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Parts Available & Goodnight from him...

Wed, 11/21/2012 - 01:51
Hi folks.

Some of you (the few of you who are left) won't know me, as I haven't been posting much for some time(who has!), but I would like to think that overall, I have "put in" at least as much as I have "taken out" of the community, both here and on the other forum. After 10 years of great fun - and heartache - my TiVo days are sadly over. I hope I have found a good home for my 3 TiVos and they will be used for your benefit in a testing role - or at least prevented them from ending up in a skip! I'd Like to thank all the good people here for there continuing support for a product that continues to excel - and is arguably better now than it ever has been, and certainly more than it was at launch.

I'm not in a VM area, so I've gone to the dark side, with a combination of Media Centre, Freesat HD recorder and YouView box. Together, they still don't come anywhere close to TiVo ease of use, but I know have a virtually unlimited number of tuners, and HD quality recordings. I dream of a Freesat/Freeview version of TiVo in the future, I'm not holding my breath, but who knows.

I still have the following parts available for sale, and would like to offer them to members before slinging them on that well known auction site.

1 CacheCard with 512MB RAM
1TurboNZNet card
2 IDE to SATA cards (TiVo compatible)

Pm me with an offer if you are interested.

Over & Out

Help with multi room streaming from elite to premiere

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 23:07
Okay so I have three tivos, 2 with lifetime and 1 under a free 1 yr evaluation sub. All are premieres on newest 2.2.2 software. Whenever I try to stream anything to or from the elite, it does not give me the option to "play" it, only transfer this recording. And if it does give me the option to play it, I get an error saying there is a problem with my account settings, error code v123. This happens regardless if I try to stream something on the elite or stream to the elite from another dvr. Any idea what's wrong? I called tivo and they said it was fine on their end.

At last: the Keys to the Kingdom

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 21:55
I found it... 7 years later than we should have.

It's been right under our noses since day one.
HME SDK 1.4
com/tivo/hme/sim/SimStreamResource.java
line 102:
Code: if (url.startsWith("livetv:") || url.startsWith("loopset:") || url.startsWith("recording:")) { We could have built an entirely new UI in HME using this feature ever since we learned about SETCH. I bet we could have viewed live/recorded video (maybe even with events) in a SERIES TWO since 2005 for goodness sake.

This is freaking embarrassing. I bet TiVo has been laughing their asses off every time we say "why can't we do HME over TV?" - I'm actually angry at them, now... that's not simply "we're too busy."
  • "livetv:" as your entire URL for a stream resource means you'll be "streaming a video" from the tuner.
  • "loopset:" - probably the looping video backgrounds they use in menus... "loopset:" gets you something like "play failed"... "loopset:something" gets you "resource unavailable." It probably needs a specific known file string like "bonk.snd"
  • "recording:" is obviously actual recordings as video streams... this one always gives you "resource unavailable." Hopefully this is some simple translation from the RSS feed entry for the recording. ("recording:idNumber" doesn't work)

We need some heavy experimentation/digging to figure out the proper URLs of those last two. I'm hoping maybe loopset: will let you specify an arbitrary recording reference (or even a streamed video URL) to use as your loop. If we're really lucky, "recording:" is also part of the secret to built-in streaming over 1Gig.

As I said during the old Streaming Video discussions, you can scale a video with its view's size... so we could build the Premiere's interface that shows PIP if we wanted.

woohoo!

Note: you may have to pass an mp4 content type when you create the "livetv:" stream to make it work... my quick tests I replaced some code which passed that. Also, in some tests I ended up with a black screen... I might have been passing an mpeg2 content type in that case.

As my reward for finding this, I ask for your help figuring out some other things I want to do in my awesome upcoming HME app.

0. POST ON THE WIKI what you learn, dammit! ;)(http://hmedev.wikidot.com, instant access password: ILoveHME)

1. On the TiVo Underground forum I asked for help sniffing out what parameters and TeDict the YouTube app sends to the VideoPlayer app to start it up. I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to be able to do this in my upcoming app.

2. I have a stream that won't load because (I believe) the server expects a cookie header sent with the URL request. I strongly suspect I can create the stream with a TeDict containing the cookies (and other headers?) and the TiVo will request the stream "properly." Maybe somebody could spend a little time trying out combinations to see if you can get the TiVo to include something on its request? I do NOT want to proxy the stream.

3. I also have an mp3 stream on the Internet where I know its duration, normally supplied in the X-TiVo-Accurate-Duration response header, but I again do NOT want to proxy it - somebody surmised when TeDict was introduced that it could pass that information in. Could somebody please figure out how to pass in X-TiVo-Accurate-Duration through the TeDict when creating an mp3 stream? I haven't tried anything, yet, it might be crazy obvious.

4. I have realized that FontInfo is broken in SD displays if you use HME v45 or above (all the character widths are whole numbers with no decimal precision). Seems OK in v41 and looks fine in HD displays in v45. You can see it on e.g. the swivel search details page - actor names are cut off at the end. I think I'll just have to cache correct FontInfo stuff for that case... Nothing really to ask of you here, just wanted to vent. Hey, TIVO... freakin fix that, it's stupid!

What? you want a hint about my app? Well, without giving anything away: as a SIDE EFFECT it will work as a replacement for apps.tv (R.I.P.)

Legacy DirecTiVo's Rebooting

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 19:10
TiVo is aware of an issue that may cause legacy DirecTV/TiVo DVRs to constantly reboot. TiVo and DirecTV have been troubleshooting the issue and believe to have identified the root cause. We are working to restore services to our customers quickly and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

distance networks & HD

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 18:05
I'm SD, considering switching to HD, but I have the distant networks feeds (east and west), do I lose them?

"How I Met Your Mother" 2012/11/19

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 17:56
Which of these stories was less realistic.
1) Strip clubs recruiting customers like free agent athletes
2) Marshall's friend not being disqualified if not disbarred for what he did
3) Ted videotaped everything that ever happened in college in the mid 90s and we didn't know about it until now

And what is the writers' obsession with Lebron? He left Cleveland. Ted is from Cleveland. We get it.

Did not like this episode at all. I like it less the more I type about it.

Did I miss when Marshall stopped working for Martin Short's law firm?

The ending seemed very abrupt. Was there a kicker at the end? If there was, it ran past the time slot. I guess I need to pad.

New DirevTV TiVo question

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 17:32
With the recent rebooting issues on the series 2 DirecTiVo's, I started thinking about upgrading. I really didn't want to reward DirecTV for something they screwed up, but I was afraid I might have no alternative.

To that end, I was hoping people on here who have them might be able to answer a few questions. Like, is it possible to buy the new unit, but activate it only in SD? Can you use legacy dishes (mind is the old round dual LNB one)? Even if I lost some of the features, I don't want to rewire the house. Also, is it ever possible to own the receiver, or am I stuck in a lease forever?

Thanks.

Suggestion

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 17:27
I don't know if there's a forums suggestion forum - this seems like the most likely place for this request, tho :)

I'd like to suggest that the forums be modified to somehow include the date a thread was initially started, maybe on the second line.

for example:

thread name
started by - date started

I don't know how many times I click on a 'new and interesting subject' only to find it's 6 years old, and I have to slog through 6 years of posts to get any clue of what people are talking about!

Anyway, thought I'd throw that out there for TPTB to consider!

TiVo HD w/ 1TB and Lifetime

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 16:34
I'm selling another TiVo HD with a 1TB upgrade and lifetime service. Comes with Glo Remote and original packaging.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=110979651883

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Dropping cable-Tivo connection questions

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 16:30
Hi,


I have a Sony Bravia HD TV- KDL-40XBR5 HDTV

I have Comcast cable TV, but am dropping it. I am keeping my Comcast hi speed internet service.

I have a Comcast cable card in my TIVO, which I assume will need to be returned to comcast.

I've Ordered a Leaf HD antenna and will be connecting my TV to it.

I can't afford or justify the cable tv connection. I just don't need it.

How do I connect this setup to my tivo?? Thanks for any help!!! My TV is near my comcast modem and is connected to the internet.

Revolution - "Kashmir" - OAD: 11/19/12

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 15:34
Rachel building a sophisticated bomb instead of her "amplifier" was quite a plot twist. I now wonder how much of the tech knowledge she revealed is accurate?

I thought they spent way too much time in the underground with everyone "seeing things".

And what are Grace and Randall up to? Maybe it will be revealed next week in the "winter" finale.

Dave

Filming began today (Nov. 20) for the final "Fringe" episode

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 14:10
John Noble interviewed by CNN about the final season of "Fringe"...

This Old House. Anyone else watch?

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 13:56
My dad was a big an of TOH and I liked it until Norm left. Then when Bob Villa left I watched again. I think Kevin O'Conner is a great host and I really like the "ask this old house" segments. I have learned so much about construction and how important it is to find someone who knows what they are doing rather than someone who just wants the money.

What are your favorite houses? The one they did recently in Rhode Island on the beach was great. I would love to see it after Sandy walloped it see if all that weather proofing really helped.

Issues with Seagate Barracuda HDD upgrade

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 13:35
Just upgraded internal HDD on my premier to Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM (got it on sale for $50). Tivo booted fine, I watched one episode of Simpsons, switched to Live TV and unit rebooted :(
When I change channels it seem a little more sluggish when usual too. Is there issue with Sata 3 Seagate HDDs? Anything I can disable on the drive that will help?

WD 1TB Drive Black Friday Special

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 12:49
MCM Electronics just sent me an e-mail that shows a Black Friday special on the Western Digital model WD10EALX for $79.99.

The Mentalist S05E08 "Red Sails in the Sunset" OAD 11/18/2012

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 12:07
So I was way confused by this episode. I thought Lorelei was on the run, the Jane frees her from prison. Officially confused.... If I missed something then perhaps it's time I stop watching...

TiVo Internal Clock Always Wrong

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 11:47
It could be a coincidence but, ever since losing power for 24 hrs during Sandy, my Tivo Premiere will not keep the correct time. It's always 3-8 minutes fast.

When I force restart it, the clock will be 3 minutes fast, but it will slowly speed up over the next couple days. Of course, all my shows are now missing the endings.

I realize that I can add extra minutes on the end but I'd really like to fix the internal clock which used to work just fine.

Has anyone else had this problem?

The Mentalist. Question about this season. Spoilers.

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 11:12
My wife and I got a few episodes behind. We caught up last night but clearly don't remember exactly how a prior episode ended. Here is where I need some clarification, please.

Lorelei Martins escapes from prison. Jane interviews drivers at the prison. At the end of the episode he figures out that one particular guard/driver has been blackmailed by the FBI. The FBI made him help Lorelei escape.

I remember all that, but I don't remember where he took her. The next thing I seem to know Jane has tracked Lorelei to a Federal prison. I presume the guy told Jane he took her to the Federal prison.

Clearly the FBI (or Homeland Security?) didn't want the CBI getting their hands on Lorelei. Did they essentially kidnap her and move her to a Federal prison? If so, why did they keep her there under her own name and out in the open.

I almost feel like I missed an episode but I don't think I did.

XL4 $399 + $99 Lifetime?

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 11:04
I've received a couple of emails from Tivo that I assume are legit. They are for a Tivo XL4 for $399, plus $99 for PLS. Also included is a free MoCA network adapter.

It says it's a "TiVo Loyalty Program Offer"

I've come to TC a couple of times looking to see what people are saying about the deal because it seems pretty freggin good, but after various searching and whatnot on TC, I'm unable to find the same deal --- so now I'm not sure if this is a spoof email.

Have I missed other threads discussing this specific deal? Is this legit? Thoughts?

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