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Series 3 HD cable tuner vs S4 tuner?

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 09:09
For the past few months I've been having a couple channels that show 'No signal' on my S3 HD (Tcd652160). I have Comcast and use a single M-card. The problem is with two of the local channels. I also have a Premiere and a Premeire 4 in the house and neither of the S4 have issues with those (or any) channels. All of the cable feeds receive approximately the same strength (coming from a 4-way splitter).

Since my S3 HD is in a less used location, I haven't been all that active about fixing it, but yesterday, I finally decided to do some testing. I had already tried a different cable card and that did not make any difference. Yesterday, I took the S3 and hooked it up in a location where I already have an S4. The S4 typically sees 60-70 signals in this location. The S3 hooked up saw no signal on any channels. I removed a splitter (for a MOCA bridge) at that location and I was able to see some signals with the S3, but there were quite a few channels that saw nothing. The S4 works with the splitter, the S3 is marginal without the splitter.

My question is has anybody else compared the cable card tuner in the S3 HD to the S4? If so, do you find they are equally sensitive or does the S3 suffer from lower sensitivity?

I suspect there is an issue with my S3 tuner (perhaps from a lightning surge or something) and I was going to try a replacement from Ebay, but if others have found the S3 tuner to be generally weak, then I will probably just go ahead and get a Tivo mini to replace it. I don't want to give up on the S3 because it has lifetime service.

TivoCasting with Flingo

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 02:09
Here's a shocker, Flingo was testing a module that would fling videos from your PC. https://github.com/Flingo/Flingo/downloads

The item is in experimental form called "Flingo for Desktop" 2yrs ago.
Could this be where Google came up with ChromeCast?



Instructions are simple>
1) goto download link I gave you install the version for your system.
*** THERE WILL BE A FLINGO ICON AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR RIGHT SCREEN - RIGHT CLICK IT***
2)choose a directory path or individual file to your drive
3)From Tivo hit (Find TV, Movies and Videos) click Web Video Launchpad.
4)choose "FLing Queue" from top.
5)Laugh as you now see your videos listed on your tv
6)pick a video and hit play.

To clear your cache follow steps from Tivo:

To watch videos from your Fling Queue on your TiVo device:
1.From the Fling Queue menu, navigate to the video you wish to view.
2.Press Play to begin playing the video.
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To remove videos from your Fling Queue on your TiVo device:
1.From the Fling Queue menu, navigate to the History menu option.
2.Select the video to remove from the queue by pressing the right arrow button and scrolling through the list of recently played videos.
3.From the popup menu on the right, select Remove Fling.
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To clear your entire Fling Queue on your TiVo device:
1.From the Fling Queue menu, navigate to the History menu option.
2.Select the first video in the list.
3.From the popup menu on the right, select Clear Queue.

30min Buffer GLITCH

Sat, 08/03/2013 - 22:57
Was on DisneyJunior ch. 179 on Brighthouse "Octonauts" before the change over for 10pm. Tried to hit record and the buffer said (Would you like to explore or setup a season Pass?) no, I want to hit record. Nope, was not allowed. This is the first time I have seen this on my Premiere XL.:confused:

Note: I was at the last 5mins not the the last min.
Also I am also running early release that seems to be so very buggy.

test

Sat, 08/03/2013 - 19:10

Can no longer download from Amazon Unbox

Sat, 08/03/2013 - 18:39
I used to download movies from Amazon Unbox all the time until a couple of months ago. Now after purchasing something there is an option to watch on the computer but not to download to the TiVo. My TiVo is still linked to my Amazon account. I have tried un-linking and re-linking. I have to ask for a refund every time I try to download anything.

Anybody else having this problem?

New Channel?

Sun, 07/28/2013 - 09:09
By accident, I noticed about a month ago that we now have Speed HD here just west of Boston. It is on channel 925. My current TiVo guide only goes up to 924 so I do not get the programming information or anything associated with Speed HD, but I can tune into it if I do it manually. I thought it may take a couple of days until TiVo knew that the channel was now available but it still has not recognized it. How do I get my Premiere 4 to list the station in my channel guide? Thanks for any help.

Audio Format Question

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 22:01
Okay, let me say up front that I am lost when it comes to this. I have MKV files, some with AC-3 (6 Channel), some either with a standalone stream or second stream of AAC. I am using MKVtoMP4 to convert these files as they are not playing correctly on TiVo (Premier). I try to keep the AC-3 (6 Channel) and no sound. I have to convert it to AAC (LC) 2 Channel and it works.

I am transferring through the Tivo software. I am aware and have used pytivo and streambaby. I am just trying to understand this audio situation better.

I have the Tivo connected to an Onkyo 616 via HDMI. The audio comes from the Tivo as PCM, which I also don't understand. My goal is to output is as 7.1 at the end of the day...

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Replace HD with Premiere on Annual Service

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 18:20
I have a TiVo HD that's currently grandfathered in on an annual plan. I just got a Premiere for a really good price. Is it possible to just substitute the Premiere for the HD and keep the annual plan. Would I just change the service number or would a call to TiVo customer support be needed.

No Play option?

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 17:18
My bank cancelled my card, so TiVo didn't get paid, and within a couple of weeks (I was out of town) one of my tivos was deactivated. Nothing recorded. Fast forward. I added my new card to the account, both tivos and the mini charged ok. Account says good standing.

On the mini I like to the 4 tuner TiVo and programs show up in the list but theres no option to play them? just delete etc...

I can however browse to the other TiVo and and play programs off that.

Ive tried rebooting all pieces, even reset to factory on the mini... anyone have any ideas?

Kudos to Charter - Great customer service!

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 15:28
So much of the time I read about people bashing their cable company and the CSR's.

Yesterday and today I had a great experience with my Charter representatives. Yesterday I went to the local office in and turned in my old set top boxes (had 10 years or more) that I didn't use because I have TiVo on my Family room TV and my son moved out, so I was only using one for a clock. Anyway, I turned them in an picked up 2 Cablecard self install kits.

The representative was very friendly and helpful and we got he exchange made, numbers recorded and I was out in 10 minutes. Great experience!

Today I decided to install the Cablecards in my Tivos. I installed the first, called Charter and got a CSR fairly quickly (no wait actually). We went through the procedure (it said record the numbers from the Cablecards, (I used my iPhone to photo the cards to eliminate transposition errors) I read him numbers off the screen, then numbers off the first Cablecard, the activation failed. He soon found out it was because the serial number on the card did not match the number in firmware on the card. He put me on hold (very politely) a couple of times but then found he couldn't fix it as he needed his supervisor for higher level access to the system. He took my phone number, went and make corrections. He then called me back (very shortly really) and we tested various channels to make sure everything was OK, it was.

He then said why don't we do the other Cablecard while he was on the phone. I got the card, photo'ed the numbers, installed them in the second TiVo. We went through the procedure where I read him the numbers, he sent the activation signal to my TiVo and then my Tivo had a hiccuup. The TiVo just wouldn't acquire the channel information,it got to 50 percent then stayed there at 50 percent for about 5 minutes. We decided maybe the TiVo was at fault and that the solution might be to do to do a soft reset on the TiVo. He very patiently waited while I reset the TiVo and it had to go through the start-up process (we all know how long it takes for a TiVo to reboot). Then all was well, he guided me though a channel test and everything was good.

The whole process took an hour to an hour and a half, but I had the time allotted in case of problems. We took it slow so as to analyze and correct problems and not cause more problems.

My advice is to allow more than enough time and just be patient and understanding and that your patience and understanding will be returned with patience and understanding and good service.

I believe that this shows that dealing with your cable company does not always have to be a disaster, there can be some success stories.

Andy

Older HD series 3

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 06:31
Here's another project I've recently completed. Series 3 HD unit with no subscription. I'd like to but already have 3 lifetimes on other units. So what to do.. Bought a Revue Google TV unit. Hooked them all up and of course no guide data. But searching for something using the google TV and changing channels works great. There is an app which gives you a guide but it's kind of glitchy. Of course the only thing you can do with the TiVo is pause for half an hour. Which comes in handy.

Cablecard self install - Charter

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 23:47
Finally got around to getting Cablecards for my TiVos. The CSR at the local Charter office said just put them in and they should activate automatically, but the emergengy instructions in case it doesn't automatically activate apper to be for a standard digital cable box reset.

The online intructions say to record numbers on the cablecard, install the card then call Charter with recorded numbers and numbers on the screen, then install the Tuning adapter.

Which is correct?

The CSR?

Or

The instructions on the Charter web site?

Any insights appreciated,

Andy

Suggestions stopped recording

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 23:01
I have a Series 3 and an HD - and both of them have stopped recording suggestions! I've had these boxes for many years and this has never happened. Just noticed it today.

The Series 3 has not recorded a suggestion since 7/18 and the HD since 7/23. They both have >100 GB of space in deleted shows, and they both (historically) record suggestions daily.

I rebooted the Series 3 since it was the worst offender and it didn't record in 12 hours. Just followed an instruction I found online to change setting to not record suggestions, restart, change setting back to record, reboot. Have done that but won't know until tomorrow I guess if that worked.

Anyone else experience this with tried 'n true Tivos?

Also - haven't restarted my Tivo in forever, but didn't get the Tivo guy just static when it restarted. Got the wait screens but not the animation - that used to be the best part! Where's Tivo Guy? This isn't right!

When using FF to get to live - audio stops

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 15:45
I've recently upgraded to a Premiere 4 and love it but there is one bug driving me crazy.

When watching a delayed live channel such as a baseball game but I'm back in time...

then I fast forward towards real time...

when I hit real-time it reverts to 'play' but the audio is not present. I have to hit the 5-sec rewind button to get the audio back.

Anyone have any ideas or seen anything similar?

moca install trouble

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 14:45
I'm trying to install moca on my DSL from AT%T. I have the POE filter on at the box incoming cable just before a 3 splitter coming into the house.

plugged the WAN into the modem/router (it is an actiontec GT784wn) plugged the router to the actiontec Moca adapter, plugged the coax cable from the wall to the actiontec moca adapter and then into the tivo.

I still get cable (noticed its a little slower to come in) on both TVS

In the other room is my premier 4 and it is not detecting moca.


The COAX light is not showing on the MOCA adapter. Power and ethernet are green. How do I troubleshoot from here? is my modem/router compatible? do I need to enable something?

THanks!

can't get Netflix to show up on Now Playing List

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 14:22
I recently resubscribed to Netflix. But, on both my HD and HD XL, I cannot get Netflix to show up in the Now Playing List.

Anyone else having this problem?

CableCard "errors" 2XL/4XL w/Moto card

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 09:29
I've posted previously regarding SNR #'s and Signal Strength issues. Comcast has replaced some grounding blocks that certainly displayed issues and the SNR#'s have improved to TiVo standards but I've still got image issues and the Uncorrected Errors and Corrected Errors are crazy high numbers.

I've reset both my machines a couple times which clears the cache but I've still got ridiculous I believe issues there. TiVo says should have near 0 - could some of you just post #'s from the cable card diagnostics page for your Uncorrected and Corrected numbers and maybe include the SNR# recorded also. The connect time is shown in seconds and I don't know that I'm concerned with that, I'm more interested with maybe establishing a ratio of the uncorrected to the corrected.

I don't believe that there's a difference in machines and i mentioned it's a Motorola Card

Thanks

Big Brother 07-25-2013

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 06:29
No surprise that Kaitlyn went home. She really was the best choice. Get her out while you can.

I wonder if Aryn is going to keep her deal or totally screw them over. Should be an interesting week.

Why is my space disappearing on my HD3?

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 04:24
I have an HD3 TiVo 1350 which supposedly has 1241 SD hours. To save space, I record in SD.

When I left for a 3 day trip, I deleted as much as possible. I had recordings to protect from a few years ago (but not on KUID). When I returned Sunday, all was well, but my deleted recordings were down to about 100. It seemed like I page upped fewer times and noticed that was odd.

(Usually, I have 200-400 deleted recordings, and can page up about 20-25 times to the top.)

Yesterday, I went to undelete a program, and there were only TWO programs in my undelete file, and I sure didn't record 100 shows and had also done daily multiple deletes. It seems like many recordings have disappeared too.

So, I diligently removed more programs that I figure I won't watch, and got up to 67, I think. This morning, there are only 54 programs in my deleted file.

What could be happening? Where are my programs going? What should I do to stop this shrinking of my HD?

Any ideas or suggestions? Do you need more information from me? Thanks.

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