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Offloaded Tivo content playback on my PC has jitter

Sat, 05/11/2013 - 09:40
Okay, my issue is sort of Tivo related, but not exactly........... I am posting this here because I trust the knowledge of the people on this website more than anywhere else, so here goes :)

Previously, I had a Dell dual core computer with 64 bit Windows 7 and a good Nvidia video card. I could take my high definition Tivo recorded content and convert these files into mpegs and this old PC could play those files easily.

I recently bought a new quad core computer with windows 8. It is supposed to be much more powerful than the old PC. However, the new one has difficulty playing the exact same files that the old computer was able to handle easily. The new PC gives me jitter.

I have tried to figure this out through the process of elimination....

1 - the video card on the new machine is a Radeon 7770. When I first started using this new PC, the driver that was installed was from september 2012. I updated the driver to the april 2013 release from the manufacturer website. This did not fix the problem.

2 - I have tried putting the HD files on various different hard drives. I have tried playing them on an internal drive and also a couple of different external drives. This did not fix the problem.

3 - I have tried a couple of different video players(MPCHC, VLC, etc.). This did not fix the problem.

I am having a couple of other problems with this new PC. But I would like to tackle this issue that I just described here first.

Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?



New Tivo Premiere stuck on acquiring channels

Sat, 05/11/2013 - 01:55
I've been trying to hook up a new tivo premiere this evening and the acquiring channels is stuck on 75%. After doing some reading I'm beginning to wonder what I've gotten myself into. These cablecards sound like a monumental pain in the @ss. And it doesn't help that most service providers seem clueless on how to to get these thing going....or purposefully act like they don't. So anyway, from what I can tell my cablecard is paired. The guy on the phone says it does show paired on his end. He can send it a signal and it did something so he can talk to it. He gave me the usual line of maybe it just needs some time to acquire channels. Yah right, I'm going to get up in the morning and its still going to be sitting at 75%. I've done some reading and I keep seeing mentioned "Con:" and the "Val:" field under the conditional access screen on the cable card. It's says "No" on my screen by Con and the Val field says "V 0x28". From my understanding the V in the Val field is a good thing but the No in the Con is obviously not right. Can somebody give some help on what is going on and maybe give me some things to point out to the knuckleheads at my cable provider when I call them tomorrow for the third time. I can already see where this is heading. They won't get it solved over the phone and are going to charge me $35 for some other knucklehead to come out and after a few hours MAYBE get it going. Thanks.

Series 3 - Clone already expanded drive

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 22:40
I'm getting an s03 error and guide data will not download. Tivo & Weaknees say the drive is bad. This is a Weaknees expanded 1tb drive that is a little over a year old. Western digital has sent a replacement. I have the original Tivo drive put away in a drawer.

I know I can just upgrade to the new drive using the original, stored Tivo drive but.....

Can I clone the dying drive and keep my recordings instead? The dying Weaknees drive is the exact same size as the WD replacement.

Thanks in advance.

NBC officially cancels Smash

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 21:12
Oh, well, it was inconsistent while it lasted.

Kitchen Nightmares - Amy's Baking Company - 05/10/2013

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 20:29
To quote Chef Ramsay - Wow.

The owners were complete psycho's. Everyone was out to get them, everyone was wrong but them, no one would even let her talk.

And he was a gangster. Old school Vegas I guess.

First time ever that Gordon walked away without helping.

No way they can stay in business.

This is the owner's post on FB regarding the episode:


Crazy Amy.

They are trying to defend the owner's taking the tips by saying the servers are paid hourly. Definitely not industry standard, but regardless it should be something the customers are aware of.

Happy Endings cancelled

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 20:03
Per EW:


Sad, I loved the show. Not as strong as last season but still really good.

Just when you thought there were enough Gordon Ramsay shows

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 16:43
Fox just announced they are going to air Junior Masterchef, where the chefs are ages 8-13. (It also announced that it picked up Hell's Kitchen for another season ("Don't shut it down!"), and (regular) Masterchef for another two.)

Didn't Fox learn anything with American Juniors?

Actually, maybe it did; AJ made sure Simon Cowell had nothing to do with it, at least on the air (somebody was afraid of the backlash if Simon started making fun of a 12-year-old, or even just telling him that he can't sing), but according to the Junior Masterchef announcement, Gordon Ramsay will be one of the hosts.

What's next - Junior So You Think You Can Dance? (or, for that matter, So You Think Thirtysomethings Can't Dance?, considering how many people call for SYTYCD to get rid of its maximum age limit, and which is more likely as I'm pretty certain the reason SYTYCD has an 18-year-old minimum rather than the 15 of Idol or 12 of The X Factor is because of child labor laws and the amount of time it takes to teach someone dance choreography)?

Community Getting Renewed?

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 15:39

According to the article, the show is close to getting renewed. The season finale tied American Idol with adults under 35. I would guess that's a great thing for any NBC show these days.

Part of me was hoping they would cancel it so a streaming provider could pick it up and bring back Harmon.

Duck Dynasty will return for 4th Season

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 15:37
It appears the salary dispute has been settled -- announcement today that Duck Dynasty will return for a fourth season. No date mentioned...

Newly activated S2 not seen by other boxes

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 13:55
OK so the other day the reactivation of my Series2 came through. I did this to transfer some recordings before I retire it for good. I have a Mini, Premiere and PremiereXL4. The Mini sees it in the menu as
“!” + the serial # of the S2, not with its name(Series 2 Classic). It also gives an error that it can only playback from a Premiere or newer (expected). The Premiere boxes nor Tivo Desktop (newly downloaded and installed) sees the S2. I verified that it still retained the proper network settings. I have an IP scanner that confirms that it is seen by the network. I also verified that it has been activated for several days from the web page.

Any thoughts.


Fri, 05/10/2013 - 12:49
Is that reality show with jousting (I think on history) coming back?

TiVo HD Owner than never went Lifetime - What to do?

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 12:34

I've had my TiVO for years now and never chose to switch to a lifetime because I was waiting for the next great box but I never thought the Premiere was it. But now I am sitting here paying a monthly fee and passed the lifetime cost twice over. What should I do? I see in the spring sale they have the Premiere XL available with a lifetime. Or should I just change my TiVo HD sub to a lifetime a suck it up?


Community "Advanced Introduction to Finality" S04E13 5/9/13

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 12:26
No thread for season series finale?

I thought the whole season felt kind of flat, but I still enjoyed the ride. Sad to see it go, but with Harmon out this was the best goodbye we could ask for.

It still might get renewed though... Who knows what's going on at NBC.

Is noone watching "Selfridge" on PBS?

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 10:30
To me the acting is superb and the sets and costumes are perfect. Of course, I'm a sucker for period shows. In a recent after-show storyline they explained they did everything first class because they expected to use the sets for years. I hope so.

'24' Showrunner pitched return to Fox

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 09:52

Limited Series, but then it wouldn't be "24", would it? :)

The Office | "A.A.R.M." | 2013-05-09

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 09:51
Another hour episode, but a solid hour.

SPN Convention

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 08:46
Not sure if I should have this here or the HH forum so feel free to move.

A few people asked me for this so here's my pics from NJ :)

(some of the thumbnails aren't showing for whatever reason but the full image will if you click it)

And I have done a Jensen, Jared and Matt VIP review so far so I can add that if interested, they are LONG (ans far less fangirly that last time!)

Longmire Season 2 Premieres May 27 A&E

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 08:40
It's about time.

The Big Bang Theory [05/09/13] - "The Love Spell Potential"

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 06:15
Sheldon: See what happens when you let girls play D & D.