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Naked and Afraid "The Jungle Curse" OAD 6-23-2013

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 18:37
Series premier, but listed as episode 4.

I dunno, it was worth watching but I'm not sure how it'll keep interest week to week. We learned years ago on Survivor that starving people are boring and the fact that they could show us 21 days in an hour show sort of points that out. The guy lost 45 pounds and the girl 20-something, they need to put these people down in a spot with more accessible food!

There were a couple humorous moments. I'll give it another week.

Also, there's an uncensored version of it showing Sunday night right before the second ep airs.

Recording Wrong Channel

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 18:32
Series 2 Tivo Connected To Comcast Motorola Dct 2000 Box Using Serial Cable.

Intermittent Problem (50% Of The Time). Wrong Channel Is Recorded. When I Play The Recorded Program I Can See The Correct Channel # And Then It Jumps Usually To A Lower Number. Same Thing Sometimes Happens When I Use My Tivo Remote. Press 42, It Goes To 42 Then Jumps To 40.

Comcast Suggested Trying IR Blaster, But I'd Rather Use Serial Cable.

Any Suggestions? Thx...

TiVo Series 3 audio goes out

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 18:27
I have the first gen series 3, and until about the last couple of months it has been working flawlessly. After about 20 minutes watching a recorded program the sound will completely drop out. If I hit the remote 'play' it will come back on, but only for about 30 minutes or so. Could this have anything to do with the HDMI connection?

Thanks in advance,

Telling it to record 2nd copy makes first not record?

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 17:56
I've been having lots of problems getting clean recordings with the 20.3 update and the old firmware in my scientific atlanta cable card, so I went into the upcoming episodes of a season pass and told it to record a 2nd copy of the show it already had scheduled to record earlier.

When I went back to check upcoming again, it had cancelled the 1st showing.

Is it supposed to work this way? At least when I went back into the 1st one and said "Hey you! Record this", it finally shows both of them with check marks.

Whodunnit Season 1

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 15:08
Thought it was an interesting show. Seemed a whole lot like The Mole in a lot of ways. Strangely though, there were quite a few people on twitter who thought they were actually killing the contestants.


Cloning 2Tb HDD for 2nd Tivo Series 3 TCD648250B

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 11:11
I just purchased a WD 2Tb HDD on Ebay with a Tivo image for a TCD648250B Series 3 HD Tivo. It's supposed to be plug & Play for my Series 3 Tivo. Since I have four of these TCD648250B Tivo's, is it possible to clone this drive for use in my other Tivo's using blank 2Tb WD Drives? If so, what software do I have to use, or can I simply use a stand alone hard drive cloner? Thanks!

Crossing Lines 6/23/2013 Pilot

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 08:25
..another crime drama procedural.
This time its an international team (the ICC) who captures cross boarder criminals.

To me, it was OK. I think I need to re-watch though. It was a 2 hour pilot but didn't have my full attention.

Can a budgling cap cause a hard drive to go bad?

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 08:17
I have a lifetime Series 3 (OLED) that started the dreaded reboot loop. I opened up the case and it indeed has a budging cap. Now, I had a spare 500GB WD drive that I put in it a few months ago. Before putting the S3 image on it and sticking it in the TiVo, I ran an extended test on it and all came back good. It has been working flawlessly for months until recently

I have another Series 3 (OLED) that had this reboot issue a while back as well. While it had a bulging cap & I had it fixed by a local shop, this didn't fix its reboot problem. Rather, a totally new hard drive is what ultimately fixed it.

While I will get the cap fixed either way on this other S3 as it can't hurt, I am just wondering if this bad cap can cause a hard drive to go bad over time. Or does one really have NOTHING to do with the other in terms of failure. I also realize that since this 500GB WD drive is not totally new, there is chance it could have just failed as well. Just curious on this.

HDCP Handshake

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 07:37
Anyone having issues with the Mini and older Philips plasma TVs?

Picked up a mini..worked fine for a few days..

All of a sudden it's complaining about HDMI connection not permitted.. Maybe the mini received a software update, since I just activated it..

About to go buy the av breakout kit.. but this sucks!! anyone have similar issues?

UPDATE: Just unplugged TV and plugged back in. seems OK for now.. we'll see if it comes back!

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?