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Do Hulu Plus subscribers actually have less commercials?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 08:49
The claim is that Hulu Plus subscribers watch less commercials, but it that really true. And if there are less commercials, how much less?

I'm a bit skeptical when Hulu marketing info states that paying subscribers help keep costs down. The reality for all advertising business models is to maximize profits through advertising. If Hulu has companies buying ad time for for TV series XXX, I can't see them turning down money because they have a policy of only couple minutes (or whatever) of ads for paying subscribers. I would suspect that if they could match the networks with 18-19 minutes of of ads per hour, Hulu would do it. :)

Veep Season 2

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 08:16
I created a whole season thread because there does not seem to be the love for this show that it deserves. Single best comedy on tv right now.
JLD is really hitting her stride. The writing is razor sharp, and the show requires multiple viewings to get all the jokes. I just hope they can sustain this level of excellence. Great great great.

Fast Programming Update - Thanks!

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 08:14
Since this tends to be the place we come to when we have questions or problems, I wanted to share some personal "good news" and thanks to the TiVo folks.

My cable company recently added about 24 HD channels to the lineup. After a week without seeing any Guide Data for these new options, though, I sent a Lineup Change form to TiVo Help. They say to allow for about a week for anything to change. . . so I was very pleasantly surprised to see that accurate Guide Data showed up in less than 48 hours. And I didn't have to do a thing to get it -- no restart, no Guided Setup redo. It was just there. And it just worked.

I know. . . Not anything earth-shaking here. But as someone who watches a ton of TV -- and who has loved TiVo ever since our first S2 unit in 2002 -- I just wanted to say a public "thank you" for a small job done well.


The Amazing Race - OAD 4/21/2013

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 06:21
I love those long pauses on the mat after Phil tells a team they are the last to arrive.
You just know that means non-elimination. :)


Mon, 04/22/2013 - 05:24
Does Tivo still use the Teleword paid program for downloading info? I don't see it listed in the onscreen guide.

Game of Thrones S03E04 "And Now His Watch is Ended" 2013-Apr-21

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 23:49
Craster stabbed in the throat, Lord Commander Mormont stabbed in the back, many of the remaining Night's Watch men in rebellion, and Sam fleeing with Gilly and her son. Who knew Sam had some of the hero in him?

Margaery just about has Joffrey eating out of her hand, and it looks like she will soon have Sansa doing the same -- suggesting Sansa might have Loras is genius!

Arya accusing the Hound of murder and Beric Dondarrion to be the champion to fight the Hound in a trial by combat.

Littlefinger has two featherbeds to be placed on the ship with him. Is he planning on taking Sansa with him? If so, at least she would appear to get her own bed.

Varys has the sorcerer, who castrated him as a boy, confined in a box. As Varys said, patience is helpful in plotting revenge. And now Varys is plotting with Olenna Tyrell.

Tywin Lannister says he is doing everything he can to rescue Jaime. But all he appears to be doing is sitting at his desk and writing. Tywin does not trust Cersei because she is not as smart as she thinks she is, and she fails to control Joffrey.

One-handed Jaime is ready to lie down and die when he finds he cannot fight worth a damn with his left hand. But Brienne is grateful to Jaime for saving her from rape (or she still plans to trade him for the Stark girls), and she bullies Jaime into choosing to live.

Theon is back where he started, tied to the cross. It seems Theon has no friends left (if he ever had any).

Daenerys could speak High Valyrian all along, and it did not require much patience for her to get revenge on the nasty slave master, who learned, for a brief moment, that a dragon is not a slave. And Daenerys has a loyal army, marching with all three dragons flying overhead.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 19:33

Oh, yeah, also ABC is planning on airing this show in its fall lineup. Pilot co-written and directed by Joss Whedon.

Quote: Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, Marvel’s The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). http://spinoff.comicbookresources.co...ther-new-name/

I almost don't care if it's a huge flop and cancelled in the third episode. Coulson is alive and they CAN'T cancel it by summarily bumping him off again!

Breaking news and network TV

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 19:07
I get most of my news from MSNBC, CNN and even Fox News. (TV sources). I wonder if in the future networks will even bother interrupting regular TV since many people do not watch live TV for regular shows. I flip to a 24 hour channel for stories such as the Boson incident and even scheduled events such as Presidential addresses. For really breaking stories I use Internet sources.

Error S03 coming up

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 19:06
I have been trying to update info and as it goes thru the process it keeps ending with failed- error S03.

I found a help section (not here) that said to do a "kickstart" - unplug, replug and hold the pause button till the light is yellow. Then a green screen comes on and starts working on things.

I did all this, got things back to a restart and when I went to connect and update info, it stopped during 'downloading' and gave me the same error message.

I am wondering if this means my TiVo is fried?

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown - all eps

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 17:54
Anyone watching?

I stumbled across it last night as my TiVo was tuned to it. I ended up recording the show.

Interesting to see how poor and undeveloped Myanmar is. I never knew much about the country but had known about the military junta. I'd met people from Burma (when it was still called that) once I was was MUCH younger and someone else from there when I was in college.

I've only watched some of the beginning and caught some in the middle. I'd be frankly a bit scared to be on a train where the infrastructure is such bad shape (the bouncing around). I'd never seen human powered Ferris wheels before. Looks like a very dangerous occupation.

How often is Tivo required to connect to tivo server?

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 15:31
My wifi died so I had to dosconnect the tivo from the network and stretch the cable into the next room to connect the desktop that was connected to network by wifi.

How long can I leave the tivo disconnected from the network before it is a problem? I did force a connection before I disconnected it from the network.


Vod app temporarily unavailable v301

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 13:50
Both of my Premiers, P2 and P4, started with this error today. I am in the Boston area and up till now the on demand has been working perfectly. I have forced a couple of connections and rebooted the tivos to no avail. Is anyone else in the Boston area having a problem? I checked my account and the settings have not changed. I do not want to call tivo or comcast if this is a common problem with other users today also.

Series 3 HD 648250B Troubleshooting Help

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 12:29
Hi all, looking for some help with my series 3 OLED display HD Tivo please.

Yesterday after a power outage my Tivo would not restart after power came back on. Stock on the powering up screen.

After searching the forums and checking several items I have found the following:

1) I could not get the hard start trick to do anything, screen stays the same
2) The unit is making a clicking noise with a sequence of 6 clicks then 2 clicks several times until all seems to stop
3) I do have a bulged top on capacitor board location #C701

From what I have read so far the bulged capacitor definitely needs to be repaired but am concerned about the hard drive as well due to the clicking noises which seem to me to be from the hard drive trying to start.

Looking for advice/suggestions on what is the best way to proceed.

Thanks in advance,

Considering TiVo - need some input

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 11:06
Didn't see a "newbie" forum so will post here, mods can move if it's in the wrong place.

Looking at replacing a whole house AV system in a house we just bought with a TiVo setup using HD antennas for OTA programming and high speed broadband for Internet streaming (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu plus, etc.)

Based on info from the TiVo site it appears this could be done using the Premier TiVo boxes but need to check that they will in fact connect with a home wifi network. Also, will they stream 1080 programming if it is available? Any reliability issues with the boxes themselves (we have TWC now and the Scientific Atlanta boxes suck)? Anything else we need to know to make this work (if it will...)? Thanks in advance! :)

Intermittent audio

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 09:36
I have two TiVo's, One is a Premier4 the other a TiVo HD. On both I have had over the years an irritating audio problem. The sound will drop out (picture okay), and come back on with no intervention of myself! This can last from one second to 5-6 seconds. If I use my TV tuner to watch same channel/program, I have no such drop outs. This can happen as much as 3-4 times / hour, sometimes it won't happen at all for several hours. I've had two different TV's over this time, and in each case the problem has been the same, so I don't think it's the TV's fault. I have read of some other cases of audio drop-outs, but it is usually while some other process is taking place, this is during times that no action on my part or the TiVo is doing anything, except showing a program (note channel or program doesn't matter)! It also appears on the playback of the recorded program. Is this a hiccup of the TiVo or what? Are others experiencing this also?
Thanks for any help, Don

Amazing Race OAD 3/31/2013

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 00:07
As soon as the girls said, "It should be the Pam and Winnie show," I knew they were history. I hate when the editing is so obvious from the very start.

How unfortunate the police officer was on the side of the road with a radar gun. Something about that whole thing seemed "off" to me. I'm sure it was all real, and they were speeding, but, it was definitely something that made me go "hmmmmmm."


TiVo Series2: "Searching for signal on: Basic Cable In."

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:52
I just set up my TiVo Series 2 single tuner TiVo with basic cable and a digital converter box. I chose "cable without a box." I actually made it through Guided Setup (which proved difficult before). I was so excited, then found that I could not watch live TV. The message "searching for signal on: basic cable in." shows up on every channel.

It will only show one channel. Channel 4. This is the same channel the converter box is set to. It is showing the ABC channel when the TiVo guide thinks its HSN.

The wiring is as follows:
Cable from wall->digital converter box
Cable from box->TiVo
AV Cord from TiVo-> TV

I then tried to set it up as "antenna with box." This gave me what looked like the option to change channels, but the same channel showed up each time I "changed" the channel.

Side note: this is a used TiVo purchased from eBay. The TV I'm connecting it to has been previously used with the digital converter box with no issues.

I'm at a loss of what to do next. I'm assuming I just need to pick the correct setup option. What would that be for basic cable with a digital converter box?

If you think it's something besides that, let me know any other suggestions. Please! Kinda ready to pull my hair out :)

Game of Thrones S03E01 - 03/31/13

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:05
No thread yet?

I REALLY loved that the opening credits shows Winterfell burning. That was truly awesome.

Dani is really coming into her own.

As for the rest.. fastest hour on TV. If we can't get more episodes can we at least get 2 hour episodes? I'm ready for the next episode already!

Walking Dead - Welcome to the Tombs - 03/31/13

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 21:21
Good stuff, but how did Andrea not survive that attack? I mean I knew she wasn't making it out of the episode alive, but c'mon she made it out of the cuffs and couldn't take down or avoid zombie Milton?

Latest (MFSlive ?) mfstools source wanted

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 19:54
Where can i find the latest/greatest sources for the mfstools ? I have been looking around, the origial sources seem to be older than what is being compiled into MFSlive-1.4, but the sources for MFSlive-1.4 can only be downloaded from the forum page by members, and i guess that shop has been closed to new members for some years now, so it's not accessible to me.