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Audio bug still present

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 19:17
I was hoping the audio bug (where it goes out of phase into mono) was fixed in the Roamio, however I noticed it today when I started a recording. A skip or replay command fixes it, however it's still annoying. I hope we see a fix in the fall update...

Does Roamio support more video/audio formats than premiere?

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 18:58
For instance, right now with pyTivo, certain supported formats can be sent to a premiere without transcoding. Seems like a long shot, but... any chance that the roamio supports more formats than the premiere? HD audio support would be awesome. But I'm thinking there are licensing fees that would drive the cost of the tivo up too much, so it's probably no.

Manual recordings vs guide data

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 18:57
My Internet has been flaky which I can fix when I am home but I am planning on a two week vacation later this year and won't be home to reboot my modem. Will manual recordings work if the guide data runs out? The TiVo has lifetime so it does have service but do you have to connect periodically ti TiVo for it to work. I do not have a land line.

Weird Roamio Pro Problem

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 17:34
OK, here is the deal. I got a new Roamio Pro last week, because I wanted the 6 tuners (among the other things offered). Got an M-Card (Motorola) from COX Cable in Hampton Roads. I fire the baby up, call COX Cable and get the tuner adapter married to the M-Card, and all is well. I got all of my channels just fine.

Next, I tried to test record some shows. After getting the TIVO to record the second show, now I get this error on ALL of the other channels: "This channel is temporarily unavailable. Press Select to try tuning to the channel again. Contact your cable provider for more information". No amount of Selecting got those channels back, but a reboot of the TIVO fixes it.

So I chatted online with the TIVO support. After about 90 minutes, we determined that the (outdated) M-Card had older firmware and only supported 2 'streams' and that I should get another, more updated M-Card. I did some homework first, searching the forums here, and I temporarily reduced my tuners to three (the third tuner still knocks out all of the other channels, though. I don't know how to get the Roamio down temporarily to two tuners).

Today I went to two different COX Solution Stores to ask for an updated M-Card that would handle 6 tuners. Both store personnel said they had none, and didn't even know if was possible to update the M-Card firmware, or when any updated M-Cards will ever be in. That was understandable, as the TIVO Roamio is new to them. HOWEVER, in the corner of each store was THEIR DVR box, supporting 6 tuners. It was run by a Cisco M-Card, which I think would work in the Roamio Pro. But they refused to let me have one of those M-Cards.

So I am stuck with a disabled Roamio Pro, little better than my Tivo Premier.

My question to the forum is this: Is there any other way to get a correctly updated M-Card other than through the cable provider? Or am I stuck to a new M-Card arrives in town, whenever? :(

Roamio teardown?

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 17:28
has anyone seen a "teardown" of the Roamio similar to the one done on the Premiere, where each section was analyzed and the chips used identified?

Can you change your account info?

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 17:15
So I'm having a weird problem with my TiVo account and I'm wondering if it's specific to my account or just a general problem with the website. If I log into my account on tivo.com my address is wrong. If I change it via the website it says it's successful and shows me the new info as long as I'm logged in. However if I log out and then log back in it reverts to the old info. I talked to a CSR via chat and he was able to change the address on his end and it took, but just as a test I tried changing it again on my end and I still can't get any changes I make to stick.

Can someone else try this out and let me know if you have the same problem? Just want to know if it's my account or the site in general.

Put CBS/Viacom channels and guide info back into TW listings, please

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:19
Now that Time Warner and CBS/Viacom have ended their dispute over who has the bigger sexual organ, please put the channels and guide info back.

I have connected to the server several times (including just a few minutes ago), and the info remains missing. I am in Los Angeles.

Thank you.

2 Premiere 4's and 1 Premiere XL

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:04
I am selling 3 of my 4 Tivo's on eBay. Each have lifetime service as well as extended warranties. I have them listed as auctions and buy it now.

Here are the links:

Tivo Premiere 4 (1)


Tivo Premiere 4 (2)


Tivo Premiere XL


Netflix Error on new XL4

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 15:56
Hey guys, I just set up my brand new XL4 and everything is working fine, except for Netflix. I have an older Premiere that is running Netflix so I know how to do it, but when I open the app on the XL4 it gives me an unexpected error and won't allow me to log in. I unplugged the box and reset it, and it still isn't working.

Is this something to do with the software updates for a new device, that will correct itself with time? Or is this something I need to be concerned about.

Thanks in advance.

Does anyone think Tivo will have an "App Store"

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 15:41
Now that the Roamio is HTML 5 compatible does anyone think Tivo may have a full App store. IMO thsi would be a complete game changer, and could add considerable valuation to the company. I was thinking about making a small investment in Tivo, as I believe an App store could really bring in new users and revenue streams.

XL4 -> Roamio Mini Migration - lessons learned

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 15:20
So I got my Roamio Sunday night and got it set up and going on Monday. I did run into some interesting hiccups with the Minis so thought I would share the experience.

My Mini setup is pretty typical, I am using MoCA hosted by the main TiVo, which has ethernet connectivity directly to the rest of my home network.

So, here's how things went down.

I got my Roamio setup and activated service on it, and I then disconnected the XL4 and put the Roamio Plus in its place. I connected Coax and tried to connect the Minis.

The Minis could see the Roamio on the home network but could not connect to it (infamous V70 unauthorized message). I suspected that the Minis needed to phone home in order to determine that the new Roamio was authorized for service. When I tried to do a "force connection to TiVo" in the settings menu of the Minis, they had no gateway to the outside world as the host XL4 (which acts as their gateway) was disconnected.

I re-connected the XL4 to coax, disabled MoCA on the Roamio, had the Minis phone home, this time they recognized that the Roamio was authorized on the account. I was then able to re-enable MoCA on the Roamio and connect the Minis.

So, these might be the easiest steps to perform if you are swapping out your XL4 for a Roamio and you use MoCA with your Minis;

1. Activate service on the Roamio and make sure it has performed all updates and phoned home. Make sure it shows authorized for service in the status screen. Do not activate MoCA on the Roamio at this time.

2. With the host XL4 still connected, initiate a connection from each Mini to the TiVo mothership to get account info that shows the new Roamio.

3. Disconnect Coax from the XL4 and/or turn off the MoCA bridge function.

4. Turn on the MoCA bridge on the Roamio.

5. On each Mini go into settings -> cable cards -> TiVo setup and choose the new Roamio as the connected DVR.

You might want to verify it's working with the new TiVo before wiping out the settings on your old one. Another option I suppose would be to reset everything on each Mini and simply set them up from scratch with the new Roamio.

Problems Streaming Netflix: House of Cards Trilogy (BBC)

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 15:03
I have a consistent problem streaming certain Netflix shows. These shows include House of Cards Trilogy (BBC), Lilyhammer, and later episodes of Doc Martin. The problem is: repeated frequent buffering and sound but no picture. When I fast forward I see the picture in the small central box (picture in picture during fast forward), but I do not see it on the main screen and when I stop fast forwarding I do not see it at all. This problem has been going on for months. I have upgraded my Time Warner Cable modem and TWC plan. I have upgraded my Linksys router and, anyway, my Tivo connects to my computer with an Ethernet cable. In general my Netflix streaming works fine but certain shows (mainly BBC) are a problem. Does anyone else have this problem?

For Sale - New In Box Tivo Stream

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 14:54
I have one new in box (sealed) TiVO Stream available for sale. $95 shipped. Message me if interested & Thanks for looking!

Does the Roamio have a new startup video?

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 14:31
No one has posted one on Youtube yet.

Is there a problem with Tivo right now or is it just me?

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 14:30
My Elite is displaying a C133 error and the iPad app won't work. Is it just me or is Tivo having issues?

Wifi and Ethernet?

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 13:56
Can I set up my Roavio to get guide data by wifi, and simultaneously use ethernet to connect my Roavio to my HD/XL to transfer recordings?

No Suggestions?

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 13:20
I had to replace my old Series 3 back in April because the hard drive failed.

After rebuilding my season passes and giving various thumbs up and thumbs down to shows that we were interested in, it took about six weeks before my Tivo started to record any suggestions, and boy did it. Over the course of two days, I got about 43 suggestions.

But since that day, I haven't gotten a single new suggestion. It is not an issue of disk space, because the capacity bar is always around 45%, and I have the option turned on to record new suggestions.

With the new tv season starting, I''m curious to find out what Tivo thinks we should be interested in.

Any ideas?

replacing bad caps on a Series 3

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 12:59
OK, I have a lifetime Series 3 (OLED/250GB) that is now in the dreaded reboot loop. I had this happen on another lifetime Series 3 (500GB), but it turned out to be the hard drive. Once it was replaced (& reimaged), it worked fine & is still going. Not on this one though.

I removed its hard drive & ran the WD extended test. Everything came back clean. I even slipped this hard drive into the (previously mentioned) working series 3 & it worked fine so I know its not the hard drive & that is good.

Now, I did notice a cap was bulging so I took it to a local shop that wound up charging me about $18 to fix it. However, after re-installing the power supply, its still rebooting. Even tried the working Series 3's (500GB) hard drive in it and no luck as it still reboots. So apparently that is not the only cap that is bad. I probably should have stressed checking ALL the caps the first time around, but I don't think I did and simply pointed out the bulging one. Live & learn.

I might take it back to my repair shop and see if they can replace the needed caps? Are there specific ones that go bad? If so, which ones? Is there maybe some online tutorial or picture of the ones that tend to be bad so I knwo the location of them (since there are numerous ones on it). Or are they all pretty much going to go bad at some point?

I thought about trying to do it myself as I have heard its not hard at all. Have never really worked too much with soldering so this is why I have just had a local place do it. They give free estimates so it might just be easier to see if they can do it, but wondering if I should point out certain ones to them that might be bad.

You can steam from iDevice to TV

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 12:46
Wow. just noticed this that if you are watching a video on the YouTube iphone or Ipad app you can stream it directly to a Roamio or Mini. Works great, just like Apple TV. Never noticed this before. Sorry for the post if its been around for a while.