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On Demand alternatives?

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 14:47
I'm considering getting a TiVo but one thing that stops me (aside from the cost of a TiVo and TiVo's monthly cost--yes...I know about lifetime) is that On Demand is not available and I watch a lot of On Demand programming. I currently I have Comcast (On Demand via TiVo is not offered in my area) and am considering switching to FiOS.

I know about Netflix and Amazon but I'm not looking to pay additional monthly subscriptions and I was wondering what other alternatives might be out there for On Demand that I'm not aware of. For example, do Showtime or HBO or other cable movie broadcasters have any sort of link through/to TiVo devices if one has a subscription to those channels via one's cable company (Comcast or FiOS)?

Also...I prefer to watch tv on my tv and not on my pc so I'm looking for tv-based alternatives...



Sinbad and Primeval New World

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 12:02
If you're interested in either of these upcoming SyFy shows, which premiere on Saturday June 8, you will need to set your season passes to record new and repeats. Both of these shows suffer from the common UK/Canada original air date issue.

I don't know why it is that a show like Rookie Blue can appear as new on ABC, but shows on SyFy (and many on BBC America) always appear as repeats.

New Tivo mini/stream bundle email

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:59
Just received an email with new bundles.

P4 & Mini $250
P4, Mini, & Stream $330
P4XL & Mini $400
P4XL, Mini & Stream $480
All require service with $100 off lifetime for existing lifetime customer

I'm interested in a P4XL + Mini which comes to $1,050 after adding lifetime to both units. Feels like the same value we've had the last few months - everyone agree?

Maybe I'm asking too much for a further discount but I'm going to hold off a bit longer. With a lifetime S2 and a lifetime S3 my needs are met now, would like like to eliminate that second cable outlet eventually.

TiVo XL4 and Netgear Wireless Router Compatibility

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:54
I would like to connect a TiVo Premiere XL4 to a wireless network with a TiVo Wireless N Adapter. Is the XL4 and TiVo Wireless N Adapter compatible with a Netgear Wireless N Router, WNDR3400v2?

Revolution - Children of Men 5/27

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:53
Wow no thread yet!

At first I thought this was the season finale and a real dumb way of ending it. But I see that the season finale is next Mon.

Not a real bad episode but one of the plot lines drives me crazy! Here is a small group of people that are controlling a resource (power for the whole world) and other people that want the resource (THE ENTIRE WORLD!) but the small group of people knows "what's best" for them and EVERYONE ELSE and deny the other people the resource. Quoting from the NBC episode recap: "Jenkins knows electricity will give weapons to the evil ones in the world." So instead without power ALL of the world governments have failed and now small communities are run by militias that are run by the likes of Monroe. And the various militias are fighting each other. And this is better than it was when the world had power??!! And to add hypocrisy this small group of people has plenty of power but are denying it to the rest of the world because the rest of the world is evil (but they are not!)!!!

Unfortunately this reflects the way things often happen in the real world but I still hate it both in the real world and in TV dramas!!


Tivo Premiere Vs. Tivo Premiere 4

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:53
Other than the 2 additional cable tuners, and the loss of the ATSC tuners, are there any differences between the Tivo Premiere and the Tivo Premiere 4? Especially hardware wise?

Service plan questions

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 09:10
I'm cutting the cord and plan on using Tivo for OTA HD. I'm hesitant to purchase new from Tivo as there are rumors of new hardware in the fall and trying to figure out what my options are to cheaply start using Tivo now with minimal commitment. I'm a little confused about the options as it pertains to the service plans and commitment.

It looks like I can try to find a used series 3 HD on ebay and then I can activate for $12.99 per month with no commitment. This may be the best option that I can tell.

I can buy a refurbished Premiere from Tivo for $99 but i need to commit to one year of service at $14.99/month. What's not clear to me is if I purchase a new Tivo within the 1st year, can I transfer my service and if so does the one year commitment reset?

I can buy a used Premiere on ebay. Do I need to commit to one year of service with this option? Same question as above in regards to transfering service to a new Tivo within the first year.


UltraDMA CRC Errors??? What??

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 07:31
My "new" WD AV-GP 2t was makings some weird noises. When I took it out and ran HDDScan it came up with UltraDMA CRC Errors :eek: with an exclamation point next to it. Anyone know whats going on with this drive? I'm selling the box and want to make sure everything is fine with it.
It's a Premier XL with Lifetime.

Bachelorette - Desiree Hartsock - all eps

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 01:44
Anyone watching? I watched a bit of the beginning. I personally don't care to watch much beyond the scenery and any particularly dramatic moments.

Feel free to keep me up to date on any moments you think are worth watching like stuff in the previews Spoiler: (e.g. fist fight, guy's girlfriend showing up)
. :)

For sale: Premiere with Lifetime $400

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 21:23
I bought this on this forum from another user in Dec 2012 and I haven't used it as much as I expected. Could use the money for a new work suit.

It's the standard premiere, I never had a need to upgrade the hard drive...2 tuners, 75 HD hours, Standard remote. Again, it comes with Lifetime Service.

It's outside of the limited warranty.

$400 includes shipping. Just as when buying, I'll accept Paypal when selling. PM me for my email.

Thanks a lot.

What's with all the TWC and Direct TV trolls?

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 20:25
I guess TWC is happy when some with Tivo calls in with a problem. That way they can blame someone else besides TWC for poorly maintained cable infrastructure and poorly trained tech support you get on the telephone. The field techs are good as long as they get good info.

Mad Men - "The Better Half" - OAD 5-26-13

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 19:58
Poor Peggy, Abe dumps her and Ted goes on like nothing happened between. Betty (January Jones) look hot.

Home network not working

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 19:04
Hi Folks, I'm not really into IT stuff but not a total nuffa so I will try and explain what's happening and hope it's an easy fix.

Running S3 Tivo, had it for about 4 years and it's worked great, had it connected through Home Network on our old PC and it worked most of the time fairly well but since upgrading our PC I can't get it to work.

Contacted Tivo and they sent out a patch which I installed and it transferred 1 program from my PC to the Tivo but wont bring up the Now playing list and says that the Tivo is not detected.

I've adjusted everything I can in the Firewall settings and our Norton Anti Virus software and now I'm stumped.

I've gone over everything I did when it transferred the 1 program and can't seem to get it to do it again.

I had no problems doing this the first time, I feel as though I've missed a step or does the Tivo software not like Windows 7?

Cheers Damo

Inside Amy Schumer - Comedy Central

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 16:38
Just did a mini marathon on On Demand. If you like Louie, Curb and Seinfeld this is right up your alley.

First off, it is not a Sitcom. It's sketch comedy. But does have the above shows influence.

I've always liked her on the CC Roasts. And she is hilarious. The writing very smart (and raunchy). Not every sketch is a hit, but most are.

My favorites were The Perm, Sexting, Lunch at O'Nutters and Urban Fitters.

Also, was surprised how good an actress she is!

TiVo Premiere/Cablevision - Channels no longer found

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 16:36
I have a TiVo Premiere and use Brooklyn/Queens (NY) Cablevision. All has gone well, until about two days ago, when the TiVo spontaneously rebooted, and then a large number of channels (forty or so), stopped being found when I try to tune them in. The on-screen message says "Searching for signal on this cable channel".

They range in Channel number from 56 to the high 700's.....These channels had no problem being found previously, and I have made no hardware changes of any kind.

It is worth noting that I have an identical setup in another room....Same TiVo device, same provider, and these channels have no problem, nor does my spare bedroom have a problem, with just Cablevisions' provided S.A. cable decoder.

I have restarted the TiVo twice and have reseated the CableCard in the offending TiVo, with no change in result.

Any help would be appreciated.


Reminder: Longmire returns tonight 5/27/13

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 16:31
A&E, 10pm EDT. Plus several repeat showings.

XL4 had no audio on recorded show

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 16:29
I thought that someone else had this issue but I do not see it now.

Our XL4 still has not gotten the new s/w. Last night my wife wanted to see a show she likes. We have 5 episodes in The Little Couple folder, so may as well watch (get rid of) one of them. It started and there was no audio. We use HDMI and have not had this problem before. OK, so I went back to the start...no audio. We went forward...no audio. Tried the next show and it was fine. Went back to the "bad" show and it was OK now. Is this just a fluke? Is there something I can try if it happens again? Could the new s/w fix this? Our P4 does have the new s/w but the XL4 still does not. They were bought from TIVO at the same time.

TiVo disappointment

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 16:23
I posted this in the FiOS forum earlier today and someone suggested that I post here as well.
The contents of my post are below:
I had a DirecTiVo many years ago and loved it. When I got FiOS, I wanted to get back to TiVo but it was too expensive. I was excited when I found 2 TiVo Premiere 4's at a garage sale so I bought them. I had to purchase 2 MoCA adapters so that I could share programming with both of them. I got them hooked up on Saturday morning and man, am I disappointed.
While the FiOS MRDVR has many faults, it far surpasses the TiVo in my opinion. It's almost like TiVo hasn't made any improvements over the last 10+ years. Maybe I simply got used to the way FiOS is laid out, but the TiVo seems confusing.
1. It took the TiVo unit nearly 2 hours to update the software
2. I got the M-Card connected and configured but then it took nearly 2 hours for the guide data to update
3. Being "in" a menu and still able to see the programming on live TV
3. There's no way to add or remove a channel to the favorites "on the fly"
4. Color-coded programming is non-existent
5. A black remote with black buttons is useless in a darkened room
6. It's difficult to use indexing (if it even exists) and to stop the program that's playing doesn't exist.
7. Only a 30 minute buffer
8. Guide doesn't show the channel icon, just shows the name/number
There are many more nuances that I'm not used to yet.
Several things that I love about the TiVo
1. Suggestions. These include actual programming, not paid VOD
2. Wish List. If I see an ad for a movie that I want to record that's more than 2 weeks out, I have to actually REMEMBER to record it
3. Searching for programming with actors who are in the listing. Meaning, if I'm watching a movie that has Al Pacino in it, I can search for other programming starring him.
4. Finding a showing in the future and being able to set it to record (the FiOS secondary STB does not allow you to do this. You have to go to the channel and time and then set it to record)
5. "Like" a program so that the system can make recommendations
6. Being able to switch from 1 channel to another while buffering both
7. Fast Forward plays the content at super-speed instead of skipping

Remote responsiveness is about the same for both the TiVo and FiOS DVR, but the TiVo *always* responds when pressing a button whereas the FiOS unit sometimes lags 4-5 seconds.

I'm glad that I have 30 days to decide on whether to cancel or keep the TiVo service, but initial thoughts are disappointment.


OK - I'm Stumped. Can't get my original S3 to boot

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:48
Hi all! I know that there have been a few threads on this, but I still can't find an answer to my issue. I have an original S3 that just won't boot. I have replaced the HD with a new drive (with the 648 image), I have replaced all of the busted capacitors, and have even gone so far as to switch out the power supply with my other S3 just to verify that I installed everything correctly. But still, I am stuck on the "Welcome, Powering Up..." screen. Any suggestions?

One thing that I didn't mention was the fact that I had an external drive hooked up to the unit when it died - I have not plugged that drive back in as I suspect that its dead as well. Could that be my issue?


"Beyond the Candelabra" HBO Liberace Movie

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 13:54
Well, knock me over with a Virgin White Fox boa!

I liked "Beyond the Candelabra."

I would have never thought that I could sit through the whole two hours but it flowed.

It was faaaabbbb yeeeeww lus. :D

I'm sure everybody was thinking that Lee just needed to hang on another 20 (30?) years so he could come out of the closet.

It should be a shoo in for an Emmy for makeup. Before and after plastic surgery, with and without hair, and it holds up in HD. Great job!

Oh. Every time the scene was in the mansion there were yapping dogs in the soundtrack background. Drove my dogs crazy.