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All TiVo reps are NOT created equal.

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 22:28
We have a TiVo stuck on a startup loop. Been there done that six months ago, got the replacement.

Now, I'm sure they get a lot of inept people calling, but seriously, you can see we've been customers since 2001 so maybe we might have an effing clue about what we're doing?

But this jerk (hi Bob!) was trying to blame it on:

1. Being plugged into a UPS (saying those are really just to give you time to back up your 100 page thesis if the power goes out). So, we should "let TiVo take the brunt of the restart" and forget trying to save an $800 investment if there's a lightning strike...

2. Bad wiring in our house (asking us when the house was built and claiming "who knows what those contractors do"). At one point he said "I have a $100,000 sound system but I plugged a $1000 receiver in and it blew up. So you just never know."

3. Using an external expander (asking us if we read the hard drive manual and/or contacted them regarding hooking it up because they can be wonky). Um, no, we plugged it in and followed the Tivo's on-screen instructions.

4. Not plugging in the expander in the right order.

5. Having anything else plugged into the UPS along with the TiVo (we don't but it shouldn't matter).

6. Having the TV and TiVo plugged into the same outlet (he was talking to us about things like grounding and circuits and ...SERIOUSLY?

7. Claiming we never did a guided startup (then how the hell were we recording programs?).

Basically, it was something we're obviously doing since this is the second one that's died. Then he tells us that after a third replacement they won't replace it again. Huh?! We said we bought the warranty. Nope, three and you're done.

The whole conversation was just completely ludicrous. The things I've mentioned are the BASICS of what he touched on, and everything just sounded utterly condescending. I SO wish we had been recording it because we were just so gobsmacked. My husband and I just kept looking at each other and mouthing "Is he serious?"

Needless to say we asked for a manager and he didn't seem very with it, either--he was just kinda like "Hey, soooo, where are we at? Let me look at your info..." instead of jumping in feet first and taking control). But to his credit he processed the exchange as if we were still within the first 90 days so there's zero cost to us AND we still have the rest of our original warranty left. He said he had no idea what the other guy was talking about limiting exchanges to three.

So, if you happen to get Bob who sounds quite a bit dooshy and questions the build construction of your house while diagnosing a dead TiVo, hang up and try again. Or record it for all to enjoy.

American Idol - Top 3 Perform - OAD 5/8/2013

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 21:55
I have no idea how America is going to vote. I can say that in the few years that I have watched this show the this is, by a long shot, the most talented top three I have seen.

If I had to rank the rounds I would say

Round 1 went to Angie
Round 2 went to Kree
Round 3 went to Candace

Some of the song choices tonight did not let the singers soar. They really handcuffed Kree with the 1st and 3rd song choice but she was stellar on the 2nd song.

I said this back at the top 10 two months ago and it still holds true today

Quote: Originally Posted by Maui (Post 9559233) I think overall Candice is the best singer out of the top ten but I find myself pulling for Kree. Candace is amazing!

At this point I don't think the results matter. I could see all three women being successful after the show.

Survivor Caramoan : OAD 5-8-2013 - "Don't Say Anything About My Mom"

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 20:10
Poor Brenda, I almost feel sorry for her.

Honestly, I would not have given my reward away to the other 4. It was a terrible strategic move because it made her way more likable in a Final 3.

Cochran with his mother chitchatting about her flight and whatnot was great.

Anyway, finalé on Sunday, right? I would love to see Cochran win. At this point, I think any of them except Sheri could win it.

How Many Mini's per Host DVR?

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 13:54
I seem to recall that someone here on TCF connected a 3rd Mini to their host DVR... Dave Zatz tweeted an answer to a question today that the Mini is currently capped at two per 4-tuner DVR. Is there really that limitation?

In the faq attached to my Amazon review of the Mini I included the following Q&A... I'm having trouble determining whether my Q&A is accurate on this issue.

Quote: Q: How many Mini's can I have on my network?
A: The number of Mini's is limited by the 10-device limit on a TiVo account. Theoretically you could have 1 host-DVR and 9-Mini's on a network although it is my understanding that a host DVR can only stream 4 programs simultaneously. Until I see other evidence, I would say the limit per host DVR is 3 Mini's where 2 Mini's can stream live television if the host-DVR is configured to allow 2 devices to watch live TV. TiVo has promised a software update to support Dynamic Tuner Allocation (DTA) in the future.

XL4 and 30 sec skip and Harmony One Remote

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 13:09
Question:

I upgraded from Tivo HD XL to the XL4 recently and loving the new machine. I have always used a Logitech Harmony One remote with Tivo. I was able to make a new profile with the remote for the XL4 and all the buttons are mapped they way I like and the remote works fine.

But the XL4 has a few features the HD Xl does not. If you hold the advance (30 sec skip) button it will now take you to the end of a recording or to live TV. This is new for me. And of course my remote (or the tivo) seems a bit too glitchy for this feature. If i tap the button it usually takes me 30 secs. if I tap it 3 times it will advance 90 seconds etc. But often if i tap the button it will act as if I am pressing and holding and then take me to the end of the recording. Last night I was watching Matt Harvey pitching a perfect game in the 6th inning. i skipped ahead to the 7th being careful to just lightly tap the button - and of course it took me to the end of the game (Harvey allowed one hit)

This seems to happen mostly in longer recordings of live events - like sports.

Is there any way to disable the feature of skipping to end of recording. I like that u can skip to the beginning of a recording by holding down the replay button. But skipping to end is sort of pointless cause you could always hit ff a few times and then hit the 30 sec skip button and tivo would jump by steps to the end very fast.

If there is no way to disable this feature perhaps i can adjust my delays within the harmony software. Anyone know the correct process?

Finally I would like to know more about the 30 sec skip feature. On the old Tivo, when i hit that button it would take me 30 secs ahead in a jump cut and usually find the correct spot to continue playback. On the XL4 the 30 sec skip will jog through the recording (i can see the commercials speed by) and usually it is not as precise finding the correct playback. I read that there are codes to toggle that can restore the old 30 sec skip. If this is indeed true, have any of you used this feature on series 4 machines? Is it a better way to skip commercials? Can i set it so it will always stay on or will i have to toggle it on after every show? Will using the 30 sec jump this way eliminate my problem of inadvertently moving to end of recording?

Thanks in advance

Kick start

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 12:12
I have the tiVo elite. I would like to know if it has Kick start on it? If it does how do you access it.

Viglink links in private messages? Come on!

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 12:09
I got a private message from another user who referred to Xbox Live.

I was surprised that it was linked to an Amazon page of Xbox Live content. Then I noticed the pop-up where it said that the link was added by Viglink.

Is it really necessary to modify the contents of our private messages and insert advertising links in them? That seems really, really tacky to me.

slingbox + tivo + pytivo

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 09:51
Here is what I want to do: slingbox 350 connected to my premiere xl-4 and use my Asus transformer prime android tablet - with the slingplayer app and use the tablet's micro hdmi port to connect to a remote tv for remote tv viewing.

Will this work?
any cautions?
Will I have full access to the tivo - including pytivo and vidmgr remotely?
I have a bunch of movies that I would like to stream remotely too via pytivo.

Thanks in advance.

KMTTG: Episode number is Season and Episode

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 09:43
I might have missed a knob that can fix this, but the INCREDIBLE KMTTG (it is the BEST), seems to want to put the Episode as Season+Episode. So Season 1's episodes will be 101, 102, 103 and Season's 2 will be 201, 202..... Season is correct, but the Meta Data for Episode is a mash up?

Did I miss something?

TiVo Mini Streaming computer files - Flingo Desktop

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 05:53
I've played around with it some, and it works. It can stream videos from your computer to your TiVo Mini. The controls are limited (haven't figured out FF / RW yet).

https://github.com/Flingo/Flingo/downloads

FS: Samsung Galaxy S4

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 03:40
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Feature:
13+ Megapixel Camera,
3.5mm Stereo Jack,
A2DP, Android OS, Bluetooth,
Calendar, Camera,
Candy Bar Form, Email Client,
Front Facing Camera, GPS / Location,
Megapixel Camera, Memory Card Slot, MP3,
Quad-core processor, Smartphone,
Speaker Phone, Touch Screen, Video Capture,
Video Clip, Voice Dialing, Wi-Fi


EMAIL: electronicsoutlets@li ve.com


SMS: +1404-908-0684


skype: electol

Product Includes
* Samsung Galaxy S4 Unlocked Import
* Additional 16GB micro SD included in box.
* 1 x Handsfree
* 1 x USB Cable
* 1 x Battery
* 1 x Charger
* 1 x Quick Guide
* Certificate of authenticity & Warranty.

Key Product Features
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
microSD, up to 64 GB
13 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA,
Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Exynos 5450 Quad
Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A15
GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
Smart Stay eye tracking

Product Description
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will also come with a Mail-T658 GPU, there will also be 2GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel rear camera for photos and video plus a 2 megapixel front camera

Samsung are expected to use their latest Exynos processor in the Galaxy S4, which is their 8 core Exynos Octa 5 processor that is rumored to come with a clock speed of 1.8GHz

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FS: Samsung Galaxy S4

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 03:07
SMS: +1404-908-0684 for best wholesales price.

Feature:
13+ Megapixel Camera,
3.5mm Stereo Jack,
A2DP, Android OS, Bluetooth,
Calendar, Camera,
Candy Bar Form, Email Client,
Front Facing Camera, GPS / Location,
Megapixel Camera, Memory Card Slot, MP3,
Quad-core processor, Smartphone,
Speaker Phone, Touch Screen, Video Capture,
Video Clip, Voice Dialing, Wi-Fi


SMS: +1404-908-0684


skype: electol

Product Includes
* Samsung Galaxy S4 Unlocked Import
* Additional 16GB micro SD included in box.
* 1 x Handsfree
* 1 x USB Cable
* 1 x Battery
* 1 x Charger
* 1 x Quick Guide
* Certificate of authenticity & Warranty.

Key Product Features
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
microSD, up to 64 GB
13 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA,
Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Exynos 5450 Quad
Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A15
GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
Smart Stay eye tracking

Product Description
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will also come with a Mail-T658 GPU, there will also be 2GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel rear camera for photos and video plus a 2 megapixel front camera

Samsung are expected to use their latest Exynos processor in the Galaxy S4, which is their 8 core Exynos Octa 5 processor that is rumored to come with a clock speed of 1.8GHz

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OTHER FEATURED PRODUCTS:
* BLACKBERRY Q10
* BLACKBERRY Z10
* BLACKBERRY PORSCHE P9981 SILVER DESIGN
* APPLE iPHONE 5 16GB/32GB/64GB
* APPLE iPAD 4
* SAMSUNG GALAXY S3
* SAMSUNG GALAXY S4
* SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 2


----FOR PRICES CONTACT----


SMS: +1404-908-0684

skype: electol

Replacement XL4 -> Refurbished Elite

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 01:43
Bought a new XL4 in January. Mid March started having major pixellation on numerous HD channels, some with total signal loss. It was intermittent and would effect different channels at different times, although there was a core of channels (707,709, 710) that were always unwatchable.

Comcast (San Francisco) was out four times. Signal always tested OK. They replaced the cable from their terminal on roof to equipment, replaced the cable card. Finally connected cable that went to XL4 to old Series 3 in bedroom and the Series 3 had pixellation. Reversed connections and connected cable from bedroom Series 3 to XL4 in bedroom and it was fine. That seemed to eliminate the cable as the source of the problem. Must say that Comcast was very aggressive in trying to find the problem.

Called Tivo and they sent replacement. Arrived today and to my surprise it was a refurbished Elite. I know the Elites became the XL4 about April, 2012.

So basically I have a refurbished Tivo that is at least 1+ year old. Who knows how long it's been sitting around or why it's been sitting around so long. I actually thought I was going to get another XL4. I didn't realize they would replace with an old refurbished unit.

My question is should I be concerned? Is this normal? I will be setting up tomorrow. I sure hope it works because I don't want to go through the replacement process again.

Thanks for reading...I know I went on a bit long.

Streaming problems

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 23:27
I have problems streaming Netflix through my TiVo DVR. As many as twenty times during a film it will stop to recover the material. I thought my wireless router might be the problem, so I replaced it with a more powerful one, but no real improvement occurred. FYI, the router and the TV/TiVo are about twelve feet apart.

Any suggestions welcome.

The Cleveland Show - 5/12

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 21:00
The new episode of The Cleveland Show that was supposed to air on 5/5 but got pre-empted by the end of the rain-delayed NASCAR race will air on 5/12 at 7 PM (Eastern/Pacific). If you have an SP, you might want to make sure that the episode is set to record, as the guide probably thinks that this episode aired last week.

Note that the new episode already scheduled for 7:30 will air as well.

Voice activated searching or qwerty questions...

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 20:29
5 year TivoHD guy, just purchased the XL4 with lifetime comes in Friday (got a pretty good deal too!) and bought the last Slider remote around (Fry's, $59.99 they still have some in other states like Texas and Georgia :) BUT I'll tell you what I really want and you tell me if it's possible please :)

OK, I am also a long time Logitech Harmony guy, old school peanut style Harmony 680 & 620. One button turns everything on/off, does so much more too, completely 'smart' remote but I really like the look of the Slider and love that qwerty but I think I want to keep my harmony and explore other options for text input.

So it it possible to do voice searching through the tablet apps (my current android app) for TivoHD is pretty limited. Just acts like a remote. What i want is the ability to use the tablet or phone app to do text input onscreen? Somehow use voice searches or qwerty to the tivo premiere xl4? or is the tab app self contained in the app. It searches on the tab then if you find it, you send it to the tivo (much like online now)

I love the slider but giving up the extra Harmony functionality just for hte occasion text input seem silly.

Your thoughts are appreciated,
riz

Need help with delete shows

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 19:34
My dad accidentally delete a bunch of shows all at the same time. He did it one by one if that makes a difference. I was able to recover some of them but when I tried to recover more I just get a blue circle and nothing happens. Same thing happens If I remote connect to TiVo and go to recently delete folder. What does this mean and can I still recover the many shows that is sitting in the recently deleted folder? Thanks

Cable Card needed for playback?

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 19:00
I have a bunch of shows recorded on my Premiere that were recorded from premium cable channels from my current cable company. I'm about to move to a place that is served by a different cable company. Will I still be able to watch my existing shows when I no longer have a card from my old company?

Settings & Messages background is live TV

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:22
Situation: Two (2) TiVo Premieres in one household. One has a nice blue, high contrast background when using the "Settings & Messages" menu, while the other shows live TV. Take a look at the attachment - It's a real challenge to use the Settings & Messages menu with live TV in the background.

Of the two Premieres, the solid blue background one is easier to use. Any thoughts how to make the live TV background one behave like the solid blue background one?
Attached Images SettingsMenu.jpg (109.1 KB)

Revolution S01E16 - "The Love Boat"

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 14:26
Watch out for level 7 in the Tower. Some bad mojo going on there. Did Grace know that sending her jailer down would give her her freedom?

Do you think it's nano-bots?

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