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Helix - Season 2 (Full Season Thread)

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:06
Is anyone watching this?

It seems to me that this show always starts off slow, which is why some viewers might have been turned off. But now it's starting to his its stride again.

OTA guide for both US and Canada (CBC) at the same time?

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:06
Thinking about getting a Tivo for my mother, who lives in Ann Arbor Michigan.

She gets (and enjoys) stations from both US (Detroit, Lansing, Toledo) and Canada (CBC Windsor)

Anyone from that area can you confirm the Tivo guide will integrate both CBC and all the US channels in one guide?

How accurate does the OTA guide tend to be?

Thanks, I've only ever had Tivo on cable so haven't used OTA yet.


Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:48

Remote Un-pair, how to ???

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 02:02
On a new tivo roamio basic, the included remote will not control the new roamio. I have other roamio's and the other remotes work with this new tivo, but not the remote that came with it.
I also noticed when I press any buttons on the new remote, the light is amber, not red.
When I use one of the "other" tivo remotes, they all flash red when buttons are pressed.

I tried the pairing thing with the new tivo but the included remote won't seem to pair. Or if it is pairing, it is not working.
Tried the change remote code to ZERO to see if that helped. Nope.
Tivo help guide says setting any remote code to ZERO will control any tivo.
Not the case here.

When I set the ""TV code"" on the "new" remote, the RED light came on as I entered the TV code.
I was thinking I got a remote for the older amber light tivos remotes, but this new remote does indeed have a RED light. So I don't think I got the wrong remote.
And I don't think the remote is necessarily bad either.

Must have something to do with the an amber light flashing as opposed to a red light flashing, when a any key is pressed on the new remote.
Where all the other remotes that operate this new tivo, they all flash red.

So I kinda assume maybe this is a pairing thing?
Where the new remote is not paired, or will not pair, and the the amber light indicates a non-paired remote?

Still, this new non-responding remote does have the ability to flash RED as when entering the TV function control code.

I was going to "unpair" all remotes from this new tivo and try pairing the new remote only.
But, I can't get into the pairing menu if the new remote is not working?
And if I use one of the other tivo remotes to get into the pairing menu, the tivo will just probably pair with that other remote?

How does the remote un-pair process work?
Un-pairing is mentioned in the tivo help guide, but thats it.
Mentioned, with no further comments or "how-to" guide.

Mohu Channels

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 23:53
I saw this today and was expecting that someone would have already started a thread on this new option/competition in the cord cutting arena.


What caught my attention was the option to pause/rewind/ff for up to 30 minutes.


Why are the apps so terrible?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 22:09
I am basing my comments on these same apps that I use on my Roku.

Apps on the Roamio are absolutely terrible!

Hulu Plus -- 100% garbage. Tivo should just remove it. I get constant video buffering when trying to watch anything. Even old SD shows like The Outer Limits buffers, buffers and buffers. Also when going to a Hulu Plus show from Tivo Central you are taken to Hulu Plus, then it loads the show, then you have to select if you want to play the video.. Seriously? Junk, garbage, needs to just be removed.

MLB.TV -- Junk! The video is fine and I like the GUI. I never get buffering but every time I exit the app after watching a game I get an error on every channel. The error is a banner message dead smack in the center of the screen --> the copyright holder no longer permits viewing of this portion of the program.

Netflix -- This is just about the only app on the Tivo that works well. No buffering and everything works fine. I do get booted out every so often when trying to go back to the episode list on TV shows but it's rare and I can live with that even though this never happens on my Roku.

Vudu -- Works OK, nothing to jump up and down over and nothing to praise. I've only used it once to rent a movie and it worked fine.

YouTube -- Oh my. The GUI is terrible but videos work fine with no buffering or other issues.

I know they won't remove these terrible apps as they are selling notes but dang, they are terrible!

Better Call Saul S01E08 3/23/15 "RICO"

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 21:46
Damnit I really wanna know what was said in the copy room. I watched it from a foot away and the only thing I could make out was:

"...but, here's the thing..."

Couldn't get anything else. I hope we get to find out exactly what he said at some point.

How Broken Is the Tivo Website?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 19:50
First, it says "Welcome, Roy!" in the top banner, but when I try to access the Season Pass Manager, it redirects me to the signin screen.

OK, I sign in *again* checking the "keep my email" and "keep me signed in for 45 days" buttons, and it redirects me to https://www.tivo.com/404: "Uh oh! Looks like you're lost"

Find Shows->Season Pass Manager goes back to the sign in screen. Over and over again.


The Royals Season 1 (E! scripted series)

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 18:14
Oh boy, do I ever have a new guilty pleasure.

Elizabeth Hurley does a great bitchy queen Helena! I love her!

Princess Eleanor is a fun/sad party girl. I like her.

Prince Liam is cute, but I find him pretty boring so far.

And King Simon is pretty forgettable. I thought for sure his bro was going to shoot him.

Not the best show, but I'm enjoying it for now. Will be fun to see where it goes.

OnePass issue with Netflix bug

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 16:17
If this appears in another thread, please move to proper place.
I use the OnePass for some Netflix TV series, and I have run into this situation a couple of times. Netflix just released the series BLOODLINE last Friday. I tried to set up a OnePass for it...it appeared in a search and listed Netflix, but said NOT YET AVAILABLE. I waited a day, and still was not available. I called TiVO - the CSR said it can take 24-48 hours for it to appear. It has now been three days. Now, the show BLOODLINE no longer appears in the search at all.
This is not good. Yes, I can get to it by going into the app, and it works just fine. However, if they're touting their OnePass as the thing to use for this sort of things and it doesn't work...well, you get the idea. It shouldn't take this long for a new series to appear in the TiVO search. Maybe someone from TiVO (is Margaret still reading...?) can answer this.

Should I Buy a Base Roamio?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:43
I have had 3 Tivo HDs, 1 Premiere and now a Roamio Pro and 4 Minis. I have moved from a Fios location to one that only has AT&T Uverse servicing the area. (Comcast stops a street or two away, grrrr.)

My wife and I were looking at switching to no cable to see how it would work, but I am considering buying a base Roamio and upgrading it with a 3TB hard drive to get more storage space. I would keep the Pro around for now to see if we can talk Charter into running a few streets over (if enough neighbors express interest).

I have been less than impressed with my 48MB Uverse (max available) experience so far. I was doing some classwork and couldn't even keep an audio stream going on my Sonos speakers. That makes me wonder if I will ever be able to get decent download speeds for other media sources.

Should I spring for a base Roamio (about $150 at Amazon, including tax) with lifetime? I would even consider an OTA, but I will not pay monthly fees.

Any thoughts on the value of this approach or should I just live with what I have and even consider rolling off Tivo?

Tivo iOS app - Tech Questions

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:31
Does everyone else out there see a debug menu in their iOS tivo app? Seems really strange to have these options in a public facing application. Goto Settings --> all the way at the bottom.

I even see 911 options in regular dialogs. Just bizarre.

You know what. The Tivo remote just isn't well designed.

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:08
I know, a pretty provocative statement. But it's pretty simple. After 4 months of having ditched all of my FIOS gear for Tivo I still can't easily navigate the remote with 1 hand in the dark.

The only buttons I really use are:

Power, OK, this one I've got

Live TV, this one too.

Guide - Not easy to get in the dark, and you gave us 2 locations, one for Roamio, one for Mini. FAIL. Are you kidding me, 2 products designed to be used together and you located the buttons in different locations on both. Who let that one slip through.

Info Hit other buttons often trying to hit info

Numbers As hard as I might, typing in 618 results in success about 30% of the time. The FIOS remote never presented this problem. The layout just isn't good.

Oh, Peanut shaped remote? Same on both ends unless you feel around for what button is where so we end up swapping ends over and over until we get it right. Nope, sorry FAIL.

I know I'm being really picky here, but these are the industrial design elements that truly make a product "perfect". These are real issues, ones that prevent the product from being really really great. Time to step up. Just about everything has been invented at this point so perfecting the usability of the product is about all you have left. Well, that an the features I asked for in the suggestions forum.

I'll never stop asking. CID for Tivo...

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:57
4 months after installing Tivo I still miss not having CallerID on my TV screen like most of the other cable providers. It might not be the easiest thing to do and it might require a dongle and software update, but it IS a good feature regardless of what everyone says about ditching their land lines. I guess if Tivo is unwilling to consider it, than I have to ditch my land line as well. After all, I wouldn't want to be different. Or would I?


Poor use of network logo's in guide and channel bar

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:54
I've seen the question asked a lot of times. Are the logo's available in the guide and channel bar.

They really should be in the guide, on the left side like just about every other TV provider that uses a guide. Tivo really looks lacking without them. My gawd, XBMC even has them. C'mon Tivo. This is the low hanging fruit to having a better product.

Just as important is the channel bar (that's how I surf, and so do a LOT of other people). The logo is actually available on the channel bar BUT it's on the right hand side where it is actually of NO use what so ever. We read left to right in the US, so having it first thing on the right side (like just about every other TV box provider who uses a guide), IS the right place to put it and actually make it usable. It should be done. 4 months after installing my Tivo gear I'm still feeling the guide and channel bar are lacking because they don't have those things. Several other things that I lost going to Tivo I've learned to live without but these two things are missed each and every time I use Tivo. They should be there.


Pause in 1 room / Resume in another

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:48
I'm assuming this can't be done today so I'm recommending it as a suggestion.

So you pause from your Mini in the Kitchen. Head up to the bedroom. Hit a menu button and select "resume from", then select the paused stream and off you go. Sounds pretty simple. After all, the Roamio has already recorded the stream and is continuing to record the live TV. It just has to redirect the live stream to the new mini and re designate the recorded version with the new mini's id and it's as if it was initiated from the 2nd mini all along.

Good feature / value to customer.


Pause / Resume

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:46
I have 6 mini's and a Roamio + in the family room.

Is there any way to pause a show in one room on a Mini or Romaio and then pick it up on another room?

I saw a thread that said you could do it with THD's but it was fairly cumbersome and had to "transfer" the show between DVR's. I'd be looking for something a lot more simple than that.

So you pause from your Mini in the Kitchen. Head up to the bedroom. Hit a menu button and select "resume from", then select the paused stream and off you go. Sounds pretty simple. After all, the Roamio has already recorded the stream and is continuing to record the live TV. It just has to redirect the live stream to the new mini and re designate the recorded version with the new mini's id and it's as if it was initiated from the 2nd mini all along. Seems like they should be able to whip this up in a week or so and have it out in the next release. Who do I call about this?

All About Android missing from my Roamio

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:38
A show that I've had a season pass (and then a OnePass for) since forever is now missing from the search options. Or at least I can't find it.

Another show from the TWIT.TV network - This Week in Tech (also via OnePass) should have downloaded last night and didn't. At least it's still in the search list.

Anyone else seen this? Can anyone find All about Android in their search list?

Not being able to download the podcasts I want to is really driving me nuts. I bitched loudly about having to type in the RSS feed manually, but now I really miss it.

Nexus 6 !!!!

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:51
Play Store says Tivo app not compatible with the powerhouse Nexus 6, but works on the Nexus 5. What gives? Same OS, better phone. How can I get them to kick this into gear?

2.4.6 crapfest continues: Suggestions showing as regular recordings

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:50
Recordings in the suggestions folder have started showing a scheduled recording icon. This is a screenshot of the Android tablet app, but the TiVo interface is showing the same thing.