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TWC on Demand

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 21:09
hello, im concidering buying a roamio premium dvr box but im concerned about my on demand channels through time warner cable. is there any way i can still get the on demands?

Breaking Bad 9/1/13 "Rabid Dog"

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 20:39
Here's the thread.

Mini and Roamio DTA observations

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 20:21
Haven't seen posts yet related to Dynamic Tuner Allocation (DTA) when using Roamio as a Mini host. From my recent experiment here's one interesting find:

* I setup my Roamio Plus unit as my Mini host, and set it to record 5 shows concurrently with the last tuner as live TV foreground tuner.
* Then I tried live TV on Mini and found it could not grab a tuner which was a little unexpected.

So it looks like the Roamio reserves 1 tuner for live TV on the Roamio itself which the Mini doesn't automatically steal. Makes sense after you think about it a little.

* On Roamio I then set 1 of 5 ongoing recordings as the foreground tuner.
* Trying live TV on the Mini then worked - reasoning being that since live TV was no longer in foreground that there is no reason for TiVo to deny that tuner for the Mini anymore.

So, under normal conditions where you don't have access to the host unit to change foreground tuner, the Mini will need 2 free tuners on the host in order for live TV to work. I don't think that's immediately obvious to unseasoned Mini users.

Of course there are plenty of other experiments to try which I haven't bothered with, but figured we can probably collectively try all scenarios and perhaps after posting about the various scenarios, put together a FAQ on DTA.

TWC and Roamio: Black screen on popular shows?

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 20:18
Hey everyone. I've been a TiVo user for many years, and I've run into a recurring problem that I can't seem to solve.

Right now, I'm on TWC, using a CableCard and Cisco TA. I've had (and still do) many, many issues with the stupid tuning adapter. Black screens, "channel not available" errors, V52, etc.

For the last few weeks, a few minutes before Breaking Bad, my screen will go black with no error messages. AMC will be working perfectly fine in the minutes before the show starts, but like clockwork, the screen will go black about 5-10 minutes before the show airs.

After the show, sometimes AMC will return, sometimes it won't. When it does return, it will record a subsequent rerun of the show.

I've found that unplugging the TA a few minutes before the show starts will fix the issue occasionally, but not all the time.

It's almost like I'm dealing with a TWC capacity issue or something. I've had the exact same thing happen with Walking Dead last season-- both shows with a very large viewership.

Anyone know what's going on? This is happening on both an XL4 and Roamio PLus.

How to copy video from Mac to Roamio to watch on Mini?

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 20:09
Can I copy video from my Mac to the Roamio to watch on my Mini?

I downloaded the old TiVo Desktop, did the terminal hack to enable video sharing. The Roamio sees it, but not the m4v videos I copied to the shared folder.

I looked at pyTivo, but from skimming the SourceForge page, don't understand how to install it. And it seems to be a streaming system. I'd be happy to push videos to the TiVo to watch, but streaming is ok.

The videos of interest are transcoded by Handbrake in the AppleTV settings (for iPad viewing).

Network Problem on Premium Channels

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 19:59
Forgive me as I am new to Tivo's but Charter's services went out today (internet tv and phone) and they are back up and everything is working except premium movie channels. I called Charter and they sent a hit to my cards but I'm thinking it may be a issue on they're end as they are still out. Anyone experienced this in the past?

MoCA Bridge... but not that kind

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 18:31
I want to know if its possible to use my XL4 as a MoCA bridge but not the kinds of bridges I can find... and what I can find confuses me. :)

I think I could do...

Network -> Ethernet -> XL4 -> MoCA -> Other MoCA Devices

Where my XL4 would bridge from ethernet to MoCA for other MoCA devices.

I think I could also do...

FiOS MoCA Router -> MoCA -> XL4

Where the XL4 does not use ethernet and just uses the MoCA provided by my FiOS ActionTec router.

But what I want to do, and can't seem to find, is...

FiOS MoCA Router -> MoCA -> XL4 -> Ethernet -> Stuff

Where the XL4 shares the connection that it gets from upstream MoCA. This way I could replace the powerline network adaptor that I currently use to get a network connection to my XBox and Blu-Ray player in the same cabinet that the XL4 will live in. (The powerline works fine... but... if I can eliminate stuff)

If it matters, I'm going to replace the FiOS DVR (which is connected via MoCA) but keep the FiOS STB (also connected via MoCA) in the spare bedroom (It is free and in case of a sudden need for VOD). Additionally, we have computers "hanging off" the Ethernet ports on the ActionTec router.

Thanks in advance!

Tivo Display (Roamio) Question...

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 17:44
Can someone advise if there is a display Channel/Time on the Tivo...?? I looked at images (Google)...but dont believe the images are powered on !!!

Twitter links from iOS app don't work

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 17:40
Tweeting from the ios app... The links to the episode don't work.

For Sale: Three (3) TiVO Premiere Series 4 HD DVRs with Lifetime Service

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 17:20
Hi folks! I have three (3) TiVO Premiere Series 4 HD DVRs for sale, each with Lifetime Service.

One records up to 77hrs HD (TCD746500). Included in the manual & remote. Its already for sale on eBay (Item # 321198156705
) but I can cancel that auction & sell it here instead.

The other two record up to 48hrs HD (TCD746320). Both come with remotes but I only have one other manual.

$400 each... your choice. I can take Paypal or USPS money order. I sell alot on eBay under screenname DPJ238... look me up there. 100% positive feedback....

Please message me if interested. Thanks!

Question about It's Always Sunny

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 16:31
Thinking of watching this for the first time. Should I start from the beginning, or skip to season 2 when Danny DeVito's character is introduced?

Roamio MoCa bridge Encryption key won't work

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 16:24
I'm having a problem setting up my Roamio Pro and Mini using MoCa encryption key.

My setup:
Roamio connected via ethernet to my network.
Roamio connected via coax to my central coax splitter (feeds the rest of the house including the cable modem)
Mini connected via coax to my central coax splitter.

This setup works fine and everything is dandy when I setup my Roamio as a MoCa bridge with no encryption.

If I try to setup encryption on the Roamio everything appears to work, but my Mini won't connect with the key, but will still connect without a key.

I can go and look at the Roamio settings again and it looks like the key was never saved. This is repeatable.

Am I doing this wrong? Anyone else have this problem?

HD shows recorded - a lot! I didn't choose them/set them to record

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 15:19
I set my Premiere XL4 to record three shows on SD HGTV using Season Pass.

Today after a week or two of being away, I see a long list of recorded HD shows that I didn't choose (in addition to the three shows I did set up). Weird.

Many of the shows are related in some way to the HGTV shows I chose, but most are not.

Anyone have this happen? I can't find a way to not record these HD shows that I don't want. Thanks!

Very strange issue with a few channels

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 14:43
I'm with Bright House in SE Michigan which is SDV. That said, I have a brand new Roamio Pro and Mini over gigabit ethernet. After going through all of my channels, I noticed 7 that tune and play perfectly on my Roamio, however they will not stream to my Mini or record properly. If I attempt to play these recordings back on either the Roamio or Mini, it's just a black screen. These are regular non premium channels:

224 - Fox News
270 - National Geographic Channel
286 - Fox Sports Detroit Plus
288 - Fox Sports 1
321 - Nat Geo Wild
322 - Fox Business
368 - Fox Soccer

TiVo has no idea nor do I as to why the Roamio can tune these channels fine but can't stream or record them correctly. By the way, signal levels are great at around 80-85 with 35 SNR and 0 RS Corrected/Uncorrected errors. I was using this same Cablecard/TA with my XL4 and these channels recorded/played back fine, so I'm confident my Cablecard/TA are ok.

Any ideas?

How much should I be paying per month on my Elite?

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 13:56
I have a Mini w/lifetime, S5 Plus w/lifetime, and an Elite/monthly. I recently cancelled my monthly on my S3 (as it was replaced by my S5). I was paying about $13.86 a month x 2 for my S3 and Elite. Next month, my price being charged for my Elite is $16.04 (although when I cancelled my S3 service they said they'd suspend my payments on my Elite for 2 months which shows on on their website but I still got charged today).

So, if the Mini and S5 count as subscriptions w/their lifetimes, should I be paying less than what I am? Confused about how the MSD actually is supposed to work.

downton abbey season 4 teaser trailer

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 13:48
the first teaser trailer has been released by itv, enjoy:


Combining antennaes?

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 13:14
I use a Roamio basic combined w/ a Mohu antennae (amplified) and am not getting solid signals on a couple stations unless I move it to another indoor location, but if I do then the other stations lose signal - any chance I can purchase another Mohu antennae (same model), get a splitter and put both antennas in their respective locations to get a 'consolidated/combined' better signal? Sorry I'm totally ignorant in this area.

Or should I be looking to purchase a better OTA antennae?

Having problems trasfering a recording from Tivo to my computer using Tivo desktop

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 13:11
The program is not restricted by copyright. I start to transfer the program and it gets to about 20 percent and shuts off and it happens every time I try to do this specific program. This has happened before but not all the time. Is there anyway to get this program to completely transfer to my computer?

Premier vs TV Tuner for OTA

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 12:34
Hooked up a new 2 tuner premier for OTA use. The tv/computer console connected to my TIVO is a Hannspree. The amplified signal to this TV is a solid 90%+ signal strength for most of the 22 stations in my area. When hooked up to my TIVO I get only 60% signal strength and the stations are breaking up visually. What are solid signals with awesome visuals on the TV has turned into barely acceptable on the TIVO Premier which I wanted to network with my main cable hooked up Premier. i wont be doing that now since the TIVO tuners are so crappy.

Issues with TWC

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 10:06
I recently moved from Houston, TX (had Comcast and they were great) to Austin, TX.

Got my cable cards (SA PKM800's) and tuning adapters (STA-1520's). Generally everything works okay, but when changing channels, some channels display blank. When going into the Tuning Adapter menu and going to DVR diagnostics, tuning to some SDV channels display that they are analog channels, like HBO 1672. I'm not sure what is messed up, if it is the cable card or tuning adapter. It seems that perhaps the channel map is messed up somehow. A pull of the cable card and reinsert makes it work for a while (and a reboot yields the same results) but then it begins to mess up again.

I have rerun guided setup, swapped cards and TA's with TWC, and it still yields the same results, on both my Roamio and Premiere 4…any suggestions / guidance anyone has would be greatly appreciated!