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MSD for other family members?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:23
If I want to give a family member my old premiere because I've upgraded and want them to get it at a lower rate because of the multi -service discount can I just keep the TiVo in my name and give it to them? This is for OTA. I guess the downside would be we'd have to share the account login and PW if they wanted to make any changes to programming through the web or the IOS app. Would Tivo care? The guide would be the same since they live the next town over.

Great Mini Experience

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 08:39
I am sure nobody probably cares but I wanted to say I purchased a Mini last night to go with my Roamio Basic and it is great! Set up was a breeze. Just went online activated the Mini waited 15 minutes and everything was ready to go. I use Ethernet and it works great. Total time of setup probably 45 minutes because the Mini had to do an update.

Just wanted to share a positive experience since sometimes all the post seem like there are nothing but problems.


Anybody else watching Bitten on SyFy? (spoilers)

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 08:26
I watched the pilot. Laura Vandervoort was the only actor I recognized in a cast of American Apparel and Axe Body Spray commercial looking characters. They pushed the envelope during the sex scenes for the pilot. I doubt if every episode will be like that. According to syfy.com, Elena is the world's only female werewolf. I've never come across this angle before. Although I definitely don't need another supernatural being show on my schedule, I'll watch for a while unless it gets unbearably bad.

edit: Elena is the world's only werewolf, not vampire

Premier black menu screen

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 08:10
Recently my Premier which has always been a bit glitchy in menus has developed a new behavior. You'll sometimes hit the menu button and instead of the menu you get a black screen. The live TV is still visible in the top right corner so the signal seems fine, but the menu itself is black. If you move the menu selection around via the up/down arrows, you can hear the sound effect and you can return back to live TV with the proper button. Hitting the menu button twice typically resolves, but sometimes you have to go in and out a few times.

Is this a failure sign I should be aware of or is it some new awesome menu bug that got introduced recently?

More love for Esports!

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 08:03
I recently got my Roamio and was looking through the launchpad this morning and quite disappointed I could not find Twitch.tv available for streaming. The community of watching live game streams is fairly large and growing, with hundreds of thousands of people watching at any one time and huge spikes around tournaments that are held.

Adding support for channels such as twitch.tv would definitely make tivo more attractive to this community. Is there any possibility of the Roamio ever supporting this?

Person of Interest - 1/14/14 - Spoilers (I guess)

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:08
I've never started a show thread before and am only starting this one to say what an absolutely ridiculous episode this was. Suspending disbelief is one thing - you have to do that to enjoy this show in general - but this episode required one to stop thinking altogether. Unless it was intended to be tongue-in-cheek (and I don't think that's their style), I hate it when writers think we're all idiots.

TiVo Premiere XL4 freezes

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 06:12
Mid 2013 TiVo Premiere XL4 randomly freezes/pauses during play back. Last weekend while watching a NFL football game that still recording, I behind about an hour from real-time and with no input on the remote the video froze and .5-1 second later resumed.

Curious I rewound and played forward the pause/freeze repeated in the same place.

Service is provided by Comcast with a Motorola CableCard/M-Card.

I wonder who/what the culprit is. This is the third Tivo I've owned dating back 2000 (60 hour Phillips) and I've never experienced this issue.

Any thoughts?

Is there a way to press ENTER with TV INPUT?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:44
From tivoHD to Roamio and to the Mini, when I program the tivo remote to change my television's input, it seems to be missing the ENTER function. You can scroll through the inputs, but you cannot hit enter so the input does not change immediately, and the display options remain on screen. So you just have to stop at the input you want and just wait it out. Kind of annoying. When you change inputs with your TV's native remote, you can hit enter and the display will disappear immediately.

At least this is my experience. Is this everybody else's as well? Or, is there something I'm doing wrong?

replace/upgrade Premiere HD to 2TB w/o cloning

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:39

Can someone refer me to a link that explains how to install a larger HD in a base Premiere Tivo? It's an original 2 tuner (50hrs?) that had an Extender attached and the internal HD has failed.

All my google searches seem to include the cloning option which I don't need.

Do I need to obtain an image?


PyTivo stopped working

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:36

PyTivo has been working fine for quite some time. I used it just a couple of days ago and all was well.

Suddenly it's not.

It's running on a Win7 PC, the service is running and http://localhost:9032 gives me the configuration menus.

On the Tivo side (actually 2 Tivos an S2 and a Prremier) both see the list of videos on the PC and I'm able to select a video to be transferred.

That's where the problem begins. The Tivos (both) say the item has been added to the transfer list and will start asap. But they never do! There are no other items waiting to be transferred.

While the Tivo is not able to start the transfer, ffmpeg runs at about 50% cpu utilization. And worse, additional ffmpeg processes keep starting and eventually that brings the PC to its knees.

I've tried tuning off Windows Firewall and disabling my av program (Avira) but that did not help.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

American Idol promos

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:19
(Yes I know that with Tivo we don't watch commercials)

When watching live TV we see promotions for American Idol often. In the commercials, a woman recovering from addiction is featured and of course her audition seems to go really well. The local morning radio and local news are all abuzz because the woman is a local girl getting national attention.

My theory is that each major market in the USA probably has their own local contestant highlighted in the local promotional material, whipping up the local media as well.

So, in your American Idol commercials, are you seeing a woman with brown hair, who mentions she had to get help with addiction, with a great audition-- or are you seeing someone else, perhaps from your part of the country?

1080i or 720p

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:40
I have a Pioneer 50" Plasma 720 monitor. For the optimal Tivo broadcast should I set the Tivo to 1080i or 720p. I am looking for the best picture output possible.

How do I stop my TiVoHD remote from controlling my TiVo Premiere?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:59
On the TiVoHD remote there is a 1 and 2 switch that I remember was used to solve this type of problem. But, in my scenario, I am trying to have both a TiVoHD and a TiVo Premiere in the same rack. Is it possible to configure the Premiere so it will not respond to my TiVoHD that I have now set to 2?

Box Names = "N/A" on tivo.com

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:51
As of this posting, all of my Tivo boxes are showing "N/A" as the device name under My Account at tivo (dot) com. Anybody else having that same issue? (Issue appears on both Chrome and Safari on Mac OS X Mavericks.)

I'm trying to activate a Mini (still shows "Try again in 24 hours" for that box) and am wondering if there's a connection between this issue and my pending Mini activation.

Where do I download Tivo Desktop for PC

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 17:46
I've purchased Tivo DeskTop for PC and I got the email. Everywhere I look it says "Purchase and download Tivo Desktop ...". I cannot find the download anywhere. What is going on? Where is it?

There is a 2008 message almost identical to this with outdated info.

Tivo, really, this is bush league. I just spent over $1000 for a Roamio and lifetime and you can't get a simple thing like this right.


Couldn't get Moca POE filter installed

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 17:08
I had the cable guy at my house because the new cable modem Cablevision sent me only worked for a couple hours and then just stopped working. I also had a Moca POE filter handy which was ordered from tivo.com. The cable guy was more than happy to install it for me and said he would test it out first too with his equipment. He thought it was just a voltage filter even though I mentioned I wanted it to setup a moca network. Anyways he said well the filter is working in that it is blocking out everything. He installed it outside just before the cable from the pole hit a 3-way splitter into the house. At the end I found out he did not know what a moca network was. I don't need a moca network yet as I only have 1 tivo in the house so far, but it would've been nice to have had the POE filter set up for when I finally get a mini or another tivo for the 2nd tv (no Ethernet connection in the bedroom). Was the placement of the filter wrong? :confused: I have no clue where the 3 lines from the splitter end up in the house. It looks like 1 goes up into the attic and the other 2 towards bottom of house, but don't see those 2 lines come in. I have no basement.

Bummed that I couldn't get the Moca POE installed. I'm hesitant to touch anything as I finally have everything connected with the new cable modem & smart router. I do want to go moca in the near future. Will the signal really bleed out without the filter? The cable guy said since things went digital he would think it would be hard for it to go outside of my home. But then again he didn't know what a moca network was.

Mysterious random recording on xl4

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 17:04
Help. My XL4 is acting very strangely. It will randomly take up a tuner as those its recording a show (usually a random SD channel I never watch) and indicate it is recording it. You then check My Shows and the supposed channel it's recording is not listed so you can't stop the recording. You can switch to the the channel it says it's recording but you can't change it. You can rewind/fast forward the recording. Once it's done it is not saved in my shows. These recordings are not programmed by me or the result of wishlist or suggestions which is turned off.

It can happen to up to 3 tuners at a time which is very frustrating. The only way I can clear these phantom recordings is to restart the TiVo or power cycle the tuning adapter.

This just started happen a couple of months back on an xl4 that had run great for a year.

Provider is Cox Orange County, CA:confused:

Copy a Premiere drive to use in a Premiere XL?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 16:03
I'm wondering if I can take a virgin drive from a Tivo Premiere and use it as the "image" from which to make a copy for use in a Tivo Premiere XL?

The only relevant thread I see is showthread.php?t=486640 (it won't let me post a link) in which someone went in the opposite direction (from PXL to P).

My problems with my Premiere XL started with various glitches and then it wouldn't restart. I pulled the drive, and did the ddrescue thing onto a 2TB drive I had sitting around. That worked for just a week....one morning it was stuck on the "Starting up" screen, I think after doing a software update at 2am. I still have the original drive but it has errors (as reported by ddrescue) and so I'm afraid this cycle will continue. After all, what are the chances that my replacement drive failed in one week? Hence, I'd like to get a virgin drive, but Tivo is selling the Premiere (not the XL) for $50 (and I didn't see cheap XL's on ebay).

So I figure for fifty bucks I get a virgin drive, a spare powersupply if I ever need one, and an extra remote control isn't a bad deal. I'm just not sure that an image from the Premiere will work in the Premiere XL. Anyone know?


Will the Tivo Slide Pro be available at other retailers?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 14:47
I have some credit to BB and amazon that I would like to use.

I asked tivo customer service, and they informed me that its already at retail stores, and they insisted even after I pointed out that it is only available online at tivo.com and weaknees.

American Idol - Season 13

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 14:03
May be old news, but I just read this article today:

One thing I noticed that I am happy with is the results shows will be just a half-hour (not sure about the finale at this point, I suspect that will be more of an event) rather than bloated, filler-laden crap-fests.

I like all three judges, and am REALLY happy that Randy Jackson won't be on the panel again.

I was growing quite weary of this and didn't even watch several eps at the end of last season, but what I read gives me a little hope that I may actually enjoy this again. We'll see.