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Weird video problem on Roamio basic

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 15:00
I disconnected an antenna cable and re-connected to another one then re-ran antenna scan because it missed some channels. I got audio but the top 90% of the video was cut off on the lower channels. The video was severely pixellated on the upper channels.

I initially thought that maybe the box or the drive was bad. I had put in a 3TB WD AV-GP drive before I ever turned it on.

So, I reverted to the old standby: pull the plug and let it reboot. That did it--everything working fine. As an aside, there is no "wdidle" (or whatever it's called) problem. BTW, I have some S3 OLEDS I am going to sell. PM if interested.

Original Poster Flag

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 14:59
When a user starts a thread and then replies to it later, it would be nice to have an "Original Poster" flag under their user name and in red to indicate they were the one who started the thread. This is nice for long discussions threads to know when the person who started the topic has weighed back in.

Here is how it looks on another forum I visit.

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New TIVO iPad app (3.1.1) work ok?

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 14:50
I'm kind of a "if it ain't broke don't mess with it" kinda guy. I've been successfully using the iPad Tivo app to set up recordings, stream via Tivo Stream, etc. with my Premier HD

I've noticed (2) recent updates appear on my iPad update list.... the latest being version 3.1.1

Does the update bring me anything I don't already have? I'm now running version 3.0.1 (656827) on my iPad.


Roamio Cost to Retailers?

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 14:50
Anyone have any idea what retailers are paying TiVo for a Plus (which currently retails for about $400)?

4 tuners on the same channel.. Why why why

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 14:19
Lately my premiere has been tuning into the same channel on all 4 tuners I guess via TiVo suggestions..

I have refined my thumbs but it still seems to happen a few times a week.

Very annoying

The Fall 2013 Annual which show gets cancelled first thread.

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 13:20
I haven't looked close enough yet so I'll come back with my answer later. But it's always fun to speculate :)

Daughter's Tivo and Service Question

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 12:39
I have a daughter who went off to college this year. She has a Tivo in her room that is the one unit that I do not have lifetime service on ($6.95 per month) and she wants me to send it to her for her dorm as it has a bunch of her recordings already on it.

The question is this: Can I send her own unit to her, or should I copy all of her shows to one of our lifetime units and send that one to her? Since her IP address will be different will this cause Tivo to change the service to a different price, losing my $6.95 rate?

TiVo Premiere green screen help

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 12:15
for the second time in as many months, my Premiere is green-screening. Each time, I filled about half of the drives capacity, and then crash time.

The drive is a WD 1 TB AV series drive, which is a replacement of the original, 320mb drive which failed.

I used an image found here, and then updated, etc.

Question: is there a technical reason why the drive, or the TiVo software, may invoke errors when 500mb is used up, as I can't see why the drive would error being 50% full.

I'd like to try one more time, but am nervous there's some reason the green-screen keeps happening which I don't understand...


Guided Setup Before Update?

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 11:54
Why does the Mini run through guided setup only to note that an update is ready and you will have to run guided setup again? Couldn't it have just checked for the update first and applied that?

Search Missing Programs w/ HD menu but not w/SD menu

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 11:46
So, I've gone through a pretty exhaustive troubleshooting with TiVo and they are prepared to exchange out my box, but I'm really trying to avoid that because of Cable Card pairing issues, content on the box, and that its a general time sink to stand up a new TiVo.

Not to mention...I really don't think this is a hardware issue.

Here's the deal.
When using the HD Menu Search, I cannot find some programs after my TiVo phones home overnight. Basically, they vanish each morning. However, I CAN find those programs using the standard SD Title Search, but NOT using the SD Swivel Search. Once I do a force-connect to TiVo's servers I can find all programming for several hours, possibly until the next auto connect.

Here is a specific example:
  • I have a season pass for Dexter
  • I search for Dexter using HD Search, it doesn't find anything.
  • I go into my Season Pass for Dexter and list upcoming episodes. They display, but indicate that they "are not available for recording"
  • I go into the Grid-Guide and manually find that same Episode and am able to set TiVo to record it.
  • If I do a title search from SD Menus, it finds the episode just fine.
  • If I do a force connect, the previously missing or unavailable episode is both found and is available for recording via season pass upcoming episodes.

Now, this doesn't just happen with Dexter, but it was a convenient example. It does appear to only affect National programs as opposed to those that are are available on local affiliates like CW, ABC, FOX, etc.

So, I'm wondering if the HD search is going to TiVo's servers to get the programs and getting fouled up somehow. I only noticed this over the past week or so, but suppose it could have been going on longer.

Finally, I have redone a Guided Setup with a bogus zip code to wipe out all programming information and then redid it again with my real zip code. This had no effect.

I have not tried a complete restore as that, has generally bricked my TiVos in the past and I might as well just go the exchange route at that point.

OK TiVo community...you are my last bastion...please come through for me :-)


New Tivo App Update!

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 11:45
Just got the update on my iPhone 5, not sure if there is one yet for Android.

Version is 3.1.1 and only has "Minor Changes" listed in the change log. I'm curious as to what these changes entail, so feel free to post here with any speculation or facts.

Anything change? Safari behaving differently now

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 11:28
Has anything changed here since yesterday?

I've noticed a change in behavior with Safari (only) in that after browsing several pages, when I want to go back, I need to go back several times in order to go back a single page. Going back a single time takes me to a blank page.

Note that in my testing this only happens with Safari on my Mac and I don't see it in Firefox, and I cannot account for why this suddenly changed.

Transfer season passes with kmttg

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 11:17
I think I must be missing something very simple here... I am trying to transfer seaosn passes from old S3 to Roamio Pro. SPM on Tivo.com won't transfer most of them saying they are either not in the next 14 days or the channel lineup is different... all channels are the same on both units.

So I installed kmttg. First time user. I see all my Tivos in tabs. I can refresh each and see the entire list of recordings on each. BUT, if I go to the Remote tab, and select Season Passes, only the new Roamio appears in the drop down. I can't load and save the season passes from my other units since they are not in the dropdown. What am I missing?

Single channel defaulting to Spanish?

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 11:14
I have a single channel, the Disney channel, that is suddenly using the Spanish language track as the default. All other channels are using English. I can change the language track from Spanish to English. Is there something that could have changed on the Tivo side? This is for an Elite Tivo. It was working fine until I am allowing a Tivo newbie in the house start using it after I moved on to a Roamio.

Allocate 2 Tuners from Roamio to Mini?

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 10:51
One feature I really like is allowing live tv to buffer between tuners, and toggle back and forth between them, thus, being able to FF through commercials on either tuner. I just got the Roamio Plus and a Mini. I know the Mini grabs one tuner from the Roamio, allowing me to watch live tv in another room, but because the Mini is only grabbing one tuner, I can't toggle... Is there a way to get the mini to grab 2 of the 6 tuners from my Roamio?

Shows not being recorded

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 10:48
My premier Tivo is starting to not record some shows. It is random in terms of channels. This week it did't record the first 15 minutes of NBC hd news and then kicked in. When it doesn't record there is no signal or picture on the channel. But if I go into the signal monitor, which involves turning off the recording and then seeing the monitor,the signal will suddenly come in. The signal leval is about 80 and the s/n is 35 . This happened with my tivo HD recorder when I previously used it . It sounds like a design defect. I would like Tivo engineering to look at this problem.

Lease to Lifetime

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 10:46
With some people complaining about either the high lifetime fees, and/or the monthly fees, I'm wondering why TiVo doesn't offer a "Lease to Lifetime" plan. I'm tossing out numbers, and they aren't necessarily accurate, but I hope it gets the point across.

A Mini Lifetime is $150, and a monthly on a Mini is $6.00/month. I wonder how many people would be enticed by a plan where they pay 10/month for 18 months, which adds up to $180. Obviously this is a premium of $30, but it would accomplish two things. First it would attract buyers who can't afford the full $250 upfront for each Mini they desire. On the other hand, it would provide a "light at the end of the tunnel" for those who realize that overall, lifetimes are a better deal than monthly subscriptions. I'm sure similar pricing models could be worked out for the Roamios as well, where a whole lot of customers are put off by $500 lifetime fees upfront at the same time they're putting down $200 to $600 for the hardware. $18/month for 32 months or so seems about right.

Roamio stream process. Really?

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 10:37
I don't have a stream but I assume the technology in the Raomio is the same for streaming to ios devices. I start watching on my phone it starts a recording. Ok. I change channels and it continues to record the old and channel and the new channel I just tuned to? Is this really the best Tivo could come up with for this "streaming" technology? Why can't this be done behind the scenes? Help me understand the method to their madness.

Roamio Plus + Mini + Pause in one room, resume another?

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 10:26
Does this work with live TV, or only with recorded content, or content that's currently being recorded? I was watching (not recording) tv on the Mini - I paused it, and went to my Roamio and tried to continue the show from there, but it said the tuner was in use by the Mini, and wouldn't let me select it. Am I doing it all wrong?

Can I add Airport to remote TiVo Premiere/MoCA connection?

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 10:21
My set up:

Storage room
Cable line into the house > Cable modem, Time Capsule, and MoCA. This room is the heart of house wifi network.

Upstairs bedroom
Cable outlet > MoCA box > TiVo Premiere

It works for the TiVo, but...sure would like to add a second Airport to the bedroom, extending the otherwise weak wifi signal to that part of the house.

Is that possible? Where/how do I add an Airport to the bedroom setup?