared away and they offer to credit me 3 months of the $12.95 and suspend charging my account until December. I agree that that is fair and equatable, I should have caught it myself. Then I look at my bank account and there sits another charge of $12.95 processed today!

I have canceled my last monthly subscription with TiVo and can't believe a company would treat its most loyal customers this way!!

Big Brother 9/7/2014 - HoH and Nominations

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:05
So Frankie wins HoH but it will all reset anyways, except maybe to piss off a few people along the way...most likely Cody.

I sorta agree with them that if you're in the Big Brother house and there is a choice, you almost have to push the button. You know that most people watching will want to see whatever it is happen.

And Jeff and Jordan's engagement was cute. It's still fun to watch those two.

(Another) restarting issue

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:28
I tried searching for this in the forums, but it looks like it’s a unique problem. I even called TiVo Customer Support, but they had never heard of this issue either (although a couple of possible problems were suggested). In any case, here is the problem, which seems to have only started last night:

When I watch a show I’ve recorded and I get to the end, I push Left/Back on the remote (instead of pushing the TiVo Central button), I hear the chime, and the options pop up at the bottom of the screen to keep the recording or delete; usually I select Delete, since I’m done watching the show, and it goes Back to the Now Playing List instead of TiVo Central. But last night when I was done watching an hour-long show, I pushed Left and heard the chime, but nothing came up – and the the TiVo shut down and restarted (which takes a while, of course). Once it was back on, I went back to the Now Playing List and deleted the show by just highlighting and deleting it.

Since the TiVo had restarted, I was hoping the issue had resolved itself; so this morning I watched another recorded hour-long show, and did the same thing when it was done: pushed Left/Back. I heard the chime again, and then the TiVo shut down and restarted again. How frustrating! I tried a half-hour show that had been recorded and skipped to the end, but when I hit Left, I heard the chime as normal, and the options to keep or delete did come up; I was then able to go to the Now playing List as normal. So it seems that an hour-long show will cause this problem, but not a half hour. (I haven’t even tried a movie, since I’m concerned that the length of the recording may be an issue.)

Another odd thing about this is my family and I watched an hour-long show that aired last night. We didn’t start watching when it first began, so we started it from the Now Playing List; and when we were finished watching it, I was able to do my “shortcut” with the Left arrow and delete the show without any problems. It wasn’t until I watched the show last night, and another one this morning (which were both recorded on Saturday night), that the problem started.

The age of the unit may very well be a contributing factor: it’s a Series 2, and according to my account that I viewed on the TiVo website, it was activated in 2006. After the show caused the unit to restart for the second time this morning, I tried permanently deleting some recordings from the Recently Deleted folder, but it happened again when I tried deleting something from the Now Playing List later.

The Customer Support agent I spoke to was very nice and did her best to help me, but was not able to resolve the issue (which is why I’m trying here). She suggested that the tuner in the unit may be at fault, although I still don’t understand how a tuner, which handles the live TV signal coming into the TiVo, could cause a recorded program to cause my issue. While still on the phone with her, I did try disconnecting the coaxial cable from the TiVo and then tried deleting a recording using the shortcut, and it still caused the unit to shut down and restart. She also suggested contacting weaknees.com to ask about estimates for a repair, so I still have that option. But if the TiVo’s hard drive is going (which is entirely possible, given its age and usage), it might be cheaper and more practical to just get a new unit (although that may not be possible right now).

SO…Anyone else have a similar issue? If so, were you able to fix the problem? How? Any help with this is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance to anyone that might have suggestions or solutions.

EAS Weather Alerts for Wrong County

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:17
Hi - I browsed through the many threads about EAS weather alerts but didn't see anything applicable to my scenario. Not to say there aren't any just to say, I looked but didn't see any. My apologies if this is redundant.

Yes, the EAS alerts are a pain but I wouldn't mind so much if the alerts were for the county where my Tivo is located. I live in Long Beach CA which is in LA County. My Tivo interrupts viewing and recordings with EAS alerts for Riverside County. Do you know how many fires and flash floods take place in Riverside County? I do now and it's a lot! The message displays Verizon Fios Pomona (a city in Riverside County) and a code VH003 or something. I contacted Verizon, thinking they had control over the EAS and updating my account with the correct county. They do not.

Is there anyway to fix it so I only get alerts for the county I live in? If you know So Cal, you know there's a whole other county (Orange County) between me and Riverside County. I live at the beach and other than high surf, tidal wave or hurricane (those last two have never happened but technically I guess they could), not much happens in terms of "emergency" weather. If one can opt-out of these alerts on one's smartphone, it seems to me one should be able to opt-out on one's Tivo. If that's not an option, I should at least only be bombarded with alerts that serve my county. Any advice or suggestions?

Constant Rebooting

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:56
Not sure if it was the last update, but my Roamio have been rebooting 1 to 3 times a week. Not consistent pattern, sometime when I choose info, sometimes when I chose play, and one time when I tried to record from the guide. Hopefully, this will be fixed with the next update. Has anyone else noticed a frequency of reboots?

Remote Tivo Code

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:13
My daughter bought a plus and a mini and on the mini they have a Sabre TV that was sold at the Military Base only I think and I can not find a code that work has anyone had this problem and found a code?

Signal Issues With Portland OR KOIN 6

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:06
I have 2 TIVO Premiere DVRs hooked up to an antenna in my attic. The signal strength for KOIN 6 channel has been fine for almost 2 years. A little bit after the software upgrade, both of my Premiere DVRs can't lock in the signal now for just that one channel. If i disconnect one from the antenna it works better. The signal strenth is about 45 - 50 % now. Used external antenna with no change. Direct to the TV tuner it works fine. What sucks it it's CBS and most of the programs i record are on this channel. Any usefull information that can help me? Thanks.

TiVo Mega drinks your milkshake, and then some

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:04
Lots of debate in the TiVo OTA thread about whether one should pay $15/mo. forever for the OTA box. Well, would you pay $5,000 one time for a TiVo?

TiVo is about to demo the TiVo Mega, basically a souped-up Roamio with... wait for it... 24 terabytes of storage.

TiVo estimates the price will be around $5,000. Hey, at least that includes Lifetime. Slated to hit the market early next year.

Windows Phone App

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:47
Sorry if there is already a thread for this, but I couldn't find it. I know everyone is clamoring for Android streaming, but it sure would be nice if they offered a Windows Phone app also. I'd be fine with non streaming to start with.

Was troubleshooting RF remote, Roamio now stuck in IR mode

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 06:46
Previously...I was experiencing the issue where every 4th or 5th key press would switch to IR (show RED light). It seems I wasn't the only one. :)

Though In a poor attempt to Troubleshoot...I attempted to re-pair the remote. Following some of the steps here and on the Tivo site. (CLEAR-ENTER-CLEAR-221-CLEAR...CLEAR-ENTER-CLEAR-220-CLEAR...TIVO+POWER-ThumbsDOwnx3-ENTER)

Now...I'm stuck (in a crappy spot), the remote only works in IR (RED). I get to the Blinking Yellow phase...but only TIVO+C will stop that.

Anyone have any straightforward step-by-step methods to get me out of my STUCK IN THE "IR" MUD state?

Season passes on unchecked channels?

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 02:42
Why are season passes still being recorded on my Roamio basic if I have un-checked those channels from my channel list? They don't show in my guide anymore. :confused:

Utopia - Season Premiere 9/7/2014 *spoilers*

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 00:51
Interesting concept for a show. Could become very interesting. But so far the show seems to have relied too much on typical reality TV-type casting in order to create drama rather than actually trying to cast people who will build an interesting new society.

Josh made a really boneheaded move to get plastered on the first night, and he's a really bad drunk. But that seems to have humbled him and he was pretty level-headed the rest of the episode. Which is a good thing, because he was a cocky a**hole before that.

That NYC lawyer was on a major power trip when he was officiating the "trial" and handing down the sentence. Did he really pack a gavel in his personal effects? I would have been with the guys who said they wanted Josh to stay and then bailed outside. That whole thing was a complete farce.

The blonde survivalist lady is a complete kook. One minute she is trying to get Josh kicked off the show and a couple hours later she's flirting with him like crazy.

That whole fight between Red and Aaron was nonsensical. Aaron didn't feel comfortable cooking the dead chicken for the whole group. Red was willing to prep it and cook it for himself and take the risk. I don't understand what caused the problem.

I can understand if the Pastor doesn't want to go near the lake when the ladies are skinny dipping, but was he saying that he couldn't go there at all when the ladies are there? If they were wearing swimsuits, would he still not be able to go near the lake?

Overall, I'm interested, but I sure hope that after these initial couple of days getting to know each other, the guys put their tempers away and start to figure out how to solve problems without yelling and being aggressive.

The Leftovers 9/7/2014 "The Prodigal Son Returns"

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 23:35
I may rewatch this episode.. Good season finale. It did feel like they were covering their bases for if the show wasn't renewed, because it could have ended on this episode.

...but clearly that's not what they wanted. There were four things I wanted to remember to post (among others):

* Remember when Kevin was thrown in the insane asylum room? Remember later how he woke up so you thought it was "just a dream"? Well, someone slipped him a copy of that 1972 issue of National Geographic, and when he opened it up to the page with the note, it was on the article about Cairo.

That's actually what was in that issue. He tore up the first copy he ever received (or destroyed it someone - I don't totally remember), and the second one that his daughter bought wasn't met with much approval. It doesn't seem like he read the magazine. So how did he know that Cairo was one of the articles? And how did he know what that page looked like? He gained actual information during that asylum "dream". It was more than just a dream.

* Two more things that Kevin and Tom did in common this episode:

1) Both of them went into a bathroom and found someone sharing Wayne's DNA

2) Both of them had a black man ask them if he could help them.. (Kevin was granted a wish by Wayne, and Tom was offered help from the religious bus)

* If the GR really really really wanted to piss Nora off, they'd have had the girl not only sitting in the correct seat (they screwed up the boy and girl's seats - they must have just had some rough account she told in a public story), but they'd also have the girl spilling orange juice all over the table. HOW MANY TIMES DID SHE HAVE TO TELL THE KID!! TWO HANDS!!!

It looks like it can be interpreted that Wayne indeed did grant Kevin's wish, assuming that Kevin just wanted a family again and now he's got Nora, Jill, and as a reddit poster said, another son fathered by someone else. (he even got the dog that he bet could be rehabilitated)

Oh, and.. "JILL!!!!!!!!"