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Tivo Desk Top Program

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 23:42
OK, I'm totally confused. I don't have Tivo Desktop Plus but I do have Tivo Desk Top (the free version).

There is all this talk of "transferring" recorded programs from the Tivo DVR to the computer using DTP.

Using just Desk Top I can copy, not transfer, a recording from my DVR to my computer and I can view the show both on my computer and my TV.

If I delete the show on my DVR I can still view it on my PC. If I delete if from my PC I can still view it on my TV.

So what I'm saying is I am not transferring the program from my DVR to my PC; I'm "copying" the show.

If I come back from a trip I do not have to "transfer" unseen shows back to my DVR as they were never "transferred" to begin with but only copied.

Shouldn't we be using the term copy and not transfer when referring to recordings from our DVR to our PC? Or is this just semantics?

NFL football OTA quality

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 21:47
For those of you w/ OTA recording NFL games, do you notice a significant decrease in quality when the camera view is wide/field view (a little noisy, 'halo' around players etc.)?

Is this because the field action is filmed in 720 etc. (I've heard, e.g. from articles like this)?

Do users using cable cards experience the same lower quality or no (I've never used so don't have a baseline comparison)?

As background I get anywhere from 60-70's for OTA quality on the NFL channels.

Breaking Bad - S05E13 - To'hajiilee

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 21:32
Wow. I'm again blown away by how unexpected the story is. Cannot wait to see how the final 3 episodes play out!

"Aqua Marine"
"Timmy Dip$***"

Also, look for Thomas Dolby ringtones to climb up the iTunes charts!

minis cant be a moca ethernet bridge?

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 21:16
I understand premier 4 tunner boxes and S5 pro / plus boxes can use ethernet port to provide network connections to other network devices (bridge) when using moca. but minis can not do this? Seems a terrible shame if they cant. Would have been a great way to extend my network but if it cant im bettersticking with Ethernet/wifi

Interesting recording failures: multiple tuners on same channel and no video.

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 20:13
I'm not sure if this is a Roamio Plus/Pro bug or some weird SDV side effect.

Situation: Roamio is tuned to the same channel on multiple tuners.

Observation: Roamio thinks it is recording a program while this single channel is active on multiple tuners. However, the channel being "recorded" indicated by the red circle has only a black screen with no audio. The other tuners on that same channel display normal video and audio.

If I cancel the recording on the "black" tuner channel, the video and audio are restored without having to re-tune, but obviously nothing was recorded. I've seen this at least three times during the last week.

Anyone else?

Playback issues?

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 19:52
Anyone else seeing an issue where when you play the file you get a black screen, but can still hear the audio. But then if you play another show and come back then it works fine?

I also had one today where I was trying to zoom a letterboxed show and when I got to the zoom one the screen went all weird with the picture mostly green and flickering and was sort of chopped up and rearranged.

Use ARWL as SP list markers

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 19:47
I prioritize my SPs by day but sometimes I'm not sure where one day ends and the next begins, so I came up with a solution to this very minor problem. I created some ARWLs that won't ever record anything and named them Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc. and placed them on the SP list where appropriate.

screen shot from kmttg

don't judge

"New" Tivo website - I can't log in

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 19:35
Using Safari - OSX 10.7.6 - Autofill and execute with 1Password does not work

Typing in info and hitting "return" or clicking the button doesn't work either.

The login/submit button is unresponsive. :-/

Copy Pretection On Everything

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 19:20
I have Cablevision/Optimum service and I noticed that all of my recorded shows on all of my TiVo boxes are now copy protected. It seems that this started at the same time that Optimum started pushing their new TV To Go service in the last month or so. It smells a lot like they are trying to force people into using this service by quietly making life hard for people with an alternative. Has anyone else had this issue?

Does Roamio have the ability to record 2 streams from one tuner?

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 19:18
In the past, if all tuners were scheduled to be used and then I attempt to pad a show that will run into those shows, I would get a conflict error. Even if 2 shows were on the same channel, they would take 2 tuners for the overlap. This does not appear to be the case with Roamio. I have 6 shows scheduled to record tonight at 9 but then needed to pad Big Brother because of the sports overrun, pushing it past 9. Now there are 7 shows recording at 9 (but only 6 channels) with no conflict error. If they added this ability that is great news. I've always wondered why that wasn't done. Good job TiVo!

Big Brother 15 9/8/2013

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 18:43
Big Brother will be late tonight. Tennis just ended 10 mins ago. 60 mins is on now (in the East at least).

Best Buy Demo Display

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 17:46
I was in Best Buy today and they actually had a base roamio setup on display.

I must say the demo was totally lame and whomever at Tivo headquarters designed the setup should be fired. The roamio was in a mode where all you were able to do was play 4 or 5 short video clips through a single menu which had several entries which were linked to playing these short video clips. I mean the video clips were maybe 30 seconds long at best.

No cable nor antenna was hooked up.
No live tv.
No channel changing.
No EPG was avaliable to schedule recordings.
No NPL was avaliable with recorded content.
No IP based services.

No DVR capability at all is presented to a potential customer!

Lame & Sad at the same time.

Come on Tivo. I thought you actually wanted to sell these things.

Messed up recording

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 17:39
After a hiatus from Tivo, we are back with a lifetime Roamio base model along with a Tivo Stream.

Was excited for the first NFL game of the season until we sat down to watch the recorded game.

I don't know exactly how to describe it, but it seems like big parts of the recording aren't accessible. If we try to watch or fast forward to a spot, the show jumps to a different earlier/later spot. It's like the recording is corrupt. It's the same behavior whether we try to watch the recording on TV using the Roamio or streaming on the iPad.

I'm really disappointed. I doubt there's a way to fix the recording, but if anyone has hints, I'd love to hear them. Also I want to make sure to properly report this bug to Tivo. I haven't rebooted the unit yet.

For reference we are using Moca networking and are on Comcast using a Motorola Cable Card. The recording was scheduled using the Tivo app on an iPad.

Boardwalk Empire S04E01 OAD 09/08/2013

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 16:58
Damn, what an awesome episode! :)

well, I'm sure it will be, it's never disappointed me


please add drive error correction to all boxes

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 16:54
it would be nice if tivo could add error correction to all boxes especially starting with series 4.

make the error correction like it is on a pc.

while recording if a bad sector is detected then it locks out that sector and re writes the data to another sector.

and do this on the fly using something like crc checksum.

tivo you may say this cant be done retroactively.

helloooowwww!!!!! yes it can be done retroactively it can be done in software.

the data is written to the drive then verified and rewritten if bad sector is detected and sector is locked out.

Bug: Can't stop recording if there's a network problem

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 16:36
I'm currently transferring shows from a Series 3 over wifi, which I know isn't supported. This is maxing out the wifi, so the Roavio is having problems getting any other network data.

I was watching football behind the buffer, and had added an hour to the end of the game just in case. When I reached the end of the game, the show was still recording, so I tried to stop the recording. TiVo told me that there were network problems and I couldn't do that.

The TiVo shouldn't need to check with the network before manually stopping a recording.

(It was an autorecord wishlist, if that proves to make a difference.)

Series Premiere Pilots

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 16:03
Is there a way to add season passes to tivo before they are available in the guide?
As I see new shows that are coming up in the Fall, I want to add them but can't find a way until they show up in the guide.


Keeping Xl4 instead of mini

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 14:40
After two days with the roamio have no complaints. Love the fast interface. Was going to buy a mini for the kitchen after i sold my premier XL4 but after setting up the moca on the roamio I hooked up premier in the kitchen. Was lucky after hearing the horror stories here. Worked first time. Figure this way I have 8 tuners at least to use for recording things in case Cox doesn't have a cable card that will stream 6 tuners. Can live with the slower interface in the kitchen as it isn't used for Netflix or anything like that. Cox only charges 1.99 a month for the cable card and tuning adapter so it isn't a bad deal.
Any thoughts from anyone?

PC problems since Mini

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 12:54
I have an Asus router connected to a Netgear 16 port switch. The switch feeds most of the house and one cable goes to my office to a Netgear 5 port switch. My Roamio and Premiere plug into the router. In my office, I have the Mini, my printer and PC in the 5 port switch. I had to set all Tivo devices to static IP to get them to work with each other.
After setting all this up, my Wife's PC couldn't get on the internet. She is plugged into the 16 port. I unplugged the 5 port and rebooted her PC, then it worked. I reconnected the 5 port all was fine for a day. Next day my Office PC was dead slow. I unplugged and reconnected the 5 port and it got better, but then we find hers is slow. More uplugging and restarting and it's better for a while.

Could the mini be hogging all my local bandwidth? Both switches are the 100mbps series, would gigbit models be better?

Should all my PCs have static IPs? Is there a downside to doing this?

Welcome to TiVo Romio Survey

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 12:48
TiVo is sending out emails for those who recently activated the Roamio. It is generally just stuff anyone who has used a TiVo knows, but I noticed the one that went out today is actually for a survey so keep your eyes open for it.

Subject: We want to hear from you. Tell us about your TiVo experience.
From: "TiVo" <tivo@messaging.tivo.com>