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Discount due to Fios MPEG4 (rant)

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 11:28
Alright, so I am a bit frustrated at Tivo here. Let me know if you think I am out of place in my thinking.

First off, I have a TivoHD and I now can't get some channels on Fios due to the MPEG4 changes. The first part of my frustration with Tivo comes with the fact that the TivoHD supports MPEG4 (as shown by the Australian Tivo and Netflix), so this is pure "planned obsolescence." It had been known for years that the cable companies were going to move to MPEG4.

That said, I called up Tivo a week ago and they offer me a deal that was apparently offered a while back. $50 off a Premiere 4 and $200 off lifetime service for it ($498 total). This is of course not a deal, since MSD wise I already get $100 off and the box is easily found at >$80 off. More specifically, an example would be Tivo selling them through Woot for $149 with an included Stream. With MSD that would be $548 total with the included stream. So really, Tivo wasn't offering me anything special (and in some ways a worse deal). The deal offer gets more offensive when you think about the fact that the Premiere is now an obsolete product to Tivo. They are trying to get me to spend $500 on an outdated product, that I have no idea if the core functionality will be broken tomorrow on.

Now, I fully believe that they should offer me something special. They chose to make the box obsolete ahead of its "lifetime." Really, I think I should get a free lifetime on the replacement box as a consolation for the fact that they "broke" it intentionally. (Maybe a bit harsh in words, but they could have easily provided the functionality.)

So I call them back today. I explain how I feel that they have wronged me by knowingly not implementing something they new would be used in the near future. Then I said that I don't want an already out of date box (Premiere). Could they just provide the $200 discount on a box that I am less likely to fall prey to the same issues in the next couple of years (Roamio)? After waiting for 15 or so minutes on the phone for the rep to talk to a supervisor. The answer is NO (no offer of any kind). Basically, Tivo's failure is my loss. I guess I didn't expect much, but this new Tivo would be my 5th. I didn't think I was asking for too much.

Sad thing is I am perfectly happy with my TivoHD, I don't need to upgrade. However, if I am forced to upgrade, I am not going to spend my money on something that is already out of date.

Done. Alright, frustration vented.

Lucky 7 9/24/2013 (S01E01) "Pilot"

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 10:43
Another US ripoff of a UK series ("The Syndicate").

Apparently we're all still too stupid to understand what a "syndicate" is vs. a "lottery pool."

They work at a gas station now, not a grocery store. But the gas station is going to get sold to a chain, just like the grocery store was. Pitiful they can't even be bothered to come up with their own ideas. Even the characters are the same... a set of brothers (even in the same situations), an overweight woman... blah blah blah blah.

Season pass deleted.

If you think you might like the story, go get the UK version. History says that if this even makes it to the season finale without being canceled, the UK version will still be better.

Watch The Spiral on Netflix

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 10:07
I couldn't stop watching it. I just finished all 4 seasons. 5th and 6th coming in the future. It is a very intense can't stop watching it show. Great characters. IT is more of a rated-R movie than a watered down glossy network tv show.

French show. French police. French Law system. Subtitles. Don't let that stop you.

End of Blacklist: "Set your DVR Season Pass now"

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 10:00
(I usually don't watch the previews, so this may not be a new thing)

Wow.. I was so shocked to hear that. The networks are now embracing DVR. I guess they are giving up.

Or it could be that NBC is owned by Comcast, which sells DVR service.

Moved from Series 3 to an xl4 - Cablecard

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 09:48
Took the second Multi stream cablecard from the Series 3 and put it in the XL4. I was getting ready to call Comcast to get the card paired when I went to the XL4 and found all the channels active. Not just the over the air ABC, NBC, etc, but other HD channels on the extended tier. We have no pay channels like HBO or Showtime. Everything available on the Series 3 is available on the XL4 with out contacting Comcast. I also have access to Xfininty on demand. Any guesses on who this is working?

EoC instead of MoCa

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 09:20
I have a Roamio base model and three TVs - 1 TV has only coax running to it, the others have direct ethernet but no Coax. The coax has access to my router so I would like to do the following:

Direct connect my roamio to the network.
Use the coax only TV to do EoC (ethernet over coax) and buy a Tivo mini
Will the network recognize the mini even though it is over coax? What if I only had that TV using MoCa and the rest on direct connect via Cat5? Thanks for advice.

HDMI extender over CAT5

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 09:15
I have a unique setup and bought the base model Roamio for OTA capability (no cable). I bought HDMI extenders over CAT5 and assumed it would work (works on other devices so I know the cables are working). When I connect the roamio I get nothing but I know that my TV is receiving a signal because the HDMI input is highlighted. I assume that the handshake between the roamio and HDMI extenders not working? Tech support was useless - they just said we do not support HDMI extenders. I refuse to go composite to cat5 due to poor resolution so this is my only logical option. Any advice?

Modern Family S5E1/2 "Suddenly Last Summer", "First Days" 09/25/2013

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 08:39
Still one of the funniest shows on TV. Laughed harder for more scenes than probably every other new sitcom put together.

My favorite:
Jay & Manny standing in front of the courthouse, gay couples lined up to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage in CA. Jay & Manny are there to get Manny's birth certificate so he can go to Columbia. But of course, the dozens of gay couples standing around don't know that.

Manny: "I think I'm too young"
Jay: "I already paid for you and your mother said it was ok"

Folders please!!

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 06:44
I see threads from 2006 asking for this. It seems obvious. Please allow us to have folders! Then I could put my sons stuff in his folders and wife's stuff in her folders. It would make me a better husband!! :)

iOS 7: improvements to background downloading?

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 00:05
My understanding is that iOS 7 allows apps to upload and download in the background, doing away with the 'ten-minute rule.' Does anyone know if this means the quirk where you have to keep the TiVo app in the foreground of an unlocked iPhone/iPad for shows to download will be a thing of the past? So far, it seems that there hasn't been any change.

Survivor - 9/25/2013 *Spoilers*

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 22:57
Man, I was hoping the returning players would lose so they could vote Colton out.

And why do they always vote out the hot chicks early in the game?

Cannot mark a show "Keep until I delete"?

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 22:38
I transferred a bunch of shows from my old Premiere XL to my new Roamio Pro that I had kept around for archival purposes with "Keep Until I Delete", but they came over with the default "Keep Until" settings (not surprised). The problem is that I can only mark half of them "Keep Until I Delete" on the Pro. The others allow me to click on that setting, but they just ignore it. On many of the shows, it was literally every other show that allowed me to change the setting vs. not. I also transferred one of the problem shows again and the new copy is also ignoring the delete settings.

no TiVo suggestions

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 22:23
My Roamio Pro has not recorded any suggestions in 3 days now even though I have it set to record suggestions. This has persisted through a number of reboots, and I even went through guided setup a second time to see if that would help.

Previously, I had a Roamio Plus that I bought last week, but I decided I wanted the extra storage of the Pro and, for the price difference compared to buying a 3TB AV-GP drive, I'd rather have it all under warranty and on BB free financing so I went back and got a Pro to replace it.

My experience with setting up the Plus was much better than my experience with setting up the Pro (though the cablecards were a nightmare in both situations). With the Plus, once I got the cablecard paired it started right up, I transferred my Season Passes online and then moments later went to the box and reordered them back into a sane order (I know it probably isn't really necessary with 6 tuners, but better safe than sorry). It also happily started recording suggestions on the first day.

Now contrast that to my Pro. The setup went fine, but when I went to transfer the Season Passes online it was refusing to take. I forced a few service connections and then it allowed me to transfer them (was pretty sure I gave it similar amount of time to get its bearings as the Plus, but it was definitely more finicky about allowing me to transfer the SP). I didn't bother to reorder them right away and it was the next day before I went in to check their order. About half of them showed up as "Corrupt, Please delete". I read online about the problem and waited another day and forced a few service connections, but I still had a whole bunch of those. Finally I downloaded kmttg and transferred them that way and it went much better. Very puzzling that the transfer worked very well the first time for the Plus, but the Pro never really took to the online version of the transfer. And now, on the 4th day after getting the Pro running, it still has never recorded a suggestion. With so much more disk space you'd think it would be chomping at the bit to record some stuff.

Any ideas? I read a suggestion somewhere to turn the suggestions off and on again, possibly with reboots in between. Others reported that going through that dance did not fix the problem for them. I did the off and on with a service connection in between and still no go. I would try it again with reboots in between, but it is currently showing that tonight's service update is pending and I have a few recordings tonight so I don't want to interrupt them for this experiment. I'll try that later tonight.

Another suggestion was to clear thumb ratings, but it is brand new and doesn't have any yet (other than the season passes that I transferred, if they imply a thumbs up). Also, the Plus started recording suggestions without any thumbs up work needed...?

Any other ideas? Do suggestions just take longer for some TiVos?

Wireless built in

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 21:52
Why would Tivo include wireless when they have said it's not fast enough for MRV?

Tivo Service update tonight???

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 21:44
I'm trying to connect to TiVo service to send in some logs for troubleshooting and also email Margret, but when I try to it says:

"Temporarily Unavailable - This option will be unavailable until a scheduled software update occurs at 2am."

Anyone have a clue what this update is? Could it be a long awaited fix for the issues a lot of us are experiencing? I'm about to give up on my Pro but I'd be willing to hang one more day if anyone has any concrete evidence.


Failed recordings, only two minutes long

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 21:32
I have a new Roamio Pro, and have now gotten two failed recordings, both for the same show, New Girl. Everything else is recording fine, but for this show it stopped after two minutes and the recording is just black.

Anyone else see this? Is there anything I can do? My wife so far is very unimpressed with the Roamio because of less than reliable nature of the device compared to our XL.

Revolution - SE02E01 - "Born In The USA"

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 21:11
Strange things are afoot in the air!

Off to a grand start. There seem to be an awful lot of strange acting lightning bugs. And, who are these new "war" gang guys? And, are those people from the Cuba "colony" the real American government or another interested party?

For those who were always criticizing Aaron about his weight, looks like he lost some over the hiatus.

I knew if we gave the writers enough time, they'd figure out a way to bring "living dead" into the series. :eek:


Roamio is on the way... (FanBoy Warning)

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 18:49
Nice... Order placed on Monday, shipped on Tuesday, scheduled delivery is Thursday with the free standard shipping.

As an admitted TiVo fanboy and something of a tech geek, I can't wait for the setup process and the exploration of the new model! I already had Friday off, and now the day off will be even better...

I still remember the day I setup my first one, the first generation Phillips TiVo! To this day, there has been nothing I have ever purchased that had a greater Wow effect than that first TiVo. A new car, an HDTV, Smartphones, computers, GPS's, blah, blah blah.. That original TiVo is still the coolest thing I have ever purchased in my life.

Just sayin!

(still don't like the Roamio name, but whatever)..

How to change replay to 30s skip back?

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 18:41
Hi, how can I change the replay button to perform a 30s skip back?

I.e. to make the skip forward and replay buttons behave like skip forward and skip back, with equal amounts of time.