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Person of Interest - S4E09 - "The Devil You Know" - 11/25/2014

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 21:14
Well, that didn’t disappoint.

It looks like our crew has is in it even deeper now. They’re agreed that dealing with Elias is better than Dominic, hence the episode title.

But first Shaw has to escape from Martine, which she did in typical Shaw fashion and a little help from Root on her motorcycle.

Meanwhile goes to protect Elias and realizes that Dominic is still doing his research.
This helps show that Dominic is a thinker and just doesn’t rush into things but prefers to plan ahead.
And by planning ahead, we mean that he’s turning Elias’ people against him.
Forcing Reese to go on an action packed run with Elias and Scarface, who’s name we find out is Anthony.

Another thing that Person of Interest does well is build up the secondary characters. We’ve seen Elias over the years and he’s become an interesting character.

Sure, he’s a mob boss but we’ve also he’s a thinker and planner with his own code of honor.
He respects Reese and Finch and on some level, likes them, as he did with Detective Carter.
He’s also very aware of who Dominic is.

But we really didn’t know much about his relationship with Anthony other than that of boss/flunky until now and we see that not only is Anthony capable of loyalty and is extremely loyal to Elias, Elias is loyal to him.

(Contrast that with Dominic and Link and I’m not sure the same loyalty is there between those two. In fact, Link’s conversation with Anthony may hint that he may try to take down Dominic in the future.)

So there’s another war coming and Elias is out for blood. Which brings us to the Shaw problem.
With Martine and her hit squad now after Shaw, her effectiveness is limited during a time that Team Machine needs her the most.

Good for Lionel recognizing that Martine wasn’t a DEA agent and nice callback to Fusco’s desk camera.
(I hope that Harold got a photo of Martine from that.)

And yes, the throw down at the cosmetics counter was all that I hoped for.

not getting a channel

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:32
I got my Tivo box all set up and its great. There is 1 channel that is not coming in real good. Its a channel that have 80 percent of what I watch on it. I can get it just fine if I hook the antenna up to the TV.

Am I screwed? how do I get that channel?

Survivor: San Juan Del Sur "This Is Where We Build Trust" OAD 11-26-2014

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:13
Poor Wes, sort of caught in the middle. 2 out of 3 idols played.

Speaking which, did it seem like Natalie's clue and idol sort of came out of nowhere?

I like where this season is going. :)

Replace Cable Box with Mini =$50 more/month? (Bright House)

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:46
I just installed a TiVo Mini in the bedroom to replace our one cable co. box. I returned it to Bright House today. I get home and realize they changed my cable package to $150 instead of $100. I called to ask why and they said you must have a cable box to receive Premier channels (not premium, random channels like BBC America/Cooking Channel/etc.). I told them that's incorrect since my Roamio has been receiving the exact same channels as my cable box, but now I'm not receiving them.

I asked if they could just apply the Premier + Lightning 30 package to my account, but they seemed dead set that I must have a cable box from them to have it.

My logic was: my cable is $100 + $8 for a cable box therefore return the box, pay $100/month. According to Bright House this is impossible...

No one at Bright House knows what to do. Now I'm missing half my cable channels until Saturday when they're scheduled to bring me another cable box that I'm not even going to plug in. I'm upset because I got the Mini to save the $8/month cable box charge.

Anyone have any advice?

Weaknees black friday sales?

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:46
Does Weaknees usually have a black friday/cyber monday sale?

We've already seen TiVo's big sale is to give the same prices they've had for months, or deals of refurb Roamios.

general curiousity

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:27
Ok is really just curiosity and maybe I missed some features of Tivo..

Why would someone with cable use Tivo?

Don't most cable set ups up and packages come with a DVR box? I know with Uverse, all but the basic comes with a DVR...

Just curious why someone with cable runs Tivo..

Internet connection

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:17
Well I got my new box, working on setting it up...

Noone told me I needed internet connection...boo! I have internet connection though Uverse

Which is better ethernet or the wireless adapter?

Getting back in the game. Miss my Tivo

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:49
So...Fios talked me into their new Quad whatever, best thing since sliced bread. We had been using Tivo exclusively since 2001. I figured the cable companies MUST have caught up by now with their DVR functionality. Boy was I wrong. We all hate it. We end up not recording or watching much(not that is necessarily a bad thing!). We want our Tivo back!

So, I am ready to get back in the game and would like some advice on Roamio. Currently have two lifetime services. One is being used by my Mom, and one is gathering dust. Does this qualify me for multi room discounts on the annual or lifetime service if I buy a Roamio? I am assuming I should buy either the Plus or the Pro. The only difference I see is more recording time on the Pro, which for almost $200, I don't think I need 3,000 hrs.

Now, about the MoCA Network Adapter. This part is Greek to me, not sure what I need. I am connecting directly to the cable for the TV input, and have a network extender that I can get a wired connection from (since the network extender itself is wireless, will this be an issue?).

Lastly, do I buy the Mini? And if it's worth it, how portable is it to swap from room to room if I want to watch in another room?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Silly question.

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:28
I just purchased a TiVo mini yesterday and it's still being shipped to me. I had to call customer support and tech-support because I had a question regarding the lifetime service eligibility, so while I have them on the phone I asked about its compatibility with the two tuner Premiere. I currently have two two tuner Premieres and one four tuner Premiere and the stand alone Stream. I understand that if I want to watch live television I would have to connect to the four tuner Premiere but my question is can I watch recorded programming located on the two tuner Premiere on the mini via Multi-Room streaming. I figure it's best to ask you guys. I get the feeling this questions or has already been answered somewhere but maybe not?

Does additional Mini need to be on Moca if existing Tivo and Mini are on Moca?

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:41
I have a Moca setup for my Roamio Pro and existing Mini. The router is not near the Pro so I have set up an external Moca with adapters at the the Mini and Pro using switches (other devices are attached to the switches like DVD and game consoles.

I want to get another Mini for another TV. Can it be connected via ethernet, or do I have to get another Moca adpater to run to the new Mini?

Is my Moca system efficient? I had Moca before I got the Pro and Mini (previously running S3 and TivoHD at those locations)


Lilyhammer - Season 3 - Spoilers OK

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 13:29
Season 3 was released on Netflix a few days but I missed seeing anything about it until yesterday. Needless to say, blew through all 8 episodes in quick fashion.

I thought it was a great season. I can't really tell, but it sure felt like there won't be a 4th season. It just seemed kind of final. Still sorry to see my favorite character, Jan, get whacked. But at least he made it to the last episode.

And wow, Springsteen can't act worth a lick. It was cool to see him make an appearance, but the dude can't act.

Tivo Roamio Plus + Humax Series 2 (MOCA?)

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:51
Is there any way to have a Humax Series 2 play nice with a Tivo Roamio? I have a MOCA network established but was wondering if anyone has found a way for the Series 2 to work over MOCA. The fees I owe Verizon for a separate SD box to keep the series 2 running are absurd.

Back-To-Back Recording

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:31
I'm thinking of adding a Roamio for OTA recording to supplement my DIRECTV system DVRs. One of the things that DIRECTV got right is that its DVR will only take up one tuner to record two padded shows back-to-back on the same channel.

Does the Roamio use one tuner or two to do this? My Tivo HD uses two. Since the base Roamio only has four OTA, this is probably a dealbreaker for what I want to do (which is basically move my OTA recording off the DIRECTV box and perhaps eventually cut the cable).


Why No Encoded Program Info?

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:04
Tivo's program guide data is often out of date. I know it comes from Tribune Media but the on-screen program guide is often a day or two behind changes and updates on Tribune's Zap2It site.

Beyond that, networks frequently - regularly - deviate from their published schedules. Some cable networks are almost constantly off schedule with the endings of recorded programs cut off (unless you make manual adjustments). On regular networks, ballgames keep running over (they don't allow enough time in the published schedule) and later shows get pushed back. Monday night, CBS hit the pause button a show to do a news bulletin and then everything later got pushed back.

I have read that in Europe, DVRs use encoded program information to know what shows actually start and end, and they record based on the encoding - not the published schedule. WHY THE BLEEP DOESN'T TIVO DO THIS???

We pay a premium for the box and for the program guide subscription over the cost of a cable/satellite company DVR. Tivo adds some bells and whistles for time to time but they have not added something necessary to the essential function.

Further, I can go to a network website and find a copy of last night's shows (and earlier) to stream on-demand and watch on a desktop or mobile device. Tivo should provide an easy way to find and download shows I missed recording all or part of for any reason - just as Tivo recorded a way to record off-the-air broadcasts a lot easier than programming a VCR. Let's face it, off the air (or cable) recording is going to go away; on-demand is the future. If Tivo doesn't embrace it and incorporate it, Tivo and all DVRs will be as obsolete as tape and vinyl.

HMO text encoding for metadata

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 09:33
Does anyone know what charset/encoding the xml response for HMO requests need to be in? I'm running into a encoding display issue with my tivohmo ruby project ( https://github.com/wr0ngway/tivohmo ).

The problem I'm seeing is that metadata (specifically description) that I fetch from plex, has some unicode values (specifically U+2019 - which is a apostrophe), and these show up as empty boxes when browsing the item in the tivo HMO browse UI. However, once I transfer it to the tivo, it does show up correctly as an apostrophe in the details for the show in the "My Shows" UI.

I'm doing everything in utf-8, and both the QueryContainer and TVBusQuery responses are in utf-8. I've tried setting Content-Type response header to 'text/xml', 'application/xml', 'text/xml; charset=utf-8', 'application/xml; charset=utf-8', but makes no difference.

The only place I don't use utf-8 is when transferring the file to the tivo - I generate the TVBusQuery xml as utf-8, but dump the raw bytes into the header since it is a binary stream - which may be why it works in the tivo UI, but not the hmo ui ...? https://github.com/wr0ngway/tivohmo/...server.rb#L163

If I manually create a pyTivo metadata file containing that string, the same things happen.

Any ideas?

How do I make my tivo talk to my new router

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:42
I have a a Sony SVR2000 (first generation Tivo, that is) with lifetime service. It also has a cache card. I switched to a new router, and now my Tivo can't call in. Everything's plugged in properly, as far as I can tell, but the Tivo just can't find the "phone" connection.

Any ideas what I need to change to fix it?....

That Vudu that TiVo do so well...

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:28
Played around with the Vudu app. Connected my Disney Anywhere account. Great HDX video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio. Played back at 24fps. Wish the info button displayed information like the Netflix app.

TiVo 3rd quarter results are out

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:20
TiVo had a net loss in retail subscribers of 9,000 this quarter while gaining 337,000 net MSO subscribers.

Total active retail subscribers now stands at 928,000 and total MSO subscriptions is 4.2 Million.

Another slightly interesting tidbit in the earnings report was this line: "Beginning in October 2014, each TiVo Mini sale includes a product lifetime subscription for that TiVo Mini device."


Experiencing strange issues with Roamio

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:27
Ever since the 2014 summer update, I've been experiencing some strange issues with my Roamio Plus box which I upgraded to 3TB before ever plugging in. The unit is less than one year old.

The update caused the box to become sluggish and it no longer zips through menus at lightening speed. I either see that spinning wheel icon "Please wait" or occasionally the screen goes completely black and I have to hit the left arrow key to go back to the previous menu.

Moreover, the guide info is incorrect. Even though the "To Do" list shows future recordings airing on the right channels, if I go to Explore this show >> Upcoming there will be a whole host of upcoming episodes that are assigned on the wrong channels. These channels don't even exist for my lineup on FiOS.

Additionally, if I select an upcoming recording and choose "View upcoming recording" a small distorted menu pops up with no listings.

Has any one else experienced this issue and if so, is there any known solution?

I've spoken to four different Level 2 Tivo support reps, cleared the Program info/Guide data and repeated guided setup twice, upgraded the software to 20.4.5c from 20.4.4, ran Kickstart 54 without error, restarted countless times and the issues still persist.

After several weeks of failed trouble shooting over the phone, I was offered a box swap. However even though my registered unit says "Plus" on the outside it is essentially a Pro with the upgraded 3TB drive.

How should I proceed? Tell Tivo I've upgraded my drive (which they might be able to verify)? Or just accept the new box and replace it with my existing 3TB drive before sending the old one back?

To me, it seems the issue is software and not hardware related.

roamio ota

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:21
Is it necessary to turn off the unit when not in use ?