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Had strange issue -- stopped recording on all tuners, no output

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:32
Last night/early this morning on my Premiere 4 at around 12:45AM, I had noticed that the video was hung on something I was watching (actually dubbing to my other recorder to watch faster than realtime then I could nuke it).

Anyway, going back to live TV or trying to show any of the recordings showed a completely black screen. I *was* able to stop a recording, and while in this state I was able to successfully transfer the (partial) recording to my computer, and it was complete, at least for that small section.

I even tried starting a new recording, and let it go until the scheduled recordings were done.

What really happened was no recording was happening after the problem started… (All of the recordings were truncated at the same time, and the new recording wasn't there at all after a reboot, since there was no signal).

I did see a different message when I was trying to change channels on the 4th tuner when the problem was happening -- something along the lines of it not being able to get the signal, "trying again".. Not the normal "Searching for cable signal" message.

A reboot fixed things (but of course I lost one recording. Luckily on my other Tivo I had in the buffer one of the shows recording, and was able to get the rest of ONE of the other shows)..

Weirdest problem I've seen on a Tivo.

Note I was doing transferring at this time, and possibly APPROXIMATELY at the same time, one of my transfers was failing with the same weird issues that sometimes happen -- e.g. it can't transfer from paused point. I get the same weird errors in kmttg once in a while, and usually just waiting a few minutes fixes it. This might be completely unrelated, but it was happening at about the same time.

No Suggestions after a week

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:58
I installed 2 tivos last week. After hitting about 20 shows with thumbs, I have only 2 scheduled suggestions on one box and zero scheduled suggestions on the other box. Tivo help had me do a bunch of stuff a few days ago include wipe out my thumbs and start over. Both boxes are TWC cable card and tuning adapter setups. Any ideas?:confused:

Channel changing issue

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:26
My series 2 has refused to change channels since I changed my channel lineup to the full premium and HD lineup. Before this everything was recording fine, in the 2-78 channel range, but now when I choose ANY channel to record it says it is recording the selected channel, but after recording and trying to view the channel it's not the right channel. I added the IR cable and went through the channel changing tests where it says to watch to see if the tv channel changes. The weird thing is that the channel on the cable box changes but the tv does not.
Any ideas?

Thank you, Dave

Welcome to the Buyer/Seller Area

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 15:14
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Aside from the drive, are all (non XL) Premier boxes the same?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 15:01
In terms of hardware, software?


New Premiere box not receiving non-HD SDV channels (TWC San Diego)

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 12:51
I recently upgraded my Series 3 to a Premiere box. After installation and setup of the box, cable card and tuning adapter I noticed that standard definition SDV channels would fail to tune in. Each time tuning to those channels the box would display "Searching for signal on this cable channel..." However all of the high definition SDV channels tune in with no issue. Since I tend to watch only HD this would normally not be an issue, however there are a handful of children channels that are SD only and am unable to tune to.

I have had time warner techs out to my house a couple of times now. In the process I believe we eliminated a lot of potential problem spots, but in the end I am back at square one with no idea how to resolve the situation. Along with the typical solutions of amplifiers and cable and connecter swapping we ran a direct connection from the tap at the street into the tuning adapter, switched out three different tuning adapters, switched out the cable card, verified that the cable card and tuning adapter were registered correctly in the TWC system and resent hits to the cards and tuning adapter. Yet with all that the SD SDV channels will just not tune in.

I have contacted Tivo and they are telling me there is a known issue with Cisco tuning adapters and Premiere boxes that Cisco has been made aware of and that a tuning adapter FW update is required. However, the Tivo agent told me that this was identified as a problem when the Premiere FW was at 14.x which was quite a while ago already. So my feeling is that is most likely not the issue since I have been unable to find others on the forums exhibiting a similar issue.

Yesterday the Time Warner Tech Supervisor reached out to me and suggested I clear and delete everything on the box in order to download a new channel map and reinstall the FW. I am open to doing this, but would prefer to know if that will fix it before I erase all my shows and season passes.

If anyone has any suggestions or experience with a similar issue I would appreciate the thoughts.


Tivo should follow Dish: auto skip ads, slingbox, etc

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 12:46
With DISH bringing back commercial auto-skip with the Hopper (and Joey) whole house DVR solution, they are currently the focus of the media companies so much so that CNET, a CBS company, has been forbidden from making the latest version of the Hopper a est of CES 2012 award.

I know the lawsuits are flying, but I feel like this is the type of strategy Tivo should be embracing. Fully embrace the tech revolution and give consumers what they want.

I like Tivo. I've been a Tivo customer since 2005, but reading about this new cutting edge DISH Hopper/Joey with slingbox capability, wifi, and streaming to other devices is making me realize the leader in the field is DISH.

is this Comcast or TiVo?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 12:05
I have two TiVo Premieres and one Series 3 (OLED) in various rooms of my house. All are networked together via hard wired ethernet. Everything has been working good and as needed. Recently, I had the Series 3 record a Showtime program and wanted to transfer it to one of the Premieres. However, I was unable to "transfer" it. I thought this was maybe the a Comcast red flagging situation I have read about on here, but then I was able to watch a Showtime recorded show from Premiere box #1 to Premiere box #2. I have been able to transfer regular digital cable material from the S3 to the S4. Just not "premium" channels.

It then made me realize that while I can multi-room "stream", I apparently can't multi-room "transfer" from the series 3 box. Has it always been this way. I didn't notice it before since I recently just got cable cards for the S3. Is this the way it has always been. Is it a Comcast "flag" or is it from TiVo?

Could I possibly transfer the recording from the Series 3 to the TiVo Desktop software. Then transfer it again from TiVo desktop to one of the Premieres? Or will I pretty much get the same results (can't "transfer")

auto-deleted after 2 hours

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 11:54

Last night I recorded a program at 10 PM off the DIY network. This morning, it was gone. It wasn't in the Delete folder. I finally found it in To-Do\History, listed as "deleted" at 11:59 PM due to copyright requirements. WTH? Never had that occur before, including w/other DIY network programs. Suggestions? Advice? (Series 3 TiVo)


Last Resort S01E11 "Damn the Torpedoes" 1/10/2013 *SPOILERS*

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 11:54
Anyone still watching? We're down to the last three....

I especially liked the part with the showdown with Cortez where Chaplin closed his Bible and showed a handgun he was hiding behind it. :) It seemed that Chaplin knew that the spy was Cortez all throughout this episode, but in the previous episodes they never hinted that he knew, correct?

External drive expander died. Now what?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 11:25
My WD MyBook 1TB external drive expander has died. "Click of Death".

The good news is that it died under warranty and the replacement drive is on it's way!

The sad news is that I had nearly the entire fall season of all our favorite TV shows on my Premiere, and it was 95% full. :eek: I moved to a new house last fall so there wasn't much time to watch TV and I was counting on catching up now that the move is done. Oh well! :rolleyes:

When the replacement drive arrives and I swap the failed drive for a new one, what happens when the Tivo boots? What's the best plan to pick up the pieces and continue on?

Can I retain all my Season Passes and channel lineup or do I have to start over from scratch and do a new guided setup? I understand I've probably lost all the recordings. Do I just need to go through and delete any existing programs, or is there a chance some of them were entirely on the internal hard drive and are still watchable? Or will any of the broken recordings just disappear from the My Shows list once the new hard drive is married to the system?

Just trying to get some ideas so I'm ready when the replacement drive arrives...

1.5 TB external Drive for $70.-

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 11:09
Newegg has this Seagate external for $70.- including shipping. :)

P.S. Oops, forgot to put in the link :


Blocking TiVos from Receiving Input from Remotes

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 10:43
We had to get a new entertainment center and sometimes (a lot) - the TiVos do not receive the commands - usually the dogs is standing in front of one of them.

Is there a device we can purchase to help fix this? I looked at a few products but I was not sure which one that TiVo Series 3 and TiVo Series 2 would work well with.

We also use Logitech 1100 to communicate to the two TiVos.

Thank you!

Survivor Caramoan

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 10:29

Moving shows from Tivo HD to Premiere, then upgrade Premiere HD?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 09:55
Hello -

I *think* this is possible, but just want to make sure before I jump in...

I have a TiVo HD with about a hundred programs that I want to watch, but haven't had the chance. I'd like to upgrade to a Premiere, and expand the Premiere's HD to at least 2TB.

I haven't seen a way to move the programs from the TiVo HD to the Premiere's HD at the time I set up the new hard drive. So, I'm assuming I would need to activate the Premiere, have both machines on my network, and transfer (copy) the programs to the Premiere. Then I could use comer's jmfs method to upgrade the Premiere's drive, right?

Just making sure there isn't a better way to do this, or that there is some reason I won't be able to do the HD to Premiere transfer...

Thanks in advance!

1600 Penn - OAD 01/10/2013

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 09:35
So the pregnancy is scandal worthy...FIRST SLUT!

No wonder we though she was a teen. She's smaller and shorter than her younger pre-teen sister.

Only laugh was when the son blabbed out everything at the press conference. I'm giving it one more episode, only because FLOTUS looks so hot in that dress.

My DVR expander W/ Tivo

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 08:21
Basic question, I have been using this expander with a DirecTV box. If I connect it to my new XL4, will the programs still be there, are they compatible?
Will it harm my new tivo to do this?

Premier XL - Black Screen

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 07:37
Been running my XL now for about a year on TWC with a tuning adapter and have had the normal "quirks" regarding loss of signal periodically on switched channels. However the last couple of weeks a new problem seems to have surfaced where channels that I don't think are switched (e.g. ABC) suddenly won't tune and the typical TiVo floating error message you see when the tuning adapter is failing does not show. The screen is basically black, if I toggle tuners when I get back to the black channel all I see is the TiVo progress bar on the bottom with the paused icon (hitting play doesn't help.) Multiple channels are impacted though not all of them.

Unplugging and plugging the TiVo fixes the problem immediately. Though things feel "sluggish" after the reboot for a little while.

I feel like this may actually be something on the TiVo end rather than the series of other issues I've dealt with related to the tuning adapter and cable card. Any thoughts?

Thank you kindly.

Slink Link connectivity question

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 06:43
I changed internet providers...long story short, ended up having to change entire configuration to include location of router. I was able to use existing Slink Link 1 port Ethernet bridge to get connectivity from the router to the TiVo across the room. Now, I cannot connect my Sling Box.

Here is my question, if i want to get connectivity to my Sling Box now, can I use the existing Sling Link bridge connected ti the router as the "hoist" if you will, and then replace the other 1 port device, currently connected to my TiVo with the 4 port device that Sling makes, so that I can connect my TiVo and Sling Box?

Alternatively, Sling makes a Homeplug Ethernet adapter...would that work to pick up the signal currently coming off of the router with the existing Sling Link?