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about to buy lifetime service, is Tivo in good shape?

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:33
I'm finding conflicting reports online. The first one says more than 3 million subscribers, the 2nd link says subscriptions dropped below 1 million. Although these two articles are 3 months apart, i can't imagine Tivo would pick up over 2 million subscribers in 2 months.

It would suck to buy lifetime and Tivo goes under. I'm probably thinking too much.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...percent-660432

http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2013-08/...l-subscribers/

Port Forwarding

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:31
Has anyone been able to set the tivo stream to port forward in the system information menu? Ive forwarded the ports in my router, but i am not able to enable port forwarding in the Out-of-Home menu. every time i click the check box, the check dissapears. it will not let me select it. anyone else seeing this? thanks.

Modern Family OAD 12/4/13

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:08
Great episode! lots of fun and some great lines.

Luke doing the commentary on the game and getting the digs in at #44 was great!

I didn't quite like the whole bit with Marshall, but it turned around so Phil made his sale for the month.

Claire and Jay just cracks me up. Anyone that has worked with family gets this. My sister was a Claire when she worked with our Mom. Oh my yes.

Phil struggling to get in the house was hysterical because it was just a Phil kind of thing to do. Okay the best was him using a recorder to try and get the snake out of his shoe.

"We, we, we, we!!"
"That's the sound Dolphins make!"

Arrow S02E08 OAD 12/04/2013 "The Scientist"

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 10:22
So, how will Barry Allen gets "quick on his feet"? The drugs, or the soon opened Star Labs Particle Accelerator? :)

Ra's al Ghul must be the leader of the main "Legion of Doom", so to speak. Almost every villain is tied to him, and is afraid of him.

Detective Lance must be an idiot. He talks to Felicity about "our mutual friend", all the while Oliver is right there investigating a crime.

It's good to see the superhero "lose" for once. Overall, a good episode.

Ads getting much more intrusive

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 09:54
I've noticed more and more ads and they are more and more intrusive. They occur larger than ever on the STOP bar (when pause, fast-forward, etc.), they are appearing now in "My Shows", and other places

It bothers me that I purchased my TIVO box and am paying a monthly subscription fee. I should not be inundated with ads for a service that I a paying for.

Does anyone agree with me?

Tivo Mini Internet Requirements?

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 09:26
Will a Tivo Mini continue to work to watch live or prerecorded TV in your home when there is a Tivo C133 outage or local ISP outage or is it fully dependent on having a constant connection to Tivo's servers to work?

Getting On - HBO

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 07:28
This is another Americanized version of a British show, and it feels very much like the British version of The Office, expect more subtle than it would have been if Ricky Gervais had been involved.

Anyone watching?

PS: I immediately noticed the actress who played Millie Helper on the old Dick Van Dyke Show as one of the patients.

OTA tuner works -- Cable does not

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 04:01
Wondering if anyone has run into this before:

I bought a Roamio and sold my Premiere to recoup some of the dough. When the buyer received it, he reported this problem:

>>The channels are listed under the program guide, but all channels are blank but for the message "Searching for a signal on this channel." I have run the complete setup twice and separate channel scans numerous times. I only have the basic analog cable package but do get 6 HD channels through the Clear QAM broadcast. Those channels are there and look good. My old Tivo HD Series 3 displays all channels properly, plus when I connect the cable directly to the TV, all channels are there, so this is not a problem with the signal not being present from the cable provider.<<

I had only used the Premiere for OTA, so never had occasion to use the cable tuner. Does this sound like the cable tuner is hosed, or could there be some other cause? If his Series 3 works fine with the cable signal, I would think the Premiere would be fine as well.

Any thoughts appreciated!

Will Cable TV ultimately migrate into being Internet TV?

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 02:33
Given that TVs are becoming more and more Internet devices with apps, will cable TV as it exists today disappear and we'll just have internet Entertainment channels\Apps. And from each network app we will be able to do various different things such as watch live programming, or watch that networks's VOD programming and anything else they offer via the internet to internet devices.

Not suggesting ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, TNT, CNN, etc will go away, rather they will become icons\apps we can select and watch, rather than having channel numbers.

I've wondered why the networks or local TV stations don't offer live streaming directly from their websites to phones, tablets, and internet enable TVs. I suppose it has to do with the rights\restrictions they have to distribute programming.

Open Letter to Tom Rogers, Tivo CEO and Tivo Management

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:50
I have been a Tivo customer for over ten years. My original Series 2 Tivo was a great product at the time, but since then every unit I've owned (Series 3 HD, Premiere XL, Premiere XL4, Stream, Mini and now Roamio Pro) has had so many bugs, including the service outage by Tivo’s servers all night yesterday.

You can browse the support forums here at Tivo Community and on Tivo’s own website and see numerous problems users have been experiencing due to poor engineering and software bugs. When is Tivo management going to get its act together and get the engineers and support staff to resolve all of these problems everyone is having in a timely manner? Does the management board even know about these problems? Do you use Tivos the way most users do on a daily basis to know how many problems there are, or is this just another case of a company being run by a board of executives with business degrees and no depth of understanding of the product that they’re selling?

Among the long list of problems I've been experiencing: Padding time to Season Pass recordings creating a 2nd manual recording, numerous problems connecting to Wifi, frequent problems connecting to the Tivo outside my home network, Tivo Desktop for Mac not having been updated in several years, Roxio's Tivo Transfer not working at all with the Roamio Pro, the iOS Tivo App showing the wrong disk percentage, the inability to transfer some older recordings from another Tivo. The list goes on and on. When Tivo’s servers went down last night, there was no way for Tivo owners to know that the errors they were getting were a result of the servers being down. This information should have been made available on Tivo’s website. This shows an incredible lack of communication between Tivo and their customers.

These are issues that have been ongoing for months, and in some cases, years. The Level 1 phone support staff doesn't know how to solve these known issues. Incredibly, many aren’t even aware that these problems are known issues. They make you go through their canned troubleshooting guide over the phone, which is an incredible waste of everyone’s time. The Level 2 support staff seems to know about some of the problems, but the Level 1 staff makes it really difficult for Tivo owners to get through to them. It seems that the only decent support for Tivo owners is on their website forum and here at Tivo Community, but we only have the ability to make each other aware of known problems, not fix them.

This is completely unacceptable for an $1,100 product (Roamio Pro with Lifetime Service). I wish there was a better alternative for a standalone DVR besides the cable companies’ DVRs, which have far fewer features. Currently, I’m only a Tivo customer out of a lack of better options.

Tivo management, please take the necessary steps to recognize the numerous problems Tivo users are having and find a way to get the engineering and support staff to fix them and communicate with customers in a timely and efficient way.

Can not link my tivo to Zap2it

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:48
I have a Tivo XL4. I been trying to link it to zap2it but it fails. I get this message.

Sorry, we're currently unable to link your TiVo account to your Zap2it account. Please try again later or contact customer support.

I been trying it for about a week now. Does any one know what is causing problem and how to fix it?

Are there two versions of TIVO MINIs?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:48
I got my Mini, but there is nothing on the box or the instructions that mentions Roamio. It says compatible with Premiere, XL and Elite. Did I get the right Mini, does it matter?

I thought this product came out at the same time with the Roamio, so I'm surprised Roamio is not mentioned in the literature/manual.

Open Letter to Tom Rogers, Tivo CEO and Tivo Management

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:43
I have been a Tivo customer for over ten years. My original Series 2 Tivo was a great product at the time, but since then every unit I've owned (Series 3 HD, Premiere XL, Premiere XL4, Stream, Mini and now Roamio Pro) has had so many bugs, including the service outage by Tivo’s servers all night yesterday.

You can browse the support forums here at Tivo Community and on Tivo’s own website and see numerous problems users have been experiencing due to poor engineering and software bugs. When is Tivo management going to get its act together and get the engineers and support staff to resolve all of these problems everyone is having in a timely manner? Does the management board even know about these problems? Do you use Tivos the way most users do on a daily basis to know how many problems there are, or is this just another case of a company being run by a board of executives with business degrees and no depth of understanding of the product that they’re selling?

Among the long list of problems I've been experiencing: Padding time to Season Pass recordings creating a 2nd manual recording, numerous problems connecting to Wifi, frequent problems connecting to the Tivo outside my home network, Tivo Desktop for Mac not having been updated in several years, Roxio's Tivo Transfer not working at all with the Roamio Pro, the iOS Tivo App showing the wrong disk percentage, the inability to transfer some older recordings from another Tivo. The list goes on and on. When Tivo’s servers went down last night, there was no way for Tivo owners to know that the errors they were getting were a result of the servers being down. This information should have been made available on Tivo’s website. This shows an incredible lack of communication between Tivo and their customers.

These are issues that have been ongoing for months, and in some cases, years. The Level 1 phone support staff doesn't know how to solve these known issues. Incredibly, many aren’t even aware that these problems are known issues. They make you go through their canned troubleshooting guide over the phone, which is an incredible waste of everyone’s time. The Level 2 support staff seems to know about some of the problems, but the Level 1 staff makes it really difficult for Tivo owners to get through to them. It seems that the only decent support for Tivo owners is on their website forum and here at Tivo Community, but we only have the ability to make each other aware of known problems, not fix them.

This is completely unacceptable for an $1,100 product (Roamio Pro with Lifetime Service). I wish there was a better alternative for a standalone DVR besides the cable companies’ DVRs, which have far fewer features. Currently, I’m only a Tivo customer out of a lack of better options.

Tivo management, please take the necessary steps to recognize the numerous problems Tivo users are having and find a way to get the engineering and support staff to fix them and communicate with customers in a timely and efficient way.

Permenant On Screen Clock for Roamio

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:47
We just upgraded from a TivoHD to Roamio Plus. Big change in interface! We'll be getting used to it pretty fast.

It appears that the hack to turn on the onscreen clock permanently doesn't work any more. Is there a way to get this to work again? <sel><play><sel>9<sel> isn't working. We added another <sel> at the beginning, but it didn't seem to help either.

Any suggestions will be most welcome. I gotta keep my wife happy!

Roamio Tuners Stuck on Record!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 20:42
Have had a TivoHD since 2007 - saw the ads and got a new Roamio last Weds (Best Buy) ... I added to my existing account and put it in the HT Friday morning - worked great no complaints. We've got FIOS with a cable card here in the DC area. Tuesday night it was acting funny due to the TIVO HQ problems - couldn't connect to Tivo Home or some such. I read here that that was a known problem, so we just watched some prerecorded shows and that worked fine.

Came home from work this afternoon and noticed it was recording at 4:20PM. I don't record anything at that hour, so I turned on the TV and HT receiver and saw it was recording ch 1509 TELESALV - some kind of Spanish language channel that I apparently don't receive in my FIOS package anyway (!) ... flipped Live TV and the next tuner was on 1511 XHAW - apparently another spanish language channel I don't subscribe to. The other 2 tuners were on the local NBC and the local CBS HD channels, which is where I usually leave them.

I could not change channels on the 2 "locked" tuners - tho since I am new to the Roamio - maybe it was stuck on that channel because it was recording - tho of course recording a blank channel means there is no real recording to save.

Anyway, I force it to restart and the problem was gone - for maybe 90 minutes ... then I saw it was recording again. Checked the Season pass manager and there is nothing in there like this.

Went into Customer Svc chat at tivo.com and the CSR had me cycle power - and right now, its not recording. Headed to bed soon - guess I'll know in the AM if its fixed or if I have to swap the box ... its under 30 days so it can be returned for a refund - but I did get it for a good price!

Survivor "Rustled Feathers" - 12/04/2013

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 20:24
That was a fun episode and I have to admit I was on the edge of my seat for the stone raffle. I wish they'd come up with a better way of deciding than just 'dumb luck', but still... what a fun Tribal Council. :D :up:

I didn't see what the preview 'spoiler' was that y'all were talking about last week. Did it turn out to be a red herring or did it pan out?

How much does a cablecard cost the cable co?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 20:18
I'm planning to buy a Roamio Plus, and I just signed up for Verizon Fios and learned that the cablecard will cost me $5/month. This seems appallingly high. I am coming from Comcast that charged me $1.50 for two CCs.

Does anyone know how much the cable cos/Verizon actually pay the equipment makers for a CC?

I am curious what payback period Verizon is enjoying (e.g., a 3-month payback assuming a CC costs $15).

roamio remote & YouTube

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 20:01
Sorry if this has been covered before, but is there anywhere to find out what remote keys control the functions of the YouTube app?

What happened to the main apps? Gone..

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 19:06
I'm aware Tivo was experiencing some technical issues yesterday evening and their service was down. I noticed this morning that Netflix, Youtube and Hulu are not longer under the 'Find TV, Movie and Videos' menu.

Were they removed? I can still access Youtube and Netflix via DIAL from my ipad but no access to them from the Tivo interface.

Any ideas on what happened? I haven't seen other posts on this so I'm assuming it's not widespread.

Tony

Season Passes on Roamio and tivo.com don't match

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 18:56
On tivo.com my Roamio Pro (correctly) has 41 Season Passes. Only 9 of these Season Passes have made it to the Roamio. Any ideas what is wrong? Is this connected with the tivo.com outages and performance issues we've been seeing?

When I add new Season Passes on the Roamio, they do not appear on tivo.com.

When I add new Season Passes on tivo.com, they do not appear on the Roamio.

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