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how to re-build tv guide listings without erasing session pass?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 12:02
I recently moved to an new location but have the same TV provider and same cable card just new zip code (moved about 10 minutes away). My problem is the zip code changed my tv listings so how do you re-program the tv listings without erasing session pass or to do list or my shows? Some session pass shows due to tv channel changed when moved do not record.

Is a 1T My Book AV DVR Expander the largest a PRO can handle?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:29
We already own multiple 1T Western Digital My Book Expanders (and I see they can be hooked-up to the PRO), but is 1T the only size that can be used? I see Amazon sells a 3T MyBook but I have no idea if that would work on the PRO?

Is there a limit as to what size the external drive can be?

Moved over from the Hopper and loving Tivo

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:26
I moved over about 2 weeks ago after about 6 years away from Tivo. I have Roamio Plus with two minis. So far I am loving it. The interface is silky smooth and its wife/kid approved. My install went quickly even with a cabled card and tuning adapter and it all "just works". My wife mentioned that she misses having the commercials chopped out but that a small nit.

These may be features that I just don't know about, but I would have three asks to make my situation perfect....
1) Allow the mini to initiate a pull of video from Tivo Desktop
2) Some easy way to get my videos with DTS or 7.1 transferred to the roamio
3) Remote finders on the mini's

Can PRO remote control turn sound system on/off?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:10
I see on the TiVo screen an option that says:

Part 2: A/V volume and mute

I've gotten the remote to change the volume and mute, but how do I get it to turn it off? Does the remote control indeed do that? The TiVo site says it does... but I'm not sure how to do it? :confused:

From TiVo:

Control power, input, volume and mute of your TV and/or audio receiver.

I don't see where it actually powers the sound system on and off though.

HDMI Connection Not Permitted on Roamio

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:07
I have been having issues with my Roamio and Roamio Pro when connected to a Sony Receiver. On my Pro, I got around the "HDMI Connection Not Permitted" error by connecting the Pro directly to my TV and then digital audio out to the receiver. But my base Roamio was connected to the same model Sony (STR-DN1000) and then a projector. I have to connect to the receiver first. On the base Roamio, I was getting flashing green screens, not the HDMI error. I had another Onkyo receiver that I was able to swapout w/ the Sony and all worked great - for about a week. Now I get this "HDMI Connection Not Permitted" error. The detailed error talks about the TV not supporting HDCP. I have used this TV/Receiver/HDMI cables combo for 7+ years with DTV receivers with no issues or errors. I have tried three different HDMI 1.3 ver cables with no luck. I am at a loss as to what I need to do to get the Roamio to work with the receiver and projector. My only workaround for now is to use one of my Minis in the room to view recordings, but I'd like to get the Roamio, Receiver, Projector combo working again, like it did the first week after connecting it to the Onkyo receiver.

If anyone has run into this issue on a Roamio and has some ideas, I'd love to hear them. Thanks in advance.

Premiere to Roamio upgrade experience

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 09:55
Just sharing my experience upgrading from a Tovp Premiere with a WD MyBook DVR Expander with Tivo Stream to a Roamio Pro with a new WD MyBook in case this helps others as I had gotten some good tips from this forum.

My setup is Comcast and was upgrading replacing a Premiere to a Roamio into the same location in the entertainment center (no multi-room setup and one TV). The Motorola M-Card CableCARD I got a few years ago originally with the Premiere worked great. Just had to call Comcast and the re-pairing worked fine after being on the phone with Comcast for about 15 minutes calling the number which came up on the Tivo - didn't try the pairing-specific 800 phone number on the Roamio instructions. I was going to install the CableCARD later initially per the printed quick start guide, but the Roamio prompted it and worked fine.

The device to device transfer over a Gigabit Ethernet hub worked well overall - transferred about 150 hours of HD in a bit over 24 hours and didn't lose any shows. Also, someone mentioned that the date of the recordings got lost in the transfer, but it didn't happen for me as it preserved them.

I initially pulled the CableCARD, cable coaxial cable and the HDMI cable from the old Premiere onto the new Roamio and left them side by side during the setup/install. Then did the guided setup including the CableCARD re-pairing, and then started the Tivo to Tivo transfer.

I got a network error and the device to device transfer stopped once mysteriously too, but seemed like the Tivo was doing background tasks as the menus changed from SD to HD on some sub-menus. Just forced a connection to the Tivo service a few times and everything worked by trying it twice.

The season pass transfer from the old to the new on the Tivo.com website did't work at all (like a lot of people warned), so ended up doing that manually, but found some new channels while doing it and ended up cleaning up the season passes too - considered it spring cleaning.

Probably the oddest thing was that since the units were next to each other, the universal remote that I programmed with the old Tivo (actually did it for a older TivoHD) kept being recognized by both the Roamio and the Premiere.

I did have to manually delete the To Do list and Season Passes from the old Premiere too, but did it through the Tivo app on an iOS device for ease. Otherwise, the Premiere kept trying to record without a signal.

The Tivo app on my iOS devices worked well switching from the Premiere to the Roamio seamlessly. No glitches here at all.

After the transfer was completely done, then installed the new WD MyBook DVR Expander and that didn't take more than 5 minutes to recognize and install which was smooth and easy.

Then plugged in my Slingbox 500 into the new Roamio and everything worked great there as well with no tweaks needed.

The biggest gripe I had in the entire experience was that I had a friend order the Roamio Pro through tivo.com since he had a great corporate discount, and had to have him call them to transfer the ownership and had a bad CSR person via chat. What a pain it was, but after my friend called the main 800 Tivo number, the tivo.com website had the new Roamio show up extremely quickly onto my account.

Now going to give the old Premiere to a relative. And the family noticed the better quality of the HD Tivo main screen and enjoying the 6 tuners and the extra space for 600+ hours of HD. The box size seemed pretty similar but the front of the Roamio looks cheaper than the Premiere.

Let me know if I can answer any specific questions from anyone.

FS: 2 S4 TiVo's with lifetime, External Drive, Slide Remote, Stream, MoCA adapters +

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 09:51
I'm willing to selling things individually. Figured I'd post here before going through craigslist and or ebay.

TiVo Series 4 Premiere XL TCD748000, Lifetime Service
TiVO Series 4 Premiere TCD746320, Lifetime Service
Western Digital 1TB TiVo External Drive, Model: WD10000F032
Netgear MoCA Adapter Kit (2 adapaters), Model: MCAB1001
Netgear 85 Mbps (2) ethernet adapters and (1) ethernet 4 port switch, (2) XE103, (1) XE104
TiVo Slide Remote
TiVo Stream
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Shameless "There's the Rub" 2/9/14 **SPOILERS**

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 09:25
Oh Fiona, Fiona!! Boy are you a Gallagher!! Actually I was kind of surprised that she would take that hard drug her boss's brother had left. Did we see her (or even Kevin for that matter) take any hard drugs in the past? Yeah sure she is pretty loose sexually and she certainly can booze it up with the best but I don't recall seeing her take any hard drugs. In the preview from last week they showed her getting arrested but I couldn't figure out why. Could it be anything to do with Ian and his army problems - nah! But as soon as the brother left the drugs I knew it would have something to do with her getting arrested. All the Gallaghers seem to get into a lot of trouble but also but seem to be able to get out of it. This time I can't see any easy way for her to get out of this. It will be interesting to see how this plays out!


serial/IR suggestions needed.

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 09:20
I have used Serial on my cable box for one of my S2's since I've had it. Used analog for the other two that I had at the time. Now, since Charter has moved to full digtial, it has made me put another box in the mix.

Background...A few years ago, I started having problems with some of the channels(mostley channels over 100,but not all) where if you would change to channel lets say, 500, the cable box would change to 500, then to 501, 502 until it would finally stop on a channel it liked. I did receive all those channels but for some reason the communication from Tivo to cable box just didn't work. At the time, I tried to switch over to IR. That actually made things worse. If it would try and change to 54, I may get 5 or 4 or something other than 54. I did try and build a wall around the IR like was suggested at the time, but finally gave up and went back to serial.

Now, today, neither really is not working very well. This is with the new Charter switchover and new channel lineup. Serial is now working like the IR use to. Sometimes it works, and now sometimes it doesn't. For example, I tried to record a hockey game on MSNBC this morning at 3:30am. It was on channel 54. I got up to find I recorded channel 4. This is with serial. I have set up my other S2 with IR to see how it would work, and really it works the same way it always had, not very reliable.

I seem now to not trust any way to change channels on either S2's. Any suggestions on how I can fix this????

TW tuning adapter signal strength vs cable guy's meter

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 09:15
The signal strength that shows in the status screen of my Cisco STA1520 tuning adapter is consistently around -7 to -8 dB when I check it. I recently had a TW service person out (for another reason) and he checked my line at the box (in the ground), at the box on my outside wall of my house and at the termination point to my Roamio. Each time, with his equipment, he says I'm getting a +7 dB reading, and he sounded very happy with that reading. He even replaced my two coax splitters in the attic with TW splitters and he took off my POE filter (which I will put back on).

So, my questions... Does it sound right that the tuning adapter consistently shows -7 to -9 dB and his equipment basically shows the opposite?

Is there another place in the cable card menus where I can check the same dB strength to see if they match?

I'm not having any pixelation, sound drops or anything like that at all. He was called out because of one channel (G4HD) I was told I should get, but wasn't receiving. (Later researched this on my own and found out that G4HD was removed from TW cable system last Sep!?)

Is AT&T an exempt cable company?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 09:00
Over the years I have learned a great deal of useful information here. As a newb, I remember getting great advice on everything from how use the finer points in programing season passes to how to use a multiswitch for DTV. Thank you to all who’ve helped.

One of the things I learned on the TiVo Community Forum is that cable companies are required to offer cablecards for TiVos and other devices. So, here’s my newest question: Why is AT&T exempt from this regulation?

I now live in an area whose television is served by Comcast and AT&T. I have had a Comcast cablecard for years, although I get a huge amount of marketing material from AT&T who want me to switch to their U-verse service. When I call AT&T and ask about cablecards they give me evasive answers. Either they “don’t know what a cablecard is.” Or, they may “offer them in the future.”

Is AT&T not a cable service? Are they not regulated by the same organization (FCC?) that regulates Comcast, Time-Warner Cable, Cox, et al?

jmfs live cd options

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 06:24
i noticed there was an option to remove space for advertizements or something like that (i did not check the wording closely since i dont know what it does)

i was wondering does the tivo boxes store the commercials as separate files from the content? if so then would that option allow commercial free content?

Does Tivo/vendor offer a wall-plate MoCA solution?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 06:20
I am interested in using MoCA with my Tivo Premiere and I see a product listed on their website.

Does Tivo or another vendor offer a MoCA product where I could remove the existing Coax wall plate and replace with a MoCA product.

I would prefer this over trying to mount/secure the box somehow.

Please advise. Thanks.

Tivo search - cannot select YouTube results

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 06:19
Anyone else having this issue? I do a Tivo search (using the search button on the slide remote) and select the "YouTube results" link. That takes me to the YouTube player with my search terms highlighted. However, if I cursor down to one of the videos, I can scroll left or right but I cannot select a video to play it. This is 100% repeatable.

The YouTube player works correctly if I create the search in the player itself. Just not if I use the Tivo search.


Issues with Remote Finder

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 06:02
Is anybody else having an issue with the remote finder feature? I know it WAS working because when I was setting up my Roamio Plus (about a week ago) I accidentally hit the button and my remote started playing music. But when I tried it again yesterday, it was not working. The light on the front of the TiVo lit up indicating that I had pressed it, but no noise from my remote. Maybe I am doing something wrong?

I just wanted to see if anyone else had this issue before I called TiVo. Also, do you think it's an issue with the TiVo itself, or with the remote. If it's the box, I really don't care enough to try and exchange it (it's a nice feature, but not that important). If it's the remote, I would try and get a replacement for that.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! :)

tivo series 4 drive pairing?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 04:50
i was wondering a couple things.

1. where on the hard drive is the software stored?
is it near the 0 sector so if i was to downsize the hard drive i would not damage the software?

and how many gig does the software use?
because i am trying a new approach to a problem i have been having is i decided to clone the original 320 gig drive onto a ssd solid state drive i have but the ssd is only 240 gig so i know some data is going to be lost and that's ok as long as it is not the software.

i decided ssd because even though trim management is not going to work since the box does not know how to use trim the drive should be faster than the oem drive.

my problem is corruption of the show when ever there is any overlap and show 1 stops and the next show starts

and unexpectedly aborting the downloads via tivo to go.

so hopefully a ssd will solve that problem.

2. are the tivo hard drives paired to the serial of the box so if i buy a box on ebay that has no hard drive or a bad power supply is the drive then not going to work?

i wonder because i would like to get a broken tivo fix it to use to salvage the shows while i let the ssd continue with the recording without missing anything.

or can i connect the drive externally and salvage the shows

Antenna Booster - Live TV

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 00:56
We dumped DISH, switched to free TV and purchased the Roamio. We got the Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna and the reception was great except for one local channel in the LA area, Channel 2 - CBS. The picture quality would break up at times. So we purchased the Mohu Leaf with a the "amplified" signal booster to increase the range. When the booster is attached the signal for all channels is horribly messed up. When the booster is removed it works fine....except for once again having the same issues with the CBS channel. Thanks, Mike

upgrading an HD to a Roamio, how do I...

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 00:53
Sorry if this is a FAQ, I couldn't find it.

Bought a Roamio to replace my HD. I would like to transfer saved TV shows, but it's not really necessary, I could kiss all my saved recordings goodbye if being able to transfer them is going to cost money.

When I go to activate the Roamio, there doesn't seem to be any option to replace the HD. They just want to charge me more money per month to add a second Tivo. That's not an option for me, too expensive.

Anyone know where I go do deactivate the HD?

And if I do, will I lose access to all my saved shows?


Set all recordings to keep until I delete by default & how to show timeline?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 00:48
1. Is there a way to make all recordings "keep until I delete" by default instead of "When space needed"?

2. Is there a way to make the timeline appear while watching a recording besides pausing the recording?

romiao base model no cable card

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 00:41
i dont see any cable card slot on the $199 base model of the romiao and it is hard to tell in the picture of the top removed from the hard drive upgrade topic but i dont think there is even a cable card slot.

how do we get access to cable that requires cable card?

has the cable card technology gotten reliable and secure enough now they can put the decoder chip in the box permanently?

secure meaning that no more concerns of theft of service or hacking or even being stolen from 1 unit and used in another.

reliable meaning it wont fail and need replacing