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At the Cable Show, an industry fights cord-cutting with technology

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:20
Kudos to Dave Zatz for the following post at TheVerge. A few tidbits on TiVo as well.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/13/44...ith-technology

Premier Tuner vs TivoHD Tuner - WITHOUT mcard

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 15:49
Hi Everyone,

I have a couple TivoHD's that I've used for years and until now have had little reason to change. I recently moved and no longer have access to Comcast cable. I now must use a rural cable company that does not provide cable cards. Thankfully, TiVo does have the channel guide for my new cable provider but the TivoHD only receives channel 2-99. I assume this is because the internal tuners are analog. The curious thing is that when I hook the cable directly to my newer flat panel television then run a channel scan I receive many more channels above channel 99. I'm guessing this is because most modern TV's have a built-in digital tuner for non-subscription channels. Both the Premier and TiVo HD specifications say "Analog Cable, Digital Cable (may require CableCARD)".

My question is this: If I buy the newer Premier (Not the 4 or 4XL) would it's new tuner receive more of the non-subscribed channels than the TivoHD does? Maybe like my TV does? Remember, I cannot use cable cards with my new cable company.

Thanks for commenting!

Solution for TiVo Desktop and transfer issues

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 15:25
Let me go ahead and say what I am using. I have the TiVo HD Series 3, Trendnet Wireless G router, the TiVo Wireless G adapter and a Windows 7 computer with the TiVo Desktop 2.8.3 version.

This is a solution I have found if your TiVo Desktop gives an error saying something like "no TiVo DVRs found" or "there was an error reaching your TiVo DVR". I also have some tips to suggest keeping your TiVo Desktop working.

If you get that error, whether or not your computer and/or TiVo is connected wirelessly, disconnect the router for 30 seconds and plug it back in. Start up TiVo Desktop and you should be able transfer now. If that still doesn't work, reboot your TiVo -- press the TiVo button on your remote, go to Messages & Settings, then Restart or Reset System, then Restart the TiVo HD DVR or whichever the top option says on yours, then press the Thumbs Down 3 times and Enter and let your TiVo reboot and try again.

I highly recommend when transferring recordings to a computer, have that computer connected to a WIRED connection through your router. Otherwise, DO NOT use any internet programs while transferring this will bog down everything and your transfers will timeout and most likely you will have to do the above again.

I had to do this before and it can be a pain but it helps to know what to do.
Note: If use any P2P or torrent programs that may cause these errors as I have stated.

On the good side, if you use a wired connection on your computer, you will be able to use the internet normally and won't have to worry about your transfers timing out.

I hope this helps those out there who have or have had this problem, this is the only way I have tried that works but don't know if there are any alternatives.
This may not work for everyone, we don't all have the same type of TiVo DVRs.

Edit completed recording length

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:01
I'd like to be able to take an existing recording and edit the time down. I frequently start a show a bit early and record it a bit long (especially with sporting events) and it would be nice to not have to keep the entire recording around. For example, when recording a football game, I typically record 6 hours - once the game is done, it would be very nice to be able to lop off the last 2.5 hours of non-game recording.

Tivo Premiere XL4 or Should I wait?

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 11:59
I've been researching the Tivo, and I'm seriously thinking about buying a Premiere XL4 to replace my cable companies DVR box.
My question is, is the Premiere XL4 worth getting at this point, or would you wait for the next round of new Tivo hardware?

Thanks for your opinion on this.

Deadliest Catch - OAD 6/11/2013

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 09:18
OK, who's going to be the first to say that Mikey's a wimp?

Oh, I guess it's me!

Elliot really needs to give it up and fish! I can't believe that all he can find to do in a hurricane and 50 ft seas is call Val and argue with her!!

Otherwise, a fairly tame episode. Good to see Junior's dad make it through, though.

Can I use a Premiere 4 drive in a Premiere?

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 09:07
Hi all,

Just purchased a Premiere XL 2 tuner (TCD748000) without a HDD. At the same time, I am upgrading my Premiere 4 to a 2TB with jmfs. Could I just do another one and drop it in the 2 tuner and have it work or would I need an image from the 2 tuner to start with?

Thanks!

Is the TiVo slower with a tuner allocated to the Mini

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 08:01
I have a TiVo Elite and a Mini. It may be my imagination but I swear that the bluetooth/slide remote's response time is diminished with it's sharing a tuner with the Mini.

When I set it back to 0 tuners shared the response of the remote seems a bit snappier.

Is anyone else experiencing this?

Mythbusters 6/12/2013 - Hypermiling and Crash Cushion

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 23:09
The synthetic cadaver was absolutely terrifying.

Of course Adam had an old Volvo!

I found it really annoying how they danced around ever saying that the police officers were fat. Plus sized. Big. Large. Wide. Heavyset. Just say fat!

movie search

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 21:47
I used to have Tivo for Directv. You could do a category search for movies. The result was 2 or 3 movies a week that you could record. Why can't we have this on Premiere?

How much do you pay for your cable card?

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 19:36
Tried looking all over but could not find. Getting xfinity and not sure how much they charge a month for a cable card.

Does anyone know? How much does your provider charge?

Thumbs up/down question

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 16:26
I've been very consistent in rating each of my recorded suggestions with thumb ratings for several months. That said, it's starting to feel like a job rating every single suggestion day after day. Is there a point of disminishing returns in terms of teaching TiVo what trypes of programs I like via thumb ratings?

I appreciate your feedback. :up:

Finally retired my grandfathered May 1999 S1

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 15:39
The ol' girls has been running like a champ for 14 years.

I was holding out for the 6-tuner model but for a number of reasons decided to pull the trigger now on a Premium 4 and a mini.

Transfer the grandfathered lifetime service with one-time transfer to the P4.

Ordered a 2g hard drive for the upgrade and we'll move into the 21st century.

Any other old-timers hanging around?

Stream Tivo Shows?

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 15:23
Now that other dvrs are catching up to Tivo, when is Tivo going to allow me to view my shows (from PC -pictures/music) via streaming from any device or connection for non apple products? I don’t want the mini…doesn’t do what I want anyway. Also I shouldn’t need to be on the same connection to delete shows.

TV Loosing Signal over HDMI

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 13:50
Over the past week I have been experiencing a new issue and can't seem to figure out how to prevent it.


It happens when in the HDUI, when navigating the UI by using the left or right arrow, every few times you enter or exit a folder the entire screen goes black, and my TV displays "No Signal" It's as if the HDMI cable was unplugged or the TiVo was powered off.

Here is what I have found.
Turning the TV off, then back on does not resolve the signal.
Letting it sit at the no signal screen will not make the video come back, it will sit at no signal for ever.
Restarting the TiVo will restore the signal.
Changing off my TiVo on the HDMI Switch, then Back to my TiVo also restores the signal.
The TiVo is not frozen, nor does it act like anything had ever happened when the signal is restored.

Last night while navigating a wish list folder with 8 recorded programs in it, while setting them all to KUID I had this issue happen 3 times.

It started a little over a week ago

It only appears to happen when hitting the left or right arrow to navigate the HDUI. It will not happen any other way. And no issues like this happen with my Apple TV or Blu-Ray Player.

The Doctor

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 12:44
The coolest superstar who ever lived - Julius Erving.

The thread title may confuse some people who'll think this is a Doctor Who thread but sports fans in my age group know who the real Doctor is. I just watched the NBA channel's hour and a half long documentary on Julius Erving titled "The Doctor". I'd heard that it was good and it was very good. Lots of rarely seen footage from his high school, college and ABA career.

Times have changed a lot. Erving was a playground legend but practically unknown during his college career at Massachussets. Stand out players get national attention in high school now. Then he was drafted by the NBA which had no national tv contract. There was no way to see him in the Philadelphia market. I only knew of him when I was a kid through Street and Smith's basketball magazine. Then one day, one of the UHF tv stations broadcast the ABA All Star game. That was the one in which he dunked from the foul line. That was the only time I saw Dr J play before he came to the Sixers.

Michael Jordan was a better player than the Doctor but was nowhere near as cool. Nobody was.

So You Think You Can Dance - Season 10

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:55
This thread is for episode discussion of Season 10.

Any bets that Fik-shun is this year's Cyrus? :up:

Major Crimes - New ADA!

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:30
I don't know if this is considered a spoiler but just in case:

Spoiler:
Catalina quit her job as a hotel chamber maid and part time "jumping" dancer and must have gone to night school as she is now a lawyer and an Assistant District Attorney on Major Crimes. I was sure it was her and just checked at IMDb and it is. The actress' name is Nadine Velazquex and she is very pretty!! I wonder when the new ADA makes a closing statement she will end it with some jumping!! (Sorry, that was definitely sexist!!!)

Also, I wonder if there will be any romance with Det. Julio as he really gave her a good look when they first met!!



Major Crimes is not too bad but no one can beat Brenda Lee Johnson's character!!!

Gerry

Status of Netflix on Mini: Any updates?

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:34
It's been a while since I've checked. Any new news or rumors about Netflix on the Mini or is it still expected to be sometime in 2013?

All Channels at 71% After New Antenna

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:22
Last weekend we replaced our outdoor TV antenna with one optimized for high-band VHF and UHF, a so called HDTV antenna. It's very nice.

Time Warner will not service our property because we have no street frontage. What we do have is a hill (since we are geeks it is Geek Hill). On top of the hill is our house. On top of our house is our new antenna. So it's OTA for us.

It was a hazy day so we could not see Mt Wilson but we set it more or less and used the TiVo to check things out. We seem to be accidentally picking up a station in Oxnard CA possibly 100 miles away. But what is odd is that only on my TiVo Premiere XL all of the channels that are usable show a signal strength of 71%.

I'm guessing my distribution amplifier is pulling up the noise floor, and this is skewing the TiVo calculations. Several HDHomerun tuners on the same amplifier show 100% on most, but not all channels, just as expected.

Our channel count went up to 133 from 106 by the way, I believe they are all ATSC. TV in the LA basin is very much multi-ethnic for obvious reasons.

Previously this Premiere did not show 71% signal level on all channels. It's just a curiosity though, as everything is working splendidly.

Our TiVo HD is on a different antenna.

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