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Split Lifetime Sub up into 4 payments

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 15:12
I wish I could break up the lifetime payments into 4 $100 payments...

Remote programming question

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 15:04
Have been using a Harmony with mixed success for years, was hoping the Tivo remote would be a workable replacement.

Programmed the `input' button and it does bring up the input screen on my Mitsu DLP, the input selection changes with each button push, but the TV requires another button push to `select' and change the input.

Tried the enter and select buttons on the Tivo remote, no go, my suspicion is that only that one input button is affected by the `programming'.

Sadly, this was an issue for my Harmony as well. Any work-arounds? I suppose the new Slider remote might work as it's a learning remote?

Android access to TiVo http server

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 14:47
With my new Android tablet, I tried accessing my local TiVo web server. This is an old tried and true method of access (or whatever your TiVo's IP address is), and username = tivo and the MAK. Very cool. It worked. Two problems though that might have been previously solved:

(1) the download quickly failed when I clicked on a program. I tried a smaller 450MB file and it failed also. This is probably an Android or my-specific-device problem (there is plenty of memory).

(2) Even if I could get it downloaded, I don't know of a way to play the ts file without a specialized player, or with something to convert the ts to mpg. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

Mini and Series 4?

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 14:42
I'm thinking about getting a roamio pro and a mini. I would put the roamio in my room and the mini out in the living room.

here's my question. my roommate has a Series 4 Tivo. If the series 4 was added to the network, would the mini be able to see his recordings? I'm pretty sure we won't be able to use the Series 4 for any recording but could the mini access his tivo recordings on the mini that would be in the living room?

we're trying to kinda set up a whole home dvr type thing.

Thanks in advance for any tips and advice.

Add/Delete Channels in context

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 14:06
Allow a channel to be added/deleted from the channel list while watching it. This could be done from the info screen.

Vote for your favorite Doctor from Modern Doctor Who

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:48
This comes up in all the Doctor Who threads, so lets have a look at the votes!

SA Series 2 + Directv + TTG

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:42
Does TTG and MRV still work well with a stand alone Series 2 and a Directv receiver? For example if I record a movie on HBO can I transfer it to another device? Or has Directv locked down their channels with Macrovision?

Modem lights blinking when Stream connected

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:22
I have Xfinity (triple play) with vice modem TM722...after I connected my TiVo Stream all of the lights blink...I have a decent connection. When I reconnect modem/router lights come back as green but within a few minutes start blinking again. When TiVo Stream NOT connected it is OK...thoughts? another modem suggestion (it was difficult getting this to work but have thought of buying my own like I did the router when their 2-in-1 version didn't work at all)...Thanks

TiVo HD Power Supply Transformer Help

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:16
I bought a used TiVo HD with a lifetime subscription (first TiVo experience). Had it working fine, powered it off to relocate it, would not power on. No fan, no green LED on the front. I read all about bad capacitors on this site, all of mine have dead-flat tops and no discoloration. I traced 160 VDC to the input side of the yellow transformer, but I can't find any voltages on the output side, or at any of the wiring harness leads. Any advice on proper troubleshooting or replacement of the transformer?

Strange Tivo Mini & Roamio Pro issue

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:40
Hello all,

I have a strange issue. My Mini is saying it can't find the Roamio Pro (error c421) and it won't let me view any recorded shows. Here is the strange part, I can view live TV with no problems (so it has to have a connection to the Pro).

I've tried power cycling the mini and the Pro with no luck. I can connect to the Tivo service from the mini (and the pro) and I have another Mini that works off the same Pro with no problems.

Any ideas?


My TWC Experiance Switching to TIVO

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:19
Hello Tivo community!

Wanted to say hi and let those that are with Time Warner know how the transition from their junk to TIVO went. Reason I am doing this is because I am very OCD when it comes to buying new tech and could not find much through searches, specifically for those that used TW especially in the upper east coast (NY).

So for the last year and half I have been playing with the idea of moving from Time Warner’s DVR (SA 8300) to something else…be it Ceton, HD Homerun, Tivo. When I started this search I found that each solution had its ups and downs and that the series 4 seemed have its glitches as well. If it was just me I would have went HTPC route with Ceton and or HDH. But since I have a wife and a 9 year old daughter I figured making it as simple as possible would be best.

For the last 3 weeks or so the 8300 has been getting slower and slower in response to the remote as well as showing that it was recording then the recording would not show up after completion. Sound was dropping in and out as well as severe pixilation. I did all the basics things like resetting the device, defragging, and then formatting to no avail. Finally decided enough was enough and with the new roamio’s out it was time for an upgrade.

Went to best buy as I had a couple of BB gift certificates from Christmas and picked up the Roamio plus as well as 2 minis and only had to shell out 300 bucks out of pocket. I picked the plus as I couldn’t justify the 200 dollar price difference for a 3tb hard drive that I have already sitting at home that could be swapped in later on if it was ever needed.

So here is where the fun starts.

Went down to our local TW office and requested a Cable card and Tuning Adapter. I tried to get 2 as that way; if in the case that one didn’t work I could try the other and save myself 30 min drive back to the office. Unfortunately they only had 2 sets and the guy at the counter acknowledged that they don’t give them out much and didn’t want to exhaust his stock. The card he gave me was a Scientific Atlantic card issued in 2008. I was pretty nervous about this after hearing all the firmware horror stories.

I got home hooked everything up following the instructions and called the 888 number on the documentation. (BTW TW will give you nothing other than the hardware). Checked the firmware on the card and found that it was updated June of 2013 with a FW number higher then what I’ve read on here recommended….felt a better about that. Started flipping though channels got to the first HD channel and got an error to call my cable provider…yay…!

Called back TW at 5pm on a Saturday and got a girl from most likely the Philippines who asked me about my devices ect ect, and sent a pairing request. We did this 3 times…pulled the card, rebooted the box, rebooted the tuning adapter. She then explained to me that there must be an issue with the MCard (Crap!) and that she would roll a truck to me on Thursday (WTF!). Now I’m getting the evil stare from the other half who was just seeing dollar signs bursting into flames! I decided I’ll try again and see if I can get someone else and see what they can do. I called back again and this time got someone from the US. He transfers me over to the Card activation department where I get hung up on (Double WTF!!).

In my reading I found this link where there is an Installer hot line that gets an engineer in Buffalo NY…I debated it but decided I’d give it one more try. Called back 3rd time…got a guy from the Philippines who I explained my whole endeavor to. He stated that he would again forward me to the card activation line but this time staying on the line until I got through (nice to see some concern for once). Unfortunately we were both on hold for over 15 min and he finally he asked if he could drop off while I waited. I reluctantly agreed and grabbed a beer and sat for an additional 20 min.

In the mean time I surfed the web and finally the phone picked up and a guy with a north eastern accent asked who I was. I thought this was strange when he asked me how I got the number…(great I’m getting dumped again). I explained whole ordeal yet again and he started working by asking me for the card ID and within 5 min had it up and running. He even found another fault in the setting that he explained would have caused issues for HBO. I found out he was with the engineering group that was based out of Buffalo that I read about in the forums.

So over all I’m happy with the TIVO. As far as TW goes…well it’s pretty bad when you just chalk it up to a typical TW experience. I have had a few hiccups here and there which I think is an issue of the Tuning Adapter not doing its job. Once in a while ill pick a channel out of the guide and I’ll get a channel not available and if I change the channel up or down one then back it will then be available. The minis are responsive and all the other features have been great. This is my first TIVO so I’m still learning. I really wish this had DLNA as I still have to use my WDLIVE to stream my movies from my home server but other than that I’m happy.


MoCA, AirPort Extreme, Guest Mode..?

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:12
I've been reading as much MoCA information as possible here and in other places, and my head is spinning. I'm planning to switch from DSL to Xfinity internet, and I'm thinking about adding MoCA to the mix when I do it.

My WiFi comes from an Airport Extreme, which has Guest Mode enabled. From another site, I understand that:
Quote: The Guest Network will not function correctly unless the new AirPort Extreme is configured as your main router for the network, providing DHCP and NAT services. I would be using the TiVo Roamio Pro to provide the MoCA. Can I put it in Bridge Mode so that the AirPort Extreme can handle the DHCP/NAT? I saw on the TiVo site:
Quote: If you are using a TiVo DVR in Bridge mode to create the MoCA network, make sure that:
Both the coax and Ethernet cables are plugged in securely.
You have enabled MoCA in Network Settings. So, can I do this?
And if I do it, will the Airport Extreme have to be adjacent to the Roamio (the house is not wired for ethernet)?

Need to `enable' adding apps?

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 09:14
Haven't had the Opera Store show up on my Roamio yet, and am confused about this `enable apps' menu option, it's asking me to add an IP address?

I don't need to do that to get the Opera Store, right? Should I bother with this or just wait til it comes on my box by itself?

POE placement

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 08:20
Doe's this look right as how the POE should be set?

series 3:can't install WD external storage unit

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 23:58
My unit recognizes the WD drive in 'system information' and seems to go through the expected install windows (and then restarts the unit), but the install never works. I have reformatted the WD drive with NTSF, MAC and Linux, but nothing works. Unfortunately, I cannot get any help from kickstart, because it will never start. Tivo suggested replacing external drive and/or internal drive, but I am hesitant to do so without better diagnostic information. Please help!

series 3 won't start kickstart

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 23:50
I have tried most of the links without success. My unit comes on with a steady green light which blinks once and the unit immediately goes into the 'powering up' mode. No combination of pressing the pause button will enter kickstart (including holding it down from the beginning). Occasionally I will get a very short illumination of the yellow and red lights, but no receptive state to enter a kickstart code. Appreciate any suggestions.

Streaming over cellular FIX for 7.0, Jailbroken only

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 22:07

I know that there is a workaround for this but, if you want to stream from your Roamio, over the cellular network, follow these instructions. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...8#post18578898

Just look for my post number 31 and most here will figure it out.

Some were already doing this with iPhone 4S's and IOS 6.0. Most were already using the "Download" option posted here, with which the quality came out better than streaming choppy. This is just an alternative for those who have unlimited data and want to play.

With the release of the new 7.0 Jailbreak, including the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S, the current xCon app in Cydia, does not work. You get the "Modified device" message so....

Have fun.

Stream "Precondition Failed" on Roamio Plus

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 19:56
I have a new Roamio Plus and am having some issues with getting the Stream device in the Roamio to fire up properly. When I try and set-up my iOS devices it detects the Roamio Stream on the network and gives me the options to Set-up In Home and OOH streaming but fails on Step 1 or when it hits Step 2 (hard to tell). When I go into System Information either on the app or directly to http://<Stream IP>:49152/sysinfo, it show "Precondition Failed" under Streaming State. Further under the Service tab it shows Service Level A and Service Streaming Disabled.

I have done ALL of the following things in a myriad of orders:
  • Make Service Call
  • Restart Streaming Device
  • Reboot Tivo
  • Reboot ANY/ALL Network Devices
  • Force a TiVo Service Call
  • Uninstall/Re-Install the iOS client (on multiple devices)
  • Simplify my home network to just the Roamio and my Verizon Router
  • Try installing just in Home
  • Try authorizing with the MAK and/or TiVo Account info

When I call TiVo Tech Support it is always back to could you Force a Service Call, reboot your TiVo, reboot your router... I can't even get them to listen to the errors I am seeing, just take me down the script! Frustrated beyond belief!



What to do next? Roamio plus Mini?

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 18:31
I have 10 TV's all over the house. I have 3 TiVos with lifetime in a theater room and use a whole home AV distribution system that is SD with 10 RF remotes. This has been an amazing setup as I have my own TiVo, my wife her own, and the kids share the third and we can access any TiVo from any TV in the house. All TiVos are in Theater Room rack so this is only room with HD.

Problem is that wife has been complaining that family room TV is too small, but if I go big, I will need HD there also or it will look horrid.

It should be possible to move one of the HD TiVos to the family room and still keep most of the SD distribution functionality from the BOCS AV Distribution system working similarly. So this is option 1. In hindsight I should have done this long ago, but just never took the time to think it through.

I am also considering adding a Roamio to my TiVo collection to get all the streaming features and the faster interface, etc. All 4 of us have iPads, so the ability to stream our TiVo shows to iPads sounds really awesome. Does this work well? is it worth Roamio for these features? $800-$900 probably won't break the bank. This is option 2.

Finally, if I also sprung for a mini or two, I could feed the Family Room and Master HD TV's with HD content and keep the BOCS SD setup in place as is. This is most expensive, but probably least work for me. How well do the Minis actually work? This is option 3.