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TiVo Advisors Survey

Sun, 09/29/2013 - 08:22
Since upgrading the Premiere to the Roamio, I no longer follow the Premiere forum (I am sure I am not alone). And the thread for the survey is there, not here.

New survey came out today. TiVo is very interested in the feedback about the new Roamio (good and bad). They want to know when/how we watch TV especially how we find what to watch.

Install pyTivo on Synology server, Help needed

Sun, 09/29/2013 - 06:58
Hi, I bought a Synology Ds-413 NAS.

Can any one point me to a thread or help me to install pyTivo on my server.

I have installed Windows over a thousand times so I am somewhat computer literate. All the way back to DOS and windows 3.1, but I have NO experience with Linux. In that way I am a total newby.

So if any one can tell me what to do and in what order it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanx in advance

Multiple watchers ????

Sun, 09/29/2013 - 05:54
I have 3 Tivos, the one I use the most is an Elite. I like how you can Play from the beginning or resume playing.

My wife and I are on different schedules, I work midnights and she is on days. We watch some of the same shows.

What would be more useful is if I could watch a show and stop and leave it, and when she watches it she could stop and leave mine intact.

Basically be able to have 2 people watch the same show to different points and stop and save it at 2 different points.:up::up::up::up:

Only 1 person can watch a recording or controls it, it would be nice if 2 or more could watch the same show and pick up where they left off

If you implement this a check or a new Roamio would be appreciated

Hardware refresh likely?

Sat, 09/28/2013 - 20:07
A sorta "tivo culture" question: Is it likely that tivo will slightly modify their hardware if they see issues/features they'd like to fix/add and can't do with the current hardware?

I suspect not, but thought I'd ask before I get my Roamio pro. I can likely last a few month more with my failing HD series 3 which is getting glitches (random reboots) so would do so if there is any chance of a HW mod.


-- Owen

Next Week, On....

Sat, 09/28/2013 - 19:20
I've noticed this on CBS with the start of the new season.

Pretty much every single episode has one of the main characters say the line "Next week on <Name of Show>...." and then they run their regular preview clip.

It keeps coming across as weird and jarring, like some flashback to the '70s, and then even weirder, the preview is just their regular, modern preview so it will ALSO usually say "Next week" or "Next time" or something, as though they were made before the little soundbites.

So---what's up with that? It seems to be policy for EVERY CBS show I've watched this season. It really adds nothing (and is redundant to the preview itself) and I'm finding it really distracting and annoying. It's like I can hear the CBS execs saying to the actors, "You have a contract with us now----DANCE for us, monkey!"

TiVo USB IR Adapter

Sat, 09/28/2013 - 13:58
Brand new. I received it with the Mini Wall Mount Kit, and I don't need it.

TiVo.com price: $15.00.

I'll take the same and ship it to you free. PayPal ONLY.


Verizon FiOS now charging whopping $5 per card

Sat, 09/28/2013 - 13:50
As of September 2013, Verizon is now charging $5/month for each CableCARD. Absolute highway robbery!

Optimum (Cablevision), my previous cable provider only charged $2 per card. Comcast customers get their first card free of charge and second card at a subsidized cost if its for use in the Series3. Meanwhile Verizon customers with S3 are getting screwed over and now paying $10 per month, QUADRUPLE what a Comcast customer pays to operate an original Series3 OLED.

What can be done about this? Aren't FCC rules and regulations in place to ensure cable companies don't engage in this kind of unethical price gauging aimed at discouraging use of third party hardware??

CableCARD/Tuning Adapter Issue Charter Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Sat, 09/28/2013 - 13:43
I am having an ongoing issue with my Tivo Romeo Pro tuning in certain premium and premium HD channels on Charter Rancho Cucamonga's switched digital system.

Additionally I am only able to record 4 shows, not 6 at a time.

My CableCARD is Cisco and the firmware is OS Ver: PKEY1.5.2_F.p.1601

Charter has been out over a half dozen times and switched out the CableCARD and Cisco Tuning Adapter over and over again.

When everything is rebooted I get all of the channels but within 20 minutes they start dropping. Even the ones that seem stable, can randomly drop and I end up with a recording of a black screen.

Charter is blaming Tivo.

How can I have resolve this ASAP?

View TiVo content in Web browser on PC?

Sat, 09/28/2013 - 12:33
I believe someone mentioned within the past few months that they saw a demonstration at one of the trade shows for streaming TiVo content to a Web browser on a PC. Is anyone aware of plans for TiVo to actually make this available? This would save me the expense of an HD HomeRun (plus Comcast's additional outlet fee & CableCARD) so I could watch broadcast TV on my PC. (Comcast recently encrypted ALL channels in my area which renders the clear QAM tuner card in my PC useless.)

(This would be streaming content from a Roamio Plus/Pro.)

Failure to record 'No longer in guide'

Sat, 09/28/2013 - 11:53
This past week I've had three instances where my Roamio Plus with upgraded 3TB hard drive has failed to record a show due to the show being 'no longer in guide' according to the Tivo history. I am on Comcast in Salt Lake City, UT.
The three instances this week were:

Tues 9/24 New Girl at 8pm on channel 655 (FOX). It was aired as my recording for The Mindy Project following New Girl recorded properly and had the end of New Girl on it due to padding.

Wed 9/25 Top Chef Masters at 8pm on channel 707 (Bravo). A later airing was a recorded. A lineup change for this channel did occur on 9/17 - the guide info was for the East Coast feed originally while I receive the west feed. This probably explains this issue.

Thurs 9/26 The Michael J Fox Show at 8:30 on channel 653 (NBC). The episode at 8pm recorded properly. A repeat of the episode was recorded on Fri 9/27. When I look back at the guide data the 8:30 episode shows up, so no idea why it didn't record.

Any thoughts on why this might have happened? I never saw this in my 3 years with my Premiere.


I like the mini, but doesn't work with Media Share (pytivo)

Sat, 09/28/2013 - 11:00
I like the mini, but it doesn't work with my Media Share (pytivo) - this is something I am hoping TiVo will eventually fix.

I installed the Mini yesterday and immediately noticed that I cannot access my video library with it.

That didn't necessarily surprise me, neither pyTiVo nor TiVo desktop support MRS and the Mini doesn't have local space for a transfer. But it is still a little disappointing. I am hoping that TiVo will provide some future solution.


- Automatically Initiate an MRV transfer onto the host device, or
- allow MRS using the TiVo desktop solution, or
- create a new local streaming app using the Opera HTML5 App Store.

Tivo Mini looses connection when turning off TV with Roamio connected

Sat, 09/28/2013 - 09:31
I have Roamio Plus and 3 Mini's. I've found that when I turn the TV off that's connected to my Roamio the Mini looses connection to the Roamio, an error message is displayed. If I go back to the Tivo Menu the Mini is still connected to the Roamio as I can view the recorded shows and watch/stream the Live TV.

I have MoCa bridge set on my Roamio with connection to my LG SmartTV so maybe when the TV turns off it's funkin' up the connection. Anyone else encountering this?

Buying a Tivo for my parents

Sat, 09/28/2013 - 08:59
my folks have decided to get a tivo with OTA. I"m looking at the base S5 with lifetime.

I don't see why i couldn't buy it under my account & get the multi service discount for a total of $600. Activate it at my home & do the first service update/set up so i can get it sorted correctly 'cuz face it- my folks are not the most technically inclined. Then give it to my folks.

is there any reason why this isn't ok? Billing wise or technical wise?

Only 5 of 6 tuners work - is that b/c of Mini?

Sat, 09/28/2013 - 06:05
I have the Roamio Plus, and was tapping the "Live TV" button this morning to switch between tuners, just to make sure they were all working. Five of the tuners work fine, but the sixth tuner gives me a "Channel not authorized" message, even for channels that I know I have. I tried this with 3 or 4 different channels.

Is this because of the Mini I have in the house? Will the Mini hold onto that tuner in a situation like this, where it isn't essential to the Roamio? We last watched that Mini before bed last night. It's fine if it is, but I want to make sure that my Roamio isn't defective.

Tuning adapter with cable modem on same outlet

Sat, 09/28/2013 - 00:35
Can someone tell me the proper way to hook up a cable modem, tuning adapter, and tivo using the same outlet.

I recently moved the cable modem/router from one room to the same room as the roamio. I had very few problem with tuning problems with the cable modem in another room, now with it on the same outlet I am receiving quite a few more tuning issues.

It comes out of the wall into a two way splitter. One end goes into the tuning adapter and uses the pass though to go to the Tivo. The other end is going into the cable modem/router.

Is that the correct way or am I missing something?

Looking for Ideas on Resolving MoCa Networking Issue

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 22:22
This seems to be so simple, but it's got me scratching my head. First, let me preface this by saying I have 1 Roamio Plus and 3 Mini's currently working on my MoCa network. I have Comcast and have a MoCa adapter connected to my modem and router. I have my Roamio connected via coax on separate floor. The Mini's are scattered throughout the rest of the house connected by coax / MoCa connection. These are all working fine, streaming to the Mini's.

So here's what's troubling me. I wanted to split the coax at my Mini in the basement so I could connect my SmartTV via ethernet (hard wire) instead of wireless. I installed a splitter at the coax coming out of the wall. I then connected the coax from splitter to my Mini. The Mini is then unable to get a MoCa connection. I can't think of any reason why a coax line now running to the Mini and getting a MoCa connection is unable to get a MoCa connection after putting in the splitter.

I've tried connections at other coax connections coming directly from the wall to my other Mini's and same issue, no MoCa connectivity. I've also tried a different splitter as well as a different coax cable.

Seems this should be simple to just put a splitter in and maintain the MoCa connectivity. So I'm looking for ideas as to why and how to resolve this.

The Big Bang Theory S07E01E02 Hofstadter Insufficiency/Deception Verification 9/26/13

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 21:49
What's TCF without a Big Bang Theory thread?

FIOS - pixilation on Premium channels

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 19:38
I think I have read a thing or two on cable card issuer with FIOS, so I thought I would start a thread.

I am going to try a few different attenuatiors, but it is odd that it only happens with the premium channels.

Nope: as I expected, the attenuators didn't work. I know Margaret reported:

Quote: The NEXT update (maybe in two weeks?) should include:
- a fix for the "green switch" problem
- support for older versions of CableCARDS from FiOS I hope that will fix the pixilation on Premium FIOS channels

Pro black-screen tuner failure, but Mini works!

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 19:01
Hi Folks,

I'm a Cox customer in south San Diego county, which is SA/Cisco territory. I purchased a Pro and a Mini a couple of weeks ago and have been experiencing an intermittent live-tv tuner failure issue. At times, 50% of the channel changes fail with a black screen. At other times it works well as I select sequential channels with the channel up/down button.

I've looked at other threads here containing various tuner problems, and I've seen this black-screen issue mentioned before. Most of the threads seem to reference failures to use all of the tuners available on the cable card, but I'm not sure that's my problem. As a test, I started six simultaneous record sessions, all channels encrypted as reported by the CCI variable being 0x02. I confirmed that the six encrypted channels were actually being recorded by looking at the content, first with the Mini and then with the Pro. All was well. I then stopped the recordings and confirmed once again that all six had appropriate and unique content. I would assume that all six of my tuners are working correctly.

But this is interesting: the problem is mostly non-existent when tuning live-tv on the Mini! I've tested this by confirming that the Pro was failing most channel changes, then running upstairs to find that the Mini was working perfectly on the SAME channels the Pro was failing! I repeated this experiment a number of times with similar results. So why would the Mini's tune requests to the Pro work, while the Pro's own requests to itself fail? This doesn't make any sense, but it is what it is, and suggests an issue in the Pro itself.

Some threads here suggest that the cable card's firmware needing updating. But wouldn't stale cable card firmware affect both Pro and Mini channel selection?

Here are my stats:

90-db signal strength
35-db SNR
Manuf ID: 259
Firmware: PKEY1.5.3_F.p.0601

Cox also supplied a Cisco STA1520 Tuning Adapter.

For the record, the Mini does fail to tune from time-to-time, I'd guess maybe 1% of channel changes, versus 50% on the Pro (at times). I've also had the "waiting circle" a time or two that required a Mini reboot.

Don't get me wrong, the Pro and Mini are great, and I'm happy with the purchase. I'm sure that Tivo will fix this issue soon since it (or a variant) seems to be affecting multiple customers. Indeed, I'm going to purchase a few more Mini's.

Does TiVo mini work with pytivox ?

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 18:31
Is the TiVo mini able to read from a Pytivox share?

Id like to add a TiVo in my basement and the mini looks like it would be great price-wise