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Help: FIOS Stuttering with Roamio

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:37
I'm a long time Tivo Owner... Series 2, Series 3, Premiere, Roamio, etc

I've had Verizion FIOS for several years, worked fine with a few different Series 3 and 4 units.

I now own a Roamio Plus, Purchased in January 2014. For the first several months of it's operations, everything was fine.

However beginning several months ago, live TV started stuttering. On live TV, it typically appears as a brief pause of the picture, audio usually continues unaffected. I typically do not get a macroblocking effect while watching live TV... just a perfect freeze frame for a second or a fraction of a second. When playing back recorded TV, these pauses are far more pronounced, usually effecting audio as well as pausing video for several seconds at a time until it recovers. Likewise streaming these recorded programs or Live TV to my Tivo Mini lasts only seconds it at all before becoming interrupted.

I've tried several things:
1- Tried adding a coax attenuators, including stacking multiple attenuators; No effect.
2- Verizon has swapped out my cable card for the latest version (MCPOD3; No effect.
3- Ran Tivo Hard-drive tests via Kickstart menu; Passed

Please help!


gotham - "viper" (se1 ep5 10/20/14)

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:35
more foundation this week, continued good balance between dark drama and cartoonish. glad to see bruce beginning a proactive stance in the family business, alfred relententing to help him. also liked the insight to the corruption at wayne ent, origins of venom, and new antagonist molly mathis.

wasn't impressed with viper, hope the villain of the week is a temporary tactic to lay foundation, and not a permanent formula for every show (did we ever find the reason viper cut off his ear, other than to make him easy to id?).

liza's training and then picking up falcone seemed to quick and easy.

Recommendation for testing Tivo before upgrading HD

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:08
I'll be getting a new Tivo Roamio Plus today and plan on immediately upgrading the harddrive. I've read a few comments in the past (but can't find anymore) about first testing the brand new Tivo just to make sure it works before voiding the warranty.

What is recommended for testing it? Just simply booting up? Just curious what is recommended.

Track and Field

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:44
I still have two S2's running(am I the only one? :p ). The listings on a lot of programs have started included "Track and Field" as a group. I first noticed it on Horror movies. They would say "Horror Track and Field" . I thought maybe someone was goofing around, that if you were in a horror movie you would need to be able to run fast lol.

It has now started showing up on a lot of other shows as well.

It's not important, but strange. Anyone else seeing this?

verizon channel lineup

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:02
verizon fios offers several channel packages: basic, extreme, ultimate, etc.
how does tivo know which one you have?

Cord cutting a myth?

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 06:37
I've said it before and this article pretty much backs up what my thoughts are on the situation:


People seem to be of the mindset that dropping cable and switching to streaming services will save them money. That may be somewhat true for the moment, but at some point your cable provider, who is most likely also your ISP, will start charging you more for your internet service to compensate for any loss in revenue from dwindling cable subscriptions. Let's face it, they're going to get you one way or another.

My premise is that the term "cord cutting" is completely false and misleading. While you may be dropping your cable TV service, you're probably still connected to your cable company for TV via the internet. A true cord cutter will have no internet and will rely only on an antenna as their TV provider, just like the old days. I suppose the term "cord cutting" would be more applicable if you only received TV programming via your wireless service and not from a hard line feed into your home.

New TWC Channel Guide not updating on TIVO

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:57
Sorry if this has been repeated. I have Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles, Ca. Recently TWC has changed their channel line ups and noticed that my Tivo guide is still not recognizing the new channels. Example is channel 162 now should be Food Network but it still shows the old channel name, but yes, it does show the Food Network.

I tried restarting my Tivo, restarting Tuner Adapter, and called TWC to ping/flash my cable card. Nothing still works.

I have a Tivo Premier..

is there anything a Roamio BASIC CAN'T do that a Premiere can?

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:33
My 2-tuner Premiere has a bad primary drive ( the 1TB external is ok) and I'm debating weather to replace the drive or upgrade to a Roamio BASIC ( while 6 tuners are nice, I'm not crazy about being completely dependent on always having a cablecard)

I'm wondering what features/capabilities I might be giving up going to a Roamio Basic.

Does pytivo (or equivalent) and kmttg (or equivalent) fully work?
Does the Roamio Basic have the same level of streaming capability as the Premiere?

I've already seen references to the Roamio having a lower output power supply that can become an issue with upgrading the internal drive.


Mon, 10/20/2014 - 22:15
When was Keen's mystery room introduced? We have seen her sitting outside it a few times but did they show her discovering it? I can not remember.

Spoiler: Previews say it will be explained next week

Newbie Questions

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:11
I am very new to this, I only have a regular antenna, I bought the TivoRoamio at BestBuy and the guy told me this would probably be ok and that I would not need my wireless internet to use Tivo, only to set it up. Is that true that I will not need my wireless on for the Tivo to actually record? Is this making sense to anyone? Thanks for any help you can provide!

Volume control unit with tivo remote?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:43
I'm looking to use my music amp with my TV and bookshelf speakers. The amp doesn't have any IR volume control.

My TV only has optical line out and I'd like to control the volume with my Tivo remote.

So I'm looking for a box that will take a digital line in from my tv, output analog audio, and has a volume control that can be controlled with my tivo remote.

Does anyone know of such a device?


TCD746500 and TCD746800

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:40
I need img files to restore my two TiVo DVRs. Please help me, I'm new to TiVo and have no idea where to find the img from, without buying a hard drive. I already have plenty of them.

Windows 8.1 WMP no longer playing .tivo files

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:40
I recently updated from Windows 8, to 8.1. My .tivo files no longer play on WMP (there was a problem playing, etc, etc) I have the full version of Tivo desktop. I installed 'Windows 8 Codecs Pack' with no luck. I updated my VLC player, won't play on it either. Everything transfers fine..just can't play them back on my PC (Dell XPS 8700)
Thanks in advance

The Big Bang Theory 8-06 20/Oct/14 The Expedition Approximation

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:25
The highlight for me was Penny's reaction to Leonard's "I'm not just a genius in bed" line.

I understood both of their desires to have the other keep the money and Leonard's solution of a joint account for the wedding/honeymoon was perfect. Stupid that they kept going, but they had to to get to the "I haven't either" joke.

I didn't love the time in the tunnel but enjoyed the "eleven minutes". I wonder if that's how long it actually was in the show?

I was waiting for Bernadette to point out how few stickers he'd earned on his chore chart.

Where is the IR sensor?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:56
Just got the Roamio. It will be installed in a cabinet and I have to attach an IR repeater lead to the front of the roamio at the sensor position. Generally you can see the sensor through the front plastic. I presume it is somewhere behind the grill???

Green circle light is left. So, left near it, right on the other side or???

Any help appreciated.


Recently Deleted folder

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:21
Hi everyone,

I have a TiVo Roamio and the recently deleted folder is totally empty, but right under the words "Recently Deleted" it says 4 recordings.
Has anybody else had this problem?
And how to get rid of the 4 recordings words?

Laura :)

Once Upon a Time; "The Apprentice" OAD 10/19/2104

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:25
It's a Frozen/Fantasia mash-up! I've got a recap of the key episode points on my blog, along with the following observations:

* I'm not sure simply erasing himself from the tape is going to work for Gold; after all, Hook doesn't have magical powers, so how would he be able to manipulate a glowing hat into sucking up the apprentice?

* I loved it when Hook arrived to pick Emma up for their date, showing off his restored hand subtly, and when Emma noticed, she asked, "So what do I call you now, Captain Hand?"

* There's apparently a strong divide between "Once Upon a Time" fans over whether the romance between Emma and Hook is a good thing. I find Hook far more interesting than Emma's past suitors (Sheriff Graham and Neal/Baelfire).

* Again, Snow White and David/Charming didn't have much to do in this episode, other than be the protective/curious parents seeing their (adult) daughter go on a date. David did correctly point out that they never got to see go to her prom. It seems the writers have also run out of things to do with Snow and David, so they are fading into the background. Strangely, though, Regina/Evil Queen didn't have much to do in this episode either.

* This was definitely a Gold-centric episode, and he is returning to full morally questionable form. The scenes between Gold and Hook crackled with subtle malevolence, and both actors really shined in portraying the clear shift of power as it gradually dawned on Hook how easily Gold had manipulated him completely into a dead-end.

The Good Wife 6-05 19/Oct/14 Shiny Objects

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:11
Nice glimpse into Elsbeth's mind. And that wallpaper! At first I thought this was going to be a big character reveal, that she was working out in a room she'd once hoped would become a nursery. Nope. That's her bedroom. She's just nuts.

Loved Peter and Alicia yelling at each other. Nice low blow from Peter. What is he, 12?

Pawn Stars - Secret Admirer

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:09
A new episode of Pawn Stars called "Secret Admirer" will be airing this Thursday (10/23/14) at 9PM ET.

Back on 9/1/14 the episode "Break on Through" aired, yet it was mistakenly listed as "Secret Admirer" in the guide. Because of this, my WMC machine did not have this new episode scheduled to record. I am not sure if this is a problem for Tivo (it's been more than 28 days), but just wanted to make people aware.

Mythbusters Build Team: Where are they now?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:07
When the Mythbusters Build Team was unceremoniously dropped at the end of the most recent season, their was speculation on whether any of them would return to the airwaves.

Grant Imahara is back, and he's shilling for McDonalds. Selling out?