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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.


Roamio Plus - Comcast - SNR/Signal Level

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 11:58
Not having any issues.....but after looking this morning to see if my Tivo rebooted last night (separate issue) from the DVR Diagnostics screen....I noticed all my my tuners had 100 signal level and generally a high 41-43 SNR.

Now after doing a bunch of reading online....seems Tivo recommends the following ranges:

Minimum SNR
QAM 64 - 23 dB
QAM 256 - 29 dB

Maximum SNR
QAM 64 - 30 dB
QAM 256 - 35 dB

Now, the only real reason I care is some people say those high levels of mine, not so much the SNR but the signal, can cause the Tivo problems over the long run. I've read somewhere that Tivo has protection built in that in extreme cases will cut the signal if it's too hot?

Most people I read say that Tivo is a little picky with the SNR numbers. Some say why would a high SNR be bad......only thing is that a high SNR could mean a high signal level (which I think is what I had).

My setup
For my house I have the cable that enters the house split once (-3.5dB each) to feed the cable modem on a clean run and the other to feed a 4 port amp that boosts (7dB) for each port. One of those ports feeds the Tivo (about a 26 foot run).

So first thing I did was take the split before the amp and split it again with a -3.5dB splitter. I fed the Tivo directly from this, and the amp with the other side. That was line into house -3.5dB, -3.5dB and then a run to the Tivo. This was OK....but overall I saw some issues with some channels having a real low SNR level of 26 and a low signal level. This caused severe pixelation and tons of errors.

So next I reverted everything back to the amp. From the amp port that feeds the Tivo....I ran a cable into a 3-way splitter and used one of the -7dB ports. This to me is basically using the amp to go +7dB and the splitter to go -7dB. This really didn't make much difference. All my signal levels stayed at 100 and the SNR levels stayed basically around 41-43dB. I read this as the signal was still to hot.

So I took that -7dB run and split it again with a -3.5dB splitter. Now, SNR levels down into the upper 30's (36-39dB)....but what I think is more important are the signal levels are now all under 100....most in the 96-99 range.

What's weird is by splitting this after the amp....I'm taking -10.5dB off the signal (while adding 7dB)....that technically is about the same as splitting the line before the amp....but for some reason splitting before the amp dropped the signals too much? No idea why.

Anyway.....I think I'll order some attenuators and replace my franken-splitter setup.

I'm assuming splitters do the same thing as an attenuator would correct? Just that the attenuator is a cleaner install?

Anyone know why the pre-amp split would cause the bad signal levels?


Roamio Plus - All tuners on same channel

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 08:22
Any idea why this morning, all 6 tuners on my Roamio Plus were tuned to the same channel?

It didn't reboot overnight as far as I know....the DVR Diagnostics Cable Card Time since OOB tune start was 146000 seconds.


KMTTG - Cannot see SPs on XL4 or Roamio?

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 07:24
I'm a bit of a KMTTG noob. I see the programs on both units just fine, but I cannot see any of the "Remote" data (SPs, ToDos, etc.) on either device.

>> RUNNING 'REMOTE Season Pass List' JOB FOR TiVo: TiVo S5
RemoteInit - (IP=, port=1413): java.security.cert.CertificateException: Certificates does not conform to algorithm constraints

Any suggestions?

Dexter S08E11 "Monkey In a Box" 2013-Sep-15

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 01:48
I was enjoying this episode until the last 5 minutes. And then the writers go and ruin it AGAIN by dumbing Dexter down and making a totally contrived situation. Sure, I get it that Dexter did not feel the need to kill Saxon. But nevertheless, killing Saxon was the only smart thing Dexter could possibly do. Saxon knows way too much to risk what he might say if he is arrested, even if Dexter is out of the country. I was expecting Dexter to say, "I don't need to kill you, but of course I will anyway."

And then there is Deb, she has the gun pointed right at Saxon from 10 feet away, while Saxon has the gun at his side. And yet Saxon manages to move his arm up and take a shot at Deb before she manages to move her trigger finger? Sheeesh.

A smaller issue, but still a symptom of the bad execution this show has had this season -- when Dexter was getting all traces of himself out of Vogel's apartment, opening all the drawers, going through the files, etc. -- he was not wearing gloves. Arghhh!

The Newsroom S02E09 "Election Night, Part 2" 2013-Sep-15

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 01:32
Hmmm, did The Newsroom suddenly become a fairy tale or a Disney movie? I cannot remember the last season finale -- for any show -- that had such a sappy, sweet ending.

I couldn't tell whether the Michigan call that Jim made early turned out being correct or not. Was that the final vote tally on the computer screen?

S3 OLED, Lifetime, 1TB, Wireless N, $349 OBO

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 23:20
Clearing out one of my last lifetime'd TiVos (besides the Roamio).

I've got an original S3 OLED with a brand new 1 TB Green WD HD, Glo Remote, and wireless N adapter.

S3 OLED 1TB and Wireless N with Lifetime

Good luck bidding!

prepping a Series 2 for sale

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 22:43
I'm cleaning out the basement and would like to see if I can sell my unused Series 2.

Is it necessary and/or a good idea to clear out my stuff from it? Not even sure what is on it that may be an issue. It's name? my name? My network name? My network password? My telephone number? My Amazon Instant Video credentials? Is there a go-back-to-factory settings option? If there were, would that be what I want to do? If I am selling it with lifetime service, I wouldn't want to de-activate it, right? Or should the new buyer re-activate it?

If I did want to do something, how would I? I'm at a new location with a new Premier and new cable service. If I plug it in wouldn't it want to download programming?

a little confused...appreciate if anyone who has done this could shed some light

tivohd booting issue

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 22:22
I have a TiVo hd that is about 3 years old. Expanded to 1tb. It goes to the welcome starting up page and then the screen goes black and then back to welcome. I put in the old original drive and it booted without difficulty. The drive is a wd10ears. I did the windows dldiag program and no errors found. I tried to run wdidle3 1.04 and it just gave me a system error when I typed in wdidle3

Any suggestions?

I assume it is a bad drive. If so what is a good inexpensive 1tb drive to replace it with.


something as simple as VideoReDo

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 22:08
does anyone know of an app that's as easy to use, as fast and reliable as VideoReDo for quick edits? I've demoed the trial just to clip tops and tails, and then re-save in the same format. VRD is great at this.
I then use Handbrake to convert, as it as more options for audio tracks.
Is there an alternative app that can handle .ts files, TiVo, mpg2 etc for the raw editing part? $100 seems a little steep for that one purpose

Shipping TiVo sold on eBay

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 21:15
I need to ship a Premiere via UPS ground. Is it ok to ship in the original box or should I double box it?

Big Brother 9-15-2013

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 21:09
Mostly a recap show.

The first round of HoH comp starts at the end. I don't see how GM can lose this round. Spencer won't last long at all.

Breaking Bad - S05E14 - 09/15/2013

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 20:39
OMG. This is intense! Poor Jesse, forced to cook for Todd and Co.

How do I get a movie file on to my tivo?

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 19:53
My wife wants me to put a couple kids movies on our TiVo because we don't trust the kid with the $30 DVD. I have looked all over but haven't found much. I have the DVD ripped. I have a MP4 file as of right now. Any help would be awesome. I guess I need to know what format it needs to be, then how I would copy it to the TiVo?

FS: S2 DirecTV TiVo and extra drive

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 19:38
After almost a decade with DirecTV TiVos, I finally moved on to the Genie. I have my last working S2 DTivo listed on eBay. Since I cannot post links, search on eBay item number 331024115417.

This is a Samsung S4040R that I upgraded with an 80 GB drive. I'm also including a 40 GB drive (pulled from another one of my DTivos with bad tuners) to use as a spare. Both drives have 6.4a and are Zippered. Ethernet adapter included too. I also replaced the bad power supply capacitors. I'm hoping someone will give it a good home - other than having to fix the power supply it has served me well.

FS: Series3 HD with Lifetime service and wireless N adapter $315/obo

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 19:06
Selling my Series3 HD TiVo <TCD648250> on eBay for $315/obo shipped!


Lightly used TiVo Series3 HD DVR (THX-certified) <Model: TCD648250B> with a transferable lifetime subscription (no monthly fees ever). This unit has TWO tuners (needs 2 M-cableCARDs) so you can record two shows simultaneously or record one while watching another show at the same time. You can get up to 35 hours of HD recording. I will also include a TiVo Wireless-N adapter. The unit comes with all the original accessories, remote control and everything will be shipped in the Tivo original box. After the auction ends, I will arrange with TiVo for the lifetime subscription to be transferred to the new owner.

MVR with new Tivo does not work

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 17:16
I have a new TiVo premiere XL that I just connected but during the move a addition of the new TiVo I have lost the ability to do MVR. Here is what happened.

1) I initially wanted to use the old TiVo Premiere in the bedroom with just an OTA signal so I took the cablecard and tuning adapter and installed them in the new Premiere XL.

2) All looked good and I could browse the now playing list on the old TiVo on the New TiVo.

3) I decided I didn't like the old TiVo without the cablecard and so I got a CableCard and tuning adapter and installed them.

4) At some point before I realized that MVR wasn't working I changed both TiVo names. Later I changed them back because I thought that might be the problem.

5) I set up a TiVo Mini - that worked and still works

6) at some point after 5 I saw that MVR wasn't working on either TiVo - both boxes showed the other TiVo grayed out with an explanation point

7) I tried resets, reboots with no success. I then selected the option "I no longer have this TiVo" thinking that when it reappeared on the network it might trigger a new connection. - This may have been a big mistake, since then neither shows the other TiVo since. Checked ports, reset the router, and even reset the TiVo XL to 'clear and delete everything" since I had nothing to lose (the other TiVo has a lot of recordings so I can't do that without losing a lot of shows)

8) TiVo.com support said to force a new network connection and restart each TiVo - no joy

9) TiVo.com again went through a bunch of resets, changing settings etc... with no change.

10) Last option from TiVo.com was that the MoCA bridge was somehow keeping the TiVo's from seeing each other.

Both TiVo's can connect to the network (vis MoCA connections), I can use kmttg and pytivo with no problem, the TiVo Mini works.

Long post, but I'd appreciate some help as Tivo.com has given up