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Top Gear (UK) Returns 2/9 (US soon after)

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 09:13
Heads up folks!

Top Gear UK is back soon. February 2nd, 8pm in the UK to be precise, so expect it on BBCA within a week or so of that date.

Of course, those who watch by 'other means' will be downloading soon after it airs! ;)

Anybody watching "Buying the Bayou"?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 08:45
I am totally addicted to this show. I am a sucker for home buying shows AND anything redneck so this is a perfect mix for me.

I watch it on Destination America but I guess it's also a Discovery show so I guess they must run it too:


Face Off on SyFy entire season thread (Jan 2014)

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 08:42
I haven't seen a thread yet so figured I would start one.

Last season was so epic, but it does look like they have some pretty good talent this season. I really enjoyed some of the looks in episode 2.

Link to show if you don't know what it is: http://www.syfy.com/faceoff

Opposite Worlds - S1 thread

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 08:28
Anyone watch "Opposite Worlds" on Syfy?

The premise definitely seemed a little (OK: a lot) contrived. And I don't get this whole "winners get to choose which side to live on business". Would anyone really prefer to live like cavemen?

A couple things that stand out to me:
  • This whole idea of the people with immunity getting to choose who competes
  • The idea that the competition for elimination is a single one-on-one contest
  • The physicality of the first battle
I'm not a huge fan of the forced inclusion of twitter into the show, but I am intrigued by the idea that the Wednesday episodes will be shown live...

Questions about standby; Is the fan supposed to run? (And others)

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 08:18
Just got a Roamio Pro, so far I really like it. I have a few questions regarding standby:

1. Is the fan supposed to be running when in standby? I put the device into standby using the option in the settings menu but then the fan always runs after that at all times.

2. Is standby the way that you turn this device off? I was surprised to be unable to find a power off button on the remote.

3. Is the Ethernet activity light on the back of the unit supposed to be flashing continuously when in standby?

Thank you

Supernatural - "First Born" - 1/21/14

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 06:30
I really liked this episode in spite of the fact that the boys were separated. I enjoyed Cas FINALLY apologizing to Sam. Yes, it was a blanket apology for everything and anything he's done but for the first time it felt sincere to me and it was just him and Sam. Usually it's Dean he apologize to. I have been bitter since Season 6 of him breaking Sam's wall and this helped me over that.

And Sam. He really doesn't get just how special he is. He makes me sad how willing to sacrifice himself he is lately. I want the Sam that was telling Dean last season "I see the light and if you come with me I can take you to it". I want him to fight to live not fight others about it. But he did seem to take in what Cas said to him so we'll see!

Cain is awesome. I hope that's not the last of him we see. I loved him silencing Crowley. I also loved him just sitting shucking corn while Dean is fighting demons all of the kitchen. And Crowley just continues to be awesome. "You're good but I'm Crowley" :up:

That mark has me both concerned and excited. I think Dean is finally getting a piece of the mytharc and maybe just MAYBE Sam can be the hero saving Dean for once. Please let that be how this is going!!! Jared said in an interview it was going to takes something big for these brothers this time. Well doesn't get much bigger than this.

Roamio Pro Comcast San Jose Problems?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 03:50
Anybody in San Jose - Campbell with Roamio or Premier & Comcast: Are you having problems with your Tivo, or is all OK?

After reading all the problems with Roamios, I'm hesitant to buy a new Roamio until all the bugs are worked out. I've dealt with Comcast and know they are not helpful if there's a problem.

I'm having problems with both my Premiers not getting picture and sound on many HD cable channels in the 700 channel region (MTv, MSNBC, CNBC, COMEDY CENTRAL, etc.)All I get is a message that there's a problem with the signal on the channel (V53). I get Local HD stations & HBO, Showtime, etc. I do receive the equivalent SD channels of MTV, MSNBC,CNBC, etc. Same problem happened on both Tivos at the same time. Comcast DVR hooked up to the same inputs works fine! Comcast blames Tivo, Tivo blames the M-card.

Moca Missing

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 00:12
I have a roamio plus and am using 2 mini's right now in the downstairs of my home.

I have a Tivo HD in an upstairs bedroom and I'm replacing it with a mini.

Now I'll have a total of 3 mini's in the house to share signal from the roamio.

Well… the third mini won't see a moca signal at all.

I get cable service fine on the outlet from the Tivo HD but the mini sees nothing.

Other two mini's work fine.

I have a POE filter installed.

I also switched mini's. I put the new mini downstairs where one of the older working mini's was.

The new mini worked fine.

The old mini which worked fine downstairs I brought upstairs to the trouble spot and it doesn't work there either.

So I figure for some reason moca isn't getting upstairs to that outlet.

but it's getting everywhere else.

Comcast says I only have one POE to the house and everything's connected, so they don't know what to tell me and they don't really support Moca….

So…. any suggestions?

3 used power supplies

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:01
They are compatible with these units according to another site:

TiVo TCD540040
TiVo TCD540080
TiVo TCD540140
Humax T800
Humax T2500

I will take $70 for all 3.

Black Sails not showing up as new

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:37
I'm on TWC and I've noticed that the first episode of Black Sails on Starz does not have the new flag set so I had to set it as a manual recording. The 15 minute short about the series recorded just fine becuase it did have the flag.


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:23

Selling a roamio plus and Mimi

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 20:50
Let me know if you are interested or have a question.

URL: http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=291062892243

Alt URL: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tivo-Roamio-...-/291062892243


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THR22 New HD & Season Passes

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:49
I've searched but can't find the answer to what I think is a very simple question:

When I upgrade the hard drive (external or internal) on my THR22, do my season passes need to be set up again? I understand the recordings themselves will be gone, but are the SPs gone as well?

Just need to know before I upgrade so I can write down the 100+ SPs I got. :)

RID verification?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:48
Have an opportunity to purchase a New In Box S4040R TIVO (storage locker sale) to replace our dying RCA DRV40 TIVO. We have the new box RID but unfortunately DTV says they cannot verify the unit because it has never been activated and they cannot tell if it was 'leased' box (from them) or a 'owned' box (like from Bestbuy, etc) that just wasn't activated? And that they wouldn't be able to tell until we added it to our account and activated it!? On top of that, if it was a 'leased' unit, we maybe be subject to a 2yr agreement and lease fee!? Sounds like baloney to me. We have been with DTV since '92 and only have had OWNED boxes. Anyone know of a way to verify a never activated receiver RID?

Thank for any help,

Tivo Premiere XL Series 4 w Lifetime on eBay

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:31
I'm selling a Tivo Premiere XL Series 4 on eBay. Includes Lifetime Subscription.

Starting price at $200.


Thanks for looking -


Dongle for Tivo Slide Pro??

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:13
OK, so in the final stages of setting up a Roamio and 3 Minis...good stuff. I also got 2 Slide Pro remotes, one for the Roamio itself and one for one of the Minis. Tried to setup but no dongle?? Looked in the store online and no dongle to be found. I /had/ setup this Mini with the IR extender so it looks like that will have to go but RF dongle should make that obsolete.

So...question is...where to buy this mystical dongle???


Font sizes in TiVo displays

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:05
Is there any way to change the font size in the various TiVo displays? For example, I'm thinking about the "guide" and "info" overlays or in the various menus? I hate to admit it, but even in HD, the menus are getting a bit hard to read.

Help me choose a new old TiVo

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:30
The Olympics are coming up, so it's time to think about buying another TiVo.

I'm on Comcast with all-digital cable (Motorola head-end). We have slowish-DSL. I have one TiVoHD. Our TV is SD, so we wouldn't be using the HDUI.

Budget (not counting service) is $150.00.

What I need: basic TiVo functionality. I don't do Netflix or Hulu; I don't have a smartphone; I don't need a multi-room solution. I just want more tuners, and the basic record-watch- delete or archive TiVo stuff. I do archive, especially for the Olympics (using kmttg/VideoReDo TVSuite).

So here's what I'm looking at:
  1. The Premiere ($49.99)
  2. The Premiere 4 ($124.99, or $99 for the refurb)
  3. The Premiere 4 XL refurb ($149.99)
  4. (the wildcard) Humax DRT400 from Weaknees ($149.00)
  5. used TiVoHD off eBay?

Obvious advantages are:
  • For the two-tuner Premiere: it's cheap.
  • For the P4 -- more tuners, and if we retired the HD, we'd only have one monthly service charge instead of 2.
  • For the P4XL -- the same, with more space on the drive.

However, if the performance is flaky and I miss the recordings I want, none of the other specs really matter.

Obvious disadvantages:
  • Any functions that are only available on the HDUI are off-limits
  • Premieres are older technology, thus not as future-proofed as buying a new Roamio
  • Refurbs are refurbed for a reason - do I want to buy someone else's problem?

So: which one do I want? Or should I scrape the couch cushions for the extra $50 and buy a new Romio instead?

Which TiVo is best at doing basic TiVo stuff, and is the least likely to flake out on me?

One Moment??

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:02
Hello everybody, I have a Roamio Pro and 4 Mini's all with lifetime. Last night one of the Mini's quit, just got a black screen. I tried re-booting a couple of times and it gets to the "One Moment" blue screen and then just starts flashing black screen to the blue screen every second or so. It's like it's stuck in a loop or something.

Is there anything to try at this point or do I have to go through the hassle of sending it back and switching subscriptions. It's only a couple of months old.

Thanks, Mike in Seattle :mad:

Tuning Adapter Losing Authorization/Pairing

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:30

My tuning adapter loses its authorization/pairing after being left powered off for long periods of time. I have to call the cable provider to get it re-authorized. Any comments/suggestions?


I have a lifetime premier with a Cisco TA and TimeWarner in New Hampshire. I have only basic cable with NO premium/encrypted channels. This is a "vacation" home with only one over-the-air channel that can be received. The basic cable/channel package is cheap, but only carries about 7 distinct channels (i.e. NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox etc). Because of the limited selection of content, I don't care about recordings AND I often power down the TV/Tivo/TA for week or more at a time, to save electricity.

Often, when I power up the TV/Tivo/TA, everything works, except the Tuning Adapter. (The TimeWarner supplied CABLECARD retains its pairing/authorization) I can look at diagnostics and see that the TA is "not ready." Even if I wait a day or two, still "not ready." Fiddling with, rebooting etc of the TV/Tivo/TA in various combinations has no effect. If I call TimeWarner and have them re-authorize the TA, everything works until I turn off the TA for a week or two.

I don't know if this is usual-and-customary to de-authorize a TA that has not phoned-home in a while? And what purpose would it serve, to de-authorize?

Any insights would be appreciated.

Some "unrelated" facts that may prove useful to readers on other issues:

1) An un-authorized CABLECARD (NOT from TimeWarner/from ebay for a few dollars) will let the subscribed TIVO get channel mapping information and thus accurate guide/channel information.
2) A TV that is directly connected to the basic channel feed will actually tune to a FEW MORE digital channels (like NECN - New England Cable News) than will show up on the TIVO with CABLECARD. Even if both cable and over the air is selected as sources for the TIVO, I can't get it to tune to NECN. If, however, the CABLECARD is removed from the TIVO, then a channel rescan will find NECN and the TIVO can tune it.

I would find the vagaries of Tuning Adapters and CableCards bizzare and fascinating, if not so frustrating for just-watching-TV.