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You know what. The Tivo remote just isn't well designed.

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:08
I know, a pretty provocative statement. But it's pretty simple. After 4 months of having ditched all of my FIOS gear for Tivo I still can't easily navigate the remote with 1 hand in the dark.

The only buttons I really use are:

Power, OK, this one I've got

Live TV, this one too.

Guide - Not easy to get in the dark, and you gave us 2 locations, one for Roamio, one for Mini. FAIL. Are you kidding me, 2 products designed to be used together and you located the buttons in different locations on both. Who let that one slip through.

Info Hit other buttons often trying to hit info

Numbers As hard as I might, typing in 618 results in success about 30% of the time. The FIOS remote never presented this problem. The layout just isn't good.

Oh, Peanut shaped remote? Same on both ends unless you feel around for what button is where so we end up swapping ends over and over until we get it right. Nope, sorry FAIL.

I know I'm being really picky here, but these are the industrial design elements that truly make a product "perfect". These are real issues, ones that prevent the product from being really really great. Time to step up. Just about everything has been invented at this point so perfecting the usability of the product is about all you have left. Well, that an the features I asked for in the suggestions forum.

I'll never stop asking. CID for Tivo...

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:57
4 months after installing Tivo I still miss not having CallerID on my TV screen like most of the other cable providers. It might not be the easiest thing to do and it might require a dongle and software update, but it IS a good feature regardless of what everyone says about ditching their land lines. I guess if Tivo is unwilling to consider it, than I have to ditch my land line as well. After all, I wouldn't want to be different. Or would I?


Poor use of network logo's in guide and channel bar

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:54
I've seen the question asked a lot of times. Are the logo's available in the guide and channel bar.

They really should be in the guide, on the left side like just about every other TV provider that uses a guide. Tivo really looks lacking without them. My gawd, XBMC even has them. C'mon Tivo. This is the low hanging fruit to having a better product.

Just as important is the channel bar (that's how I surf, and so do a LOT of other people). The logo is actually available on the channel bar BUT it's on the right hand side where it is actually of NO use what so ever. We read left to right in the US, so having it first thing on the right side (like just about every other TV box provider who uses a guide), IS the right place to put it and actually make it usable. It should be done. 4 months after installing my Tivo gear I'm still feeling the guide and channel bar are lacking because they don't have those things. Several other things that I lost going to Tivo I've learned to live without but these two things are missed each and every time I use Tivo. They should be there.


Pause in 1 room / Resume in another

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:48
I'm assuming this can't be done today so I'm recommending it as a suggestion.

So you pause from your Mini in the Kitchen. Head up to the bedroom. Hit a menu button and select "resume from", then select the paused stream and off you go. Sounds pretty simple. After all, the Roamio has already recorded the stream and is continuing to record the live TV. It just has to redirect the live stream to the new mini and re designate the recorded version with the new mini's id and it's as if it was initiated from the 2nd mini all along.

Good feature / value to customer.


Pause / Resume

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:46
I have 6 mini's and a Roamio + in the family room.

Is there any way to pause a show in one room on a Mini or Romaio and then pick it up on another room?

I saw a thread that said you could do it with THD's but it was fairly cumbersome and had to "transfer" the show between DVR's. I'd be looking for something a lot more simple than that.

So you pause from your Mini in the Kitchen. Head up to the bedroom. Hit a menu button and select "resume from", then select the paused stream and off you go. Sounds pretty simple. After all, the Roamio has already recorded the stream and is continuing to record the live TV. It just has to redirect the live stream to the new mini and re designate the recorded version with the new mini's id and it's as if it was initiated from the 2nd mini all along. Seems like they should be able to whip this up in a week or so and have it out in the next release. Who do I call about this?

All About Android missing from my Roamio

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:38
A show that I've had a season pass (and then a OnePass for) since forever is now missing from the search options. Or at least I can't find it.

Another show from the TWIT.TV network - This Week in Tech (also via OnePass) should have downloaded last night and didn't. At least it's still in the search list.

Anyone else seen this? Can anyone find All about Android in their search list?

Not being able to download the podcasts I want to is really driving me nuts. I bitched loudly about having to type in the RSS feed manually, but now I really miss it.

Nexus 6 !!!!

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:51
Play Store says Tivo app not compatible with the powerhouse Nexus 6, but works on the Nexus 5. What gives? Same OS, better phone. How can I get them to kick this into gear?

2.4.6 crapfest continues: Suggestions showing as regular recordings

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:50
Recordings in the suggestions folder have started showing a scheduled recording icon. This is a screenshot of the Android tablet app, but the TiVo interface is showing the same thing.


In general, can data from bad TiVo HDs be salvaged?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:46
Anyway, we're apparently having an epidemic of failing TiVos in my house.

I'm in the middle of fixing one of our broken S2's, and hour our TiVo Premier is failing. So 3 of our 5 TiVos are broken.

The Premier is the most important, and primary TiVo my wife uses, and she's very worried about it.

Symptoms: it keeps restarting, and alternating between the "almost there" screen, and the TiVo animated video that plays after restarting. I'm guessing, but could be wrong, that this could be due to a bad hard drive.

So I'm considering running HD diagnostics, and if necessary, replace the HD. But if that's it, it has a giant heapload of shows that my wife has recorded on it. Is there a way, using the MFS utilities, to copy all that from the bad HD to a new good HD? Would it (hopefully) copy whatever it could, but skip over the bad sectors? Or would this even work?

The Last Man On Earth S01E5/6 - 03/22/2015

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:51
Back to back episodes

The show is losing me pretty fast. I just don't like him at all. He has no endearing qualities.

Also - the cast is getting pretty big for the show's title

Lifetime Tivos and wireless remotes

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 08:25
I'm cleaning out my closets and have a couple of TCD240 (Series 2) Tivos with 80GB drives and lifetime available if anyone still has an interest in these older models. I also have a couple of Tivo wireless G adapters. Make me an offer I can't refuse. :D

can't kill demo mode on Roamio Plus

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:35
I recently picked up a refurbished Roamio Plus. It upgraded to the latest firmware, but seems to have been in retail demo mode at some point. With each restart, it briefly starts the Tivo-through-the-decades video, but never completes -- about 5 or 10 seconds into the black-and-white portion of the startup, it immediately jumps to the demo mode "Introducing Roamio" video loop.

The odd thing is that I could complete the guided setup and it did download the guide and is recording programs according to the One Pass list, but there are still vestiges of demo mode. For instance, after 15 min. of inactivity on the remote control, it switches back to the Introducing Roamio video. I can return to what I was viewing with the Live TV button, but the inactivity timeout keeps triggering the demo video if I don't touch the remote for 15 min. I gather that on a normal power-on restart, the Roamio is supposed to put up an "Exit demo mode?" dialog, but this unit never does that -- just starts to play the startup video, only to jump immediately into demo mode. Does anyone know a different way to cancel demo mode for good? Now that I have over a week of recordings, it would be great if I could find some way to exit demo mode without having to wipe the hard drive of recorded shows.

20.4.6 bug playing still recording show

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 01:47
I've run into this problem multiple times now with this software update. From My Shows when I highlight a show that is still recording and choose play with remote, instead of starting from beginning as should be the case, play starts at end of recording. This is new behavior as ever since I can remember that's always how I start play and I didn't have this problem until recently. Anyone else see this?

TiVo Presentation @ UCBerkeley

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 01:13
TiVoMargret speaking to the Entrepreneurship/Tech program.

Lots of insightful points...
Considering the length, you might want to quote or timestamp what you're responding to.

New TiVo Mini, no video signal

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 23:18
So back oct/nov I bought two Minis when they made the switch to free lifetime but the prices were still $99. One of them I hooked up righ away. The other I intended to put in the guest room. I never got around to hooking it up until tonight. However even though I never hooked it up I activated it right after I got it just to be sure I got the free lifetime. Anyway I hook it up and I get nothing. No "welcome starting up screen", nothing. TV just says "no signal". I even tried an analog cable connected to the AV port and still nothing. The light on the front is on. The link lights on the Ethernet port are not. And when I tried to plug something in to the USB port it has no power. I tried swapping it in place if one of my other Minis and got nothing there either, so it doesn't seem to be the power supply.

Is it just dead? Is there anything I can do to fix it? I held on to it for so long before hooking it up I might just be screwed if it's dead. :(

Dropping channels - Comcast

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 23:14
Hello everyone.

I've been reading the board extensively the last few days and would like to run my scenario by you.

I have 2 x XL4 and a Premiere. Everything worked fine until we switched accounts to get a better deal. They told us we could keep our original equipment but that wasn't true.

Since getting all new cable cards (and modem), there has been issues with channels dropping on two of the boxes with v52 errors the last two months. Previously this wasn't a problem. Swapped cable cards at Comcast but still the same problem. Then switched the cable cards between TIVOs. The funny thing is the problem followed the cable card which really had Comcast puzzled since the cable card tested ok from their end.

After almost two months of troubleshooting, refresh signals, reboots, tightening connections, four tech visits and many calls to their engineering department, they tell me the v52 error is related to signal strength so I start examining the cables. Rerouted the wiring to is could removed an extra splitter and length of cable. Fixed one problem with dropped channels (XL4).

There are 2 x MOCAs on the network connecting the Premiere. When i bypass the MOCA and run the cable directly to the TIVO, I get all channels including HBO which has been the main problem along with a few channels in the 37-52 range. A temporary fix from TIVO was to use a splitter and hook one end to the MOCA and one to the TIVO. It works about 75% of the time but not a total fix.

The MOCA has an internal splitter with the same signal loss as a regular splitter correct?

The splitter on the outside is a 3 way with 2 x -7db (on for each TIVO)and a -3.5db ports (modem and voice). 1000 mhz / EMI -130db

I plan on changing the splitter with a 2000 mhz 3 way. There seems to be some debate on whether this will help. From what i've read, an unbalanced splitter is preferred. May also get a 4 way since i may add another TIVO soon, but will add a terminator to boost the signal strength until then. Are 4 way splitters balanced?

TIVO recommended to not put a signal amplifier on the system.

Are all POE filters the same, regardless if they come from Comcast, Amazon or TIVO?
Is there any signal loss when using a POE filter?
I had a POE filter on the outside, but one of the Comcast techs removed it earlier this year, saying it wasn't needed.

The cable runs from the outside box are quite long. Not sure if I can shorten the cable.


BBC iPlayer connection

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 23:09
Does someone know how the BBC iPlayer app gets the video it plays?

I had assumed it was over Internet (TCP/IP), but the FAQ at

Quote: Does BBC iPlayer affect my broadband connection?

The BBC iPlayer is played out to you through a dedicated TiVo connection in your TiVo box. What's that suppose to mean?

Walking Dead 'Try' 3/22/15 | Talking Dead 3/22/15 No preview Spoilers

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 22:44
Rick derailed and Michonne shut it down before it got worse.
TD knew some fans wanted a geeky guest. Yvette is serious about TWD.

Roamio Recording Volume

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 22:00
My Roamio Basic records programs at about 50% of the volume that the live show is broadcast.

Dows anyone know of a fix for this large annoyance?

Tivo Premiere

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 21:11
Great working two tuner Tivo. This will work with an antenna or cable card. 75hrs of hd recording. TCD746500. $120