TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads

Subscribe to TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads feed TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads
Your #1 dedicated resource center to buy, discuss, and chat on the use of TiVo powered products and services such as Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3.
Updated: 1 hour 56 min ago

VZ FiOS different commercials?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:25
Verizon plays different commercials depending upon if you use their STB vs using a TiVO. I found that on the VZ STB when a "local" commercial came on I had something totally different being played on the TiVO tuned to the same channel.

Not sure which commercial I prefer, the local one of the generic one that seems to be repeated every 15 minutes or so.


parental control - refuse to play recording on unlocked channel

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:19
TiVo premiere 20.3.8-01-2-746

I want my son to be able to view Australian Open, but TiVo's parental control disagrees.

In parental control, I made sure that the channel (ESPN2HD 735) is unlocked, I also set "unrated" to "allowed" for both TV and movie.

TiVo still refuses to playback recording (previously recorded, not live), gives "Channel is locked" error. (see attached jpg)

Any ideas? Thanks!
Attached Images IMG_4481s.jpg (28.0 KB) IMG_4482s.jpg (43.9 KB) IMG_4480s.jpg (37.9 KB)

Is my Premier dying?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:04
I have owned Tivo's since '99 and am probably responsible for hundreds of units sold over the years. Right now, I own a Premier and an HD. The HD is solid, though I've never been happy about the half baked ui that was abandoned when the Premier premiered ;).

The Premier? I'm not nearly as happy about that one! From early on, it developed the bug where it "forgets" progress on shows watched while recording. Something particularly frustrating when watching football. I've found a work around and programmed it into my remote, but it isn't elegant nor did it ever happen on any previous Tivo I've owned. Even with improvements, the interface has never been better than balky and slow.
Even after so many different models owned, my experience here prevents me from upgrading to a Romio.

Recently, I've been experiencing strange scheduling issues with the Premier too, that is that some shows that are manually scheduled via a wishlist and confirmed simply disappear from the upcoming list with no explanation. This never happened in my previous 14 yrs of Tivo ownership (well maybe the 12 or so since there's been a upcoming list).

The new disturbing thing is often when I finish and delete a show, I'm left with a black screen instead of a menu, though the preview window plays live TV. Most times I can switch the preview to full screen and then hit menu to return function, but at least twice I've had to reboot to get access to the menu's again. I'm clueless on how to address this issue and fearful that it's indicative that the end may be near. I replaced the stock drive with a larger one early on, could these symptoms be a sign of a failing drive? I've replaced the drive in every Tivo I've owned and am familiar with the stutters and stopples of a failing drive in an older S1 and S2, but this is very very different.

True Detectives on HBO

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:38
Anyone seen this yet? Stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as two detectives in Louisiana. The first episode reminded me a bit of Hannibal. It's pretty dark but is also well done, IMHO. Definitely worth checking out if you haven't seen it.

My Configuration (MoCA, TA, POE, Roamio Pro, Mini)

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:28
One of the main advantages of my new TiVo equipment is that is provides a whole house solution via the coaxial cable without requiring me to re-wire to my home with Cat 6 ethernet cable. So, having TiVo Mini's connected over coax via Roamio Pro's built-in MoCA network is of great value to me. However, there were no configuration diagrams for how to connect this (mainstream?) configuration. Also, there were no instructions as to how to connect a Tuning Adaptor coexisting with a MoCA network. An additional (2-GHz rated) splitter is required. If you use a 1-GHz splitter your signal levels could be severely attenuated (it will depend on the characteristics of the splitter).

Here's my working configuration (see attached pdf ... a picture is worth a thousand words). I hope this helps you get your set up working in less time than it took me! You may have a different configuration, so you may need to alter to fit your specific situation.

My configuration includes the following elements:
Cable Feed with MoCA POE filter
Cable Modem for internet
TiVo Roamio Pro configured to provide MoCA network over coax
TiVo Mini connected via a MoCA network over coax
Tuning Adaptor (TA)
One 2-way (1 GHz) splitter for CATV and cable modem
One 2-way (2 GHz) splitter (connects TA, Roamio, and Mini's via coax)
One 3-way (2 GHz) splitter for up to 3 Mini's via coax MoCA network
An additional MoCA POE filter to optimize MoCA network

My configuration has the following benefits:

1) Provides highest signal strength and SNR to CATV signals and Cable Internet Modem.

2) Isolates and optimizes MoCA network. If there are issues with your cable provider, this isolation makes trouble shooting (and potential finger pointing) much easier.
Attached Images TiVo_MoCA_config_2014_01_14_r2.pdf (64.9 KB)

Hulu Plus Issues Tivo Roamio

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:21
Hello...When going to Hulu Plus on my Roamio Plus, "Browse Movies" or Browse TV", I get 0 results in the menu. 0 TV shows, Episodes etc. In Movies the only result I get is "Trailers". The rest of the Hulu app works fine. Search, Queue, etc... I just get 0 results in TV and Movies, except for trailers in the movies I do get results.

My Roku 3 has a different app than Tivo and works fine. I do get results in those menu's on my Roku.

Have been back and forth with Hulu and Tivo support on this issue. Is anyone else getting the same results in the Hulu app?


How I Met Your Mother - OAD 01/13/2014 - Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 06:37
This was such a random episode in the middle of the wedding episodes, and I actually enjoyed the break.

It got a few chuckles out of me, including the slapping tree and the slow 10-15 minute death of 'The Calligrapher' as he would say a last line and then have nothing to do for the next 14 minutes.

And we still have 1 more slap to go. Nice.

The Boyz II Men cameo was a little weird though, but I did like Jason's introduction "Ladies and gentlemen, Boyz II Men" as if he were on a variety show.

24 Returns!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 05:45


Edit: Oops. Already a thread. Nevermind.

Australia Home Networking Package discontinued

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 04:16
The problem I have is: I need to download some shows from TIVO to Mac. I have Roxio Toast II but no Home Networking Package. The HNP is no longer available and can't be purchased here (TIVO's and TIVO software are no longer sold in Australia) - which means I have no MAK. What are my options?

IS there an issue with the Stream and H.264 ?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 04:06
IS there still an issue with the Stream and H.264 ?
An issue with H.264 was mentioned earlier in this thread.

Has this been resolved, or fixed ?

Is it hardware or software , and is TIVO going to fix it ( either way ) ?

Anyone like to provide any further clarifications or descriptions of this issue,
and if it is not resolved,
and where it's current (and possible future) status might be headed.


Does the Tivo Series 3 HD handle mp4's ?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 02:56
Anyone know if the Series 3 is able to properly record and/or play mp4 sources or recordings?

Thanks for any responses.

Australia Home Networking Package discontinued

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 02:24
The problem I have is: I need to download some shows from TIVO to Mac. I have Roxio Toast II but no Home Networking Package. The HNP is no longer available and can't be purchased here (TIVO's and TIVO software are no longer sold in Australia) - which means I have no MAK. What are my options?

Tivo 4 Input from FIOS Cable Box

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:17
I would like to be able to use FIOS on demand service which I can't do with a cable card. Can I use a cable card, and output the FIOS box into my TIVO 4 so that I can record the on demand content?

Any insights would be appreciated.


Intellingence 1/13/2014

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 21:42
Can forgive a lot...but seriously, you see a guy holding a detonator that is going to kill dozens of people and you don't shoot? I know she claimed not to have a shot, but it damned well look like she did. Also, how did the terrorist wife know where the bad guy would be running in order to do a high speed pickup?

Then on top of that, after holding back when seeing the bad guy not only try to use the detonator, but then get into a car, the agent decides to shoot wildly at a car speeding away?

Quickly moving to the bottom of my watch list.

Automatically switch between unused tuners with channel change

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 21:24
When I am changing channels on my Premiere and Roamio basic, it continues to use the same tuner. When I am surfing like that, I am changing to programs in which I am interested. I am not necessarily ready to commit to recording them when surfing but if after turning away I choose to go back to a prior program, I miss everything that happened previously (unless I had chosen to record it).

I am aware that hitting the Live TV button switches tuners but I think that the Tivo should automatically switch to an unused tunerwhen I switch channels so that the channel from which I am turning continues to record the 30 minute buffer. That way, if I switch back 15 minutes later, I can rewind and catch what I missed.

Dukes of Hazzard -S1E2

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 21:21
So, I'm a bit behind on my tv watching :D..

But seriously, I was channel flipping the other day and ran across this episode and tried to recapture some of my youth by watching it. This was an episode where Daisy got swindled out of $50 by some music "pirates" or some such. Anyway, the a Duke boys were talking with a guy at some point that was maybe a manager of some country singer, I believe. During the conversation one of them mentioned a country singers name and you could plainly tell they dubbed a VoiceOver and said Loretta Lynn. Later one of the pirates also said another name but again a dubbed voice said Loretta Lynn.

Yes, this is an obscure question but I wonder whose name they really said and why the voice over??

Premiere XL & cable co. going all digital

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 21:07
I have a Premiere XL. I subscribe to Charter basic cable and watch on an analog TV. Charter is trying to go all digital, I suspect they will be successful.

I don't understand what this means for me. On the news they are saying subscribers will need a set top box.

Is the Premiere sending digital channels to my analog tv? I know I can't get all channels since my TV only get ch 2-99 (or something like that). For example, how will Charter going "all digital" effect say, the CBS network reception? Do I need to get a set to box or cablecard? Or will the Premiere handle the all digital signal, and my limitation will be the channels of my Analog TV?

thanks, Jon

The Incredible Dr. Pol

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:53

This show is terrific! It reminds me of the book All Creatures Great And Small. It is a reality show about a vet and his family in rural Michigan. Dr. Pol treats small animals in his clinic, and big animals like horses and cows out in the field. Anyone else enjoy the program like me?

Lifetime Won't Happen until November

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:31
I activated my new Roamio and asked for $99 on my XL4. Which qualified but since I had just renewed under $99 a year the representative put it in as renewing November 2014 for lifetime.
It still shows account as 3 "good Standing" not lifetime. I did get an email that says I will get lifetime in November 2014.

Any ideas how I can sell this on Ebay with "lifetime" even though it won't get lifetime until November?

Should I call back under the 30 Day refund policy and drop the lifetime? Or just wait until November?

The whole thing was to get the liftetime on XL4 so I could sell it and recoup some cash.

My third box goes to no commitment $14.99 on February 1st just a basic Premier with external drive. I could just drop that box then and have the other two lifetimes (Series 5 Pro and 4XL) and forget the option of selling the 4XL. Don't need three boxes and 10 tuners, dropping a box also recoups $2 a month cablecard.

Any suggestions?

mini access recordings on non-Premieres? (S3, pyTivoNAS)

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:26
I have a new Roamio, 2-tuner Premiere and old S3 (which is my main box)...
I am considering swapping the Premiere for a Mini, to make more portable and simplify ToDo / now playing lists...

However, I have significant recordings on my S3, and would want to watch them on the mini.
I know of course I cannot stream directly from S3 to mini.

But is there a way to "browse" other tivo's NowPlaying list, from the Mini UI?
eg can I select my S3 at the bottom of Mini(roamio) NP list, transfer a recording from S3 to Roamio, then stream from roamio to mini?
Same for recordings on pyTivo NAS...

or would I have to actually go to the Roamio UI, transfer from the S3, then go to Mini UI and stream from roamio?

Can I stream a program, that is still in process of transferring?