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The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 15:47
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore premieres tonight January 19 at 11:30 PM Eastern on Comedy Central

I'll bet it'll be a hit.


Hard Drive Swap?

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 14:56
I have two Tivo Premiers, one with monthly service, one with Lifetime service. I plan on cancelling the monthly unit that has a 500 GB drive. This weekend I swapped the 500 GB drive into the 320 GB lifetime machine. It didn't like that and gave me a hardware issue error message. Can't I just swap those drives? I really would like to have the 500 in the lifetime machine.

FS: TiVo Roamio Plus with Lifetime (4 months old)

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 14:34
I recently 'upgraded' to a Roamio Pro, so I need to sell my Roamio Plus. I tried the eBay route, but the not-quite-so-smart buyer couldn't get it working with his cable company and demanded that eBay force me to take it back.

Learning my lesson, I am cutting eBay out of the equation and seeing if there is a TiVo-savvy buyer on TCF.

The eBay sale was for $650, but I would sell it for less than that.

The front bezel is now chipped on the bottom (thanks for sending the unit back uninsured, buyer!). I have had the unit up and running for a week, so it is purely cosmetic. We can negotiate down for the cosmetics, as long as I can find a good home for the unit.

I am local to Washington DC Metro area, but would ship.

I can provide pics and details as needed.

no sound after pausing my Premiere

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:08
Okay, a while back (maybe last fall...) a routine Tivo update did a number on all my Tivos and now whenever I pause a show I usually don't get sound after starting to play again.

This was a problem that Tivo appeared to acknowledge and were to fix in the next release... yeah, right.

This is becoming annoying enough (having to shut off and turn everything back on is really REALLY ridiculous!) that I am starting to look around for other DVRs.

Does Tivo ever have any plans to fix this?

Cox channel lineup changes

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:56
I was informed via facebook in response to my post that Cox no longer sends channel lineup changes to tivo.

OTA station changes?

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:49
Is there any web site anywhere that keeps track of changes TV stations make to their antenna locations or transmitter power, etc. The CBS station that showed up as 12-1 here in Delray Beach, FL used to be one of the strongest signals I got over my antenna, but now it always shows up with V53 error. I'm just wondering what changed? (I did reboot the TiVo in case it was confused, but it didn't help).

My lifetime nightmare

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:30
Last week I took advantage of the Customer Loyalty Deal for those with 10+ years of Tivo service. For those of you who don't know, this lets you get a tivo for retail price and add lifetime for 99 dollars.

I ordered on the 13th and had my Roamio Plus and Mini delivered on the 15th. After I ran setup I noticed it was telling me I needed to signup for service. I thought this was odd, so I went online and tried to activate and it asked me to pay, so I figured something was wrong and called Tivo.

I got a very nice and helpful person who said they had never seen anything like this, the box should have been pre-activated and on my account and it wasn't. The problem was it still showed as not shipped on my account. This kept the tivo system from activating it and assigning it to me. He said he would put in a ticket and they should have it fixed soon.

On Friday the 16th I got an e-mail thanking me for my completed service order, I checked, no service, so I called back. Here begins my tale of woe.

I spoke with 5 people over 2 calls on Friday.

Guy #1 - Looks at my ticket and says, well they tracked it to your house, so it isn't lost. Me: ? I explained me situation and the guy had no clue what he was doing. He said they could charge me for lifetime and then refund me. I told him that was not ok. He put my on hold to talk to someone and 10 minutes later the phone rang and someone else picked up, who had no idea how I got to him. The first guy had dumped me back into the queue.

Guy #2 - Friendly and helpful, listened to my situation, went through things for about 15 minutes, put me on hold to take down some notes, 10 minutes on hold, got another guy, who also had no idea how I got to him. Queue dump #2.

Guy #3 I asked for a supervisor, who I asked to call me back on another phone as I had to walk out the door. He told me he would call me back in 2 minutes and never did.

I got home that night to a voicemail on my main phone from someone who said they had my problem fixed. So I called back.

Guy #4 - When i called back and referenced the ticket, he said yes we have a solution. You will have to place another order, and we will place a lost order claim on the one you didn't get. I told him I had it and was staring at it. He was about to send me to sales to do a return and another order and I asked for a supervisor.

Guy #5 - Supervisor , knew immediately the problem and said it would be fixed by mid day Saturday. Ignored my complaints about the 2 hours I had spent on the phone by this point.

It is now Monday morning 1/19 and it still hasn't been fixed. I don't have the heart for another hour long phone call of frustration today. I'm putting this here in hopes that someone from Tivo will see and and can help. I've been with tivo for 13.5 years and I've never had an experience like this. I understand that mistakes and accidents do happen, but I'm at my wits end on this. A new customer would have just returned it by now and moved on, and I would really like this to work, but I'm so tired of this.

Backstrom (on Fox)

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:02
Looking forward to watching although it hasn't gotten great reviews. Thursday night on Fox! Rainn Wilson's character sounds...uhmmm...interesting. :)



From the creator of BONES, comedic crime procedural BACKSTROM centers on an unhealthy, offensive, irascible -- albeit brilliant -- detective (Rainn Wilson) who is brought back from exile to run the Portland Police Bureau's Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.).

About to upgrade my Premiere to Roamio, but does Streambaby work with Roamio

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 00:29

Before I pull the trigger on a new Roamio, I want to make sure that Streambaby will work, as that's a key app I use all the time to stream stuff from my pc to my Tivo.

I think it works, but wanted to make sure.

Does the Premiere XL support RF for the TIVO remote?

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 23:37
Does the Premiere XL have RF capabilities for the remote? Or only IR?

If it has RF, I'd like to get the newer RF-capable TIVO remote for it because I have some line-of-sight issues with my current TIVO IR remote. But, there's probably no point in buying a new remote if the Premier XL doesn't actually have RF for the remote.

And is the Slide Pro the only replacement remote that has RF?

Only certain video files getting Published to Roamio

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 23:02
Context: I want to watch video files on my Roamio.

So, using Tivo Desktop (paid version), I have specified a folder on my Win7 64 PC hard drive to share videos with my Roamio.

If I go to
and choose a film, follow the links and save a trailer, I get an .mp4 file that I copy into my published folder. This is what the file specs are:

Within a minute or two, this file is available on my Roamio, I can play it, it works great.

With me so far? Ok, now if I go to
and choose a Dolby 5.1 trailer and download an .m2ts file, here's what I see:

Since I know Tivo doesn't support .m2ts, I then use kmttg to convert the .m2ts file using these default settings:

Then, I copy the resulting .mp4 file into my published folder. For reference, this is what the converted file shows:

However, and here's the problem: this converted file never appears on my Roamio. It's as if Tivo Server and my Roamio just ignore it. So, the question is, why?

Any guidance here greatly appreciated.



Testing Tivo Drive in Windows Server 2012

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 18:06
UPDATE: I found the thread and it appears this issue was fixed in XP service pack 3. I guess I don't need to worry. Sorry for bothering people. k.

Hi, everyone. I just took a Western Digital drive out of a Series3 (648250B) so that I can test it. (Tivo is doing a constant reboot during power-up.) I seem to recall reading a message in one of the forums that warned about booting up in some version or other of Windows with a Tivo drive in the computer because Windows would trash the boot sector or something.

This drive will be installed in hubby's computer for testing. Computer is running Windows Server 2012. Can anyone offer any advice before I install the drive in his computer and do something bad to it?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

The Fall on Netflix?

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 17:43
I know this show is just starting its second season, but who is/was watching this? I'm only three episodes into season 1 so far, but I like what I see. I didn't do X-Files, so I don't have any "role notions" with Gillian Anderson. I did like seeing Archie Panjabi show up in the cast; I'm a fan from her role in The Good Wife.

Any non-spoilery comments/thoughts?



Sun, 01/18/2015 - 15:35
No thread here on ABC's Galavant?

My wife started watching this and raved about it. I caught up with the first four episodes (they are playing two at a time) today and loved it. Mel Brooks meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail is how I would describe it. I'm astonished it got on to ABC but am glad it did. The songs are hilarious and there are numerous cameos/guest stars - Ricky Gervais and Weird Al are on tonight.

Camery Ad stuck on left side of screen???

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 15:21
While watching a delayed viewing of the Mentalist today an ad popped out from the left side of the screen for the new Camery, did i want to know more? It had two buttons (circle icon for recall & another one I can't remember), neither worked to dismiss or expand on.

It wouldn't go away after the show came back on, nor after I backed out to the menu. I had to press the Tivo button to get to a non-preview screen, going back it was gone.

Anyone know what this new ad screen from the left side is?
My vote:

Roamio missing "Save until space needed" option

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 11:24
Just upgraded to Roamio from Premier and have noted that the "Save until space needed" option is not available for shows that have been newly recorded or transferred from the Premiere. Season Pass Manager has space needed option selected but it doesn't actually work. TiVo support was surprised at this but would only guess that the feature had been removed in a recent software update. Looking at the Romio manual online I see until space needed option mentioned under the "Setting a show's recording options" section.

Has anyone else noticed this? Seems like a very useful feature to have eliminated as I used it all the time on my Premiere.

Need to connect Mini to tv in the garage

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 09:40
I would like to connect my garage tv to a mini but there is no ethernet or cable outlet. I've read through a lot of the the threads here and I'm either really confused or really dense so I need your help.

Here's my setup....
Family room (main tv viewing area) Roamio basic connected wirelessly.
Man Cave (basement) Series 3 connected wirelessly.
Office Series 3 connected to ethernet.

I can't move the Roamio to the office for the ethernet connection because the Roamio has a very high approval rating by the wife who is technologically challenged.

So can I...
1) Connect the Roamio and Tivo mini each with a wireless ethernet bridge and have them both work?
2) I have a powerline adapter laying around. Can it hook it to the Roamio and an wireless ethernet bridge to the mini and have it work that way?
3) Is there another option given I have no ethernet nor coax in the garage?


Tivo HD hard drive replacement

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:54

I have a Tivo HD and recently started getting a lot of pixelation on all of my channels and determined that the HD is starting to go.

I had upgraded my stock HD with a 500GB WD blue drive years ago with a date code of 2009 so I was lucky and got 5+ years out of it.

Can anyone confirm that a WD Green WD10EZRX 1TB will work? I was going to stick another Blue in but the Green seems to offer more power savings.

Searching through the threads there seems to be a lot of talk about different HD's but I could not find anything specific for the HD.


TiVo Mini A/V Roulette

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:23
We are having trouble getting either of our TiVo Minis to work with older TVs that have only coax and RCA inputs.

We have a total of nine TVs in our house and garage of which three have HDMI inputs. The other five old SDs are occasional use only (two Sharp, three Toshiba and an ancient 1984 Sony). We now have two Minis that work great via HDMI with the HDMI TVs (three of the eight), but I can’t get the Minis to work with the other TVs using the A/V output and the TiVo A/V breakout cable I bought from Weaknees via Amazon.

Funny thing is that both Minis work fine via the A/V cable with the HDMI TVs when connected to the composite jack but they won’t work with the older, non-HDMI sets when connected the same way. What I get is a weird, scrolling image as I attempted to capture in the accompanying photos. All of the SD TVs work fine with other RCA A/V output devices like VHS machines, DVD players and TiVo Series 2s. The minis are set up for 480i output.

This one has me baffled. Any ideas about a remedy?
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