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confusion about cableCARDs set top boxes

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 17:48
My cable company uses this DCT700 ALL-DIGITAL CABLE SET-TOP when it doesn't want to use TiVo.
1) without a cableCARD how do these devices decode? Is there a chip? A signal?
2) I thought the law required cableCARDS in the devices used by the companies. There is a confusing statement in the wikipedia article.

Use of the term CableCARD can be confusing, because some technologies refer not to the physical card, but to a device ("Host") that uses the card. Some CableCARD technologies can be used with devices that have no physical CableCARDs.

3) Are such devices inherently limited to standard definition?
4) Why can't I purchase such a device? Is it technical or legal limitation? The retail rental rate is $10/month for a stupid little device like this one.

Switched from Fios...Disappointed

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 17:26
Just switched to Grande Cable Tivo from Verizon Fios. I'm really disappointed in the UI and the remote.

The UI is mostly awful. You have to click click click through too many menus to do anything. For example: quickly turn on closed captioning. Info, click down, click, click, on, Really? Fios remote: one button: click, its on. Click, it's off.

Then there's the program guide. Yikes. Terrible! Hard to read. Where's the color coding, blue for movies, green for sports, etc? Color helps the programs you seek to stand out. With Tivo I have to read each title, and if the program is 30 min it's truncated....blech.

To back out of Tivo Central back to your program, you press "Zoom"?? Really? On what planet does "zoom" equal "back" ???

I've read for years about how Tivo was supposed to be so awesome. Frankly I'm not impressed. It's not user friendly or efficient. I'll be keeping it though because Grande is cheaper than Fios.

I need to find an online guide--might try Titan TV's guide.

Transfer multiple recordings TiVo to TiVo

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:56
I'm transferring recorded programs from old TiVo (Premier 4) to new Tivo (Roamio Plus). Both machines are on home network using Ethernet and they see each other. I have successfully copied programs from old to new machine but only one at a time; I have to wait for a transfer to finish before I can select another program to transfer. Seems like there should be a way to select programs to queue for automatic transfer after previous program transfer finishes. Is there any way to do that?

Tivo black screen with sound

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:34
I have a Roamo Pro with a wired internet connection. On occasions when I click on a recorded show from the npl a black screen will appear with sound enabled. I can go back to the npl click on the show again and it will start playing ok. I have read where other posters that had this problem but I can not find them. It not the same problem as in the thread.


Success using wireless with Mini

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:26
Thought I'd share my success story with those who can't run either an ethernet or RG6 cable between rooms.

I used two Buffalo WZR-1166DHP wireless routers to build a wireless bridge. The routers are capable of the newer "AC" wireless protocol. After setting them up, I connected my laptop and got a transfer rate of 270 mbps between the two wireless routers. Of course, the speed is affected by the distance and obstacles between the two routers - so your results will vary.

I plugged the mini's ethernet port to the back of the Buffalo's router (has 4 port switch). Now I can watch live TV and all of my recorded shows perfectly from my Romio in the living room.

I actually have two apartments in the same building (one is my office and the other is my apartment). I could not run any type of cables directly from one apartment to the other. The distance of the two routers is approximately 80 feet.

Exploring TIVO - Please Help Me Understand

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:25
Roameo - Is this really the way to finally cut cable (non-internet) service. I am looking for a way to cut cable, not content, and I started reading up on the Roameo. We watch The Walking Dead, American Idol, American Horror Story, and (her) The Bold and the Beautiful. We don't care about cable channels like HBO.

If I buy internet only service from by cable provider, will I still be able to get the content above. If so, how does it work. The TIVO data says I can connect my cable tv to keep my cable content. Why would I want to do that.

I just want to buy internet only from the cable company, and use TIVO to get and DVR the shows we like to watch.

Is this the way to go?


Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:04
Is there any kind of good space scifi in production? I miss my B5 & StarTreks of my youth.

amazon prime app

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 13:15
Is there an app to watch Amazon Prime movies on an android tablet. I have looked and I couldn't find anything. The only one that I found said that it was for cell phones. I couldn't get a picture on it any way.

Thanks in advance.


Amazon Prime and 1080p Streaming

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 13:03
I know there is a separate thread for Amazon Prime on the TiVo, but it has gotten too large and has too many other general questions/comments.

I purchased a Roamio about a month ago. It is connected wirelessly to my Netgear Nighthawk on 5Ghz AC. I get 50Mbps download with Comcast. It has an excellent connection of between 81% to 88%. I have absolutely no problem streaming 1080p content from Hulu, but with Amazon Prime, I almost never get 1080p. It is constantly only on "HD" with no pausing or buffering. As a comparison, I have an Amazon Fire Stick connected to the same TV, and I almost always get 1080p, even on the same show.

I'm just wondering what everyone's experiences are. Do you ever get 1080p streaming, and is it consistent?

Roamio Plus 6 Tuner Question

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 10:11
Hi All - I am considering upgrading one tivo premiere 2 tuner to a Roamio Plus 6 tuner and replacing a Series 2 with a Tivo Mini. Hoping I can get a decent 10 year loyalty customer price on lifetime service.

My questions are:

Are there any known issues with 6 tuners. I had loads of problems getting all my Motorola Tuning adapter channels to come thru after adding my Moca network in my new home. The Cox Omaha tech determined that I was not getting a strong enough signal to the TA. I am concerned that if I move to a 6 tuner, I will have problems again with signal strength. Does the Tivo amplify the signal internally ? Wondering if others have had any problems with the 6 tuners.

Next, Does the Mini perform well over a MOCA network? I wondered if there was any lag using a tuner on the Roamio for the Mini and if there was any or much of a delay. I imagine there could be some for live TV. Can anyone share their experience.

Also, Is the Roamio harddrive upgrade process pretty straightforward? I upgraded hard drives in all my previous series 1, 2 and premiere tivos. I would plan to replace the 1 TB drive in the Roamio Plus with a 4 TB drive immediately.

I appreciate any feedback,

stuck on POWERING UP

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 09:43
I have a Tivo brand series 2 and when I tried a re-boot its stays on (powering up) I have upgraded to a larger HD about 5 years ago and am hoping that this is a HD problem. I can see the powering up screen so I'm gueseing it not the mother board. HELP:confused:

Help Creating MOCA Network - Roamio Pro

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 09:29

Trying to understand initial setup - new user - new R Pro arriving next week to be used with cable card...

Condx: Equip location has no wired ethernet available, Coax from incoming broadband data coax going to splitter - outputs one side to modem/wireless/n router other side to equip location for Roamio Pro.

Since I have no wired ethernet available, I think I need to create a MOCA network. However, steps I've read on this site's pdf's regarding network setup seem in conflict...

One says "MoCA network - If you don't have a wired Ethernet connection available to your TiVo devices, you can use a MoCA network instead."

Another says "TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro - 1. Connect the coax cable coming from the wall to the Cable/MoCA port on the Roamio Plus/Pro. 2. Connect an Ethernet cable from your home network to the Ethernet port on the Roamio Plus/Pro.

I've tried to research the steps on the site before posting but still can't sort it out. Can someone clarify exactly how to set up the network? I do want to eventually stream content to a mini in another location where there will be no wired ethernet available at that location either.

Thanks in advance for any help!

TiVo TSN A93

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 16:34
Just noticed an A93 hit EWz on 12/31/14. It was apparently coming from Canada.


A92 is the Mini, A94 is the Stream

Perhaps this is a Streaming Mini?

why dose the tivo iOS app having so many problems watch on iPad feature?

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 14:22
I am on a different wifi network as I am not home and use the watch on iPad feature and most of the time no matter what wifi network I use except for my home network I get to only watch about 10-20 minutes of a show then it will say error time out or error connection drop or something like that why?

Eat St. on Cooking Channel

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 14:11
this show returns after a long hiatus on January 27 with episode 5.19, "Seoul Food", but it's marked as a rerun on my guide. Heads up for completists!

TivoToGo and Video_TS File

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 14:06
Can a Video_TS file from a DVD be played on a Tivo Premiere using TivoToGo (the free basic version not pro)? Will it be played just like the original DVD with a menu & subtitles?
If not, can the extracted .vob files be played? How can the related subtitles be included?
When the above are played on the Tivo are they being copied and retained on the Tivo's hard drive or are they simply being streamed to the Tivo?

Mini on ebay

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 14:06
New: $49 including shipping from France.

Anyone want to take a chance and get back to us on how it worked? :D


I am thinking stolen.

I remember years ago, probably 9 or so now, I ordered a Directv Tivo and it ended up being stolen and they wouldn't activate it. Thankfully I got my money back.

This looks shady unless I am missing something.

Do you buy the extended warranty?

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 13:47
I have the Roamio and have had it for a couple of weeks now.

Twice it has had glitches and I honestly don't know if it is the machine or the cable coming in, but it makes me nervous.

We typically don't buy extended warranties on these sorts of things, but I am wondering if I should.


Getting Recordings Off DirecTV DVR

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 13:37
Hello All
I have some television appearances I made stored on an HR44 DVR that I would like to transfer off the DVR before I finally kill their service. I am planning on using a Roamio Pro with a cable card in its place. I know the Roamio won't interface with the DTV but, could I buy a series 2 and move the programming onto it or its external drive and then move the drive over to the new Roamio?
Thanks in advance!

Very strange YouTube behavior

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 13:36
Bear with me, this is kind of a long story.

The other night I was streaming a YouTube 4K video directly to my Sony XBR850B from my tablet using the Sony's native YouTube app and speakers. My Premiere XL runs through an A/V receiver and surround sound speakers.

When I was finished watching the video I was unable to return to the content from Tivo. No matter what button on the Sony remote I pushed - Options, Home, Return - the stopped YouTube video would not go away.

I initially thought that it was a problem with the Sony and native YouTube app. So I did a factory reset of the Sony, but when it was all done, the YouTube video was still there.

Then a light went off. When I changed the TV's input the You Tube app was gone. So if it was truly the native YouTube app that was the problem it should show up no matter what input was selected. Then I changed the A/V receiver's input to DVD and the DVD player came up on screen. Finally I realized that even if the YouTube app was active on the TV I should still be able to hear the audio from Tivo, but I didn't.

So I restarted the Tivo and everything was good again.

I really can't figure out how this happened. My guess is that the TV's native YouTube app and the Tivo's YouTube app somehow got crossed up but I don't know how in the world that's even possible.

Anyway, if you made it this far, thanks for reading. I just wanted to share this odd experience and if anyone has an insight as to how this happened I'd love to hear it.