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Airplay vs Miracast vs Chromecast vs DLNA

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 09:42
Since the Tivo Mini has been giving me a lot of pain, I started to think about other solutions. We own an Ipad Air and I thought why not get an Apple TV and just Airplay? I did some digging and read the threads in this forum and realize it's not possible without hacking. I read that HDMI out is not even possible either. Wow!

Okay, so those threads are pretty old. I have two questions...

1. Has anything changed? Can we Airplay now? LOL! Probably not.

2. Not really a question, but would like some info and education on all these products out there as the thread title indicates. I own a chromecast, so i know the difference between "mirroring" versus actually "casting" within an app designed specifically for it, in which case, the chromecast does all the work and your smartphone is free to do whatever since it's not mirroring.

So I'm perplexed why Airplay won't work.. Isn't Airplay mirroring your display? How does Tivo block mirroring? I understand Tivo not coding a casting icon in their stream app, but how do they go about blocking mirroring and even HDMI out?

So if mirroring with Airplay doesn't work, is it safe to assume that even if and when Tivo Stream arrives to Android, mirroring with Miracast or Samsung's Allshare Cast won't work either? And I think soon Chromecast will allow you to mirror whatever's on your smartphone too, so that won't work either?

WinMFS Restore w/Series1 + 1TB problem

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 09:35
I'm trying to use WinMFS to restore a known good Series 1 .tbk to a 1TB drive. This backup worked fine with a 320GB drive previously. The restore to the 1TB appeared to work fine and WinMFS expanded to use unused capacity.

The Tivo comes up fine and goes into Guided Setup, which works fine, connects to tivo to confirm account status (lifetime), sets clock, but when it gets to downloading local phone numbers. it aborts, saying "Failed. Call Interrupted". I confirmed nothing else is using the phone.

Wonder if this is the first step that actually writes to the drive (as opposed to perhaps storing info on NVRAM on the motherboard)?

Was there anything else I needed to do to be able to use 1TB with WinMFS on a Series 1? I thought it automatically handled larger drives with its kernel. Do I somehow need to do a copykern or something like that, or should this have worked?


Channel labels for the Guide

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 07:23
Having switched from DirecTV to Comcast and TiVo's...1 thing I really don't like is the guide. We are very familiar with the channel numbers of our local affiliated channels. With DirecTV, they make the channel in DirecTV correspond to the channel number of the affiliate...regardless of whether or not it is HD or Standard version of the channel. Comcast on the other hand only matches up the Standard def version of an affiliate channel with the affiliates advertised channel number and they put the HD version on some other high number channel. My wife and I have been having a major mental block on memorizing these high number channels and would really love it if TiVo had the ability to create channel labels that were intuitive...like, channel 210 is Fox...and not have to remember the broadcast call sign of the channel like WWZYM.

Any chance of this ever making it to the feature list?

Wrong channel tuning

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 05:19
More than once, I've noticed the mini tuning to a different channel than what I select in the grid guide. I select ABC, and the on screen guide says ABC, but the channel being shown is not ABC. I channel up, and channel down, then the video is correct .

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USB Ports Question

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 23:03
I'm getting the new Roamio for Xmas. Do the USB ports in the back allow you to play movies from a USB thumb drive? If so what formats, MP4 AVI DiVX etc...


downloading interrupted

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 17:52
Like so many others here, I started getting Failed, call interrupted on my Philips S1 after a few seconds of Downloading. DSL line, no call waiting, no other calls or gadgets connected. Tried new cord, another wall plug - no luck. Read other threads, but found no solution.

I have limited number of calls on a landline so connect only when all programming is gone - maybe twice a month - and unplug Tivo every night. Tech support was no help and phone line tested with another S2 Tivo that connected for preliminary setup. I got liffetime service and would hate to lose it, any ideas? Thanks

New Roamio install; blinking tuning adapter light, won't aquire channels

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 17:34
Not a happy customer right now.

Here's what's happened. Installed my new Roamio plus, ran through the guided setup, then added the cable card and got authorized by TWC. Then hooked up my tuning adapter but the light would come on and blink for about 10 seconds and always turn off. I restarted everything (twice) same results. Called TWC cable card people and after a 20 minute conversation he deemed the tuning adapter bad, so I run and get another one.
This one has a regular blinking (no 6 or 8 blink pattern). I called TWC cable card people again and spoke to Chris, who says he's done about 200 of these Roamio/Tivo setups. He has me unplug USB and power cable from TA and then plug back in the power only. He sends another hit to it but, again, it only just blinks steadily. He says it takes 6-8 minutes for it to do what it needs to do and then it should be a solid green light, but that never happens. We rinse and repeat this process a couple more times but to no success, same results.
He also had me keep the USB cable unplugged until he knew we had a solid green light, but that never happened.

I have the coax coming to my av cabinet to a 2 way splitter. One cable goes to the TA input and the other to Roamio. My coax is a higher grade that I personally installed about 3 years ago and the only other split in the line is where it comes into the attic (1 for internet modem and other going to av cabinet)

I might also mention that my acquiring channels screen always is at 50% and it doesn't crawl to 50%, it is just there when I get to that screen by pressing guide button. Eventually it gives up and gives the canned message that it can't get channels, etc. I didn't know if that's important to say or not.

He suggests that I get yet another TA but they're closed now (until Monday) so I'm stuck unless someone has some ideas I can try.

Correct range for Signal Strength & SNR? (and how will FiOS fix?)

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 17:07
Hi - I have a TiVo HD. The problem I have is that once or twice per recorded hour, the picture "glitches" (brief pixelation and loss of audio). An Internet search suggests this is a signal strength issue. I call TiVo. The rep takes me to the DVR Diagnostics page, where my Signal Strength i(SS) s pinned at 100 and my SNR is at 37dB. (for a couple of HD channels).

He says my SS should be 80-95 and my SNR should be 25-35. Three splitters later (20dB attenuation) I have my SS at 87 and my SNR at 34. I'll see if the problem goes away.

Question: Are these actually the recommended ranges?

Extra Credit - When the FiOS guy comes to fix it - will he actually adjust the ONT or will he just put a 20dB attenuator in the line?

Roamio doesn't see my PC

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:06
Installed a Roamio Plus yesterday. I also have a Premier and two S3's. Everything is connected via Ethernet cable. I've always been able to download shows to my PC (from wherever) and then transfer them to Tivo (using "My Shows", which listed my PC). The Roamio doesn't seem to see my PC (it doesn't appear in "My Shows").

If I open Tivo Desktop on my PC, the Roamio is listed. The Premier still sees the PC --- but the Roamio doesn't. I've tried with both default network settings and a static IP address (everything else has a static address). I've "reset" the router, rebooted the Roamiio (hard & soft) -- no luck. Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Series 1 download issues again

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:32
It's that time of the year.

My series 1 keeps dropping the daily call with "call interrupted". It happened on Dec. 14 & 15, then worked normally until the 19th. It gives a "call interrupted" about 10 seconds after the status swtiches to "downloading." Any other ancient Tivo owners (the Tivo is old, not the owner) having this issue?

I'll try PPP over serial on Monday. It doesn't want to work with a USB to serial adapter. I tried Windows 7 and Virtual XP mode. I've got to borrow a Windows XP notebook PC with a genuine serial port from work.

It's funny how this issue always happens at the end of the year. Unless it's just me this time and my Tivo is finally dying.

Transfer data from S2 to new Roamio?

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:19
Hi Everybody,

Apologies if this has been asked before, but I poked around and couldn't find the answer.

I have just purchased a new Roamio, but have not yet activated it.

My current S2 subscription is running out in a week.

So, I need to transfer all of the data on my current S2 (shows and ideally season passes) to my new Roamio.

What is the best way to do this? I have a Mac, but have not tried kmttg (will this work with a S2?).

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!


How about a way to shut off Auto Tune?

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:35
I wish there was an option to make it so you have to hit "enter" to change the channel. I don't know how many times I've accidentally bumped a single number on the remote and the Tivo changes to a channel that doesn't even exist. Of course then you lose any buffer on the channel you were watching.

Or is there a workaround I'm not aware of? I've only had Tivo for a couple of months. It's a Series 4 cable Tivo box.

I also sure miss the Reminder function to remind you of an upcoming show you wanted to check out but didn't necessarily want to record it. Every other DVR I've had included this option.

And maybe a clock on the face of the unit?

problem with kmttg built from latest source code

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:22
Some time ago I built kmttg from source so I could experiment with an idea I had. Periodically, I merge in the latest changes.

As of code trunk 2821 I've been getting an exception when I try to do a remote todo list.

Code: IOException - failed to decrypt safe contents entry: javax.crypto.BadPaddingException: Given final block not properly padded
        at com.tivo.kmttg.rpc.Remote.RemoteInit(Remote.java:206)
        at com.tivo.kmttg.rpc.Remote.<init>(Remote.java:152)
        at com.tivo.kmttg.main.config.initRemote(config.java:566)
        at com.tivo.kmttg.task.remote$1AutoThread.run(remote.java:57)
        at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source) This occurs also in 2823. Do you think this something I've neglected to merge into my build? Typically, I only merge in source code from the src... on down directory in the build.

Newbie with copy protection messages

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 11:44
Hello all,

I'm new to the Tivo Roamio Plus and these forums so I apologize if I'm posting in the wrong place.

I got my Roamio yesterday, had the cablecard installed and went on a rampage recording everything I could find. At night when I settled into watch it, I received two copy protection messages...

This was while a movie was recording on TMCHD:

And this was while recording HBOHD:

I had an external drive connected to my Samsung LED SmartTV at the time. Once I disconnected the drive, the message went away on the HBO show but it was too late as the Tivo deleted the TMC movie.

Is the dang TV somehow "telling" the TIVO there's a drive attached? I don't want to copy, move or transfer the shows...I just want to watch them, that's all and I'd like to keep the drive attached as I have lots of family home movies that we want to watch over the holidays.

Anyway, sorry if this is the wrong board but I'm not sure what to do short of disconnecting the drive as I don't want my shows wiped out automatically.

Thanks for any advice.
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Yes, 4TB drives are now available for all Premieres!

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 10:26
Weaknees is now offering 4TB internal drives for all Premiere models! I received the email yesterday. Apparently the proprietary technique they engineered for the Roamio has led to applying a similar mod to the Premieres. There are separate links on their website for each Premiere model:


I'm not sure I will bite on this upgrade for either of my Premieres, but I thought this would be of interest to the group.

Another HDCP with component and HDMI issue

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 10:13
Read over some of the other threads related to HDCP but none shed any light on the issue I am having.

New owner, TiVo Premiere.

Have it connected via component straight to my TV for "casual" watching.

Have it connected via HDMI to my AVR, then to TV for "home theater" use.

Have it set for 720p constant output. All was good until I was using the component out while listening to radio on the AVR. While flipping channels I hit upon a channel that was HDCP, and I got the "HDMI Connection not permitted" message". This forced down-convert to 480i over component.

I was able to keep changing settings until I got component to "re-synch" to 720p, and all was fine as long as I did not have the TV on component while the AVR was on, and TiVo tuned to HDCP channel.

Since then I lost "synch" again and cannot get it back over component no matter what I do.

I know what to do to prevent it from happening in my setup..........question is how do I fix it after it happens?? Thanks for any help folks.....

Former DirecTV TIVO Sub

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 09:25
Former sub with lifetime on 3 boxes. I moved from my home to a condo that doesn't allow dishes so I am stuck with cable. Called TIVO and they can only set me up as a new TIVO sub with no credit for having paid a lifetime subscription.

I want lifetime subscription. Do I have any options other than paying full boat for the box(es) and lifetime subscriptions?

Nothing on the guide listings after 12/31

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 09:16
I am not seeing any guide listings on my Tivo or online after 12/31. Is this just me or has the guide not been updated for everyone?

Series 2 trouble

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 07:14
I've had my Series 2 since 2005. Lately it seems to be having trouble changing channels. Sometimes it thinks it has changed the channel but still remains on the one it was on and I miss a show. Any ideas of what the problem is? Is it time to upgrade to a new Tivo? If it is time, can I have some suggestions of which models? Time Warner is my cable provider.

Will TiVo Mini work with my TiVo Premiere?

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 04:19
I have the first TiVo Premiere and I got my mom the TiVo Mini, She wants to be able to have the TiVo menu on here tv, as will as stream Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Can she do this with the TiVo Mini?