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Are S1 units still useable?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:17
Forgive my interest in the matter - I've been inactive on this forum for probably 7-8 years (having originally been the supplier of the alternative channel logos for the Channel Guide), and looking at the forum, there's very little activity now on the TiVo Series 1 UK front.

I was wondering if, after the June 1st 2011 switch off, whether some form of third party data source had been set up to allow the old TiVos to continue working in a similar way that an Australian service had been provided by enthusiasts?

While I haven't used my TiVo "in anger" for over 7-8 years, it would be nice to fire it up and still see some form of limited automatic use - but I guess the lack of activity in this forum probably answers my question in the negative - the TiVo service in the UK really did die a death for S1 in 2011 and the unit can do little more than record using manually supplied start and end times.

I'll add that I was probably one of the first in the UK to regularly actively use a TiVo, with a unit in regular use from very early 2000 (possibly even late 1999). Yes, TiVo didn't start selling in the UK until October 2000 but I was involved with their early testing in the UK and had access to several early "test" units including initially a Philips US S1 which had to be used with an expensive external NTSC standards converter for input and later, a very early Thompson (which came with no front panel). Initially supplied with a dialup service for Sky only with a limited number of channels - and initially the dialup was to a non-free number in the States until shortly before full launch in the UK.

TiVo had the best user interface I've used for a PVR - and I've been told that we'll all be driving flying cars and wearing silver suits before Virgin Media (or any other cable company) comes to my area.

I remember the launch day of TiVo vividly - I went to my local Currys store and was dismayed to see the sign under the TiVo reading "When buying this, you may wish to buy VHS video tape". The shop display TiVo (in demo mode) was languishing in a corner and staff didn't have a clue what it was or how it worked.

Last season for "Hot in Cleveland" (2015)

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 21:34
Quote: After six seasons, TV Land's signature original comedy series Hot in Cleveland is calling it quits. "After five incredible seasons of Hot in Cleveland, the sixth season, currently in production, will be its last," according to TV Land. It's had a good run. I remember when it first started, thinking "TV Land?". And also thinking "Daphne!". Set the bar high for old people shows, er I mean the over-49 demo. And credit to TV Land, they've tried a bunch of them, and a few have landed.

Ratings are still decent, so I'm guessing either (1) the well is running dry on creativity & story lines, and they're actually gonna call it quits while they're ahead, or (2) as contracts renew, the costs continues to rise, and TV Land wants to call a Numbers.

I'll miss 'em...




Quote: TV Land confirmed on Monday the Hot in Cleveland‘s current 24-episode sixth season will be the sitcom’s last. The sixth season just started, so assuming they make them all, and show them on the same cycle as before, the last episodes will air next September or so.

TiVo app search can't find show

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 21:04
I'm having a problem finding shows to record using the search function of the TiVo app. When I search in the app, it says the show is only available on Amazon. However, when I browse the guide I can see the show and record it. This has happened on a number of occasions, with different shows and channels.

Any ideas what is going wrong or how to fix the app search?

The Good Wife: s6e09 Sticky Content (16 Nov. 2014)

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:14
DAMN IT, writers. Quit making Finlicia so appealing.

So Peter's back to his old tricks. Who's shocked? *crickets*

I do like that they finally confirmed it.

Menacing though Bishop might be I was never nervous for Cary. I loved his "oh yeah, sometimes I just say things". Suuuuure.

Alicia trying to redo the interview was hysterical.

Little bit of randomness: the shoebox appeared to be sealed with packing tape. There is no way packing tape would have ripped open like that.

I liked her going through the photos "yeah yeah" "whatever" "well, ****."

And then the joint interview: did she ham it up as an "f you" to Ramona?

Guided Setup on Roamio question

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 19:47
Hey all,

I have looked for an answer to this but haven't found any.

We currently use DirecTv. But we have had it with them. We are looking into getting the basic Tivo Roamio (over the air and Internet services) but can't seem to find out if the guide info will include all the TV stations we currently have over the air using the DirecTv HR-20.

See, we live mid way between Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI.

The bottom line question is: will the guide info provide info from both markets? The only info I have found is that the Tivo guided setup will ask for my zip code. The DirecTv setup asks for both the zip codes for my home and a second zip code which I enter a zip code from Chicago.

But nothing is said whether or not the guide merely uses the results from the automatic channel scan. My antenna picks up all the stations in both Milwaukee and Chicago and I don't want to lose that. Any ideas?

Also, what is the current list of Internet services provided on the Tivo Roamio? Looking at the Tivo web site doesn't appear to provide that info either.

We appreciate the help.


Software Corrupted on HDD

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 19:40
Short Version:
The software for my Tivo HD is corrupted and kickstart 52 does not work. Is there a way to push the software back onto the drive without losing all of my recorded shows?

Long Version:
My Tivo HD with a 1TB WD Green HDD went into a reboot loop last week.
  • I did a kickstart 54 and verified that the HDD passed the smart test and the extended test.
  • I opened the box and did a visual check of the power supply caps which looked great.
  • I performed a kickstart 52 and it immediately went into the reboot loop again.
  • I popped the original 160GB HDD that I archived and verified that the Tivo worked with the original drive.
  • I used winmfs to copy my original 160GB HDD to a 750GB WD Green HDD that I had and put my Tivo back into service.
  • I'm still in the process of setting my shows back up on the new drive, but I really would like the many recordings from my old drive.
  • I have now completed running WD data lifeguard diagnostics on the 1TB drive which has passed and am now thinking that the HDD is good, but the software is corrupted too badly for kickstart 52 to work.
  • In performing all of this I found that I did not disable intellipark on my 1TB drive.:( Stupid me, but it did last 3 years before my mistake caught up with me.
Now, my question is: Is there a way to recover the Tivo OS software on my 1TB drive without losing my recordings?


WD20EURS Upgrade

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:19
I ordered a new WD20EURS and downloaded


Is all I have to do is copy, extend and supersize or do I need to run hdparm -k 1 -B 1 -M 128 /dev/sdb also?

I also read I need to run wdidle3 but it also said only on older drives. Will it hurt to run on a drive that doesn't need it.

I have a older Premier746 that I tried premiere_linux_inc_supersize_jmfs-rev104 and it seem to work great I had the orignal 350 MB drive and I copied it to a 1 TB drive without any problems.

TiVo, TD+, pyTiVo and CC

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:51
I have been an avid TiVo user for many many years, and am a power user. I have been on these forums for ages.

Over the course of time, I have attempted on several occasions with making better use of Closed Captioning.

Here is what I do know.

TiVo records the shows off cable/ota and does encode the CC track, as when we watch the our recording, we can in fact turn on or off the CC track as needed.

The problems come now from when you move the show from your TiVo to your computer or now NAS device. Using either TD+ or pyTiVo, or in my case, the firmware part of the Netgear NAS that pulls the show off the TiVo.

Then of course transfering the show back to the TiVo for viewing again.

It seems when a TiVo file undergoes this process. The CC sometimes but not always gets lost or becomes unuseable.

TD+ I have noticed if you let it pull the TiVo file, and then transfer it back, and never messed with the .TiVo file. It will retain the CC. If however you converted it to MPG, or anything else, and then allow TD+ to transfer it back. The CC is lost.

PyTiVo doesn't seem to preserve the CC information, even if I keep the file a .TiVo file. maybe I have a setting wrong?

The Netgear NAS, Sadly for some reason, the CC will will get lost on some files, and some it won't. Haven't figured that one out yet.

It doesn't seem that if I have other video files that never orginated on the TiVo that using subtitles/CC is near to imposible to get to work with TD+ or pyTiVo currently without just hardcoding the subtitles into the original video file to begin with. Apparently their is no way to convert subtitle files into CC files and to encode the video stream to the TiVo as an actual CC stream that can be turned on or off by the TiVo.

Am I correct in this thinking? That currently there is not any inexpensive way to encode a file in advance of sending the stream to the TiVo or at the time it is being streamed to the TiVo in CC format so that the TiVo can turn on or turn off the CC stream?

I do understand that CC is encoded, displayed differently than subtitles are with DVD's/Blu-rays/MKV files etc...


Southpark "Grounded Vindaloop" 11/12/14

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 15:50
Just caught up on my Tivo. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.

No F**** YOU!!!!!

First time Tivo Owner, Time Warner is making me Mental!

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:01
So I purchased a Tivo Roamio on Nov 3rd. Nov 4th I was told to stop by my local Time Warner store and pick up a cable card, which I did. Went on Tivo's website and purchased a lifetime subscription. Then I get to inserting the cable card and "pow" wrong card. (It's not an M card)

So I take the card back to the store and said I need the M card with the tuning adapter... She looks at me like I'm from Mars and has no idea what I'm talking about. Said that is the only type of card they carry. I lay the card on the counter and say "You might as well take this back" and she says "Nope, you have to mail it into Time Warner's home office and request an M card to be sent to you".

Alright? So it's now the 5th, I call TW cable card help and they tell me "Absolutely, we will send you out an M card and tuner, just mail the other card back when you receive this one... should be 3-5 days.... Cool!

I call on the 10th and ask if there is an update on when I'll receiving the card.. I'm told it was actually was mailed today and should receive it in 5 - 7 days. I'm like oookkkkkay.

It's now the 17th. I called this morning to find out that they are on back order and I'm 12th in line to get one. Apparently they have a shortage in the northeast (Upstate New York). WTF? Now I'm pi$$ed!

I called complaining and apparently they are checking more local stores to see if they have any laying around. So currently I have a $650.00 paper weight. Can I still use the Tivo for now with just the coax cable? I get like 80 standard channels, not in HD from it... but it's better than nothing.

Homeland "Halfway to a Donut" 11/16/14 S4E8

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:35
That's how you write an hour of TV!

One of the best episodes of TV I've seen lately. That scene in the courtyard... I really thought Saul was going to do it.

Many many great lines, but one of the best had to be, from the once unlikable Lockhart: “I was really looking forward to telling those people to go **** themselves.”

Tivo Multi Room solution

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:26
I currently have 2 Premieres and was looking at the multiroom solution if I switched to that can I swap out my 2 premieres for the roamio and mini and keep the same tivo account, or will we need a new account?

Suspected blown power

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 09:19

My Tivo won't boot. It won't even power on. There are no LEDs lit on the front. Leading up to the total power on issue I had these issues:
  1. I lost power to the home
  2. When I regained power, the Tivo was on, but live TV and latter recordings had no sound.
  3. Rebooted several times with no joy.
  4. Pulled the plug several times, with first time it booted, but on live TV, I got the blue screen.
  5. Second attempt, it's dead.

Before paying for a new PSU, I want to test to see if it is providing power to the mainboard. I have a multimeter. Is that enough? Or, does the power need to be jumpered?

The plug has 10 pins in 2 rows. Can someone let me know which pins I need to test?



Fast forwarding during TV shows when not interested...

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 07:13
I have started a new thread so as not to go off topic on the Homeland thread that started this


Quote: Originally Posted by efilippi (Post 10314227) This is in danger of going off topic but I see this comment in threads about all kinds of things and am just baffled that people would watch a movie or tv show or by extension read a book and just Fast Forward whenever they get to a spot that 'bores' them. How does one know just when to hit the button and then just when to stop? Baffling. I do it all the time.

Some examples:
SCANDAL - I pretty much fast forward when ever Olivia Pope and The President are alone. No seriously, - they have been having the same conversation since episode 1. Over it.

I have also found on some shows there is the main storyline / character and then there are sub-plots that have nothing to do with the main plot.

Amy's character had a brother played by Dan Futterman. The brother had a subplot that never had anything to do with Amy or her mother (Tyne Daly). The actor Dan Futterman left the show and they brought in Kyle Rahm and his character Kyle McCarty (I had to look all that up).
The Kyle McCarty character had subplots in every episode that you could fast forward through and it had zero significance on watching the rest of the show.

Interestingly enough the creator of the show is Barbara Hall who now has MADAM SECRETARY on the air and she is doing the same exact thing with Tim Daly's character. He recently had an episode where he went off on his own story that had nothing to do with Tea Leoni. PERFECT fast forwarding material :)

On the shows that I do this with, I usually make sure to watch the "previously on" to see if I missed anything of great importance - but I fast forward all the time.

Should I buy the Roamio Plus?

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 22:38

I am seeing some issues with the Roamio Plus and TWC cable cards. I suspect that these are one-off issues and are not the norm. Any gotchas I should consider before taking the plunge?

I currently have a Series 1 from 2000 and the cable company's DVR (which really sucks) and a Roku all hooked to my TV. I control them al lwith an MX850 Universal Remote. I hope to get rid of the Roku , DVR box and the Series 1 with the new purchase.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


Roamio VOD Lineup?

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 22:34

I am looking to purchase a Roamio Plus to replace my Series 1 I bought in 2000. I have TWC in Hawaii (soon to be Charter, I suspect). I would like to know what the lineup is for the available VOD services. I have a ROKU 2 and we like some of the more esoteric channels (Italian TV for one). Where can I find out what channels are available for the Roamio? I tried searching the forum but could not find one.


The Walking Dead "Consumed" 11/16/14 | Talking Dead 11/16/14 No preview spoilers

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 22:02
What purpose did the burning the body scene serve? It's like it was only made to be shown as a teaser preview.

I was hoping that Carol would fake injury to get into the hospital as part of a plan, but getting hit by a car works. And how inexperienced are those guys that hit her? they didn't even pretend to look for anyone else.

Are Cable Cards going the way of the dinosaurs?

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 21:43
From a couple of internet news postings that I saw months ago AND word from a Comcast Store is that Cable Cards are no longer being produced -- can that be true and if so, what happens to our Tivos when the stock of working CC's runs out??? :eek: :confused:

WD DVR Expander on Roamio

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 20:35
I have been using a Western Digital My Book AV DVR Expander on my Tivo Premier XL and TiVo Premier.

Today, I purchased a new TiVo Roamio Pro. Software ver 20.4.4a.
When I go to setup the external storage, it tells me it is not supported.
As I mentioned, this drive was working fine on another TiVo. I still have the Premier running with another of the exact model of this drive.

The expander drive I have is: WDBABT0010HBK-NESN

I called TiVo today and they said the drive I have is not supported. Funny, the box says it is TiVo compatible and it is the same one they are selling on their website.

The person I talked to said there was nothing they could do to make it work. They took my info and said they would replay the message to a department named AES (I think).

This model is the same one from Best Buy and Amazon.

Can anyone help me figure out why this is not working?
And, why would it and the other TiVo I have work fine with this, just not the Roamio?


a couple of R10 available for pickup in Vegas

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 20:24
Having discovered that there wasn't anything left on it, anyway, after sitting on top of my television (I guess we did watch them, they have no more purpose here.

Anyway, both have at least one dead tuner, but otherwise seem OK.

Anyway, they're here for pickup in Las Vegas if anyone wants them, or wants to send something for shipping pickup (I'm not going anywhere to ship them).