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TiVo Mini - locked up tight

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 21:44
I have two Minis, both connected over MoCA (with tx/rx rates of 270mbps). One is in the workout room and gets used fairly regularly (probably 4-5 times a week). The other one is in the master bedroom and might only get used once every 4-5 days. Both were installed within a day of each other. Both are on Panamax surge suppressors.

Today my wife switched everything on (via universal remote) and the Mini wouldn't work. I could see that when remote buttons were being pushed the led on the front of the Mini was responding, but there was no output from it to my Plasma. I tried disconnecting and re-connecting the HDMI cable and still nothing.

I finally rebooted the device and now it's working "fine" again. The only difference between this one and the one in my workout room is that this one is connected to a Panasonic plasma (workout room has an LG plasma) and on this one I've disabled the front LED so I don't see it when I'm sleeping.

Just figured I would let people know that this happened, I'm suspicious that maybe the FW for the Mini is not 100% ready for prime time just yet.

Smash - "Musical Chairs" - S2E07 - 3/19/2013

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 21:30
I guess no one is watching this any more... I'm really enjoying it. Since they have three shows to bounce between (plus any dream sequences), the songs aren't all Marilyn-related. It's interesting to see how fortunes turn, though I doubt Karen would REALLY leave Bombshell to be in Hit List. But in the show, she's googoo for Jimmy, so leaving the "disaster" of Bombshell to be with him makes sense, and of course Ivy gets free of Dangerous Liaisons to take her place.

I like how they have major characters all doing different things, different shows, but keep them intertwined.

It's definitely one of my go-to shows each week... Survivor and Amazing Race can wait: I watch DVRed Smash as soon as I can. :)

How much space should SD recordings take up?

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 21:18
I've got a bunch of SD shows on my TiVo Premiere and they all seem to be recording at 2 gigs each. The TiVo website says a premiere is supposed to be able to record 650 hours of SD programming, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Am I doing something wrong? Did I miss a setting somewhere? Changing e recording quality doesn't seem to do anything to the size, they are all 2.05GB.

Can't get 4:3 Aspect Ratio to Auto Letterbox

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 19:37
So... I received my mini today. Setup went smoothly on this old 4:3 RCA Proscan SDTV (480i) via the Tivo composite breakout cable.

Then I noticed the HD menus were squished and so was ALL HD content I was viewing (though downconverted). I was disappointed to find no Aspect Ratio options in the Video settings menu.

I made sure the only resolution I picked was 480i, to no avail.

My older Series3 I used to use on this TV had the benefit of being able to view any HD content from my other Tivo's and would properly letterbox any 16:9 content on the 4:3 display. This mini? Not so much.

I can find no documentation that says they don't support 4:3 TV's. Not to mention, they advertise and sell the composite breakout cable for 480i.

Anyone have a similar experience or know anything about this?

Comparing Whole-Home DVR Pricing

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 19:01
Josh Goldman on Cnet added a pricing comparison to his review of the TiVo Mini. He compared pricing across a number of satellite, cable operators, and telcos. I thought it would be interesting to compare some lifetime scenarios to the list and to look at the monthly pricing of what he presented over 1 to 6 year periods for homes with 2, 3, and 4 televisions. Here is a summary image of the results.



I've uploaded the spreadsheet including the details of my calculations. Its interesting how inexpensive AT&T U-Verse is compared to the other services. As can be seen, TiVo becomes a very good value proposition over longer term periods. Something most of us already knew. The spreadsheet also doesn't take into account end-of-life value of TiVo equipment with lifetime.

Here is a link to the Google Spreadsheet -> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...UE&usp=sharing

Top of the Lake - Full Miniseries Discussion

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 18:30
Quote: Originally Posted by Sundance Channel About Top of the Lake

Twelve years old and five months pregnant, Tui Mitcham suddenly disappears from her remote mountain town. Detective Robin Griffin returns home to investigate, but every step closer to solving the case unearths a dangerous truth about her past. Written and directed by Academy Award® winner Jane Campion. Two of the three episodes have already aired (and are continuing to air on Sundance). The third will air beginning March 25th. I think it's seven episodes, but I'm not certain.

Starring Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Matt Mitcham, Al Parker, and Thomas M. Wright.

The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. The mystery is intriguing. So far, I'm enjoying the ride and looking forward to the conclusion.

Is anyone else watching? Enjoying?

HR10-250 not recording but all msgs say it is.

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 17:54
My box has stopped recording. No season passes are recording, I press record on live tv or future programing. It runs thru the "set to record" set up and says please wait. How ever the record light doesnt come on, it doesnt go to the now playing list or show it is recording. I selected two programs to record and it behaved as tho they were however neither tuner was effected with the 2nd tuner not even changing channels

Selling: TiVo HD Series 3 TCD652160, LifetimeService, 1TB (157 HD Hours)

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 16:59
Just placed it up on eBay. Only disclaimer, it works as it did new with the exception of a non-working HDMI port. Didn't matter since Component connect gave a great HD picture anyway.

My eBay link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ht_1068wt_1344

Spring 2013 Update ??

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 16:57
Hi All,

I sort of feel bad starting this thread but I'm really getting sick of the live buffer disappearing when a new recording starts. I'm hoping they will be fixing this in the Spring Update. It seem that we usually start hearing about the update by now.

Thanks...Brad

Edit: Moderators, Please move to the Premier Thread where I meant to post it.

Options for viewing hulu.com on TiVo

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 16:19
Hello, I'm kind of considering (but not sure how seriously yet, though my wife is being open-minded about this) dumping Time Warner for my TV content, and instead relying on OTA + hulu + maybe netflix + maybe amazon, and maybe other online sources. But I'm thinking of OTA + hulu for the lion's share.

In my house, we have:

1 TiVo HD
1 TiVo Premier
2 single tuner S2's

I also have a home network with pyTiVo running, and an NAS.

From my reading, it looks like the Premier supports hulu plus, but it seems like I can get what I want using the free version of hulu.com, and I might prefer to avoid hulu plus. Also, if I understand correctly, there's no easy way to transfer hulu shows to a file and use pyTiVo to transfer to TiVo right? I'm assuming I just need to stream the shows from the internet whenever I want to sit down and watch the shows.

If that's so, my only idea offhand how to do it is to put some computer in the same room as the TV (and by the way, the rooms that have TiVo HD and TiVo Premier both contain TVs with hdmi input... the others don't), and plug the monitor into the TV and just play the shows from a browser on the PC. But then I need a way to plug an HDMI screen into the computer, which offhand I'm not sure how to do. But does this sound like the usual strategy people use, or there a simpler way to accomplish what I seek?

I guess I also need to put an antenna somewhere that faces the TV towers.

TiVo Recording and 24-7 Live Viewing

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 15:48
My Comcast cable box allows me to record 2 programs at the same time, but I cannot watch a 3rd live program unless 1 of the 2 recordings is canceled. Does TiVo permit recording 2 (or more) shows AND viewing a live show at the same time? If so, which TiVo model(s) should I consider? In brief, I want to record AND retain 24-7 access to live programming.

Can't create Season Pass or Explore Show!

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 15:11
I have just encountered a very strange situation and wondered whether anyone else has seen it or might suggest a fix/workaround. (I have a Premiere XL and use the HDUI.)

I've had a Season Pass for ABC's Body of Proof for a long while. A few weeks ago I saw Body of Proof returning with a two-parter, and my TiVo got the first episode and I watched it. I wondered why the second half didn't air a week later, per my To Do List, and then kind of forgot about it. Last night I discovered that it was airing, but not on my To Do List, and that I've apparently missed about 4 intervening episodes, including the second of that two-parter. My SP is gone.

No matter what I do, I can *not* get my Premiere to let me create a new SP for this program. I changed some options, I tried with defaults, I tried every trick I could think of, and it would not work. I later tried, while the episode was (manually) recording, to use "Explore This Show" -- only to get a brief "empty" display, followed by sliding back to the left to the previous menu. And I still can not get a Season Pass created.

I just created one online via the TiVo site and await word as to whether it's going to take, but I am flummoxed by this. Has anyone else seen something like it? If so, how did you get it fixed?

Moving from CV to FIOS upgrading to P4

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 14:34
Hi Gang,

Finally had it with Cablevision and will be moving to FiOS in a week or so. I have 2 T-HDs now and will swap one out for P4 that I just ordered that should be here Friday.

I assume I should still unbox and run setup on my current network and just pick FiOS as provider or do I need the FiOS Cablecard first. Just trying to save time.

I am expecting a long day of setup...... moving network, TV and 3 phone lines.

Thanks
Lou

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POLL: Losing all channels\blank recordings on Tivo Premiere

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 12:26
Guys, This poll is for trying to figure out just how widespread the pixelation leading to blank channels and recordings problem is. After voting please follow up with the model(s) that you have seen this behavior on.

Stopping video in background on menu?

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 10:53
Can the video running in the back ground be changed? I have 2 Premiers set to SD menu and when I want to use tivo button for most options it has video running. Hard to see the menus.

Thanks in advance for the help.

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Wed, 03/20/2013 - 09:46
Let's consolidate, shall we?

XL4 Fails After 8 Days

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 23:48
I purchased a new Premiere XL4 and TiVo Mini on 3/11. Last night, after only 8 days of usage, we turn on the Mini in our master bedroom only to find that it can't locate the living room DVR.

So I go down to the living room, turn on the TV, and to my surprise I see a green screen that says TiVo has detected a serious problem and is working to fix the issue and it could take up to 3 hours. We had last watched TV about 3 hours earlier. After maybe 10-15 minutes, the TiVo reboots. An endless reboot cycle started where it would display the welcome, starting up screen followed by the "just a few more minutes" screen, only to restart back on the welcome screen.

After 10 or so cycles, I decided to unplug the unit, wait a few minutes, and then plug it back in hoping that would erase anything in memory that could be causing the problem. Nope. Same situation: endless reboot cycles.

So now I must drive to Best Buy, exchange it, download all the service updates, call TiVo to transfer the subscription, call Comcast to activate the CableCARD on the new device, and then wait for Comcast to send another refresh signal to get the channels. This should take a minimum of 3 hours of my time to do this.

I'm very tempted to take everything back and say the heck with it.

Is TiVo's quality control that bad that a device should fail in 8 days? I've never had a TiVo DVR last more than 3 years because of hard disk failures. I just had my original Premiere replaced by TiVo only a month earlier because of a hard drive failure after 3 years of use.

Does anyone know of any issues that I might can fix without exchanging the unit? I don't think the unit has overheated because the unit itself doesn't feel hot and it's in a well ventilated area. I don't hear any funny noises that is typical of a fan or hard drive failure (it sounds normal when it powers up).

Problems with TiVo mini through Gigabit switch

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 23:29
Hi,

I just got a Tivo mini to connect to my XL4, but I ran into various issues with my networking setup. Originally I had the XL4 directly wired to a Netgear WNDR3700v2 router, which was wired to a Trendnet TEG-s50g Gigabit switch, which was wired to the Tivo mini. To emphasize, there is no Wifi in the mix. The mini worked immediately after first setup, but every day since then it stopped finding the XL4. The error is "The XL4 DVR cannot be found" with error codes C421 and C422. Each time the mini started working again after a wild combination of reboots and reconnects to Tivo service.
Today I got it to work again by removing the switch and directly connecting the mini to the router. This is not a permanent solution, I have other wired boxes next to the mini that need the connection.

Are there any known issues with the mini and wired switches? Everything is in the same subnet. Any recommended settings on router & switches?

Thanks,
Alex

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