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TiVo Newfie Fios setup

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 19:33
I found a Roamio Pro today at BB and picked it up and went by Verizon and picked up a card. The Tivo set up went pretty easy, however been stuck in activating the card mode for over an hour now with Fios. It took me to the automated screen with the fios set up number to activate new equipment and it is all automated, you plug in the various numbers from the screen on your TV but in the process it says we have activated your card and your set top box and it will take up to 30 mins. I have been through that now twice and still does not seem to activate, I have been on hold for Fios tech support now for 20 mins.....wondering if when they say "activating your set-top box if they know it is a TiVo I am trying to activate? As it is not activating, and no one is answering at Fios. Anyone remember if you ended up having to talk to a live tech support person at Fios or what I might be doing wrong?


TIVO Remote & Apple TV

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 19:27
Anyone get an Apple TV to function on a TIVO remote...Cant find any codes or anything, just curious..

TiVo vs Weaknees vs Amazon vs Best Buy?

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 18:04
Prices for the Roamio Plus are pretty consistent across the sources. Some variability in shipping option/prices.

I've only bought drive upgrades from Weeknees. Any advantage (returns, etc.) using TiVo or Amazon, which have been flawless for me over the years? Worth the $50 difference?

TiVo.com: $399.99
$00.00 = 5-7 days

Weaknees: $399.99
$00.00 = 6 days
$37.28 = 3 days
$51.62 = 2 days
$87.87 = Overnight

Amazon: $399.99
$00.00 = 5-8 days
$12.49 = 3-5 days
$32.89 = 2 days
$36.89 = Overnight

Best Buy: $399.99
$00.00 = Standard
$22.99 = Expedite
$42.99 = Express
(not in stock, all of these options estimate delivery on 09/18-09/27/2013)

Edit: Typos on Amazon and Weaknees prices - sorry.

Tivo iPad app - No compatible Tivo Boxes Found

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 17:59
I logged in okay, "No compatible Tivo Boxes were found on this account. This app only works with Tivo Premiere, Tivo HD/Series3 DVRs, and Tivo Mini.

OK, I'm at work when I opened this app.

I haven't completed set up possibly, though Cable Card is active on my Tivo Plus, can view channels. I guess there's a menu on there to activate the box, even though I did order it with Lifetime?

Does this app. support AirPlay? If it did, I might be able to get away without a Mini, just stream from iPad app. to Apple TV, though I'd probably keep the Mini, if the MOCA works out.

Roamio + Mini MoCA or Gigabit

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 17:19
First post. I have decided to change my DVR setup from Windows Media Center (32TB media hub with iSCSI, 6 network tuners, etc.) because of the failed Ceton Echo extender project. I will keep the HTPC for media using XBMC and remove WMC DVR duties. As such, I have a really solid network infrastructure on both Ethernet and Coaxial.

Which is the better solution between the Roamio Plus and Mini? MoCA or Ethernet?

Would MoCA require additional hardware?

I believe removing network traffic from the LAN is always beneficial, but if MoCA has negative side effects on user experience, then Ethernet would be preferred.

Mini features that depend on ethernet vs. moca?

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 17:06
I've seen some other ethernet vs/ moca threads but couldn't find this answer. According to the chart here http://support.tivo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2560 (click "Connection states for Tivo Mini", look at line 3)

it seems like if I use moca to connect a mini to a roamio, I will not get OTT apps? Seems like if that was the case, there would be more complaints about it, but I just wanna make sure. Either this chart is wrong, or I'm reading it wrong, I hope!

TiVoToGo transfers are FAST!

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 17:05
I just grabbed a couple of videos off my Roamio Pro for testing (just verifying there are no issues with VideoReDo) and man this thing hauls! The TS held at around 11.2MB/sec, which is 89.6Mbps. I only have a 10/100 network, with a MoCa bridge in the middle, so that's pretty much maxed out for my network. :up:

Even the PS file was holding around 10.3MB/sec which is faster then a TS from my Elite. (~7.2MB/sec)

I should test iPad downloads through the Stream and see if those are any faster.

Roamio and Mini set up FAQ?

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 16:32
Just got my Cable Card installed this morning.

It was tuning in okay. I let the Comcast installer know I only wanted one outlet, I would deal with the Mini in the bedroom.

So is there a FAQ? Or here are some questions right away.

1. I purchased both with Lifetimes. Do I need to activate or something? I admit I haven't gone though the complete guide yet.

2. One coax on the Roamio, which comes from the splitter. I have ethernet connected to my router.

So the same splitter feeds the coax into the other room.

So would I just connect the coax to the Mini and they should communicate over the splitter?

I asked for a 2 Ghz splitter and he said they only have 2 or 3 ways and installed what looks pretty old.

I did buy a Monster Cable 2 Ghz splitter from Amazon.

One concern I had was whethr the RG59 built into the walls of my 30-year old townhouse would perform well enough.

Beta Testers for new Roamio features

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 16:08
TiVo is looking for beta testers for new services on the Roamio line of DVR's


Roamio remote range?

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 16:08
My current TiVo premiere is connected to a HDMI splitter. One to the main TV, one to the bedroom around the corner and one to the screen porch TV. I use the Nex Gen IR Remote Extender and extra TiVo remotes in each room with the little battery transmitter.
My new Roamio will be here tomorrow. Will I be able to use the new IR remote in different rooms? Does it work through a wall?

KMTTG help

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 15:39
I have installed KMTTG on pc and it sees my Tivo Premier. I just installed a new Roamioin the house today and everything is functioning properly. My issue is that I cant get KMTTG to see my new Roamio. All I want to do is transfer my season passes and 10 recorded shows from my Premier to the Roamio. Any help on any of these issues is welcome. Thanks

Any way to tell Roamio to auto tune HD channels?

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 15:29
Just back to TiVo after three years in Scientific Atlanta purgatory. Love the Roamio plus so far (even though I've had to drop back to 5 tuners).

Something I noticed straight away...TiVo doesn't seem to know that when I select channel 2, it should (behind the scenes) auto tune the HD version which is channel 702 here (Cablevision in Westchester county, NY).

As bad as the SA DVR was, as least it knew to do this. I deselected all the non HD channels in the guide, which helps with clutter. But...still a tad frustrating since everyone in the family is used to certain channel slots and some don't match so neatly (eg YES is 70 in SD but 715 in HD).

Anyway to use the lower number channels and have the TiVo auto tune the HD versions?


Tivo Stream bricked?

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 15:27
I am unable to setup my Tivo stream, and there is just constantly a blinking white light. Rarely, it will go to solid white for a moment, switch off completely, and then go solid orange before the blinking white light comes back.

I've gone through all the troubleshooting steps recommended by Tivo forums, Tivo phone & live chat support to no avail. Tivo has even replaced my unit, but the issue still remains. Initially, it was though that the software update did not complete so I had plugged the Stream into my modem directly for over an hour to force an update. The stream is still blinking white non-stop and cannot be recognized on the Tivo app from my iPhone or iPad.

Any suggestions or advice?

Recognize When No Coax Connected

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 14:48
I am not sure how you would know, but it would have saved me some trouble yesterday if my system had known it was not getting any signal on the coax connection since I had not hooked the cable up to the wall/splitter. I had connected it to the unit though, so perhaps that generated enough signal to seem like something was there.

Number of Active Tuners?

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 14:40
Any way to tell how many tuners are active on my Roamio Pro? I saw "0 2 3 4 5" on one of the cable card screens yesterday, which made me wonder if I was missing a tuner ("1"), but that could be totally unrelated. Would I have to setup multiple simultaneous recordings" to know or can I see that in some view?

Roamio Activation on Fios

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 14:24
I wanted to share something I learned in my experience in a separate thread so it is easy to find if someone has a similar trouble.

I picked up a cable card at the Verizon store the morning I got my Roamio Pro (shipped site to store) at Walmart (we get a discount, so it was a good deal).

I hooked it up the night before, went through guided setup. I called the number Verizon gave me to automatically pair and supposedly activate the card and things seemed well from the automated system.

I noticed that it was stuck at 50% on the Acquiring Channel Information screen in the Live TV view, but I figured it would just take a while, so I left it there overnight. I noticed it was still at the same point the next day, so I called into Fios tech support and worked with a very helpful CSR for an hour total trying reboots, inits, etc. Nothing seemed to help.

He noted that everything for the card looked "green" from his side, so we were going to schedule a truck roll for a few days later (the earliest time he had).

He asked me if this was a new install or on an existing outlet and it hit me to check the cable to the unit. I found it was just hanging out the back of the shelf I use as my media cabinet as I had forgotten to hook that up. I told him I would try a few things on my own, not wanting to stand by the screen for any longer as I had to get back to doing real work from home that day.

Doing this quickly resolved part of my trouble. Going through their automated system now properly got me channels, even some versions of the OTA ones came right through. I was told "you are not authorized to view this channel" on ever higher level one I tried, so I called tech support again.

I worked with another CSR who noted that my card was somehow marked as deactivated in the system and it took her some fiddling, but she finally got it to setup correctly and I believe everything is working now.

This brings up several points:

- Recheck that the video feed is hooked up if you have setup troubles. I was falsely looking at all the pairing challenges noted in another thread when the fact was that the video was never hooked up.

- Their system can say the card "looks great" without ever contacting the card. I don't know how that works, but don't rely on "everything is working on our end" as an indicator of connectivity. They could not have ever had connectivity since the coax was not connected. The Tivo was hooked into the network with an ethernet cable, but I don't believe that gave them any details on the cable card.

- The Tivo should have noted it had absolutely no video coming in, but it did not catch that. Make sure you check this several times yourself.

- Things work very quickly once you have a proper feed.

I may or may not have had any troubles without this huge user error, but I am a bit surprised that neither I nor Verizon noticed the lack of a video connection. The only notes I found on the Tivo site where about cable card pairing problems, which were the wrong direction to look here. It wasn't correctly paired, but that was only because it wasn't connected!

Though I do recall seeing network traffic on one of the cable card screens during the first debugging session, so perhaps it does do some communication over the network connection. That was correctly (hardwired) hooked up early in the process.

BONUS: Make sure your UPS can handle the extra load of another unit. I think I burned out my existing one (a fair bit old) by adding the Tivo to that as well, ending up with it waking us up very early in the morning with its beeping and now refusing to take a charge. I needed to replace it anyway, but I would have done something differently if I had thought of this obvious fact.

I work with computers and security all day, build my own systems, etc. and I still got caught with these stupid mistakes. Hopefully I can save someone else some setup time.

I may repost this to my blog later so Google will archive it forever. :)

More Breaking Bad: The Stories You Never Got to See

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 14:19

Minor spoilers from earlier seasons but nothing from this one.

Local TWC Going All Digital

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 13:27
Got a letter today saying that on or about 10/8 TWC here is going all digital except for the local PBS station(s). While I will lose 1 channel from my old S2DT, overall I don't really care - I have plenty of other digital tuners available. What I would like to see is for them to get rid of the cursed tuning adapter. Anybody else have that happen when your TWC switched over?? Nothing is mentioned in the letter. Just "better picture and sound, more HD channels, and more robust internet speeds".

Mini Mount

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 12:57
Just mounted my Minis to the back of my TV's. I love the look of not having any boxes on the dressers!

Switch from wireless to wired?

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 11:31
I want to move my Elite from wireless (currently using a TiVo wi-fi adapter) to hard-wired ethernet. I already have a jack in place, I've just never used it. The other end of the wiring run is connected to a std router.

Is it as simple as connecting the TiVo to the jack? Will the TiVo automatically switch over to ethernet from wi-fi? Anything I need to do?


[Aside: I'm trying to get ready for a new Roamio. My current TiVos are all wi-fi. But I want to start using MRS and Minis, so I want to take advantage of the ethernet I had wired a couple years ago, but never used.]