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Mini > Live TV (buffering time) and Sleep??

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 09:46
I read there is buffering and thus a delay in watching live tv.
1 - Can anyone tell me how long it takes from the time you change the channel until the live program plays?
I assume the time is basically the same when changing the channel again and such.

2 - I also am wondering what happens when the mini goes into "sleep" mode?
My wife sleeps with the tv on, is this going to drive her nuts?

Tia everyone

Free Voltmeters!

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 08:10
Just in time to aid in diagnosing your suddenly sick Series 3, you can get a free digital multimeter.

Look in your Sunday paper today (October 20, 2013) for the Harbor Freight Tools circular.

(It probably helps if there's a Harbor Freight retail outlet in or near your community.)

There's a coupon in there for a free meter.

(You do have to actually go into the store with the coupon, but you don't have to buy anything else)

Remember when calculators that only did the basic 4 functions (+, -, *, /) sold for several hundred bucks and now you can get one for $2.95 or maybe free inside your breakfast cereal?

Well, same trend has happened with digital multimeters.

So cheap doesn't necessarily mean worthless.


Get up with someone else getting one of these and put one on DC Volts and the other on resistance/continuity and see what the polarity is of the current the second one uses to test resistance and continuity, so that if you ever need to know, you already will.

In the old days of "analog" moving needle meters, the red lead, usually thought of as the "positive" lead because that's the one you used to make contact with the positive terminal of a direct current source, became the source of "negative" electrons when switched to the Ohms function, and the black lead, usually "negative" when measuring current or voltage, became the return path for those electrons, so that the negative lead was positive and the positive lead was negative.

Not doing it that way would have made switching from Volt/Amp functions to Ohm functions more complicated.

Most digital meters these days, when putting out current to measure resistance and continuity, make the black lead the source of electrons and the red lead the more positive return path for them.

But I can't swear that they all do, so it's a good idea to check it in advance so that you'll know if you ever need to.

What put hundreds of shows in Tivo Thumbs List??

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 05:20
What put hundreds of shows in Tivo Thumbs List??

I just got approximately two dozen suggestions. I usually only see one or two. It said to press [enter] to view the list of thumbs. There's hundreds of shows in there that I have never watched and would not rate 3 green thumbs-up. How do I clear that list??


TiVo stuff up for grabs in Putney SW London

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 05:18
Hi gang,

If there's anyone left here I have some TiVo series 1 bits that may be of use to someone.

As part of my biggest ever spare room clear out I have unearthed the following

A TiVo series 1 I think it may be faulty.
A TiVo hard drive bracket with a hard drive attached
A TiVo original A drive
A cache card again may be faulty.

Can be collected from Putney, SW15 as soon as possible!

Contact mark on oh two oh, eight seven eight nine six three two oh.

Original Series 3, lifetime service, for sale

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 20:56
I have an original Series 3 (with the clock) that has lifetime service. Needs a new power supply or capacitor. Will throw in a Wireless Network N adapter.


Indycar season concludes tonight nbcsnhd

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 19:42
another year done...no Japan this year? down to the wire between the Kiwi and the Brazilian

audio drops

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 16:32
So this just started happening two days ago with my Roamio Plus. Every now and then (maybe once an hour) my audio drops out. If I push the tivo button or change channels the audio comes back. Audio is set to Dolby Digital. The Roamio is connected with HDMI to my Pioneer receiver and then HDMI to my tv. Anybody else have this problem or know how to fix it?

Premiere Fall Update 2013

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 15:47
Signed my box up requesting the 2013 Fall update.

Anyone received it yet? Would like to know version #.


ALCS Schedule Not Updated Sat 10/19

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 15:21
Just a heads-up, the game is tonight 8pm EST, still on the Tivo schedule at 4pm EST, as of this writing.

Should I power off when not in use?

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 14:39
I have a Harmony One remote that I have set up to use with Tivo Roamio.

One of the options is to turn Roamio off when I am done watching it.

Is that a good idea?

If I do turn off the power, will it automatically come back on when a show is due to be recorded?


What does lit green circle actually mean?

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 14:37
I am in the process of reviewing the Tivo Roamio Plus.

Very curious....

What does the green lit circle indicate?

Is that just a general POWER ON indicator, or, an indicator of newly recorded content?

I have had the Tivo Premiere and older models and I could have sworn there were different colored lights to indicate power and newly recorded content.

Appreciate the help.

Out of home streaming release date?

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 11:01
Is there any info on when out of home streaming will be available on the stream?

"Parks and Rec" on (short) hiatus

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 08:55
Heads up...

Since NBC cancelled "Welcome to the Family" and doesn't have/want to burn up another sitcom right now, they're stunt-filling the entire 8 pm hour for the rest of the year.

Parks will be off for the next three Thursdays, then will air back-to-back eps at 8 and 8:30 on Nov. 14 and Nov. 21, then will be off again until January 9 (when it starts airing regularly at 8:30 after Community).

Pop-up ads

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 08:32
Leaving aside how I feel about paying around $1,000 for a TiVo plus lifetime service in order to be pestered by advertising (hint - not positive)...

We are seeing a "Cryptonite free trial" ad op up above the pause bar, Pressing "down" gets rid of it OK, but the damn' thing comes back every single time we pause, which is getting really, really old, because we generally pause so we can look at the picture, and the advert covers up a big chunk of it. I did the SPS-Pause trick (which I did not want to do, because I find the bar useful) but even then the ad flashes up annoyingly for about half a second when I pause.

I don't recall our old TiVo HD behaving like this (I vaguely recollect that once you dismissed an ad it was gone for good) - is this something new, or do I just remember wrong?

More to the point, is there some way to retain the bar but stop the excessively frequent pop-up ad (I don't mind seeing it once in a while, it's the excessive repetition/flashing that is infuriating).

As to the value of the advertising; right now I would happily punch someone from Cryptonite in the face, because it is so intrusive and annoying. The chances of me every wanting to buy something from them are zero.

Which blank DVD media?

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 03:51
After I figure out how to take .tivo files on the PC and use its DVD deck to burn them to DVD (playable in your average DVD player), I still need to know whether to use +R or -R and which version of which brand.

Discussions of this at places like avsforum seem at least a year old and that's plenty of time for those who put their brand name on blanks to change who makes them for them, so I'm seeking recently informed opinion.

Keep in mind that I really have no experience with DVD's, even commercially produced ones.

Don't have a player except the ones in PCs around here and never even sat down and watched one.

Moving with a tivo...

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 03:43
im curently in florida with tivo premiere and bright house networks (time warner cable company)

moving to ohio and getting time warner cable.

will the tivo check the channel names and convert my recordings or will i have to go one by one thru them and change the recording channel number?

any tips/tricks for moving and a change of channel lineup?

also.... are there any deals for lifetime? or deals with new tivo's+lifetime? my yearly 129 comes up in november and i've heard of people getting 100-200$ lifetime.. and some word with an R mentioned.. roameo? roamsomething..

would love any help/tips/tricks.

Tatiana Maslany now regular on 'Parks & Rec"

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 23:05
Tatiana Maslany from 'Orphan Black' seems to have a new character role on 'Parks & Recreation' this week...


This should help both shows, but certainly gain exposure for TM, hence better numbers for OB when it returns in the spring.....stoked

Mini w/ Computer Monitor

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 18:42
So, I'm thinking getting another monitor for the office and attach a Mini to it.

- I need HDMI
- Audio

Is anybody doing this? What monitor did you get?

Also: I already have a secondary attached to my iMac and I'm wondering what the behavior would be when I attach another monitor w/ a Mini to the iMac?

Revolution OAD 10/17/2013

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:06
A couple of things I'm finding interesting:

1. It doesn't appear that these "US" troops use any ranks. I haven't heard a reference to a rank at all.

2. I'm trying to imagine any scenario that would make diamonds a currency. What intrensic value do they have? You can't really do anything with them. At least gold/silver do have practical purposes.

3. Aaron is "Carrie"! FTW

What can we reasonably expect from the App Store?

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 09:40
It seems like nowadays to be a truly competitive streaming box you need to offer:

-Hulu Plus
-Amazon Prime (ie streaming)

I know their are others, and I know that not everyone uses all of these, but these are the ones usually listed first when devices tout what they offer so...

What's your take on the likelihood that these come to the Roamio?