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Moving .tivo files back to Tivo

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:13
We were running low on hard drive space, so using the included Tivo transfer app that came with Toast Titanium 11 I was able to copy the shows from our Premier Tivo to my iMac. Then I deleted the shows on the Tivo to free up the space.

We are now ready to watch the shows, and I thought it would be pretty simple to copy the files back to the Tivo using the MactoTivo app that came with Toast 11, but that appears to not be the case.

I've found numerous articles talking about unlocking a feature in the Tivo to Desktop program for Mac that would allow you to transfer Mpeg-2 files over to your Tivo. But I wasn't sure if that would work with the encrypted .tivo files (I know that is just a Tivo protected container for mpeg-2 files).

Has anyone had any experience in copying original untouched .tivo files back to a Tivo using a Mac?

How does Roamio split signals?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 09:08
I'm curious....does anyone know the technology in how the Roamio is able to record 6 tuners at once? I'm assuming it isn't just splitting the signal internally right? Wouldn't that lead to a low quality signal? Or is it amping the signal internally?

I'm curious because of my issue where I am seeing some channels, not all, start to have a lower signal and SNR in the diagnostics, while the rest remain 100%.

Thanks for any info.


Modern Family - "The Late Show" - 10/16/13

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 08:46
Very good episode.

Luke: "Mom, someone's at the door"

But I literally laughed out loud when Phil's suit split.

Remote keeps unpairing

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 23:50
The remote for my new Roamio stopped working - new batteries, light goes on with button presses, but no response from the Tivo.

If I reset the remote by removing the batteries, it works again, but if I then use the iphone app to control the Roamio, the remote unpairs again. Any ideas?

HDMI blackout after HD upgrade

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 22:34
I've done about 6 HD upgrades with my 5 tivos without a problem until now. I have two tivo series 3 on OTAs and decided to upgrade both to 2 TB. I have always split the signal on RCA to other TVs in house with the HDMI going to my main (60") TV in my living room. I now experience a momentary blackout on both tivos that occurs about 3-5 times during a half hour show. I lose both sound and video, but only on HDMI-all other TVs on the RCA cables work fine. I also have a premiere (no upgrade) that is unaffected. I tried several hdmi cables as well as switch the inputs at the tv with solving the issue.

Could this possibly be a problem with both of the new drives. Any other ideas? I went so far as to replace my hdmi cables with expensive cables from monoprice to no avail. Ironically I can watch the two series 3s in any room other than the living room but lose the hdmi. I am out of ideas---Help!!!

The Biggest Loser Season 15 Discussion Thread *SPOILERS*

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 21:03
Any thoughts? Looks like it could be a pretty good season.

Survivor - The Dead Can Still Talk OAD 10-16-13

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 21:00
Candice must be a real b**** to live with. Why is she and others that hold a grudge realize it is a game. They take every vote against them as something personal. I'm now rooting for Brad Culpepper, just for his attitude about how Survivor should be played.

Fast forward x 4 doesn't work anymore?

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 20:33
I've been a tivo owner since forever and one thing I've always used is the feature where when you were fast forwarding at 3x speed another click on the ff button put you back into play mode. That doesn't seem to work on the roamio. Is there anyway to do this anymore?

What is your favorite Big Bang Theory episode?

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 17:54
I am thinking the episode on buying the Time machine, but love the episode about the ring from the Hobbit movies. And come to think it the grad student that falls for Sheldon was pretty good too.


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Does Tivo have any competitors?

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 17:02
Are there any other companies out there that sell DVR units? And this is excluding cable companies that lease you a DVR unit.

I know when I did some research a few months ago, I couldn't find any except for one that I think Sony sold years ago and they no longer sell.

What else is out there besides Tivo?

Why can my TV receive all the OTA digital channels and my Tivo Premier can't?

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 16:47
I don't have a subscription with Time Warner but I can plug the cable wire in from the wall to my TV and get all the OTA channels with no problem. But once I plug it into my Tivo, I only get about 6 channels versus the 20+ that I get with plugging it into my TV.

What gives?

Record Padding

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 16:26
One thing I was hoping Tivo would implement is a little better padding support.
Not as much of a problem with 6 tuners now, but with 4 tuners it was an issue.

What I would like to see is if 2 shows back to back on the same channel are set to record and you have a 1 minute pre and post show padding, it will use 2 tuners during the overlap period.

Tivo should be able to use one channel and save the pre/post overlap to both recordings.
This would mean the 2 minutes of show 1 would be the same as the first 2 minutes of show 2.
Then you only use 1 tuner.

Also, I would like to have an option to drop the padding from a recording if all tuners are used instead of using priority to handle overlap.
I would much rather record the entire time slot and not the padding than miss the first minute of a show due to priority when the padding isn't always necessary.

Another scenario is I add 1 hr padding to Amazing Race and Mentalist due to CBS football overruns when they show a game at 4pm (east coast).
On Sundays where there isn't a late game, I would like to remove/reduce the padding since it won't be necessary to record and waste space.
Is it possible to change individual record settings for a Season Pass?

I hope I was clear in my descriptions.


Component video outputs?

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 16:24
I was checking the Roamio specs, and notice there appears not to be a component video output on the basic Roamio. Can that be correct? So the only way to hook up the video is with an HDMI? I have an older TV with only one HDMI connector, and it is being used by my blu-Ray DVD player. I'm currently using the component connection on my TiVO HD. Am I correct?

Comcast M-Card Fee now more than an HD box!!!!

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 16:02
Just got my latest bill from Comcast.

I have 3 HD boxes and 1 M-Card.

I'm getting charged for 2 of the boxes at $9.95 each and the M-Card fee is $11.10! Unbelievable!

Freezing on playback only

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 15:46
I know this has been covered in previous years, but nothing recently. TiVO Premiere is less than a year old, no problems til recently it started freezing for about 10 seconds, then starting back up either at the spot it froze or 10-15 minutes afterward. Rewinding to the spot, it played fine. It only happens maybe once a night, and only during playback. It does not reboot, as some earlier commenters have said. TiVO suggested I blow some canned air into the fan and see if that helped...it did not. They said they would replace for something like $79 bucks...I asked if I could swap for a new Roamio (plus some cash) and they hesitated, so I didn't take it any further than that. Question is...does this mean my hard drive is going? Am I better off swapping, or just getting a new one, or getting this one repaired at someplace like Weaknees.

Losing wi-fi connection

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 14:40
New Roamio Plus. Have had it for about 2 weeks. No problems until the last few days where the Roamio informs me that there's a problem with my network connection. I go through and reconnect it to wifi, and I notice it's "very low (36%)" which is odd because the access point works fine with all my other equipment.

Then today, the connection has been lost again....

Anyone else seeing these wifi issues?? I don't know what to do here...

Evolution SE02E03 no thread yet?

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 12:37
My main question is why would he drain and kill all of the donors? Why not keep them as "cows" and then you'd always have a stead supply of blood?

Charter Cable w/ Motorola CableCard? - What firmware version do you have?

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 12:13
I'm in Atlanta GA and have Charter Cable. I'm having issues with my tuning adapter having to be reset almost daily (sometimes more) to get all my premium channels to work. I have firmware version 2.65 on my cable card and version 1.37 firmware on the tuning adapter.

If you have CHARTER and a Motorola Cable Card, please indicate your firmware version.

Thanks in advance!

Shows cut off before ending /

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 11:45
Hello please help with these 2 puzzles, the first of which upsets me the most?:

1. On certain channels, the shows get cut off just one or two minutes before the end. Terribly frustrating since most of these shows are court related and I miss the verdicts!!!

2. The faces look shorter and the bodies fatter as if photographed from the top.

Anyone experienced, or knows of these 2 glitches?

Thanks a lot for any ideas! :) Adela