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Upgraded to Romaio- What to do to prep Premier and Premier XL for sale?

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:28
Hey guys. I recently moved, and when I did so, I upgraded to a Romaio setup with 2 mini's with lifetime subscriptions.

I now have an unused Premier and Premier XL sitting in my garage, both with lifetime subscriptions. I figure rather than let them sit around, I should get them ready to sell so someone can use them, and so I can get some money for other toys.

My question is, what is necessary to do to sell a TiVO? Do I need to wipe them somehow? Is any of my personal info saved on there that I need to delete out?

Thanks for your help!

Roamio Basic Locking Up & Rebooting

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:28
I don't have cable, so this Roamio basic is set up as OTA only. I've had it for a little less than a year, and it has been pretty much flawless. Until this evening, that is, when I tried to access my pre-recorded OTA content and the screen went black and the Roamio became unresponsive.

If I push the TiVo button, it makes the familiar 'ding' sound, but the screen remains black and nothing else happens. No other remote pushes are acknowledged by the TiVo. After ~5 minutes or so, it reboots.

This has happened about 6 times now. I can't get any recorded OTA show to play. They just hang.

Pushing Live TV doesn't display anything either, and going to the Antenna Test Signal Strength screen and trying to access the meter also hangs the box.


Recording started 19 minutes late

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:03
Hi. New to forum & hoping for some insight about a weirdness. I've had a Tivo Roamio for about a year, using with a Mohu Leaf antenna. No problems with the Tivo....until today. I started a show recorded last night, and it was missing the first 10 minutes. Called up the other show I recorded last night, and it was missing the first 19 minutes. Both were on ABC. I checked a couple of shows recorded the day before (including one on ABC) and they are all the full length.

I got on a chat with TiVo and they said I needed a new coax. This seems illogical to me, since it's worked just fine for a year. Do they go bad?

Next I did a test recording of the ABC Nightly News, and it recorded 30 minutes, starting & ending correctly.

So my Roamio just hiccuped last night?

Inside A Mini...

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:58
Has anyone opened up a Mini? I'm just wondering what might be in there for hardware. Are there any pics available?

Roamio Questions

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:40
Looking at the Roamio products and understand they have over the air (maybe CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX,TNT, SpikeTV - these come to mind.

We want to basically drop out $200 bill with Comcast - they did offer Internet Plus / HBO/ Streampix - $79.00 +5 / $10 for HD - we have a contract til Feb 2015

We have a Series 2 and Series 3 lifetime support. I am working on the TiVo Desktop to copy the shows and then we can watch them also on Roku

We have a Tivo Series 2 (Tivo Series2 Selling and from reading How to prep a Series2 for Selling is seems it is OK.

Comcast offered Internet Plus / HBO/ Streampix / Local Channels for between $84-$79. I don't care for streampix.

I would like to get a Roamio with a Lifetime service but glancing around, I am not sure that is a possibility.

I did see
Quote: With TiVo Roamio and TiVo Mini, get the TiVo experience in up to 11 rooms for just $14.99 a month. Save $190—$659 a year on rental and service fees Now would that mean we could get rid of the Series 3 (lifetime service)

There are just so many options and we can get the cable blast and modem for $94.00. Qwest says they have a dedicated like but I did a bandwidth test, and came up with 26.8 download, and 8.53 upload - (we are in Colorado and use a server in Dulles, VA). Changing to Dallas, 30.72 download and 8.83 upload. (I did not use Comcast but Internet Speed Connector.

So let's see:
  • Possible to Sell Series 2 - and estimate of price
  • Possible to Sell Series 3 - and estimate of price
  • Ability to watch our programs on ABC, NBC, CBS, TNT, Fox, etc?
  • Does any of the Roamio products come with a Lifetime Service - we have been with them since 2001 - Series1 - this was when they allowed us to switch the lifetime service from the Series1 to Series3.

Downstairs, everything is hardwired, upstairs everything is wireless.

Thank you!

Tivo Series2 Selling

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:23
I saw How to prep a Series2 for Selling? - it has a lifetime warranty. I know it is registered to us but does that matter? Can we sell it if we want to?

Thank you!

Is there a "trick" to get VOD on Mini

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:55
I set up my Roamio Plus and mini's last week. VOD from xfinity works fine from the Roamio plus, however, the icon hasn't appeared on the Mini's yet. Is there a trick to get that to magically appear?

FS: Roamio OTA + optional upgrade

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:36
NIB sealed Roamio OTA

Asking going ebay price: $99
+ actual shipping which is about $15.

Willing to install ( format and test ) hard drive upgrades at cost,
in exchange for unneeded (500GB) factory drive.

Optional HD upgrade kit would consist of:
1x 4TB drive installed
1x beefier power supply

For 4TB drives, cost ranges from $150-$185
depending on model preference and availability.
For Example:
cheapest WD Green:
$99 + $150 = $250 (+$15 shipping) = $265 total.

New Streaming Video Providers

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:58
With announcements such as HBO and CBS providing standalone streaming services I hope to see Tivo respond with adding the corresponding video provider apps, such as it currently does with Netflix and Hulu.


Which TV Character Would Have The Most Frequent Flier Miles?

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:42
Thought of this in the shower this morning. Which TV character would have the most frequent flier miles?

Mulder and Scully?
The Criminal Minds team?
The Mission: Impossible team?

Tivo Harddrive failure and power outage

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:34
So I've have a Tivo HD with a 2TB harddrive that I installed about 3 years ago. Been working perfectly update until one week ago. We had a 6 hour power outage at our house. Since the power came back on to the house, the Tivo has been failing. It's been doing very random reboots and also occasionally rebooting on the "Just a few more minutes screen". Wasn't positive it was the harddrive, but I replaced it anyway with the original one that came with the Tivo and its been perfect for 3 straight days now. Clearly the harddrive was bad....

My question is - why is a power outage causing the hard drive to fail? I don't believe its a consequence. It is it the actual physical harddrive that has failed or could it be the software on the drive got corrupted from the power outage... Just curious and would like to get some opinions...

Roamio not responding at all

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:19
This morning, I woke up to a Roamio tuned to QVC and completely non-responsive to the remote. Any button press results in the "clang" sound that means error and the yellow light on the box lighting up. I've power cycled the TiVo twice now. Each time, it seems to power up normally until the point where you normally get the little dancing TiVo movie. However, instead of the movie, I get a black screen, hear a short "blip" sound (the normal button press sound, I think) and then QVC with the behavior described above.

Any thoughts? Dead hard drive maybe?

TiVo Mini limitations when using playing from secondary Roamio?

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:56
I'm new to Roamio/Minis after spending years with S3.
I have 2 Roamios and 5 Minis in the home.
If Mini #1 is set to pair to Roamio A, I can manage season passes on Roamio A just fine. I can also see Roamio B in the My Shows list and select it and browse its recorded shows and play from there. What doesn't seem to work is trying to manage the season pass of a recorded show on Roamio B. I see a selection for Manage Season Pass under the show menu, but when I click it I get jumped back to the main menu. Is this a limitation?


Bright House Central Fla now copy-protects everything

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 01:39
Seems like Bright House Central Florida turned on copy protection on local channels within the past couple of days.

Up to now, all cable networks were copy-protected, but not local channels. Now everything newly recorded on my new Roamio-plus shows as copy-protected on TiVo Desktop, and the CCI byte on DVR Diagnostics screen shows as 0x02 on every channel I've looked at.

Transferring recorded copy protected shows

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:49
How copy protected shows which are most of my recorded shows can be transferred between Tivos?

Any advice on how to record something from the buffer?

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 23:34
Sorry if I missed this in my searching.
I’ve had a TiVo Roamio Pro for about a mouth now and generally I like it but there are several issues that I have had that at times can be quite frustrating. Question: Should you be able to record something you are watching that is in the buffer if the next show has started even by one second or minute? Say for instance what you are watching occurred at 7:50pm and live TV is just one minute past 8 pm?
Btw this does not involve scheduled recordings or any of the other methods to record in advance. I’m only referring to times you simple sit down to watch live TV on one of the 6 tuners that each has a 30 minute buffer where you are able to rewind, fast forward, pause and play with no problems, I am simply not able to find a way to save what I am watching.
Is this normal or is my unit defective or is there something I can do to be able to record what I am watching at any time?
By the way I only have about 10% of the drive used. It does work fine if it is after the start of a show and that is the portion I am watching. (example if the show started at 8pm and I’m watching live or even the buffer at 8:10) In that case I press record, and click “Record this episode” and the record light comes on and that is it, it is recording. But if I am watching and wanting to save something I see in the portion before the start of that same show, I do not get the option, “Record this episode” I only get various other options none of which I want. If for some reason it cannot record what I want to record, it does not tell me that I cannot record it, it only gives me options like “Explore this show” say what? I just want to record. I did after all press the red button labels “Rec”.
Again I know I can schedule recordings, have suggestions or other various prerecorded options which I do use, but again this is for times you are switching around live TV on the tuners you have set with buffers and have done the only thing you can do to be able to skip commercials on live TV, by backing up into the buffer so you have the ability to fast forward.
I did do quite a bit of searching through forums but only found responses like, "that is the way TiVos have always been. And then others reply well that might be a fact but it is not an explanation. And those that I found were only for older units.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, besides telling me I should have set recordings ahead of time. LOL

Survivor: We're a Hot Mess OAD 10-15-15

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 20:22
You never, ever throw a challenge. Glad it bit Drew in the butt.

Cable card problems

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 20:06
Had a lot of trouble setting up cable card, after 2 hrs have all channels except HBO, calls to my cable company have not helped. Very disappointed with this new Roamio Plus, my old Toshiba is still great. Can a Roamio be connected through a cable box like older Tivos?

Working on Fire HD now

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:31
Just noticed I got an update on my Fire HD and streaming is working now. I played with it a bit and I don't seem to get the "problem streaming" like I do on my iPad. So this appears to be a problem with the iOS app and/or iOS itself and not the Stream in general. If only my Fire had a bigger screen I might use it for bedtime instead.