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Survivor - "Bring the Popcorn" 4/22/2015 *spoilers*

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 22:45
Wow. That's the best episode of Survivor in many seasons. First, they do something totally new at the Trader Jeff's Auction by having the first item be kicking the winner out of the Auction, only to find out later that it came with a secret reward, which he decides to share with the tribe.

Mike made a huge blunder by waffling on whether to buy the family letters and showed everyone else where he stands.

Dan wins an advantage that we've never seen before.

Mike blows up at camp and outs Rodney's new alliance.

Will blows up at camp and verbally destroys Shirin for having the audacity to question whether he stashed some of his secret reward for himself.

Shirin has the power to allow Will to get his family letters at the Immunity Challenge but she votes to deny him.

Lots of fireworks at Tribal Council. Jeff seemed truly blown away by the level of animosity among all the players.

Ultimately, Mike and Shirin turned on Jenn and voted her out. They could have voted Carolyn and forced a three-way tie, but it would have just prolonged the inevitable as the six would have simply voted Jenn out on the revote.

Can't wait to see what happens next week. I think there are now several players drawing dead in this game (can't win). Dan, Mike, Rodney, Will, and Shirin. I'm rooting for either Tyler or Sierra.

I'm wanting to buy a used Roamio Plus

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 22:17
But these clowns on EBay are bidding up the prices higher than I can get a new one from TiVo with its latest deal. :(

Questions from a noob

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 22:09
I'm moving from Window's Media Center with a cable card tuner to a Roamio Plus. I'm trying to learn the idiosyncrasies of Tivo. At first blush it’s a great improvement over WMC. But, like all humans, I like my routine and want to do some of the things that I was used to on WMC. So, I’m here to ask how I do things on Tivo that I was able to do on WMC. Hopefully the experts here can steer me in the right direction.

Remote control
- When I press the jump forward button on the Tivo remote it goes forward 30 seconds. However, it emulates a fast forward. Is there a way to change this to jump instantly 30 seconds? I’m not fond of the FF emulation.
- On WMC jump back defaulted to 10 seconds and jump forward was 29 seconds. But they were modifiable to any number I want. College football is better when jump forward is 20 seconds, not 30. Is it possible to change those in Tivo?
- On WMC I can press a number on the keypad and then press jump and it multiplies the jump. For example, press 20 on the keypad and jump and it will jump 20 times 30 seconds, a total of 10 minutes forward. Can I do a similar task in Tivo.
- On WMC I can press a number on the keypad and then press play. It will jump to that point (in minutes) on the recording. For example, press 60 and Play and it will jump 60 minutes into the program. Can I do this somehow in Tivo?
- On WMC when I pressed mute it automatically turned on close captions. Works great when the phone rings and the wife picks up the phone. Any way to do that in Tivo?
- On WMC when in the guide or watching a show, pressing the red record button once recorded the show, pressing it twice set up a season pass. Is there a similar method do an automatic OnePass?

- WMC automatically recorded up to 2.5 hours in the live TV buffer. How much is in the Tivo live buffer?
- On recorded TV show listing I can list them descending by title. Can the recorded list be sorted in Tivo?

For the most part Tivo does things waaaay better than WMC, I’m just trying to raise my comfort level.s

TiVo vs FiOS Quantum for 6 TVs??

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 21:36
Hello all...hoping some of you can help me decide which road to take for what I NEED to do.

For the past 6+ years I used a Tivo Premier XL connected to an HD antenna on the roof. Internet was Brighthouse cable. The house was small and we only had 1 location to watch quality TV (quality as in big screen and 5.1, etc). The bedroom was just wired to antenna, no DVR.

Sooo, we sold that house and decided to build. The new house is not in a good location for OTA, so therefore I ordered FIOS. I requested 1 cable card for the Premier and 1 non-dvr box to start off as I did not have all the TVs bought yet. I instructed my builder to install coax in 6 locations. (The main living/family room, the bar room, 2 guest rooms, the master and out on the lanai.
A few weeks after move in I wanted to get going on setting up all the locations, but soon realized the cost increase of renting each HD, non-dvr box at something like $10 a box. And I wanted a DVR out on the Lanai as that will be used nearly as often as the main room.
I started to research DirectTV as they provide like 5 or 6 boxes for no more money than 1 box. While I researched it, I got on the phone with Verizon to get a better understanding of my bill and to see if I will be "penalized" for having just Internet should I decide to drop them for Sat. During the call the Verizon sales guy advises me of this Quantum program/package they have that would be $10 more then I was currently paying, but would get a better DVR and up to 6 client boxes to cover all my locations. It allows for pausing in any room, blah blah, so fourth and so fourth. I'm thinking sweet!, it's exactly what I need and I dont have to rent each box.

Well, 2 days ago a large box came with the new DVR (server box) and 5 client boxes and soon after set a few of them up.

O_M_G! I hate the DVR front end / software / GUI. It's horrible and miss the simplicity of the TiVo screens. I miss the new one pass or whatever they are calling it. I miss the access to Pandora, Netflix, etc etc. I even miss the fact that recorded shows or even shows listed in the guide for that matter do not indicate the Season and Episode (S3 E15).

Everything else about the Fios Quantum package is great, the small client boxes each with a front clock, the ability to pause and rewind on ANY of those client boxes even though they are not DVRs....a lot of great features, but the damn channel guide and recorded shows list is a cluster F.

How do I solve my problem if I go all Tivo? I saw that the Roamio Plus "works" with Fios but is it a card?
Whats the minimum I have to rent from Fios to get TV in 6 rooms?
I did not get the house wired for Cat5. Is this a problem. Right now the Fios router (50up/50down) is located in main room with Cat5 going to AppleTV, Tivo, Fios Server/DVR, Smarthings Hub, and PS3.


Wish list scheduling

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 16:33
I have a few wish list items that often result in programs that I do not want. So, every day or two I will look through the todo list on my iPad and find those I don't want and select do not record. However, I notice that the wishlist items often don't propagate to the todo list until a day or two before they are due to record. I was wondering why they don't almost immediately appear on the todo list and thus be shown 10 or more days into the future. Sometimes it seems that a program that I don't want will record seemingly the next day after I've reviewed the todo list.

Is there an explanation for this behavior? It's not a big thing, but it just piqued my curiosity.

The Flash - "Who Is Harrison Wells?" S1:E19, OAD 04/21/2015

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:36
Wow - I am amazed at the stupidity of the two main females in this show. Almost as stupid as Barry letting anyone hit him. Ever.

At least we got to see Barry kiss Caitlin, but I suppose it will be the last time.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - "The Frenemy of My Enemy" S2E18, OAD 04/21/2015

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:32
I find it hilarious that people think Skye / Daisy needs protection from anyone.

I find it frustrating that we STILL haven't seen her dad's trick.

Strange FF Fast Forward behaviour on SOME channels?

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:12
Not really sure where this goes but couldn't find a search result.

Lately I have noticed when watching some channels (NBC11HD Bay Area channel 703) with my MINI, the FF function is very jerky, as if it is skipping through CHUNKS rather than actually scanning fast forward. Makes it very difficult to fast forward through say ADS and other boring content.

I THOUGHT it was just a mini thing, maybe MoCa network issue (although MoCa details are strong 275+)

Today I notice the same thing happening on the primary Premier XL4, same issue, same channel 703.?

Is there something about channel bandwidth that could be causing this?

It happens during live tv streaming/viewing as well as watching recorded content.

How to make Comcast VOD work with Premier XL4?

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:51
On my Premier XL4, I find a TV show that I want to watch that is on XFINITY VOD. I select Watch Now > XFININITY VOD. It takes me to a screen with a description of the show. I Press Watch Now. I see about 1 second of video and can hear audio and then the TIVO goes to the gray screen that says: "This screen is displayed on behalf of your cable provider." across the top and lists the CableCardID, HostID, Data, UnitAddress, Card S/N, eCM Mac, Host MAC and Host Type. At the bottom is says "Press Clear to Exit".

Does anyone know how to make Comcast/XFINITY VOD work with the Premier XL4? Do I need to do something on the Tivo to make this work? Do I need to get Comcast to do something? If I need to contact Comcast, what specifically do I ask them for? I'd like to know a lot more about what I need before contacting Comcast as dealing with first level support at Comcast is likely to attempt to waste a lot of time as they follow some script that rarely has much to do with your actual issue unless you can help direct them to a more productive path.

N17 negotiating error?

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 22:13
I just discovered that none of my TiVos have connected to TiVo service since April 14th, and that they only have program data through this Saturday. They report "Failed while negotiating." Something called an N17 error. :confused:

There are no issues with my internet service or network equipment, and there have been no changes there or with the TiVos. To be clear, they can still get online....they just can't seem to connect to the mothership. (They can connect to Netflix, and oddly, they even make successful VCM connections.)

Anyone else currently experiencing this problem, which feels like it must be on TiVo's end? Anyone familiar with it, or understand the cause?

TiVo Roamio Pro and Comcast PPV Boxing

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 22:00
I wanted to confirm I can order a PPV boxing event on Comcast and watch it on my TiVo Roamio Pro before Mayweather vs Pacquiao. Here is my chat transcript with support -- was the support rep correct? I don't want to order the event, discover I can't watch it, and then go through hell trying to get a refund.

Genina > Hello EVAN_, Thank you for contacting Comcast Live Chat Support. My name is Genina. Please give me one moment to review your information.
EVAN_ > My Issue: TiVo Roamio Pro and PPV Boxing
Genina > I hope you haven't waited so long to be assisted and that you are having a great day.
EVAN_ > Hello, I have a TiVo Roamio Pro DVR and I wanted to know if I can order PPV Boxing over the phone and watch the PPV show on my TiVo DVR?
Genina > Hi, Evan.
Genina > I understand that you would like to know if you can order a PPV event from your TiVo.
Genina > I am more than willing to help!
EVAN_ > Well, not from the TiVo. I want to order the PPV event over the phone or online, and then tune to the PPV channel to watch it on my TiVo.
Genina > All right. Yes, Evan. You can definitely order a PPV Event and watch it on your TiVo.
EVAN_ > Is there a public article somewhere that I can read that confirms this?
EVAN_ > I don't want to order an expensive PPV Boxing event and then run into trouble and not be able to watch it.
Genina > Oh, we do have the document here on my end but this is for internal access only. Let me check if we have this available on the website.
Genina > I understand that, Evan.
Genina > I can assure you that you can watch a PPV Event on your TiVo.
EVAN_ > Can you make note of this on my account? If I order a PPV event and determine I can't watch it, will I be refunded?
Genina > I am sorry, Evan but we do not have the article available online. Sure. I am leaving complete notes on your account regarding this. You can take my word, Evan. Any necessary credit will be processed for any trouble but I can assure you that there will be no issue.
Genina > PPV works on TiVo.
EVAN_ > Great, thank you.

Streaming Flash Content on Roamio?

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:55
Hi all,

I recently signed up for the VideoPass for MotoGP. They host all of their video content as Flash streams. I'd like to know how to get/play this content on my Roamio (Pro, upgraded to 3TB by Weaknees).

I tried downloading the video so I could try to use PyTiVo to transfer it, but the download fails. I then tried using my PS4 browser, but this doesn't seem to support Flash at all.



Orphan Black

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 18:34
Maybe it was a just some weird problem on my TiVo, but my 1P for "Orphan Black" was not picking Season 3, Episode 2. I deleted it and created a new one, which did pick it up.

Roamio 2TB HD Stuttering - Need to Clone or Transfer Shows to New HD

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 14:57
First - I searched other threads and they discuss the issue I am facing, but the people have older TiVos and are upgrading to a Roamio or if a drive is failing and someone wants to copy it, it is also on an older TiVo.

Back Story - I have new Roamio Plus (30 days old) and right when it arrived I swapped out the 1TB drive and put in a 2TB WD AV-GP drive. I transferred all of my programs from two existing TiVo HDs (which took forever!) to the Roamio and was off and running. That is until about 3 weeks in I started getting pixelation in my recorded programs, but not on live TV. I should have run a diagnostic test on the drive before installing it, but it is louder than it should be and with the pixelation I figure it is likely failing. I was within my 30day of having the drive so I have a replacement being sent free of charge.

My Issue - I have about 700GB of programming on the still working 2TB hard drive that I want to put on the new drive that will be arriving and I don't know the best way to go about it. I definitely don't want to pay for a month of service on one of my TiVO HD units and transfer the programs onto it and then back again to the new drive once it arrives. That would take WAY too long.

I have seen that people have used ddrescue and I saw this guide (http://www.logicsector.com/tivo/how-...with-ddrescue/) that seems like something I could do using my PC, but it does not seem like people have used this with Roamio units much. I think it would be the easiest solution.

I have also read a bit about using kmttg and then copying all the programs from my Roamio to my PC (pull) and then setting up the PC to be seen by the Roamio once I install the new HD and have the Roamio pull all the programs from my PC onto the new HD. Does that sound correct? Would I keep all the program information doing it that way rather than pushing the info to the Roamio from my PC.

What is the best way to go about this?

Getting a 4 Channel Roamio and a Mini to talk over FIOS/Moca

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 13:32
I am a Verizon FIOS customer and I'm transitioning from the FIOS multi-room DVR to a Tivo solution. To that end, I have ordered the 4 Channel Roamio, a Tivo Mini and a cable card from Verizon.

After placing my order, I realized that the 4 channel Roamio doesn't have the capability to setup a Moca network. But Tivo says that if I have FIOS, I already have a Moca network, so maybe this isn't a problem. I'm not sure. I have both a Coax cable and CAT5 available in the room where the Roamio will live but only Coax going to the Mini location. I can't quite piece together from the documentation whether or not I have everything I need or not. My question is, will either of the following work:
  1. Roamio connected to network via CAT5, Mini connected via Coax using FIOS Moca network.
  2. Roamio and Mini both connected to FIOS Moca network via Coax
The Tivo documentation says the base Roamio cannot be used to setup a Moca network but can it be used to connect to the already established FIOS Moca network? It's unclear. If not, if one device is on the network via CAT5 and the other is on via FIOS Moca, will they be able to find and talk to each other?

I'll figure out the answers to these questions myself once my equipment arrives later this week but I'd like to get a head start if I need to order anything else. Specifically, if I need some sort of Moca adapter, I'd prefer to order it now. Can anyone provide any guidance?

Comcast HD Technology Fee

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 13:18
Hi, I'm currently looking into getting a Tivo, I'm on an internet plus plan with comcast so I essentially get local channels and HBO, unfortunately OTA is not an option in my area. I was wondering if I get a Tivo would I have access to the HD channels without paying the $10 HD Technology Fee that comcast requires to receive those channels through their set top box? Obviously I would only be getting the channels I currently subscribe to, but I would like to get HD versions of them without paying the $10 monthly fee to comcast. We only have 1 tv and only use 1 outlet.

Netflix Streaming & Sales Tax

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 13:17
Does Netflix charge sales tax on streaming fees in New York or California? They certainly don't answer this on their website and a Google search is no better.

Pronto Peel remote and TiVo

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 13:01
Has anyone tried the Pronto Peel remote? I'm wondering if it will work in a room with two TiVos. (Needs to support the different TiVo remote codes). Looks pretty awesome for the $50 price!


Compress TiVo Files?

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:11
I suspect this has been covered well in the past but I'm a Johnny-come-lately and I haven't found the answers yet.

I have recorded analog TiVo for years at basic quality and was satisfied with the picture quality and file size, some of which I archive for later viewing.
Now, my cable company is going all-digital so the resulting files are about 10x the size of my old analog files. I upgraded my Series 3 HD TiVo to a (used) Series 4 with a 4TB drive so now my "new" TiVo can hold enough programs before overwriting them.

But the huge digital HD files are going to be too much for my NAS so I'd like to compress them. I experimented with TiVo Desktop Plus and find the iPad setting produces files comparable (in size and quality) to my old analog files. I experimented with VideoReDo but haven't broken the code on that yet (guess it's time to read the book).

So here's what I'd like to know:
(1) Firstly which file types are compatible with the S4 TiVo such that I can reload and play them on the TiVo? Or put another way, what file types should I avoid?
(2) Second, What are the recommended transcode settings to get the best quality/file-size tradeoff? I haven't tried pyTiVo yet but I have tried kmttg, VRD, and Desktop Plus and they all have a set of predefined transcode options.
(3) Finally, is there a significant transcode speed difference between the various tools?

Thanks in advance for whatever insight/experience you may offer.

Gotham: S1:E20 - Under the Knife - April 20, 2015

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:45
People still watching this?

We got some major bad guy character development.

The Riddler takes his first step towards evil by killing the cop. The Penguin kills a flower delivery guy who seemed to have no mobbed up connections - I think he was just a flower delivery guy. Selina Kyle shows no remorse for killing Reggie. Bruce says that he'll never cross that line. It's a good set up for the future that the two of them are going to have.

I'm not sure I like the Ogre storyline. It seems too derivative of American Psycho and 50 Shades of Grey.