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Controlling 2 devices on my slide remote?

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 23:27
Good afternoon everyone.

I'm at a loss here. I recently bought a Vizio soundbar to hold me over for 6 months to a year until I get a new place and upgrade to a full stereo system. I've had some luck and was able to program my slide so when I hit power, both devices come on, and when I use the volume buttons, it only adjusts my soundbar. Great right?

The problem I've been running into is that if my TV or soundbar don't come on, I have to then get up or grab the other remote to turn the device on/off. 1st world problem I know.

But I was reading and the Tivo website says I should be able to control multiple devices, or program them by pressing the number 1 or 2 button function on my remote. However, I can't figure out for the life of me how this works It doesn't seem to work, or it doesn't even explain how to control multiple devices. Any help or suggestions?

See bottom section for learning up to 3 devices.


channel programming doesn't match:(

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 22:55
Hi Everybody.

I live in Coral Springs, FL, and we have the worst cable company in the world. last year, we bought two Tivo Premieres for $99 each and the life-time buyout fee of $399 per machine. I love the Tivo interface, and the ability to share recordinsg across the network.

Recently, our cable company ditched its analog channels permanently. all channels are digital now. We don't have a cable card nor use the cable provider's decoder box, we just buy the basic cable package plus extended channels, for a total of about 99 channels( the lower 99).

we dont get any pay channels, but are fine with that.

one of the major problems with the changeover, was that the Tivo program guide doesn't match any of the new channels, even after running all updates and re-scanning all the channels. its been two months now, and still no correction. The channels are the "same" in the sense that lets say that channel 19 is the CW network, but channel 19 doesn't have any content on it, Channel 19-1 and 19-2 have the content( one is SD and the other is HD ). This renders the program guide useless, because it will record the blank channel, and not the -1 or -2 subchannel that has has the actual content.

Does anybody have a possible solution for this conundrum?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Will another Tivo remote work on my Tivo

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 22:23
Will a Tivo remote my daughter bought work on our Tivo?

Returning 2012-2013 Shows, Cancelled Shows, 2013-2014 Previews

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 19:53
The other night, while playing around with our new Premiere 4, I found a screen which showed me three options:
  • Cancelled 2012-2013 Shows
  • Returning Shows
  • 2013-2014 Previews
I thought it was a pretty great feature and I got to watch the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" preview which was fun.

I have two questions:

1) When I was done watching the S.H.I.E.L.D video, I wanted to get back to the list of 2013-2014 Previews, but I couldn't figure out how to get back. It looked like I was now in the YouTube app. How should I have returned to the list of Previews?

2) Since I didn't know how to get back one level in the menus, I pushed the TiVo button and I haven't been able to find my way back to this listing of shows. :o Can anyone tell me how to return to this feature so I can watch more previews?

Thank you very much for any help!

Amazon movies not full screen

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 18:58
I used to be able to download movies from Amazon and watch on my Series 3 without a problem. For the last few months, however, the movies play in kind of a "letterbox" format. Instead of filling up the whole screen, there is a wide black stripe at the top and bottom of the screen. Amazon tech support wasn't helpful. Anyone have any idea what is happening? Many thanks.

Oh crap, I need a new receiver!

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 18:07
I could use some input here as the array of choices is a little overwhelming, and I have a few specific features I'm looking for.

So my media room TiVo Premiere has been connected (along with the rest of my A/V gear) to a Denon receiver for about 5 years and it's been great. Unfortunately it just died... so it's time for a new one.

There are a ton of good looking options, but when I dig into the details, there are some issues I'm finding I need to be aware of. Here are the features I specifically want to make sure I have covered, in no particular order:

1. Upscaling to 1080p of analog sources, *including the Nintendo wii over component*

2. Network connectivity for playing music from our media library. I don't much care about wifi, hardwire is fine.

3. Minimum 4 HDMI inputs and one output, more would be great.

4. Minimum 2 Component inputs (which should output over the HDMI)

5. Support for TrueHD audio & DTS, etc.

6. 7.1 speaker support

7. Under $400 budget

Obviously it should play nicely with a TiVo Premiere, but also with PS3, Wii, and XBox360 (both HDMI and Component - I have two).

All input appreciated!! :)

Can not get auto push to work

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 17:35
I am trying to get auto push to work. I got it set up but I get a

java lang null pointer exception error.
at java util arrays$arraylist<init>(unknown source)
at java util arrays aslist (unknown source)
at net java auto_push main.file.getfilelistingNoSort(file java 83)
at net java auto_push main.file.getfilelistingNoSort(file java 89)
at net java auto_push main.file.getallfiles(file. java:63)
at net java auto_push main.auto-push. main_push.one_loop(auto_push.java:172)
at net java'gui.monitor$1autothreadrun(monitor.java:42)
at java. thread.run(unknown source)
Edited to add this

error: can not run program "c\pytivo\bin\ffmpeg.exe"creatprocess eroor=2, The system cannot find the file specified

Tim Conway

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 16:59
Just watched Mike and Molly (recital) saw what I thought was Tim Conway but was such a small part and no mention of him guesting wasn't sure looked on tv.com it was. I don't watch commercials were there any saying he would be on? Is odd such a small part for him.

Reaper - Reunion episode airs 5/28 on Fear

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 16:31
Reaper is going to rerun from episode one on Fear. It looks like to kick things off they are doing a reunion episode.


The entire series is supposed to air starting 6/4 on Fear.

MoCa question

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 16:02
How much do you all know about MoCa? My question is not really related to the moca functionality built into the tivo, but moca in general. The tivo is in my bedroom and my router is in the living room. I have no ethernet connection in the bedroom and am currently using powerline ethernet. It does OK most of the time but occasionally do get some hiccups when streaming due to the fact my building is really old and the electrical cable is not in real good shape. I was looking towards going wireless and was doing some reading and saw where it was mentioned that moca often times is a much better(and very overlooked) solution to both wireless and powerline. So I'm looking at moca for my internet connection to my tivo. So here's the question..... The coax cable going to my living room thats hooked to the cable modem and router is a single cable going all the way back to the apt buildings tap. The coax cable in the bedroom is also one single cable going directly back to the tap. If I put two moca adapters on these cables will they work considering they have to go thru the tap? Does the tap not affect the operation? I'm guessing not since I'm pretty sure the tap is just a simple hub for splitting up the trunk cable into different outputs but I thought I would make sure. Thanks!

XL4 does not show Diagnostic info.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 15:59
We have seen the issue where the Series 3 Diagnostic screen can provide NO info, but hangs to a point of needing to pull the plug. However, I would have thought that the Premiere 4 and XL4 that I just got would not have that issue.

Well, the P4 is OK for now, but I just tried this on my XL4 and I get NO DATA. The Diagnostic screen does come up, but has no data. It has worked before. The one thing I do notice is that I can hit the left arrow and it comes back without pulling the plug, but I wonder if anyone else has seen this.

OH, this XL4 has not gotten the just released software yet, only my P4 has it

S3 OLED with lifetime, needs power supply

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:28
I have a S3 OLED unit with lifetime. Before I put it out of commission it was having trouble with CableCARD slot #2. Anything recorded from a premium channel on that card would be pixelated or partial. I tried swapping the two cards and re-pairing them but still effected slot #2. Looking around on here, and looking at the capacitors on the power supply, I'm pretty sure the cause is a bad power supply. I don't have the time or inclination to try and fix it so I just bought a new Premiere. Anyone here interested in taking it as-is for $200 + shipping?

I have the original box, manual and power cord. No remote or HDMI cable. If you're interested send me a PM.

The Vampire Diaries 5/16/2013 Graduation

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:19
I like Klaus the Hero much better than Klaus the Villan.

Bonnie's dead, but Jeremy is alive. Ugh.

Silas is Stefan's doppelganger, that should be fun.

And Katherine is human. Ha! How long until she gets someone to make her a vamp again?

I really like Matt and Rebekah together.

Was this the season finale?

Smash - "The Transfer" - S2E15 - OAD 5/11/2013

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 10:10
Finally, someone ends up pregnant. I thought the series would end without that happening! :)

They keep showing us numbers from Hit List, and I'll be damned if I can figure out how it's all connected. Especially when the show has changed venues, etc, it all just seems like disconnected songs.

The season was probably in the can before the show was cancelled, so I wonder if "the end" will be a season-ending cliffhanger or a series-ending goodbye.

Dead Premiere? – no lights at all on front panel

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 09:32
I think my Premiere (746320, upgraded to a 2TB HD, with lifetime) may have bit the bullet, but am not quite sure what is wrong with it. The TiVo is completely unresponsive; there are no lights on the front of the unit. Doing a hard reboot of the TiVo yields the same result, it doesn't even get to the first gray screen.

To give a little background, this particular TiVo had been having occasional (a few times a year) problems where I would hit the TiVo button to take it out of standby, and I would get no audio or video signal. All of the lights would light up on the front like normal, and you could see the flashing amber light on the unit in response to the remote, but no audio or video. Originally I would have to reboot the TiVo to get it out of this state. More recently I bought an iPad and I discovered that I could still connect to the TiVo through the iPad and if I browsed to a show on the iPad and tried to play it, then the TiVo would get unstuck and start playing the show and everything would be normal again.

I don’t know if that is a precursor to the unit dying or not, but the TiVo did exhibit this behavior 1 day before it died completely. However, we also had a thunderstorm in the overnight hours on Wednesday night and there was one lightning strike which appeared to have been VERY close by. My TiVo is on an APC battery backup, but for power only, not the ethernet connection, nor the coax coming in from the antenna in the attic (I am OTA only). The rest of my AV setup in that room seems to be okay, although I will admit I have not tested every other component yet.

I opened up the TiVo to check the power supply and I didn’t see any apparent bulging capacitors. I have a Series2 that I have replaced the power supply on and I have seen bulging capacitors in desktop computers before, and I have seen other pictures on how subtle the differences can be, so I think I know what I am looking for there (but I will readily admit I am not infallible). Is it possible the power supply can go bad without any apparent bad capacitors?

I also put the TiVo on a Kill-a-watt and noted that the TiVo is still powering the fan and the HD is still spinning up (I know a PS can be bad with both of those still being powered), and the TiVo was drawing 0.33 amps and between 19.6 and 19.8 watts. I don’t know if that means anything, but I did grab that data.

If I did get a surge through the coax, then would that point to the motherboard being fried & possibly beyond repair?

It seems to me the best course of action would be to try a new PS first, and then if that doesn’t work, to get it diagnosed by Weaknees? Any other ideas? Sorry for the long post!

For sale: two upgraded S2s, one lifetime

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 08:03

I have two original series 2 models up for sale on eBay. The first has been upgraded to a 300gb hard drive, has lifetime, and its listed as buy it now for $119 or best offer. Includes good remote, serial cable + IR blaster, and choice of wireless or wired adapter.

Any decent offer will be accepted.

Second is the same model, no lifetime, upgraded to a 200 gb hard drive, working remote (most button text faded), and serial control cable. Auction is 12.99 starting with 37.99 buy it now.

Here are the links:

lifetimed s2

non-lifetimed s2

If for no other reason than to be amused by my eBay username, check out one or both of the listings. :)

Storing Amazon movies on TIVO

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 07:49
We are likely moving overseas in the next few months. We are unsure of where we are going, so I am not sure what kind of TV we will have access to. I want to be prepared to stock up on a years worth of entertainment for me and my son. If I download a bunch of movies from Amazon to store on the Tivo, will we still be able to access them if we are overseas? My husband thinks that even after it is downloaded, it checks back with Amazon before it will play. I just thought it would be easier then buying a bunch of DVDs.

New XL4, only 3 out of four tuners appear to be "authorized"

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 00:14
I just received my premiere xl4. I moved the cc from my premiere xl to the new xl4. I called my provider (cablevision) to bind the card to the new Tivo.

Tivo has been updating all day. And everything seems to be working. However I noticed one of the tuners does not seem to be authorized for cable channels.

It will tune to broadcast networks (nbc, cbs, abc etc) but any other cable channel throws the message this channel is not authorized.

I am using the live button to switch between the 4 tuners and the other 3 seem to have no problem tuning to any channel. But then the 1 continually behaves like the cable card is not activated.

Anybody seen behavior like this before?

Its not a tuning adapter issue as I don't use it (my cable has sdv but there are only a few channels on it so its not worth it).

Downloads from Amazon, now impossible

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 23:26
From the beginning. A few months ago, I attempted to send a purchased episode of a cable show from amazon to my Tivo. First, amazon sends an email stating that the episode is available, I then log on to amazon. Alternately, I click on the link of the episode in the email which sends me straight to the page where I am able to choose which device to send the episode to (PC or Tivo DVR). I choose Tivo and it tells me that the episode will be downloaded to it. A few minutes later, the blue light on the front of my Tivo lights up and stays on for about 22 minutes while it downloads a 44 minute episode.

I digress. A few months ago, all the steps were done or followed except that the video never made it to my Tivo. I contacted Amazon.com in "chat" mode. They solved that by telling me to simply reboot my Tivo. Voila! That worked. A few days later and another episode download attempted, same thing. This time, rebooting once did not do it, so I rebooted again (probably not a good idea), but it worked. Great!

A third time, a couple of weeks later, same thing, no downloading. When rebooting didn't work, I contacted amazon again and they responded with something different. The had me check my internet speed (23Mbps), and then had me de-register my tivo from amazon.com, then re-register it. THAT worked. A couple of times more, same thing, except amazon also had to force the download from their end, which worked those two times.

This week is quite different. Reboots and de-registrations did not work. Enter amazon.com help. This time, they had me have my Tivo do a connect (Messages & Settings > Settings > Phone & Network > "Connect to the TiVo service now:). We tried that 3 times and each time, my Tivo successfully connected (over the internet). The rep then tried to force the download, but this time it didn't work. I now have 3 episodes (and a free movie provided by amazon) that won't download to my Tivo.

By the way. I dumped Cable TV almost a year ago and have enjoyed HD Antenna with the occasional downloads from Amazon.com, along with my Roku and Netflix streaming to fill in some of the missing blanks. Netflix and Roku works great and I can view any of my amazon.com library from the Roku in low def. Episodes downloaded from amazon in low def look fine and are much better quality than watching on Roku.

What worries me is that amazon.com may come back to tell me that there isn't a problem with them, but with my Tivo. I wouldn't know what to do about that. At this time, amazon says that they are looking into it. Add on: Amazon just announced that they signed a contract with (?) that will allow them to be the sole conveyors of certain shows for the next several years (for instant downloads). Some of those shows are about to become available once aired this summer.

Sorry for the huge post. I'm hoping there is a good solution out there.

Elementary 5/16/13 "The Woman/Heroine"

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 22:23
I had it all figured out pretty early in the first hour. Irene was Moriarty; the big reveal would be the season cliffhanger; next season will be the big showdown between Sherlock and Moriarty.

Good thing they had a better idea! :D