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should Ilifetime a 2008 or 2010 Series 3?

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 16:24
I have two Series 3 TiVO (model #TCD652160) I got off CL for dirt cheap. Since i have numerous TiVos, I have the chance to lifetime one of them for now at $99. Will then either keep it (& put it in a guest room until I maybe get a newer one) or eventually sell it on CL/ebay. Both are working great right now, but I know this model has been plagued with capacitor problems in the power supply.

One is dated as being manufactured in 2008. The other was apparently made in 2010. Logic tells me to lifetime & keep the newer 2010 one. However, would it be better to lifetime the older one as they didn't have this problem as much? Or does it not matter and ALL Series 3s have had power supply problems?

Upgrading Series 3 HDD to 2Tb

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 14:50
So I have done this before, but each time it feels like I have no idea what I am doing. My 1Tb hdd went bad (S03 error that I couldnt kickstart 57) so I picked up a 2Tb WD20EURS.

I am going to try to copy over the shows from the old drive using WINMFS and hooking up both drives. Is there anything I need to remember to do other than run MFS copy? and hope the shows transfer?

Going from 1Tb to 2Tb do I need to expand the space or do any fancy WDDIDDLE or anything. All of the technical jargon gets me a bit nervous since I really have no concept of all of the details of the tech. If the copy fails I have the original HDD that the machine came with that I can copy onto the new drive...again though...do I need to do anything fancy or just MFSCOPY...what about supersize and all the other options in the software.

Any help would be appreciated...again, this is not my first time...I have probably honestly done this 10 times...I have an awful memory for it since I only go through this once every few years for myself or helping out a friend.


And Cheers to all the great helpers on the forums.

Coming back to Tivo, subscription, scared of CC

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 13:31
I was a Tivo user back in the day from Series 1 but have not had it for many years.

I live in Manhattan and have Time Warner cable.

After reading many threads on the woes of cable card + tuning adapter on the Roamio I was wondering if I pull the trigger can I see if the setup works before I commit to the subscription?

I forget if I have to activate Tivo and start paying before it will let me go through the setup.

I basically don't want to get locked into a 1 yr monthly contract if this whole thing goes to hell and I have to return the Roamio and go back to the twcnyc cable box.


TiVo promo code?

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 11:32
Someone in my area is selling a promo code on Craigslist, which gives the purchaser huge discounts (ex. Roamio Pro w/lifetime for $699). Are these codes really out there? How does one get it, aside from paying this guy $175?


Tricks for Genie?

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 10:37
My daughter got a genie installed today. Are there any tricks we should know about?

Subtitles to CCs

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 10:04
I am hard of hearing and need Closed Captions or Subtitles. I also have thousands of DVDs that I would rather watch on TiVo because of the superior controls including its very handy 8-second instant replay control. Now, I could rip my DVDs and transfer the recording to TiVo but I'd have no CCs or subtitles. unless...

Is there a tool (for Mac) that will rip a DVD but convert the subtitles (or SDH) to closed captions such that they can be turned on and of during playback?

I know I can burn subtitles into the video image but then they cannot be turned off, and neither my wife nor daughter needs the CCs like I do. They both hear just fine.

So, is there a tool that, when ripping, will allow me to select a subtitle track to convert to closed captions AND output the file in a format that will not need transcoding (which would lose the CCs) when transferring back to TiVo?

"About a Boy" Season One Thread **spoilers**

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 09:35
NBC aired a new pilot last night (Sat Feb 22) after the Olympics, "About a Boy". Based on Nick Hornby's novel, which has already had a movie based on it (2002, Hugh Grant, Toni Collette).

I thought this was good. Especially for a sitcom pilot, which are often the toughest pilots to suffer thru. David Walton plays a great Will Freeman; also has Minnie Driver as the boy's mom (the part Toni Collette played in the movie).

The next episode is Tuesday, which will be its normal night. I have no idea if the pilot is being rerun before then?

The writer is Jason Katims, who has an interesting history of taking successful movies and making TV series from them. He did Friday Night Lights and Parenthood (neither of which I happen to watch).

I have no idea if this will make it, but I'll give credit to NBC for trying again with David Walton. I thought Bent (anyone remember Bent, Spring 2012) and Perfect Couples were decent shows. Bent was really good, but NBC did a poor job promoting it. Walton is one of those guys who plays a certain persona really well.

tivo keeps trying to record reruns of SVU on usa

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 04:49
for the next couple weeks it looks like my tivo keeps wanting to record like 100+ episodes of ncis and l&o svu reruns on the usa network. I have season passes for both of these on cbs / nbc and both of those are set to first run only. all of the episodes that its scheduling to record do have the "R," on the info. anyone know whats up with this or how to fix it?

I have a series 3 TiVo HD XL btw.


'Heroes' is coming back

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 03:44

Quote: NBC's sci-fi series Heroes is being revived as a 13-episode limited series, with creator Tim Kring back at the helm but a new cast of characters and a self-contained storyline that's "shrouded in secrecy."

The series, which aired from 2006-2010, will return in 2015 as Heroes Reborn

Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan doc is separate program

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 01:27
It's not a part of the actual Olympics programming, so won't be gotten by your SPs.

I know, many people are probably glad about that.. but just wanted to warn people.

help with connecting to TiVo service

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 23:05
The other day I got a message on my TV saying my programming was going to run out and to connect to TiVo service. I tried and it was unsuccessful.
I called customer service and they said my phone service had probably switched to digital from analog. They told me I could still connect using internet connection. Problem is I don't HAVE internet connection at my home. I just use my phone's internet.
The representative then said I had no other options. That my service would end and that's it.
I called my provider directv and they tried selling me one of their DVRs or a directv / TiVo DVR for $200. I'd prefer to just keep my directv receiver and TiVo receivers separate.
Is it possible? Is there an adapter? Anything? ???
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

Another MoCa Question...

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 21:33
OK - out of confusion verging on frustration...

I purchased the MoCA adapter from TiVo and using the Roamio as a bridge.
I have the POE were the main feed comes into my condo before it hits any splitters.

I still had an Ethernet cable in the Roamio and it said I was running
Ethernet + MoCA (which support indicated was correct when I questioned it).

I have been having some weird tiling/pixelation/freezing/etc. problems on certain channels (NEVER did on the Premiere 2-tuner this replaced).

In doing some processes of elimination I had brought the Roamio up without the Ethernet cable plugged in. Everything works fine - Netflix, TiVo suggestion windows, connecting to TiVo service. The Mini in bedroom works fine also.

Do you need the Ethernet plugged into the Roamio unit? If so, for what?

Also, when I turn on the Mini in bedroom (PHY = 240 to 255 consistently) it says its can't find the Roamio but does so in a few seconds - is this normal? Support today said there should be NO lag...



TiVo Stream

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 21:27
Used for a few months. Like new. Purchased a TiVo Roamio Pro, so no need for the Stream.


Slide Remote Works WITH Blinking Blue Light but NOT WITHOUT

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 19:21
Returned from vacation to find that our Tivo Slide Remote stopped working. I changed batteries - didn't work. I tried re-pairing it with the BT dongle but still didn't work. I then did a global reset of the remote and the blue light started continuously blinking but now it controls the Tivo HD unit. I tried re-pairing it again with the blue light going off and it stopped working. I did another global reset and now it works again.

Any ideas? This scenario doesn't quite fit what I've seen described in the forums.

Gold Rush 2/21/14

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 16:16

For how many weeks have we all been yelling at the TV that the diamonds the Hoffmans were finding were next to worthless, yet they went after diamonds because they were going to be their 'gamechanger'.

I just can't believe that every single person on that crew was so stupid as to believe those tiny little rocks were worth anything, and now it's pointed out to them that all that work for diamonds results in about $1300 of value.

I'm no gemologist, but even our family knew they were worthless. Some otherwise pretty clever and resourceful men in the jungles of Guyana didn't know that? How does that work? I'm trying to figure out the angle of what happened here, they MUST have known, Discovery MUST have known but they had too much invested to just pack up after gold was a bust?

What's the right answer here, truly unbelievable stupidity or an attempt to save production investment and just put footage in the can? As foolish as the Hoffmans have been, I can't believe that a few dozen other people didn't know better.

Season Pass in guide but not scheduled

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 16:03
My 4-tuner Roamio is used for OTA only. I have a season pass for Father Brown on a PBS station which has recorded properly in the past. Wednesday I happened to notice an episode in the guide for today, but it didn't have check marks next to it, and when brought up the show didn't have a green thumb. I checked the season pass upcoming episodes, and none were listed. Rebooting didn't help. I checked my 2-tuner Premiere, and it showed the same situation.

I waited out the three days to see if the guide would correct itself, but it hasn't, so I added new season passes for Father Brown on both TiVos. They appear to be exact duplicates, but obviously the TiVos see some difference, so I examined them using kmttg (v1p0m). The only significant difference appears to be in "idSetSource" where "collectionId" is "tivo:cl.291315" for both original season passes and "tivo:cl.265039095" for both new ones. What exactly is that field? Did someone at TiVo (or maybe Tribune Media) think the series was new and assign a new ID instead of using the old one? Is this why people sometimes report season passes that don't record for no apparent reason? Thanks for any insights.

Were can I download Tivo Desktop?

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 16:00
I tried the search, that brought up nothing or perhaps I typed something wrong.

I purchased the plus key sometime ago but now in setuping up a new PC, I can't find the download.


Possible Bad HD on Roamio.

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 15:28
The Hard Drive on my Roamio began making a clicking sound a few weeks ago. I didn't think much of it at the time. Recently, the picture on the Roamio has become unwatchable. Heavily pixelated. I swapped out the Roamio with the old Series 3, and the picture is fine. I've also called FIOS, and they insist the signal strength is not a problem.

I bought the Roamio back in December. I'm hoping the device is still under warranty.

Anyone else had issues with Roamio hard drives?


TiVo central

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 13:07
Just got my Tivo pro last night and have it all hooked up and working. One question that I can't figure out. If I am watching something and go into TiVo central how do I return to what I was watching? When I watch live tv I just hit the live tv button but if I am watching recorded tv I can't do that.

Coming from Windows MediaCenter so there is a learning curve.