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the newsroom 9/8/2013 "election night, part 1" [spoilers]

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 20:22
this was another enjoyable ep, although short, and of course became really interesting right as it ended, tbc.

i can't imagine don libeling jerry during a reference check, he's too smart, even with unresolved anger over genoa. the set up by jerry that triggered the call was believable enough.

the party scene with charlie, reese and becca was my favorite, and when reese recalled his conversation with leona - too much!

the prediction room and botched on-air tour by elliot, a la cnn, was spot on, the only thing missing was anderson cooper. sorkin might have plagerized cnn's live election night coverage. :)

i can't believe next week is the end of the season, it went by quickly.

Frozen Recording

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 19:44
I went to watch a recording. When I hit play, the program was frozen, right at the start of the program. You could not forward. The program was still on TV and I could watch it live. I just couldn't record it.

Any Way to Cancel Part of a Collection?

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 18:42
I think I know the answer but thought I'd check....

I'm very excited to try the Roamio's 6 tuners out for the Fall TV premieres, so I chose a collection called "New Shows"...

Some of the shows included are starting to show up and a couple I've decided that I don't really care for... Unfortunately, I can't seem to find a way to cancel just those shows and retain the collection overall.

I have a feeling that I'm going to just have to deal with it until all the new shows start recording and I can set up individual season passes for the ones I want...

Am I on track or am I missing something?


Roamio Comcast survival guide

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 16:56
I have been on comcast and have been using tivos with cablecards for around 7 years now and I have had all sorts of problems but eventually get them solved. Here are my thoughts.

1) cablecards are a nightmare. Before you install the Roamio, show up to a comcast service center and pickup like 3 of them. Yes 3 of them. Just return the other 2 you don't end up using later.

2) If using wired ethernet for the Roamio, DO NOT put in your wireless settings even to test. I had horrible issues when I added both wireless and ethernet settings where even when I wanted to use ethernet, and it showed connected as ethernet, it was still connecting to wireless and causing MRV and streaming issues.

3) Setup your tivo subscription for the Roamio before turning it on. I guess transferring a plan from another tivo can be a hassle so when possible, just create a new plan for the roamio and if it's replacing a box, just cancel that old box's plan after the new roamio is setup and going.

4) before installing cable cards, connect to internet and run guided setup and have the major update roll out. Tivos take a day or two to get fully 100% operational. When I mean 100% I am talking about every last feature. Annoying but you deal with it.

5) Call this number and pray you get a good tech - 1-877-405-2298. Don't ever send a tech to your house. Don't spend hours on the phone. A successful cablecard install takes 5 minutes tops. Try activating the first card and wait for them to send a signal. It should work pretty quickly even though they might tell you it takes 30 minutes. If it doesn't work, don't try and troubleshoot it but move on to the 2nd cablecard. And then the 3rd. If all 3 don't work then the easiest thing and what has worked for me is take a working cablecard from a tivo I am replacing and have them reactivate that card. If all 3 new cards won't activate and they can't re-activate a card from a working tivo, the tech you are working with is an idiot and you will just have to request a new tech.

6) if you get some channels but not all of them or no premium channels, the card needs to be re-activated or the tech did not pair it correctly. You can tell them to delete the card out of the system and re-add it as a new one.

7) for the first 48 hours don't freak out if your other tivos don't show up in the Now Playing list or if there are bugs. Force a bunch of service calls, reboot it a few times, make sure the updates are all rolled out and then after 48 hours call Tivo or check these forums if you are still having issues with anything.

I'm sure a lot of people will say these steps are overkill and they get their tivos up and going 100% in an hour or two, but they are not the norm. When I am realistic and plan for 48 hours of a setup and work in period then I usually end up really happy with my Tivo. I love college football and I had 6 HD games recording at once on Saturday while my wife was streaming to ipad. The Roamio is a great device once it is all finally setup.

Beloved Series 2 Keeps Rebooting

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 16:33
My oldest S2 (form 2004 - TCD540040, upgraded with a 160GB HD) suddenly keeps rebooting on the Welcome Screen. I can't even get it into kickstart mode to run the kickstart diagnostics. I've read through all the forums (here and elsewhere) and most say it's either a bad HD or a bad power supply. Simple enough to replace either (with some $$), but here are the questions I have:

1. I removed the drive and ran a full diagnostic with SpinRite and the drive came up clean. No SMART problems, no sector errors, good control functions, nothing. So I don't think it's a bad drive.

2. Making the assumption that the drive itself is OK (see #1), could it be that it's just the TiVo image that's corrupted? If so, where can one get an image replacement for low/no $$? (nudge, nudge, wink wink :-)

3. If the unit is booting far enough to get to the Welcome screen, wouldn't that be a sign that the power supply is OK. Is there such a thing on TiVos as a partial PS failure, and would that cause the rebooting & no kickstart symptoms I am seeing?

The box is like a member of the family at this point so if I need to spend $ to get it fixed I want to make sure I am spending it on the right part. These forums have helped me a lot in the past so I'm hoping you nice folks can come through again.

Thanks in advance for any advice/assistance you can provide.

Am I correct? There is no fix for Roamio not tuning premium channels?

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 15:48
I just bought the Roamio last week. After going through the forums, I think I came to the conclusion that nobody has a fix for the Roamio not tuning correctly. Tivo will not take responsibility for it and the cable (mine is Time Warner, and they have no interest in helping) companies won't take responsibility for it. Am I correct? Is it worth waiting for a fix that might never come or should I just bite the bullet and get a TWC DVR?

off-line scan smart test taking forever

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 15:07
I recently started noticing pixelation during live tv/recordings, a rewind does not show the pixelation, so I suspect my 2 month old wd20eurs av-gp drive is already dying. I booted into a kickstart 54 and everything passed the test but the off-line scan has been running for over 32hours, was estimated to finish at 675 minutes, now its at 1900 minutes! Sounds like the drive already has massive bad sectors? Anyone ever seen this drive take this long on the smart test off-line scan?

it's a bummer because i just replaced a bad wd20eurs 2 months ago with this brand new one. I also ran a wd extended test on the drive before putting into service and it passed.

guess its time to pull the drive again and try and get a backup of it.

C133 error

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 14:53
Anyone else get this frequently? I have a strong wireless N network that the Roamio does a great job picking up at high strengths. All other tech picks up the wifi flawlessly as well, including a 360 in the same tv stand. However, for some reason Roamio gives me the C133 daily. All I need to do is the good old router unplug so it isn't a serious issue, but what is going on that causes this? Right before it happens all the search functions and whatnot will become extremely slow as well.

TiVo Executive Office

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 14:51
Does anyone know how I can contact them? I have been getting the runaround from tech support and I don't know who to talk to. I tried PM'ing Margaret, but I didn't hear back. Thanks.

HD Recordings Folder

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 14:49
What does this thing do? It feels like a legacy feature that just was never removed. Nothing goes there and I seem to have no ability to send anything there. It just sits empty. I'd love to be able to send everything I record there or to a specific folder that needs to be opened for the sake of clutter removal, but it doesn't seem possible. What function does this folder serve?

Not a matter of "if", but "when"

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 14:23
I have some Series 3 TiVos. One of them (S3 OLED) seems to have some bad caps on the power supply (in a reboot loop) & I am trouble shooting it now. The others are working fine right now, but is it really a matter of not "if" their power supplies will fail and rather more "when" will they fail? :rolleyes:

2 Premiere Lifetime boxes for sale with a Stream

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 14:04
Hey All...

I have two ebay auctions up...

This one is for a box with a stream, and a new unused remote.

This one is for just the box.

FCC: Exemption from CableCard Requirement

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 13:30
Does anybody have the citation to the specific criteria for a small cable provider to be exempt from the requirement to provide CableCards. I have found lots of reference to "an exemption" but the size seems to vary widely.

I am also looking for a list of waivers that have been granted to otherwise covered providers.

Many thanks.


Three Tivo's for sale

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 12:55
I have three Tivo's for sale to pay for my new Roamio.

Tivo Series 3 OLED (Original S3 - 648)
Lifetime service
Upgraded to 2 TB WD20EURX
Glo-Remote and power cord

S3 THD (652)
Lifetime Service
Upgraded to 1 TB WD10EARX
Remote and power cord

Premiere XL (748)
Lifetime Service
Stock 2 TB hard drive
Remote and power cord

PM me for more information.

Moving a Cable Card to a New DVR

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 12:37
I have an M Cable Card in my Premier DVR. I am thinking about a Romio DVR to replace the Premier. I think my card will fit in the Romio, but will it require activation or pairing? My provider is Comcast/Xfinity.

Thanks for any help, Jim

Installation from helllllll part 2

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 12:24
So, the tech I spoke with at TiVo thought I had a defective Roamio plus. The problem is I didn't get half the channels I was supposed to get, both premium and non-premium. When I was on the phone with the tech, I just tried a few channels and there was no problem. But she said that things didn't look right from her end and that if I had a further problem, she would swap devices via overnight delivery. She gave me a reference number and told me to only speak with her and gave me her hours.

Well, I called yesterday when she was supposed to be there and she wasn't. Today, same thing. So I said bulloney, why do I need her? It should all be documented. As it turned out, it wasn't all documented, but that's neither here nor there.

I spoke with a supervisor who said there are known issues with the new Verizon cable card and the problem I am having is the issue. He said swapping sets would accomplish nothing. And to add to my nightmare, my old TiVo, a Premiere, started acting up yesterday and rebooting like every half hour. Today it's been fine.

My question is that if this is a known issue, why doesn't anyone else on this forum have this problem? I am in an on hold position, waiting for Verizon. I cannot use the Roamio.

Any suggestions? So far, I must have spent about 12 hours plus on this.

TiVo Power Supply Board for Premiere series 4 voltages

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 11:50
i have the series 4 tivo 746 and i was wondering what the voltages that the power supply puts out.

if someone has torn down a tivo series 4 and reverse engineered the power supply.

i know there is 5 and 12 and possibly 3.3 at the hard drive cable but i am not sure what the other voltages are.

if someone has a pinout on the power supply.

i suspect the reason for the symptoms of bad sectors is caused by a power supply on the edge of failure and is starving the system slightly.

i found at http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...3uf_3sec_.html

basically it is a bunch of capacitors paralleled and as long as none of the pins exceed 15 volts i should be able to use these as a power stiffening device sort of like like why there are 1 and 2 f caps used in high power car sound systems.

Transfer from 'Pause Point'. How to change?

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 11:19
I can't seem to change this option. When transferring from a Premiere to my Roamio, I get the menu option Transfer -> from pause point.

I can't get the 'from pause point' to change to 'beginning'

11.M update for S3 units breaks Season Passes

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 11:00
Be aware that on both my S3 OLED units, adding a Seasons Pass since the 11.M update yesterday results in nothing showing up in the ToDo list, no shows being marked for recording. I have reported it to tech support, and there are "scattered reports" of the problem.

If you have 11M, verify that Season Passes are working before relying on them.