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Hulu Plus displaying in 4:3

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:33
Watching HD (16:9) Hulu Plus programs on my Tivo Roamio but they're displaying in 4:3 format. Yes, this is an SDTV. However, when I do the same thing on my PS3, they display correctly (Letterboxxed). The Tivo knows the tv is SD and 4:3 format, and HD recordings display correctly. Any reasons why this could be happening? Yes, I know I could use the PS3, but it's a pain switching back and forth. Also, yes, I would MUCH prefer an HDTV, but with a possible cross country move via plane coming up, I don't really want to buy a tv right now only to have to leave it behind (Fedex and UPS refuse to insure TVs when shipping them).

Stream guide with *new* tag

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:33
The Tivo on-screen guide indicates new shows/episodes with a *new* tag. Why can't the Tivo Stream App do the same thing? It shows *new* in the description, but not in the list.

New Update ?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:12
I just saw that my Roamio had a Pending Restart. I did the restart and it said it was installing an update.

The version is now

I had not seen any talk of an update recently so I thought I would post about it.

FYI: I am not a beta tester.

I did think that RC1 in the version seemed interesting...maybe it's been there before and I did not notice.

I have not had time to see what may have changed yet.


Recording CNN Student News via Podcast...how?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 14:54
Yep, I'm trying to record CNN Student News.

For some reason, my Tivo isn't finding it at 3am on HLN like it used to.

So I thought I'd try recording the Podcast.

It appears that Tivo has changed how it does web videos and I just can't figure this out.

Please help.

PS: Here is the CNN Student news page:


Free Tivo Discount Code

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:47

Can iPad Stream Live from Any Tuner?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:35
I'll be getting my Roamio Pro in a couple of days and I'm looking forward to being able to watch recorded and streaming live from my iPad...I think it does all of that with the Tivo app, right?

Well, my question is this:

Can you use the Tivo app on the iPad to watch any of the six tuners on the Pro, or are you restricted to watching the tuner that's being watched on the TV?

Does out of home viewing work the same?

S03 errors, AGAIN!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:16
After years of good service, I started getting a S03 error on one of my TiVoHD last August. I did the C&DE and all was well again. However, the same TiVoHD is getting the error again. Will a new drive eliminate this?

After doing more research here,I see several mentions of putting the TA on a timer so the TiVoHD can do GC. Does this work? Will it correct the current S03 condition or do I need to do the C&DE before implementing the timer?

Squaretrade warranty with TiVo AP discount?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:27
I am about to pull the trigger and get aTiVo mini with my Advisory Panel discount. Will also get it lifetimed as well. I have been wanting to give Squaretrade a try and this seems like the best opportunity to do so.

However, I am wondering what price I should go by for getting the actual warranty. The FINAL price of the product (around $25) or the price BEFORE the discount ($99). I realize the difference is only a few bucks anyway (3yrs for $15 vs $8.50), but just wondering.

Anybody get a Squaretrade warranty for a mini with the AP discount?

Switching to channel lineup that does not have separate numbers for SD and HD version

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:04
Time Warner sent me a brochure explaining that they in a month or so, they will switch to a new channel lineup, which will have only one channel number per "content channel", rather than current 3 (analog, SD digital, and HD), and that it will automatically pick the best quality possible. Has anybody had experience with something like this? If so, how well did it work with your Tivo (BTW, I have a tuning adapter)? In particular, I am curious if these work:
  1. Tivo was able to properly tune to HD versions of the channel
  2. Season passes were still valid
  3. Disabled/favorite channels were carried over to the new locations
  4. Wishlists were OK (for example, still able to pick up HD channels only)
Note that this is not the same as having 3 channels numbers and auto-tuning to highest quality one regardless of which one was entered (although something like that may be the way it is implemented under the hood); from user perspective, there will be only one number.

Can't login to Pandora

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:45
Since we got the new Pandora app, I haven't been able to login to it. On my computer, I've gone to Pandora's website and logged in there but those credentials don't seem to work in the Pandora app anymore.

Has anyone else had this problem?

Luckily it works fine on my Roku. It seems like I'm saying that more and more lately... :(

Roamio tuner issues.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:43
I had a Premiere XL in my living room and a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a severe video pixelization and audio cutout issue. I did a couple of reboots including the tuning adapter, swapped out the coax cable, splitter and everything from the wall to the Tivo. No changes with that situation, so I plugged in the coax cable to my TV, ran through the tuner detection process and had the unencrypted channels come up OK on the TV.

So, since it seemed like the Tivo was the issue and that the same unecrypted channel on the TV (USA SD version) was having bad video/audio issues on the Tivo, I assumed it was either the CableCard or the tuning adapter that were suspect. I called Charter and had them come out a couple of Saturdays ago to swap out the cable card and tuning adapter. Once they paired both devices to the Tivo, everything was working OK again.

Well, it was for only a day and a half, as the Tivo started to act very odd. Numerous channels were coming up with V58 errors and some channels were having V53 errors. I would tune to channel 2 (Fox local broadcast in SD) and would get channel 702 content (HD version of local Fox broadcast). Tuning channel 702 would come up with a V58 error on that channel. It was like the entire channel map was screwed up for this Tivo and only this Tivo. The other two Premiere XLs, the Premiere XL4 and the Roamio Pro around my house were working without any issues with correct channels.

I called Tivo and they were thinking that the Guided Setup information was all borked up, so they suggested to redo Guided setup with completely wrong information, so it would delete everything currently on the Tivo. Once it was done, they suggested to do the same thing with the correct guide information, thinking it would be all correct once it was redone. Went through this, no luck as I had the same issue. Tivo then suggested to do a Clear Everything and Delete, then run through Guided Setup again, which also ended up without any success. So, it was assumed the tuner on the Tivo was defunct and it needed to be replaced. Thankfully, it was still under an extended warranty through Squaretrade, so shipped it off to them.

Fast forward to yesterday, when I was setting up the Roamio Pro replacement and ran into the same issue yesterday. I had called Charter and had them pair the CableCard to the new Roamio Pro and according to the Tivo cheat sheet on CableCards, the CableCard was paired and supposedly working OK. I checked the Roamio Pro in my basement and since everything was working, I knew what looked "right" on the CableCard screens. The CableCard screens looked the same from both devices, so I assumed the new Roamio Pro was working correctly.

So, as it stands, the only common element right now between the previous Premiere XL and the current Roamio Pro are the CableCard, the tuning adapter and the coax cable + splitter. The only thing I can guess at this point is that Charter has the channel map for the CableCard so screwed up in the pairing process that the Tivo doesn't know what to do. Either that, or the CableCard has gone defective after being in use for 36 hours in the Premiere XL and it's still wonky in the new Roamio Pro.

I checked the SNR and signal strength and for the Roamio Pro, the SNR is in the low 40s (40-42) and signal strength was 100%. I tried putting a 3-way splitter with a -7db drop on it to try and decrease the signal, though when I did that, the Tivo complained about C133 errors and then MoCA stopped working, as well as the picture. I have a number of attenuators on the way from SmartHome.com, though they won't be on-hand until Thursday. The attenuators were ordered because all of my Tivos seem to be running with a SNR of 37-39 and I know Tivo prefers them in the 32-35 range.

I have a service call scheduled for tomorrow morning from 8-10AM with Charter, with the rep bringing a new CableCard and tuning adapter just in case.

Would it make sense that the CableCard and/or the tuning adapter is the issue and that swapping one or both devices out would make the difference? Since it's pretty much the exact issue between devices, I'm guessing the new Roamio isn't the issue. Could the high SNR be causing the Tivo's tuner not to work correctly and cause channel mapping issues? If it's a signal issue, the Charter tech should be able to check it with his test unit and see if it's running too hot.

I'm fresh out of ideas between a defective CC/TA issue or a signal issue from the wall jack. Anyone have any fresh ideas?

Sherlock "The Sign of Three" PBS OAD 01/26/14 SPOILERS

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:00
Really? No comments at all on what I thought was a drop-dead hilarious episode of Sherlock? Definitely the funniest of the entire series.

I don't think I've laughed out loud as much for any episode of any show in several years. And when I wasn't guffawing, I was chuckling or saying "Awww..." at the tender moments.

This version of Mary Morstan Watson is very appealing -- she has great chemistry with both Watson and Holmes.

Mini MRV'd to TivoHD through Roamio?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:28
I just purchased a Roamio Pro and already own a two Tuner TiVoHD, which I read will have no issues MRV'ing with the Roamio. If I bought some Minis, would they be able to MRV to the old TiVoHD, by going through the Roamio?

MRV and On-demand

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:25
Just purchased a Roamio and confirmed that Xfinity On-demand is available for TiVos in my area.

1) If I purchased some Mini's, would they have independent access to On-demand too?

2) Will I be able to access On-demand with an old 2 Tuner TivoHD MRV'd to the Roamio?

POE Filter outside the house?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:08
Previous house owner had the cable company split the main coax line outside the house.... and from the splitter, multiple coax cables are traving along the outside of the house separately before coming inside in different places.

Assuming I need to put the MoCA POE Filter before that first splitter outside the house to ensure that i don't cut off any parts of the house from the MoCA signal.

My question is: Is the MoCA POE Filter built to be outside in cold/rain/snow? Will keeping it outside damage it?

Thanks for your feedback!

UI Irritations - any solution/workaround for these?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 08:58
Now that I've been using our Roamio for a month, there are a couple of things that irritate me about the UI and I'm wondering if there's just some way of dealing with these that I just am not aware of coming from the S3.

1. Getting to the first episode in a folder - On the S3, I used to just hit channel down until I was at the bottom of the folder, which either left me at the episode I wanted to play or on the 1 line ad, and I just had to arrow up once. But now at the bottom of the folders on the Roamio there's the ad plus a bunch of other things. If I page down I'm often left needing to arrow up a number of times to get to the first show. Is there any way to just go to the bottom show rather than the bottom of the whole folder?

2. Viewing episode descriptions - On the S3, you could use channel up/down to scroll through the episode descriptions within a folder. I've started to get used to backing out, up/down arrowing, and going back in. Except the list of shows is not fully drawn when you back out, and it refreshes between the time that I go back to the list and the time that I hit the up/down arrow, which always leaves me highlighting the show I just looked at. I usually go too fast about 3 times in a row before I can force myself to pause and wait for the list to redraw before moving to the next show. Is there any solution to this other than "learn to be more patient"? :)

NETFLIX REBOOTS: Where's the fix?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 08:48
Tivo Margaret had mentioned a fix to this coming in the December release last year that didn't seem to materialize.

Would love to know what the deal is and when we can expect a fix.

To MoCA or Ethernet... That is the question

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 06:48
I am finally back to the Tivo family and picked up the Roamio Plus. For complicity sake, I set everything up with MoCA and everything is working fine. However, I notice the slow download speed when transferring shows to my iPad. I see that other people are mentioning the same thing, but I was wondering if I made the right choice with MoCA.

Would setting the Roamio to use the gigabit ethernet versus MoCA help with the transfer speed? I suspect that it is just the way the app and roamio work given that MoCA should still be able to handle speeds better than my transfer rate, but wanted to check with the experts.


Using the Quickflix PLAYLIST feature ?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 05:22

In the QUICKFLIX menu, there is a "playlist" feature.

Has anyone used it ? How do you use it ? what instructions ?

from what i THINK it does (or should do), is let you "add" programmes to your playlist, - EG a whole series, and when you watch each episode, it gets removed.

is this what it does ? i've not figured out what / how to use it. What buttons do we press.

Mini stalls on HD content

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 01:46
I just purchased a Tivo Roamio Pro and Tivo Mini to replace my old 2-room / 2-tivo setup. I have these connected through 2 Netgear GS108 switches:

Tivo Roamio Pro <---> Netgear GS108 <---> Netgear GS108 <---> Tivo Mini

This setup worked fine with the old tivos for room-to-room transfers, but with the Mini, HD content stalls out within seconds, usually with a V87 error (network too slow). This occasionally happens with non-HD content as well (live tv and recordings).

I tried to measure network bandwidth by connecting 2 Macs where each of the tivos are connected, and ran the iPerf program. This consistently gave me around 940Mbps, for a variety of packet sizes (close to the 1Gbps maximum).

I've also tried power cycling all the boxes, assigning static IP addresses, and even removed a switch, but nothing seems to fix the problem. Tivo technical support was not able to help either.

I'd appreciate any suggestion on what to look for or how to diagnose the problem.