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Moving from Charter & S2 to Comcast and fill-in-blank

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 06:53
I currently have Humax Series 2 (lifetime service & well past breakeven point) and Charter analog/SDTV service and a recent HDTV. When I got the HDTV, it wasn't important enough at the time to convert my world to HDTV with a new Tivo, cable card, etc. etc. and it's been working out okay. (except that Charter keeps moving channels to digital-only so this scenario was not going to work forever anyhow.)

But next month I am moving to a Comcast service area, so it seems like a good time to get up to speed and bite the bullet and get me a new Tivo setup. I'll likely go with lifetime. I keep getting emails with specials. I've been reading threads and tivo product websites and xfinity-on-tivo stuff (or is it tivo-on-xfinity?) and my head is spinning. I don't know how to estimate how much recording time/space I will need in HD. Can I still record in SD if I want to?

Can someone provide some overall guidance on this transition? Not sure what Tivo box (various premieres or s3), is comcast cable card ok, any gotchas, what do I get first, can S2 be in another room and transfer recordings? only SD recordings? I thought Comcast had a Tivo interface option, but it looks like that's history, is that true? Looks like my Roku box might be obsolete now too? One reason I held out on digital service for so long is with gazillions of channels to choose from, is that I suppose one becomes dependent on searching. I am more comfortable just direct channelling to the handful of channels I am interested in. If I have to have a gazillion channels, I trust the Tivo interface to get me where I want to be faster and better.

I do also have a media server built into my network router that stores old recorded tivo programmings that I offloaded from my S2. Oh, that reminds me... am I going to be able to keep my brand new router & modem or is comcast going to make me use theirs... oops that's another forum... head spinning with issues...

Appreciate any input to sort thru this tech stuff while my head is really supposed to focused on packing and moving :-)

Standby Mode Schedule?

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 06:14

New to Tivo and recently purchased a Tivo Premier XL4 with Mini extenders.

Why does Tivo make it so hard to put the Tivo in standby mode? I like to conserve energy and it would be nice if the Tivo had a scheduling feature for this. So, for example, I want the Tivo to enter standby mode automatically at 1am and automatically exit at 6:30 am. Why isn't this possible?

Also, why is there no one button standby mode on the remote? This would have been nice.

Thanks for any response.


Going To Directv-Selling Tivo With Lifetime-Transferrable?

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 05:23
I have Tivi Premiere with lifetime subscription. I am going to dish-I see on ebay selling with lifetime. Can you sell them to another person and trtansfer it to them?
If so, how?
Appreciated, thanks!

Devious Maids

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 01:04
Didn't know what to think about this show watching the promos but after watching the pilot (Lifetime), I'm hooked. It is hilarious.

Reboot issue, tried lots of things... thoughts?

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 23:18
I have a Series 3 HD Tivo, it's about 5 years old.

The other day it started the endless reboot.

I tried all the kickstart codes for SMART scanning - all went ok. I tried the Green Screen scan - no reported issue. Still rebooting. Tried pulling the cable cards. Still rebooting.

I read it can be the power supply. I pulled it. I had 2 bulging capacitors. I went to my local electronics shop and replaced them.

Now, it boots and gets just a little further... the clock comes on the front panel, then the screen flickers, and a reboot. Tried all the scans again, still no dice.

None of the other capacators seem to be bulging - would it be worthwhile to replace those also just to be safe? Could it be something else? Anyone have a clue? This is driving me crazy. I'd rather not buy another whole new power supply to the tune of $99, but, I miss watching TV!

Any other thoughts?

Mad Men 6/23/2013 "In Care Of"

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 23:03

So Don is out.

Ted headed to LA

Bob Benson sets up Pete to fail at GM.

Manolo marries Pete's mom and pushes her off a ship.

Sally gets her friends drunk and gets kicked out of school.

Megan leaves Don.

Don comes clean about his childhood to Hershey, the partners and his kids.

Peggy gets screwed and then gets screwed.

And did I miss a scene where Pete resigned? He said he was going to California. What did I miss? He wasn't at the mandatory Thanksgiving partner's meeting where Don was voted out. Isn't Pete a partner?

Makes for an interesting last season.

lost recordings due to T/A

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 22:14
So once again, my Series 3 did not record my show (Mad Men). While it was "recording" the channel was just a gray screen. This is driving me nuts at this point.. I can't count on Tivo recording anything unless I am around to manually tune the channel shortly before the recording starts.

When I reported the problem to Cox, the phone tech advised the "T/A with USB is the old model, go in and get a newer one". When I went in, they only have the Cisco (USB) T/A in San Diego. They replaced it along with giving me two different cable cards (same make) and the problem still exists.

I don't think Cox gives any care, they're happy to tell me to get their DVR. What's next? Is the Series 3 just too old to keep anymore? Shame, as I have lifetime on this box. Do the newer Tivo's need a T/A? I haven't paid attention to the new equipment, short of hearing they weren't that great when initially released.

Tivo network issues with new ASUS router

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 21:11
Just replaced my router with a new ASUS RT-N66U. For everything on the network other than Tivo it is working great.

Except none of the Tivos can complete a connection.

Tivo reports Failed during configuring. Or on trying to test the network connection it reports failed to obtain account status.

I can see the TiVo's on the network. All three are configured with static IP addresses. Kmttg can download from them. I can see pytivo and pull a video. Cannot push as none of my TiVos are connecting with the service.

Is there some incompatibility of this router with Tivo or my ATT DSL connection? I did read some earlier posts about setting MTU to 1492 for a DSL connection but this router has no settings for MTU other than for PPOE connections which does not apply to me. Perhaps just the wrong router?

My previous Linksys E3200 router works but has gotten very slow. If not the ASUS, can someone recommend a new router that has decent performance and configurable QoS?

TiVo Mini w/o Subscription

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 16:31
I have the XL4 and just got the Mini for my other bedroom (office). I m returning my cable DVR and have an old Series 1 in that room which is being retired. So I got the Mini since I don't need to record in that room.

I figured I could hook it up and at least access the XL4 TiVo recordings until I get the subscription. I called TiVo support and they said that it won't work unless I pay for the monthly/lifetime service.
I was wondering if that is the case, or can the Mini be used kind of like a transfer device to view pre recorded shows on the TV it's connected to.

I plan on getting the lifetime service in a couple of months, but for now, I wanted to see if the Mini would work for viewing recordings only until then.


Review of Original Philips Tivo

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 15:56
I was looking at my Amazon account the other night and discovered that I had written a review of my original Philips Tivo from 2000. It's amazing to think that 30 hours of hard drive space (of course it was basic quality!) was considered a lot back then.

Here is what I wrote:

Welcome to the Tivolution!, April 28, 2000

This review is from: Philips HDR312 TiVo 30-Hour Digital Video Recorder (Electronics)
Wow! I've had my Philips TiVo unit since December (my Christmas present to myself) and I have been quite impressed with it and think this is the greatest entertainment device since DirecTV.
I have the 30 hour unit which gives me a lot of room of programming. I generally record movies under the Best Quality setting and other programming under the other settings.

The other features I like are the Season Pass, the ability to pause live television and video quality and sound. The Season Pass feature enables me to never ever have to worry about having a tape in the vcr to tape programming or setting the timer In my life, I don't have the time to spend worrying about videotape.

Being a movie buff and a sports nut, the pause button comes in handy frequently when watching live television. One thing that I've done while watching sports is rewinding back to catch some of the action, thus avoiding commericals.

And finally the video/sound quality is outstanding. I have my TiVo hooked up to my home theatre system and the sound quality is not altered.

The drawbacks of the TiVo unit are trivial in my eyes, but I will point them out for the benefit of others who have DirecTV. If you have a DirecTV system or other DSS, you will find that it will take quite some time for the unit to index the channels/programs when initially setting it up. Patience is necessary. Second, do not ever turn off your DSS receiver. This will cause the TiVo unit to freeze the next time you attempt to use it.

I have no regrets with my decision to purchase the Philips TiVo unit and highly recommend it. You can finally control television instead of it controlling you.

What external HDTV tuner should I use?

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 15:12
I am ditching Comcast (good riddance!) and switching to an HDTV antenna. However, I still have one analog TV connected to a Series 2 TiVo, and it looks like there's not a very good selection of digital tuners available these days.

What tuner would you recommend for me to connect a Series 2 TiVo to an HD antenna?

kmttg for Western Digital WD TV Live Hub to high-def TV?

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 13:00
Despite that extra weaKnees space on one of my old TiVo Series2 units I need to offload some programming, while at the same time I have a friend offering a Western Digital WD TV Live Hub. I’ve used a bunch of tools over the years to get things onto my Mac, usually grabbing things with a browser and doing conversions later, sometimes watching those 4GB movies turn into 30GB mov files after demuxing sound. During the TiVo Cookie Monster Scare in mid February (yes, got fixes) I looked at kmttg – and oh, man, that be a whole lot of decryption and conversion choices.

My desire is lossless final output aimed at high-def television, and I’m trying to sort past all the ipad and droid choices to figure out what kmttg option would be a good match for the WD TV Live Hub (which apparently won’t play MPEG2 directly) to my TV set. I was thinking maybe what I want is the “hb_television” setting (mkv/h.264/aac files) Am I getting warm? Better choice for a “high def TV set” final output?

Sites Similar to "FollowShows" with Email Notifications?

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 11:05
I've been using followshows.com for my fav series. It's ok but doesn't offer many options. Does anyone know of any similar sites that also offer email notifications of your favorite series season premiers and finales? That would be great. Thanks.

Comcast X1 vs Tivo

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 09:06
Has anyone used the 'new' (to my area) comcast x1 dvr? i'm wondering how it compares to tivo and if it may be worth changing from using a tivo premier to the x1

The fate of TiVo in Australia

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 07:23

Does anyone know the fate of TiVo in Australia?

I have recently been in contact with TiVo support in Australia as I have had my TiVo for over 4 years and want to get the latest model. Their response was ...

"The TiVo Media Device is no longer available for purchase in Australia. However, Hybrid Television Services remains the licensed provider of the TiVo Service in Australia and confirm their continued support of TiVo customers. The business remains committed to supporting the TiVo brand in Australia and providing the TiVo service including TiVo EPG, TiVo Genie, firmware updates, customer support, warranties and repairs."

I see that TiVo and Virgin Media are in Partnership in the UK and the new models in the US look awesome. What I would like to see is TiVo to release Australian version of their Premiere, mini and stream.

Please TiVo do not forget about Australia...


Help Needed

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 07:09
My card has expired ,
I still get free to air channels ,and quality is exellant
But have error message wizzing round the screen
Is it possible to Remove the error message or do i have to buy a free view box
Thank you for looking

Anthony Bourdain - Parts Unknown - recording repeats

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 01:25
Anyone having this issue? I'm on Comcast, Chicago. For the past few weeks, this show has been recording old shows a bunch (4 or 5 episodes) every Saturday night. The show airs Sunday nights. This is really annoying. :down:

Swapping cablecards

Sat, 06/22/2013 - 19:57
So, apparently the person at my local mediacom office gave me a cablecard that's paired with a set-top box. So on my account, I'm still being charged for the box, and not just a cablecard ($15 vs $2). I need to swap out the cablecard currently in my tivo for a new one (which i have) that's a standalone card.

My question is, is there anything special I have to do?

I'm assuming I need to power off TiVo, and do the swap, and go through guided setup again. Or at least the cablecard configuration.

Does anyone know?

TiVo HD temperature sensor location

Sat, 06/22/2013 - 16:47
Searching didn't seem to turn up this info, so I'm wondering if anybody knows where the temperature sensor is located in a TiVo HD unit.

When I woke up 6/21 the TiVo was endlessly rebooting. The temperature in the room was a few degrees higher than usual, so I lowered the room temperature and the TiVo agreed to start working again. It continued to work fine all day and night. The room temperature was allowed to rise a few degrees again overnight, and this morning the TiVo was failing again. Lowering the room temperature just a few degrees again got it out of its rebooting loop.

The TiVo is reporting an internal temperature 6-8 C higher than usual. Normally the temperature is 36-38 C, but now it's 44-45 C once it warms up. It seems to start rebooting once it goes over 46 C.

Cleaning out what little dust was inside made no difference. I already clean it at least twice a year with an ESD-safe vacuum. I also already had two extra fans in the unit (a small one on the heatsink on the motherboard, and a second 60mm fan in the front of the power supply since there are vent/intake holes there). The hard drive isn't the problem, it has been checked. There are no obviously bad capacitors on the power supply.

While I suspect the power supply is probably responsible for this situation, I am very suspicious of the increase in the detected internal temperature and would like to investigate it further. There's no way the air inside of the case should be 6-8 C higher than usual, so I'm guessing the sensor is failing, or something is running much hotter than usual, or maybe the heatsink on the motherboard isn't making good thermal contact anymore. If something specific is getting too hot, it's probably near the sensor since everything inside that I consider safe to touch while the TiVo is running feels normal.

Any help would be appreciated before I seriously consider tracking down a replacement power supply. :)

HD Content on Comcast

Sat, 06/22/2013 - 13:07
Ok, so in Philly, Comcast has moved alot of the channel lineup around, before for instance, channel 301 might have been HBO and Channel 310 might have been HBO HD. If you have one of their boxes, there is a little menu that pops up and prompts you to watch in HD if you want.

Before I was under the assumption that this went to another channel, actually it doesn't, it just converts to a HD stream instead. This shocked me because I actually thought Comcast was just being crappy and didn't have all the channels in HD.

Is there any default way to Comcast to just broadcast HD channels, or am I stuck essentially not getting all my HD premium channels because the TiVo box is unable to switch each channel from SD to HD.