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New bill proposed regarding cable companies and cablecards

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 12:15
http://news.investors.com/092713-672...lled&ven=yahoo

Love (not!) the comment in the article:

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"This is common sense legislation that recognizes the significant harms imposed by the integration ban, which since 2007 has forced consumers with leased set-top boxes to bear over $1 billion in unnecessary costs," said Michael Powell, a former FCC chairman, in a statement.
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Why is it not common sense that passing this legislation would allow the cable companies to not have to compete?

Changing CR2032 clock battery in S3 OLED

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 11:59
I had my S3 OLED open after bad cap and hard drive repair so I figured I'd change out the CR2032 clock battery at the same time.

This is just info for future reference.

The unit has been running since around Mar 2007, so that makes around 6.5 years.

Given the length of operations, I figured the battery was probably pretty close to being done or maybe was already done. When I rebooted, certain values in system information like "Guide cache to" and VCM connection info would reset to December 31.

It turns out those values reset to December 31 regardless of the clock battery. The only job of the clock battery appears to be to, surprise, keep the clock going when power goes out. So the only reason to replace it (other than being proactive) is if your "Today's date" resets to "Tue Dec 31, 2002 4:00 pm" when you pull the plug.

Even if it does reset, you don't really need to replace the battery as upon first connect to mothership, it will correct the clock, but it might result in more background indexing than necessary. Also you might miss season passes for up to 24 hours until the first connect to mothership resets the clock to current date/time. You can alleviate that by forcing a connect to mothership after pulling the plug but may not be able to do that if you have a power outage and don't have access to the unit. If you have your TiVo connected to a UPS, there is even less reason to replace it.

Anyway, if you decide to replace the battery, be CAREFUL when you remove it. The "positive" retainer "arm"/"clip" is not designed to be lifted up. If you try to do so, there is a good chance you will BREAK the arm. Instead, insert a small jeweler's flathead screwdriver underneath the clock battery and twist around 30-45 degrees to get the battery slightly lifted, then push/slide the battery towards the side of the receptacle OPPOSITE of where the retainer arm connects. The battery will just pop out.

Though it isn't absolutely necessary, I found it easier to get clearance to remove the battery after removing the hard drive cage.

To insert the new battery, just tilt it slightly to get under the retainer arm, and push/slide it back in.

The original battery was Panasonic CR2032 from Indonesia. It tested 2.98 V after 6.5 years. My "Today's date" had never reset after pulling the plug, and the CR2032 is listed as supplying 3V, so it probably had a couple of years left.

The replacement battery tested at 3.25V.

Upon first boot, your clock will be reset to Tue Dec 31, 2002 4:00 pm. The first connect to mothership takes longer than normal. A bunch of time fields in the system information will reset to Dec 31. Everything is working fine after replacement and subsequent connect to mothership.

It is interesting to note that TiVo doesn't set its time at startup. It only appears to set the time when it connects to the mothership. If I had not forced a connect to mothership, the time would probably be wrong for 24 hours and season passes wouldn't record. I imagine this is what someone might experience if their clock battery was dead.

In conclusion, IMO it isn't really necessary to replace the clock battery, and I wouldn't bother in most cases, certainly not until your "Today's date" starts resetting to the past. I did it because I was curious and had the box open already.

Hope this at least prevents someone from breaking their clock battery arm just for being curious.

Mike and Molly

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 11:56
Has it been cancelled?

Age of Deleted shows

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 11:37
How long will a show appear in the Deleted folder after deletion? Lately it seems like if I were to delete something I only have maybe a couple of hours before it disappears from the Deleted folder. I haven't really tracked this in any way, just what it seems like when I think back to some fairly recent attempts to undelete a show.

Can Roamio and 2 Minis replace 3 Tivo HDs?

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 11:26
I have 3 Tivo HDs (den, bedroom, media room). I am considering replacing them with a Roamio Pro and two Minis. I'm wondering if I'll be happy with this setup? I realize I'll be gaining a lot moving up from the HD to the Roamio, but will I loose anything having the Minis on the other TVs rather than a full Tivo?

Regarding my subscription fees, I've been paying $327 per year ($129 for the first HD and $99 each for the other two). Without a discount, my new subscription fees for the Roamio and 2 Minis would be $324 per year ((15+6+6)*12). It looks like I might get a multi-service discount for $13 per month on the Roamio - but that discount might disappear after I stop the subscription on my HDs. Can someone confirm this? In any case, I wouldn't be spending more per year than I am now.

Any pros or cons you could provide would be appreciated.

TiVo Roamio- Can I return my Fios cable box?

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 11:14
I am contemplating getting a Roamio box and Tivo service instead of getting Fios DVR service. Right now I have a Fios set top box with no DVR service. If I go with TiVo, can I return my Fios set top box back to Verizon and stop paying the Fios set top box monthly rental charge?

Premiere "Breaking Bad"

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 10:57
So I have 1.5TB free on my Premiere in the bedroom and decided to record the whole Breaking Bad series (61 episodes). I was watching Netflix when it dawned on me that the record light wasn't on. I checked the SP and everything set (All new/rerun, no limit, keep till deleted). So I checked the schedule and the next 3 weren't checked,. I checked them to record and went back and found 3 hadn't recorded.

Thank You TIVO !!! ..... not ..... :mad::mad:

2013 Fall TV - What new shows have earned a Season Pass?

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 10:33
Checking the schedule it appears that no new shows premiere tonight so that means the first full week of premieres is now over.

So, the question is what new shows, based on their first episode, have earned a definite season pass on your DVR?

I still have a few new shows I have not seen yet (Hostages, The Goldburgs) but from what I have seen so far these shows have earned their spots on my DVR

Sitcoms
The Trophy Wife
Mom

Dramas
The Blacklist
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

That is it! I am being really picky this year and trying not to add too much. There may be a few others I record for a few more episodes to see how they pan out and a few others that may get added once they premiere.

What has made you list?

Weird missed recording problem: Roamio AND Elite

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 09:02
Had a weird recording glitch last night, looking to see if anyone has any clues on this. Short version: One show on my Roamio Pro and two shows on my Elite did not record due to "video signal was unavailable". But it was available. And I do not think this is the 5/6 tuner problem.

I have a Pro that is 2-3 weeks old, and works like a charm, no problems. And I have recorded six tuners at once, so no reason to think the missing 5/6 tuner cablecard is the issue. I also have an Elite, 2-3 years old, also works like a charm.

Last night I had 5 CBS shows set to record back to back. On both TiVos. No padding, no overlap (I don't pad CBS generally). At the same time, I had other tuners recording other shows (ABC, NBC, etc). Some with padding, some not, but I am anal about my recordings, and always check to make sure there are no conflicts.

On the new Pro, BBT1(7:00), BBT2(7:30) and Crazy Ones(8:00) all record. 2.5Men (8:30) does not, "no video signal available". Elementary (9:00) also recorded. I realized about 9:15 that 2.5Men did not record, started flipping thru the 6 tuners, and actually found the last few minutes of it on one tuner. So it clearly was available.

On the Elite, the two BBT recorded, but both MJF (NBC) and 2.5Men(CBS) did not. Same reason. Elementary did record.

Any clues? Had it been just one TiVo, I would blame it on a glitch. But to have two different TiVos miss the same program, that was clearly available, is a mystery. And remember, while the Pro is new, the Elite is a veteran, with nary a glitch in years, and a cablecard that I know has no issues.

Thanks in advance:confused:

Mini Tuner Question

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 07:59
I just got my first Mini and will be setting it up tonight. A couple of questions (yes, I searched but it seems unclear to me) came up about the tuner allocation.

I know that I would have to use one of the tuners on my XL4 to get started if I want live TV on the mini. However, I don't want to do that as I often use all of my tuners on the XL4. Can I set it up but then snag one of my Premiere tuners from another box instead? I have one Premiere that is really only for watching recordings from other Premieres and recordings from my computer. I never record TV on it so I could certainly live with it having only one available tuner.

If that cannot be accomplished, is it easy to snag a tuner from the XL4 only when I need it? Probably 99% of the time the mini will be used to watch recordings from my XL4, but I might want to watch the news or a football game on it from time to time. Is that something that can be done and then changed back quickly?

Thanks in advance for the info.

Back in the Game - Pilot - 9/25/2013

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 07:51
I thought this was a little better than expected. Definitely a Bad News Bears ripoff though. I kind of like the mom/coach character and some of the kids could be funny. It gets a marginal SP for me. I'll give it a few more episodes.

Intermittent Error V58

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 02:53
Several times a day, when watching cable channels on the TiVo Premier - but never when watching OTA channels - the error message V58 "channel not authorized" appears for about 3 minutes, then the channel reappears. On recorded programs, there is frequently also a 3 minute gap in the recording. TiVo and the cable system blame each other for this problem, so it continues unresolved. Does anyone else have a suggestion?

Some facts: I do not use a tuning adapter; I have a Motorola signal amplifier in line with the cable; the signal strength is the same when the error message appears as when it does not appear; the signal strength on all the cable channels is about 40; the SNR is about 30; the CCI byte code on the affected channels is 0x02; this message may appear at any time on any cable channel.

No sound after a short rewind

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 01:23
Here are some problems with Tivo Elite. If I do a short rewind it will lose sound and/or stop for a while when it starts playing. The picture will be choppy at times until it gets back to where the rewind started. Some times it will reboot when this happens. What could be the cause of this. I bought the elite about a month after they was introduced.

Audio bug?

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 22:17
We have been seeing an audio issue with our Roamio Plus. I have the 30 second skip enabled... and if you skip rapidly forward in a recorded show it will occasionally (a few times a day) blast garbage audio like digital noise through the tv. Nothing clears it except turning the TV off and on. At first I thought it was the TV, but now I am sure it is coming from the tivo. While it is happening, if I switch inputs on the TV the noise goes away, but when I switch back to Tivo HDMI input it is still there. I assume powering the TV off and on resets the HDMI interface to the Tivo in some way?

This is bad... since it is VERY loud and not only scares the crap out of you, but wakes up the entire house when it happens at night.

Has anyone else seen this happen? I have the audio in PCM mode, btw... since Dolby mode does not give me the audio tones with back and forward operations.

Parks and Recreation -- London Trip 1&2 S06E01/S06E02 -- OAD 6/26/2013

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 22:12
YAY!! It's back

Over the summer, I binge watched seasons 1-4 in like a week. And just finished Season 5 this past week.


Glad the show is back. Just knew Leslie was sending Ron to Lagavulin. That was cool. Will we see Andy in London for three months? Or does he just not appear on screen?

The Crazy Ones -- "Pilot" S01E01. OAD 9/26/2013

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 22:09
So, Robin Williams is Don Draper.


hmmm..


I actually LIKE Robin Williams. I like his goofy silliness. I mean, it's comedy after all.

Potential new TiVo buyer, I have Moca questions

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 21:47
I currently have Comcast basic service with NO Comcast boxes. I use tuners on my Macs to record and then stream to Apple TVs on our two HD TVs. Well, Comcast is going to very soon encrypt basic channels, so I have to do something. I really don't want to go satellite, and we are in a very difficult area for antenna, so I thought TiVo would be the easiest solution. I started reading all about it, and soon discovered that I needed to learn about Moca. Yikes. Looks simple, but the diagrams on the TiVo web site all show a cable modem in the mix, which I don't have, so I'm confused.

My setup would be:

Roamio Plus at the main TV, no ethernet available
Mini at second TV, also no ethernet available
Moca adapter in the equipment closet
The closet has Uverse modem, Apple Airport Extreme, and ethernet switch

What do I need to connect the Moca adapter to to establish the Moca network? I assume router and switch, but will that be sufficient? Thanks.

The Michael J Fox Show - 9/26/13 S01E01 Pilot & S01E02 Neighbor

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 21:05
The previews looked good and I was hoping it would be good, but I was pleasantly surprised just how good it was.

Very touching/emotional at times. But also just a decent feel-good comedy. Reminded me (just a little) of Go On from last season, but better.

Definitely a keeper.

PYtivo can't access shares

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 20:54
Hello, I've been using pyTiVo with no problems until lately.

Some background, I'm running it on Windows XP and storing the shares on network attached storage.

When I launch it, a DOS window show up like this:



As far as I know, this is normal.

I use the URL http://localhost:9032/, in google chrome, version 29.0.1547.75 (which I'm told is the up to date version), to show a screen that lists my TiVos and share names. That works fine too. And if I click on a TiVo, it shows me the Now Playing list of that TiVo with no problem. The problem is if I click on a Share to show what's in the share. That used to work. But now I get a screen that says: "No data receive", like this:



I've tried restarting pyTiVo through the 9032 screen... I've tried closing it down and restarting from scratch, and I've tried rebooting the whole computer, and also rebooting the router, but nothing seems to cure my problem. Does anybody any other ideas I might try?

Oh, the first thing I thought was that maybe I'm not logged on to my NAS, but I am, and in fact, I can view the share folders via Windows Explorer with no problem, so I don't think there's anything wrong with the NAS or Windows XP's connection to it.

Also, Google Chrome seems to work just fine for me when I use it to surf the internet, so I'm not seeing anything obviously wrong with my browser.

cancel comcast to get cheaper new customer promo's later?

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 19:46
Im selling my xl4. Ill be without cable tv until the s5 goes on sale. Im betting around holiday season. I dont want to hold onto my xl4 until s5 goes on sale because i believe xl4 resale value will be even less at that time. So im wondering if i should cancel my internet from Comcast at the same time i cancel my comcast TV and temporarily add dsl service until i am readyto add comcast TV/internet at the same time . Ive been told after not having service for 3 months i will be eligable for new subscriber promo rates fro m Comcast. Anyone know if ill get cheaper deals from comcast if i cancel both services now from Comcast vs. Just TV?

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