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How to record WGN News to the Tivo ???

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 15:33
Is there a way Tivo viewers can watch the WGN news shows if you're not in the Chicago area?

"The conversion also means the end of all local newscasts, sports programming and Illinois Lottery drawings on WGN America. They’ll still be available to out-of-town viewers, however, through live, online streaming at wgntv.com. Local news from “Chicago’s Very Own” has been a staple of the superstation for more than 35 years. A company spokesman described it as “a business decision to focus on original programming as we move to becoming an entertainment cable network.”


How to set up Samsung Smart TV with Tivo & all the IR probes?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:21
My old TV setup was with a regular TV, TiVo Series 3 & Comcast box. The TiVO's IR probe changes the channel through TiVO. All connections were through coaxial cables between Comcast box, TiVO and TV.

I bought a new Samsung Smart TV, UN55HU8550. During set up the Samsung TV is asking to connect the IR probles to the back of the TV. I also have TiVO's IR probe. I am confused now. Where do all the IR probes (TV & TiVO) go to now?

Which remote(s) will be used to change the channels? I want the new setup to work kinda like the old setup where the TiVO can switch channels by itself to record shows.

FS: Roamio Plus with Product Lifetime

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:12
Brand new. I decided to go a different direction.

Available for local pickup in Seattle, but happy to ship as well.

PM offers and I'll get back to you shortly.


Stream & 30 Sec Skip?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:09
I want to stream (recorded programming) from a XL4 to a Roamio (basic; do not have Roamio yet.)

Will 30 second skip function work, when streaming between those 2 TiVos? (assuming network speed is not a bottle neck?)

Stream Speed between TiVos?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:07
I want to stream (recorded programming) from a XL4 to a Roamio (basic; do not have Roamio yet.)

Will 30 second skip function work, when streaming between those 2 TiVos? (assuming network speed is not a bottle neck?)

sorry wrong group.
moderator please delete this post

Season pass confused

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:58
With the Mythbusters mega Marathon coming up I decided to clear my backup Tivo to record all the episodes so I can watch at my convenience. First I deleted all existing season passes, then deleted all duplicate recordings (programs I have elsewhere) to free up space.

I then selected a Mythbusters episode on an SD channel and set up a season pass, all going well so far (I thought). Then I checked the to do list and the first half of the episodes were indeed on the selected SD channel, but the second half were on the HD channel, well I don't have enough available disk to record 100 hours of HD and 137 hours of SD. I also set recording options to keep all episodes.

In order to correct the HD /SD problem I went through and selected the SD channel and selected the record this episode option which deleted the HD selection.

Why did Tivo select the HD channels? When I set it up for SD

What can I do about this should I need to at some future time?

I have never had this problem before when some episodes are on SD and some on HD, Tivo always used the channel I selected.


Andy D

Old style Slide Remote

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:52
Will the old style Bluetooth Slide remote work with the Mini? I ordered a Mini today and wonder if my Slide remote from my old Premiere will work with my new Mini.

Premiere Speed v. Roamio Speed

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:53
With all the recent updates, can anyone comment on the speed difference between Tivo Premieres v. Roamios? I currently have a Roamio from my cable company but was thinking of picking up a used Premiere to save on the significant rental fees. Thanks.

I heard Comcast is phasing out Series 3s

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:28
I can't seem to find it, but I thought I remember seeing a post here indicating that Comcast is gonna switch their encoding of ALL channels to mpeg4 (or maybe another format) and therefore this will make ALL Series 3s obsolete (except local channels).

I have 3 Premieres and a Mini, but I also just sold a Series 3 on ebay and one on Craigslist. I then also have one more S3 (OLED) unit. This unit works great and its still one of my favorite TiVos (with its look, front clock/controls and recording status), but I may have to sell it as well if this is the case. Just wondering.

I also am aware of the power supply issues with these units and I have already had some caps replaced on this S3 OLED unit so I should be good for a while, but if Comcast is planning to make it obsolete, I guess I may have no choice here.

Getting On (HBO Series)

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 00:50
Anyone watching this? I watched the first episode last year and dumped it - but since they brought it back again I decided to give it another look - binged watched season one the other day (only 6 half hour eps) and find myself enjoying it quite a bit. Some good dark, and realistic, social satire based in an extended care unit of a mid-level hospital.

Shark Tank 12/12/14

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 21:50
I think the couple of 'gimmick' Shark Tanks haven't been my favorite in the past (though I don't think I've ever disliked an entire episode).. But this one was outstanding.

That 13 year old girl was freaking amazing. She pitched better than almost anyone on the show ever. There's no way I could speak that well even in front of a couple of people. She'll be very successful.

Even though there's something about The Beast that rubbed me the wrong way, she's probably going to be very successful too..

There was also the guy who GUARANTEED their money back (and mentioned taking out a mortgage). Has that ever happened before, in anybody's recollection? Heck, depending on how ironclad the "guarantee" was (yeah, he could file for bankruptcy, there could be other creditors ahead, and so on), I'd invest in that even if I didn't like the product!

Setting up Roamio - Anyone else need a box with their cable card?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 20:50
My cable company said I need some sort of little box with the card (it is about the same size as my router). Does anyone else need this? The instructions with the TiVo say nothing about a box like that. (Sorry about the non-technical jargon, I'm really a bit clueless about this kind of stuff. Had my old tube tv for 20 years.

Got the tv out and up finally, now ready to hook the new TiVo Roamio Pro up. Already have to go to store to get HDMI cord (should have realized!).

I'm not sure if I need an Ethernet cord too? My router is on the second floor of the house, tv is on the bottom, so they are nowhere close to each other.



Mon, 12/15/2014 - 20:02
Three night event on Syfy starting presently. Reviews are middling but, you know, Tricia Helfer. Anyone else in?

The Magic Cablecard

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 19:00
So a while back, maybe three or four months ago, I downgraded our TV package from TWC to their "starter" tier. This is just the six channels that most people can get OTA (I can't -- only PBS), TBS, The Weather Channel, Time Warner's news channel, and a few other shopping channels. It was part of a philosophy shift for us to streaming. In fact I was just trying to upgrade to a higher internet tier and cancel cable altogether, but they made it cheaper to have the starter TV bundled with it because they are insane and think I won't just call when the year is up.

The thing is though that while my internet increased, the channels never went away on my Roamio. The premiums left me, but the normal cable tier I was on remained. I've had to repair the card in it even after I upgraded the HD to 3 TB and thought I might lose them then, but still I kept the channels.

I then thought that maybe they had overlooked our switch somehow (though we are listed as Starter TV on the website), or that maybe something had to be physically done to our line coming into the house, and honestly I had forgotten I was getting extra until yesterday.

I bought a used Premiere on craigslist, activated it, tossed in a cablecard, and found that all our excess channels were gone. I hadn't considered this a possibility because I had more or less forgotten that I was getting channels I shouldn't be so I was disappointed with that, but I have no room to complain obviously.

I figured I just interacted with them one too many times when I should have stayed quiet, but later that night I went back to the living room and found my kid watching Nickelodeon. My Roamio still has all the channels. The Premiere has only what I am supposed to have. How is this possible?

Homeland - S4E11 - Krieg Nicht Lieb - OAD 12/14/14

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 18:39
So what the hell is Dar Adal doing with Haqqani???


Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:30
With copy protection on all of fios channels outside of network streaming is impossible. Maybe if you set it to stream and not record it might work.

FiOS Quantum

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:58
I am moving and have a decision to make- I can go FiOS, and either use their new whole home solution or go keep Tivo. If I stay with Tivo, I will be selling all of my Tivos, keep my mini and get a Pro with 5 additional minis. If I go FiOS, I can get their new whole home quantum DVR with 12 tuners and capability to on all other TVs. Anyone have input on their new DVR?

Does ios remote control app need to be on the same network to control the tv?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:16
I was just wondering if I could use the Tivo app to control my television if I was not on the same wireless network (i.e. not in the house where the Tivo is). I don't have a Tivo yet, but am considering the purchase. My Verizon FIOS ios app must be on the same wireless network as my tv for it to control the tv and I was wondering if Tivo was the same or can control it from away from the house.

I want to do this so I can use my Slingbox on my tv in my vacation condo, but control the tv at home using the Tivo app so I don't need to scroll through the screens to find what I want on my dvr. I could use the Tivo remote to pick the show I want by scrolling through the list on my iphone and then hit play and the slingbox will put it on my tv.

Will this work? My understanding is that the Tivo streaming software won't allow me to watch on another tv so I'll still need my Slingbox to show it on my second tv.


Any way to speed up Youtube app?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:29
I've noticed that the youtube app on my Roamio is kind of slow compared to the Roku 3.

It takes about 30 seconds to a minute to load and there are a lot more pauses in video when it starts playing. Anything that can be done? Is there a software update coming? Everything else seems to work great.

Moving...Am I going to have to set up the cable card again?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:37
I'm moving to another unit in the same building I currently live in.

The initial cable card installation was incredibly painful with Comcast really not knowing what to do. Finally I had to get a tech guy to come out and after an hour they got it to work.

I'm not changing area codes or anything like that. Am I going to have to go through all of that again when I move?