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best option for Roamio with series3 too?

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 09:57
OK folks,

I just received a Roamio after posting up a thread here earlier. I have the new box up but need to get service. I have lifetime on the series 3 box I purchased from Costco a few years ago and am trying to figure my best path towards Lifetime on the Roamio. Is it 399 for existing subscribers? Do I sign up for monthly then call back a couple months later to find a deal on lifetime?

Tivo Series 2 - Restart when can't read screen

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 02:47
Restart question for Tivo Series 2:

My Tivo is suddenly so fuzzy, I can barely see anything. (It's not the TV. The TV looks fine with the Xbox or the DVD player)

I'm trying to restart, but I can't even read the on-screen menus. I got to the part where I chose "restart" but I can't read the next screen. One site said that the next step is pressing the thumbs-down button three times, then enter, but that isn't working.

It looks like 2 lines of text, and the first word seems to be "Warning."


FIOS Card Install - Roll Truck or Pick up from store

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 01:42
I want to get a Tivo Roamio, but I am curious if there is a way to get the cable card at a Verizon store or if they still require a truck to roll. Anyone have any experiences with what they had to do?

TiVo's at local WalMart

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 21:23
Was wandering through the electronics department at the local WalMart this evening looking for a Toslink cable when I was very surprised to see TiVo's on the shelf! 1 Premiere and 2 Roamio's.


Shows to binge-watch on Netfliux

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 21:19
Quote: Now that you no longer have to feel guilty about all of this, we've partnered with Netflix to help you pick out the shows you should be binge-watching right now.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...n_4221017.html I gotta catch up with Mad Men and I'm gonna check out Life.

I tried getting every Freaks and Geeks during the marathons but watching on Netflix is easier.

I haven't seen Community either. Or 30 Rock.

Update to HuluPlus??

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 20:52
Has anyone seen, or know if TiVo will get the new HuluPlus UI?

It just updated on my Roku 2 XS, it is similar to the new Netflix UI

Hulu HTML5 Callout to Developer

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 20:28
I have sent a request to HuluPlus via it's Member Channel

Funny thing about Hulu, it's driven by Money -- When a group comes up with an idea to increase that revenue they tend to push ideas a little faster. Hince this reason BBC content came into existing with full force. I figured, I would push those same little buttons to draw attention. Let's see how long it takes before I get a bite. I'll keep you posted on progress.

Hulu HTML5 Worldwide Request

Now that so many devices are supporting an HTML5 format with help from Opera SDK 4.0 it has allowed services Like Tivo to open more access to the new Netflix, Opera Tv Store and Hotlist. Pandora and Amazon are suppose to be releasing a newer version at a later time. A newer interface on this platform would enable newer subscribers that ability to join and enjoy the HuluPlus content plus it would eliminate network congestion to a low roar. Happy customers equal more value and income for the network. Plus as many are learning, switching to one platform for all to enjoy means one major update for everybody at once. This would make for one happy R&D team.

Tivo HD Truncated Backup

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 17:18
How large or what size should my truncated copy of my Tivo HD be?

Seagate 320gb HDD, ST303204N1A1AS-RK

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 16:32
Just bought a used HDD and I want to use it as a backup to my 1tb HDD that is in my Tivo HD.

The seller said it was already formatted. Do I have to do anything before using WinMFS?

Do I need to access WinMFS and run "Delete Format" on the new, used HDD I just bought?

Lost cable signal

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 15:38
I have a Roamio connected to Time Warner cable using a multi-stream cable card and a Cisco tuning card. This is the second time while traveling that after a few days Tivo looses the cable signal and no longer is able to record a show. I can see and communicate with Tivo and can stream shows that have been recorded before the signal loss. This happens whether I am home or away and is fixed by rebooting the Tivo. My suggestion to Tivo is to make a reboot available on or off site via a remote command to the Tivo unit. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. This has been a issue with other Tivo models but is really a problem with the streaming ability with its new generation.

Is it worth it?

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 14:18
I am new to this forum, and have read many horror stories, on many different sites, related to getting a CableCard activated, and want to know if the people that respond, think that the trouble and frustration was worth it.
I am currently a Comcast customer and do not have DVR service through them. I have the Xfinity HD triple play package. I have been thinking about adding DVR service for some time, then started hearing the ads on local radio about the TiVo Roamio, how easy it is to use and how much better it is than cable. But the stories regarding CableCards got me to thinking that switching to TiVo may not be such a good idea.
I know that, ultimately, the decision is mine to make, but I would appreciate your input.

Used price dropped

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 14:12
Looking at ebay Sold Listings, is it fair to say that a dual tuner Premiere is worth less than $300?

Goodbye Premiere forum

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 13:42
You treated me well. But now that i am fully upgraded to Roamio/Minis i no longer need you. Hope you treat the others good here...

(sorry guys.had to post...hated going to multiple forums )


Sat, 12/28/2013 - 12:47
IGNORE - didn't know this was in the Roamio forum, needlessly duplicate post


Great deal on a Tivo Roamio base model.

Best Buy offers the Roamio for $199 with a $50 gift card. They are also offering a $15 gift card for any purchase over $100.

BUT WAIT - they will price match Amazon @ $149, and they will still give you the $65 in Gift Cards, for a net price <$100.

(And you can then buy a second one, and use the gift cards from the first one to help pay for it, get another price match and another $65 set of gift cards).

I made this happen twice in the last two days in Austin, Texas...

Can't stream with Standalone stream from new Roamio Basic to Ipad

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 11:13
I've had the standalone stream for a few months and used it a bunch to stream and download from my good old premier. for Xmas i got a Roamio and moved the premier to another room (wireless). Now I can't seem to stream from the Roamio to my Ipad ( I can get it to download for offline viewing and I can stream from the premier, though since it's on wifi only, it sucks for that)

I've restarted the Roamio, restarted the Stream and re-ran setup in the ipad app....am I missing something?

What is the difference between Tivo and Windows Media Center?

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 11:10
It's been a couple years since we've had one of these threads and the tech seems to have advanced a little bit.

I can't find much detailed information about Windows Media Center but here's what I've gathered:

1) You can buy a 6-tuner Cable Card / Tuning Adapter adapter for PCs now. Meanwhile Tivo Roamio also now supports 6 tuners.

2) Windows Media Center doesn't seem to charge for TV guide data-- is this true? It seems to get a 14-day feed just like Tivo.

3) Does Windows Media Center support Tivo-like Season Passes?

4) Roamio has new features for streaming Internet sources which probably has caught up to WMC and it's various plug-ins.

So-- in your opinion, what is the advantage of Tivo over WMC these days?

TiVo Mini setup - Cannot update software

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 09:58

My first post, so please be gentle.

I purchased a TiVo Mini from Amazon for use with my TiVo Roamio Basic using Ethernet.

I am unable to get past the guided setup on the mini. It tries to update the software, but then just returns to guided setup. I do not believe the software update succeeds, because the software version shown using the Info button does not change and is not the latest version. No network error when going through guided setup.

Talked with TiVo support, and they said I should just return the mini. (I already paid lifetime when activating it!) My TiVo account shows the mini is activated. The Roamio works fine.

Anyone seen this before or have an idea how to resolve? I would rather not have to return it.


Suddenly getting "Could not get account status" on S3.

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 07:23
I didn't change anything on my system since it was last working. However, our network is always a little wonky so once in awhile it loses the DHCP server (or whatever that is) and I did have that error first...but a reset of the router and modem usually fixes it...which it did in this instance, too--except now I'm getting the "Could not get account status" error instead.

I've NEVER seen this error on this unit (an S3) before so I'm at a loss. I checked my System Info and it still says Lifetime so nothing on the box info went stupid. My other Lifetimed Tivos on the same network (connected via Moca) are working fine. The problematic S3 is using a Tivo adapter. The only other data point is this unit is on a timer for the tuning adapter issue, but I have been manually attempting connections during off times.

I'm pretty clueless about this stuff since my husband usually deals with it...but he's deployed. I know enough to reboot/reset and whatnot, but anything more than the basics are beyond me (like I pinged ping tivo.com from my laptop and it worked fine--0% loss) unless you can walk me through it like a 5yo (like messing with the Airport Extreme).

I was going to call Tivo, but from googling, it appears they just tell you to reboot stuff - and I've done that multiple times.


One more service withdrawn for AU/NZ

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 06:05

hello - I was just surfing, & found this article in the TIVO FAQS.

It is regarding the Home Networking Package & TiVo Desktop Plus Key, & suggests that this / these facilities are being removed from TIVO in NZ & australia. (no neww customers can purchase or obtain this facility).

Quote: This item is only available for purchase until 31 December 2013, and activations for this product will close on 31 March 2013. I'm guessing the activation part ends in MARCH 2014 (not 2013 as stated)

Tivo Premiere XL4 DVD Recorder with PRODUCT LIFETIME SERVICE!!!!!!!!!!

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 21:03
I also have an extended warranty purchased for this device that lasts until April 2nd, 2016