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Supernatural - "As Time Goes By" - 1/30/13

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 06:55
Well that was in parts a really excellent episode. I thought minus a few continuity errors that might bug me for awhile, that it was a solid episode and I honestly had some John Winchester feels. Don't look so shocked! Got me some lovely brother moments and protective big brother Dean is back. YAY!

So let's get my complaints out of the way....

Not that I'm a Cas stan or anything but you'd think they would have at least mentioned him. Or tried to call for him to help or at least advise. I get they don't know what's going on with him but not even a mere mention of his name. (I'm sure the Cas haters were more than happy about that but come on). When Henry was talking about ingredients he'd need, the first thing I thought was "too bad Cas isn't around to zip off and get it all". Then the whole angel wing in the trunk. HUH? So they just have part of actual angel wings laying around in the trunk? ooooooooookay.

But the main thing. The demon. As cool as Abbadon was, this felt completely contrived and out of left field to me. Umm since when would there be anything involving Lucifer that Sam wouldn't know about?? And this hand picked bunch of high level demons that can't be killed with the knife? Why have we heard nothing of them either? I assume she's Alistair level but why the black eyes then instead of the white like he and Lilith? And why the new cool trick of "show me what you've seen" thing? I don't like that. It made her seem like she was the ultimate demon when we've already had them. She was very cool though so I'll have to hand waive it.

And WTF did Henry do? A blood spell? Dean said only angels could do them, he thought. So is this another thing they just decided to throw in there? I can't believe Cas didn't know about that before and say something to them. But then again we just learned that the angel weapon kills demons too.... which is still bugging me a bit.

Okay now for the good stuff....

The devil's trap on the bullet. HOLY CRAP that was cool. They should just always do that. Then they don't even need to get as close as they do with the knife. They had me there, I really thought Dean was trading him away for Sam because well..... it's Sam and in reality if there was no other option, you know he'd trade anything or anyone for Sam's life. So glad we have that back. Gosh I'm so full of brother feels still. I was gushing while watching it. I just wish Sam knew all the times Dean says these things. I feel like, especially this season, that Sam thinks Dean hates him for not looking for him. Oh well, I'll take what I can get for now on that. Won't put a damper on the good feelings. :)

And yeah, I had a few John feelings here, as they intended but I really never expected. Dean saying to Sam "he did the best he could" with that look on his face kind of did me in. He really loved his dad.

So I guess we know which side of the families each of our boys are from. Sam has the book smarts from Winchesters and Dean has the brawn from the Campbells.

Henry was a great character. I wish he had lasted more than a somewhat one off episode. Will anything from this have any bearing in the future? Will Sam take the key where the old guy told him to or try to use it later against Crowley during the whole tablet storyline?

Favorite line:
Henry: That’s the problem with you hunters. You’re all shortsighted.
Dean: Yeah, well, at least we’re not extinct.

Can I sub Premiere XL4 for Premiere?

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 01:29
In the past, I've replaced monthly out-of-contract Tivos with newer hardware without a new contract. For instance, I replaced a TivoHD with a Tivo Premiere (bought third party) simply by replacing the service number under my online account. Then, about a year later, I tried doing the exact same thing for another TivoHD, but it was no long allowed between those two models.

So here is my question: can I replace an out-of-contract Tivo Premiere with a TiVo Premiere XL4 (bought third party)? I don't want a new contract or to affect my multiservice discounts.

Thanks!

Primiere & Q/4 no longer see each other

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 23:18
Until approx one week ago, I was able to go upstairs to the Premiere and watch all shows that I recorded on the Q/4. Now each box says that the shows from the other cannot be displayed because of a network problem. Yet, both boxes see my two series 2 boxes and can transfer shows from them. The TIVO tech told me that I probably have unrestricted ports on my router. He really couldn't help, stating that I need to make sure that a group of ports are unrestricted on my router. I have an Apple Extreme. I can't understand why these two boxes are saying that there is a network problem all of a sudden. Any help greatly appreciated.

Cable Co. announces move to all digital... and I own a few STDT. Now what?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 19:49
Just got this notice in the mail - see this link - http://www.advancedcable.net/coralsprings_dta.php to inform us that the cable system is going all digital. Here is my set up. 2 hdtv's 6 months old. 1 crt tv 20 years old. Now for my tivos. I have two series 2 Dual Tuners, and 1 Tivo HD. I use all dual tuners regularly and TTG and MRV. I cannot lose any of these functions. The cable company customer service rep says everything will continue to work because i have tivos connected to my tvs. Also, the video on the website above titled "Do you need a dta?" ( a gray button in the middle right side of the page) - the video says "if you have tivo, you're fine." However a few people have told me never to trust the cable company when it comes to conversions like this...

so my question is - will i be fine? Will my dual tuners continue to work? will all my tivos work as i explained above? i dont want to get digital cable boxes at all... any help or info is very appreciated. thanks,

Anthony

Please tell me I haven screwed up!

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 19:08
I just bought a used tivo series 2 with lifetime pls....it's for a second room with an HDTV...I'm not concerned about the actual resolution of the box as I know it won't do hd....but I do want it to maintain the aspect ratio of my cable box at 16x9...I was under the impression that it would maintain the aspect ratio but just be at a lower resolution and not hd....after looking around on the net (not finding much help) I haven found anything that confirms what I want to do...is what I want possible or will everything be "stretched"...and the reason I went with the series 2 was cause it was dirt cheap compared to anything else with a pls...

Serial Port to Ethernet Converter

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 18:57
Saw a couple of old posts asking about this but apparently the cost was too high for anyone to try it. I've done serial PPP and also had S1 boxes with Turbonet cards but for a much lower cost (than Turbonet) I wonder if something like this might work:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281013385633...84.m1423.l2649

Amazing Comcast Experience

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 18:49
Just replaced 2 Tivo HDs with a Premiere XL4 and a Premiere and added a Tivo Stream. Took me about 2 hours to get everything set up and running properly and then I started what I thought would be a painful experience to get the cable cards activated. 15 minutes on the phone and all was complete with both Tivos working properly. I was shocked. In the past this has taken hours if not days with a Tech having to come to get it working.

Great experience with Comcast getting them up and running so easily and quickly.

Does TIVO always have a Fathers Day PROMO?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 18:04
Well, I guess I blew it by not taking advantage of the Premiere 4 + lifetime deal of $549.99. It seems, now, that it was not a bad deal.

I know that they have had good deals for Fathers Day in the past and wonder if anyone knows if we can expect the same or better in the future?

I have 3 THD's w/Lifetime but did not know that the Premiere STREAMS which would resolve all of my FiOS Copy bit issues! It makes MRV useless here.

Hotel Impossible 2/4 10p

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:54
Anthony revisits past hotels. It's showing up as a special and not as part of the series so it won't be picked up with a SP. Unless something changes you'll have to set up a recording.

Series 3 vs. HD Tivo, which is better? which would you buy now if you had to choose 1

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:23
my family needs another tivo unit, but I'm having trouble justifying the expense of a Premiere + Lifetime, so looking at pre-owned Series 3/HD tivos that already have lifetime on them, since they are at least a couple hundred less...

I have an HD Tivo with lifetime already, but have never gotten to see/use a Series 3, so wondering how they compare?

excluding hard drive size from a comparison (am planning to do a 1TB HD upgrade myself anyways LOL), IF they were the same cost, which would be a better one for me to buy? The "HD Tivo", or the "Series 3" that had the OLED front?

if the Series 3 w/lifetime was $50 more than an HD Tivo w/lifetime (again, excluding HD size in comparison), would that be reasonable/worth it?

seems the Series 3 units had a MUCH higher retail cost when they were available, but that doesn't always mean better :-) the HD Tivo being a lot cheaper was why I ended up with one in the first place...so at this point, the HD Tivo is newer than its Series 3 predecessor, but is it considered better/same/worse in comparison?

since they're both older models, how's the reliability of them? one have more failures than the other? one easier to fix/repair than the other?

read somewhere else on the forum that the motherboard structure changed, as in where the TSN was stored, which could be relevant if you had a motherboard go bad, and could find a working unit w/o the lifetime you wanted to preserve...that on the Series 3, the TSN is in a chip which could be desoldered and moved to a working motherboard, but starting with the HD Tivo, the TSN moved to the CPU which is not something the average DIYer can do (and checking with Weaknees, sounds like even their repair dept can't do it??), so is this by itself enough reason to buy a Series 3 over an HD Tivo, price being the same? or are the HD Tivos overall reliable enough that motherboard failures aren't common enough to worry about?

thanks for any info in helping me make this decision :-)

Series 3 vs. HD Tivo, which is better?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:21
my family needs another tivo unit, but I'm having trouble justifying the expense of a Premiere + Lifetime, so looking at pre-owned Series 3/HD tivos that already have lifetime on them, since they are at least a couple hundred less...

I have an HD Tivo with lifetime already, but have never gotten to see/use a Series 3, so wondering how they compare?

excluding hard drive size from a comparison (am planning to do a 1TB HD upgrade myself anyways LOL), IF they were the same cost, which would be a better one for me to buy? The "HD Tivo", or the "Series 3" that had the OLED front?

if the Series 3 w/lifetime was $50 more than an HD Tivo w/lifetime (again, excluding HD size in comparison), would that be reasonable/worth it?

seems the Series 3 units had a MUCH higher retail cost when they were available, but that doesn't always mean better :-) the HD Tivo being a lot cheaper was why I ended up with one in the first place...so at this point, the HD Tivo is newer than its Series 3 predecessor, but is it considered better/same/worse in comparison?

since they're both older models, how's the reliability of them? one have more failures than the other? one easier to fix/repair than the other?

read somewhere else on the forum that the motherboard structure changed, as in where the TSN was stored, which could be relevant if you had a motherboard go bad, and could find a working unit w/o the lifetime you wanted to preserve...that on the Series 3, the TSN is in a chip which could be desoldered and moved to a working motherboard, but starting with the HD Tivo, the TSN moved to the CPU which is not something the average DIYer can do (and checking with Weaknees, sounds like even their repair dept can't do it??), so is this by itself enough reason to buy a Series 3 over an HD Tivo, price being the same? or are the HD Tivos overall reliable enough that motherboard failures aren't common enough to worry about?

thanks for any info in helping me make this decision :-)

Need help programming Harmony remote

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 15:52
I am trying to program my Harmony 510 remote to operate my TiVo and can't get it to use the colored a b c d buttons. The Harmony has 4 buttons across the bottom that the same colors and I am trying to map them to the TiVo buttons. I can learn the TiVo's colored buttons but when I try to assign them to the Harmony buttons...they don't work. Having the same problem trying to map the TiVo button on the TiVo remote to the Menu button on the Harmony.

Dallas 2012 Season 2 thread *spoilers likely*

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 15:33
Off to an interesting start, any redeeming value "Rebecca" had seems to be gone, but like her father before her, grew up listening to daddy rail about how nasty those Ewings are, and bought it all.

I don't believe for a second in the real world an annulment wouldn't be given, without question. But this is Dallas.

Ryland is as nasty, if not nastier than JR ever was.


They are really keeping quiet about how they've dealt with Hagman's passing, even going so far as to continue to update the Facebook feed as JR.

Can't see FX (HD 753) in my channel lineup - Tivo.com

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 14:40
I am trying to find a recent post or explanation for why I can't see the FX channel in my line up when I log into Tivo.com and try to schedule a program (specifically The American's premiering at 10pm Pacific on Comcast 53/753). I'm not at home at the moment, but I'm nearly 100% certain that I have that channel in my line-up.

Any suggestions or information would be appreciated.

Compatible Cable/Sat systems

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:19
I'm considering dropping TimeWarner cable service after a $40/mo price increase. My choices are Dish, DirectTV or Uverse. (I'm in San Diego) I've determined that UVerse will not be compatible with my Premiere XL. It also looks like this equipment will not work with DirectTV.

Is that correct?

do the DISH boxes support (or are compatible with) Premiere XL?

One More Season: HIMYM renewed for 9th & final season

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:12
http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-wat...d-final-season

...and we won't see the mother until next year (I was hoping for a sneak peak at this season's finale)

Do UPS units help make TiVos last longer?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:02
I recently got a used Series 3 (OLED) locally off Craigslist. Its fully working & in good condition, but I mainly got it for parts (hard drive and/or power supply) for my current lifetime S3. Upon picking it up at this guy's house, I was telling him how I had to have my current S3 power supply fixed (replaced a capacitor).

He had his plugged into a uninterpretable power supply (UPS) and seemed to indicate (& explain a bit) that this could have been the reason he has NEVER had problems with the unit over the years. Do these UPS devices help the longevity of TiVos? Just curious.

At my wits' end -- can no longer make daily "call" on Series 3

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:22
To try to be as succinct as possible:

My Series 3 hasn't successfully connected since 1/23/13, though I just noticed this failure two days ago. It's been connected to the same home wireless network for years, and there have been no recent changes in terms of cable modem, router, or computer.

I am getting an N-17 error. The preparing for contact completes, but the "call" gets stuck at the negotiating step. So far in terms of trouble shooting I have:

a. Power cycled modem, router, TiVo, wireless adapter connected to TiVo, and computer -- multiple times.

b. Logged into my router. I'm not that tech savvy about router administration, but I did verify that there has been no firmware update.

c. Tried switching from wireless to ethernet connection for the Series 3. Same failure. Also tried ethernet cable directly from Series 3 to cable modem (bypassing router). Same failure.

d. Tried changing network information (i.e., specified IP address, let the Series 3 choose the IP address, etc). Same failure.

e. Tried connecting phone line instead, but unfortunately I have VOIP service (Phone Power) and I don't think it's compatible with dial up modems.

f. Called TiVo customer support. Spoke with a very nice guy at length, but sadly the call ended with no progress after we went through the same stuff I had already tried. (I think the only new things we tried during the call were unplugging the wireless adapter at both ends for half a minute as well as turning off the computer and using the computer's IP address for the Series 3.)

g. Spoke with Comcast's typically inept customer support. I was mostly trying to find out whether it's possible that Comcast changed something a week ago that is causing this problem. Are they blocking specific IP addresses, for example, and that's what's causing the problem. Basically the Comcast rep could only follow a very basic script and then said she could provide no additional support because it was "clear the problem was not with Comcast equipment" but rather my own.

Apart from taking my TiVo to someone else's home to see if I can get it to connect using their network or phone line, I'm out of ideas as to what to try. I did look at the TiVo support article about checking for blocked ports (I'm pretty sure that's not the issue as my router doesn't have any ports blocked and the TiVo reports that the port check on my network revealed that all necessary ports were open) and IP addresses. Quite honestly I don't know how to verify whether Comcast might be blocking IP addresses since it seems like it's impossible to actually get a knowledgeable person on the phone there. I tried pinging the list of IP addresses in the TiVo support article and got a 100% failure rate on the several I tried, but I also tried pinging the same IP addresses on my work network with the same results.

Any suggestions for what else I might try?

The Bachelor season 17 - Sean Lowe - Season thread

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 10:04
No point in doing a weekly thread for this, since it looks like there's not much interest. The last 2 bachelors have been pretty blah. I don't think that Tierra is smart enough to plan a stunt like to get a rose, but if she is, kudos to her. She was my front-runner to win, but now I'd like to see her gone. I'm all for drama, but she's going over-the-top. Spoiler: (and next week seems to be no different, but Sean finally sees the light) What's the deal with Selma? I guess we have different definitions of "taking it to the next level". No kissing? Has she seen this show before? I would have sent her packing right there, but I'm shallow :D I have no rooting interest in this show anymore, but I'll continue to watch to see who Sean ends up with for the next 6 months.

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