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TiVo Desktop Plus Transcoding

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:32
I'm using TiVo Desktop Plus to send videos from my PC to my TiVo Premiere. The TiVo Desktop Plus web page says:

Supported video formats include:
  • Windows Media Video (.wmv)
  • QuickTime Movie (.mov)
  • MPEG-4/H.264 (.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v)
  • MPEG-2 (.mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpv2)
  • DivX and Xvid (.avi, .divx)*

What I'm trying to accomplish is to encode the videos on my PC so that TiVo Desktop Plus doesn't have to transcode the file on the way to the TiVo Premiere.

What I see now is when I go to my TiVo Premiere and request to transfer a file from my TiVo Desktop Plus PC the transfer begins. But when I go back to my TiVo Desktop Plus PC I see a Windows process running transcoding the file.

Is it possible to avoid this transcode?

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Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:06
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Did not record full show

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:37
I have a season pass for Downton Abbey. I have it set to record for an extra 3 minutes each episode. This past week's episode went for 1.5 hours instead of the regular hour (shouldn't the guide indicate as much?) Anyway, long story short, it only recorded the first 63 minutes. Luckily for me, I was able to watch the ending on Comcast on-demand. But is this a rare occurrence? How do I make sure that TIVO will record the whole episode? This was not an instance where football or some other special moves things later (there, I know to record extra).

Is the 4tb drive upgrade public yet?

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 07:15
Is the single internal 4tb drive upgrade public yet (other than commercial folks at Weaknees)?

Used Roamio

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:13
Bought a used Roamio today and went to activate it and the service number starts with 8F0 and from what I can tell it should start with 848 or 840. It also is running beta software. When I tried to activate it I got a message that it was already activated, which I kind of expected being it was used. If I go into system info it says it is a Premier and not a Roamio. Is there anyway to get it off the beta software?

Front panel

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 20:15
Anyone know how to remove the front panel?

Comcast On Demand shows up on Roamio but not Premiere

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 20:05
Can it be the cable card?

Netflix Help

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 19:52
I am new to TiVo and so far I love it, with that said I have a few issues, in the Netflix app, how do I start a video form the beginning if i have already started to watch before? My next questions is again in the netflix app, when I push the info button on the TiVo remote to see if it is in HD the info comes on the screen in the top left side of the screen but stays on the screen the info button dont take it off the screen, so how do I get it off the screen

How to Connect: Samsung Sound Bar/TV/Tivo

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 18:43
Here are my specs:

Older Samsung TV (2 HDMI Inputs, Optical Input)
Samsung Sound Bar HW-F450
Tivo Premiere
Apple TV

Can anyone point the way to properly connect my Samsung Soundbar with a Tivo Premiere in the mix?
Also, can I program the Tivo Glo remote so that the Soundbar will work with this remote?


Weird thing happened (remote got stuck in the recliner)

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 18:27
A weird thing happened to my Roamio last night, I fell asleep in my recliner and the remote fell down in the cushions and I guess a button got pressed however what happened was in the bottom right corner of my TV, a small rectangle box came up with "1080i".

It remained there until I hit the Tivo button and now I'm trying to figure out the button(s) that did that. I presume it was a function to display the output resolution but even after trying all kinds of button presses, I can't recreate it.

Has anyone else seen this or know how to recreate it other than to let the remote slip down in the cushions again.

I like the RF remote but I don't like the accidental button presses.....

New user observations

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 18:19

The ads made the TiVo Roamio sound like the best thing since sliced bread, so I bought the basic unit and installed it on January 15, 2014. These are my observations since that time. Some of you may read this and come away thinking that I am just an unhappy owner complaining, I assure you that these are only observations, not complaints.

1). Very slow signal transfer/retrieval from the TiVo to the TV, via HDMI
when the TV is turned off for a long period of time, like overnight.

2). Very slow response when switching between tuners.

3). Frequent V301 errors, when selecting YOU TUBE, APPS & GAMES or

4). Constant, at least 4 days per week, C133 errors when trying to record or
set a season pass or when I select “What to Watch Now” or “Search”. (I
have reported this error to support, and after 2 days of performing their
scripted procedures, which I performed before emailing them, and being
passed around to 4 different people without my issue being escalated,
they finally came to the conclusion that my network connection is fine
and then came back with “We don't currently have an estimation as to
when an update may be available, but we are working diligently to
ensure the C133 error is resolved soon.” Which, to me means, after
dealing with many support people, we’ll get to it when we get to it.
Hopefully I’m wrong.

5). APPS frequently are missing but may appear several hours later.

The device seems to be very “buggy”.

I am not looking for fixes to these issues, they have all been reported to support as far as I know.

Once again, these are only observations not complaints, I will continue to “hang in there” until a fix is found and applied.

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Thu, 02/20/2014 - 18:09
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tbk file after setup HD112

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:48
Would anyone happen to have a .tbk file for a HD112 AFTER the call in?? I have a new drive in but only a cell phone and no way to get past the setup.

Will a Series 2 play nice with Roamio or Premiere?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:16
Can you transfer recordings from the newer TiVo's (Roamio & Premiere) to a series 2 Tivo? It's a TCD649080

I have ever the opportunity to get a series 2 that has lifetime and I'm interested in putting it in my office/workroom and hopefully just watch recorded content from my other TiVo's that are on cable. Will it only work for non-hd content or will it work with HD recordings?

Since the series 2 has ethernet and would connected to my network just no cable since my cable company is all digital. I could get another mini but prefer not to If this cheap series 2 with lifetime will work with the newer series 4 & 5.

Just curious if it would be worth getting, again it would be just for casual viewing existing recordings and not live channels.


Odd audio dropout on playback

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 12:53
Hi -

I've had my TiVo Roamio for two weeks. I record exclusively OTA. In general, I've been pleased with the Roamio. Only...

Once in a while (twice in the two weeks I've had it) I'll be watching a show I recorded and the audio will stop for several seconds. The picture displays flawlessly. When the audio resumes, it is in sync with the picture. This will continue to happen a dozen or more times throughout a half hour show.

If I replay the show, I'll get dropouts of different duration in different places than the first time I watched. Sometimes the video will very briefly also go black.

If I restart the TiVo, the show plays flawlessly from beginning to end. This is not an input problem, as the recording is clearly fine after restart.

I've read about odd behavior with Roamios and HDMI outputs. Mine is a fairly simple setup; the Roamio is connected via an HDMI cable to the TV - no intermediate home theater box, etc.

I've also never seen this problem with live TV through the Roamio.

Any ideas?

- Scott

Request to show HME App on Main or Shows menu

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 12:33
Hello, We use Streambaby as much as any other menu on the Tivo, and yet it is unfortunately buried at the bottom of the Apps menu. Which makes no sense for our non-technical family members.

Can we please have an option for each HME app to place it on the Main or Shows Menu? For example, next to Netflix (with the other streaming channels) would make a lot more sense.

If this isn't something you want to do can we, at the very least, have the option to Sort (or order) the Apps menu so that we can make any HME show at the top?

Thank you!


Confirmation? Order PPV via Comcast in Philadelphia (center city) w/Cablecard Tivo?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 12:03
During a previous UFC PPV event I called Comcast to order the PPV. After 30+ minutes on hold I was told that I was not able to order PPV with Cablecards due to two way communication or something. That I had to go rent a HD Comcast Cable box.

I plan to order the UFC fight this upcoming weekend and I am in the same boat. I have Two TIVOS and no Comcast Cable boxes. So did I get an uninformed Comcast rep or do I have to go pick up a cable box?

Please help.

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Wed, 02/19/2014 - 22:42
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Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:05
I asked something about Netflix streaming speed in another thread recently to no great effect. I just saw this on Lifehacker, which made me wonder if the same thing existed on the Roamio Netflix app as on the PS3/Xbox:


I presume it either doesn't exist, or hasn't been discovered by consumers yet, or it would probably be widespread information.