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Used Tivo purchase

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 19:11
I bought a used Tivo off of Craig's list and I need to know how to get it registered onto my account so my PC and other Tivos will communicate with it. I think the Media Access Key on the new device needs to be changed to match my other Tivos and the Tivo Desktop program. I can't find on Tivo.com how to do this. I asked the person I purchased it from if he had registered it in his Tivo account and he did not know what I was talking about so I don't think he ever registered it online.

Watching Baseball on Tivo

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 15:17
I am using the "new" Tivo program that lets you watch major league baseball games on your Tivo if you have a paid subscription to mlbtv.com. Very cool. But the last couple games the picture quality on my TV (thru Tivo) has been very bad - as bad or worse than old analog. I just spent an hour with the mlbtv.com techies running through a bunch of options including rebooting Tivo, wireless router and bandwidth (all good). The mlbtv techie then told me to check for Tivo updates. I then said those updates usually come automatically, but I would check. I plan to check a game or two during the week to see if weekend games might be a problem. I will also talk to my cable company.
I am watching the Seattle at Baltimore game and the picture is horrible. Has anyone else run into this problem? Could it simply be a problem with the connection between my cable company and the company broadcasting this game?

Any thoughts approeciated.

Hank
Custer SD
e-mail: hanknjoyce@netzero.net

new Premiere XL4 on the ropes in Berkeley, CA

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 14:56
For perspective, I am a long time Tivo owner and advocate.

We moved to a new place in Berkeley, CA from Santa Cruz, CA. I have a long time, and reliable Series 3 (the first HD unit as you all know).

I treated myself to a new Premiere XL4 for the new place.

In total, and in summary, I have spent almost 35 hours with Tivo tech support, and the Berkeley/Richmond Comcast folks. As of today, with TWO XL4 units, seven Cable Cards (four of them brand new sealed in their packages) and perhaps 100 pairings, we cannot receive a single channel.

The last FOUR HOUR conference call with Tivo tech support and the COMCAST pairing folks resulted in the final determination:

Tivo asserts there is a new channel mapping they will provide within 5 Business days which will fix this. That means a little later this week as the call was last Thursday. If that fails, I get my full refund and never look back.

Anecdotal information: my reliable Series 3 behaves exactly the same way - no channels whatsoever.

Anecdotal information: the XFINITY 4 tuner DVR works fine so the cable, and physical layer, etc. is OK.

What leads me to believe I am domed WRT the Tivo at this new building is the fact my daughter lives three blocks from here and her Premier works without a hitch. I returned the first "swap out" XL4 after the replacement unit behaved exactly like the first.

Before anyone starts hating on COMCAST, they have gone way beyond to help and are at a loss. At one point I had seven Cable cards, and a two and four channel DVR here without anyone giving me grief.

I can recite almost any field from the Cable Card menus from memory.

What I rhetorically ask is can an incorrect channel mapping result in 100% total no channels? I have seen wrong mappings or missing mappings, and so some channels do not appear in previous spins with Tivo over the years.... But TOTAL, 100% NO channels in what is a major metropolitan area? (Berkeley is across the Bay from San Francisco if you are not familiar).

FYI - I am tired of this whole ordeal. And, candidly, the XFINITY 4 channel DVR is pretty damn slick.

I'll post a short note when the "fix" works or if it does not. I'm not even sure when to test or what to do to test - once the mappings are in place. I assume redo Guided Setup.

regards,

patrick

Can I replace the hard drive in a series 3 with one from a premier?

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 14:33
My series 3 HD appears to have a bad hard drive(stuck in powering up). A while back I bought a new Tivo premier from Best Buy for $29 open box. Can I take the hard drive out of the premier and put it in the series 3 since the series 3 has a lifetime subscription.

TIA,
JHawk

ipad downloads

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 13:46
havent bought a stream yet but am trying to assess filesize on a retina upad per hour assuming HD content. Tivo didnt know but is quick to spec out their premiere's content in hours of HD recording. :)

also with an 802.11n network, what type of transfer times have people experienced since transcoding of some type is required?

thanks!

No audio after fast forward to end/current

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 12:27
I'm seeing a weird problem with my Series4. If I pause live tv for a while, then fast forward to the end of the line (current time), when the signal comes out of ffwd I get video but no audio. Changing the channel brings back the audio, as does pausing for a second then pressing play. I also get audio if I time it right where I press play as it's coming out of ffwd...just wanted to see if that worked while I was troubleshooting. :) Restarting hasn't helped.

Any ideas? Thanks!

Mirroring fee for second receiver

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 11:10
Is it still $5.00

turtle

Series 3 HD cable tuner vs S4 tuner?

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 09:09
For the past few months I've been having a couple channels that show 'No signal' on my S3 HD (Tcd652160). I have Comcast and use a single M-card. The problem is with two of the local channels. I also have a Premiere and a Premeire 4 in the house and neither of the S4 have issues with those (or any) channels. All of the cable feeds receive approximately the same strength (coming from a 4-way splitter).

Since my S3 HD is in a less used location, I haven't been all that active about fixing it, but yesterday, I finally decided to do some testing. I had already tried a different cable card and that did not make any difference. Yesterday, I took the S3 and hooked it up in a location where I already have an S4. The S4 typically sees 60-70 signals in this location. The S3 hooked up saw no signal on any channels. I removed a splitter (for a MOCA bridge) at that location and I was able to see some signals with the S3, but there were quite a few channels that saw nothing. The S4 works with the splitter, the S3 is marginal without the splitter.

My question is has anybody else compared the cable card tuner in the S3 HD to the S4? If so, do you find they are equally sensitive or does the S3 suffer from lower sensitivity?

I suspect there is an issue with my S3 tuner (perhaps from a lightning surge or something) and I was going to try a replacement from Ebay, but if others have found the S3 tuner to be generally weak, then I will probably just go ahead and get a Tivo mini to replace it. I don't want to give up on the S3 because it has lifetime service.

TivoCasting with Flingo

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 02:09
Here's a shocker, Flingo was testing a module that would fling videos from your PC. https://github.com/Flingo/Flingo/downloads

The item is in experimental form called "Flingo for Desktop" 2yrs ago.
Could this be where Google came up with ChromeCast?



Instructions are simple>
1) goto download link I gave you install the version for your system.
*** THERE WILL BE A FLINGO ICON AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR RIGHT SCREEN - RIGHT CLICK IT***
2)choose a directory path or individual file to your drive
3)From Tivo hit (Find TV, Movies and Videos) click Web Video Launchpad.
4)choose "FLing Queue" from top.
5)Laugh as you now see your videos listed on your tv
6)pick a video and hit play.

To clear your cache follow steps from Tivo:

To watch videos from your Fling Queue on your TiVo device:
1.From the Fling Queue menu, navigate to the video you wish to view.
2.Press Play to begin playing the video.
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To remove videos from your Fling Queue on your TiVo device:
1.From the Fling Queue menu, navigate to the History menu option.
2.Select the video to remove from the queue by pressing the right arrow button and scrolling through the list of recently played videos.
3.From the popup menu on the right, select Remove Fling.
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To clear your entire Fling Queue on your TiVo device:
1.From the Fling Queue menu, navigate to the History menu option.
2.Select the first video in the list.
3.From the popup menu on the right, select Clear Queue.

30min Buffer GLITCH

Sat, 08/03/2013 - 22:57
Was on DisneyJunior ch. 179 on Brighthouse "Octonauts" before the change over for 10pm. Tried to hit record and the buffer said (Would you like to explore or setup a season Pass?) no, I want to hit record. Nope, was not allowed. This is the first time I have seen this on my Premiere XL.:confused:

Note: I was at the last 5mins not the the last min.
Also I am also running early release that seems to be so very buggy.

test

Sat, 08/03/2013 - 19:10

Can no longer download from Amazon Unbox

Sat, 08/03/2013 - 18:39
I used to download movies from Amazon Unbox all the time until a couple of months ago. Now after purchasing something there is an option to watch on the computer but not to download to the TiVo. My TiVo is still linked to my Amazon account. I have tried un-linking and re-linking. I have to ask for a refund every time I try to download anything.

Anybody else having this problem?

New Channel?

Sun, 07/28/2013 - 09:09
By accident, I noticed about a month ago that we now have Speed HD here just west of Boston. It is on channel 925. My current TiVo guide only goes up to 924 so I do not get the programming information or anything associated with Speed HD, but I can tune into it if I do it manually. I thought it may take a couple of days until TiVo knew that the channel was now available but it still has not recognized it. How do I get my Premiere 4 to list the station in my channel guide? Thanks for any help.

Audio Format Question

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 22:01
Okay, let me say up front that I am lost when it comes to this. I have MKV files, some with AC-3 (6 Channel), some either with a standalone stream or second stream of AAC. I am using MKVtoMP4 to convert these files as they are not playing correctly on TiVo (Premier). I try to keep the AC-3 (6 Channel) and no sound. I have to convert it to AAC (LC) 2 Channel and it works.

I am transferring through the Tivo software. I am aware and have used pytivo and streambaby. I am just trying to understand this audio situation better.

I have the Tivo connected to an Onkyo 616 via HDMI. The audio comes from the Tivo as PCM, which I also don't understand. My goal is to output is as 7.1 at the end of the day...

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Replace HD with Premiere on Annual Service

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 18:20
I have a TiVo HD that's currently grandfathered in on an annual plan. I just got a Premiere for a really good price. Is it possible to just substitute the Premiere for the HD and keep the annual plan. Would I just change the service number or would a call to TiVo customer support be needed.

No Play option?

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 17:18
My bank cancelled my card, so TiVo didn't get paid, and within a couple of weeks (I was out of town) one of my tivos was deactivated. Nothing recorded. Fast forward. I added my new card to the account, both tivos and the mini charged ok. Account says good standing.

On the mini I like to the 4 tuner TiVo and programs show up in the list but theres no option to play them? just delete etc...

I can however browse to the other TiVo and and play programs off that.

Ive tried rebooting all pieces, even reset to factory on the mini... anyone have any ideas?

Kudos to Charter - Great customer service!

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 15:28
So much of the time I read about people bashing their cable company and the CSR's.

Yesterday and today I had a great experience with my Charter representatives. Yesterday I went to the local office in and turned in my old set top boxes (had 10 years or more) that I didn't use because I have TiVo on my Family room TV and my son moved out, so I was only using one for a clock. Anyway, I turned them in an picked up 2 Cablecard self install kits.

The representative was very friendly and helpful and we got he exchange made, numbers recorded and I was out in 10 minutes. Great experience!

Today I decided to install the Cablecards in my Tivos. I installed the first, called Charter and got a CSR fairly quickly (no wait actually). We went through the procedure (it said record the numbers from the Cablecards, (I used my iPhone to photo the cards to eliminate transposition errors) I read him numbers off the screen, then numbers off the first Cablecard, the activation failed. He soon found out it was because the serial number on the card did not match the number in firmware on the card. He put me on hold (very politely) a couple of times but then found he couldn't fix it as he needed his supervisor for higher level access to the system. He took my phone number, went and make corrections. He then called me back (very shortly really) and we tested various channels to make sure everything was OK, it was.

He then said why don't we do the other Cablecard while he was on the phone. I got the card, photo'ed the numbers, installed them in the second TiVo. We went through the procedure where I read him the numbers, he sent the activation signal to my TiVo and then my Tivo had a hiccuup. The TiVo just wouldn't acquire the channel information,it got to 50 percent then stayed there at 50 percent for about 5 minutes. We decided maybe the TiVo was at fault and that the solution might be to do to do a soft reset on the TiVo. He very patiently waited while I reset the TiVo and it had to go through the start-up process (we all know how long it takes for a TiVo to reboot). Then all was well, he guided me though a channel test and everything was good.

The whole process took an hour to an hour and a half, but I had the time allotted in case of problems. We took it slow so as to analyze and correct problems and not cause more problems.

My advice is to allow more than enough time and just be patient and understanding and that your patience and understanding will be returned with patience and understanding and good service.

I believe that this shows that dealing with your cable company does not always have to be a disaster, there can be some success stories.

Andy

Older HD series 3

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 06:31
Here's another project I've recently completed. Series 3 HD unit with no subscription. I'd like to but already have 3 lifetimes on other units. So what to do.. Bought a Revue Google TV unit. Hooked them all up and of course no guide data. But searching for something using the google TV and changing channels works great. There is an app which gives you a guide but it's kind of glitchy. Of course the only thing you can do with the TiVo is pause for half an hour. Which comes in handy.

Cablecard self install - Charter

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 23:47
Finally got around to getting Cablecards for my TiVos. The CSR at the local Charter office said just put them in and they should activate automatically, but the emergengy instructions in case it doesn't automatically activate apper to be for a standard digital cable box reset.

The online intructions say to record numbers on the cablecard, install the card then call Charter with recorded numbers and numbers on the screen, then install the Tuning adapter.

Which is correct?

The CSR?

Or

The instructions on the Charter web site?

Any insights appreciated,

Andy

Suggestions stopped recording

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 23:01
I have a Series 3 and an HD - and both of them have stopped recording suggestions! I've had these boxes for many years and this has never happened. Just noticed it today.

The Series 3 has not recorded a suggestion since 7/18 and the HD since 7/23. They both have >100 GB of space in deleted shows, and they both (historically) record suggestions daily.

I rebooted the Series 3 since it was the worst offender and it didn't record in 12 hours. Just followed an instruction I found online to change setting to not record suggestions, restart, change setting back to record, reboot. Have done that but won't know until tomorrow I guess if that worked.

Anyone else experience this with tried 'n true Tivos?

Also - haven't restarted my Tivo in forever, but didn't get the Tivo guy just static when it restarted. Got the wait screens but not the animation - that used to be the best part! Where's Tivo Guy? This isn't right!

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