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Considering my first TiVo - questions

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 09:35
For 10 years now, I've used SageTV on my own hardware for my DVR, recording both OTA for HD, and analog cable for the few cable shows I'd record.

I've used a cable set-top box for general cable TV watching. Over the years I've started wanting to record more and more HD cable shows (and the analog cable disappeared), so I got a DVR from my cable provider (Scientific Atlanta HD8300 from WOW - Wide Open West).

So, we've been stuck switching inputs on the TV and managing recordings in two places. I'm considering ditching SageTV (which Google bought years ago, and is now unsupported), ditching the HD8300, and getting a Premiere XL4 box. Some questions:

1) Since this will replace my cable box, how is the TiVo for general channel-surfing of live tv? Is it very slow when hitting the up/down channel buttons, compared to the HD8300?

2) Is it possible/easy to just type in a channel number to jump to it, as we often do now? For example, the wife just knows that 217 is the channel for Food Network, she can grab the Harmony One remote and type in 217 and boom she's at Food Network. Does this work similarly on the TiVo if you're watching live tv?

Thanks,
FJC

TiVo Premiere XL Reboots selectin LiveTV

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 09:15
Last night, my TiVo Premiere XL rebooted.
After the reboot, it shows the last channel or channel 2 with the TiVo menu up and the small video window.

Sometimes it shows an error:

Problems with the TiVo Service (C133).

Whenever, I try to hit Live TV the screen goes black and it reboots.
I have rebooted at least 10 times I have pulled the power cord.

Weaknees points to a power supply problem.

Does anyone have any Ideas what the problem might be?

Thanks,

Rich

good wife season finale

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 07:45
i'm glad we got the surprise at the end, if it was will i was going to be very unhappy! i think being the 1st lady means the new business will have all the business anyone wants. i'm surprised they even allow her to work because of potential conflicts. but i'm sure this happens in real life all the time.

bringing your babies to court will not gain any favors unless maybe theres a jury there. the way they ran from place to place was funny

the nanny for the grandma taking the money and not running was truly classic. he knows he cant ask for the money back nor really force him out since he's now the gov.

wouldnt free legal services for 2 years cost more than 20% discount on the rent? but it's a guaranteed client i guess.

will not wanting to hurt alicia was a tad admirable but flaunting it in front of the gov was just unclassy.

American Idol - Top 4 Perform - OAD 5/1/2013

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 07:34
OK, Urban's The Stig! Hillarious.

IMHO, Amber needs to go next. Her voice is tight and 'up there', although she did do a fair job with the second song.

I see Kree totally ignored Harry's advice and, again IMO, ruined her second song with all the runs.

Modern Family 5/1. The last word

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 06:47
My recording cut off on the final punchline.
Phil says " I didn't say dinner, I said _____________?
Please fill in the blank. And thanks.

A decent eposide with Haley as the tooth fairy and Phil's classroom presentation as highlights.

Tivo HDs lost channels 707, 709, others? Premiere didn't.

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 01:11
TiVo HD lost some channels but my TiVo Premiere didn't. The cable strength meter shows100% for all working channels but 0% for these missing channels. ???

This is on Comcast Napa CA.

Survivor: Caramoan "The Beginning of the End" 5/1/13 *spoilers*

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 01:02
So Andrea joins the list of those voted out with a hidden immunity idol in their pockets. Pretty good job by the rest of the group to keep it secret from her. I lived her reaction when she got the second vote. "WHAT?!?!"

So could anyone tell if the place where Eric found the HII was the same place where Andrea caught Malcolm digging last week? I'd live to know if Malcolm was digging in the completely wrong place, or if he would have found it with a little more digging.

I was shocked when Eddie jumped in for the doughnuts during the first challenge, but I guess it worked out pretty well for him. But now that Andrea is gone, it will be interesting to see whether they'll immediately vote him off or if someone will pull him in. With just two episodes left (next Wednesday and the following Sunday), there will be eight on the jury and a final three. If Eddie makes it to the end, he'd probably have votes from Michael, Malcolm, Reynold, and Andrea, so he's definitely a threat to win if the rest of them are not careful.

I'd love to see Cochran make it to the end because I think his jury speech and answers will be much more entertaining than anyone else left in the game.

Tivo doesn't see server when running Mac2Tivo

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 22:41
My Tivo is a Series 3 HD XL, with the most recent OS.

I'm running Mac2Tivo 1.2.1 (104) on Snow Leopard.
I"ve added a directory full of pictures to MAc2Tivo. The app shows that it is sharing video wth the DVR.

When I click on the server IP address on the Tivo, it can't find the server.
The IP address is the same one that I got fron the Network Preferences in my Mac Book Pro.

I have viewed jpgs on my Mac from my Tivo before, somehow I've lost that ability. Do I need to enable another setting?

Thanks

The Americans "The Colonel" (OAD 5/1/2013)

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 22:20
Well that was just an awesome hour of television.

I loved how each group only knew half of what the other was doing.

I think it was a major error for him to not go home to his kids, keeping up normal appearances is never more important than around the time of major operations.

Oh, hey, you blew your chance to catch a spy on American soil, too bad, oh yeah, we have a sick aunt, can you watch the kids?

Anyone care to venture what they are saying at the end of the show?

At the very least I get that the daughter thinks something is going on, but what was that odd stare she had at the end? Was she supposed to be looking at something on the other side of the room?

I was more worried she would see scratches on the floor from the mom moving the washer or dryer to get to the secret hole in the wall.

The Big C Hereafter-Spoilers to Date

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 19:47
Quality of Life OAD 4/29/13

Anyone watching? I thought an all-season (or limited season) thread since no thread yet...

I LOVE Andrea-mentioning her roomie's herpes med cracked me up! :p I hope she does move back in. She can be "Mr J's" assistant again, and they can get rid of that perky blond-I don't care for her one bit.

So Dr Perfect has colon cancer-interesting! Maybe Cathy can teach him to be more compassionate. That will be a cool subplot.

As always, I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Sean-he and Cathy bouncing in the bouncy castle was so sweet. And ever the annoying brother, he was laughing at her incontinence. But it wouldn't be "him" if he didn't. Deep down, Cathy knows it was with love. :o The sight of them riding that scooter in the mall! LOLZ! :D :D

I did tear up at the last scene with Cathy and Adam. Setting off the fireworks, her telling him/asking him if it was OK to give up chemo...Laura Linney is such a great actress. And the kid who plays her son is good too.

Well-anyone else watching???

Digital box

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 18:54
I have an old TiVo Pioneer 810, that still works but now that I got rid of all my Comcast boxes, I won't be able to use it, or will I? Now using HD TiVo's with cable cards.
Is there such a box you can BUY to convert my digital to my old TiVo?

Thanx,
Ron

Please explain MOCA to me, and how does it work with Tivo?

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 18:26
I kind of, sort of understand MOCA. But not really. :)

How exactly does this work with Tivo?

Can I use the regular ole, existing cable jacks in my house to push information back and forth as a replacement for a traditional wifi network or to replace a hard wired ethernet network?

Does MOCA allow me to stream content between tivos in different rooms?

Do I need MOCA adapters in each room?

I like to try new things and if this could benefit me, then I would like to give it a shot.

Thanks!

TC

E-Bay fees go way up

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 17:51
Sometime in April E-Bay fees for electronics (TiVos) went up to 10% of the selling price, they were about 5% to 6% before. this fee is also put on the shipping cost if shipping is not free, so with the PayPal fees of 2.9% the casual E-Bay seller is paying almost 13% on the selling price inc shipping. That a bummer IMHO.

Top sellers can get about 20% off the fees

NeoTV Netgear a force to recon with?

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 17:49
Guys I just looked over the video for this item and it looks very tightly put together and for far less than a TiVo, matter of fact it's pricing model resembles that of a Roku. Also since Tivo and all internet appliances use the Google .api code the Youtube player is nearly identical.:rolleyes:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...uctId=16943266

can kmttg transfer shows from a Tivo to a PC without a router involved?

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 17:45
I have a Tivo premiere with a lifetime subscription on it. I am going to be shutting down my home internet service for a while.

So my question is this...... If I connect my computer directly to the Tivo with an ethernet cable, will kmttg allow me to transfer shows directly?

Thanks,

TC

HD XLT (Ser.3) hung on erasing program info

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 16:39
never mind

Amazon video download question

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 15:02
I bought The Batman Season 1 on amazon instant video and downloaded the season to my tivo. It's a 16:9 show but SD as its older. I was surprised to see the show displayed with black bars all around. I couldn't use any of the TiVo aspect ratio controls to fix this.

Is this normal?

I bought and downloaded an HD show and it filled my screen properly. Can anyone confirm the frame rate and audio (channels and quality) of newer HD shows when downloaded to the TiVo through amazon?

Thanks!

C++/Windows TiVoServer and TiVoClient software.

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 13:20
I decided I wanted to write my own transfer programs in C++ to transfer files from the TiVo to my PC and from the PC back to the TiVo.

Transferring from the TiVo to the PC is pretty straightforward.
1. Listen for Beacons to find the tivo servers.
2. Visit the /TiVoConnect?Command=QueryContainer&Container=/ url to get a list of containers.
3. Using the TiVo MAK for http authentication, Parse the appropriate containers.
4. select and transfer a file from the URL in the container, store it as a .TiVo file.
5. optionally use tivodecode and the MAK to convert the .tivo file to a .mpg file.
6. optionally use ffmpeg to convert/transcode the .mpg to a different container format.

I'm having a problem letting the TiVo pull files back from the PC.

I broadcast beacons.
The Tivo connects and gets the "/" container.
I can browse the container under the "/" from my tivo.
I can transfer .tivo files back tot he tivo just fine. (just sending the file via http)
I am using the latest version of ffmpeg for container muxing.
I can transfer files that I'm not transcoding just fine. eg "-vcodec copy -acodec copy"

My problem happens on any file that ffmpeg is transcoding. The tivo resets the TCP connection anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes into the transfer.

I've compared ffmpeg command lines with what pyTiVo is using, and gone so far as to exactly duplicate the command, but I'm still getting the issue.

because the transfer is happening fast than realtime, the video is failing anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes in. On the same video, it does not happen at the same frame in multiple tests.

Can anyone tell me why the tcp connection is getting reset?

HELP. Someone with a premiere and the DIY channel

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 13:09
Can someone here help me record a show tonight? My TiVo is down and I need to get this show into my computer.
It's a show called I Want That on the DIY channel

May 01, 2013
11:30 PM e/p

I hope someone can help me with this. Thanks

Mike

Love my TiVo Premeire, but was playing with my friend's DirecTV...

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 12:57
I was totally shocked that the latest DirecTV has 5 tuners is so smoking fast! The search features and the size of the hard drive were actually pretty impressive as well.

Can someone explain to me, in layman's terms, why their DVR is so fast and TiVo's Premiere continues to be so slow? Their menus all seemed to be Hi-Def as well.

Just wondering....

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