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Roamio Plus And What???

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 01:21
I have my roamio plus -- and purchased 2 mini's to replace 2 of my tivo HD's

I have two more tivo hd's in my house that we never really use. (in a guest room and the garage)

We use very little of the roamio's capacity. Only 3 person household and 1 is a toddler who watches little TV

Our hard drive is always less than 5% full.

One of my tivo HD's died. (the one in the guest room) It has lifetime so tivo wants to give me a 2-tuner premiere for it… for free or I could pay half price and get a tivo mini.

I would rather the mini because then i have 1 tivo (roamio) doing all the recording and the mini lets me access that same list without transferring, it's just instant access.

a 2-tuner premiere doesn't do that right???

it just seems silly to pay for the mini when I could get the two tuner premiere for free.

but i have to admit i love having the mini's and just 1 main tivo.

i ideally would have all mini's and 1 main tivo, so that i can access the same recording list no matter where i am in the house.

what would you do?

2 tuner premiere or multi room instant viewing mini

Help in using QUICKFLIX on Tivo

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 01:16

The new Quickflix (replacing CASPA) is now available on TIVO in NZ - yipee..

However, i can't use it. can anyone help.

ALL the options available to me (i've found 3 so far), assume that a person is NOT a member of quickflix, & asks you to create an account.

i am a member of quickflix, & i can't join / link my Tivo, because it tells me i'ma lready a member & asks me to log in (i *AM* logged into tivo, and to quickflix)..

Ps - i've tried just joining, & also the transfer caspa balance options - both dont work (as above)..

Can anyone sucessfully join their TIVo to quickflix that is ALREADY a member of quickflix ?

Thank you for any step-by-step guidance.

Starting and Ending Recording

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:30
With all the digital information in the video stream you would think a TIVO could tell when a program actually started and ended.
Especially since the TIVO clock is not synchronized with the cable and station clocks; and since many stations are not accurate on their schedules.

I frequently get 30 seconds of the previous program and minutes chopped off the end.

pyTivo connects to Mac from XL4 but red xes

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:23
Worked until just recently, now no folders show, just all the files and all have red x next t them. Reinstalled pyTivo on another machine with OS 10.8.5 instead of 10.7 and same problem. Really miss being able to load videos onto the tivo from Mac!

B Sort By Date

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:24
When I press the B button to sort by date on the Roamio, can the highlight please go to the top of the list. The latest recordings are at the top of the list.


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:48
Is there a way to set a sleep mode on the mini? Or a way to 'teach' the remote my tv's sleep command?

I use it in my bedroom, and not being able to 'sleep' is making it very un-wifey...

- or -

Does the roamio remote work with the mini? And is it 'learning' capable?

Ethernet lights solid, all the time

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 19:55
I just noticed on my roamio basic, which is connected with an Ethernet cable, that the 2 lights on the Ethernet jack are always lit solid. There is a green light, and an orange light. Even when I unplug the Ethernet cable, they are lit solid. Is this normal ?

Mini Moca Issue

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 19:39
Just got off Tivo for the second time tonight...very frustrating. Came home tonight and the mini's moca link was down. Did the usual (reset mini, XL4, airport extreme) and that didn't really change anything.

In short...
-XL4 is the moca/ethernet bridge. Working great now for 5+ months. Link status on XL4 shows down.
-Mini is able to see live TV. Link status is up. Unable to see the guide and My Shows gives an error message about unable to see the XL4. Can connect to Tivo service. Network status on mini shows lots of data being sent and shows the peer node mac address that matches the XL4.

During the power cycle on the mini, screen froze on the issue mentioned in the post "New Mini Issue". Just a blue circle that was doing nothing. Recycled power again and it came up.

My guess, and I'm no expert, is that there might have been an update to the mini today that is causing these problems. Maybe it was to the XL4...who knows. Both show different software versions, but that might be normal since they are different platforms.

Called up Tivo...asked customer service if there was an update today and he didn't know.

Has anyone experienced something like this? I'd like to add another mini to the moca network, but there's no way the wife will allow that if I can't get this working. Please help!

Want to buy USB DONGLE for Slide remote

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 18:40
PM me.
the USB dongle from either slide remote will work fine.

Survivorman is BACK!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 16:42
I received this via email today:


Hey everyone! We're excited to announce that Discovery Channel US, Science Channel US and Travel + Escape in Canada are set to air 8 BRAND NEW Survivorman episodes THIS January 2014!

It's a new beginning for Les, offering a variety of episodes and adventures all packed into one incredible season! The new season sees Les tackle classic Survivorman expeditions, shoot the first-ever episodes of Survivorman & Son with his son Logan, and push the limits to survive in Bigfoot territory!

Not subscribed to Travel + Escape Channel? Don't worry! Click here to subscribe www.travelandescape.ca.

While we can't tell you much, the first episode to air will be a classic Survivorman expedition in the Mitre Peninsula, a remote peninsula located on the easternmost tip of Isla Grande in the province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. This part of Patagonia is known as being particularly unforgiving and inaccessible due to the ever-changing weather, the absence of roads or paths and a combination of cliffs, peat bogs, forest and valleys. Despite efforts to settle in the peninsula that included seal fur factories, gold mining, logging and cattle ranching, no venture has ever endured the harsh environment. Les will be dropped into this inhospitable landscape and left to survive with no food, no shelter, no water, and no safety gear or camera crew. I'm looking forward to the new episodes. I happened to catch his specials that aired recently about his top 5 Dangers and top 5 ways/methods/tools for Fire, Shelter, Food, MacGuyverisms, and Water. They were pretty interesting even though they were nearly entirely scenes from previously aired episodes.

I haven't found an actual air date/time for the new episodes. Hopefully my ARWL will catch them!

Hd to sd conversion?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 14:42
I have started saving shows on a PC. Some of the show are in HD. Is there away to convert these to sd to save space?


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:29
My new Roamio, the "device to rule them all" as in play anything and everything does not seem to know how to play MP4 files. The only way I can play them is convert them to MPEG2 files.

Am I doing something wrong, or is Tivo just full of it with their advertising? Because if the Roamio can't play MP4 files, it's abilities to handle lots of different file types like you would see with Internet and streaming TV is, well, nothing.

Anybody know anything about this?

Tivo can't find published music

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:26
I have 3 computers running Tivo Desktop (one with Plus) and 2 Tivo Premieres and a Mini. I have a lot of music on two of the PCs published. Sometimes the Tivos see the published music and photos on all 3 computers, sometimes only photos, sometimes it sees one or two computers but not all three.

The most frequent issue is that the photos show up (even though there aren't any photos published) music doesn't, and that's what a really want to access.

Are there any magic methods to getting Tivo to re-establish connection to the published music short of rebooting every box one-at-a-time until the music shows up?

P.S. - Tivo Desktop has no problems seeing the Tivo boxes and transferring programs back and forth.

Roamio iOS Stream issue

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:24
I have an issue with the iOS app on multiple devices in my house.

I had to replace my Roamio Pro last month and now I have two entries in the app, one for the old TSN and one for new TSN. I have called TiVo and they tell me there is no way to get rid of the orphan entry and I find that hard to believe.

I tried to remove the app, reboot the device, and reinstall but old box still appears.

I am wondering if anyone here has seen this behavior in the iOS app and know how to remove boxes that are no longer active or on my account.

If I login with MAK I only see my active boxes but if I use my tivo.com account which is needed for OOH I see the old box as well.


The Sing-Off

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:21
Anyone watching? In general I skip the singing shows (I quit American Idol after 2 seasons, and I've only watched a handful of eps of The Voice, although I like that much better), but I have a soft spot for a cappella music and for show choirs, so I enjoy The Sing-Off. I like that the judges (Ben Folds, Jewel, and Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men) are complete music nerds - sometimes I have no idea what they are talking about :) - but they are very helpful with their constructive criticisms.

One thing I've noticed so far this season (first ep was Monday night, next one is tonight) is that in this first season after Pitch Perfect came out, there is a lot of bad aca-punning going on, but I generally enjoy that as well, since it fits right in with the loud outfits.


Where is best place to sell my Premiere w/ Lifetime?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:21
i just got the Roamio... but my premiere has lifetime on it and i have the slide remote (full keyboard).

any idea best place to sell it? I wish i could transfer my lifetime to the roamio but obviously that's not an option.

Valid way to repair a Tivo Premiere

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 11:55
Tivo Tech guys..

I have three Tivo Premieres 746320, two with lifetime, one with subscription. I'm very much a tech guy, so no worries on that end.

One of the three Tivo went out. Unfortunately one of the lifetime units. I believe the 320G disk drive went out so the unit is stuck on the Welcome screen with a green LED when powered up. (I assume it cannot load its program from the disk drive.) Tivo wants $349 to exchange so that's not going to work. Before the failure the three units were at similar sofware version numbers.

So....Assuming the HDD is bad, how can I go about replacing/repairing it? I have lots of 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB Seagate SATA disks laying around.

Can I use one of the other Premieres to clone an existing HDD from a good Tivo using jmfs then install it onto the failed Tivo?
Will this even work?
Do I need to run Clear and Delete?
Do I need to run any Kickstarts?
Is there any place to download (for free) a image without messing with the other Tivos?

Largest eSATA Expansion Drive Supported

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 11:15
Hello -

Quick / easy question (hopefully)...

What is the largest capacity drive you can install in an eSATA enclosure, attach to a Roamio Pro and have it auto-configure?

I know the 1TB WD DVR Expander is the largest "official" drive that TiVo supports but was wondering if there was an opportunity to go the unsupported route with a 2TB or 3TB expansion drive for extra capacity and still have the auto-configure feature work?

Not looking to get into a hacking/WinMFS/manual "marrying" type of situation like was prevalent on earlier models.


Help with best setup

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:34
I have just joined the Tivo world the other day! I'm quite pleased thus far.

However, now that I'm 'expanding' (and eliminating cable boxes) I have a question in regards to the best approach.

Right now I have the following:

1 Roamio Plus
3 Mini's

(4 tv's to be hooked up)

I'm worried about tuner capacity if all televisions are being 'watched' live.

Should I invest in another Roamio (basic?) to replace one of the mini's? And, if so, does it have the capability of 'sharing' recordings with the Plus?

What are your suggestions?

Out of Home Streaming Technical Architecture

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:31
Has anyone discovered and/or described the technical architecture behind out of home streaming?

It appears to be firewall friendly and doesn't require opening ports for connectivity to be initiated from the destination device, so I'm wondering if every TiVo and/or Stream now has a constant open connection that allows instantaneous connectivity between an out-of-home device and the TiVo. Perhaps some type of long polling architecture is being used?