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New Owner Questions

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 21:33
I'm a pretty excited soon-to-be new TiVo owner. Just placed our order for a Pro and 2 Mini's through WeaKnees.

I hope some of the seasoned TiVo owners wouldn't mind helping a plebe out with a few questions.

#1 What is the optimal procedure for setting up the Roamio and Mini's? Connect coax to the Roamio (without cablecard), go through guided setup, then insert the CC and pair with Comcast? Do I do this with the Mini's connected or not? This is kind of a large, encompassing question, just unsure of how to go about it.

#2 One Mini will be connected to a MoCA adapter. This particular adapter is connected to our modem. (a) Is there any kind of MoCA setup type screen on the Mini that I need to be aware of? The Roamio Pro will be connected via coax only at another location. My assumption is that the Roamio will not need to be connected to another MoCA adapter. (b) Is this correct?

#3 If #2(b) is correct, how do I need to setup the Roamio Pro, in regards to the network/MoCA screen? I do plan on connecting an ethernet cable from the Pro to a switch for expanded internet connectivity (if that matters).

#4 I plan on getting lifetime service on the Pro and the Mini's. When should/does this need to be done?

#5 I have the Comcast cable card phone number ready to go. What am I forgetting or need to know?

I sincerely appreciate the help. I can't wait for this weekend to get here.


Sleepy Hollow - Entire Season 1 - Spoilers

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 21:32

Revelations? Covens? Horsemen of the Apocalypse? And apparently Old Beezlebub himself?

Also, the Village of Sleepy Hollow has a population of 140,000? That would make it the fifth-biggest city in New York State!

The line "seven years of tribulations" is a dead giveaway -- they want this show to run seven seasons. I don't think they can sustain this level of inventive insanity for more than 13 episodes, let alone 154...

I'll keeps the Season Pass on my TiVo, but I'm going to remain emotionally detached because I can't see this ever coming to a satisfactory conclusion.

Under the Dome - "Curtains" OAD 9/16/13

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 21:25
I was telling my sister before the episode aired that the dome would become opaque and leave them in the dark!

Roamio IP Control freezes after several commands

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 19:53
I'm controlling my Roamio as I have my other tivo's through IP control.

After several commands, ie 3-4 downs, it freezes and I have to wait several seconds before it will take another command.

Any ideas? How do I log it as a bug with tivo?

Expansion Drive

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 19:32
I've got a Premier 4XL and a Seagate 3TB external drive, converted to ESATA. Any way to use these together?

Roamio Pro - connecting Minis with MoCa

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 19:20
I'm wondering if the following would work without additional hardware (like a MoCa adapter):

I have two Minis, connected using wireless bridges and the wireless router itself runs in bridge mode and is connected via ethernet to big smart switch which sits behind the router.

My Roamio Pro is on the other side of the house and connects via dumb switch to big smart switch as well.

Do I need a MoCa Adapter? I think I don't.

Netflix out of sync

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 18:39
Anyone experiencing out of sync audio/video on the Roamio? It's really bad on mine, trying to watch Breaking Bad and it's very distracting. Also experiencing a problem when I unpause a video the audio is totally muted. I have to rewind a couple seconds then unpause to get sound again.

Can You Delete Channel From Program Guide?

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 18:28
Just set-up new Roamio and looking to remove the SD channels (and everything else I don't want) from the program guide. I've done a search and didn't find this but thought I'd ask.

I know I can remove channels through the Settings menu, but I was looking to see if there's a way to remove the channel directly when viewing the program guide. Or, is there a way to select a channel as a Favorite directly from the program guide? I've tried all the buttons on the remote while viewing the guide, didn't find a way but thought I'd ask to be sure I didn't overlook the obvious. Seems like it would be so simple to just do it while view the guide than to back-up to the Settings.

What speed is the Mini's Ethernet port?

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 17:53
Subject says it all. Is it just 10/100 or is it gig-capable (not that it should really need it)? The Roamio has a 1G port from what I can see, but they don't mention speed for the Mini. Depending on the size of buffers on the intermediate switch(es), the speed mismatch can cause problems in some cases.

I've seen trouble with XBox360 as a Media Center Extender connecting to Win7 WMC. The Win7 PC has a good Intel NIC, is connected to the same gigabit switch as the Xbox, but the Xbox still occasionally spits out "network issue" errors which I can only surmise are somehow related to the speed mismatch (360 only has a 100Mb port).

Rotten Tomatoes for TV

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 17:38
Looks like tomorrow Rotten Tomatoes is going to launch a TV site.


I am looking forward to it. I sometimes do make decisions on which shows to try out based on reviews.

Right now I go to Aint It Cool News's Coaxial page, because with every premiere, They have a rundown of critics views from across the country.

I just decided to try out Sleepy Hollow based on the reviews.

Also like this idea. Should be cool.

"For the older shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men,” “we will go back to the beginning,” and include reviews of their earlier seasons, Matt Atchity, editor-in-chief of Rotten Tomatoes, told Variety."



Mon, 09/16/2013 - 17:07
the new website sucks laggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

Shows that started off strong and then quickly went downhill ...

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 16:39
I was thinking today about how some shows get off to a great start, and then rapidly devolve into a complete turd. It's amazing how the writers/showrunners can take something so great and ruin it so quickly.

Here are a couple examples that spring to mind:

Heroes - I consider its first season to be among the best single seasons of any show I've watched. The second season was extremely average, and the subsequent seasons were just garbage.

The 4400 - A very cool idea that started off strong and then completely went off the rails.

True Blood - This show didn't fall as far or as fast as the others, but each season has gotten progressively worse. I absolutely loved the first couple seasons.

What other shows would you guys add to the list?

Samsung PN51F5500AF Not Syncing

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 15:40
We have 3 Samsung PN51F5500AF's hooked up to Tivo Mini's on one job site and 2 PN51F5500AF hooked up to Tivo Mini's on a completely different job site. They are hooked up as simple as possible...HDMI out of TIVO Mini into HDMI 1 on tv. Sound is through the tv speakers, we are using the Tivo Mini remote to control the unit.

It seems that the units are not correctly syncing on the HDMI signal. We have an HDMI tester that allows us to capture and insert our own HDCP and EDID between devices, and it cannot work. We believe it to be failing to handshake with the tv. We have tried different cables, and the only resolution has been to go component.

I hope that Tivo checks into this and comes up with a software fix FAST as samsung tv's are very popular.

Tivo Premiere XL vs Mini

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 15:36
I am trying to decide the best path to take.

I currently have a Tivo Premiere XL from June 2010 with Lifetime.
I have a Comcast HDDVR and 2 digital adapters.
The 2 DVRs are on the main TV to record upto 4 shows at once.

I want to get rid of all Comcast equipment except Cable cards.
One of the digital adapters I want to upgrade to a full HDDVR capability.

1st idea: Purchase a new Roamio Pro and Mini(maybe 2), with Lifetimes.
Put Roamio in main TV room.
Put Mini in Bedroom.
Maybe add a Mini to other Bedroom.
Add Moca network box. (Cable modem in different room from Roamio :( ).
Sell Tivo XL.
Get rid of all comcast equipment keeping 1 card (Free).

2nd idea: Purchase Roamio Pro and move Tivo XL into bedroom.
Possibly add Mini to other Bedroom.
Add 2 Moca units (cable modem and Tivo XL).
Get rid of all comcast equipment using 2 cards (Cost?).

Any Pros and Cons for each idea?
1. Can the Tivo Premiere XL access programs on the Roamio?
2. Can the Roamio access programs on the XL?


Loss of internet or ethernet takes down MoCA?

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 14:04
I'm using my Plus as a MoCA bridge. The MoCA segment only contains the Plus and a Mini, and the Plus's ethernet port is directly attached to my router.

I've noticed that when I reboot my router (which obviously disables the internet, but also takes down the Plus's ethernet link) my Mini disconnects from MoCA saying the network is no longer available.

Should the loss of either internet or ethernet link on the Plus disrupt the MoCA network? It seems like the MoCA segment shouldn't be affected by either of those two occurrences.

No Discovery Bar Sometimes? (Network Errors)

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 13:48
Coming from a HD unit that did not have the Discovery Bar, I am noticing sometimes that it is not displaying on my new Roamio and giving a C133 error and an error 501(I think it was?) if attempting to choose the What to Watch feature. Is this normal? Is this an issue with the TiVo Service itself (as the error message indicates)? I can successfully test the TiVo's connection while this is happening as well as use the mini connected by MOCA in the other room (it displaying no Discovery Bar however). All other network connected devices are operational as well when this happens.

This usually lasts a minute or so before rectifying itself. I was just wondering if this is normal behavior for the Discovery Bar? Like network congestion on TiVo's end or something?

Frasier: Premiered twenty years ago tonight

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 13:24
Quote: "Frasier" premiered 20 years ago on September 16, 1993.

The NBC comedy starring Kelsey Grammer as radio therapist Frasier Crane ran for 11 seasons, ending in 2004. The Frasier character first appeared in a 1984 episode of "Cheers," and became a regular at the bar, before he got his own spinoff.

"Frasier" also starred David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin and John Mahoney One of my favorite ever sitcoms. Incredibly well-written, great casting, ensemble chemistry for the ages. Part of the reason we now have a Jack Russell:).

For many years after it ended, my wife & I would watch one or two eps a night in bed. Until we knew them by heart. It's why they make TiVos:up:.

And the writers really were in it for the long game. There were story lines, like Niles infatuation with Daphne, that took ten years to come to fruit. And the delivery guy who rolled out Martin's EZ-chair in the final episode? The same guy who rolled it in, in the pilot.

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TiVo Mini with loose power plug

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 12:30
I just picked up a Mini for my mom this weekend and noticed the power cord is loose. The plug doesn't sit flush on the back of the Mini and you can actually move it in and out without unplugging it. There is a noticable gap where the power cord stops and the back the of Mini. Are they all like this or did I get a bad one?

It works, but I am concerned with how it looks since it looks like the plug should be a flush fit.

Boston Comcast HD Technology Fee

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 11:59
Hey all,

For those of you that use a Tivo with comcast in downtown Boston, do you pay the HD Tech fee to get access to HD channels? I was just told by Comcast that I wouldn't need to pay the fees but I find that hard to believe if I want full HD access. Just curious if anyone has had experience with this.

Being that I want to put a Tivo Mini in my other room I think I should at least escape the "addl HD outlets" fee.