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Xfinity On Demand on Roamio?

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 14:33
For those of you with Comcast and a Roamio, I have a couple questions.

On the Roamio, if you access Xfinity On Demand, what happens? Do you get a menu of the available titles like you do on the X1 box, for example? Can you search for titles? And do you have access to all of the various titles available to Comcast customers via online streaming on a PC from the Xfinity web site, such as Xfinity and Streampix?

I went into a Comcast store today and they didn't really know and had never heard of the Roamio. I am trying to decide between the X1 / X2 (unavailable right now), the Roamio or just sticking with my TivoHD and a HTPC.


Raspberry Pi Tools

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 14:19
Has anyone compiled any of the TiVo drive upgrade/backup tools for Raspberry Pi? (ARM A6 instruction set)

Record Padding

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 10:49
One thing I was hoping Tivo would implement is a little better padding support.
Not as much of a problem with 6 tuners now, but with 4 tuners it was an issue.

What I would like to see is if 2 shows back to back on the same channel are set to record and you have a 1 minute pre and post show padding, it will use 2 tuners during the overlap period.

Tivo should be able to use one channel and save the pre/post overlap to both recordings.
This would mean the 2 minutes of show 1 would be the same as the first 2 minutes of show 2.
Then you only use 1 tuner.

Also, I would like to have an option to drop the padding from a recording if all tuners are used instead of using priority to handle overlap.
I would much rather record the entire time slot and not the padding than miss the first minute of a show due to priority when the padding isn't always necessary.

Another scenario is I add 1 hr padding to Amazing Race and Mentalist due to CBS football overruns when they show a game at 4pm (east coast).
On Sundays where there isn't a late game, I would like to remove/reduce the padding since it won't be necessary to record and waste space.
Is it possible to change individual record settings for a Season Pass?

I hope I was clear in my descriptions.


Walter White's "funeral" creates controversy...

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 10:47
Seems like Walter cannot actually Spoiler: RIP ....according to the Albuquerque Journal...

Amazing Race - 10/20/2013 - Norway

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 08:30
Probably another non-elim as they are continuing after the pit-stop. I thought it might be when Phil mentioned that the coins would be needed 'later in the race'.

Pinky really showed her true colors when she was offered help in exchange for the Express Pass. Not that she should have given it up, but her attitude towards ER couple when she was offered help.

That showed me that they will promise anything with absolutely no plans to stick to it and should not be trusted under ANY circumstances!

Recording Issues with altered stop times

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 07:51
I am OTA only and have seen some interesting recording issues Sunday night with CBS due to setting an extended stop time. I record The Good Wife and The Mentalist.

I had set The Good Wife to record an extra hour when I setup the season pass but did not extended The Mentalist when it's season pass was setup. A few weeks back I had forgot to extend The Mentalist stop time and found I only had one recording which was The Good Wife with an extra hour - no The Mentalist recording. Changing the Good Wife's stop time manually to to something other than an extra hr and manually extending The Mentalist's stop time the next week seem to fix the problem (got 2 recordings with the extra time I had changed them too).

I never made permanent changes and last night went in and manually changed The Good Wife to record an extra 15 minutes (from 1hour) and the Mentalist to record an extra 30 minutes (from nothing extra). What I got was interesting, I ended up with 3 recordings. The Good Wife with an extra hour, and 2 unmarked recordings one that was started at the Good Wife's start time with an extra 15 minutes, and one that started at The Mentalist's start time with an extra 30 minutes.

Anyone else see anything like above?

Supernatural - "Devil May Care" - 10/15/13

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 06:32
I know I know! I'm super late. I cannot believe you guys didn't start a thread for last week!

I've been traveling! I was in San Fran for work related convention then Toronto for the SPN convention last week. I'm on it tomorrow night going forward though!!

Okay so can we talk about Ezekiel!Sam and his broken wings?! That was unexpected! I think I rewound the scene 20x before moving on.
Spoiler: I do believe I have a new badass angel of the Lord. Cas who??

So who thinks Ezekiel is being honest with Dean about being a good guy? I mean it can happen right?? No? Yeah I thought not. This is not going to end well.

Ratings have been seriously amazing the first two episodes though. We keep this up and season 11 + are going to happen!!

Also FU Tracy Bell for bringing up Sam letting Lucifer out of the cage and putting this look on his face.
And Abaddon is my favorite villain ever. I think she's topped Crowley. And hello chemistry. Her and Dean (or maybe it's Alaina and Jensen). Through the roof.
I agree Abaddon. I agree!
Kevin was awesome too. "Because I'm Kevin freakin Solo" HAHAHA LOVE IT
And Dean and Kevin in the end. "Because you're family. After all the crap we've been through. After all the good you've done. Man, if you don't think we'd die for you... I don't know what to tell you. Because you, me, Sam and Cas. We are all we’ve got." Yup as usual they make me misty. Thanks a lot show. I thought I was going to make it one episode. HA. Right.

Okay I know my comments were all over the place. Sorry!

Worth Upgrading to the Roamio from Premiere 4

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 00:36
I am debating on whether I should consider selling my Premiere 4 (with 2TB HD upgrade) for a Roamio Basic or Plus. Tuners aside, is the interface really that much faster? I do notice the lag in the Premiere, but it isn't painfully slow IMO. Just trying to ascertain whether it's worth spending the extra cash.

NSFW "male only gamer" ads

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 22:56
TCF is supposed to be SFW, but your ad network is showing ads for "males only gaming" with barely covered up (animated) women. Can you remove them from rotation? It's practically advertising porn.

The Walking Dead - S04E02 - 10/20/13

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 22:20
Way to cut down the playing field of extras, both inside and outside the prison.

I am reminded of LOST where there was so many people on the plane that survived but only a handful that were main characters and that we cared about. So the others got killed off.

The opening scene was awesome. Rick is back in the game of killing walkers.

I think Carol must have some inner Merl in her the way she wanted to amputate the guys arm and then oh wait, no let's just stab him in the ear.

I am not sure I get what happened with the crispy people at the end. Someone torched them - was it Rick? or Carl?

Record this Collection - NFL

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 21:58
On our Elite and Roamio we went through Browse TV & Movies and selected the "Follow Your Favorite Team" option and selected "Record this Collection". During the first 4 weeks of the NFL season TiVo cheerfully recorded our teams from with this collection, but it stopped working last Sunday. My first suspicion was bad guide data, but I created a regular wishlist limiting to Sports - Football - team name and it is recording along just great. The problem with the wishlist is that you can't tell it to record extra time and it collects bunches of ESPN shows about the NFL and team names are commonly in the description.

Anyone else out there successfully recording their favorite teams with the "Follow Your Favorite Team" collection?

Homeland S03E04 Game On -10/20/13

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 21:48
Didn't see that coming. Torn between good writing and way-to-make-the-past-three-episodes-irrelevant.

Needed: Series 3 Power supply

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 19:52
Anyone looking to sell a working Series 3 power supply...Part # SPWR-00008-000.
I am looking to buy.

Looking for the card to replace my dead clicking one.

Please email me.


Is there a way to do this?

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 18:52
Ok, I've been a LONG time Tivo user. However I have no clue how to return to a paused rec show while browsing the menus.

So if I pause the recorded show im watching to lets say "set a season pass" the rec show is paused in the little window. I can restart the playback by pressing play. But how do I close the menu to go to the show? If I hit clear it just sends me to live TV.

For years I've just been going back to the show in the list of recorded shows and I would select resume. however resume is not an option if im near the end of the show.

So im hoping there is an easier way? :confused:

Tivo Roamio and Harmony Touch

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 18:40
Logitech Harmony Touch with roamio controls presets suck. I can't configure it to get all the buttons just right.....also, doesnt come preset with clear button, or skip back or 30 skip....anyone found the right setup?

Recorded program not showing in list

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 18:11
TiVo Premier info showed program being recorded. Red light was on during recording. Program did not show up in the My Shows list and still does not show up after a restart. This happenend one day after both tuners stopped working, which seemed to be repaired by a restart. Crummy software?

For Sale: Series4 HD DVR (TCD746320) w/2TB Upgrade and LIFETIME service.

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 18:11
I have a lightly used Series4 (TCD746320) w/2TB upgrade and LIFETIME service for sale.

$450 OBO.

Feel free to ask any questions!

Tivo HD and Premier not showing in my Network

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 14:30
I have a direct TV and a Tivo Premier and a Tivo HD, all connected to the same router. They have always shown up in my network until today. I had uploaded movies from my pc to the tivos without problems. (save the normal ones)

Now I can not see the tivo's on my computer network map and I can not see my computer on either tivo. I do see the direct tv recorder on my home network, and I don't see my home network on my tivo's. I have rebooted everything and to no avail. I have also done a reconfigure of the tivo's network connection. They are connected.

Any ideas?

Change for the sake of change

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 13:41
Tivo upgraded (that is questionable) and now I cannot see what is new in the schedule listing and I noticed last night my Tivo does not show the % of recording time left.

Is there anything I can do??

The Roamio unboxing experience is really lame

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 11:42
I bought a Roamio Plus from Amazon to replace a failing S3.

I can't believe how much time it had to spend "upgrading" before I was able to interact with it. Seriously, two upgrades just to power up for the first time? And each "should take less than an hour"?

Time-Warner Cable [North County San Diego] was oddly helpful and helped me pair my Cable Card over the phone. THAT was a great surprise that they didn't require a truck roll. Score one for TWC.

What I thought would be an easy call to Tivo to activate service was really frustrating. They are transferring service from my old Tivo (I presume that eliminates minimum contracts?) but because I called fairly late in the day on a Saturday, they don't think a supervisor will be able to approve the transfer before... MONDAY. What? How is this not a 24x7 capability?

Oh and also, I want to transfer shows from another Tivo in the house and from Tivo Desktop. Today, obviously. Apparently that won't work for several days either, as MAKs are exchanged during the nightly calls and it takes several "calls" from each before key exchanges are done.

So a day later my new Tivo is still nagging to activate service, and the oddest error message appears in Tivo Central: "Go to UNKNOWN and enter your Tivo Service number to active this UNKNOWN." Huh?

Doesn't Tivo realize that when someone pays hundreds of dollars for a new entertainment gadget, they expect a great experience right away?

Doesn't Tivo understand that we are sort of past the paradigm of "Nightly Calls" from the boxes and that modern web architectures shouldn't have this limitation?

Oh, and a curse upon their designers for introducing the A-B-C-D color coded remote keys. My Harmony One doesn't have a good place to put those (ugh more soft keys) and I really don't want a Harmony Touch.

So for the first time ever, my cable company comes away with a far better unboxing experience than Tivo. Note: UNKNOWN wants to use UNKNOWN right now without UNKNOWN service being UNKNOWN.