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roamio internal pictures?

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 20:32
has anyone seen internal pictures of the roamio boxes? I'm curious about the ability to change out the internal drive. does it have the basic tivo image on flash on the board someplace and then the ability to format a new drive and load a newer firmware on it? I remember that Directv had this capability but was wondering when tivo was going to make it happen.

new background

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 20:24
I like the old premiere blue background better than the new black background. Is there anyway to default it back.

CableCard vs. CableCard with Tuner - Time Warner

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 20:15
So I'm thinking of making the switch to Tivo. Looking to pick up a Premiere with a lifetime sub (anyone here have one :)).

Anyways, when I go to get my time warner service, it says either CableCard, or CableCard with tuner. What's the difference and which one do I need??


make 1 Tivo not seen.

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 19:37
How do I prevent 3 of My Tivo's from playing back 1 Tivo Roamio Pro contents?

I have 4 Tivo's and I don't want the other 3 from playing back recordings from 1 of them.

I changed the settings on Tivo.com. I even disabled Video sharing on ALL the boxes and they all still share. Its been almost a week since I changed the settings. I even rechecked and unclicked again.

I also had all the Tivo's connect to the server a few times and I restarted all the boxes.

Still they ALL share no matter what I do.

My Tivos are:

Tivo 3 (wireless G)
Tivo XL4 (wireless N)
Roamio Pro (Ethernet)
Roamio basic (Internal Wifi)

Thanks for any help you can provide.


Thu, 08/29/2013 - 19:34
What is the best way to do the set up. Cable card first or guided setup then cable card pairing?

Power Line Adapter to Connect Mini?

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 19:25
I just bought a Roamio Plus and a Mini. The Plus is on the first floor in the family room, about 20 feet from my office where my Mac with Comcast modem and Apple modem live. The Mini is in the basement, about 75 feet away, and was to supply video to the home theater.

I cannot easily hardwire from my router to the Roamio Plus. I'm not sure I want to move the modem and router into a tight space behind the TV & Plus.

I have a Rocketfish Power Line Adapter I was using with Comcast's X1 cable box. (The X1 had so many problems so I'm trying Tivo). The PLA worked well with Comcast's main DVR and second-room box. But I cannot get a strong and continuous signal so the Mini will work properly.

Tivo says they do not support PLA connections and suggested I come here for help. Does anyone know if this can be done? And how?

I'd appreciate any help. I really don't want to return the Tivo but may have to if I can't get a solid signal in the home theater!

Standards and Specifications for CableCards

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 19:07
For those that are interested I am going to post the standards for CableCards. This is directly from Cable Labs and the SCTE.

CableCard Primer an overview:

Open Cable CableCard Specifications:

Open Cable CableCard Host Specifications:

Open Cable Host Device 2.1 Core Functional Requirements:

CableCard Interface 2.0 Specifications:
The CableCard Error Codes are listed starting on page 241

CableCard Copy Protection 2.0 Specifications:

ANSI/SCTE 55-1 standard for Motorola systems ALOHA:

ANSI/SCTE 55-2 standard for Cisco/SA systems DAVIC:

ANSI/SCTE-106 standard for DSG (DOCSIS Set top Gateway):

SCTE Standards and Recommended Practices:

ATSC Standards:

Problem setting up my Mini ...

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 19:06
I bought two Minis today to go along with the new Roamio Pro that I picked up yesterday. Unfortunately, setup isn't going very well. After activating the Mini on TiVo's website, I hooked it up and plugged it in. It rebooted a couple times, downloaded some new software, and then locked up. I had to pull the plug. Eventually I got to the setup screen where it shows all my TiVos, including the Roamio. Unfortunately, they all have a red circle with a line through it next to their names. It is my understanding that since the Roamio has DTA built in, there sin't anything I need to do to get it to play nice with the Mini. It should just work. Right?

I tried rebooting both the Roamio and the Mini. I also forced the Roamio to call in to the mother ship. Still no dice. I haven't tried the other Mini yet. Any thoughts?

If anyone is having issues with the Mini seeing the Roamio

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 17:31
I had an issue after activation and connecting the Roamio. My TiVo mini was previously working fine with my XL4, but for some reason I was getting a V70 error saying that the mini could not find a tivo on my network. TiVo support had me do several force connections on the mini and the roamio, none if which resolved the issue. After about 45 minutes on the phone he asked me to give it 3 days to see if the issue resolves itself. I really wasn't too concerned because I don't use the mini that much, so I agreed to how it a few days. After hanging up, I decided to restart the Roamio. Restarting the roamio resolved all issues immediately.

Using 1 tivo with 2 different cable providers

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 17:26
Has anyone done this? My parents split time between homes in 2 states. The idea is, get a cable card from each provider (comcast and cox) and then just bring the tivo with when moving back and forth.

Swap the card and fire it up, no issues?
Need to call to pair?
Can't do it at all?

What say you? Thanks for the help tcf.

will be disappointed

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 16:32
Will be disappointed if TiVo doesn't do more updates and fixes to the TiVo Premiere. My biggest complaint has always been the slow and sluggish. Don't have the funds to get the Roamio yet.

Mini experience on P4 vs. Roamio

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 16:28
I have a new P4 that I had planned on selling but never got around to. Now they are going for 475 or so. So to upgrade to a Roamio is about a $100 difference so I am debating sticking with my P4.
I understand the differences as per

However, I am wondering if the Mini experience is that much different as of now. Is the speed pretty much the same? Other than DTA, is there any real difference of a Mini being used with a P4 than with a 4 tuner Roamio?

Oh yea, I wasn't sure. Mini has DIAL now w/roamio, is this with a Mini w/ P4 as well?

Roamio with non AV WD Green drive

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 16:26
Has anyone been able to confirm the AV drives are required for the new Roamio boxes? I had a spare 3TB normal green drive available.


OTA signal vs Series 3

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 15:56
Can anyone who has had the basic for more than a day comment on how the OTA signal is compared to the S3?

I just set it up last night and only had an hour to play with it, but it seemed to me that it was much better compared to my S3. For example I had a consistent picture with only occasional breakups on stations with signal strength in low 40s. On my series 3 anything below 50 was an unwatchable mess.

Only an hour is not a good sample size, so looking for other experiences.

Roamio Remote Control Started Playing Music

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 15:47
As I was moving around my Roamio Plus to get access to the cable card slot, the remote control started playing music. It startled me at first because I had no idea where it was coming from. I did a quick Google search and couldn't find anything about it. Anyone know what might have been going on?

Two Minis - One MOCA and One Ethernet?

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 14:35
Is this configuration possible? Thinking of grabbing two Mini's, in one of the rooms I have Cable, but no ethernet, and in the other I have ethernet and no cable.

Pop when changing channels/menu/tuners?

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 14:29
Love my new Premiere4 since I got it back in June.

I run my Tivo via HDMI to a Panasonic ST60 plasma for video & optical cable to a Sony receiver for the audio portion. I set the receiver to TV+AMP.

This way I have the option of watching TV(TiVo) with or without the receiver as a sound carrier.

Occasionally when I change channels or video content from menu there is a sudden pop sound that goes off before the real content audio picks up.

Is this a HDMI handshake issue or something else?

Stream/transfer recordings to Roamio from Premier

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 14:12
I just bought a Roamio and was planning to upgrade from the Premier. I get the V113 error on my roamio when I try to connect to the premier. Do I need a cable card in both of them for this to work? Its Time warner. Even with cable cards in both boxes will it work? I will keep both probably if I know that I can easily stream or transfer videos from box to box.

Anyones else have these issues with roamio?

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 14:05
So far I really like the Roamio, but there are a few small issues bugging me.

Sometimes I use netflix and the app crashes/stops working and I lose connection to the Tivo service, it eventually reconnects but takes up to and hour sometimes to do so...unless I restart the tivo. This also happens randomly but seems to happen more when using Netflix.

My other issue is with my season passes. I set them up and its recording new and old episodes, I checked to make sure the SP settings were right and they are, I deleted all my info and restarted the tivo. Still did not solve the issue.

I have a Premiere and it has the same season passes and is running on the same cable provider and it does not do this. Any suggestion on why this is happeing?

extended warranty options

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 13:39
I recently got a 4-tuner Premiere. Everything works great so far. I see that I can get a 2yr extended warranty from TiVo directly for this unit for $29. I also see how Square Trade will offer 2 years for $19.

Not sure I will get one yet, but just wondering if anyone has had any experience with Square Trade? Good? Bad?