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dinosaur 13 (cnn documentary) [spoilers]

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:01
dinosaur 13 premiered last night on cnn at 9/8c, it caught my eye as i was surfing the guide, so i recorded and watched the second airing (most current series are on mid-season hiatus).

i enjoyed this much more than i expected, a very interesting story that followed the 1990 south dakota chance discovery of the most complete t-rex fossil ever recovered, through the years long protracted legal battle surrounding the find, and the resulting federal trial.

it has all the players of a good drama - the small town paleontologists vs ownership claims by landowners, native americans, and the government - a davids vs goliaths story.

did anyone else catch it last night? it airs again twice on 12/14, and once more 12/20.

mini's first screen

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:40
I have 3 Minis working with a Tivo Roamio Plus.(all hard wired Ethernet)
Every day when using the Mini for the first time to watch live TV, the first screen when the TV starts is Tivo Central- My Shows.
Is this the normal behavior for the Mini?
Is there a setting I can change to make the Mini stay(overnight) on the last channel viewed?
TIH
JerryR

Series with season long plot arcs

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:32
I've seen a thread on this, but would like to inquire regarding more recent series.

I'm looking for recommendations for a series with a compelling season long plot/arc. Something will want me to keep watching. It can be on DVD or On Demand or Netflix.....it doesn't matter.

Mostly, I'm looking for something to keep me engaged and wanting to come back to find out what will happen next. I'm not into sci fi/fantasy or real "period dramas" so much, but would consider them if they're really good.

Examples of series that fall into that category for me are:

Breaking Bad (saw them all over a six month period, then need to wait til the final season!). Best of this kind, for me, so far.

Homeland....another series that keeps you wanting more and has me saying "what do you mean it's over already?"...at the end of each episode.

Six Feet Under also falls into that category for me, even though it wasn't as dramatic/action/thriller oriented as the above, but I loved the series.

Sopranos, of course! Damages, which I've also seen.

Shameless, somewhat falls into that category. I love the show, but the episodes are as compelling as the ones above.

I've read the The Shield would be good, as well as The Wire.

I've also read that Veronica Mars is good, but I have absolutely no idea what that's about and, right or wrong, the title sort of turns me off. Is it worth watching? And, why?

I've heard that Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story might be good. Perhaps The Following? I'm not looking for anything with a lot of gratuitous violence, but I don't mind violence (given that I loved many of the shows above.

Any and all suggestions appreciated! Thanks.

New Tivo & Hard Drive - Setup Order

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:11
Couldn't find this in any existing thread.

I have a brand new Roamio Plus and 3TB hard drive sitting in their respective boxes. Should I swap the hard drive before even turning on the Tivo and doing setup or should I set it up 1st and do the upgrade as a 2nd step?

Not sure how much of the setup info is stored on the hard drive and would need to be redone with a new drive.

network adapter for Toshiba RSTX20?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:51
I have an old Toshiba RSTX20 that I reactivated for use in my guest bedroom. I previously had an old Belkin USB/wired ethernet adapter on it, but I can no longer find it and, of course, Belkin hasn't made that for years. The Tivo-branded wireless NICs are ludicrously expensive. Does anyone know of an inexpensive wired or wireless NIC that will work with Series 2/Toshiba RSTX20 Tivos?

new TV, old Toshiba Tivo

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:48
I have an old Toshiba RSTX20 still operational in my guest bedroom. The TV in there recently died and I replaced it with a new cheap 32" LCD from a Black Friday deal. Problem is, none of the remote codes work for that TV. In an effort to avoid using the TV remote for on/off/volume and the peanut for other functions, I have the following question:

If I buy a newer type remote with updated codes and/or learning capability, will it still be able to control my ancient Toshiba Tivo box? If so, suggestions on WHICH newer remote?

Tivo Premiere Livetime 2TB + Stream For Sale

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:35
After weighing the pros and cons of cutting the cord with Cable, I found a deal I couldn't pass up to renew my Verizon FiOS contract, so I am sticking with cable for the next 3 years.

That meant it was time to finally upgrade from Premieres to Roamio/Minis.

I am keeping one Premiere as a back-up device, but the second is up for sale.

It is a 2-tuner Premiere which was upgraded to 2TB with Lifetime service on the box.

I also have a Stream that I no longer need with the Roamio Pro on the network.

Original box, remote and HDMI cable included.

I'm looking to get enough to pay for two Minis out of this deal, so I'm asking $350 shipped to your door.

Thanks for your consideration.

Ted

Can I transfer shows from my Series 1 to Roamio?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 01:18
I highly doubt it but I should ask anyway. I have quite a few shows I would like to transfer from my Phillips Series 1 to the new Romio Plus.

Big Bang Theory - The Clean Room Infiltration - S08E11 - OAD 12/11/14

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 21:14
Having worked in a clean room before, I was slightly annoyed by this episode. A few clear strips on the door like you are walking into a grocery store freezer doesn't make a room a clean room. Will have to rewatch and try to ignore that part.

"Play all shows in this group" in episode order?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 20:01
Possible?

Tivo Premiere (w/PLS), and a Tivo Stream for sale.

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:17
I have a dual tuner Tivo Premiere DVR with Product Lifetime Service for sale. It is stock, no upgrades, and in perfect working order. Will include power cord and remote of course.

In addition, I am selling a Tivo Stream, box opened but never used. I purchased it thinking I would get an iOS device, or wait for Android support. Well, I didn't get the iOS device, and waited a year for Android support.. By that time though, I had a Roamio Plus. :)

Only $325 for the entire package, shipping included. Payment by Paypal. I have a double box, with original packaging, all ready to ship.

Let me know if you have any questions. I already have the reference number that can be given to Tivo to transfer the system to your account.

PM if you have any questions, need pictures, etc.

Thanks,
Jeff

Roamio FF & Play Issues.

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:01
One question:

Once a show is recorded, will a weaker signal (say around 65 to 75) and a 29SNR cause scrolling issues and playback issues?

Case in point: I recorded several shows and the Dolphins football game off the air last Sunday. Everything looks great. The picture is clear and locked. Supernatural never looked better.

Yet when I try to fast forward, I get most often, a frozen screen and something akin to the TiVo locking up. Can't go back, can't go forward. Less often, the screen will go black for 20 or so seconds, then start playing again. In all cases, I can hit the TiVo button to go back to the main screen. However, all shows do a little thinking before they start playing. As if the drive is not locked onto the data and is seeking.

The whole time the picture quality is the best ever. No visible digital noise. When compared to the Directv HR22 TiVo, the Roamio picture is far and away superior. All OTA no cable on the Roamio.

Who thinks it's the signal and who thinks it's the hard drive?


Sent from my galafreyan transdimensional communicator 100 years from now.
U g

Can't transfer copy protected shows?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 18:42
I am surprised to find that I can't offload copy protected shows from my Roamio to my new Premiere. Is there a work around or no?

Comcast Internet Speed

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:45
So, I need to set up a new place with Comcast, and they are pushing for a higher speed than their basic offering (3MB). I don't believe this is fast enough for netflix/amazon prime to be in HD. My question is, do they really throttle their service that tightly, or could I anticipate possibly having a faster connection in the real world. I may also use this for streaming (either to a tablet or with the new new Fire TV trick).

Thoughts? Real world experience?

Arrow S03E09 "The Climb" (OAD 12/10/2014)

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:22
Are we not getting weekly Arrow threads because the show is in its third season, or because that third season has been just a bit meh? Either way, it seemed like the finale before the winter break had enough going on to warrant some discussion.

Like most of Arrow this season, I thought this episode had a mix of good and not-so-good, although the former was more prevalent than the latter. Starting with the not-so-good:
  • I'm with Sepinwall that Oliver keeping his identity from Thea is an annoying contrivance at this point. The only reason he's doing it now is that the plot requires him to. I mean, every other character in the show except Captain Lance knows! And speaking of Captain Lance, now every other character in the show knows that Sara is dead except for him. There's no justification for keeping it from him at this point except, because. (It really seems like they could write Lance off at this point. He's had nothing to do so far this season and there isn't even the hint of an arc developing for him.)
  • Actually, most of the Lance family drama stuff is boring. At the least, it doesn't play nearly as emotionally as the show seems to want it to.
  • Thea's ridiculous fight with the Arrow doesn't make me optimistic about Katie Cassidy being able to take up the mantle of Black Canary. Willa Holland had all of one move to execute in that scene and she couldn't do it plausibly. Nothing about Katie Cassidy makes me think she'll be able to, either. The show had a plausible action actress in Caity Lotz and I think it's really going to end up missing her.
  • I was a bit disappointed that Thea was under the influence when she killed Sara. I understand, I guess, that they need to keep Thea a plausible good character, despite her dalliance with Merlyn, so having her as his pawn achieves that and also makes him an even more effective villain. But it would have been more interesting if she had just killed Sara of her own volition, I think.
  • The show has gotten as ridiculous as Alias in its regard for location and time. I really wish they would allow some scenes in the daytime, as it would make the time compression at least a little less ridiculous. For example, in the course of one evening, Oliver went from Verdant to Thea's apartment, back to Verdant, back to Thea's as the Arrow, back to Verdant to meet Malcolm, then to the secret location to demand to meet Ra's, then back to Verdant to pack, and then somehow got halfway around the world, or to wherever the secret mountain location was, to fight Ra's. Come on.

But to the good:
  • The show continues to do action at a level above probably any other show on TV (or at least on network TV). Lots of exciting combat in this episode, and among multiple people at once. The stuntwork remains really good.
  • Even thought I'd prefer that Thea had killed Sara outright, having her as the killer was a cool twist. I hadn't even considered it before this episode. Once Oliver's DNA turned up on the Arrow, I knew immediately it was Thea, which was a cool realization even though the show hadn't explicitly covered it yet.
  • EBR continues to earn every dollar the show pays her. Half the scenes in this episode worked mainly because she was in them and playing Felicity just right. I especially liked Felicity knowing that she couldn't stop Oliver from taking on Ra's, and so she didn't try to talk him out of it. That was realistic and well-acted by both EBR and Stephen Amell.
  • That ending! I was sure that Oliver would not kill Ra's, because it's only episode 9 and because DC would probably never agree to that. But I couldn't figure out how that fight was going to go, or at least end. Ra's wasn't going to be killed and he couldn't plausibly let Oliver live. A draw? Nope -- they went there.
  • I suppose it's going to end up being eye-rolly how Oliver lives through that, but for now it stands as a genuine, holy crap! edge-of-your seat cliffhanger. I've seen some mild speculation online that Oliver actually is dead (or will die), and that the collection of heroes-in-training that have developed around him are going to take over the show (including perhaps Brandon Routh as Atom). Amell himself seems to be having some fun with that possibility, tweeting, "It's been a good run." I don't buy that for a moment, but congrats to the show for making it seem like at least a tiny possibility. Good stuff.

Series 1 still usable?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 13:05
I have a mothballed Series 1 with Lifetime that I was considering digging out and giving to a friend that is OTA only. I had given up on it when I had problems dialing in with Vonage several years ago, and before the ATSC conversion.

Are these still usable in any fashion, with a converter box? Is it still possible to dial in on the modem and get program data, or are they all shut down?

Wanting a Mini. Best price?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:57
Looking to purchase a mini. Is Fry's currently the best price @ $120 shipped?

Southpark "#HappyHolograms" 12/10

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:18
Wow.... last night they were actually trending on Twitter. Great ending to a great season IMO.

TiVo Stream and a wireless connected TiVo

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:08
I recently moved and without punching a hole in the wall's to pass a cat6 I fell back on the method I previously used to MRS stream TiVo to TiVo. I connected one of my DLink DAP-1522 wireless bridges. Granted it's connected on the 5Ghz band to my ASUS RT-AC66R router. There are no competing 5Ghz SSID's.

Streaming from the wirelessly connected TiVo both on my local network and OOH has worked flawlessly.

TiVo Stream can work with a wirelessly connected TiVo. Provided it has a good strong signal without competition for bandwidth from secondary SSID's. (Not counting that my tablet and phone connect via the 5Ghz band also.)

Would this work with a 2.4Ghz band connection, likely not because there are numerous overlapping outside SSID's competing for bandwidth.

2 Premieres to Roamio Plus and Mini

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:10
I currently have 2 Tivo Premieres (TCD746320 - 2 Tuners each) and am considering utilizing the 10 year loyalty deal and switching to the Roamio Plus and a mini for my second TV. Both my Premieres are connected via MoCa.

Is it worth the extra money and hassle to sell the premieres for the newest Tivo/Mini? What are the Pro's and Con's I may be missing? Anyone made a similar switch and happy/unhappy?

Pro's:
More recording space (never fill up now)
Extra Tuner 5 vs 4 (assuming the Mini takes 1)
Newest software updates
Faster interface
Streaming to Mobile devices (Not sure I will use this often)

Con's:
Hear "live tv" on the Mini has a lag
Cost ($400 in Premiere resale value vs. $700 Roamio/Mini Cost)

Appreciate the help! :)

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