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Slink Link connectivity question

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 06:43
I changed internet providers...long story short, ended up having to change entire configuration to include location of router. I was able to use existing Slink Link 1 port Ethernet bridge to get connectivity from the router to the TiVo across the room. Now, I cannot connect my Sling Box.

Here is my question, if i want to get connectivity to my Sling Box now, can I use the existing Sling Link bridge connected ti the router as the "hoist" if you will, and then replace the other 1 port device, currently connected to my TiVo with the 4 port device that Sling makes, so that I can connect my TiVo and Sling Box?

Alternatively, Sling makes a Homeplug Ethernet adapter...would that work to pick up the signal currently coming off of the router with the existing Sling Link?

DirectTV with a "regular" Tivo?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 06:29
I've got a Tivo Premier and have a cable card from my old cable provider. No problems.

I moved in with someone that already has DirectTV service. I wanted to get an acecss card for my Premier, so it can work with DirectTV.

Customer support at DirectTV is telling me it's not going to work. I've got to have the "special" DirectTV Tivo.

Is there any truth to this? Am I up a river? How do you get a "regular" Tivo to work with DirectTV?

Thanks all!

Any way to tell why TiVo rebooted?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 01:29
So it seems that right at 8:30 tonight my Elite rebooted causing me to miss about 7 minutes of 3 shows that were recording at that time. One in the moddle, two the beginning. According to the history it was due to a power loss, but that can't be true because it's connected to a UPS and my wife's Premiere, which is connected to the same UPS, did not reboot. So something caused it to reboot at exactly 8:30. Is there anyway to tell what caused it? I had a couple shows ending and a couple more starting up right at that time, so it could have been a problem with one of the tuners or the CableCARD. I have a TA but none of the shows recording were on SDV channels. Hopefully this was a fluke, but I'd like to know what caused it, if possible, so I can keep an eye out for it happening again in the future.


Big Bang Theory: The Bakersfield Expedition 1/10/13 SPOILERS

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 23:09
Really laughed a lot at both storylines. Excellent episode.

I thought I would hate the girls exploring the world of comic books, but as soon as they started arguing about Thor's hammer it got perfect.

And the guys posing for self-portraits was priceless.

Elementary Season One Thread

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:26
I have been watching, and think it's pretty good.

I do however think I have deduced the identity of Moriarty. It is Sherlock's father.

I want to add more space to my TiVo

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:49
Do I have to use the DVR Expander on the TiVo site, or can I use any hard drive?

Upgrade offer from S3 to Premier 4

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 18:54
Just got a personalized offer to upgrade one of my 3 HD Tivo's (the S3) to a Premiere 4 for 549.99. Called to see if they would let me upgrade to the XL4, but they didn't. And then I see that others here are getting upgrade offers for their S3's at 249.99 to a Premiere 4 with transfer of lifetime subscription and $99 to keep the lifetime on their S3 plus a free MOCA adapter.

Having had I don't even remember how many Tivos since 1999 and currently having 3 active Tivos I am not amused by this segmentation and I certainly don't think it's justified. Why would you want to alienate your most loyal users in that way? If you are going to make an offer to the S3 owners with PSL amongst us, why wouldn't you make us all the same offer?

And what's it to Tivo whether I am willing to pay $150 more for an XL4 instead of a Premier 4, why wouldn't they let me do that. I guess I should be thankful for that, since I would not have been happy seeing the much cheaper offer made to others.

Not liking this!


Tivo Upgrade Offer

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 16:16
Just received and email from Tivo offering to upgrade 1 of my 3 TivoHD's (TSN # was given) with a Premier 4. They listed lifetime option of $50 but they want $499 the the Premier 4.

The $549 total is around $100 less than what I could have gotten online with $249 dvr and $399 lifetime. Tempting but hard to replace a working series 3 with lifetime and a year old expanded hard drive when you have Christmas credit cards bills to pay off....

Need to upgrade...but can't update drive in Premier?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 15:46
I'm trying to figure out my options. The HDMI port in my TIVO HD is broke, and I want to avoid the componant cable hookup. I have a 1tb drive in the HD I installed a few years ago.

Fair enough, maybe time to get the newest TIVO series box. But, from what I understand TIVO is preventing people from putting in their own drives? What??? And there's only 1 external drive I can buy? And the 1 tb internal drive updates from place like weaknees are like $200?! What a crappy business model. Way to take away options and make people pay more than what they did before.

And it sounds like transferring shows may not work, depending on copyrights?

What the h*ll, in a competitive DVR field why is TIVO removing "features"?
Also, while I'm ranting, did the HD menu's get faster yet, or are they still slugish? Seems odd they talk about new slicker-looking menu's but otoh the performance isn't there (or wasn't based on some reports I read).

Sorry, but been a long time customer, just doesn't seem like TIVO is trying to take care of its customers with this.

MY Book Expander as esata storage

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 15:03
I am attempting to use my 1 TB MyBook DVR expander for TIVO as an esata drive for extra storage for my computer. I have been using the 500 Gig but it is failing. For some reason, I am unable to initialize this new disk through disk management on the computer. When I right click there is no initialize disk message and I am unable to format it.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I am using Windows 7.


What's your monthly Comcast bill?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 15:00
Looking into return my Comcast DVR and get a tivo now it has Xfinity ondemand. Currently I have Digital Starter + HD/DVR and pay $69.
If I get the the Premiere with Lifetime will I pay more or less?

DirecTV free weekend Jan 11-13: HBO, SHO, Starz, Cmax

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 14:52
DirecTV is having a Premium Channel Free Trial Weekend:

Jan 11-13, Channels 501-558
HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax

Where is the sales area without eBay?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 14:42
Where is the sales forum for those who wish to sell their two TiVos but don't want to use eBay? I tried to list it in the auction area but had it removed because I choose NOT to use eBay due to a bad experience there. Or is that my only option here?

Cougar Town S04E01

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 14:20
SO glad this show is back.
Anybody else wonder how Ellie got the rug burns on her head? ;)

Also I watched to the very end and they showed the "preview" for this season. I got an "Arrested Development" vibe.

TWC + Tivo Premiere

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 13:46

My last visit while logged into this forum was May 1st, 2006.

Thus began my DVR dark ages. I sold the two TiVo's I had at the time, and I went to DirecTV and their HD DVR. That lasted until about a year ago, and I went to Centurylink Prism.

Currently due to where I live, I'm kinda stuck with only one HD show at a time, and it is driving me nuts. Combined with a less than reliable DSL 10Mb line, and my distance from the CO, I'm once again debating if I should go back to time warner cable.

I hate their DVRs, much more than DirecTV or Prism's. My wife made a comment about TiVo and I started scheming. (she still points to the TV and says 'where's the 'boo-dip boo-dip boo-dip' if the remote has fallen under the couch)

I can't tell from TiVo's website if TWC and cable cards work, I did some searches and I find more 'this isn't working' or 'channels are missing'. Is there a database anywhere that someone says 'In Raleigh NC, with cable cards, everything works'?

I'd hate to have everything installed, buy new TIVos and then find yeah, dno't work. I tried cable card with just a TV and I was ejecting and inserting that stupid thing hundreds of times before I gave it back and gave up.

The last TiVo I owned was two of the 2nd generation ones. Wireless Ethernet support was just appearing so they no longer had to do phone calls to download guides and what not. They were SD of course.

What I'd like to do, is go with TWC and their cable HD service, and buy the XL4 and load up it doing the main recording, while streaming to the iPad or another TV in the house. If I understand it, what I need is an XL4 for my 'main' tivo and then a smaller one for the second TV. Am I reading that right?

The stream lets me watch it on my multitude of iOS devices.

Does that mean (if it works) I need 3 Cable cards from TWC?

Anyone still using the GXCEBOT?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 07:55
Call me a romantic or Luddite, but I'm still using the good 'ol DirecTV GXCEBOT Series 1 in a spare bedroom. Am I the last one? The power supply finally blew and I've got a new one on the way. :) I think the reason it lasted so long was because of annual/semi annual cleaning and inspections. A little compressed air and making sure the fan is still turning goes a long way!

Hr10-250 No Dvr Service

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 06:44
So I installed a TB drive into my HR10-250 and used Instantcake 6.4a to install the software. I have three R16-500 that the DVR service is working fine but I am getting a message that the DVR service on my HR10-250 is not activated. I do not have a phone line and never had this issue before using Instantcake so I called D*TV. The guy on the phone tells me since I have a HD Box that I was put under the 20 dollar a month DVR service package deal and the HR10-250 wasn't supported, then I had to explain to him that I do not have an HD box and the HR10-250 no longer supports HD so basically now, it's a SD box. 50 mins later back and forth, I finally got him on the same page with me about my box not being HD and said I needed to moved down to the 8 dollar DVR service and this would have to be escalated to the top people to get this done.

Does this make any sense? I find this hard to believe and was wondering if it was on my end because of the Instantcake? I guess I will have to take it somewhere with a phone line? Did I get a bad Instantcake image?

So basically if I did upgrade to HD and I was put in the 20 dollar DVR service, D*TV is saying that my DVR stuff on my Tivos will not work anymore. Just doesn't make sense.

HDMI only active during welcome screen, screen black afterwards

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 06:24
TiVo HD;
The HDMI out is dead except during the welcome screen from powering up. Tried it on a HDTV & on a PC monitor. There is always power on the output as it lights up a external HDMI switch (switch is HDMI powered) on my PC monitor, but no video. Screen is black.
I don't know why it is active at that 90 second welcome screen, then nothing. Almost as a PC would boot, showing the BIOS screen, then when the O/S loads, the screen goes black as in a driver problem.
I tried all the format choices and still nothing on both monitors. I also tried a 2nd cable, but no difference. Component & composite are Ok during all phases.


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How to record 11 minutes: CNN Student News

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 02:39
I'm trying to set up a recording via the Tivo website for CNN Student News on HLN at 3am Central time M-F for 11 minutes a day.

How can this be done?

If I use the 1-Click Record or 1-Click Season Pass, it will record for a full hour and this program is just 11 minutes long or so.