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SOAK: TiVo Premiere pricing

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:11
Hi, my friend is a first time DVR user and he's thinking about switching to TiVo. What is the cheapest DVR with lifetime or monthly service that he can get. Does it really cost 500 bucks for lifetime? That's a lot of money.

Back on board with Tivo

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:50
So after several years away (locked in as a tenant at building complex that was in cahoots with Dish Network) I just picked up Tivo Premiere.....and I'm ready to sign on with Comcast Xfinity. A couple of questions for you cablecard veterans....

I want digital cable and internet in 2 rooms but only need DVR functionality (with the Tivo obviously) in one. Just need a basic converter in the other room. So, do I have the tech come out and do the install and ask for a cablecard? Does he take the converter back or should I just put it in the second room? I have my own wireless router. Do I need an adapter or can I just go directly into the Premiere? How does this all affect my package price?

I know this has probably been asked 1000x. Explain it to me like I'm an idiot....:confused:

IR Control of Mini

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 16:11
I am attempting to control a mini and a Premiere in the same room. They both feed a matrix switch for a whole house solution. Whenever I change the remote address for the mini, the address also changes for the premiere. Tivo customer service state that they don't know if this possible. Anybody get it to work? If not, it goes back.

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Tivo that hasn't been used for a couple years

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 15:03
I have a Tivo that was working when I unplugged it but haven't had time to set it up again. It's been over a year, probably two years:confused:. Is it likely I will have difficulty? It's so hard to do all the set up, I thought I'd ask ahead of time.

Arrested Development S4E2 "Borderline Personalities" *spoilers*

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 12:07
The scene with Buster sucking the smoke from Lucille's mouth had me in stitches. Freakin' hilarious.

And all the stuff with Barry Zuckercorn not really knowing anything about the law was classic.

Arested Development Netflix entire season SPOILERS

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 11:05
Only on the 4th episode but some really funny moments so far:
Bob Loblaw law bomb!
There's a girl in his room.
I can tell Ron Howard to F*** himself.
Really enjoying it so far.


Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:28

Arrested Development - S4E01 "Flight of the Phoenix"

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:15
Seems like most people agreed on one thread per episode, so here goes! Please limit your discussion on this thread to episode 1 - no spoilers for future episodes.

Liked the episode a lot. Suspect I'll like it more when I see how the various episodes all fit together - why is Maeby at George Michael's college, why is GOB at the house (and who was he with), stuff like that. All the flashbacks and forwards were confusing, but that's kind of the point.

Some highlights:
- "A Netflix semi-original series" - funny!
- Ron Howard clearing his throat
- the "Showstealer Pro Trial Version" watermark on old scenes
- Cinco de Cuatro
- The brief callbacks to old jokes (Peanuts walk, "you're a crook Captain Hook", and yet another "loose seal").
- Every time Michael closed Lucille 2's door - Liza Minnelli was hilarious!

Orphan Black 5/25/13 "Unconscious Selection"

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:15
They're clones...AND TWINS!! :D

So I'm guessing the Big Bad who's giving orders to Max Headroom is an older version of the clones; the original.

Poor Art...he got screwed by his partner about ten minutes before he would have done the same thing himself.

Fun watching Alison and Felix bond. They make such a cute couple! :D

Sad that there's only one week left. This season. This has become my favorite show that doesn't have the words "game" and "throne" in the title.

Can a TivoXL with a 2TB internal drive take more storage?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 16:53
I think I know the answer already, but I figured I will ask to verify.

I already upgraded a TivoXL (658000) with a 2TB internal drive. I am searching for options to increase the storage now that it is nearly full.

Based on the FAQ, I am already pretty much at the limit of max capacity with the 2TB internal drive (318 hours) I does not seem worth the hassle to add a 2nd drive just to get another 200GB or so.

Quote: Tivo HD XL TCD658000 2.20 TB* (2200 GB) Is there another way to increase the capacity? Like 3TB or 4TB internal drive?

My current workaround is to use my 2nd TivoHD to offload the recordings from TivoXL. I have also copied the SeasonPass from TivoXL to TivoHD to start recording new shows on the 2nd unit, but keeping both units in synch is a hassle.


TiVo & FiOS TV?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 16:28
I need to provide a bit of background before I can ask my questions.

I currently have Comcast but I am considering moving to FiOS for tv--I have FiOS for broadband and phone--but because I have a hearing loss, I need closed captions to make tv programming accessible and things get a little tricky because there is a significant problem with FiOS when it comes to closed caption support. Using a FiOS stb, closed captions do not display if digital closed caption options 3 through 6 are chosen--only digital closed caption option 1 displays captions and the display quality is very, very poor (basically unreadable for the most part). With Comcast, I use digital closed caption option 3 (or sometimes 4).

The Verizon techs (via dslreports.com Verizon Direct forum) have suggested that using a TiVo with a Verizon cablecard would do the trick because TiVo devices support all 6 of the digital closed caption options--in other words captions will be displayed no matter which digital closed caption option is chosen. On a TiVo device, these options are labelled "DTVCC1", "DTVCC2", "DTVCC3", etc. according to TiVo documentation.


1. Is there anyone on the forum with FiOS using a TiVo Premier (this model seems like the most appropriate one for me but any TiVo that supports closed captioning woud be fine) who would be willing to check to see if the TiVo digital closed caption option 3 and/or 4 actually do display the closed captions and report back? You'd just need to check a couple of channels during regular programming (not ads because many ads are still not closed captioned) say something on CBS and any PBS channel.

2. Because FiOS On Demand is not available using a cablecard, I've considered using a FiOS stb in addition to the TiVo device. Is there anyone on the forum who might have this sort of setup and if so, could you check and see if setting the TiVo Premier digital closed caption option 3 and/or 4 displays captions--again, regular programming on say CBS and any PBS station? I'm not sure if one would need to turn on closed captioning on the FiOS stb in addition to turning on closed captioning on the TiVo device and perhaps you could try it with FiOS stb's closed caption option OFF and also with FiOS closed caption option set to "CC3" (and/or "CC4")--do not test with FiOS closed caption "CC1" set.

Thank you!!!


Capturing Slingbox 350/500 video

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 14:36
There may be easier ways, but recently I discovered a nice way to capture Slingbox video stream directly (not using full screen capture techniques) thanks to "Slinguist" from this post:

Since there are a few Slingbox users here I thought it may be useful to summarize how to get the above working, since it's not trivial to do:

1. Download this Perl script:

2. Requires Perl installation to run if you don't already have it installed:

3. Perl script requires the Crypt::Tea_JS module. You can use the Perl Package Manaager to find and install that module:
Start Perl Package Manager
* View->All Packages
* Find and click on Crypt-Tea_JS
* Action->Install
* File->Run Marked Actions.

4. You then need to edit the rec350b.pl script to update $slingip, $pass and optionally $vs variables.

5. Sling IP & Port you can find as follows:
* Start the web based player the usual way (login if needed): http://newwatch.slingbox.com/#SettingsPageFacade/index
* Click on 'Settings' and then click on 'NETWORK DETAILS' where you can see HOME IP Address and Network Port
* Now in Perl script set $slingip accordingly.

6. While keeping the Slingbox stream active in your browser, the 15 digit admin password you then find by opening a new tab in your browser and visiting:
* https://newwatchsecure.slingbox.com/...count_boxes_js
* Then look for 'adminPassword' setting in the .js file. (If you have more than 1 Slingbox make sure you grab the setting for the right one).
* Now in Perl script set $pass accordingly.

7. I also changed $vs=5 to get 640x480 resolution video as the 'HD' resolution aspect ratio is a little strange.

8. Now you're ready to run the script and capture video.
* Make sure you exit Slingbox viewing in your browser before running the Perl script.
* When you run the script it will create a .asf file in same directory as the script which you can play back using VideoLAN VLC and other players.
* After running script remember to rename the .asf file to something else before running again, or it will get overwritten.

Which TiVo model?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 14:27
I'm thinking about getting a TiVo but after taking a look around I'm not sure which model would be appropriate.

Here are my criteria/situation:

A. I have a hearing loss and need closed captions to make programming accessible so I need a TiVo with closed captioning options

B. I have one HDTV (Sony Bravia 32L5000) and no plans for more

C. Minimal hard drive size would do

D. Currently I have Comcast for TV but am considering moving to FiOSTV--I have FiOS for broadband and phone

Given the above criteria, recommendations as to which TiVo model would be appropriate?



How to program my Sound Bar with Tivo Remotes?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 13:09

I got 2 energy klipsch sound bars for my Panasonic TV's, one in my Basement and one in my Living Room and I am VERY Impressed with the sound and bass. I was able to turn OFF my speakers on my Panasonic but how do I program the Sound Bar to work with my Tivo Remotes Mute and volume Up and Down?

The instructions said to hold the source button then push Mute on the sound bar and then mute 4 times on the Remote to learn it, same for volume UP and Down. I got it to Mute with the Tivo Remote but the sound comes back seconds later and volume up and down doesnt work. any other suggestions?


New Idol Judge Confirmed

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 11:16
Looks like Jennifer Hudson has been confirmed as one of the new judges on American Idol. Others being discussed for the remaining sports are Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken.

While in some ways, it's an interesting premise to have previous contestants as judges, I'm not sure how I feel about them making up the entire panel. But then again, they DO need to make some serious changes and as long as Nicki's not coming back, it'll be an improvement.

Link to article

Does Someone Have To Go? - Premiere (5/23/2013)

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 10:56
Did anyone watch this train wreck?

It was painful to watch this real company be put through the reality television production wringer...

People are interviewed in private about their co-workers, and then their comments aired out in a company wide meeting... Salaries are divulged, and then they have to "vote someone off the island"? :eek:

I read something on the web that another company was being courted for this show, but they pulled out in time to avert disaster in their company... They were sold that this was an opportunity for their company to be highlighed on television and potentially promote (or demote) employees on television...

At first they were intrigued... Have their company highlighted on television with the opportunity to promote employees in public? Great PR! But they described that the producers started down the path of being more interested in having someone fired...

tivo plus service?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 10:30
I just got around to watching some shows on my DRT800 S2/dvd unit and the last few shows didnt record and I got a message that they were not recorded because it was scheduled with a "Tivo Plus" feature. What is tivo plus? I thought that was the old term for paid service not the free basic service that came with Pioneer/Toshiba DVD units? My unit has full paid lifetime service for the last 6-7 years. Any ideas?

TiVo - freezing so much I can't watch anything

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 08:34

Been reading many of the posts here but not certain if what I'm encountering is common.

Here's what I have: Series 3 HD TiVo Lifetime Service, running Verizon Fios with two cable cards. About 4 years old, using external WD hard drive and wireless adaptor. Has run flawlessly until about a month ago.

Problem: Started occasional freeze and reboot during playback of recorded programs. Did this once, then again a few days later, then to maybe once a day. At first it seemed to freeze at the same point during the recorded program. The past few days the issue got much worse and yesterday could not watch though a half hour recorded program without a reboot and now can’t even watch live TV without it almost instantly rebooting if you rewind, fast forward or pause.

What I've done:

Unplugged and restarted.
Checked all cables.
Ran kickstart 57 & 58. Stated it installed a service update.
Run the kickstart 54 and both internal and external drives passed the smart test.
I even tried divorcing the external HD but no good.

Right now I have it running kickstart 54 for the long internal drive test.

Any advice or suggestions would be welcome!

Is the old Premiere snappier than the XL4

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 00:54
Just got a new (refurbished, actually) Premiere and I have to say, and this is only subjective, that the Premiere seems a lot more snappy and responsive than my XL4.

They are both on the same very fast network, so that's not a factor.

Anyone else have both of these boxes and a similar experience?