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Mini and timeout plus restart?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:52
Ok....I accidentally dropped my older TiVo HD box in my bedroom and broke the power cord connector...ugh. I had the Mini on hand which I was going to use in my 'office' or 2nd bedroom. But the TV I had in that room died and I had no need for the mini at the moment until my HD TiVo was killed by my mishap.

I hooked up the mini and was thrilled to have it here to rescue me. I have the XL 4 in the living room, and with a call to TiVo to activate my lifetime, set up was done and I was on my way.

So I noticed the mini wasn't responding when I turned on the TV. I had the blue Samsung screensaver as if nothing was connected to the HDMI input. I unplugged and replugged the mini, and it did the 'Welcome, powering up' and 'Almost there, just a few more minutes'. Then I would get the TiVo main menu and I could now watch TV. I assumed this was not normal, but what did I know :confused:

I did notice that if the TV remains on, then the mini screensaver stays on and I can access live TV without waiting. But if the TV is off, then the mini goes to sleep and I have to wait several minutes to watch TV.

I called TiVo support a few times. I explained exactly what was happening and the support rep decided to replace the mini. I got the replacement mini and same thing was happening. I did notice when I turned on the TV, if I hit the 'Live TV' button, the mini would 'wake up' and again go through the Welcome....Almost there, set up. So I didn't have to unplug it, but still....

I called support again and the rep discovered that the mini was supposed to shut down as a power saver thing :confused:

What the heck? I can't just turn on my TV and watch it? i have to wait and babysit the mini until it's ready to go?

I think it should be an option on if I want the mini to take a break when my TV is turned off. Or is it an option?

I love the concept of the mini, and it's a great idea for a TV that rarely gets used, but I don't like that I have to wait for it to power up each time I turn on the TV.

I think I may just let TiVo replace my broken unit with a Premier for $349 :rolleyes:

Signal Disappearing?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:46
This happened for the first time two days ago and it's since happened three times. Turn on AV receiver and TV (Tivo stays on, obviously) and see a blank screen.

Two different scenarios:

1. Blank screen, no signal on either cable or antenna (I have both) and no response from remote. No remote signal acknowledged by Tivo (yellow light).

2. Blank screen, no signal on either cable or antenna and remote responds. Can go to recorded shows and playback but going back to live cable or antenna yields nothing.

3. Witnessed the unit reboot on its own during recording last night.

Replaced the HD several months ago with no problems. A couple of the capacitors show bulging but I've not experience spontaneous reboots since the HD was replaced.

Advice is greatly appreciated and will be rewarded with faint-to-strong praise if it turns out to be valuable. Will not slag anyone venturing a guess that doesn't help. :D

Thanks in advance,

Adding new channels and CableCard

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:32
If a cable provider adds a channel, say FXX, do you have to do anything to get it or should it just show up? I know you'd need to add it to your guide, but for whatever reason I TiVo won't tune FXX for me and I'm not sure why. I have a tuning adapter too if that matters.

EDIT: Time Warner Cable

Is there a market for TiVo Series 1's?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:09
I have 2 working Series 1 TiVo's that I am finally retiring. Is there still a market for these workhorses?

Both have extra HD brackets. One comes with an internal network adapter.

If needed I could throw in the digital settop boxes that I have them controlling for digital OTA tv tuning.

They have given me many years of great service and I would love it if they could be of use to someone.

Fall update details from Dave Z!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:24

Quote: Fear not, TiVo Premiere owners… as our platform hasn’t yet been abandoned. And, within the next few weeks, the Fall Update will begin rolling out — bringing a variety of bug fixes, a far more usable Netflix app, Wishlists in HD, and dynamic tuner allocation for a better TiVo Mini and Stream experience. Unfortunately, the new slightly tweaked TiVo UI (colors, fonts) won’t be available until 2014.

To move to the front of the Fall Update line, simply provide your TiVo Service Number here. Having recently taken the Roamio plunge, I registered my interest and plan to flip my Lifetimed TiVo Premiere XL4/Elite in short order. Stream experience? How does DTA work with the stream? Unless we are going to get rid of the behavior of initiating a recording in order to watch live tv. (The Roamio works exactly like the stand alone stream)

X-Files - Best 'stand-alone" episodes?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:53
I never watched this show during its original run on Fox, but with Amazon Prime I now have all the episodes available for streaming. I've been picking and choosing different episodes and prefer the ones without a continuing storyline. I watched one last night with Duane Barry and at the end of that I got the dreaded "To be continued..." So I watched the one after that but that wasn't the end either.

So what are some favorite stand-alones? I liked the one where the guy sucked the fat out of overweight women. Another was about a serial killer who liked to cut hair and fingernails off his victims.

Your favorite new show - Fall 2013

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 13:20
I don't think we have a thread for this yet.

So - what are we thinking? Honestly, there isn't too much new stuff that is really exciting me. If I had to pick one show right now, it would be The Blacklist. I loves me some James Spader.

I am waiting to see how good Reign will be - it is right up my alley (I love Period Dramas), and has gotten good buzz.

Right now there is nothing new that I "must see" right away (that is usually an indicator for me that I really like something).

I am much more involved in returning shows that I like at this point.

Anyone loving anything new?

Shows that regularly put you to sleep.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 13:14
I admit it, I'm sleep deprived. But some shows I stay awake and others put me out. Shows that regularly put me out:
Warehouse 13
King and Maxwell

TiVo with Time Warner cable?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 13:08
Hi Guys.

Its been a long time since Ive been here...I moved to the country about 4 years ago, and got a DirecTV HD Tivo. I am now moving back to the city and Time Warner is my cable provider. They want to charge $15 per month for their HD DVR. I saw series 4 "lifetime" TiVo HD DVRs that claim they are cable compatible.

I have read many stickys and used the search function, but Im still not clear on how this works, and what actual equipment do I need. I just confused.

Can someone explain what I need to get to have a functioning HD DVR on cable?


Tivo Remote & Speakercraft CS3

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 12:37
I just got a SpeakerCraft CS3 sound bar, and it's great except that the remote that comes with it is awful. I would like to be able to change volume using my Tivo remote, but there's no code listing for Speakercraft. Does anyone know what code to enter to get the volume buttons to work with a SpeakerCraft CS3?



HIMYM: "The Poker Game" - 10/14/2013

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 11:09
"Game on, b*tch"?

Who is writing this stuff?

I did like the wedding gift subplot, and the scene where Barney tells off his mother and brother were funny. But the end? Terrible.

Number 1, are you dropping heat in here. Ok. Number 2..... :)

Disappointing TIVO Tech Support and attitude

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 10:11
I have to say I am very very disappointed with the TIVO support and advice I was givens his week.

As a result of incorrect initial advice from clearly inexperienced Level 1 support, my TIVO HD is now stuck in a "guided setup" mode which always leads to the S03 error. I also followed subsequent advice from more experienced support people and did everything including the kickstart 57. But by then it was too late.

What really disappoints me (I have been a satisfied TIVO customer for 15 plus years) is that nobody at the company seems to feel any obligation to make any concessions towards fixing the situation. The only thing that makes sense to me now is for me to upgrade to the latest TIVO Roamio and move put this all behinds me (despite the fact that we have lost many hours of HD recordings). And, to my surprise TIVO is not willing to give me any credit or price considerations towards this! All they are willing to do is give me an exchange for an older model TiVo premiere at a price that is higher than I can purchase it on the internet.

Disappointing TiVo!:(

Can't find "Suggestions" to kill it...

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 09:06
Hello, I have the RCN Premier TIVO. Trying to familiarize with finding things. But I can't find that blessed "Suggestions" function so I can delete it! I find the thousands of suggestions but can't stop it at all. Also trying to delete the selections....I find you can delete only ONE at a time... :(

Also, does any of you get a Mute icon moving around over the printed names? I contacted the chat on TIVO and was told it's not a TIVO. I then went to my server, RCN, and they said it's not theirs...whose is it for God's sake??? I'd like to make that annoying thing stay put in one corner, otherwise, to delete it.

Thanks ever so much for any help! :)

Network Problem

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 08:41
I haven't seen this problem, so I thought I would ask. My series3 HD is hardwired to the same Router as my Computer. The Tivo will only see the Computer on occasion, I can't see any rhyme or reason for when it sees it and when it doesn't. My Laptop is wireless and the Tivo sees it all the time. I have rebooted everything one at a time and it seems if I reboot the main router where the cable comes into the house it will see the Tivo at least for a while. It will then disappear and come back on its own.
Any thoughts?

Recordings mysteriously disappeared

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 21:38
Last night, I had one of the weirdest problems I've ever seen on a Tivo.

I was browsing the listings, and set recordings for two episodes of the 2013 World Series of Poker. For some reason, I had thought maybe I missed those episodes and/or they were two full hour long episodes of what previously was shown as a 1.5 hour episode(*).

It was 8:00 or 8:01 (the first episode had just barely started).

I realized I had already recorded those episodes... But the previously recorded episodes WERE NO LONGER IN MY Now Playing list. I even have a screenshot of my kmttg session from VERY soon before (within an hour, I think much sooner), that shows those two episodes still there. They were NOT in recently deleted, and trying to actually transfer them with kmttg failed.

The Tivo WASN'T completely full, and there were a bunch of other recordings in recently deleted.

I don't completely discount the infinitesimal possibility of me accidentally deleting them, but it seems very unlikely.

I recorded them last night, and set recordings again tonight (to get the min or so I missed at the beginning).. and they're on On Demand.. so I am in no danger of actually missing them..

But I have never noticed recordings *seemingly* mysteriously being deleted.

(*) I asked in the SP alerts thread, but have since found out that the On Demand listings _do_ show two "hour" (~47 min) episodes even for the 1.5 hour episodes sporadically for the past few weeks.

2ghz splitter worth it for Moca?

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 19:49
My Comcast signal is okay, perhaps could be better -- occasionally a glitch here and there. Tech support suggested that some overall sluggish issues could be signal related and improved with 2ghz splitter (granted they probably say that rather than admit Premier 4 is crappy performance - LOL).

Anyhow, I currently have a 4-way 1ghz splitter but was thinking of bumping up to 2ghz to be more Moca-compliant. However, I noticed that the loss on a 2ghz is -9.6db vs. -7.4 with <1ghz.

Which is more important: more ghz or more dbs?

The splitter I was looking at as an example was Monster TGHZ-4RF.


What does Power Pass on one of the outputs mean?

Also, 2nd issue: I have 3 feeds being used in the 4-way, 1 feed currently unused and another feed is not connected at all. I was thinking of maybe adding a 2-way to one leg of the 4-way to add the two unused rooms. If I do this, can I mix 1ghz and 2ghz?

Picture stretched vertically

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 18:53
I've been using my Tivo Premiere for about 7 months, hooked up to a 4:3 screen with the Tivo settings set to 16:9 / 720p so I'd be able to use the HD menus and had no issues with the picture until last week when I had to reset my tuning adapter by unplugging it since all channels were out which happens every couple of months for some reason. After powering up the tunning adapter I noticed that the picture is stretched a bit vertically on most channels and now I can not adjust it from FULL-PANEL-ZOOM which I was able to do before. I've tried everything I could possibly think of from calling Tivo and TWC to rebooting the Tivo and repeating guided setup but could not correct it. Any suggestions?

Also what's the deal with the tunning adapter needing to be reset every so often which caused the Tivo not to record my shows many times, by the way I already replaced it with another and it's still the same deal! Thanks.

Will rcn TiVo work on comcast???

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 16:18
Picked up a TiVo premiere 4 from a yard sale for 20 bucks this weekend. Can I put a comcast multi streamcable card in the TiVo and will it activate ?? Or did I flush 20 bucks down the drain???

Remote Skip Forward Issue

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 15:53
I use the skip forward extensively to bypass commercials.
When a commercial break occurs, I usually press the skip forward button 6 times for 3 minutes and then 1 at a time until show comes back and jump back to the return point.

Every once in a while, when I press the skip forward several times quickly, the Tivo jumps forward by ticks, similar to pressing skip forward while Tivo is fast forwarding.

Does ayone else experience this issue?
I thought it was just my universal remote since I was using learning buttons, but it still happens on my new Roamio with the Tivo remote.

I wish I could disable the jump tick feature since I rarely use it and would like to have other options than the 2 they give in the menu.


Person of Interest - Season 3 questions **spoiler**

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 15:52
I think we are on season 3 these days? I have 2 questions.

There is a new, younger woman on the show named Shaw. I don't remember her at all. I'm assuming she joined at the end of season 2? Can anyone remind me what her story is?

Why is Carter not a detective anymore? I'm assuming she got in some kind of trouble, but I don't remember.