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v52 Seattle Comcast - missing only a few channels

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 23:41
I have a Premiere on 1 tv and a Series 3 on another tv - two separate rooms.

All of a sudden today, both are choking on a small handful of channels. The rest seem to be fine.

Anyone in Seattle, with Comcast have any issues with 104, 109, 112 or 114? (4, 9, 12 and 14 are fine) I'm in Pioneer Square.

Comcast can't find anything so they are sending someone out on Thursday but I can't believe the fix is here. It's not critical. I'm not missing any content, I just think it's weird.

Hard drive swap questions

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 23:40
So it looks like one of my TiVo HDs hard drive is dying. Got three code 7s in the S.M.A.R.T. test. It's a 1TB drive that was swapped into it a few years ago (actually, I think I got it on EBay already upgraded). I have some other smaller drives lying around, so I'm wondering the following...

1. If I use a hard drive cloning dock, can I copy the dying HDD to a new one (preserving recorded shows, system settings, account info, etc.)?

2. Can I copy to a smaller HDD (e.g. 500GB) if I delete enough shows from the 1TB drive before the copy?

3. Will copying from the bad drive potentially write bad data to the new drive? Or is it more likely a hardware issue causing the code 7s?

I'm pretty computer savvy, so I could also do a traditional copy/swap. I just read that the cloning docs work faster. I also picked up another TiVo HD off Craigslist for $25. So if all else fails I can start fresh. Although I'd rather not lose all my shows (or have to TTG 1TB worth of content).

Unsupported Operand error I cannot resolve on my own

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 19:36
Would appreciate some assistance. The following error has sarted appearing when I try and push a file to my tivo:

ERROR : pyTivo.video.video:unsupported.operand.type(s) for :/ 'str' and 'int'

Never had this issue before. Can someone with more programaming skill than I point me in the right direction?

Thanks.

C

Gator Boys

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 16:34
Gator Boys new season starts Sunday 7/28.

Old Series 1

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 16:21
Thought I might post what I did with my two old Tivo's. I have a series 1 Sony and also a Philips 112. The Sony 's hard drive started acting up after just 13 years. Haha. It has a lifetime subscription and I use it in my basement work out room. So thought about weekknees but wasn't sure the 100 bucks was worth keeping it going. So I had the Philips sitting in a closet for quite a few years. I know the capacity is low but it's not that important. So I pulled the hard drive out of both of them and installed the Phillips in the Sony. Booted right up and once I did the guide set up the lifetime subscription is working and no more skipping and audio screw ups.

Tivo Premier be aware (beware?)

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 14:29
Long story short, I wanted to find an alternative to satellite tv. I installed an antenna and was able to get beautiful hdtv, but needed a way to record and do all the things vcr's used to do. Research told me Tivo Premier was the ticket. I ordered one thru their "refurbished" offer.
I got it in early April, set it up and it worked as advertised. We did not use it all the time, as I was trying to convert my wife to the new system. The first of June my wife was home sick and wanted to watch an old movie on Netflix.
What she got was "no service". Our internet connection was no more. As we have wifi, several computers and other devices that were working fine, I called tech support. They advised me that since I was using a non-TIVO wifi receiver with my box, they offered no support.
I bought a TIVO wifi device, hooked it to a laptop to set it up which took only seconds, because it would not set up at the TIVO box, then moved it to the TIVO box. NO INTERNET CONNECTION.
I spent literally hours on the phone and in chat with customer service and tech support trying and retrying a connection. Mind you, this was about 60 days after I bought the thing and I was told there was a 30 day warranty and a 60 day warranty by different reps.
I was advised they would not replace the machine, they could not say for sure that it did not operate. What am I supposed to do with a device that does not work and ,according to their website, has a 90 DAY WARRANTY?
I canceled my service.
The guaranty that TIVO does honor is that you will pay for the contract,working or not, if you cancel early. They are sending us to collection for $210 on a device that failed after no more than 60 days.
Be aware

If you dislike the online "Last Chance Redemption Kitchen" concept...

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 14:12
...you're gonna HATE the new season of Top Chef Masters starting tomorrow night (Weds 7/24/13)!!

The TV contest will be affected by the online performance of the Chefs' sous chefs. If a sous wins, the MC contestant gets an advantage in the TV show and, if they do badly, the MC gets a handicap!

They're actually trying to FORCE you to watch the online content!!

This kind of stuff is only going to get worse. It's the attempt to get people to watch online content or get an "enhanced experience" by getting the app that's going to kill a lot of shows for people like me who watches later with a DVR.

How to control an AV receive with separate On/Off buttons using TiVo remote?

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 12:58
My setup includes a TV and a Harman Kardon receiver. I want to use the remote to:
  • Turn the TV on and off
  • Turn the receiver on and off
  • Control the volume of the receiver

Unfortunately, the receiver's remote has separate On and Off buttons. I am able to program the TiVo remote to Turn the TV On/Off and the receiver On (or Off, but not both).

I want to push the power button on the remote and have both the TV and the receiver turn on. Then push the power button again and have both the TV and the receiver turn off.

Are there any practical solutions to this? I've tried programming the Tivo power button on the remote to perform (1) TV Power, (2) Receiver On, then (3) Receiver Off in the hopes that the receiver wouldn't pick up the Off signal as it is starting up. However, the receiver is too quick and this did not work.

Any suggestions? Any way to create a macro on the TiVo remote? E.g., alternate the power button between On and Off commands for the receiver?

How can I remove my account

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 10:34
Any help is appreciated.
Thanks
Chris

"Go Backward" input command on S3 remote?

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 09:55
Hello all - found a somewhat related topic here but not exactly the info I need.
I bought a WD TV Live PLus (http://goo.gl/sVtfI9) so I could watch HuluPlus on tv, since, as we all know, S3 doesnt support flash /hulu plus. Anyway I was wondering if there is a remote control command to go BACKWARDS thru the inputs. I have like 10 inputs that the RC goes thru and I only use 2, so it would a real timesaver to go up and down only ONE input.
Tried holding input button and down button (near SELECT) and of course that didnt work. Also searched for guide on all the commands you can do with the remote and couldnt find anything beyond the basics. Would love a link to one if it is available.
Thoughts?

Unforgettable

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 09:30
Season 2 starts Sunday, 07/28/2013 @2100 EDT on CBS.

Under The Dome - "Blue on Blue" - 7/22/13

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 09:07
Umm, WTF! Bomb shelter gurl gets out and when Crazy boy shows up, she comforts him? I know about the Stockholm Syndrome, but come on!

Yep, Big Jim is as crazy as expected. Even though he did release the girl. But, he did kill the Rev.

I'm no meteorologist, so how does wind blow inside the dome? Also, I didn't realize that Chet's Mill borders on the ocean.

I assume that this is set in contemporary times, so I'd love to see how Jay Carney will spin the WH okaying the release of MOAB on an American city. ;) BTW, the blast radius of that thing is HUGE! What's next, nukes?

HD in attic.. worth it to go to roof?

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 08:36
Just wondering for you using OTA .. I have it in the attic and I get pretty good reception.. just wondering how much of a difference it might make to stick it on the roof.. is it really worth the effort? thanks....

ME-TV found a new fan...Me

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 07:53
Not sure how many folks have access to it. Plus you probably wouldn't appreciate the nostalgia of it if you're under say 40 or so. It's only available via OTA antenna for now but I really dig a lot of the old classic shows they have.

They show everything from the old Batman series, Bob Newhart, Bewitched, Twilight Zone, Star Trek etc.

If you like "old school" TV from the 50's,60's,70's, I highly recommend trying to tune it in.

http://metvnetwork.com/

Siberia preempted, ep. moved to next week

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 03:18
Siberia episode "Fire in the Sky" on NBC was preempted tonight in order to air a special about the new prince. It looks like it's been moved to next week, with all other episode pushed ahead a week. So don't forget to check and make sure it is recording next week.

RIP Bunheads, it's offically cancelled

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 18:18
http://www.hitfix.com/news/abc-famil...ncels-bunheads

No more Bunheads, I can't say it's a huge surprise, but I'll miss it, it was a great little diversion.

The Killing "The Reckoning" 7/21/2013

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 17:34
Some serious acting chops were on display in this episode.

I'll admit to my eyes watering up when Bullet's picture was on the board.

I was on the "They're gonna do it" train when Holder and Linden were on his couch. Thank the tv gods that they didn't.

Even though the prison subplot feels like it's being shoehorned into the main story, there's some fine acting going on in those scenes too.

Damn lying kid.

How do I use cable TiVo video inputs?

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 17:28
I have an old [cable] TiVo that I bought around 2002, but that I haven't used in many years.
Manufacturer: Philips
Software: 3.0-01-1-000
TiVo Account Status: 5: Product Lifetime Service
Copyright notice: (C) 1999-2002 by TiVo Inc.
I finally got the phone call working and it's ready to use... once I have an input to it.

I would like to connect to a new digital TV adapter that has composite video out and channel 3 RF out. I would rather use the composite video out rather than the channel 3 RF out.

On the back of the TiVo, I see composite video inputs, but I have no clue on how to select them. Is it just a special channel number? Is it some configuration somewhere?

Walking Dead S04 Trailer

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 15:59

Matthew Perry guest hosting on Piers Morgan

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 15:56
Matthew Perry was scheduled to guest host (with "special appearance" by Lisa Kudrow) on Piers Morgan's show on Monday 7/22, but the episode has been postponed indefinitely so they can cover the royal birth in that time slot instead.

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