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folders for non-Tivo Shows/Py Tivo Configuration

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 17:25
I transfer movies from my computer using Py Tivo. Is there a way to create folders for shows not recorded on my Tivo but those transferred?

Roamio as Ethernet - Moca bridge?

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 17:10
I know the Roamio can take in Ethernet and output Moca to other Moca devices. My question is can it work in reverse?

Cable -> Moca -> Cable Modem -> Router

+ are just for spacing

Cable -> Roamio -> Ethernet -> Switch -> Other devices

Does that make sense? Does it work?


Upgrade promo code expired early?

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 16:56
I got the email from TiVo since I am Series 3 lifetime owner for the first time on 11/4/13 and most recently four the fourth time just last week 12/30/13. Today I went to try and use it however and the code has expired according to web site. Email says it is good until 1/31/14 though? I called TiVo and they said yep expired but don't know why. I really wanted it more to price match at Best Buy the $499.99 price so I could get 5X points on purchase today. I guess I will try to price match with the flyer email rather than checkout screen.

Just wanted to give others a heads up that the codes may be expiring sooner than later.

Roamio with Cisco STA1520 on TWC not working

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 16:45
So after two separate service visits from TWC that totaled about 8 hours, I am still without encrypted channel service on my new Roamio Pro on TWC in Los Angeles (I am however receiving unencrypted channels, which is basically just 2-13, 402-413). The current problem seems to be that the latest Cisco STA1520 tuning adapter I've received today is not communicating with the Roamio; no matter what order of bootup/USB connection hoops I jump through I either get a solid green light or a fast blinking green light on the TA. However in the Roamio settings menu, it never recognizes the TA, it just says No Tuning Adapter under the Tuning Adapter menu. I've done some searching on the forums here but haven't found anyone with this same problem.

The Tuning Adapter is brand new and I just received it today, hooked it up, and spent 30 minutes on the phone with TWC TA support attempting to get it to work. During the previous two TWC tech support in-home visits, he tried two different tuning adapters (Motorola MTR700), and he eventually gave up because it would blink indefinitely as well. Interestingly, when he very first hooked up the tuning adapter, I got decrypted channels for about 10 seconds (TNTHD), and then it went blank and I get the V58 error message for every encrypted channel now.

I also spent a good hour on the phone with TiVo tech support and conference called in TWC CableCard support to no avail. Each was blaming the other for the failure to decrypt my channels and get the TA to work. TWC said all the CC data looked right, however TiVo said that one of the settings was wrong, then TWC said that setting doesn't apply to Motorola CCs.

I am also on my fourth M-Card, as the tech kept thinking that was the problem and went through several cards during his visits to try to resolve the problem (never changing out the Motorola TA).

During the previous two visits, the TWC tech replaced all coax cable in my house and the line to my house from the pole, as well as had additional TWC folks come out and change some settings at the box on the telephone pole; IIRC they said the signal was too high and they changed it from 55 to 42 (sorry, they didn't give me much info besides that).

I have a Motorola cable box in another room that works perfectly fine, as well as internet through TWC that is working perfectly fine. The tech checked the levels on all my cables with his equipment multiple times during his troubleshooting adventures.

Currently, it appears that the M-Card is paired properly with the unit, as far as I can tell and what TWC says as well (though I don't trust them entirely).

I previously had a TivoHD Series 3 with 2 S-Cards and NO tuning adapter that worked perfectly fine for several years. I can't explain how that worked without a TA other than it had been setup before they went SDV in Los Angeles and it retained it's ability to tune to those channels (?).

My best educated guess at this point having read up on the forums briefly is that the channel map is screwed up on the Roamio and that is preventing it from communicating with the new TA? Or the firmware on the TA is not compatible with the Roamio?

So here I am, waiting on another service call for a tech to come out tomorrow morning, however I have little faith that anything will get resolved.

I tried to cover my entire setup in this post, but I probably missed some key pieces of information. Hopefully someone out there has some suggestions to try; at this point I think I'm just going to do a full wipe on the Roamio and start from scratch, since I am out of options and am really frustrated.

Thanks for reading.

Premiere worth it for OTA?

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 16:29
I'm considering the current deal Tivo has while clearing out their Premiere models. We're planning to dump DirecTV completely, but we like our old DirecTivo so the natural thought was go OTA with a real Tivo. I've heard so much bad about the OTA tuners in the Premiere I'm wondering if it will be worth the money...?

Should I expect the OTA tuning to be similar in quality to my TV's direct antenna connection?

Episodes new season

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 15:17
My TiVoHD is not picking up season 3 of Episodes as new. It begins the same night as Shameless and House of Lies (1/12/14) but has an OAD of 1/8/13. Season 2 aired in 2012 so did season 3 air elsewhere last year and we need to change our SP to include repeats?

Comcast CableCard

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 15:02
Quick question...

Have a premiere that has no service. If I get another cable card from Comcast, will I be able to use the tivo to tune into channels? I realize there will be no guide or recording ability, but I'd like to be able to watch ESPN if it's easy to do. Can I even do guided setup without service?


The Official Good Guys of TV Thread

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 14:15
So, are good guys really that boring these days? Is every show about the anti-hero? Does every female character need to reform the 'bad boy'? Can the good guy be interesting on a tv show?

I've got a current example.

Ben Wyatt, Parks and Recreation. Never was such a good guy found, and yet the show continually finds hilarious things for him to do, and interactions with Leslie.

Another one.

Nick Miller, New Girl. Granted, Nick isn't a 'catch'. But there isn't a bad bone in his body either.

Roamio problems that I cannot live with...

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:44
Roamio must be able to record reliably. see this thread for details:

Another issue that I am seeing that I have not seen mentioned yet. When I use FF to fly past commercials, it sometimes takes 30 seconds or more for the audio to get synced back to the video. I have been forced to back up 30 seconds to give the Roamio a chance to get back in sync when the program restarts. It doesn't happen every time, but when it does it is very frustrating. Basically, all I hear is a popping sound every 5 seconds or so until the audio comes back even though the video starts immediately.

Note: I have used the 30 second skip option over the standard "fast scan" option.

I have seen this behavior on 2 different Roamio's so I expect the audio glitch to be present in all roamio's. Is anybody else seeing this issue?

pytivo .vob choppy playback

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:16
I have been using pytivo for a while now, and it's working great! BUT I recently started ripping my Penn and teller bull***** dvd's to my external. Season 1 and 2 ripped fine, but every season after that when i play them on the tivo, they play back choppy. It's every second or so, it kinda "skips" in a way. I have ripped several other movies in between seasons, and they play just fine. So it seems to be just seasons 3-6 of P&T that's doing it. I am ripping them using DVDfab9, using the default vob settings. I am ripping each title individually. So each episode is nameofepisode.vob. Any suggestions on how to fix them?

Adding Moca to Comcast Triple Play Modem

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 10:26
I've read all that I can find on this topic but not exactly what I'd need. I am wondering if someone can help me with the specific equipment I need. I'm hoping to order it all from Amazon today.

I have a Roamio Plus and a Mini coming next week - and I have Comcast Triple Play. My internet/voice modem is in a different room than my two TVs and I am currently using wireless to cover my house. (Airport Extreme)

In my reading, I can't use Wireless to stream live TV or recorded shows to my Tivo Mini, so I'm going to need to use Moca. All well and good, but I'll need a Moca Adapter at my modem, correct? I'd like to order one today, but I'm not sure which one (Actiontec looks like it's best?) and if I'll need splitters (which one?) or filters?

It's all a bit confusing, and I'd love to order known good components based on someone else's experience. Thank you for paying it forward!


Adanced DVR-Lifetime fee

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 10:12
My HR10-250 is definitely on its last legs so I'm thinking of either upgrading to the new THR22 or possibly switch to Comcast. I bought the HR10-250 on my own and got the lifetime service with it which was grandfathered in when Directv took over the Tivo handling)

A few years back there was some screwiness with my billing where they kept charging me HD even though I specifically couldn't get HD channels and that finally got resolved after much back and forth.

While checking the bill today to see the price difference between Directv and comcast I noticed that my DVR service is activated ($10 fee) along with my waived Tivo fee. However, I don't get charged that $10 fee. My bill only shows my channel package and "Advanced Receiver-DVR Lifetime" which is $0.00 (and the sports fee and tax).

Does the $10 DVR fee go along with the lifetime service or is this a billing error in my favor (possibly caused by that back and forth in the past)

I know if I upgrade to the THR22 that I'll get the $10 HD fee but I'm trying to figure out if I'll get the $10 DVR fee added back in too. ($20 more per month plus the lease fee?! Hullo Comcast...)

Finding Tivo model number

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 08:31
Is there a screen in Tivo Central that shows the model number of a Tivo. I am in the process of buying a replacement drive from Weeknees and want to make sure I get the correct drive. I have a Tivo 2 tuner Premiere (the original one not one of the newer ones with the smaller hard drive).

As a side note, it appears that Weaknees is the cheapest place to buy a formatted drive. Unless someone knows of a cheaper place.

Thanks for the help.

channel listings with 3 same channels

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 08:16
Why do some channels have 3 channels listed in the guide?
I understand there is usually a lower channel number for SD and an equivalent high channel number for HD, but sometimes there is an intermediate channel number as well. In the examples below, all of them have the same programming. There are more examples, but I just listed 3.

AMC channels 63, 550 & 1652
Animal planet channels 36, 254 & 1622
CNN channels 46, 311 & 1630

I'm trying to (painfully) go through my channel list and remove duplicate channels and only leave HD channels when SD channels exist. Looks like when I'm finished I won't be getting the 200+ channels that Time Warner Austin says I get for my monthly sub. :confused:

Also, I've very concerned that after I go through all of this trouble that any glitch or software reset might erase all of my efforts. It would be so nice if one could backup this type of stuff with the ability to restore it in such a situation.

The Big Bang Theory [01/02/2014] - "The Hesitation Ramification"

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 07:11
Oh dear.
Penny: Let's get married?
Leonard: What?
Penny: Leonard Hofstadter, will you marry me?
Leonard: Um....
Penny: Did you seriously just say "Umm..."? Also, I'm going to have to re-watch the ending where Sheldon was so supportive. I kept expecting it to be some kind of dream.:confused:

Treme Season 4 (Final Season and Final Episode) *spoilers*

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 05:52
This was one of those low key shows that I really liked. I'm glad HBO stuck with it even though it wasn't that popular.

There was a big cast, some of whom connected with me more than others. Antoine and his family and the kids in the band, Chief Lambreax and his son, LaDonna and her family, Janet Desautel, Toni Collette. Those were the characters I cared for the most.

It took me a while to warm to Davis. I hated him the first season but as the seasons went by, I grew to like his character more.

I never really grew to like Annie Tee. She just never seemed to fit into the rest of the show to me. Maybe it's because she started the show with Sonny whom I loathed for every second of his screen time. Then she was attached to Davis as one of the world's most mind bendingly bizarre couples and I've been ambivalent about his character. She was so miserable this final season that I couldn't wait until her scenes were over.

Terry the cop never really grabbed me but I liked him with Toni. But then he just bailed on her when he resigned and I thought "You jerk!"

I kinda liked Nelson Hildago but to paraphrase something his character said in the last episode, he came to town and made a lot of money but didn't really accomplish anything. That's pretty much how I feel about his character.

There are some actors that I just plain like and am happy to see them turn up on shows: Wendell Pierce, Khandi Alexander, Kim Dickens, Clarke Peters. I hope to see them again.

1080 p 60 fps - new S5 feature

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 03:41
I mirror my roamio to two displas. A 1080P projector, and a 1366 X 768 plasma. my avr's don't offer scaling features so my displays are fed pure signals from TiVo. My findings are that 1080i content looks better outpit at 1080p when viewed on my 1080 projector. because of this result I was also hoping 720P content would look just as good on my 720p plasma when the TiVo was set to output 1080P fixed. this would be good because then I wouldn't worry about time out for resolution changes when changing channels. unfortunately after more testing, 720 P material still looks better output of TiVo at 720 P when out put to my 720p plasma. 1080p playback doesn't seem quite as soon as smooth. Like less frame rate. so I'm glad series 5 tivo has1080 P 60 fps, its just too bad 1080 P output doesn't look as good as 720 P output on my 720 display. end result is I have the following 3 rez outputs in settings checked :
-1080P 24 Fps pass through.
Ill do some more critical testing of 1080p 24 FPS later, but I presume if you have a display that correctly handles pull-down such 24fps films such as on Netflix, then its better to enable this.

Comcast VOD with Netflix on TiVo Roamio

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 02:09
When was this announced? Not sure which is bigger, Comcast supporting TiVo Roamio or Netflix. 2014 is going to be an interesting year!


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Tivo Series 3 HD w/ Lifetime for sale

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 23:49
Original Owner series 3 for sale, with Lifetime service.
Model is TCD648250B, that is THX-certified and has a digital readout on the front, software 11.0m-01-2-648

35 hrs HD / 303 SD hours capacity.

Includes manuals, cables, 2 remotes ( one great, one iffy)

$275 plus shipping from LA, CA

Please PM for pics.