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DirecTV: RVU TVs no longer require a Genie set-top box

Sat, 12/14/2013 - 07:35
So when is Tivo going Rvu compliant ? I guess the Mini is just old tech now.

DirecTV: RVU TVs no longer require a Genie set-top box


DirecTV is promoting new smart TV technology that allows RVU-enabled HDTVs to display live programming, as well as recorded and On Demand titles, without the use of a set-top box. Several Smart TV models from Samsung and Sony feature the RVU option that can be connected to the main DirecTV Genie Whole-Home HD DVR without having to use a Genie Mini device for each client TV set.

Many new Samsung model HDTVs include RVU support, including models from the 6000, 7000, 8000, and 9000 series from 2012 and 2013. Three Samsung models from 2011 that support RVU include the D6000, D6400, D6420. Sony’s Bravia R550A and R520A series also ship RVU-enabled. (See the full chart of supporting TVs below.)

You may want to update your HDTV’s to the latest firmware version if you plan on using the RVU option. And, you’ll have to call DirecTV to get an additional TV set up using RVU.

after update no cablecard?

Sat, 12/14/2013 - 01:30
Hi guys my tivo just updated to 20.3.8 and now it won't recognize my cable card? Any idea how to fix this?

Tivo without cable card

Sat, 12/14/2013 - 01:01
We have high speed Internet, and there are also some basic, low level channels included with this, in the clear. I have the Baaic Roamio, since I use it with an antenna, but was wondering if I could connect the cable to it instead and get those basic channels without a cable card?

TiVo Anywhere Poor Performance

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 23:24
My TiVo (Premier XL4 + Stream) RARELY works away from home. I have been trying to use it now for about 3 weeks in places like Hilton Hotel, Starbucks and the Mall and it just does not perform. Most of the time I can't even get it to work. Other rare times it performs so slowly I give up. So far it has been pretty useless in this mode. I have an iPhone 5s and iPad Air both with iOS 7.0.4.

Proactive Alerts on No Signal Recording Failure

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 22:47
TiVo needs proactive alerts when a scheduled program is failing to record. It has been the case repeatedly that the TiVo has been busy trying to record a program and failing due to "No Signal" (usually a problem with the tuning adapter) while I'm watching another successfully and, by the time I notice, the last re-airs of the program have passed.

This was almost the case again tonight with Haven on SYFYHD. Several episodes of the season's recap marathon suddenly registered No Signal and didn't record. By the time I reached the episode that had only partially recorded, the prime-time season finale was almost done failing to record. This time I noticed before the repeat airing, but this same program missed two episodes earlier in the season.

Had the TiVo thrown up an alert that a scheduled recording was failing to record on a tuner, I could have done what I eventually did: reboot the FSCKING tuning adapter, the single most unreliable piece of hardware ever to invade my home since the Mystro beta software was pushed onto TWC's cable box making it useless with analog TiVos.

Just a simple alert when signal is lost for more than one full minute would alert the user to this problem that as yet can only be remedied by drastic user action before it is too late.

Digital to Analog Converter Needed

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 20:24
Digital to Analog Converter Needed

have: tivo series2 dvr w/single analog tuner and a digital cable signal from wall connected to the back of tivo series2

service: time warner cable

objective: keep my tivo series2, convert digital signals from the wall to analog so i can watch channels 29-99 on tivo series2 dvr box

issue: tivo series2 dvr box does not display digital signals channels 29-99. it sees and recognizes them but won't display the content. time warner offers a tuner box w/remote they call a converter (wtf???) which i do not need. i need a digital to analog converter!!!

need: 3rd party digital to analog converter box/device

any suggestions?? ideas? links?

Premiere 4 vs Roamio: Are the UIs the Same?

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 18:19
I am contemplating upgrading my 2-tuner Series4 Premiere to either a Premiere 4 or the 4-tuner Roamio. I live alone and have only 1 TV; I really just want to be able to record 4 shows at once. My cable provider is Comcast and I do not have an OTA antenna. I already have the WD eSATA external drive and I typically use around 35% capacity. I have 20.3.7 and everything is working OK but the S4's responsiveness just seems like a slug. I am hoping that the Roamio has a much faster processor than the S4 Premiere but am not sure about the Premiere 4.

Are the UIs pretty much the same with the Roamio and Premiere 4? Is the Premiere 4 much different, if any, than my 3 year old Series4 Premiere?

Lifetime transfer

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 16:21
I recently bought a Roamio and two Minis and activated them with Lifetime. Is there a minimum amount of time these units need to stay on my account (say, 30 days) or can I transfer them to my parents immediately? It's not a big deal if we have to wait, but I'd like to button it up prior to the holidays.

Grey's Anatomy - 12/12/13 **SPOILERS**

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 13:14
Anyone still watching this???

I started from the beginning and while its more soapy then anything else I'm still staying with it.

I had a bad feeling that Avery was going to interrupt Kepner's marriage but I was actually hoping he wouldn't. Why? because I was getting sick and tired of them dancing around each other and really thought that although Kepner didn't love the paramedic as much as Avery that she loved him "enough" and could be very happy with him. So now the cliff hanger is how she will answer Avery's question as to whether or not she really loves him. Of course she has to answer in front of all her friends!!!

I got a kick when Shepherd answers the phone and is told to hold for the Pres! I think I heard that Dempsey wanted to get out of the series and this could be his exit story. He'll still be married to Meredith but will "have" to work on that out of state research as requested by the Pres.

I also think Sandra Oh wants to leave so the divisiveness between her and Meredith will probably the reason Yang will leave for more challenging pastures!


Where to buy a Roamio

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 13:09
I'm thinking about buying a Roamio to replace my TivoHD. Does it make a difference whether I buy it from TiVo directly, or just go to BestBuy to buy it? It looks like they're the same price (BB might be $0.01 less right now). BB offers a 4 year warranty for $99, TiVo offers a 3 year for $39. The biggest advantage of Best Buy that I can see is that I can drive over there and pick it up "today", whereas with TiVo, it will take "3 to 5 days".


2 HDs & 1 Premiere - So many on eBay barely getting a look.

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 11:59
The Premiere was never really used got in January and has an over the air tuner like the HDs.

TiVo Premiere:

TiVo HD:

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland - "Home" - 12/12/2013

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 11:57
So the winter finale finally brings Cyrus and Alice back together, which is interesting and I'm ready for that thread to be over anyways. But it was so anti-climactic.

How this show managed to get Whoopie Goldberg to voice the White Rabbit's wife is unbelievable. Was that really her?

The knave's wish was so terrible. "I wish to end Alice's suffering" sounds like he's wishing she would just die. But strangely after that wish she does not die and Cyrus is no longer the genie. The knave becoming genie should make things a little more interesting. After all the building up of the wishes the whole season, you'd think they could come up with better wording of that wish to make it less far fetched.

The Red Queen just suddenly changed characters as well. It really didn't seem like there was any real motivation here, just all of a sudden she wanted to be Anastasia again?

All that aside, I am entertained by the show though and I'll keep watching. It's just that it seems like there's no real character development. Except maybe Jafar. Instead of a gradual switch or slow reveal of situations that cause a change, it just randomly happens.

And speaking of Jafar, since we haven't had a thread on this show in awhile, I find it strange that the old man in the cage is really the sultan and it turns out from the flashbacks that he's also unlikable.

Is my Tivo setup causing problems with my FiOS internet?

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 08:49
Hope somebody can help with this.

Here's the setup. Have a Roamio Pro, Roamio Plus and a Mini. The Roamio Pro is connected with a coax and ethernet cable, MOCA connection enabled so that the Plus and Mini can simply connect through coax. The Tivos communicate properly. The Mini hiccups at times, but I've read that might happen.

The problem is with my FiOS internet connection.

I've had it for several years and it has been rock solid. No dropped signals, weird disconnects, nothing. However, since installing the Tivos, something is up. While I still receive fast speeds, the signal goes in-and-out with alarming frequency. This happens with the hardwired connection on the Actiontech Router, the wireless connection on the Actiontech Router and the wireless connection on our Airport Extreme, which is placed in Bridge Mode and has been for a couple years. As I mentioned, I've have never had any issues with this setup before introducing the Tivos into the equation.

Any ideas, suggestions or solutions? As somebody that does a lot of work at home, I need my FiOS internet to go back to what it was. Thanks in advance.

Mini Live TV skipping/pausing/audio

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 07:11
Can anyone post some optimal network status values for moca for the mini?

I'm getting occasional stuttering, audio sync, 'skipping' problems on my mini's connected via moca.

I know it's not the channels, cause watching them on the Roamio, there have been zero issues.

I have values (pulling from memory here since I'm at work) of ~260 for PHY Tx and Rx and -10 to -16 on Tx Pwr and .450ish on Rx Pwr

I have zero on error packets.

I have two mini's and both are experiencing the same issues. Haven't tested watching recorded shows yet. (They are brand new) but these issues have surely made the family angry that I ripped out the comcast boxes.

How do I setup my LAN for MoCA?

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 02:47
My Roamio Plus arrived yesterday and I'd like to get MoCA setup on my LAN, but I can't figure out where to put the Actiontec adapters. I'm currently using Wifi for my Apple devices, but I also want to have a small LAN in the Office. The Roamio will replace the TWC DVR in the TV room once the Cable card arrives.

Thanks for any help.
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2 Months Free Trial With Quickflix

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 01:28
Tivo is offering a 2 month free trial with quickflix. I have downloaded the lone ranger about an hour ago from the time I posted this. The movie has not downloaded yet and no blue light has shown.

So I tried another movie. I tried Carrie, and that started downloading just fine.

Could this happen because the free trial excludes pay per play movies ?

Transfer videos to Roamio?

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 01:22
Is there anyway to transfer videos I have in other devices (Computer, phone) to my Roamio and play them?

tips on tuning to buffered channel & network ?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 23:23
I saw a post but can't find it. How would I leave off a channel upstairs and be sure to tune that channel on the mini when I press live TV so I can keep the buffered 30 mins of the show?

Sometimes this works and I can have a few channels buffered on the mini, since those are tuned on the main roamio...but sometimes it loses the buffer despite me not selecting a new channel the roamio isn't already tuned to?
Hope my question makes sense.

Another networking question. Since the install of my 2 minis over moca I am running into issues where previously internet connected devices will not log on to the network. Example my hard wired PC will sometimes work...and at times I have to unplug and plug my router to get it back up and running. This happens with hard wired and wireless devices and is sporadic. Why is this? Is there a router setting I am running into , maybe number of devices?

Thanks in advance.

Roamio Tuner ID

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 23:00
Just got the Roamio up and running, after upgrading from a

Is there a way to identify which tuner you're watching?
I don't see them numbered or ID'd any other way when flipping between them?



X Factor Season 3 - Top 4 Perform and the rest of the season

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 22:38
I just finished the Top 4 Performance show and have not checked out results yet, but I have to say...

What an AMAZING night of performances!!!

I have been enjoying this much more than the current season of The Voice, and I know there hasn't been any discussion, but between The Voice, American Idol and X Factor, I can't remember a night that I have been as wowed and come away feeling as thoroughly entertained as I am with this episode. Excellent all around!

I was a big fan of Rion Paige, and I'll seek out her album if she ever puts one out, but these four acts put on an excellent, very entertaining show.

Now on to the results show.

The one act I personally would prefer to see go home this week is Carlito, but I can't really say any of them deserve to go.