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Premiere 320GB with Lifetime and Slide Remote

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 16:57
I'm looking to sell my Premiere 320GB with the Slide Remote included. Works perfectly includes original box and materials. Shipping to the lower 48 included.

$425 through PayPal. That seems to be in line with what everyone is getting on eBay since it is the lowest Premiere, but includes the Slide Remote. Check out my profile on eBay, too. 100% feedback. steinbch

Placement of IR eyes

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 16:47
Does anyone know where to place the IR eye for my universal remote on the new tivo roamino? The rep told me right side of the box, but i cant seem to find the right location. thanks


Mon, 08/26/2013 - 16:40
I'm new here and I just happened to be looking at something on the net and saw where people have been using TiVO on their FIOS service. Here is my setup and I want to know how I can benefit from going to TiVO.

I have 2 HD Multi Room DVR's and two normal FIOS boxes. I have the two multi room DVRs because we record a lot and currently you can only record two shows at a time but then you can't watching anything else on that TV.

How do I benefit from going to TiVo from what I have?

Post your best Roamio price deals here

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 16:03
lets keep one thread going with price deals on the Roamio units. I'm sure there are a lot of folks like me who are on the fence waiting for a price drop to pull the triger. I bought two premiere units on first day of launch 3 years ago. With all the pain that brought on, I've sworn to never pay the premium to be a beta tester.

So far I believe the best deals are from weaknees. $40 off the Pro model (couplon code Roamiopro) and $25 off the Plus model (coupon code roamioplus). and I believe weaknees has no taxes (for most) and free shipping.

Alright...Post your best deals! :-)

Anyone think an update for the mini is coming "soon"?

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 15:54
I wonder if the mini will get the new rf remote. I'm planning on buying a mini in the next month or so. With my luck, it will get refreshed shortly after.

WiFi connection problems

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 15:45
It will connect after multiple attempts, but then drops the connection multiple times throughout the day. I have to reboot the tivo, and try multiple times to get it to connect again. Even when connected it shows the broadcast channel as 0 even though I am broadcasting on channel 11. The XL I have connects with no problem, shows correct channel and everything. Have rebooted the router multiple times, all other devices including my XL box connect just fine.

I "accidentally" ordered 2 Roamios - Need advice

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 15:35
I initially ordered a Roamio on Tivo.com and then saw the Weaknees offer which came to about $120 less with no Tax and coupon. I tried to cancel my Tivo.com order but it was too late. My Tivo.com order just got here, and now I need to wait 2 more days to get my Weeknees delivery. I am also going away on Thursday for the weekend.

Do you think if I setup and install the Tivo.com order, and then when my WK DVR comes in, I can ship that back to Tivo.com? I know its slightly unethical but I woudl be sending them back an unopened DVR. My concern though is that I see tivo.com already has the ID.

Arrggh! Its stairing at me and waiting 2 days will drive me nuts!

My Cablevision experience for initial setup

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 15:14
Short story: My new Tivo Roamio Pro seems to be working just fine without a tuning adapter. I am a new Tivo/Cablecard user. Anyone know what channels need a TA, if any?

I want to detail my recent experience in dealing with Cablevision employees while trying to setup Roamio. I am hoping others can provide input / learn how clueless their employees are.

I am on their "Raritan Valley" system in Central NJ. My subscription level is the "Optimum Value" package and HBO. Prior to going to CV, tried doing my own research on their site and I found two help documents which listed different channels as requiring a TA.

- lists foreign language, some sports channels, and 3d channel

- lists foreign language, more sports channels, and 3d channel
- also lists "limited premium HD movie channels" (which means 1 or more channels in each movie package, HBO, Showtime...etc)

I headed to the "Optimum Store' in Piscataway to get a CableCard and TA (Tuning Adapter) if I needed one. I asked for a new CableCard and the slob behind the counter said "oh I don't have a way of knowing if it's new; whatever the warehouse sends us". Maybe a clue that the one she gave me was old and roughly used would have been the multiple dents in the card, and the 2009 date on the sticker. I explained the conflicting list of TA channels to her and asked if she could look at my subscribed channel list and let me know if I need it and what for. Her response "oh you should just check online, but I will give you one now and if you don't need it, just bring it back."

So I get home and I try calling their 24/7 support. I explained that I just picked up a CableCard and a TA and I wanted to know what channels required a TA because of the web site conflict. This guy seemed to not have a clue as to what either device was. After a few minutes, and putting me on hold, he tells me "Well the difference between a CC and a TA is that with the TA you will be able to get the digital program guide, video on demand...and with the CC you won't." =)

Eventually he transfers me to the "CableCard dept who is more knowledgeable". This person seemed to be a little more educated on the matter. Yet he still couldn't give me a good answer to my TA question. His answer was "Yes, well I think for all the HBO channels you need the TA". I told him some of the reasons I was getting Tivo was because I haven't been happy with the existing hardware performance for years and the new software/guide they recently pushed out has broken features/created at least 10 bugs. I told him I submitted the issues and got a response to the effect of "we know that the new guide will take some time to get used to..." and I know that they started rolling this out a year ago on Long Island, and the same issues came up and haven't been addressed. Crickets from his end...I guess they can't acknowledge they have problems.

So then the the next day I finally get my Tivo and I call into CV to pair the CC with my Tivo. I asked for someone knowledgeable in CC and I was transferred to another dept. So we initialize the card and then I tell him that I picked up the TA with my CC but I don't have it hooked up yet. Again, I ask what is it needed for? This might be the best response yet: "You need it for most channels, the higher the channel number is, the lower the frequency is, so it is harder for the Tivo to tune it in. You should hook it up." From what I have learned on my own from the internet, the TA is a two-way box that is there for the SDV channels only. Tivo sends the channel request to the TA, the TA then asked for the SDV channel to be thrown on a set of limited bandwidth frequencies and then the TA tells the Tivo which frequency to tune to for that SDV channel. Then after some timeout if no one in the area is watching that, it drops off and the channel is not longer tune-able without another request from the TA.

So I still do not have the TA hooked up. Based on one of the lists in those "help documents" saying the TA was needed for 803 (hbo family hd), 804 (hbo comedy hd), I have been continually checking if the Tivo picked them up. Each time I have tuned to 803 or 804, it works and there is no extra delay or anything.

Is there anyone on the same cable system that can confirm the necessity of a TA?
No one at Cablevision seems to know a thing. If there is no real purpose for it, why waste the electricity and any possible added delays for Tivo <> TA <> HeadEnd communication.

how much should I sell my premiere's for?

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 15:12
I have

-Premiere XL with lifetime
-Premiere basic with lifetime (I think 320GB?)

I also have the following accessories
-TiVo stream
-TiVo slide remote (I never really had much luck getting the bluetooth to work, I don't think its broken, jsut think its more user error)
-WD My DVR 1TB expander (not sure if I'll hold onto this or not)

I do not have the boxes or manuals. Just the units and remotes.

Is my best bet eBay? And should I sell the accesories seperatly or combine then with the XL?

I'm looking to upgrade to:
-Roamio Plus with Lifetime
-TiVo Mini with Lifetime
-at somepoint I'll upgrade the plus with a 3TB drive

Would be nice to take a big bite out of the upgrade expense.

Too bad you couldn't buy a "bare bones" tivo roamio directly from TiVo.

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 15:05
Now that you can just drop in a new drive, too bad TiVo didn't have options for consumers to buy units without hard drives.

I've upgraded dozens of tivo boxes in the past and not once have I ever had to use the old drive that I pulled out. It just sat on a shelf and then was evently discarded. Waste of money.

Error message transfering from Tivo 3 to Roamio

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 14:58
I've transferred all my recordings from my Series 3 Tivo to my new Roamio. Everything went smoothly except for three files. When I select them from the Roamio on the S3 to transfer, I get this error message:

There was an error

Your request could not be processed. Please try again. (Message #86).

The lower right hand part of the screen has the word "BUSY" in small print. After that, there's a screen that suggests the S3 may be offline. I know that's not the case because I can transfer other files with no problem. I was able to transfer these three files to my PC with kmttg, so they are accessible.

Does anyone have any idea what this message might mean?

Roamio + tuning adapter = suggestions?

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 14:40
Tivo has acknowledged that certain Premieres attached to tuning adapters fail to record suggestions. Tivo Margret mentioned a fix was planned for the upcoming fall update.

Do we have any data on whether this failure mode is still present on the Roamio platform?

It's possible that only those end users who experienced the failure with a Premiere and have now upgraded to a Roamio will have an answer.

Tivo Roamio plus or HTPC?

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 14:37
Currently have a cisco box from time warner cable, looking to replace it with a htpc with a cable card tuner or a tivo roamio plus.

What do you guys think?

The positive for the htpc is no longer have to pay monthly for a box, and i can replace the harddrives whenever i want.

The negatives are problely stability/reliability.

What do you think of the tivo compared to the time warner box's / htpc?

How often does tivo do software updates, gui changes, and how is the stability/reliability?
Also can you save or transfer your tivo recordings to a NAS?

Just tired of the sluggish / loud TW box's, not sure how much better a tivo is?

Stream capabilities Roamio

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 14:15
I just purchased a Roamio Pro, Roamio Basic, and a mini.

Will I be able to stream content to my iPad from the Basic or only from the Roamio Pro? I am not sure if the Roamio Pro stream capabilities cover the whole house or just the one unit.


6 tuners or antenna ability??????

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 14:03
Is anyone else torn like I am??? :(

I really really want the 6 tuners, but also might need the antenna ability in the future.

So I am stuck trying to make a decision.

Does Roamio improve HD preferred wishilsts?

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 13:31
I'm moving up to a Roamio from a HDXL. With my old TiVo, in order to wishlist record my NFL team in HD when available and SD when not, I had to use the method described here: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=419994
Quote: If you want to record from the HD channel when a HD version of a program is available, and record the SD channel when no HD version is available (or flagged as HD), then create two identical wishlists, with the only difference being the category of HD. Give the wishlist with the HD category a higher priority in Season Pass Manager. Is this still an issue with the Roamio (or even the Series 4 boxes)? All the threads I found regarding this were in pretty old threads, and I didn't see it in the FAQ page for the Premiere units: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=419994

"The League" moving to a new channel

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 13:17
Warning to everyone that The League season premiere (9/4) is on FXX.

Supposedly this channel will be available to me starting on 9/2, talk about cutting it close!

Set Up Movie Record that Not Found

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 13:04
My old Replay Brand DVRs allowed me to tell it to record a movie that might still be in the theater but when it eventually hit cable a year or two later, it would record. With TiVo I get the message that nothing shows up in the next 14 days. Can I tell it to keep looking forever until it does show up?

FS: TiVo Series 2 DT W/Lifetime Service

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 13:01
Just wanted to share if anyone is looking for a S2 DT with lifetime service. Thanks for checking it out! :D


6 tuners possible on Roamio Basic?

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 12:59
Quote: Originally Posted by TiVoMargret (Post 9785291) If the CableCARD in your Roamio does not support 6 tuners, here is how to reduce the number of tuners Roamio will use: Go to Settings > Channels > Channel List and enter one of the following number sequences using the number buttons on the remote. This will tell Roamio the how many tuners it can use. - 88633 = use 3 tuners - 88634 = use 4 tuners - 88635 = use 5 tuners - 88636 = use 6 tuners You should hear some "Thumbs Up" dings confirming the number of tuners Roamio will use. Here's an interesting thought that popped into my head after reading the above quote in a different thread. I didn't want to hijack that thread, so I'm creating a new one.

Has anyone tried using those 5 or 6 tuner codes on the base Roamio to see if by chance it's using the same tuner as the Plus/Pro models, and the only limiting factor is the SW/FW? I repair TVs on the side and notice on many an occasion that TV manufacturers use the same motherboards, power supplies, daughter boards, etc. to save manufacturing costs, and then just dumb it down in the SW/FW they flash to it ( as well as just leaving a daughter card or two out of the chassis).