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Any hi-rez pics inside the XL4?

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 12:18
Someone posted really great pictures for the Premiere XL that identify all the chips, and I was wondering if anyone had pulled the cover off an XL4 and done the same yet?


Reading PA 12/24/12 11:35 PM CBS

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 12:17
set your tivos and join in celebrating the hope!


Like so many of America’s once bustling industrial centers, Reading, PA, has been on a downward spiral for decades. The city has lost factories, jobs and population. The latest economic recession amplified its burdens. Something that Reading has never lost, however, is hope—hope and an abiding belief in the power of community. ONE CHRISTMAS STORY: PEOPLE RICH IN SPIRIT, a new production from Odyssey Networks, takes viewers to the heart of this small American city for a celebration that reflects the true meaning of the holiday season—hope and caring. CBS will air the one-hour program, without commercials, starting at 11:35 PM on Christmas Eve.

Premier Elite and Comcast

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:53
Sorry - trying to find the right area to post.

Last two months Comcast is dropping HD channels at random. Couple days later, the channels reappear. Comcast claims we cant get HD on our TIVO Premier Elite with M-card. - yet we have been getting it all year. I'm wondering if Comcast in North GA. is now trying to use SDV - and we dont have a tuning adaptor or box of any kind. The dropped channels are still available in SD. Sometimes the DVR diag. screen shows signal levels at 93 - and other values also OK - yet screen is blank. Other times, DVR diag. show blank values and Current Tuning State = Not Tuned: Wrong Card State.

No one at Comcast seems to know anything at all. Again, could it be Comcast is now trying to use SDV in North Georgia. Anyone know?

The Mob Doctor burning off new episodes on Saturdays

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:52
With three episodes of The Mob Doctor left, and only four Mondays left in which to air them - two of which are Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve - Fox has decided to burn off episodes 11 and 12 on Saturday nights (12/29 and 1/5) at 9 PM, in place of "Fox's repeat of the week" (which I think is currently Masterchef), and the finale on Monday 1/7. (Fox is airing marathons of its four Tuesday comedies during Christmas week, and a repeat will air on 12/31.)

A 2-hour Bones airs on 1/14, and The Following premieres in the Monday 9:00 time slot on 1/21.

S3 - noisy hard drive

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:51
I have a lifetime S3 that has an upgraded 1TB drive that I bought about 6 months ago, formatted from an eBay seller.

I just moved the unit from our home gym to the master bedroom and it gets REALLY noisy within a few hours of every re-boot. Not grinding, more like clunking - so I expect it's head seek noise. It's far too noisy to sleep in the same room with it.

The seller I bought the drive from doesn't respond to emails and doesn't seem to sell drives any more. Grrrr.

Anyway, do I have any alternatives other than to replace this drive AGAIN? This would be the third drive replacement on this unit (first was a $149 "out of warranty repair" directly with TiVo) - lifetime is starting to get pretty expensive.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Comcast - SDV - Premier Elite

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:59
Last two months Comcast is dropping HD channels at random. Couple days later, the channels reappear. Comcast claims we cant get HD on our TIVO Premier Elite with M-card. - yet we have been getting it all year. I'm wondering if Comcast in North GA. is now trying to use SDV - and we dont have a tuning adaptor or box of any kind. The dropped channels are still available in SD. Sometimes the DVR diag. screen shows signal levels at 93 - and other values also OK - yet screen is blank. Other times, DVR diag. show blank values and Current Tuning State = Not Tuned: Wrong Card State.

No one at Comcast seems to know anything at all. Again, could it be Comcast is now trying to use SDV in North Georgia. Anyone know?

Used TiVo with active subscription

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:11
OK, so here's a little morality play for you. A friend of mine recently picked up a used Humax TiVo / DVD combo unit to put in his kids' room. He took it home, did a Clear and Delete All, ran Guided Setup, and it's working perfectly.

Too perfectly, in fact - it seems that it still has an active subscription! He initially assumed that the service would expire within a month, but it's continued for several months now.

He bought the unit from his local Goodwill store, so there is no way for him to directly contact the previous owner, nor does there appear to be any way to tell if it's on a 12-month prepay or if the PO is unwittingly continuing to pay on a monthly basis.

I've suggested to him that he should call TiVo and explain the situation to them, but he sees this as a fortuitous freebie and is loathe to lose it.

What do y'all think he should do? What would you do if you were in his situation, or mine for that matter?

TiVo HD with 1TB and Lifetime Service (SF Bay Area)

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 09:32
Hope it's OK to post a craigslist listing (for those of you in the SF Bay Area who may be interested). I'm planning to move it onto eBay (or Amazon) later this week.


save recorded programs ??

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 08:19
I have in the past restored a non booting drive. Apparently the drive was not completely bad, but good enough to re-rwite the operating system & boot. I am now in the same situation but wanting to save the data, any way to re-write the o/s & save the data?

Any way to put things in a new folder in "my shows"?

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 08:08
not sure the right place to ask this and sorry if it is a dumb question but is there a way you could create a new folder and place recordings in that folder to make browsing through your shows list easier?

Homeland S02E02 "The Choice" 12/16/2012

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 23:38
Sooooo.. That happened. No thread yet, figure I'd make one.

So Carrie thinks she can just come back after helping him flee?

Dexter S07E12 "Surprise, Motherfckr!" 2012-Dec-16

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 23:36
Well, at first I thought I was wrong about Deb dosing herself with the Xanax, since Hannah sort of admitted it to Dexter. But then when Deb told Hannah, "confess what you've done" and Hannah responded, "I will if you will" and then "all that Xanax, my how you must have trouble sleeping at night". That sounds like Hannah saying she suspects that Deb did it to herself. But Hannah could just have meant that Deb had a big bottle of Xanax that came in handy when Hannah dosed her. But the part about Deb needing to confess what she has done fits better with Deb dosing herself rather than with Deb knowing Dexter is a killer and not turning him in. I guess I now have no idea who did it.

The part about the warrants to "track the GPS" on Dexter and Deb's phone was hard to believe. I have never heard that the cell phone companies keep records of everywhere that the cell phones have been. Sure, they can probably locate a powered-on cell phone NOW if they needed to, but to keep complete records of everywhere someone has been? I don't think so. I could accept that it is routine for police to wear something that allows their position to be tracked (and have something in their car), but that does not apply here since (1) no warrant would be needed and (2) Dexter would definitely not have anything like that (not sure about Deb).

That was a highly unsatisfying way to end the season. Dexter's plan for LaGuerta was okay (although he should have stabbed Estrada with something like an icepick), except that she had to be shot with Estrada's gun. Now that LaGuerta was shot with Deb's gun, that plan is...well...shot to hell. It would hardly be credible for Deb to claim that she found LaGuerta just after she shot Estrada and then when LaGuerta began to point her gun at Deb, then Deb shot LaGuerta. Since that story cannot work, the only thing I can think of is that both bodies need to disappear in Dexter's usual manner. Except that takes time, and we saw Dexter and Deb returning to the party at a not unreasonable hour. And when LaGuerta disappears, with her car known to have been at the port, and Deb having just called in for that information, and the conflict between LaGuerta and Dexter....LaGuerta's disappearance bodes ill for the Morgans.

On second thought, maybe Deb could claim exactly what I just wrote. The story could be that LaGuerta was obsessed and wanted to frame Dexter for killing Estrada, so she shot Estrada just as Deb came in, and Deb shot LaGuerta in self-defense.

Survivor Finale & Reunion show 12/16/12 SPOILERS

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 23:33
Can't believe I'm the first to post about the show? Does anyone care anymore? :p

I thought it was a decent finale. Not too exciting, but entertaining. I would have been content with any of the final 4 winning, but was rooting for Malcolm.

Looking forward to next season already.

Limit on TiVo HD Upgrades

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 19:20
Is there a limit on how many Lifetime transfers you can do to a new Premiere as an existing TiVo customer? I tried to do my 2nd today, and the TiVo rep said is was limited to one per customer.

WeaKnees offer to recycle old TiVo boxes

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 19:05
I got an advert from WeaKnees that had information about their buyback program for old TiVo boxes that have lifetime service. That piqued my interest, since I have several Series2 boxes lying around, but I am worrying about inadvertently giving up a box that qualifies me for a future multi-user discount (such as a discount on lifetime). It is not entirely clear for me which of my "lifetime" boxes are qualifying me for future multi-user discounts, and which are not since they themselves were bought at a discount.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Tivo Premier 30-day refund denied

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 17:04
I have had Tivo service for 7 years and have had the HD Tivo since it came out. I decided it was time for an upgrade and purchased a Tivo Premier with lifetime service (Wish I got that on my last Tivo, I would have saved hundreds).

When it arrived, the audio had issues, and I had Comcast issues. I spend 5 nights in the phone with both Tivo and Comcast. Comcast always said its Tivo’s problem, Tivo usually said it was Comcast’s problem, although Tivo finally said it was broken and I should exchange it or return it. It was only one week since I got it, and since there was a 30 days return policy I decided just to return it as I didn’t feel like wasting more time setting up a new one, and I would keep using my old one which still works fine.

I was transferred to Returns and told the address and RMA number etc. After Tivo got my unit back, they e-mailed me and said they will be refunding only the $63.90 purchase price. I called and asked why they are not refunding the full $463.89 I paid and they said the life time service is valid only for the lifetime of the box, and as that box is broken, the life time service has ended. They would not budge. I called back and asked the same question and mentioned that it was within the 30 day return period, this time they told me the refund of the service only applies to new customers, not existing ones, and that I am not eligible for a refund of the $399.99.

I am furious to say the least. I thought the 30 day return policy covered both the box and service. I am at my wits end and feel like I have just been scammed out of $399.99. I don’t know what to do.

considering XL4 vs Premiere 4

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 16:12
So the wife has green lighted a new tivo to replace our 5year old tivo HD. I'm trying to debate the pros and cons of getting a XL4 Vs a Premiere 4. As it stands right now, the Premiere 4 is 221 and the XL4 is 375. a 2tb drive is around 89.00 making the cost of a premiere 4 an 2Tb drive about 310.

I see the pros of getting the Premiere 4 and additional drive as saving 50 ish bucks and having the original drive to fall back on in case of any issues. I see the Pros of getting the XL4 as everything being done and not having to worry about it .

any one have insight into this?



Hard drive died.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 15:25
So it looks like my hard drive died in my Premiere. It's only been a little over 2 years, too. :(

Before sinking money into a new TiVo, should I call customer service and see if they'll help me out on replacing it? I mean, having been a loyal TiVo customer for 6 years has to amount to something, right? :)

so why would someone buy a used Tivo w/ lifetime and not transfer the sub?

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 15:21
So back at the end of Oct, i sold on ebay my old TivoHD with lifetime on it. it had 1 bad tuner which was clearly disclosed on the ebay auction. It sold for just over $200. The buyer paid immediately, i shipped it out the next day. It got to him first week in November.

I called Tivo for them to put a note on the service # that it's to be transferred to this individual. Gave the guy the details on what he needed to do. No reply acknowledging anything. Ok, no problem...

I noticed after about a week he hadn't transferred yet, it's still showing on my account. So i sent the guy an email to see if he's run into any issue. No reply. Last week, still on my account, sent the guy another email. no reply still.

So i'm just curious, why would someone buy this and not transfer the lifetime? Can he still get the tivo working without transferring it? He'd have to run guided set up again once he puts in a new cablecard, but i don't know if there's anything preventing him from i guess using it while its still on my account. I can't figure out any reason why i should care either since there's nothing to pay for this box.

what am i missing?

Premiere Elite Network Issues

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 12:45
:D Hello fellow TiVo fans,

I started having some communications issues with my equipment, and I figured I'd ask here before dealing with the inevitable 2 hour phone call to tech support where they ask me to reboot everything and disable and enable things, of which I have already done to no avail. :eek:

I am using :up:FiOS:up: with a Verizon issued MI-424WR Rev. I wireless N router.
My Elite is connected via MOCA with an M-card in my family room.
I have an HDXL connected via wireless G adapter with an M-card in my master bedroom.
I have an HD connected via wireless G adapter with an M-card in one of my spare rooms.

The HD and the HDXL can see each other just fine, and can transfer shows between them just fine.

Just as of a few weeks ago(after the Fall Service Update?), the HD and HDXL do NOT see the Premiere in the Now Playing List. But, the Premiere CAN see the HD and HDXL in the Now Playing List. All DVRs connect just fine to the internet. There just seems to be a one-way communication issue. I have rebooted the router and restarted the DVRs multiple times. I disabled and re-enabled the Network Remote Control option on the DVR. I have disabled and re-enabled Home Network Applications. I made sure that Enable Video Downloads was selected. For some reason, the Premiere decided to stop playing nice with my other DVRs. It's worked fine for about 2 months, and just stopped communicating.

Just to reinforce my point, my Android app can see and control the HD and HDXL, but not the Premiere. It just says "Unavailable", and reinforces my thought that this is some kind of network communication error.

My initial thought is that the Premiere has stopped broadcasting its "Bonjour" discovery protocol for some reason, and thus cannot be discovered by the other 2 DVRs and the Android app. Since the HD and HDXL ARE broadcasting, they can be discovered by the Premiere and the Android app.

:confused:Anybody have any ideas on how I can straighten this out?:confused: