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Upgrading hard drive on Brand new Roamio

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:54
OK, just got new Roamio Plus with Lifetime. Removed from box, opened, and replaced stock 1 TB drive with 3 TB Seagate drive. Boot Tivo.

It goes to the Getting program info screen, connects, configures, sets time, verifies account etc...but it won't get through "downloading program info." Says it was interrupted..check firewall, etc. I use both ethernet and wireless, even get rid of the router entirely and go direct connect to modem. Can never get the Tivo to set up.

Frustrated, I gave up on the 3 TB Hard drive back and switched back to the 1 TB original. Tivo works perfectly and I get the initial setup easily finished.

Should I try the 3 TB drive again now that I have completed setup? What's the difference between my 3 TB drive and the original 1 TB drive?

Long recordings always cut short at 184 minutes?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:17
Here's something I've never seen before.

I have a season pass on my Roamio Plus that records the first daily broadcast of Tour de France, which is typically at least four hours long. All the daily recordings currently in my NPL which were scheduled for four hours show as partial recordings, each with the same duration of 3 hours and 4 minutes.

What could be causing long recordings to all prematurely stop at the same duration?

Is my SDV channel getting yanked? Could this be a new issue with 20.4.2?

Anyone else experience this or something similar?

New Internet speed record blows past Google Fiber

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:56
According to this article, Bell Labs has found a way to deliver internet speeds MUCH faster than Google fiber AND do it over existing copper lines. No need to have Fiber to the home (FTTH) either. Still needs to be tested in the "real world", but hopefully this is something promising. Maybe this is also why DirectTV is trying to buy AT&T.


I am thinking it could also pave the way for a true "Cloud" DVR system. TiVo or someone else.

Summer update released yet?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:32
Has the summer update (20.4.2) gone out to the general users yet?

I had a Roamio that updated a couple weeks ago and then proceeded to fail one tuner. Got the box replaced and the new one installed but the installation downloaded and installed 20.4.1, previous revision.

Funny situation is that our two Premieres are now snappier through the menu's than the Roamio.

I went to the priority update page and put in the new TSN just in case but the Roamio has not received the update yet. Currently all four tuners are working fine on this box, course my old box did prior to the update as well.

Buddy's Bakery Rescue

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:41
Not sure what's going on with this. According to the TLC website there is a new episode tonight at 10pm and midnight (Eastern). But the TiVo guide data shows "to be announced" during these times. I have set a manual recording.


Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:35
Is there a way to get an audiobook onto my new roamio either though audible or standard audiobook format in in an form? I use a mac if that's relevant.

Tivo Mobile Site

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:41
I have a Windows Phone and was wondering how usable the m.tivo.com site is for the following things:
-Search for and set recordings (both single and series)
-View Guide
-Edit recording settings for series and singles (i.e. tell it to record 30 minutes extra)
-Delete recording
-View upcoming recordings

I'm currently using WMC, but will be buying a Roamio and 3 mini's soon. I know there is no Windows Phone app for Tivo and may never be one. I just want to make sure the mobile site will be functional enough for me to do the tasks above.

Under The Dome - S02E04 (07-21-14)

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:58
I really hate that science teacher for many reasons. I am digging the story of the dead girl and them finding a precursor to what is going on now back in 1988. Overall I do enjoy Under The Dome.

Major Crimes last night

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:07
The wife and I have always enjoyed this show. The characters are great. Last nights show started with all this high tech stuff. We immediately knew it was a pilot for another show. I don't get turned on by plot devices as a show, but who knows.

Dual USB input

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:06
I know that in the past you could not use the TiVo Bluetooth remote and the TiVo ir USB device on the same system, it was either one or the other.

Does anyone know if any of the recent updates have expanded USB support?

"Fargo" will return

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:36
Interesting development with today's announcement by FX...

The Strain - S01E02 - "The Box" - OAD 7/20/2014 - *spoilers*

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:15
So far we only have a general "Is The Strain any good?" thread, but two episodes in I'm really liking what I'm seeing and so I thought I'd try to spark some more specific discussion by starting an episode thread.

I think they're doing a pretty good job with character development and pacing thus far. Except the lawyer lady is so over-the-top ridiculous. I don't know about you guys, but if someone from the CDC tells me that they are worried that I may have something virulent and they want to quarantine and watch me and treat me, I think I'd let them, regardless of what the news is reporting. Maybe the worms are interfering with their reasoning and capacity for rational thought and are compelling them to get into the populace - kind of like that parasite that turns ants into zombies and forces them to climb to the top of blades of grass so they can be eaten by the next organism in the parasite's life cycle: http://io9.com/12-real-parasites-tha...osts-461313366

Roamio Warranty replacement hard drive swapout?

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:41
Well, my 6 week old Roamio Pro died...won't even power up. Tivo is shipping a replacement (and I have NO way to watch TV in the meantime).
I asked if I can swap out the hard drives before sending back the dead one, and the answer was we don't support that, it could be the hard drive causing the problem, etc. By the phraseology suggested to me that I certainly could do that, it's just on my skills to do it and don't expect any support. So, what do you guys think...would you suggest NOT doing the drive swapout for some reason?
Also, should I be concerned that the shipping confirmation shows they are sending me a refurb?

Fios + Tivo and a whole bunch of small questions

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 17:24
#1. I just need a cable card for the Tivo? (I know I won't be able to get on-demand stuff)

#2. How many outputs does the Fios modem have? I'm assuming I would need one for each TV (with a Mini) and each computer that is not using wifi? Is this correct

#3. Are there any do-it-yourself alternatives to the Mini?

#4. I have an old DIrecTV DVR lying around. Account with DirecTV is not active. Is there anyway to extract the video on it and export it to the Roamio?

#5. Anything to make sure the install tech doesn't try to halfa$$? I won't be home for the install (Wife will be)

Thanks in advance!

Fellow Survivor fans, I need a favor ...

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:45
I just finished the first episode of Survivor Cagayan (it original aired on 2/26/14). I generally like to read Dalton's recaps after every episode, but I have to be very careful so that I don't accidentally come across any spoilers. A link to his recap can often be found in the individual episode threads, but no thread exists for the first double episode. If someone could please post a link to Dalton's recap, I would be most appreciative. Thanks!

I can already tell it's going top be a great season. They have a nice mix of personalities. :)

Oprah's Master Class: Billy Bob Thornton

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:44
Has anybody watched this one yet? I was absolutely mesmerized, from beginning to end. What a fascinating guy.

I also think he looks his best at this time in his life. Of course, it goes without saying that he has turned out to be an amazing actor and writer.

Tivo Premiere flickers...replaced hard drive...still flickers

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:28
hi, my tivo premiere starting to flicker every 10-30 seconds randomly. it started last week after the Summer Update and lightening storm. not sure if this has anything to do with the flickering.

the flickering is happening in tivo menus, live tv and recorded programs.

i copied the hard drive ddrescue. booted up, kickstart 57, everything looked good for an hour and then the flicker came back. plugged the old hard drive and same thing...good for an hour, then the flickering came back.

kickstarted 54 this morning with new drive before work (ETA 473 minutes), should be done when i get home. i am thinking 54 will not identify any issue.

any suggestions what to look for next?

Roamio Setup with MoCA for OTA

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:22
I'm currently in a house in LA, on TWC both internet and cable. The house is on a hill line of sight to the main transmitters on Mt. Wilson and my goal is to go OTA + streaming video off the internet.

The present set up is complicated. The cable enters the home in the basement and is split there (POE filter upstream of the split). The cable then runs under the house to the living room and also a back bedroom used as an office. The cable modem is in the office. There are TVs in both office and living room.

There is Wi-Fi network run off an Airport Extreme in the office. There is no Ethernet cabling and it would be VERY difficult to run it. My idea is to use MoCA over the existing cable, but I don't know how to set it up. For one thing, the cable modem is in the office, but I wanted the Roamio in the living room, with a Mini in the office. Also, my idea was to put an indoor antenna in the living room (although I suppose it could go in the office if that would work). Reception OTA is not a problem.

I'm assuming I would need two MoCA adapters, but I'm confused about how and where to combine the antenna signal with the MoCA signal. I was assuming I'd need a diplexer of some kind? If so, what MHz would I use? Or could the MoCA adapter sit between the antenna and a Mini in the office and create the network that way? (The modem is in the office and the Roamio would go in the living room.) At this point, I have to say, I'm confused.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Thinking of taking the flash sale deal, but already have a basic

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:34
How would this hypothetical transition work? I'd want to cancel service on my non-lifetimed Roamio Basic immediately and get the cable card in the new box. I have a bunch of questions:

1) Will have to get a new cablecard from Time Warner?
2) Will I have to get a new tuning adapter?
3) I've read about people transferring season passes. How does one do this and can wishlists also be transferred?
4) Can we still continue to go through the backlog of already recorded shows we have on the basic if it both has no TiVo service and no cablecard or will it shut itself down?
5) If I can still watch the recordings, I'd need to temporarily have two TiVos in the same room and on the same TV. How does this work with a remote?
6) What is the going rate of a used Roamio Basic without lifetime? I'd want to sell mine.

And some functional questions too about the Plus versus the Basic:

A) Does TiVo Stream need and iOS device or can it stream to a laptop? We are an android and windows family.
B) If I am starting with a blank harddrive again, I'd want to upgrade it as much as I can. How big of an internal can I add and what is the cost?

HD XL on the fritz

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:23
I've got a HD XL stuck in a "Welcome Powering Up" loop and I'm hesitant to just throw parts at the problem.

I opened it up and ran a surface test on the drive (Ubuntu disk utility) and I have no remapped sectors and it didn't find any bad sectors running the full surface test.

I threw a multimeter on the PS and other than 5V being a little low (like 4.85V) everything else was fine. No visible cap rot, 12V was fine, 3.3V was fine.

Can anyone with a little more experience on these things help me figure out what else I might look into or if that 5V rail is really too poor?