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Do you like the new history channel better then the old history channel?

Sat, 06/08/2013 - 00:04
Do you like the new realty tv history channel more then the old documentary history channel?

72 Hours

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 20:22
not surprised there isn't a thread for this yet, not worth the bandwidth to report how terrible it is.

TiVo to TiVo transfer help needed

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 14:41
I am trying to transfer shows from one TiVo to another.

It is a very complicated story, but basically I am about half way through the switchover of my old TiVo's to the two new ones.

TiVo Series 2 kitchen - working

TiVo HD Living room - working

TiVo Series 2 on shelf - just reactivated so I could do this.

TiVo Premiere - new out of box - activated but no m-cable card

I transferred shows from the kitchen TiVo to my living room one.

Then, unplugged the kitchen one, and moved the living room one in there. It is now working fine in there. No issues.

Then hooked the Premiere up in the living room. It is powered up and updated, but not connected to cable. Waiting for a comcast visit.

So I have all my shows on the HD in the kitchen and Premiere in Living room.

I thought - hey, I have till saturday when the guy brings the m-card so maybe I can pull the old OLD TiVo off the shelf and get any old shows off of that.

I took the G-wireless from the premiere, hooked it up to the old series 2 and got green lights. I then restarted the HD to see if I can get them to talk to each other and show the series 2 on the Now Playing section for transfers. ( I did call TiVo and get it reactivated).

It's not showing up.

I am not sure if I have them too close to each other - on the same table. Or need to do something else with the old series 2 - it is not attached to a tv at this point. Just plugged into the wall and with the wireless - no other cable or such in it. I didn't think they would need that if it was working thru the network - but maybe it's not and I am not sure how to get it to.

No Channels

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 12:42
My neighbors moved from Indy to ATL. Comcast has been out twice...
Tivo Premiere....3rd cable card..all the same problem.
No Channels when testing....

If I go to conditional access.....or whatever it is called I have 4 lines of code where YES YES V
After that nothing. So I know that is the problem. It's missing the rest of lines with whatever is going on. Comcast blames Tivo and Tivo blames Comcast.
Anyone see this problem and have any suggestions?

I am taking their TIVO to my house and hooking it up and asking comcast to send a ping...and see if I can rule out the Tivo. I'm hoping trying it in another home does the trick.

If Game of Thrones took place in New Jersey...

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 11:57
Maybe this should go in Happy Hour but..anyway...

Since I just found out that George RR Martin was from New Joisey, and in his interview on Conan O'Brien, he said he thought a lot as a kid about those magical places across the river from Bayonne, his hometown...like Staten Island, I wonder if Game of Thrones is just GRRM's parallel universe to the Sopranos

So I have Tywin = Tony
Tyrion = Chris
Cercie = Carmela

Well you get the idea....

It's Friday, have fun with it!!

Tivo Backups?

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 11:11
My Tivo Premier is about to lose it's drive I think. It seems to hang up occasionally on recordings, I can kick it out to live tv, fast forward (skip 15mins) past the area and then rewind to 1-2mins after the hangup and continue.

At any rate, if I get Tivo to repair it or if I get a new unit, is it possible to backup and restore settings? I don't want to re-program all my season passes and wish lists or up/down settings, etc.


HELP! Clean Install of Desktop 2.8.3 Broken

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:56
We've been using Tivo Desktop for years to view our digital photo collection on our HDTV. Yesterday I did a clean install of Windows 7 on our (previously Win-XP) PC and downloaded & installed Desktop 2.8.3. (Don't remember what version we had previously.) Now, three different Tivos can see the Pictures folder but cannot open it (a "server error" message is displayed.) The same symptoms appear on a Series 2, 2DT and Premier-XL Tivo. Even more confusing, the Series 2DT Tivo sees TWO Pictures folders of the same name.

Tivo Desktop finds and correctly identifies all of the networked Tivo boxes just fine in the Troubleshooting screen.

On the Premier, the Pictures folder name is oddly corrupted with the string "\032" inserted before the directory names which are then repeated.

The PC is running the Windows7 Home Premium 64-bit version. The network connections are all hardwired through IP switch boxes to Netgear WNDR3400 router.

I have tried all the usual remedies -- restarting Tivo Desktop Server, the PC, all the Tivo boxes, etc in various combinations; switching from Bonjour to Tivo Beacon -- none of which had ANY effect whatsoever!

I am an IT professional, a Windows programmer, and a techie for over 50 years, so I usually find the solution to these things on my own. But this one is KILLING me and I can't believe I'm the only one!

Please help!! :confused:

Many Thanks in Advance,

Re-marry my Tivo and My Book?

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:50
Hi all - I have a TiVo Premiere connected with the 1TB MyBook DVR exapnder. It somehow became disconnected from the TiVo when I was not at home. I attempted to re-connect them by powercycling both units, and now the TiVo is acting as if they are no longer married - i.e., prompting me to reformat the expander. I contacted TiVo customer service, who were very kind, but explained that there is nothing that can be done, they must have become "unmarried" when they were disconnected - and my only choice if I want to continue using the expander is to reformat it, losing all the data on it.
Are there are workarounds for this? It is my understanding that the expander will not function as a portable hard drive, so it might be difficult to pull the data off the drive to put somewhere else (not that I even have immediate access to anything that large, as it was 75% full - though I would consider buying something else in order to save my shows)... but do I have any options? Or do I just need to suck it up and do a better job of keeping the animals and children away from the entertainment center? Thanks in advance!

OTA antenna not as clear thru TIVO

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:43
I have been using Mohu Leaf Ultimate antenna plugged directly into TV and the picture quality was unbelievably clear - much clearer than satellite or cable. I wanted to record, so I bought the Tivo Premiere and am plugging antenna coaxial cable into the unit and connect unit with TV with HDMI cable. The disappointment is that although I'm getting my channels ok, the picture quality is not nearly as clear as when the antenna went straight into the TV. What are the reasons, and should I split the coaxial so that I can use different sources - sometimes TV with antenna, sometimes Tivo? (The picture quality with Tivo is about the same as with satellite and cable.)

WD15EZRX for $64.99 at Newegg

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:00
Promo code: EMCXPXN45 (expires 6/13/13).

Mythbusters - "Motorcycle Water Ski" 6/5/13

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 09:38
I was not all that excited about this one when the episode started because it just seems like a variation of ones of the myths they've tried before with a car and actually running on water which were both busted easily. But I was pretty shocked that it actually worked :eek:

It was impressive seeing the stunt driver go over even the shorter parts of the lake but I'm really surprised they let Jamie go for the whole thing...and he went a long ways. That was crazy!

When to start Warehouse 13?

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 09:16
Need some opinions. I recently became aware of Warehouse 13 and I assume I will like it. I have all the season 4 episodes on my Tivo and the rest are available on Netflix. I really don't feel like watching 3 old seasons unless I really need to. So could I just start watching season 4, or will I miss a lot of back story?? If I need some back story, could I just watch SOME of the earlier stuff?

TiVo settles with Motorola, Cisco and TWC for 490M

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 07:09
TiVo Announces Settlement of Patent Litigation and Doubling of Stock Repurchase Authorization

Settles Patent Litigation With Cisco, Motorola and Time Warner Cable for $490 Million

Brings Aggregate Awards and Settlements From Intellectual Property Actions to Roughly $1.6 Billion

Increases Stock Repurchase Authorization to $200 Million With Plans to Increase Size of Current 10b5-1 Plan

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/07/13 -- TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) announced today that it has settled its pending patent litigation with Motorola (now owned by Google and Arris), Cisco and Time Warner Cable and that TiVo has agreed to enter into certain patent licensing arrangements with Arris, Cisco, and Google. As part of the settlement, Google and Cisco will pay TiVo an upfront lump-sum payment of $490 million, bringing the total from awards and settlements related to the use of certain TiVo intellectual property
to roughly $1.6 billion.

In conjunction with approving the terms of the settlement, TiVo's board of directors also approved a major expansion of TiVo's stock repurchase authorization. The board's action doubles the size of the authorization from $100 million to $200 million and extends the stock repurchase plan for an additional two years until August 29, 2015. Additionally, TiVo intends to increase the size of its 10b5-1 trading plan significantly as a result. This will allow TiVo to build on the almost $57 million worth of equity acquired through open market purchases and from tax withholdings on employee restricted share vesting since the time the board of directors first authorized the $100 million stock repurchase plan. This increased and extended repurchase authorization means TiVo will have over $160 million of unused stock repurchase authorization.

"We are pleased to reach an agreement that brings our pending litigation to an end and further underscores the significant value our distribution partners derive from TiVo's technological innovations and our shareholders derive from our investments in protecting TiVo's intellectual property," said Tom Rogers, CEO and President of TiVo. "Further, this settlement significantly enhances our already strong balance sheet, bringing our cash position to over $1 billion before inclusion of future expected payments of at least $400 million from prior settlements. We intend to use our significant capital resources to drive shareholder value, including more aggressively returning capital to shareholders under our newly increased share repurchase authorization and we will be increasing the size of our 10B5-1 trading plan as soon as permissible."

Mr. Rogers added, "Importantly, we just recently closed one of our best quarters ever in terms of subscription growth, driven by a number of our existing operator deals in the U.S. and abroad that are now fully up and running. As a result, we delivered our highest gross margin ever and solid MSO revenue growth of 98% year-over-year, and we expect this MSO revenue growth will continue as we roll out additional deployments. So, as we look out beyond today's important settlement we believe our core operating business will continue to drive growth to both the top and bottom line."

As part of the settlement, TiVo and Motorola, Cisco, and Time Warner Cable agreed to dismiss all pending litigation between the companies. TiVo will recognize a portion of the payment as past damages during the second quarter and the remainder over time. The company intends to provide additional details regarding the timing of revenue recognition in its second quarter fiscal year 2014 earnings report. Further, as a result of this settlement, TiVo expects net income and Adjusted EBITDA to benefit from lower litigation spend in the remainder of its fiscal year ending January 31, 2014 and beyond.

The Cable Show (Monday)

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 06:15
Welp, The Cable Show starts Monday. This is where Tivo introduced the Mini last year.

Knowing that we're getting some new hardware in a few months, what's everybody expecting Tivo to show on Monday, if anything? Or do you think Tivo will be tight lipped a little longer, until CEDIA (Sept 25-28)?

I think we're at least going to see the rumored 6-tuner box finally. Possibly that rumored audible remote too.

No pricing or specific release date details, though. I think they'll say the release will be "later this year" and "pending FCC approval."

Is anybody here going to the show, by chance?

Last weekend of speculation! :)

Need with Streambaby error in Windows 8

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 20:38
I am trying to install Streambaby but having issues. I did install Java.

I've attached a print screen of the error. Can someone help me with this?

Please advise. Thanks.
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2 x Series 1 Tivos - one modded/AltEPG, one boxed original

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 15:02
I've got two Tivos, free to a good home:

1. My 'used' Tivo Series 1 - upgraded HDD (can't remember how big, probably 320GB or summut - no promises), Turbonet card (with CAT5 cable terminated in plug hanging out the back), configured for AltEPG over the network, TivoWebPlus installed (probably a few other odds and sods as well). Not reset, not wiped, just as it was when I pulled the plug on it for the final time a couple of weeks ago (fans of "Ben and Holly" and/or "Peppa Pig" will probably be quite fortunate with this one!). Works great.

2. A virtually "as new" boxed Series 1 - that I don't believe has been through initial setup, and is completely original in every way. I can't remember if I've 'borrowed' the remote control from this one or whether there is still a new remote in the box - it's at the back of my wardrobe and I cant remember (will dig it out if there's any interest and can advise later).

I've got at least two, if not three, original silver Tivo remotes to go with these - I'll probably let the "as new" Tivo go with the best condition remote, the next best with the "used" Tivo and the third remote to whoever collects a Tivo first and wants it. Strangely the wear on most of the remotes is restricted to the silver paint rubbing thin - the buttons are typically quite legible even after 10+ years of use (unlike the new VirginMedia Tivo - I'm on my second remote already - text rubs off the damn buttons!).

So - drop me a PM or post on here if you're interested. Collection from Swindon, Wiltshire.



TiVo lost all recordings

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 13:08
Hi all...

Tivo premiere decided to freak out this morning. I got a message that the guide had run out (confirmed with Tivo support that the guide had not run out and they had a record of successful connections).

Then went to my shows and they had been completely cleared. All saved shows lost. Season pass information is still there and it seems to be recording and functioning normally now. Recently Deleted also completely clear. Messages still intact though.

Any ideas on how this might have occurred? Sounds like a huge software glitch to me. Has anyone else experienced this?

Series 3 with original 250 internal+external 1 gig to new 2 gig internal?

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 12:32
I have a Series 3 (TCD648250B) lifetime with the original 250 GB internal HD plus an external 1 GB HD. Current firmware.

Is it possible to make a new internal 2 GB HD and retain everything (programs, season's passes, cablecard info) using MFSLive or WINMfs or some other tool?

I've read everything on Spike's forum, all the FAQs and help files, and there is conflicting info on whether this is possible or not.

Any input appreciated, as well as (if it's possible to do what I need) whether the Western Digital WD AV-GP WD20EURS, currently on sale at the Egg for $90, will work. Seems to me I remember something in the dim distant past about WD Green drives not beeing able to boot on S3 Tivos.

Zero Hour - ABC

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 08:35
Zero Hour on ABC is airing Eps 4 & 5 on Sat 6/15/13

666 Park Avenue returns the following week, on June 22