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2-Tuner Support Not on the Roadmap

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 19:58
Cnet's Joshua Goldman confirmed earlier today that TiVo has no plans for the Mini to work with the 2-tuner base Premiere model. They haven't disclosed whether or not this is a technical issue - most are speculating its not. My guess is the lack of MoCA coupled with the lack of tuners and the likely number of Premieres that are already connected wirelessly led TiVO to this decision.

Let the bi*ching begin!

Anyone use a composite cable with the mini yet?

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 19:48
If so...did it default to the SD menus?

pyTiVo: is it okay to rename show titles?

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 16:10
So when I transfer shows to my NAS using pyTiVo, they show up as two files per show:

<showname>.TiVo <- actual show
<showname>.TiVo.txt <- metadata file

Can I rename both using the Window Explorer rename (in other words, the F2 key), and will they then show up with those new show names when I view a share on NP on a TiVo? I'm not sure how the TiVo is able to link/pair up those files internally.

This has come up, because some of my wife's folders within shares contain a good number of eps, and my wife wants to see the shows in ep order.

I came up with an idea where I could create a DOS batch file to rename all shows to contain the ep number in the filename, then she could direct her TiVo to display NP in show name order.

BTW, my idea on creating this batch file is like this:

1. Do a DIR *.txt > filename.txt in DOS
2. Do a copy *.txt filename2.txt in DOS
3. Open filename2.txt in Excel
3a) do a text to columns command, then search for the episode parameter in column A, and column B should have the ep number.
3b) strip out all other rows so I just have a list of ep numbers
3c) open file filename.txt in Excel, and splice the two together to form a spreadsheet with filename and ep number in separate columns
3d) edit that spreadsheet to contain DOS commands: (RENAME <filename1> <filename2>, and save it as a DOS batch file, and execute it.

But before embarking on this, I'd like to know if this approach will even accomplish what I'm seeking.

Tivo Mini IR receiver

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 15:04
Didn't they say one would be released at the time of the mini?

Premiere drive

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 14:40
I have searched but not sure about definitive answers.

1. I have a Premiere with the JMFS 2T upgrade.
What is the best way to make a copy of this drive for backup?

2. The original hard drive has died in a friends Premiere. If he uses my original 1T as the source and creates a new 2T using JMFS will it work?

Thank You

Early TiVo

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 14:23
Hi all!

I've been gone from TiVo for a couple of years now (time really goes by fast), but last week I had the opportunity to do an interview about the early days at the company:


I thought some of you might enjoy the read and the reminiscing. Lots of good times.

And now I'll slip back into the shadows. Cheers all!


TiVo Mini at Best Buy

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 13:38
The TiVo Mini is up on the Best Buy site.

Right now says "Coming Soon". Since Best Buy officially starts selling them on 3/17, I suspect that's when it will become active.

Tivo Desktop transfer issue

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 13:26
I am no longer able to transfer anything from either of my TiVo Premiers. I've tried TiVo Desktop on 2 different computers and rebooted both TiVos. It gives the error message that it can't find the file. There is no wireless involved. One TiVo is hardwired and one is on MoCA. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

Grimm S02E13 "Face Off" 2013-Mar-08

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 12:07
I was happy to finally see Nick find out that Renard is not human. Hopefully we do not have to wait another two seasons to find out exactly what Renard is and what he is trying to do. After Nick wakes up, I would think that he will have a lot of questions for Renard. Even though Renard may not be completely evil, he certainly has wronged Nick multiple times -- sending people to kill Nick's aunt, working with Adalind to poison Hank (nearly killing him), not telling Nick about Renard's involvement with Juliette, and stealing Nick's key. Probably more I have forgotten.

Someone asked in another thread why Nick did not drink the potion when they first made it. I thought it was obvious that the potion was likely to take Nick out of commission for a while, so Nick could not drink it before confronting Renard, which he wanted to do immediately.

So, Adalind is pregnant, apparently with Renard's child. Why was she so happy about that? Is it going to get her powers back somehow? Or is it part of some larger plot with the guy in Europe?

TiVo Mini Review Roundup

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 11:01
Some reviews and press on the TiVo Mini:

Review: Engadget

Review: TechHive

Review: Zatz Not Funny!

"Meta" Review: Gadgetreview

Photos: Cnet

The Americans S1E6 Trust Me OAD 3/6/13

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 10:32
Stan is the man. Loved how he set up the Rezident.

Looks like their spy genes have been passed on to Jr. He had good instincts and reacted viciously. (As viciously as a little kid could)

Took me a while to figure out who it was interrogating them. I knew it couldn't be U.S. but I was surprised when Granny walked out of the shadows.

Tivo elite and OTA will it work?

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 09:16
I know the premiere has two tuners and it can be used for OTA analog signals. And i know the tivo elite has a digital 4 tuner.

My question is can a TiVo elite use OTA as long as the signal is digital? Or is all OTA analog signal? I know the new rule from the FCC said all TV needs to be digital, but not sure how far it has been accepted by stations across the country.

I live in the NYC area if that helps answer what type of signals are available over OTA for me.

SD menus on Mini?

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 09:01
Are SD menus an option on the TiVo Mini?

I have a Premiere XL4, a TiVoHD and a Series3, and use SD menus on the Premiere so they all have a consistent UI (and also because the family is used to the SD menus, and they're faster). I'm thinking of replacing the Series3 with a Mini, to save the $15/mo Comcast Outlet Service Charge I'm paying for the Series3's two cablecards.

Megabytes of data

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 08:50
How many megabytes of data per month does a TiVo Premiere use?

I realize that applications such as Netflix will use a lot of data but I am interested in how much data the TiVo uses (in both directions) just to provide all the necessary guide service not including things like Netflix.

MSD Discount or P4 XL deal

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 08:23
Before I call a customer rep., I wanted to ask the group. My old TIVO was a Series2 DT 80hr. I did the one year contract and closed the account. I would like to get a P4 XL TIVO (with two Minis) and all with lifetime service . Is there anyway, I could get a MSD discount or a cheaper price? I noticed the TIVO Stream Bundle works with the regular P4 (minus the Stream and MOCA) but I wanted to try and get the XL. I was hoping TIVO was going to give new customers a Bundle package with the Minis but I guess not.


Lifetime Premieres upgraded to 1TB and 2TB

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 06:36
I have a lifetime'd Premiere that has been upgraded to 1TB of storage with a WD Green drive tuned for DVR use. Includes remote and accessories. $475 +shipping OBO. Can arrange for local delivery in the Denver area. I will include the original drive as a backup if I can find it.

Another unit, same as above, except upgraded with 2TB drive. $550 + shipping OBO

New TiVo wireless adapter available with either unit, $25.

$1000 with free shipping for both.

The 1TB box will record over 150 hours of HD, the 2TB box over 300 hours HD.

The Following 3/11/13 "Welcome Home"

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 21:53
Wow! Mike got to the warehouse before Ryan did!! :D

Man, those cult people sure are cartoonish. And I'm not sure what to make of the new FBI boss guy. Clearly he's impeding the investigation by keeping everybody who's made any progress off the trail. So is he a Follower, or are we just supposed to think he's a Follower?

I swear, if this show were any less stupid, it would be bad.

Do I have to have a Tivo annual contract for a new Tivo?

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 20:20
I won a new HD Tivo a couple of years ago and it's still in the box. I've never initiated service for it. I'm thinking of giving it to my sister who is fed up with her Comcast DVR, but who might switch to AT&T Uverse in less than a year.
I know that Uverse is not Tivo friendly.

My question is does she have to agree to a year's contract or can she do a month by month without a contract?

My Tivo Mini Wall Mounted Install

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 20:19
I purchased 2 Tivo Minis yesterday at my local Best Buy. Just want to share my the experience and install of my first one.

My Existing Setup
  • 1 Tivo Premiere XL4 (Lifetime) Cat5
  • 3 Tivo Premieres upgraded to 500GB (2 Have Lifetime) Cat5
  • Verizon Fios / Ethernet Broadband

Purchased my Premieres a year and a half ago. The XL4 was purchased when the Price Dropped to $399. With the rumors of the Tivo Mini connecting to the XL4, i decided to go month to month on one of the premiers.

I had a TV in the kitchen that was getting channels through Fios Cable clear QAM. Only got a couple channels and it was annoying. This is where the 1st Tivo mini will go.

Setup was easy. Activated with Lifetime online. Installed an hour later. Since I only had COAX run to the Kitchen TV, I enabled my XL4 as a MOCA Bridge.

I enabled live video sharing on the XL4 and set for 2 or more devices. This warned that the 2 will now be reserved and unavailable to the XL4 TV.

Powering up and configuring the Tivo mini was just like a regular tivo only faster. It booted, configured internet through MOCA, Connected to Tivo Service and updated. It asks you to confirm the name of the Tivo and select which Tivo on the network it will get its tuner from. And that was it.

I actually find the GUI faster than on the XL4. I never channel surf and the guide feels faster and more responsive.

I mounted the Tivo Mini under the tv against the wall (it has 2 screw mount holes on the bottom)

The only thing I noticed is that there is a very low squealing electrical noise coming from the top of the mini through the vents. Sounds similar to the sound my Lenovo AC adapter made when it was charging my laptop. Its definitely a power supply related noise. I haven't unpacked the 2nd yet but will check for the noise. It is not noticeable unless I am up close (like 6in away).

If all goes well, the 2nd Tivo Mini will replace my Bedroom Premiere that is going month to month. This will save me that sub and the cable card rental. If this works out, I will prob sell the 2 Premieres with lifetime for another Xl4 and another Mini.

here are some pics. I didnt clean up all the wiring yet.