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best way to stream from foreign lands....?

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 09:45
Currently have a couple of basic Premieres with Lifetime. We do a fair amount of travelling where English TV is minimal, and use iPads when travelling.

What's the best, most reliable way to stream TiVo content when travelling, and that would include places where 802.11b wifi might be the only service?

I also have a D-Link travel router at my disposal.

Is a Roamio the way to go, or can one of my Premieres be made just as usable, remotely....


Schitt's Creek on Pop (formerly TV Guide Channel)

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 09:14

It's not classic tv but there's enough to keep me going after the first two episodes. It helps if you're a fan of Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara. They've been working together since 1976 (SCTV) and it shows in the ease of their on-screen relationship.

6.4 on IMDB and I think that's a fair rating. C+ or maybe B- and the setup could lead to an even better show.

Channel 273 on DirecTV. Sadly, Pop is in SD.

Upgrading Premiere to Roamio - Power Cable?

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 08:57
I currently have two Premieres, and I'm replacing one of them with a Roamio coming tomorrow. One of the Premieres in the living room has the power cable running behind the entertainment center and it's very difficult to get to. Maybe a silly question, but is the Roamio power cable the same as the Premiere power cable? If so this will save me a lot of aggravation and trying to crawl back there and swap the power cables.

Roamio Closed Captioning doesn't work??

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 23:53
Closed captioning doesn't seem to work on my new Roamio Plus.

When I use Settings/Display and turn it ON, go to live or a recording, CC doesn't work.

The Info Banner CC icon doesn't respond one way or the other. When I go immediately back to Settings, the CC is shown as OFF even tho I set it on just seconds ago.

Doesn't seem to work at all, in contrast to my Premiere, which works perfectly.

I have software 20.4.6-USA-6-848.

Any advice would be appreciated!


One Pass option no longer showing after old One Pass is deleted

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 22:50
I had a Season Pass for Perception from previous seasons that turned into a One Pass. Additionally, I set up a new One Pass for "The Slap". All these were supposed to be set up to record new programs only with no streaming. Worked great for 2 weeks.

Tonight I went to my shows and found both Perception and The Slap were listed in My Shows even though I had watched/deleted both of this week's episodes. Both shows were streaming versions of this week's show and I went in and deleted the programs. Then I went in and double checked that streaming was not checked. When I went back to My Shows, there was still a folder there even though it was empty and I couldn't delete the folder.

I finally went in and deleted both programs from OnePass Manager to get rid of the folder, but even that did not get rid of the folders. I finally unplugged the Tivo and the empty folders went away.

I'm now trying to add those programs back to One Pass, but the One Pass option is no longer available for those shows. When I go to the program in my guide, I hit select "One Pass& other options" and go to the next screen Create a One Pass is no longer listed as an option on those two shows. The options listed are:
"Watch Now"- VOD
"Record this Episode"-Single episode
"Add to my shows" - This is streaming video only
"View other Showings"
"Explore this Show"

I restarted the Roamio again after I saw that the options were screwed up but it had no effect. I've never had this problem when I deleted a Season Pass, but this One Pass is full of options I don't even want and it's causing more problems. Does anybody have a clue what I should do to get these two shows back to recording properly. I've run out of ideas

Repairing S2 hard drive, but running into problems with the PC I'm using to repair it

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 22:44
Well, here's the story with what's going on with one of my lifetime S2s. I actually currently own 5 TiVos, all lifetimed:
  • a 2 tuner Premier, in good working order
  • a 2 tuner TiVo HD, in good working order
  • a single tuner S2, in good working order
  • 2 single tuner S2's, neither of them working.

One of the broken S2's, IIRC, has a frozen screen, and the other, the one I'm trying to fix right now, always errors out during guided setup with error S03. I'm guessing that both might be due to bad hard drives, so I removed the hard drive, which is a Samsung SV4012H 40 GB drive, and I went to test it on a spare computer, when all kinds of bad things happened.

In my house, we have actually have 4 computers:
  • 2 laptops, one of which is my wife's computer. The other sits next to our family room TV, for those times we want to watch shows off the internet, piped to the TV.
  • 1 Emachines computer with Windows Vista, which is my main computer that I do all my house work on, and sometimes company work on.
  • 1 older Emachines with Windows XP

The XP box is the only computer I have with an IDE mother board, and all my S2s also have IDE motherboards and IDE hard drives, so I've been relying on this XP box to help me make TiVo repairs.

My only other use I've been making of this XP box besides that, is that it runs pyTiVo, so I always have it on. I also have 2 NAS's, and one of them is dedicated to storing shows that my wife moves onto it via pyTiVo.

Well here's what happened.

1) I shutdown the computer normally
2) I installed the Samsung drive as a slave drive
3) I suddenly realized that I forgot to put my hard drive utility CD into the CD drive, and apparently I can't eject the drive with the power off, so I went ahead and turned it on, booting it to Windows XP.
4) I still couldn't open the CD drive! I even tried going into Windows Explorer, but it wasn't there. I went into device manager, and it wasn't there either. I tried unplugging and replugging the power cord and IDE cable to the CD drive a few times, but that didn't resurrect it either.
5) I googled the problem, and one person suggested to see if I made any hardware changes recently, and also to try system restore. Well of course I had made a hardware change (described above), so I reverted to before, by putting the original slave drive back in there. Didn't work. Tried a system restore, but while doing the restore, after rebooting it said the restore was unsuccessful, and that it couldn't do it.
6) I tried seeing if by chance any other IDE cables were loose, but they weren't, and while doing that, my display started getting wavy, then the brightness slowly but surely got dimmer. So I powered off the PC
7) Now, every time I try to power it on, the video is blank/black. The PC seems completely dead now, and I can't get anything to show up on the monitor, though the fan does spin when I power it on.

At this point, I'm starting to think that my PC is truly dead, that I should go ahead and accept that, and hold a funeral or something. I've owned this PC for many years, by the way, and it's given us lots of service.

So at this point, I'm trying to think what I should do. One idea is I could buy another IDE machine. A quick check on Craiglist shows somebody in my area selling an old XP working machine for $25, so that's one idea. Though I don't really like hanging on that OS, being as it's no longer being supported by Microsoft.

Another idea is that I could install pyTiVo on my Vista machine. But I wonder how much would that slow it down, as it's my main computer. Would it slow it down noticeably? All the movies are getting stored on the NAS, not the local hard drive. But I figure part of the CPU will be always working on pyTiVo, a thought I don't relish.

Plus that idea doesn't address my lack of an IDE motherboard, which brings up my next question. Is there such a thing a SATA-to-IDE adapter I could plug into my Vista machine, thus enabling me to use it to work on IDE hard drives, including running utilities to test their health, and also for installing TiVo images? If so, I guess I should consider that.

Still, if it's going to slow down my computer, maybe I should consider just buying another computer. If I go that route, I assume it would need to be an older computer if I want it to have an IDE motherboard, but I wonder if all computers that old are going to have XP or earlier on it, which I might not like.

Or, maybe I could buy a newer, more modern computer with something more recent than Vista, and let that become my new main computer, and then convert my Vista box into a pyTiVo / TiVo repair box. But that assumes that a Sata motherboard could be used for that purpose, hence my question above.

So basically, I'm not sure what best options are. I guess the good thing is, I don't think there's anything on the XP box, filewise, that I need preserved - not that that's an issue, as for all I know, the internal hard drives are fine, and it's just a motherboard malfunction. So if I need to retire the computer, I'll hold on to the two hard drives it contains.

Jack and Triumph Series Thread

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 21:01
This is a new series on Adult Swim with Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (Robert Smigel).

I watched the first episode last night. The first 10 minutes of the show might have been the worst I've ever seen on TV. The second 10 minutes might have been some of the best if you like Triumph.

I have no idea where this is going, but it's got me interested.

"Thumbs Up to Record" accompanied by a sound?

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 20:28
Simple question: I was fast forwarding through a program this evening, and all of a sudden, I heard a chime. It took me a minute of fast forwarding/rewinding to figure out it was when the "Thumbs up to Record" was on screen.

I don't recall it ever doing that before. Has it always done that, and I just don't remember? If not, anyone know when that started?

Xfinity OnDemand failing: V301 - Cardio Unavailable?

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 20:04
Weird. I just got the recent software update on my Roamio Basic, so I don't know if this is related or not.

When I try to launch the Xfinity OnDemand app, I get the following pop-up message:

"App Temporarily Unavailable

Cardio is currently unavailable. (V301)

Please try again in a few minutes.

For more info, visit tivo.com/support/V301

Searching for the the V301 area on tivo.com (as the link fails), the blame is pointed to Comcast. I'm not convinced...

I don't know why the error message references Cardio.

I restarted my TiVo to see if that had an impact. No change.

Any ideas?



Roamio and Vudu.

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 19:52
Kids streamed a movie via Vudu on the roamio. The movie had closed captions and we couldn't turn them off. In the settings it gives options for changing the text size, color, font, etc. but nothing for disabling them.

Is that normal?

Mini not updated

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 19:47
Is it unusual that my Roamio Plus picked up the 20.4.6 update several days ago but my Mini has not? I've rebooted both and forced several successful connections on the Mini. The OnePass changes make this awkward since I cannot fully control a OnePass without the update on the Mini.

My Shows Group Sort by Oldest Date

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 19:17
I'm one who prefers not to have My Shows listed in groups, unfortunately that has ceased to be an option.

One thing that would make my use of groups more palatable is being able to have groups in My Shows sorted by the oldest show contained in each group.

As an aside, it would also be nice to have an option to keep suggestions out of groups of requested recordings.

Cable TV Shows Are Sped Up to Squeeze in More Ads

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 18:55
Even FF-ing commercials doesn't fix this:

Cable TV Shows Are Sped Up to Squeeze in More Ads

"...As they contend with steep ratings declines, many top cable networks are jamming more ads into programming to meet audience guarantees made to advertisers and prop up revenue despite falling ad prices."

Here's another link in case you can't read the first article:


Stream to out-of-house TV?

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 17:56
I am moving out of town for a year and will be keeping my primary home while I rent at my temporary location. My rental will have internet but no TV service. I want to keep my Tivo at my home and stream to my temporary location. I know I can easily do this to the iPad app, but is there a way to stream to a TV?

Tivo premiere with lifetime

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 17:51
Hi, I have a tivo premiere with lifetime available for sale. The tivo is 3 to 3.5 years old & has had a issue with freezing during playback a couple times recently but I've read that it is fixable. Anyways, lifetime costs $99 plus tax, add on shipping costs and a little goodwill and its all yours. PM me for more info.



Suggestion: Start time; Recording Options

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 17:29
When setting up a recording and/or season pass.
I would like to see an option in the Start Recording line allowing to start the recording .5, 1 or 1.5 minutes late.

many networks (possibly locals but, not sure if they can time shift) do not adhere to top or bottom of the hour start times.
This results in missing the last few seconds on that recording.

Extending recording time using Padding function creates other problems.
Such as clipping of another program due to tuner unavailable.

Wishlist Keywords ignored:

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 15:35

I have a wishlist with the following parameters:

Keywords "Virginia Tech"
Category Sports:Basketball

It is right now recording the following program:

College Basketball: "Miami at Louisville"


Edit: Never Mind. Should be Title Keyword.

VICE - HBO - Special Report Episode 2/27/15

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 15:08
If you have an SP for the show 'VICE' on HBO, you might want to look for this -

There is a new episode that is titled VICE: Special Report: Killing Cancer on HBO, Fri, Feb 27, 2015.

I noticed that my SP for the show didn't pick this up so, if interested, it's on at 10pm on the Pacific feed HBO and 7pm on the East Coast feed HBO (we have both, but I don't know if all cable/satellite providers/markets have both.

Lost HDMI connection when on/off TV

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 14:41
I have an Emerson flat HDTV (manufactured 2012) and a Tivo OTA (3 months new). Suddenly the connection between these two has a problem. When I turned off TV then turned on again, I lost Tivo connection. I had to either re-boot or unplug/plug HDMI cable to make connection again. It just happened a few days ago (right after TIVO released one-pass update). I have been working with (4) Tivo techs and tried all their suggestions. One tech said I need to update TV software but Emerson Tech says there is no update for this model.

Anyone have any idea what can be the problem?

Roamios, Minis, Remotes, and Streams, all NIB

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 14:32
All are NIB, factory sealed, with full warranty from date of purchase.

Roamio - $149
Roamio Plus - $305
Roamio Pro - $465
Mini, new version with Roamio remote (includes Product Lifetime Service) - $135
Mini, new version with Roamio remote (includes Product Lifetime Service) when purchased with any Roamio (no limit) - $125
Stream - $125

Slide Pro Remote with RF dongle - $48
Roamio/Slide Pro remote RF dongle only - $7

Plus actual shipping
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