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Roamio Basic Stuttering

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:18
I've started having a strange problem w/ my 3 month-old Roamio Basic. Often when watching a recorded program the audio (mostly) and sometimes the video will stutter.

I thought perhaps it was an issue w/ the cable feed but last night I switched over to watching the live version of the program I was recording and did not experience the stuttering. I'm assuming that when watching Live I am seeing a passthru of the incoming signal and not actually playing back the recording disk stream in real time. Is that correct?

This morning I played back a portion of the recorded program that had been stuttering while recording and it was fine.

I'm wondering if the stuttering was perhaps only occurring while I was also recording on another tuner. But I believe all tuners are always recording whatever channel they were last tuned to, so maybe something else is going on. I'm going to try and gather more scenarios but this doesn't happen on every recorded show.

Has anyone experienced a similar problem?

Atlantis (BBCA)

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:43
Is Atlantis worth watching? I missed recording the first episode and I'm wondering if it's worth downloading that episode to catch up? Or should I not even bother with this show?

Central Texas Time Warner CC/Tuner Best Practices

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:46
I have an active thread in the Help section about this, but after reading some of the suggested threads, I decided to launch another thread here with more specific information.

It seems that my problem (randomly dropped channels/tuning) might be related to the CC firmware version and/or the number of tuners I have active. I have a Roamio Pro and I'm in the Central Texas Time Warner region. I currently have all 6 tuners active and if I've looked at the right area in CC diagnostics, the firmware version on the CC is 1.5.3_F.p.0601.

Should I try to get a firmware upgrade?

Should I reduce tuners to 5 or 4?

Chris

Trying to decide: Trade or Sell?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 10:59
I have a Series 3 that I purchased from Weaknees with a total of 750 MB hard drive space. It no longer works - it powers up with all lights on and never completes the boot. It has Lifetime service.

It has been sitting around my office and I have finally decided to get it out of my house to make some room.

I contacted Weaknees and they said they would give me $50 for it which seems a little low, but it would be a no hassle way of getting it out of here.

I have no idea what it might be worth to someone who has experience with fixing broken Tivo's.

Anyone interested in this Tivo? Any advice on how to get it out of my house?

Show Not Recorded "No Signal"

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 09:34
Last night, three shows scheduled to record at 9PM, did not, all three with the message "No Signal". Another show at 9:30 showed the same status, so I looked back through more of the recording history and found what appear to be random shows not being recorded with the "No Signal" error.

I've also noticed that the tuner seems to "go to sleep" after not being used for a while. For example, I'll turn on the TV in the morning and there's nothing there. Toggling the channel up or down "wakes" the tuner and programming appears.

We've been listening to Pandora lately, but not as far back as some of the shows that claim to have not been recorded because of no signal.

Is there a reason that the signal would randomly drop?

Is there an "uptime" monitor where I can see when the signal is up or down?

Should I change a setting such that the tuner never "sleeps?"

This is a Roamio unit on Time Warner with a CableCard and a Cisco tuning adapter.

Thanks,

Chris

The Blacklist 12/2/2013 "Anslo Garrick, Part 2"

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 08:19
Obviously Alda is either CIA or NSA. That is the only way they could get access to everything the FBI has.

Too much Spader being beaten and not enough witty quips. Will be nice to see if Ressler gets a soft side.

Mini was *almost* a bust for me.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 07:38
So, after getting my roamio pro up and running which replaced an original S3, I decided to stop into bestbuy and pick up a mini (price-matched, without any issue with Amazon for $86).

After dealing with all of the normal(?) hassles of setting this thing up (kept getting V70 error trying to see the Roamio), I finally found the magic combination of reboots and network connections to the mother-ship to make it work. That wasn't the problem.

The whole idea for the Mini was to replace my 2nd S3 (to get rid of two cable cards which Comcast charges an arm and a leg for...). I finally moved the Mini to that room, only to discover that it doesn't have optical digital out. Okay, my fault for not recognizing that earlier. But my (VERY EXPENSIVE) processor was built before HDMI existed, so I'm somewhat stuck. After trying a bunch of things, and realizing that my TV will not spit out optical digital out of the audio it received via HDMI, I decided that I was willing to deal with analog stereo out for a brief period of time while I try to solve that issue. So, I dug out a breakout cable, and hooked it up, and all was working...Or so I thought.

Already disappointed (again, my fault for not realizing that the mini didn't have optical out), I found that every single time we turned on the TV, the Mini would reboot. Well, that sucks. And was bad enough for me to decide to return the mini, and cancel the lifetime service. (I did do some research to find out that this is a problem others have had...but having to spend another $50 or so on an HDMI switch to "solve" the problem doesn't seem like a good solution to me.)

But, then I realized that instead of replacing the S3 box, I could replace the Comcast DVR (YUCK!) in the basement theater. That is using a modern processor that supports HDMI, so no optical issue there. However, the set up downstairs is a bit more complicated because there are multiple zones (the projector in the theater, and the tv in the workout area). What had to work, for this to be a viable solution, was that the Tivo remote could fully control the TV in the workout area, while the Harmony ran the theater.

I got it all set up, and went to the remote codes for the TV. There is only one. Guess what? It doesn't work. *sigh* Another failure. I went to get the Mini's box from my computer desk to pack it up for return. But I did a quick google search for my TV brand and Tivo. Sure enough, other people had complained about the same issue, but one person posted a code that they said worked for theirs. I tried it. It worked.

So, one less returned Tivo Mini, but I'm less than impressed overall. That being said, I now need another Roamio to replace the other S3, and 3 more Minis for my kid's rooms! I love Tivo.


EDIT: But Wait! The story isn't over! I just ordered an HDMI switch for $8.30 from Amazon. That isn't too terrible...but Tivo should still fix this HDMI handshake issue!

HIMYM "Rehearsal Dinner" OAD 12/2/2013 *spoilers*

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 02:05
Thought this episode was better than some of the more recent eps. It was a good mix of moving stuff forward in the wedding timeline, flashbacks to traditional stories with the gang, and then some surprise and heart at the end.

So now Ted knows about Marshall being a judge and staying in New York. Between that, and meeting the Mother (obviously), it looks like that's going to kill his Chicago plan.

No Marshall this time. Supposedly he's walking to the Inn from where the bus broke down and he's only five miles away. How contrived is that. Like he wouldn't call a taxi or call Ted/Lily and have them find a car to come get him.

Saw Cristin Milioti's name in the credits, so I thought we'd get another scene with the Mother, but then she never showed up. Is she just listed as a regular in the credits for this entire season, even though she's only been in about four episodes?

I am selling my Lifetime Elite and Roamio Pro

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:07
I have listed on eBay my Lifetime Elite with extended warranty, Stream and Slide remote...

Roamio Reboot?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:39
Tonight the Roamio Plus rebooted by itself while watching live TV and was in the process of recording two shows.

It is on a UPS.

I cannot remember the Premiere doing this in three years of use!

Is this a known issue? Is there a log that will help determine what happened?

Thanks

Can't remove remote battery cover

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:06
This HAS TO be the stupidest post ever = I have the original remote that came with the Series 4 - Premier (I think) remote is dead - I can't for the life of me figure out how the battery cover slides off.

Premiere freezes with 2 recording and 2 following

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 20:01
My wife has had this happen several times. Premiere XL (2 tuner) is recording 2 shows. There are 2 shows that she will be recording directly afterward.

She is watching one of the 2 currently recording shows, but not live, it's delayed so she is ~10-15 minutes behind.

She gets the "do you want to change channels" pop up for the first new show, she says yes, change the channel, then she gets the second pop up, but the menu freezes and she can't select anything. The show continues to play in the background.

Any ideas?

Remote code needed for iLive soundbar.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 19:13
Me and the wife impulse bought the $35 soundbar that walmart had on Black Thursday lol and I can not get the audio to control from a S2 remote.

It's not the best Soundbar in the world so I didn't expect much, but the speaker on our bedroom lcd are total crap so this one sounds like a dream compared.

None of the codes worked and the auto find mode never responded but it was using mute as key indicator that you were on the right code which worries me seen as the remote will not mute my Lcd speakers using the correct code for it. Holding down on top of the four way control on the S2 remote makes the volume go up so I know the remote has the ability to use it if I had the correct code.

New TV Lineup

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 16:00
When do new TVs usually get released by the manufacturers? It looks like around March/April? Specifically looking at Samsung/Sony ~60" LEDs.

Channels not tunning

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 13:12
I have had my S3 for many years and have had issues with channels not tuning. They will come in as just a black screen. I can usually just use the other tuner and it will come in fine. I bought the new Roamio hoping this would go away but it didn't at first. Comcast just pushed a firmware update out to my cable cards and that fixed the Roamio's issues, but I am still having this same problem on the S3. Is anyone else having this problem?

Will a lifetime Mini work in another home?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 11:17
A friend wants to test out the Mini in their home. They have a 4 tuner Premiere with lifetime. Will my lifetime Mini work if I take it to their home to test out, or is it a waste of time and energy?

The Good Wife (OAD 12/1/13) "The Decision Tree" (Spoilers)

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 09:49
Wonderful, wonderful episode. One of the best 100th episodes of any series, ever.

Eli Gold's spit-take at the very end of the episode is an instant TV classic. Perfectly timed, perfectly edited.

Roamio Download to iPad

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 09:15
Does anyone here download shows from their Roamio to their iPad from out of home? I'm trying to get an idea of a typical file size for those downloaded shows. Will it be the traditional 6-7GB per HD hour? Or are the files compressed and scaled down significantly to account for the limited space on a tablet? Thanks!

Do the Mini outputs work simultaneously?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 09:02
I want to output video and audio to my receiver using HDMI while at the same time outputting audio to my whole-house audio distributor using the A/V breakout jack. Do the outputs on the Mini work simultaneously to allow this to work?

selling a tivo series 2 what do I need to do?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 08:55
I am selling my Tivo series two with lifetime service, is there anything I need to do before shipping it out? I have deleted everything through the setup screen.

Thanks

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