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Reign (S01E01) - 10/17/13

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 08:48
I was hoping I'd like this one. I love stories from this era (1500s Europe).

Great locations, great production values, decent acting. The underlying music score, however, and persistent bass drum beating was just too much form me. Actually seems to drown out the dialog at times.

I skipped thru the program and could actually only find a few short segments without a music/drum track. Too much for me; way too distracting.

Terrible when you decide to stop watching 15 minutes into a new program. :(

WOW Cable in Condo, Help!

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 07:18
We get free cable through our condo association. The whole building is on a "bulk account". When we moved in all we did was plug the coax cable into the back of the TiVo and run through the set up and bingo, TV! There was no need for a cable card.

We have a Series 3 TiVo and WOW is converting over to all digital. We received a letter about obtaining a couple of free converter boxes, which we have now, but I don't think we need them (because the TiVo 3 is compatible).

We decided to go through and redo the setup procedure and it say's that we need Cable Cards (we DO NOT have the digital adapter connected at this time).

So, can anyone explain exactly what we need to do in our to receive the digital signal, if anything?

Delete / reboot TODO list ?

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 02:45
Hello. i'm on series 3 / TCD663320

Im not sure this can be done - but my TODO list often gets shows not recording "This program was not recorded because it was no longfer in the program guide." (i get the same text if its a future show not going to record).

is there a way i can

a) KEEP my season pass things and
b) erase / delete / reboot my TODO list.

(Hopefully it will only show TV shows that are actually listed in the guide)

I need help sometimes my Tivo Desktop does not transfer the entire program to my PC

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 01:07
It will go to the same spot on the transfer and just stop transferring from my Tivo to my PC. It doesn't happen for every program but it has happened more than 5 times. Please help. Thanks

I need help sometimes my Tivoi tranfewr to my my PC stops

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 01:04
I will go to the same spot on the transfer and just stop transferring form my Tivo to my PC.

What does the phrase "this recording has no effect on digital channels" mean?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 21:44
I found this phrase when setting up my TiVos basic settings recording quality. Are all broadcast signals considered 'digital channels' pertaining to this setting?

I only have OTA. (as does my sig' other) Does this mean that if a show is broadcast in HD then I can only record it at HD? I prefer to record everything but football in the lowest quality possible to save on hard drive space. I only have SD TVs as does my sig' other.
She is using a Series 3 now, but her hard drive is always filling up as is my Premiere. I am thinking our trouble is because the TiVo is filling up because the TiVo is recording everything at HD. I have both TiVos set up to record at the lowest quality in the settings menu.

We didn't have this trouble with our old Series 2 Tivos with the standard small hard drives that they came with.

Mac equivalent to Directshowdump?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:59
Back when I had a PC, I used Directshowdump to convert .tivo files to mpeg files. Super easy, kept the same video quality.

Is there an equivalent simple converter file out there for the Mac? Preferably free of course as well ;) Thanks!

WWW.thefutoncritic.com ???

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:31
I've tried to access this site all week but it all I get is "this webpage can't be displayed" Is it down for everyone also says it's down.


Transfer From Mac to Tivo

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:27
Hi All,

I had a Tivo 4 (Premiere XL) with a bad HDMI port. I contacted Support and they have sent a replacement. I transferred all of my recorded shows to my Macintosh computer via Tivo Transfer (Roxio). I am now trying to transfer the shows back to the replacement DVR using Mac2Tivo.

Although the Tivo sees my computer it does not see any shows. I have read in the forums and online that the .tivo files need to be converted to mpeg2 files. Is this so? If so, any suggestions on applications to do this. I have tried several with no success. Also all of the files are HD.

Any help and suggestions would be appreciated!

Scott Kane

Question about Roamio UI

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:04
I am a noob to the TiVo, and coming from the Sony DHG HD-DVR, I'm not impressed with TiVo's user interface. But, to get to the point, here is a scenario:

Roamio basic. Watching a recorded show. Pause it. Now hit the TiVo button to check something out. Now, how do you get back to the playback (easily)?

The only way I see is to go to MyShows, and re-select the show, and resume it. That is tacky. Isn't there some way to escape the TiVo Central menu back to your previous screen?

If I was in LiveTV and hit the TiVo button, I could escape by using the Guide button twice, and be back at LiveTV. But that doesn't work for returning to a playback, it always returns you to LiveTV.

South Park : OAD 10-16-2013 ... or not.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:06
I love South Park. I think it's one of the greatest shows, ever. I also realize it's been 14-ish years now and nothing lasts forever, but I still tune in twice a year looking for that occasional home run Matt and Trey still manage to hit once or twice a year.

So today I come home from work and bring the TiVo around to last night's episode "Goth Kids 3: Dawn Of The Posers" and instead it serves up an oldie but a goodie, the classic "Scott Tenorman Must Die".

Imagine my disappointment! As it turns out, they blew their deadline.


The new ep will be next Wednesday. Kinda sad to watch such an awesome show fade away...

Trying to add Roamio activity to my ProntoPro remote

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 18:09
The Pronto IR code database doesn't have a codeset that matches the Roamio remote buttons, so I have learned the Roamio IR codes on the Pronto. This mostly works pretty well, except for the "Guide" button.

The learned Guide code doesn't produce the correct action on the Roamio, and I cant figure out why. I tried copying the Guide button code from some old TiVo configurations, but they produce the same result. Does anyone have a list of Pronto hex codes for newer model TiVos, in particular the "Guide" button code?

Component output and protected channels/content

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 16:42
Been quite awhile since I used a TiVo on component output (S3) and was wondering if the the Roamio and Mini downscale protected channels or content to 720 like I have read the studios have been pressuring for. I haven't seen this mentioned so if it's been covered already I apologize in advance.

South Park 10/16/2013

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 14:40
Due to a power outage at South Park Studios, Matt and Trey missed their deadline this week, so the scheduled episode, "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers," didn't air.

It's supposed to air next Wednesday, 10/23, and you may need to set that manually, for the usual "your TiVo/DVR thinks it already got recorded" reason.

Cablecard firmware won't update

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 14:02
Roamio Plus, Charter Cable. Cisco cablecard is my third try. None of the previous Scientific Atlantic cards would automatically update the firmware to PKEY1.5.2.2801 as they are supposed to. Tivo said to try a different cablecard. I'm on the third try and it won't update. The current card has firmware that ends in 2401; all the previous one ended in 1601.

Tivo says they can't force an update. Charter is clueless, they say they can't update the firmware -- they actually advised me to try Weaknees! Good idea, but the next Charter technician said it would void something.

Any ideas on how to get the card to update firmware? I was missing 3 of 4 tuners before (Tivo advised me to restrict to 4 tuners for now). Now it's only missing Tuner 0.

Roamio and Mini update today (10/17/2013)

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 13:59
We will be releasing an update later today for TiVo Roamio and TiVo Mini.

Here is a list of some of the changes:
- TiVo Mini now waits 4 hours (instead of 90 minutes) of no remote control activity before prompting the user and then timing out of live TV and showing a screen saver
- new RF Remote Pairing screen for TiVo Roamio (Settings > Remote)
- fixed audio delay of 10+ seconds when unpausing a Netflix video with Dolby Digital+
- fixed macro-blocking of Amazon downloads
- fixed the occasional loud burst of static
- fixed several issues related to HDMI and various TVs where the UI/video would not display when the TV was turned on, or the box frequently rebooted when the TV was off
- improved the behavior of the RF remote in areas with WiFi interference
- fixed a MoCA encryption incompatibility between Roamio and Mini
- fixed issues related to overlapping recordings causing missed recordings and A/V glitching

The update should probably be available sometime after 4pm PT.

Roamio (and Mini's) no longer have staged releases?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 13:23
Reading a few things from Dave Z and a few others clues, I am pretty sure planned updates to both the Roamio line and the Mini's are going to happen en mass and not staged as they have done and continue to do for other models.

If that is true, that means no more priority page registration, (and no more early clues of a pending release)

Do you think this is just because the install base is relatively small, or do you think this is a new distribution model they have in place?

So, I have this old Tivo...

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:43
I have a DirecTV Hughes SD-DVR80. I've had it for...I don't even know how long. But when we moved to this house several years ago, we got rid of DirecTV and this poor Tivo has been sitting in a closet holding all our old shows.

So, my question is (besides hooking it up to a TV), is there a way to get the recorded shows OFF of it? Like keep them? On a computer? Disc? Cloud? Something?

Or is this wishful thinking?

I tried to search to see if anyone had answered this question, but honestly, y'all are too smart for me. So, feel free to direct me to another conversation.

Thanks in advance for any replies! :)

The Blacklist S01E04: The Stewmaker

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:48
I'm surprised to not see blacklist discussion this week! (or did I miss it somehow?)

The stewmaker felt to me like some weird hybrid of Dexter and Breaking bad. We've got rooms covered in plastic, and bodies dissolved in bathtubs.

I thought James Spader did a superb job of acting, with his speech prior to the stewmaker's demise.

I loved the scene where Ressler walks into the room with the mob boss, and Red immediately outs him as an FBI agent, and then Ressler expertly fabricates a cover story on the spot.

I'm liking this series more and more each week.

Moving .tivo files back to Tivo

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:13
We were running low on hard drive space, so using the included Tivo transfer app that came with Toast Titanium 11 I was able to copy the shows from our Premier Tivo to my iMac. Then I deleted the shows on the Tivo to free up the space.

We are now ready to watch the shows, and I thought it would be pretty simple to copy the files back to the Tivo using the MactoTivo app that came with Toast 11, but that appears to not be the case.

I've found numerous articles talking about unlocking a feature in the Tivo to Desktop program for Mac that would allow you to transfer Mpeg-2 files over to your Tivo. But I wasn't sure if that would work with the encrypted .tivo files (I know that is just a Tivo protected container for mpeg-2 files).

Has anyone had any experience in copying original untouched .tivo files back to a Tivo using a Mac?