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So if it's not my HD going bad...

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 05:53
We have a Tivo Premiere XL and for the last few months, we've been seeing that the TiVo has been keeping fewer and fewer programs. I posted about this back in January here http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=499362 but the problem has actually gotten worse.

We have set it up so that all the season passes we really care about are set to KUID. We have other season passes, mostly for kids shows, which are not set that way. We have been noticing that anything that is not set to KUID is actually deleted either immediately after the show stops recording or shortly thereafter. Just this morning, just to verify before writing this post, I recorded two shows -- one on each tuner. After recording stopped, I went in to "My Shows" to see if they were still there; they were. But less than 5 minutes later, one of them was deleted. I went in to the "Recently Deleted" folder and nothing is there. As I was typing out this post, I noticed that the other one was deleted as well. When I started this post, space usage was reported at 38%. Just now, I looked up and saw space usage was reported at 37%. I went looking for that second show and it's gone. It's not showing in "Recently Deleted", either. Needless to say, this is incredibly frustrating.

Last night, in hopes of perhaps hopefully fixing whatever is going wrong, I had TiVo run some checks/diagnostics on the hard drive. I used the guide found here http://www.weaknees.com/tivo-kickstart-codes.php and I ran it through the following:

Media File System (MFS) check
Media File System (MFS) cleanup
Hard Drive Test -> Run S.M.A.R.T. tests

I don't know the results of the first 2 (no notification was given) but the last test (which took all night to run) showed that everything passed. So whatever is wrong, it doesn't seem to be the hard drive. I've searched around and it doesn't look like the drive needs any kind of defragging but I can't think of anything else it might be. *Something* is using up the other 63% of the space and TiVo doesn't seem to be able to fully utilize it.

Do any of you have any suggestions you can offer as to what I can do/check next? I just don't know what more we should do. We haven't had this box very long (perhaps 2 - 3 years?) and we have a lifetime subscription with it so I'm not too keen on just going out and replacing it. So any ideas/suggestions would be very welcome.


Purchasing TiVO Premiere 4 on amazon

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 23:57
I have an existing TiVo, so I am eligible for the Multi-service discount ($100) for the Product Lifetime Service. I was wondering if I could purchase the TiVo Premiere 4 from amazon.com and still be eligible for the $100 discount? Also, would I be able to purchase the $39.99 3-year extended warranty? Thanks.

Smash "The Nominations/The Tonys" (5/26/13, Spoilers)

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 22:25
First, a note: these "two" episodes were aired as a two-hour block, with no separation between them. The second part actually started at :55. Hence, one thread.

Interesting goof from the props people: when Karen handed Jimmy the ticket, it clearly read "Manhattan Theater Workshop." Either the props people forgot that the show had moved to Broadway, or they had that ticket as an earlier prop and just didn't care to try and make up a Ticketron ticket prop.

Thankfully, this show is over, so that we never have to hear Anjelica Houston "sing" ever again. Wow. I swear, I heard the classic "screech/crash" sound effect when she sang her line on "Under Pressure." Everyone else was really good on it, especially Christian Borle, whom we heard much too little singing from over the run of the show.

Thankfully, the show didn't end how I (and others, I'd expect) thought it would, with a cliffhanger over who won the Tony. I'll give the show credit, they did at least try for a conclusion as best as they could.

Unfortunately, that's all the credit I can give to the show. With that last hour, the show took an unbearable turn towards the self-aware, breaking the fourth wall completely with Tom doing his best sitcom-my look into the camera and react after kissing that Tony committee member (which, in and of itself was eye-rolling). Then, that whole last number, especially the "Where are we going?" "Show's over" bit? BLECH. It was already an bad song before that, that just made it completely awful.

After seeing how well another show recently reproduced a major awards show, it made this supposed "Tony Awards" look even more embarrassingly fake. The staging of the sectionals on "Glee" look more elaborate. That was a dinky little stage. Plus, it ignored the fact that the nominee performances usually do a fairly close staging to how they are performed in the show, including set pieces and such. It would be completely unrealistic for a last minute change like they did.

Oh, well, like Ivy said, "Show's over." I should be thankful they figured out a way to conclude it rather than leave it hanging. I just wish that they didn't conclude it on such a disappointing note.

Rookie Blue 2013 Season thread (spoilers)

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 22:17
Since the other thread was prior to the show starting (and said spoilers "maybe"), I figured starting a new thread. We didn't get a lot of episode threads last summer, so I figured a season long thread would probably be appropriate.

So, first episode is done.

That was a quick end to the undercover assignment. I understand why they did it, writers wise, so we don't have to deal with separate goings on. It didn't surprise me that Swarek found a new girl. He's not over Andy, though. They way he looked at her when she came out of the truck tells you it isn't over. It will be interesting to see how that plays out. I didn't recall Swarek becoming a detective. Did that happen when Jerry died? If so, why would he have seniority over Nash? She's been a detective longer.

And Nick 'shooting' Andy? Yeah, that's gotta go over well. Anyone know about glocks? Is what Nick said true?

Speaking of detectives - where's Callahan? He convinced Andy to go off on the task force. We didn't see him at all in the season opener. I saw him on the 2 hour finale of Criminal Minds. I wonder if he's moved shows, or if that is going to just be a one-off. About the Criminal Minds episode - Spoiler: He played Hotch's brother, Sean Hotchner, who was sent off to jail at the end of the episode - plenty of time to not worry about having him on the show, but it could be a short prison sentence

As far as Andy/Swarek - he said he loved her and wanted to get back together, and then she left. He never really ended that relationship. Officer Cruz is in for a rude awakening. Yes, he may think it's over, but with his reactions, you know it isn't. It obviously isn't for Andy. I wonder how Andy and Nick are going to be. They had to play boyfriend/girlfriend, and were obviously keeping that separate while they were in their apartment (taking turns on the sofa), but they are going to be close (even with him 'shooting' her) after depending on each other during that time. Gail is going to have issues with that, I bet.

Removing previously networked Tivo's in My Shows

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:21
Is there a way to remove a previously networked Tivo from the list in My Shows?

I no longer have the Tivo in question but it still appears, albeit greyed out and with an exclamation mark in front of it, in the My Shows list. I tried restarting the Tivo but that didn't remove it.

SOAK: TiVo Premiere pricing

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:11
Hi, my friend is a first time DVR user and he's thinking about switching to TiVo. What is the cheapest DVR with lifetime or monthly service that he can get. Does it really cost 500 bucks for lifetime? That's a lot of money.

Back on board with Tivo

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:50
So after several years away (locked in as a tenant at building complex that was in cahoots with Dish Network) I just picked up Tivo Premiere.....and I'm ready to sign on with Comcast Xfinity. A couple of questions for you cablecard veterans....

I want digital cable and internet in 2 rooms but only need DVR functionality (with the Tivo obviously) in one. Just need a basic converter in the other room. So, do I have the tech come out and do the install and ask for a cablecard? Does he take the converter back or should I just put it in the second room? I have my own wireless router. Do I need an adapter or can I just go directly into the Premiere? How does this all affect my package price?

I know this has probably been asked 1000x. Explain it to me like I'm an idiot....:confused:

IR Control of Mini

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 16:11
I am attempting to control a mini and a Premiere in the same room. They both feed a matrix switch for a whole house solution. Whenever I change the remote address for the mini, the address also changes for the premiere. Tivo customer service state that they don't know if this possible. Anybody get it to work? If not, it goes back.

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Tivo that hasn't been used for a couple years

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 15:03
I have a Tivo that was working when I unplugged it but haven't had time to set it up again. It's been over a year, probably two years:confused:. Is it likely I will have difficulty? It's so hard to do all the set up, I thought I'd ask ahead of time.

Arrested Development S4E2 "Borderline Personalities" *spoilers*

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 12:07
The scene with Buster sucking the smoke from Lucille's mouth had me in stitches. Freakin' hilarious.

And all the stuff with Barry Zuckercorn not really knowing anything about the law was classic.

Arested Development Netflix entire season SPOILERS

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 11:05
Only on the 4th episode but some really funny moments so far:
Bob Loblaw law bomb!
There's a girl in his room.
I can tell Ron Howard to F*** himself.
Really enjoying it so far.


Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:28

Arrested Development - S4E01 "Flight of the Phoenix"

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:15
Seems like most people agreed on one thread per episode, so here goes! Please limit your discussion on this thread to episode 1 - no spoilers for future episodes.

Liked the episode a lot. Suspect I'll like it more when I see how the various episodes all fit together - why is Maeby at George Michael's college, why is GOB at the house (and who was he with), stuff like that. All the flashbacks and forwards were confusing, but that's kind of the point.

Some highlights:
- "A Netflix semi-original series" - funny!
- Ron Howard clearing his throat
- the "Showstealer Pro Trial Version" watermark on old scenes
- Cinco de Cuatro
- The brief callbacks to old jokes (Peanuts walk, "you're a crook Captain Hook", and yet another "loose seal").
- Every time Michael closed Lucille 2's door - Liza Minnelli was hilarious!

Orphan Black 5/25/13 "Unconscious Selection"

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:15
They're clones...AND TWINS!! :D

So I'm guessing the Big Bad who's giving orders to Max Headroom is an older version of the clones; the original.

Poor Art...he got screwed by his partner about ten minutes before he would have done the same thing himself.

Fun watching Alison and Felix bond. They make such a cute couple! :D

Sad that there's only one week left. This season. This has become my favorite show that doesn't have the words "game" and "throne" in the title.

Can a TivoXL with a 2TB internal drive take more storage?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 16:53
I think I know the answer already, but I figured I will ask to verify.

I already upgraded a TivoXL (658000) with a 2TB internal drive. I am searching for options to increase the storage now that it is nearly full.

Based on the FAQ, I am already pretty much at the limit of max capacity with the 2TB internal drive (318 hours) I does not seem worth the hassle to add a 2nd drive just to get another 200GB or so.

Quote: Tivo HD XL TCD658000 2.20 TB* (2200 GB) Is there another way to increase the capacity? Like 3TB or 4TB internal drive?

My current workaround is to use my 2nd TivoHD to offload the recordings from TivoXL. I have also copied the SeasonPass from TivoXL to TivoHD to start recording new shows on the 2nd unit, but keeping both units in synch is a hassle.


TiVo & FiOS TV?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 16:28
I need to provide a bit of background before I can ask my questions.

I currently have Comcast but I am considering moving to FiOS for tv--I have FiOS for broadband and phone--but because I have a hearing loss, I need closed captions to make tv programming accessible and things get a little tricky because there is a significant problem with FiOS when it comes to closed caption support. Using a FiOS stb, closed captions do not display if digital closed caption options 3 through 6 are chosen--only digital closed caption option 1 displays captions and the display quality is very, very poor (basically unreadable for the most part). With Comcast, I use digital closed caption option 3 (or sometimes 4).

The Verizon techs (via dslreports.com Verizon Direct forum) have suggested that using a TiVo with a Verizon cablecard would do the trick because TiVo devices support all 6 of the digital closed caption options--in other words captions will be displayed no matter which digital closed caption option is chosen. On a TiVo device, these options are labelled "DTVCC1", "DTVCC2", "DTVCC3", etc. according to TiVo documentation.


1. Is there anyone on the forum with FiOS using a TiVo Premier (this model seems like the most appropriate one for me but any TiVo that supports closed captioning woud be fine) who would be willing to check to see if the TiVo digital closed caption option 3 and/or 4 actually do display the closed captions and report back? You'd just need to check a couple of channels during regular programming (not ads because many ads are still not closed captioned) say something on CBS and any PBS channel.

2. Because FiOS On Demand is not available using a cablecard, I've considered using a FiOS stb in addition to the TiVo device. Is there anyone on the forum who might have this sort of setup and if so, could you check and see if setting the TiVo Premier digital closed caption option 3 and/or 4 displays captions--again, regular programming on say CBS and any PBS station? I'm not sure if one would need to turn on closed captioning on the FiOS stb in addition to turning on closed captioning on the TiVo device and perhaps you could try it with FiOS stb's closed caption option OFF and also with FiOS closed caption option set to "CC3" (and/or "CC4")--do not test with FiOS closed caption "CC1" set.

Thank you!!!


Capturing Slingbox 350/500 video

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 14:36
There may be easier ways, but recently I discovered a nice way to capture Slingbox video stream directly (not using full screen capture techniques) thanks to "Slinguist" from this post:

Since there are a few Slingbox users here I thought it may be useful to summarize how to get the above working, since it's not trivial to do:

1. Download this Perl script:

2. Requires Perl installation to run if you don't already have it installed:

3. Perl script requires the Crypt::Tea_JS module. You can use the Perl Package Manaager to find and install that module:
Start Perl Package Manager
* View->All Packages
* Find and click on Crypt-Tea_JS
* Action->Install
* File->Run Marked Actions.

4. You then need to edit the rec350b.pl script to update $slingip, $pass and optionally $vs variables.

5. Sling IP & Port you can find as follows:
* Start the web based player the usual way (login if needed): http://newwatch.slingbox.com/#SettingsPageFacade/index
* Click on 'Settings' and then click on 'NETWORK DETAILS' where you can see HOME IP Address and Network Port
* Now in Perl script set $slingip accordingly.

6. While keeping the Slingbox stream active in your browser, the 15 digit admin password you then find by opening a new tab in your browser and visiting:
* https://newwatchsecure.slingbox.com/...count_boxes_js
* Then look for 'adminPassword' setting in the .js file. (If you have more than 1 Slingbox make sure you grab the setting for the right one).
* Now in Perl script set $pass accordingly.

7. I also changed $vs=5 to get 640x480 resolution video as the 'HD' resolution aspect ratio is a little strange.

8. Now you're ready to run the script and capture video.
* Make sure you exit Slingbox viewing in your browser before running the Perl script.
* When you run the script it will create a .asf file in same directory as the script which you can play back using VideoLAN VLC and other players.
* After running script remember to rename the .asf file to something else before running again, or it will get overwritten.

Which TiVo model?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 14:27
I'm thinking about getting a TiVo but after taking a look around I'm not sure which model would be appropriate.

Here are my criteria/situation:

A. I have a hearing loss and need closed captions to make programming accessible so I need a TiVo with closed captioning options

B. I have one HDTV (Sony Bravia 32L5000) and no plans for more

C. Minimal hard drive size would do

D. Currently I have Comcast for TV but am considering moving to FiOSTV--I have FiOS for broadband and phone

Given the above criteria, recommendations as to which TiVo model would be appropriate?



How to program my Sound Bar with Tivo Remotes?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 13:09

I got 2 energy klipsch sound bars for my Panasonic TV's, one in my Basement and one in my Living Room and I am VERY Impressed with the sound and bass. I was able to turn OFF my speakers on my Panasonic but how do I program the Sound Bar to work with my Tivo Remotes Mute and volume Up and Down?

The instructions said to hold the source button then push Mute on the sound bar and then mute 4 times on the Remote to learn it, same for volume UP and Down. I got it to Mute with the Tivo Remote but the sound comes back seconds later and volume up and down doesnt work. any other suggestions?