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HBO2 working HBO not

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 09:30
just setup a roamio (cablevision NY) -
i am getting a signal on all channels EXCEPT HBO and Showtime. I am even getting HBO2, and all other HBOxx, and SHO2 and all other SHOxx, but not the primary hbo and showtime. any ideas?

Season pass not available for certain collections

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 09:09
I was browsing some of tivo's "collections" on the roamio. Many of them allow me to setup a "season pass" (though i don't think it's called that) on the collection so that anytime any of the shows in the collection are on, they are recorded. But some of the collections do not offer this option and I was wondering if this was a bug in the software. For example, on my roamio, Collections->Movies->Kids/Family Movies DOES NOT offer the option to setup a collection recording season pass.

Roamio lifetime transfer question

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 08:51
Potential new Tivo Roamio customer here with a lifetime subscription question.

If I buy a Roamio Plus with lifetime subscription, can:

1) I sell the unit down the road with lifetime transferable to the buyer
2) Upgrade to a new unit and transfer lifetime to a new unit?

This would definitely make a difference in my buying lifetime. If Tivo comes out with a new hardware platform in 3-4 years, I'd likely want to upgrade but if I have to buy a new lifetime sub then I'd consider month to month.

I've not been able to search for and find a conclusive answer for both questions, at least not concerning Roamios. I found some lifetime transfer threads for older Tivo boxes but wanted to be sure the T&C for lifetime subs wasn't changed for Roamios. Perhaps someone with more searching prowess can.

ARGH! Tivo Premiere XL4 died...suggestions requested!

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 08:40
My unit's hard drive bit it hard last night. Constant reboot loop, and Tivo support concurred with my assessment that the drive had failed after some troubleshooting. This unit is on a month to month @ $12.99 (MSD price) and my other Tivo is a Premiere XL2 with lifetime.

So then they told me I could get a refurb for $149. Or a Roamio for $149. When I inquired about a Plus or Pro model the tech support person said he couldn't help with that, but transferred me to sales.

So I explained what happened to the sales agent, and he offered a Roamio for $174. $25 more than support group offered. I didn't write the prices down for Plus or Pro, but it seems they were identical to new customer prices (399 or 599). Not a very good deal IMO.

Initially I thought about getting a base Roamio and dump both Premieres, but upon more reading, if I understand correctly, the Roamio can only do OTA or cable, not both? So that would be out. Leaves me with having to get something to replace the dead XL4 unit. I'm leaning towards not spending money/time on a replacement drive or refurb, when I would be nearly half the cost of a new Roamio Plus. If I get the Plus from a 3rd party (amazon, weaknees) will Tivo transfer the service over from the dead XL4 without issue, or will I be penalized for not getting it from them?

Is there some other route I should go than what I am thinking (Roamio Plus)? I also would like to try and capture the recordings off the drive of the bad unit if its possible. Not sure if the whole drive is dead, or bad boot partitions or what. Hopefully my cablecard/tuning adapter are up to the task of 6 tuners too. On Charter cable here, but cant check the firmware versions of this particular M card/TA. I can check the other Tivo's firmware's though if its an issue (I seem to recall reading about some issues with more than 4 tuners, but it was late last night when I read that and maybe misunderstood).

Really appreciate any and all suggestions!! Thanks!

CableCARD Encryption

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 08:13
What determines the type of encryption used by a CableCARD? Is this something that's locked in at the factory or is it something that can be selected by the cableco when configuring?

I've seen CableCARD Conditional Access screens with
Encryption: DES
Encryption:C CSA

Can any given card be configured for DES or C CSA or is this something that's locked in at manufacture?

Multi Service Discount on Roamio

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 08:10
I have an HD Tivo and an S1 that are both lifetime and a S2 that is on the MSD monthly $6.95 plan.

If I buy a Roamio or an old Premier, what would the Monthly MSD be on those devices (I would be replacing the S2) as I want something with HDMI and Cable Card support .

Posting to For Sale Forum

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 07:56
I am interested in some buying something in the FS section but because of my low post count I can't post or PM the seller.

Is there some way around this, I really don't want to spam the other forums just to push up my post count (that might make things worse for me!)

I've been a member since 2004, so if I'm a spammer I plan well ahead.

Roamio No sound on one channel - Mini connection

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 07:37
So I have a new roamio, have had it for a while.
I also have one other Tivo (premiere) that I am replacing with the roamio.
All seems ok except for the following:

1. On one channel I get no sound. (ABC) the weird thing is that our cable system has both HD and SD broadcasts, on BOTH of these channels I get no sound. All other channels seem fine. Because the wife watches pretty much only ABC.. this is a problem.

On the premiere all is well, sound on both, on the roamio.. no sound.

2. I have a new mini and if I let it sit a while it gets live TV and I can use the channel buttons up or down to change channels but as soon as I try to go to Tivo central I get "Living Room Cannot be found", then if I go to live TV again, it bongs out. I let it sit for a long while or reboot, we get live TV again.
Obviously the mini is setup right or I would not get any live TV (it's Ethernet)

3. The video from the roamio has lower contrast (very grey-ish) in the video picture, all channels even menus.. it's weird.

can someone shed some light please?

Roamio guide acting funny

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 03:31
My Roamio HD guide started acting funny about a month ago. If I go to any show in the future and choose "explore this show", and then push the "back" button or the left arrow button to go back to that show, the guide goes back to the current time & channel. I seem to remember my Elite doing that a while back but I don't remember what fixed it. I've already tried rebooting it. Any help would be appreciated.

newegg WD20EURS $84.99 through 11/28/13

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 03:29

and you have to use promo code


As always, run the manufacturer's (Western Digital in this case) own diagnostic software long test before putting the drive into service.

WishList changes

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 02:57
The recent update added some nice changes for WishLists but also took a few steps backward. First, "All Upcoming" should actually list only All Upcoming (as it did before the update), not the results of every WishList I have. I wouldn't mind having the ability to view this complete list but most of the time I only want to see WishLists with actual results, which are a small portion of the entire list. Also, how about getting rid of the Discovery Bar on the WishList screen? It takes up much needed screen space, and I noticed that it's not on the To Do List. Personally, I could live without it altogether, along with the ads.

Big Bang Theory - "The Thanksgiving Decoupling" S7E09 OAD 11/21/13

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:25
I really enjoy this show, but I have to say this is one of the more enjoyable eps I've seen in a long time.

Many laughs, many great lines, thoroughly enjoyed it! :up:

Anyone having no channels V53 after the update?

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 22:27
Came home tonite after my two FAVORITE shows were scheduled to record to sadly find out I had no Live (or recorded) TV anywhere. All channels were black. Reboot, back in business. Thank goodness for On Demand or I would really be cursing up a storm!

This has never happened prior to the update of a few days ago. Once in a while I had V53 errors, but Live TV was still present... just no live buffer would get recorded.

Did they change one bad symptom for one worse symptom?!?!?

Hate to digress to the bash-Tivo mentality, but I just am totally flabbergasted at the continued poor quality product I am seeing since leaving my S2 behind.

Amazing Race 24 Casting Spoilers

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 22:24
The next season of Amazing Race has returning cast members. Some of them have been on multiple times. They started filming this past Saturday.
I am glad to see Dave and Connor back as I hoped they would get another chance.

Margie and Luke Adams, mother and son, seasons 14 and 18
Herb “Flight Time” Lang & Nate “Big Easy” Lofton, Harlem Globetrotters, seasons 15 and 18
Jet and Cord, cowboys, season 16 and 18
Rachel and Brendon, Big Brother couple, season 20
Mallory Ervin and Mark Jackson, seasons 17 and 18 & season 20 (These two initially raced with different partners)
Natalie and Nadiya Anderson, twins, season 21
Caroline Cutbirth and Jenn Wayne, country singer friends, season 22
Dave and Connor O’Leary, father and son, season 22
Joey Graceffa and Meghan Camarena, YouTube friends, season 22
John Erck and Jessica Hoel, engaged couple, season 22
Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran, cousins, season 23

Roamio Plus impressions

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 22:11
I have had my Roamio Plus for a few weeks now.

For the most part, I love it! I never realized how slow my Premier was until I got the Roamio.

What I don't like is the almost daily networking issues - C133 errors, Netflix not working, etc.

Got the C133 error 4 times tonight - it would come back, then go out again.

Had to start Netflix 3 times before it would start, and then it buffered several times.

Anyone else experienceing this as well?

All and all though, the Roamio is what the Premier should have been

FS: Two-tuner Premiere (45 Hour/320GB) with Lifetime and USB Wi-Fi adapter

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 22:08

One is up now, the second will be posted in middle of December. If you want either one, PM me for a discount.

Emergency Alert System freezes my Mini once a week

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 21:15
The alert was cancelled hours ago on my Roamio, but that night when we crank up the Mini, the EAS scroll is on the Mini. All the functions have ceased to work on the remote and the only way I can get it to work is to unplug the Mini from the power.

Is there another way to "thaw" my Mini other than unplugging it? TIA for any help

FWIW, the Mini is connected to the Roamio via MoCA and it's the only Mini attached to the Roamio

Epic Fail!

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 20:36
My Roamio came with a document "Installing a CableCARD". I've installed many, had a card ready to go and was going to install it before first powering up the new Roamio. BUT the Instructions say: "Before installing the CableCARD decoder...

1) Set up your TiVo DVR by following the instructions on the Start Here poster. You do not need a CableCARD for initial DVR setup!

2) Complete the DVR's on-screen Guided Setup....

Well, I did that ("Before installing the CableCARD decoder...") instead of just installing it before I started. As a result, the DVR did not know about most of my channels and I spent hours trying to figure out why I had no guide data for channels I had manually checked in my channel list after installing the card.

Finally, I figured out that I needed to run Guided Setup AGAIN with the CableCARD installed. Why not just start WITH the CableCARD? WHY did the instructions say to complete Guided Setup BEFORE installing the card?

STUPID instructions! I should have just IGNORED the instructions and done what I intended to do.


At this point... OOH Streaming is Pretty Much UNUSABLE

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 20:35
Was hoping the latest iOS update fixed some of the "issues" that they said it did, but I'm having the same problem I've had in the past. At times, my Streaming device on my Roamio Plus just stops working and can't be found. This happens when I'm away from home in another city where I can do really anything after this happens. It was streaming fine for a bit, then stopped and I tried to reload the stream. Now it's stuck with "Can't find streaming device."

... Work in Progress I guess :)

Support for 2 tuner units?

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 20:24
I have 2 2-tuner premiere units. Now that dynamic tuning is released, will the 2-tuner units support it? I don't care that there would only be 1 tuner left on the premier, I have an outdoor porch that I would love to have a mini on. Right now it has an old series 2 that is single tuner sd.