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Media Access Key dropoff

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 13:49
I could not stream one box to the other last night and this am. Unusual since both premieres have been on my account >12mos and both in good standing with full wired ethernet connection.

Called tech support this morning and one of the boxes had their media access key "dropped out." When I attempted to pull the media access key off the TIVO menu, messages and settings, the media access key was not an option. Thats when the troubleshooting technician figured it out. This was after about 20 mins on the line and box restarts.

Media access key signal was resent via tech and after a network connection to tivo streaming is working again.

Just fyi

Sat 1 no signal

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 12:26
Signal on sat 2 - 95%
Started about 8am Denver
We have a little snow here but nothing on the dish, lnb etc.
I'm not sure what is happening maybe it's a different problem
When I try to toggle between channels the second will say seaching for sat 1
but that won't play any of the channels
if I toggle back then I can scroll through all channels
Has my DVR had it?
Rebooted and it was weird. It was on favorites but all previous favorites not in list so thought the channels weren't working. With some work it is back to normal. Reprogramed some favorites and now I can toggle between channels... and NO more searching for sat 1.

Problem transfering videos to TiVo Premiere

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 12:05
I have been having problems lately transferring videos from my computer via the TiVo Desktop Plus application to my Tivo Premiere. I have a wired connection to my Tivo from my router. It will act like it is transferring a video, the blue light will be on and the video will show up on my Tivo, however, at some point the transfer will stop and video will disappear. I am using the Share music, photos & video part of the application to share specific folders. I have it set up to automatically transfer All. I would try to manually transfer the videos, but for some other reason the computer I use does not show up on the Now Playing on COMPUTER NAME. At first I was thinking it had something to do with my internet being slow, but that shouldn't effect a wired connection, right? And even so, that issue has been resolved.

Another issue I have noticed is that I have to reboot my computer for it to even start the process of transferring videos.

I am running Windows 8, my Tivo software version is, I have an external HD attached to the Tivo, I am at 28% full.

Thanks in advance for any help!


Transferring HD programs to Roamio

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 12:00
I'm about to buy a Roamio box to replace one of my HD boxes. I have many hours of programs on my HD boxes that I'd like to transfer to the new Roamio.

Can I just transfer them to my PC, then transfer them to the Roamio once it's set up?

Also, will I be able to transfer programs between the Roamio and an existing HD XL?


HBO Go iOS update supports chromecast

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 11:28
Just saw the HBO app update supports chromecast. Can anyone check if it can cast to the Roamio and Mini without any issues?

WD Red hard drive noise level?

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 11:21
For those that upgraded their Roamio with a Western Digital Red 2 or 3TB HD, how noisy is your drive?

Last year I replaced my iMac's native drive with a 1TB WD Black and regretted it ever since. I originally bought the WD Green but read green wasn't suitable for every day use and was more for backup drives, etc. The black is a nonstop noise machine that makes an incessant and very loud crunching sound. Moreover, it's very slow for a drive that's supposed to be top of the line.

Right now WD Reds seem to be on sale and I'm thinking of pulling the trigger, but I don't want to save a few bucks if that means a terribly noisy drive or having performance issues.

Arrow - "State vs Queen" - 11/20/2013

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 10:32
No Arrow threads in a while. I've really been enjoying the show.

Thoughts in no particular order....

The trial did not go as expected, and the return of Merlin at the end probably shouldn't have been a surprise, but was.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love Teryl Rothery? She played my favorite character on Stargate SG-1. And now, here she is, Jean Loring. Am I dense or did they not reveal her full name until this week? I had missed it if they had. I wonder if her boyfriend Ray Palmer will show up.

I saw that they've decided NOT to do a backdoor pilot for "The Flash", but to make it a standalone pilot. Surprises me this late in the game, but the indications are that it did well enough they feel they can go ahead. We still get two episodes with Barry Allen guest-starring.

Speedy beating up on Roy Harper. There's a sentence I never expected to utter.

The black gunk on Slades face is, I suppose, to foreshadow the one-sided mask, though doing so really seems odd as we've already seen the mask and know he wore it long before he loses his eye. He looks strange with a perfectly straight line of blackness down his face.

Didn't expect Ollie to spend so much time with Sarah. Really thought that was going to be more fleeting. He doesn't know how she learned to fight, so we know they don't hang out together long enough for her to be taugh.

Jennifer Lawrence on Letterman

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 10:30
Wow. Wild interview. What a beauty! What a charmer!

I want to marry her and have her children.

"An Adventure in Space and Time" - Doctor Who

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 09:59
The premiere of the Doctor Who docudrama, "An Adventure in Space and Time," airs this Friday night (November 22, 2013) on BBCAmerica. If you're a fan, you'll definitely want to see this made-for-TV movie about the genesis and early years of Doctor Who.

But since "Doctor Who" is not in the title, Season Passes -- and, depending on your settings, possibly even Wishlists -- won't automatically pick it up.


netflix app annoyance

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 08:42
You used to get a 6 digit code to activate your tivo on your computer. now you have to type out your login info with the remote. I'm lazy enough that I don't want to do that and would rather fork out for a roku. Tivo, Fix your APP!

David Blaine: Real or Magic - 11/19/13

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 08:39
Anyone else watch this? It was really mind boggling some of the stuff he did. Especially the ice-picker through his hand and bicep.

What was even more amazing was the A-List stars that participated. Harrison Ford (who was pretty funny and freaked out), Wil Smith and his family, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, Woody Allen, Ricky Gervais, etc.

Also was impressed by how he swallowed a piece of a dollar bill and magically "put it back" from within his mouth!!

When do we get free roamio

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 08:37
You have run the 0 Down promotion on and off for years since the premiere was introduced. Its great for people like me who could not afford to pay up front for a DVR, but fitting in an extra $20 x 2 per month is reasonably manageable. When are you going to do this for the roamio? I think it'd be great to have a roamio but theres no way I can afford one at your prices, let alone two, or getting one and adding a mini. I have loved and owned every single one of your products since the series 1. However, the last five years have been very low income for me and I would love to see the roamio on a 0 down or 99 down promotion.

Survivor - Blood vs Water : OAD 11-20-2013

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 06:59
A bit of a predictable ho-hum episode for me, but still some fun spots. I absolutely loved how Cierra got Katy to fold on the HI story. I have to agree with Cierra that she has a much better chance of winning than her mom. She was such a wallflower she was on her original tribe, but has blossomed well in this stage of the game. I hope she manages to hang on.

At RI I figured Tina would be gone for sure, but no. I figure there are going to be 2 or 3 challenges left before someone reenters the game. It's not impossible that a couple could be re-formed before the game is over. A voting block like that materializing to form the final 5 could be big.

Rushing towards the end, it'll be here before we know it.

Dalton's recap: http://tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/survivo...er-episode-10/

South Park - A Song of Ass and Fire - 11/20

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 04:12
This was brilliant, especially J.R.R. Martin parts. I couldn't stop laughing at the a cappella wiener song set to the theme of the show. Princess Kenny was great as well.

There is a spoiler there though, for those that have not read the books, for something to come in season 4, so beware.

Oh, the irony of an Xbox commercial during one of the breaks was fun as well ...

Prevent recording shows with missing guide data

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:01
I tried a search but could not find an answer.

Some stations are not good with keeping guide data up to date. If I have a season pass set to first run only, it will record any shows (first runs) that actually have complete guide data, but then it will also record shows that have what seems to be boilerplate data that really only has the title and basic description.

The Daily Show used to do this (not sure if it still does), and many others. In this case, I'm looking a Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on CNN, and apparently this whole "up to date guide data" thing is foreign to CNN, and they also seem to like to schedule the show in marathons each weekend.

Is there any way to set TiVo to only record shows that have actual guide data and avoid the ones that use this placeholder data?

Replacing Series 3 with Series 4

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 21:49
I am planning to purchase a new Roamio to replace my wife's P2 which is on a monthly plan. There used to be a way to go into my account and just change the TSN but I do not think I can do that anymore. What is the proper way to transfer the P2's plan to the Roamio. Do I buy the new unit and then call Tivo after it is setup and they will deactivate the P2 or is there another process I have to do? Will Tivo allow the transfer at the existing rate or will I have a new rate? I would buy it from Tivo directly but Amazon has the basic Roamio for $50 less and I do not think Tivo is is in the price matching business.

Tivo Box from Internet Provider

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 21:43
My device:

Grande Premiere 320hr (Internet and Tivo box provider)

Xfer selected files from PC to Tivo.

According to Grande, I cannot do that. According to TIVO, I can if I purchase 'Home Network" with Desktop PLUS for $99.

However ... I just NOW found this:

Quote: If you have downloaded videos from the Internet in any of the following formats, you can use TiVo Desktop Plus software for the PC to transfer them to your network-connected TiVo® box to view them on your TV:

Windows Media Video (.wmv)
QuickTime Movie (.mov)
MPEG-4/H.264 (.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v)
MPEG-2 (.mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpv2)
DivX or Xvid (.avi, .divx, encoded with the DivX codec, version 4 or higher, or with the Xvid codec. No other video formats are supported within .AVI files.)
Desktop can also recognize additional types of video, such as .mkv, based on other software installed on your system. which, at this time is $15.

Thing is .. will either of these options work with a Tivo Box provided from a 'provider' ... i.e. Grande???

Thanks, anyone .... in advance.

Edit: Grande Customer Service could not answer the question. Brilliant.

iOS updates kill existing shows

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 19:59
I had a bunch of shows on my iPad, most notably Radiohead at Austin City Limits that was watched on most 10 hour flights.

Just looked at the newest TiVo app and magically all of my shows are gone. Worst part is that some of these were shows that I had deleted from my TiVo.


Why did this happen?

Connect Roamio to TV's coax input

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 19:51
Tivo says that one cannot connect a Roamio to the coax input of a TV.
But there seem to be a cable available to run the HDMI to coax input.
Also Etekcity seems to have some boxes that convert HDMI to coax.
Has anyone made such a connection?
Or is this a lost cause?
Tivo people are very sparse with information.:(

Tivo streaming/download after power outage

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 19:13
So I am across the country today and went to download a show in the iPad app and it says there is a problem connecting to your streaming device. I can delete shows, see the DVR etc however all of the stream functionality is broken. It looks like there was a power outage at home earlier so the tivo likely got a new dhcp address. It tells me to connect to my home network to setup streaming! Obviously being 3000 miles from home this isn't possible. Very frustrating that a simple short lived power outage will break the stream and require a setup all over. Has anyone run across this before?

I am guessing that unlike the sling box which uses upnp the tivo isn't as robust here. I assume the fix is a static ip and resetup while at home. Very frustrating. The latest build of the iOS app seems to have fixed the disconnects that took place while downloading ooh. I really love the quality of the downloads.