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Premiere XL4 + Synology DS213j

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 21:51
Hello everyone,

I had a TiVo about six years ago and loved it - best GUI, best remote, best experience. :) But for various reasons I've been stuck using other DVRs since then. :mad: Now I'm ready to jump on the TiVo Premiere + Stream bundle and while I'm at it I also want to upgrade my home NAS. :)

In reading various threads around the Internet (that may have been two or three years old) I was starting to get the impression that Synology NAS's required modifications or hacks to work nicely with TiVo, whereas something like the Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Plus (RNDP200U-100NAS) was more "plug n play". But then coming to this site it seems lots of people are happy using their Synologys. (Perhaps these "hacks" people spoke of are simply installing pyTivo or something? I'm a python developer, so I expect setting up pyTivo will be a piece of cake for me.) Anyway, the Netgear model seems to be several years old and appears to be SATA 300, so that's kind of a deal-breaker in 2013.

So at this point I'm thinking I'll get the Premiere XL4 + Stream bundle (with lifetime service) and add the Synology DS213j (when it's released later this month) with a pair of Western Digital WD20EZRX (2TB) drives in RAID 1. Then I'll install pyTivo on the Synology. (btw, are there any other software packages I may also want to install?)

So does that seem reasonable? Before I drop this much cash, I just wanted to check with all you experts to make sure these seem like good hardware choices that will play nicely together. Any suggestions, advice, recommendations are welcome.


Thinking about DirectTV / TIVO.. opinions and technical info needed

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 21:37
Hi Everybody.

I live in Coral Springs, FL, and we have the worst cable company in the world. last year, we bought two Tivo Premieres for $99 each and the life-time buyout fee of $399 per machine. I love the Tivo interface, and the ability to share recordinsg across the network.

Rcently, our cable company ditched its analog channels permanently. all channels are digital now. We don't have a cable card nor use the cable provider's decoder box, we just buy the basic cable package plus extended cannels, for a total of about 99 channels( the lower 99).

we dont get any pay channels, but are fine with that.

one of the major problems with the changeover, was that the Tivo program guide doesn't match any of the new channels, even after running all updates and re-scanning all the channels. its been two months now, and still no correction. the channels are the "same' n the sense that lets say that channel 19 is the CW network, but channel 19 doesn't have any content on it, Channel 19-1 and 19-2 have the content( one is SD and the other is HD ).

this poses the problem where none of the programming matches the channels...

I was looking at DirectTV as an alternatve, and saw that they have a Tivo unit. My question is this: can i utilize my existing Tivo units on our TVs, and put the DirectTV Tivo unit on a 3rd TV, and have them all co-mingle together nicely, including sharing recordings across my home network? Or do I have to have directTV Tivo units on all TVs to decode the Direct TV signal?

Thanks for any advice/knowledge that you can give:)

The Office Finale - 5/16/2013

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 21:31
Very happy Michael Scott was there. It was a very subdued appearance but I thought it was well done. It was fairly obvious when Jim said he couldn't be best man.

As an overall finale it was at ok.

The Big Bang Theory 5/16/13 "The Bon Voyage Reaction"

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 20:50
Kind of a middling BBT episode, IMO. And as season finales go, well, not much of one, IMO.

But they FINALLY cured Raj of his affliction. And great! Not much more to say about that.

Kinda don't care about Leonard and Penny for some reason.

Arrow - S01E23 - "Sacrifice" 05/15/2013

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 19:29
I'm amused by that fact that both Arrow and Supernatural had season finales titled "Sacrifice".

However, Oliver Queen, you have failed this city.

To be fair, I didn't see the second device coming either but Malcolm has been one step ahead for a while now so it's not a total stretch.

It looked to me like the second device didn't destroy all of the Glades but maybe half of it?
(Certainly the Arrow Lair was intact.)

Tommy, Tommy, Tommy. Well, I didn't see that death coming. And it was set up well.
I really enjoyed Colin Donnell's acting this episode for not only his death scene but his reaction to Malcolm playing his mother's voicemail.

And Diggle to the rescue!
I was a tad concerned that they might off Diggle when you consider how they seem to be playing up Roy (and it's also amusing that on last week's episode of Blue Bloods, David Ramsey's character Spoiler: was shot and possibly crippled .)

Also nice to see Quinten be a hero too and I thought his goodbye to Laurel was heartfelt as well.

With all that was going on, it would have been easy to miss Oliver's first kill back on the island was Fyers.

So what happens next season?

iPhone App Support

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 12:08
Has anyone been able to get v3.0 of the Tivo iPhone/iPad app to work with the minis?

After upgrading they no longer appear in the Select DVR list.

I followed these instructions http://www.iphonefaq.org/archives/971543 to go back to the previous version of the app, and can now control them again from my iPhone.

TiVo iOS app update 3.0

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 11:55
New update...adds "what to watch" feature and for some reason REMOVES Mini support...not really sure I understand why mini support would be removed...

American Idol Finale - 5/15 & 5/16/2013

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 10:54
Surprised there is no thread for the 2013 finale...

What did everyone think of last night's performances?

I am about to hit the road and deal with the commute, but thought I would start the thread to get the ball rolling and check out the comments (and chime in) later...

What did you think of the Carly Rae Jepson song from the Coke influence?

Tivo Premiere won't let me scan,or restart

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 09:27
I recently bought a used Tivo Premiere,which I haven't activated yet.One reason being I'm waiting for Zap2it to update its TV Guide for my area -which I've been told,could take awhile,but,it will get done.Our lone analog channel flastcut to digital today,so,now the listings are out again...


2 things I notice:

1)If I try to restart,I press 3 thumbs down,enter,then nothing happens,except the boom,boom,boom audio effect. lol

2)I tried to scan for digital channels,but,same as above.

Is this because I haven't activated the Tivo box?

Fortunately,I can dial in the NEW 12.1 channel direct and watch it.

Too bad there isn't a way to just add one channel,but,I have the same problem with my Sony Bravia TV,you have to do a new 'scan' for digital channels,yet with my parents Toshiba,you just have to dial it in and if it's there,it'll lock it in.

On another note:

I can sign up at tivo.com/activate ,right,have to commit for 1 year and,then,if I want to cancel,I have to phone the 877 number,correct?

Modern Family | "Games People Play" | 2013-05-15

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 07:49
So-so episode for me.

Luke's quote after falling out of the RV bathroom was the highlight for me :)

No inter-family scenes that I remember...

shark tank 5 10 13

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 07:15
wow the burger chicks were hard headed. why not take the money for more trucks then use those profits for the restaurant? they admitted this wasnt enough for the restaurant so it did seem like flailing a bit

i had the same reaction as mark when the movie was pitched. i thought it would be about racing bikes around a track like you can race cars at speedways now. plop down some money and get to ride like the pros

i thougth the photobooth was a bit silly and the guys were toooo slick. i didnt understand where all the props come from? do you buy them? no way could u rent as people will jsut steal them. i didnt catch the price of the photo array? they all did look funny in the outfits, esp the pimps

i think robert missed the mark on the bike one. there's a group of parents out there willing to spend to get their kids every leg up and while i wouldnt invest, she had some decent number

TiVo’s Next Frontier: What to Watch (WTW) on TV

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 05:34

TiVo, the company that sparked the rise of time-shifted TV, now wants to give users a personalized cheat-sheet of what to tune in to right now — eventually incorporating suggestions from friends and critics’ picks.

Supernatural - Sacrifice" - 5/15/13 *Season Finale*

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 05:08
I have so many feelings. That's FOUR brother hugs this season! FOUR!!!!!
And that scene with Sam and Dean was one of the most powerful brother moments of the series. Sam's greatest sin is always letting Dean down. Dean telling Sam that nothing and nobody, past or present will ever come before his little brother. I just..... don't even look at me. I'm not crying like a baby right now.

I have to admit. I was pretty fearful of the whole Cas falling thing. I figured they would break continuity with Anna to do it and I wasn't going to like it. This though, this I can accept. I still don't love they are going in this direction with Cas because he's now just a "baby in a trenchcoat" and what the hell is he going to do next season? Just tag along with the boys? He's pretty useless like this. And I love badass Cas so much. I guess I'll just have to look forward to him getting his grace back at some point.

And hats off to everyone's acting this episode. Jared especially. That was emmy worthy. Mark Sheppard knocked it out of the park as well. I'm curious what happens with Crowley now that they didn't finish. Will he stay at this in between good/bad or will he eventually go back to his old evil self? I enjoyed his snark so I kinda hope the latter.

Jody lived! Thought when I heard she was making a guest spot they'd just kill her off too! I am bummed about Alaina. Abaddon survived but I don't see how she could ever go back into that meat suit again. And she was good, SO GOOD in that role. Maybe my favorite demon next to Crowley.

I'm not sure what else I have to say. Next season with no angels and all the demons still roaming should be very interesting.


20.3.1 Update Available

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 21:38
Quote: Originally Posted by news4me2 (Post 9660969) Before Update-
Software Version:
Flash Player Version: 20-2-2-mr/2012.10.02-1005
HD Menu Software Version: b-iris-2-2-mr/2012.11.16-1437

After Update-
Software Version: 20.3.1
Flash Player Version: quattro-2-3/2013.04.24-1805
HD Menu Software Version: b-iris-2-3/2013.03.12-1217 Update took 25min after reboot.

Don't see any new HD menus

The "One Moment" screen launches in HD then quickly changes resolution to blurry.

HDUI seems noticeably faster.

YouTube now launches very quickly.

Minimum File Size Bug (of 2.05GB) has been fixed.

TiVo Desktop Plus no longer finds TiVo Premiere

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 19:53
My Tivo Desktop Plus application has always found my Tivo Premiere. It can no longer find it when I try to transfer recorded material.

It is connected with a Tivo wireless adapter. I have tried re-seating the adapter and it connects to the internet, so I know that it is working on my network, but it is still not seen by the Tivo Desktop Plus application.

Any suggestions?


Premiere Q vs XL4

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 17:55
Was looking to pickup a used XL4 and instead found a Q for sale. Can't find any definitive explanation of the Q vs the XL4. They appear to be similar. Are they the same? If not, what are the differences? I know that it's an MSO offering and it was available before the XL4 Are these boxes the property of the MSO and only available for lease, or is this a legitimate end-user sale? Any issues with buying it and adding on a lifetime subscription? Thanks.

Thumbs Up / Green for Constructive Posts

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 16:35
Can we implement a feature where for every post we can give it a thumbs up or down, or green or red, like they do in other forums and display a net popularity score?

It would encourage more constructive posts, discourage "troll" or unconstructive replies, and give readers an idea as to what the forum readership thinks of each post.

KMTTG on OSX -> Custom Command help

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 15:13
Looking for guidance / help.

KMTTG on OSX and looking to have the file once processed as an AppleTV, ComSkip, MetaData put into iTunes. Encoder Out files have their own directory.

I played with using Automator to do this by moving any new files to
iTunes\ iTunes Media\Automatically Add to iTunes
where the file would autoload into iTunes Library. Issue is that the metadata file is put there first, before download/decrypt/comskip/encoding, and that file (the Metadata) is moved too quickly, and Automic Parsley does not have it to run at the end. --- I Could try to 'copy' the files, but would have a double storage need until I clean up the encoded files.

I then tried to write a shell script to move the file. The following in a text file named move-it.sh in the same directory as kmttg jar file;

Quote: mv -f "$1" /Volumes/Raid5-upper/iTunes/iTunes\ Media/Automatically\ Add\ to\ iTunes/ did the chmod +x move-it.sh

then on the Programs Tab of the Configuration of kmttg I put
Quote: move-it.sh [encodeFile] it did not work :confused:

So, does anyone have a working solution that moves the completed (post metatag) file to another directory?

Sometimes Records Wrong Channel

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 13:58
I Have A Motorola Cable Box From Comcast. Connects To A Series 2 TIVO Via A Serial Control Cable.
Problem: Lately The TIVO Occasionally Records Either 1 Channel Above Or Below The Desired Channel.
I've Checked The Cable & It's Properly Seated. I've Powered Off Of Cable Box And TIVO And Cycled Them. The Problem Persists, But It's Random.

Any Suggestions Appreciated.

Actors/Characters other people have a crush on that YOU don't get

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:18
Carried over from the other thread -

I do not now nor have I ever understood the Ryan Gosling love. He can act, and I appreciate that someone who can actually act is getting so much work. But the drooling baffles me.