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Which TiVo to get

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 21:53
My wife and I made the move from directv to charter and in the process gave up our 6 tuner dvr and went back into the Stone Age with a 2 tuner dvr.

We have decided to look at TiVo and have since decided we only need 4 tuners

That really leaves us with either the roamio or premiere xl4

Have the speed issues been resolved on the premiere? We have an Xbox one on the same tv so we already have Netflix and that other stuff available.

Any suggestions are welcome

Nashville Season 3

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:17
Season 3 thread. If there is enough interest, please feel free to start weekly threads and we can let this one die.

Juliette is still my favorite character. What a surprise that she's preggers!:p

I have no knowledge of filming techniques, but the footage at the Blue Bird looked different than the rest of the show. Was that just my imagination?

Weird duplicate "Welcome" email

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:06
A couple months ago I got the Roamio with lifetime service. I received the welcome email, set up my account on tivo.com, and installed my Roamio. Been enjoying it ever since.

Today, several weeks later, I received a dupicate email: "Welcome to TiVo Roamio: Everything You Need to Get Started".

Anything I need to be concerned about? This seems a little suspicious.


Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting's Hair - Like or Don't Like

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:49
Due to popular demand, here it is...

Person of Interest - Season 4 - *SPOILERS*

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:12
Since we don't tend to have too many individual threads for this show, maybe a season thread will help.

I guess with the servers being hacked to not recognize them, and their own private phone system, we will be going back to normal? Samaritan will be the big bad, but I suspect it will remain essentially similar to previous seasons, with the number of the week format.

@TiVoSupport is now on Twitter

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:56
Per Margret's latest tweet:


Looks like @TiVoSupport (https://twitter.com/tivosupport) is now on Twitter to actually answer issues.


No sound after update

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:40
Hmmm, got updated at 2AM to 20.4.4a-01-6-A92, and had no sound upon turning the TV on. Switched the HDMI input to Roku so see if the TV was OK- sound was fine. Switched back to the Mini, and the sound was back. This matches another reported issue (that thread is labeled "no sound from HDMI cable", so I thought it best to make a new thread with more specific info).

Turned the TV off and on, and the sound was there. Will leave it off for a while longer to see if it recurs. Will also switch to my other Mini (getting everything working in my office before deploying them all over the house) to see if it gets the update and exhibits the same behavior. I also have two on the fedex truck coming today, will also see how they behave once updated.

Anyone ever experience this after an update? I'm dreading that it's going to be a recurring thing now and not just a post-update anomaly..

Big Brother Finale - 9/24/14

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 22:56
Not a surprising ending by any means, but a satisfying one. It ended as it should have. Derrick not only played the best game this season by far, but he also played the most perfectly flawless game in the history of the show. The two people who didn't vote for him are going to feel like fools once they watch the season and see how in control of the game Derrick was the entire time. I guess I can understand Jocastsa, because with her it was a religious thing, but what the hell was Donny thinking? Did he feel like Derrick betrayed Team America?

Speaking of Donny, I'm glad he won the $25K. I'm also really happy that Frankie wasn't even in the top three, despite his sister campaigning for him on Twitter.

So did Cody just pull a Colby Donaldson and throw away $450,000? I'm pretty sure he did. He's definitely going to be thinking about that decision for the rest of his life.

Survivor Season 29 Premiere: 9.24.14 "Suck it up and Survive"

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 22:04
Surprised there isn't a thread for this ep yet. Or is there a season thread I haven't discovered?

Anyway, enjoyed it, looks like an interesting group of characters. I enjoyed Blood vs Water before, so looking forward to this season.

They voted the right person out IMO. Having experience in the Amazing Race has got to help them in this game somehow.

Was the thing Farmer Dale found on the well lid actually an idol?

Comcast Bill Question

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:22
I had to switch from a TivoHD to a Tivo Roamio Plus and a Tivo Mini due to Comcast switching my area to MPEG-4 next month. I turned in my Comcast STB, and while i was there they removed the HD Technology Fee. 15 days later and i'm still getting HD channels. I'm wondering if i should chance it and call about the $2.50 Customer Owned Equip. Credit, or should i just not be greedy and settle as is.

Set up error - step 2 will not complete.

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:21
I have successfully activated my TiVo Stream. (I have a TiVo Roamio)

On my iPad, I launched the setup process for the Stream. Yes, the white light on the back of the Stream box is solid (constant, non-blinking) white. Also, my TiVo app has no pending updates.

Step 1 of the set up process completes. Step 2 fails. TiVo's web trouble shooting advice for this error says to ensure that my TiVo app is at version 2.0.1 or higher. Mine is at 3.3.1

Any ideas on how to fix this error? Fred

South Park Season Premiere (9/24)

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 19:44
The good old Viacom scheduling department has done it again; sent out the wrong data for one of their flagship shows. The South Park season premiere, which was just fine on Monday with the blank synopsis, suddenly had the 'new' flag removed when it got the synopsis in the last day or so, so currently if your season pass is recording new shows...it's not getting this one. Sorry the notice is coming so late, but hopefully this helps someone.

It's 2014; I'd tolerate this from Pivot or a smaller channel, but from a Viacom network? To say I'm tired of working around their unsettled scheduling for DVR's is an understatement.

ETA I happened to do a network update at the same time and once the schedule info came in, the episode had been re-flagged as new. So in the space of a few hours someone at Viacom must've realized their big mistake and rushed TMS to add the 'new' tag.

Fall Update

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:54
I just downloaded the fall update, and the message said I can program a season pass up to six months before the program shows up in the Guide. I can't find out where to go in the menus to do this. I want to make a season pass for the new shows Constantine and Cyber. :mad:

Directv and Roamio tivo

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:38
I would love to get the programming that directv has locally but I have three TIVO dvr's. A series 2 and series 3 HD and a new 4 channel Roamio with a large hardrive. Can I get Directv and just use their receiver to feed the Roamio and the others or do I have to get the directv DVR version of Tivo?

Lost 10 Year Anniversary

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:52
It's been 10 years since the premiere of Lost! My, oh my, how time flies.

I thought this was a good writeup on the greatness that was Lost (and the dreck that has followed it on network TV). It makes me want to go back and re-watch Lost, which I might do. I was waiting until my kids were old enough to watch it with me. They're 9 - not sure that it's the perfect age but maybe close enough. Andy Greenwald says (in the linked article) that he misses Lost like crazy, and I do, too!

The Legacy of Lost

OTA TiVo not released?

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:43
Looked on tivo.com and can't find a single store with one for sale. :confused:

What? no Amazon (at all) on Roamio? (newbie user)

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:21
apologies for the newbie question (newbie to Tivo). If this is answered in another thread, please point me in that direction.

We're not heavy TV users. When the kids went off to college, we "cut the cord" and stopped paying $80/month to RCN (our cable company in the DC area) and only used our OTA rooftop antenna and streaming from Netflix and Amazon direct to the Sony TV with its built in Netflix and Amazon apps.

Then, the lack of a "tv guide" and no easy way to record the OTA shows (my wife is hooked on "Scandal") led me to TIVO. esp the articles in August 2014 about the new Roamio OTA box ($50). I could not find the $50 box anywhere so bought the basic Roamio at $169 (Amazon) (there was the Tivo price of $200-50, + 10 shipping = $160, but I went with Amazon for quicker shipping). Articles in CNET and elsewhere said the Roamio OTA had Amazon Instant Video (but not Amazon Prime, I get it.)

So, the box arrived yesterday, and I finally got it hooked up and found the OTA channels. (setup was not easy, but that's another story....) And I got it to recognize my Netflix account. Yay! Two out of three. (OTA and netflix)

Here's the question-- the Tivo Menu has an "amazon instant video" link (next to the Netflix, HuluPlus, YouTube) links, but the Amazon link DOES NOT WORK.

How can they have an Amazon link but it doesn't work-- it brings up a screen about "check back in a few hours, etc...."

Then I found this phrase on Tivo "Regulatory changes made by the FCC on January 1, 2014, made Amazon Instant Video incompatible with Roamio Series DVRs manufactured after that date."


then I found the lame "sticker on the box" covering up the amazon video logo.

REALLY? What's going on?

Is there a workaround ?
(registering via one of the "older" devices on Amazon.com? )
(waiting for the "fall update?" of Tivo software?)
(find a "used" basic Roamio?)
(complain to CNET and other users about incorrect statements in their reviews not mentioning this...)

Otherwise, I'm back to a clumsy approach to watch my content:
1. TIVO -> TV for OTA and Netflix
2. Sony TV itself with its builtin Amazon App for Prime and $rental.
(meaning two remotes, two interfaces, etc... )

grrrr.... I thought Tivo would be the "one box to rule them all" . Especially for the $15/month I'm paying which is basically for the tv guide function.

Thanks in advance. and again, apologies if this is an "easy question" (but the "easy answer" eludes me...)


NCIS: New Orleans -- Musician Heal Thyself 9/23/2014

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:56
So am I the only one who checked out the 3rd 3rd spinoff of a criminal procedural in the past decade? I'll admit it-- I watched L&O:CI and CSI:NY, so maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment.

In any case-- I came here looking for a thread to see if anyone else found the intro/exit of every segment to be distractingly quantum leap like. NCIS has the black/white last-scene-first deal, NCIS:LA has the multi-photo quick shoot, and now NCIS:NO has the Scott Bakula leap-in effect. I could even believe that the sound effect is the old quantum leap effect sped up 5x.

I have to believe this was fully intentional (Belisarius does NCIS and also did Quantum Leap), but IMO I really hope this was a one-off nudge nudge wink wink Belisarius/Bakula back together again. At the very least, mix it up and not have *every* segment feature Bakula...

Otherwise it's like..

Trapped in yet another tertiary spin-off, Dwight Pride finds himself leaping from segment to segment, repeating plot points right from every CBS procedural that once went worked well, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home..........

Sons of Anarchy "Playing With Monsters" 9/23/2014

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:20
There's no way in hell the new sheriff is crooked. That's going to blow up in the club's face.

August Marks threatening Jax. That's going to blow up in his face.

I swear. Juice is too dumb to be on my tv. I hope it blows up in his face.

It makes me chuckle that there are never any witnesses or surveillance cameras around when the club commits mass murder in broad daylight.

Looks like Nero's getting back into the thug life.

Lil' Jax: "Is my daddy a bad guy?"
Me: "Yes!!!!"

TiVo TCDA94000 Stream

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:26
Please advice me from this product... i accept email from amazon.com about this is... http://www.amazon.com/TiVo-TCDA94000.../dp/B008RWHC0E