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A&E Cancels "Longmire"

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:34
A&E just announced that "Longmire" will not be renewed -- leaving us with yet another cliffhanger.

First "The Glades," now this? I think I'll stop watching A&E drama series near their original air dates. Instead I'll wait until we hear a series has been renewed and then binge-watch it on Hulu or Netflix. :)

Apps for major Networks...

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:03
One of the main things missing from Tivo is the on-demand functionality is basically gone for most providers with the exception of that X-finity thing with ComCast... I wish Tivo would add Apps for the major networks so that we would be able to watch at least those shows... Maybe an App for:


This way we could stream the latest or older episodes of Scandal or Arrow if we were thinking of about watching it.. Maybe we were on the fence to record some particular show but only found out later on that it was good.. This way, we could launch that App for that TV network and watch the older episodes..

Streaming Issues

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:45
So I have a Roamio Base and a Mini, I can stream live tv but not recordings. Everything else works fine on both boxes. I've tried the various reboot scenarios, connect to the service at least 30 times on each box, renamed each box to simple names (roamio,mini). I've unplugged everything from the modem/router to the mini and reconnected in order (modem/router, roamio, mini). I've even tried the reselect host dvr. No matter what I do, I can't stream recorded shows. When I go into the help for whole home on the roamio, it shows that streaming recorded shows is not supported for either box, evrything else is supported. On the mini it shows that streaming for live and recorded is supported. I'm at my wits end and like usual "tech" support was useless, suggesting I just wait a couple of days to see if it sorts itself out.

Thanks for any help,


P.S. the mini is only about 28 days old and everything worked fine from day 1 until this last monday morning (25th) when it just stopped working after a reboot everything worked except streaming of recordings.

Error V53 - OTA, Channel 24.1 Toledo, OH

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:32
My device is a TiVo Series4 SoftwareVersion 20.4.2-01-2-746
I have been having a V53 error on one channel constantly for approx 3 weeks, prior to that, no problems at all.
My signal is an Over The Air antenna.
My signal strength on the channel is about 78-81%
My SNR on the channel is 30dB (about the same on all channels)
Diagnostics say Signal Lock YES, Program Lock NO.
Every other TV in the house (without TiVo) tunes the channel in without issue.

I have had NO other problems on any other channels. Or with any other TV in the house. I am 99% sure the problem is with the TiVo box and its programming.

What can i try to resolve this issue?

Have Tried: Restarting, rebooting, powering off, blowing out the box, unplugging everything from the back - 24.1 still won't tune.
Replacing splitter from the outdoor antenna - 24.1 still won't tune
Using a good indoor antenna hooked directly into the box -24.1 still won't tune

So that leaves, the TV station, and the TiVo box... Unless there's something i'm missing?

Last Ditch Help

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:16
So we bought a TIVO and three mini's about 6 months ago, love it worked great for the first 6 months. Then one morning we were getting bad micro blocking some if the channels with some being unwatchable(lots of RS uncorrected and Corrected errors). Moved the TIVO to the basement to remove a long cable run, was better but still not normal.

Called Comcast and had them come out to check the signal and they said it was fine. Tried a different CableCard(I knew it worked, pulled it from a MediaCenter PC), still no go.

Called TIVO and they sent out a replacement, same thing :mad:.

Called Comcast, sent out another tech, he replaced all the ends on the coax and ran a new drop to our house. Still no improvement.

Signal strength is low on the channels that dont work, right around 80% and SNR is 30-32, we have an amp from Comcast that just feeds the TIVO.

We also have a Comcast DVR and a MediaCenter PC with a CableCard and they both work fine. The MediaCenter with no amp has a SNR of arounf 36-37 which is the same as what the Comcast tech says his equipment says.

Not sure why the TIVO is so much lower. Just at my wits end, don't know what to do or how to even get it fixed. Could the replacement TIVO be bad also?? Or is it really a Comcast problem? At this point it would have to be a main line or something but with the other stuff working not sure I could Convence Comcast of that.

Anyone have any suggestions? We have spent a bunch of money and if I can't get it working soon I am going to have to sell it all and get something else. :(

TiVo & Cable’s Inevitable MPEG4 Transition

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:04
From the blog Zatz Not Funny!

Roamio and Premiere units are ready to tune – having already cut their teeth on smaller scale channel conversions on Cox and FiOS. Unfortunately, TiVo Stream and Roamio Pro/Plus transcoding won’t be ready until 2015.

What will be the impacts for TiVo users?

Transparent - trailer for new Amazon TV show 9/26

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:05
Looks excellent


5 new Amazon Instant Video pilots begin today

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:25

A remarkable collection of actors and directors.

Red Oaks - A coming-of-age comedy set in the "go-go" 80s about a college student enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end--and the future begins. Produced by Steven Soderbergh.
Starring:Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser

Hand of God - A psychological drama about a morally-corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice.
Starring:Ron Perlman, Dana Delany

The Cosmopolitans - A dramatic comedy about a group of young American expats in Paris searching for love and friendship and an ocean of distance from their past.
Starring:Chloe Sevigny, Adam Brody

Hysteria - An investigative thriller about a haunted young doctor who is summoned back to her hometown to investigate an epidemic that may be linked to social media - and her own tragic past.
Starring:Mena Suvari, T.R. Knight

Really - A funny, honest, behind-the-curtain look at the psychological and emotional complexities of marriage and the charged dynamics of a tight-knit group of friends grasping on to what's left of their youth.
Starring:Brittney Alger, Sophia Bui

Selfies: Pilot streaming on ABC app

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:34
Got an update to the ABC app on my Android tablet last night so I browsed the content and noticed that Seflies pilot is streaming. I watched a few minutes of it. If you are into social networking, you might like it, but from the 10 minutes I saw, it seemed unfunny and rather dumb. In the first 10 minutes they must have mentioned a half a dozen different social networks. I remember hearing, Twitter and Instagram for sure. I know there were others. I know I'm not the target audience as it appears to be targeted at teen and 20 something girls/women.

The kmttg service was launched but but failure to start

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:17
y grand kids was here for the summer and made a mess out my computer. I restored the computer back to the way it ws before they arrived. Now now if i do any upgrades or stop and uninstall the service I will get this when starting the service "The kmttg service was launched but but failure to start" I do use the run as administrator.

How to make virgin image of hard drive

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:30
I'd like to do a complete reset of an S3 HD TiVo to virgin configuration then make a SApper-compatible image. How is this done?

Comcast VOD freezing, reboot temporarily fixes issue

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:49
Any ideas on why a simple roamio reboot fixes the 5 second freeze? The thing is after a while I will have the same issue, once I do another reboot all is fine for another timeframe. Sometimes days or longer (the timeframe between issues may be off as I don

Bypassing the tivo and capturing tv on a capture card...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:15
so I plug rca cables into my video/audio out on my tivo premiere xl4 then into my capture device would my bitrate be the same as if tivo captured that show? or would it be "buffered" I tested it on a few shows and I recorded some of this mornings news using huffyav and my bitrate was off the charts like 24-29Mbps. I guess what I'm trying to figure out is 24-29Mbps the "real" bitrate? or is it limited to whatever my tivo can capture?

Big Brother - Veto - 8/27/14

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:04
Dummies. Cody is going to be bummed when Victoria gets $50k for doing absolutely nothing after he does everything Derrick tells him to do. I do get that they want to keep the numbers - but I'm so with Cody, Frankie and Christine simply aren't to be trusted. They'll put Cody up first chance. Well, who knows. It's got to be crazy trying to plan ahead when someone is in your ear, and doing such a good job.


And where do I go to vote No! ?
That play was horrid. I never vote. Sure wish I could vote for Donny to get $5k, and Derrick to get $2500. None for Frankie. I no longer care much for him, and this wasn't even a well thought out idea.

Can I get OTA through basic cable?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:49
I just upgraded from a Series 2 to a Premiere with an antenna input. I have basic cable that supplies OTA HD channels to my tv. Tivo folks told me that I have to connect an antenna if I want the Premiere to get the HD channels.
So I'm wondering, if my basic cable has the OTA channels, can I attach a splitter and plug my cable into the antenna input? Would the tivo box recognize the channels?

Roamio DVR and Non-HD TV?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:14
I have had a Serie2 Single Tuner device since 2005. Recently, it has been freezing up and from researching the forums, it could likely be a hard drive issue - so, I'm thinking about upgrading to a Roamio. My non-HD tv is almost 20 years old and still in excellent shape, therefore I'm not currently interested in investing in a HD TV. Can Roamio be connected and be fully functional with a non-HD TV? Are any special cables going to be required?

Community forum has been an excellent resource of info for me over the years and i'm hoping to receive similarly excellent info with this inquiry -
thank in advance!!

No ability to add converter box

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:10
Hello folks,

I have a Series 2 Tivo with a Sansonic converter box that works fine. I also have a "backup" Tivo Series 2 (from craigslist) that won't allow me to add the Sansonic converter box. When I go to the channels menu it only asks if I am using the same "Cable" box not "Converter" box. My other Series 2 asks for "Converter" box. Is there a secret place within the menu system to change from "Cable" to "Converter"? Please help.

Thanks a lot.

No Guide Data for 3 channels

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:01
I have a cablecard with Comcast and about a month ago, I got HBO... I"m not getting a couple of the extra HBO channels + FXXHD guide data.

But, I am getting the normal HBOHD (415)

480 - HBO2H
481 - HBOZH
517 - FXXHD

Any ideas why???

Tivo has TV show as background all menus

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 17:49
Dear Tivo People,

I have basic Tivo Lifetime on an old Toshiba SD-H400. These are great little boxes with a DVD player built in. This box is one that I got for "backup" in case my Tivo Series 2 bites the dust. The weird thing is that the background is not the Tivo greenish screen with the little Tivo character in the top left. It shows the TV show with sound behind the menus. It shows through all the menus which makes them super hard to read. And when I try to do any settings changes, I can't even read the instructions. It would be great if I could set this to black or blue or some solid color so I could read the menus. Any Ideas?


Why I'll never go to a movie theater again

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:43
This isn't exactly a Tivo topic, but since a lot of us watch movies via Tivos and other sources I figured it was something worth discussing so here goes.

I hadn't been to an actual theater in quite a while so I ducked out of work late one afternoon last week and went to see Guardians of the Galaxy at a local cineplex (really worth seeing, BTW). I got there about 15 minutes before showtime and figured I'd be sitting through the usual movie trivia stuff mixed in with previews and the usual movie pre-show fare. I stopped at the concession stand on the way in thinking I'd grab some popcorn and a soda to tide me over. One quick glance at the prices and I decided it wasn't such a good idea after all so I proceeded into the theater to grab a seat.

The time was mid-afternoon and the movie was in it's 3rd or 4th week so there was only one other person in the theater and I had my pick of just about any seat in the house. What I wasn't prepared for next just got me totally turned off to the movie theater experience. Instead of the usual movie trivia and other entertainment related shorts that I had been accustomed to seeing I was subjected to a solid 15 minutes of commercials trying to sell me crap. Had I paid for concessions on top of the movie ticket I probably would have thrown them at the screen and stormed out to the ticket stand demanding a full refund.

This kind of BS is totally unacceptable. I remembered that movie houses were showing a commercial or two during the pre-movie videos, but I never realized that they had switched over to them exclusively. I don't know if this is becoming common practice in all theaters, but considering it's an industry that seems to be suffering (or so they tell us), I can only see it hurting attendance rather than bringing more people into the theaters.

I, for one, am done with movie theaters. I've got a nice big screen TV in my home theater (60") and a surround system that's generally better than anything my local theaters can offer. I can make a fresh batch of popcorn and have a beer with it instead of a soda and it won't cost me $10. For the cost of a single senior/matinee ticket, a large soda and a bucket of popcorn, I can own the movie on Blu-Ray when it comes out so it simply makes no sense to subject myself to the high prices and commercials. I felt like the chicken (now it's the mad scientist) in the opening credits of Robot Chicken who's strapped to a chair and subjected to unwanted videos. Since most of use DVRs to skip commercials, I figured we should be able to do it in the theaters as well rather than pay extra and be forced to watch them.