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Big Brother - 8-22-13

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 22:44
Well, tonight was definitely an episode of firsts in the BB house. Not only was it the first time a juror returned to the game, but tonight also marked the first time Elissa was ever shown talking strategy. :p

I liked how her and Helen tried to scare Andy into flipping. The sad thing is that it seemed like it almost worked. It will certainly be interesting to see who comes back in the house and who gets HoH. If someone from the 3 AM alliance doesn't win HoH, this game may finally get somewhat interesting.

TiVo HD and MoCa

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 22:33
Can you hook up a MoCa adapter on a TiVoHD and will it speed up MRV from a premier to an HD TiVo a considerable amount?

Killer Feature

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 22:31
For me, the killer feature is the new remote!

What a joy to not have to muck with setting multiple IR addresses on multiple remotes if you have multiple Tivos in one room.

I didn't realize that each Roamio remote pairs on a separate RF frequency to a unique TiVo. Very cool.

It would be very cool if TiVo would release a USB attachable RF receiver so we can use a Roamio remote with a Premiere.

Details on the remote:


Help me get or not get a Smart TV

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 22:02

Hi all, I am not a TV junkie but I do LOVE my Tivo and Apple TV. I have 3 Panasonic 50" Plasma's in my house and a 42" Samsung in my home office. For some reason recently I've gotten the bug for a 70-75" TV and I am having a hard time justifying it. (my brother got a 110" projector and it is nice but I am not a fan of projectors myself)

I have a 50" Panasonic Plasma HDTV, it was $500 3-4 years ago & there is nothing wrong with it. I have a Klipsch sound bar below it and I am VERY impressed with the quality of the soundbar & wireless sub. The picture quality on my TV is "ok" so really I would be upgrading to a better Processor from 120 to 240+ & then 20-25" which is 50% more screen size than I have now.
There's something uneasy about my sound bar costing more than my TV now.

Not many of the Smart TV features are jumping out at me because my Tivo and Apple TV have Netflix and other programs I often use, are there any advantages to the Smart TV I am overlooking?
I like the Split Screen some of the Samsung models support Web browsing & TV/ Netflix, I thought that was pretty cool. (but I often browse the web on an iPad)

The 3 models I liked were below:
  • Samsung 75" UN75F6300 $2,999
  • Sharp 70" LC70LE857U $2,999
  • Sharp 70" LC70LE750u

So besides the size, 20-25 extra inches going from a 50" tv, is there anything else to consider? I'd have NO other use for my current 50" Plasma so I would put it on Craigslist & hope to sell it for $100 or so... anything else to consider?

Xfinity On Demand option missing

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 21:52
Just hooked up my Roamio Plus this afternoon and I believe I have my cable card paired correctly. At least, I am getting all my channels, including all my premium channels. But I'm not seeing Xfinity On Demand under Find TV, Movies & Videos. This is where I would find it on my Premier XL. Is Xfinity on Demand showing up for anyone?

Roamios available! Minis, Streams, and Premieres too.

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 21:31
For sale, all are NIB, factory sealed, with full warranty from date of purchase.

Roamio - $179 (available 8/29)
Roamio Plus - $379 (available 8/29)
Roamio Pro - $569 (available 8/29)
Mini - $75
Stream - $122

Yes, the Premiers are still available. Sorry, but currently there are no price breaks on them.
Premiere 75 - $125
Premiere 4 - $199
Premiere XL - $220
Premiere XL4 - $299

Plus actual shipping

Please PM me

Embarassing Ad on My Tivo

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 21:26
So my Tivo has an ad for the new Roamio where they says it's what "users have been craving for."
Ouch! Two grammatical errors in one!
Do they have high schoolers (with poor grades) writing their copy?

HBO / Cinemax pixelating

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 21:19
Hi all,

Has anyone seen an issue where just some of the premiums are pixelating? I repaired both my cablecards with my new roamios tonight any everything is working except hbo/ Cinemax are very pixelated.

I have FiosTV

Rate your Roamio Excitement

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 20:40
It is pretty early, and this is certainly not scientific, but let's get SOME measure about how excited people are about the Romio product lineup so far.

Tivo Elite, Lifetime Service, Extended Warranty thru 06/2015

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 19:05
Looking to sell my 4 tuner Elite. Purchased in June 2012. Still have all the original accessories, box, and backlit remote.

The box has Lifetime Service and a transferable extended warranty (bought on TiVo.com) until late June 2015.

I have had some tuning issues with this box. I'm not sure if its:
*a software issue (lots of threads on these forums about blank channels)
*issue with my cable card and/or tuning adapter
*issue with my local cable headend
*a hardware issue with the DVR

You may never experience the blank channel issue...or you may. If you do, that's where the extended warranty comes in. Just have TiVo send a free replacement thru the extended warranty. I've resisted exchanging the box under warranty because I think it's a software issue. I figure it's best to sell it intact and let the new owner do what they wish. Asking $525. I'll pay for ground shipping to lower 48 states.

Tivo HD + Roamio Remote = Possible?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 18:52
Looking for an RF solution for my Tivo HD. Would a Roamio remote work, or is another solution better?


Interesting Roamio advertisement

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 18:11
In this weeks LA Weekly, there is a small advertisement that reads like a love letter with the TiVo character and Roamio symbol. I don't have it on me, so can't quote it. It says to call 310-997-3133 which has a Pepe Le Pew type character talking about Roamio. You can enter to win 6 months of Netflix as well. They mention tivo.com/missedconnections but that redirects to tivo.com.

Making the next move?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 18:05
If you have a 4-tuner premier or a Roamio TiVo and two minis how would the following scenario’s work?

Scenario one: If your recording two shows on the Roamio/premier TiVo and two people are watching live TV from the mini and there is an upcoming show that’s going to be recording while the two shows are currently recording would a person that is watching live TV suddenly be kicked off because it needs a third tuner and if so would there be a display that tells you that the TiVo needs to record something and you would not be able to watch live TV? Does the mini have the option to cancel a recording if the TiVo Is schedule to record something and it needs the tuner that you are currently using? Is there an option to disable the Mini’s from overriding the TiVo?

Scenario two: If you have a 4-tuner, Two Roamio’s or Two Premiers, TiVo’s and two minis is there a way you can assign a Mini to a specific TiVo? I would like TiVo A to only use one mini And TiVo B to use the other, is this possible? If not how does the two TiVo’s decide which mini to use. All, None, or one?

I’m accustom to switching tuners back and forth while I’m watching sports. If I use a mini with a TiVo would I be able to switch tuners back and forth from the mini or am I stuck using one tuner on that TV?

SO2 error

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 17:37
I have a TiVo HD I purchased in 2008 and have used it with both antenna and cable. For last year I've been just using a Comcast DVR and haven't used my DVR (like my TiVo BTW). I just moved to new home and trying to set up again using antenna and have Ethernet cable directly to unit. I keep getting a SO2 error after it connects to network and tries loading info. And it takes 30 minutes before it errors out. Have rebooted DVR, router, and modem. Have given it 48 hours to reload directory as suggested. But it still receives SO2 error. And ideas please?

Cableone and cablecard

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 17:03
If a cablecard is "bad" (cableone tech supports word not mine) what are the chances that I'd get all my normal channels except for pay channels like HBO and Cinemax? Seems like it would either work completely or not work at all.

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My pricing for the Roamio!!!

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 16:13
This is what I think it should be or it will be in 6 months to a year.

Roamio Pro $399

Roamio Plus $250

Roamio Basic $150

OK, I understands it is faster (supposedly) and built in wifi. But I think right now they are all overpriced.

Freeze question

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 15:52
Does a TIVO access the disk if it's disconnected from the antenna? Here's why I want to know.

I recently purchased my first TIVO - an upgraded Series 3 HD Lifetime. I use it with an outdoor antenna - no cable. The previous owner had no issues with it. But it is freezing on me - won't respond to the remote, and leaves the screen frozen with whatever picture frame was there at the time of the freeze. I must unplug to fix it. It does this on both strong and weak signals.

I would like to isolate the cause. My thought is that it's not the too-weak or too-strong signal cause, or fluctuating power since it fails on all types of signals strengths, and it's on a dedicated UPS plugged directly into the wall.

I'd like to determine if it's the disk. I ran the KickStart code 54 and it passed, then code 57. It still froze afterward. But perhaps the disk still has some issue that these tests didn't detect.

The one condition where it has not failed is when no signal is connected to the input, so that it is always searching for a signal. If it doesn't access the disk when disconnected from the antenna (nothing of value to record, so don't do it), then that would support this conclusion.

Thanks in advance for responding to my initial question, or any other suggestions for finding the root cause.

Roamio UI coming to Mini?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 15:49
Tivo's Roamio FAQs state that the Roamio UI will not be ported to the Premiere.

Does anyone know if Tivo plans to offer the Roamio UI on the Mini?

S3 and MRV?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 15:40
I'm pondering the thought of getting a Roamio at some point to replace the S3 as my main DVR. If I move the S3 to another room, will it act as a "Mini" and be able to stream shows from the Roamio DVR or is it too old? My S3 has a lifetime sub so I want to continue to use it, but consolidating recordings on one DVR is desirable.

Some questions about Roamio/Mini features

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 15:37
I have a few questions before I spend any money on TiVo. I'm currently using Windows 7 Media Center with five extenders, 10 tuners: (2 ATSC connected to an outdoor antenna, 2 ClearQAM, and 6 CableCARD), and 6TB of storage space (4TB internal, 2TB external, plus a 60GB SSD). I built it about 2.5 years ago, and it has been really nice. At the time, the feature set of the TiVo Premier was sorely lacking (no streaming).

My network is currently all wired cat5e gigabit. However, there is one place where the wife would like a small TV (in the kitchen) that would be difficult to wire with Ethernet, but easy to put a coax cable there.

The Roamio-Pro/Mini combo looks interesting. I like the all-in-one features (Netflix and DVR in a single box) of the Mini's. I also like the unified search. Here are the questions:

1) If I connect the Roamio-Pro to an Ethernet connection (which goes to my gigabit switch), and then connect a Mini in a room that doesn't have an Ethernet cable (using MoCa), will the Mini function as a MoCa bridge, thereby allowing me to connect other Ethernet-enabled devices (like a Bluray player) to the Mini's Ethernet port?

2a) If I have a movie, say in an MKV container, with H.264 video, and AC3 audio, how difficult is it to get the movie to upload/play on the Roamio and the Mini's?
2b) What steps are necessary to make this happen?
2c) Are there limitations on the bitrate of the video?
2d) Also, does the Roamio/Mini support DTS audio tracks? How about "soft" subtitles (NOT burned-in to the video)?

3) I assume that the Netflix app can run on the Roamio AND on the Mini's. Can more than one person watch Netflix at the same time? (Of course, I understand that it depends on the speed of the broadband internet connection). But, what I want to know is... can two or three people use a combination of the Roamio and/or the Mini's to all watch a different Netflix show at the same time?

4) Is there a limit to how many Mini's can be watching live/recorded/internet TV at the same time? Obviously, you can't exceed the number of tuners in the DVR. But, does the Roamio-Pro limit the number of Mini's that can be watching TV concurrently?

Thanks for your time. I look forward to the answers.