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2007 vs now

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:49
Hi there - I am a very early tivo adapter from the 2003-2007 era. I cancelled my subscription around 2007 when I decided tv was no longer worth paying for, and haven't had any cable or satellite since then.

Well, I just had cable installed yesterday and I have a promo with free dvr service through Charter for 12 months. As awesome as it is to have a dvr again for the first time in years, its functionality is completely underwhelming to me compared to what I used to be able to do with tivo.

If at some point I was to switch back to tivo, I was wondering what the difference is with the tivo boxes & service then vs. now?

The boxes seem to be much less expensive - I don't want to mention what I paid for my first box that I bought back in the day. Is there anywhere I can go that would describe the differences of how the technology has changed or improved over the years?

Reboot problem

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:31
Using TiVo Transfer within Toast 11 on my Mac, was having difficulty listing programs residing on my DVR through my home wireless network. TiVo/and Toast/TiVo transfer has been working flawlessly for more than several years, until a couple weeks ago when the 'no listing of programs' problem started. Rebooting the Mac seemed to restore program listing.

Earlier guidance on the Forum suggested reboot the DVR. I unplugged the DVR for 5-10 minutes, then plugged back in. TiVo gives me the Welcome! Powering up... screen, screen goes dark, then the Almost there. Just a few minutes more.... screen, screen goes dark, then back to Welcome! Powering up... screen, etc.

One time, I got the THx screen, then the menu; I selected Live TV, and then back to Welcome! Powering up... screen.

Any thoughts on what the problem might be?


Jim Taylor

Honey Boo Boo 1/13/13 - Thanksgiving

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:10
I don't think I've ever seen a television episode as revolting as this one.

Anyone watch this?

Link to clip: http://bcove.me/djwbkver


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:33
I posted this question in the TiVo help forum and it was suggested that I head over to this forum with my question, so I'll give it a try here:

I'm trying to make a back-up hard drive for my Toshiba TX20 using winmfs, and I connected the TX20's IDE 250GB HD to my XP OS computer with both the TX and my computer HD jumpered to cable select, with my computer HD being in the master position on my IDE cable and the TX drive in the slave position, and after starting my computer I can't get out of BIOS and into Windows. Any suggestions?


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:30
I'm trying to make a back-up hard drive for my Toshiba TX20 using winmfs, and I connected the TX20's IDE 250GB HD to my XP OS computer with both the TX and my computer HD jumpered to cable select, with my computer HD being in the master position on my IDE cable and the TX drive in the slave position, and after starting my computer I can't get out of my BIOS and into Windows. Any suggestions?

Was there a recent software update???

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:27
I am using a dual tuner Priemire. Recently I noticed that the current time is now showing in the upper right hand corner of the screen and when you are watching a recorded show the counter shows as well as the current time. This looks very similar in the old days with my Seires Two when you press play, select, play, 9, select to show the time. The box is still using the current software of
My wife stated the TiVo rebooted in the middle of one of her shows a few days ago and then the time was there. This shows all the time while watching live TV as well as the counter and time while watching a recorded program. This is not the time that shows below the preview window when you hit the TiVo button and are looking at what has recorded or any of the other menus where you see the preview window.
Is this a new Easter Egg? But I have no idea of the button combinations she hit.

Neilson Says Most People Still Watch TV Live

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:24
Having a hard time believing this:


It may be that most people are pretty stupid given that the well-written thoughtful programs get cancelled and bubblegum reality programming gets ratings.

What would cause Pandora to stutter?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:19
What would cause stuttering on the Pandora service on a TivoHD? Our other Tivo (S3OLED) on the same home network does not exhibit this problem.

(EDIT: I should add that I do only have a 1Mbps downstream link from Knology at our house (128kbps up).. As I understand it however, Pandora uses only about 128kbps downstream anyway. And as I mentioned, our other Tivo is not having any issues with Pandora at all.. So I don't think our measly 1Mbps downlink really has anything to do with it.. But I thought it would be worth mentioning.)

Originally we had mediocre wireless service to this Tivo, Tivo's only "signal quality" would report somewhere in the 35-40% range. (pretty abysmal, huh?) I put a full-size WindSurfer Ez-12 Parabolic Reflector on an external large Wifi antenna connected to our router and increased the signal quality to 65-75% signal strength in Tivo's network settings diagnostics screen. This was enough of a signal increase to MRV 1080i shows in JUST-above real time (30min transferred in 25 minutes). Not enough to skip commercials, but enough to start watching immediately.

We finally started to use Pandora in the bedroom, but it would occasionally pause and stutter. So I thought that maybe the wireless connection while vastly improved, was still occasionally dropping out.

I then looked into various ways to improve things farther, and looked into MOCA, Ethernet over Powerline, and wireless range extenders. I settled on MOCA because I already had coax between the necessary locations, and in this 30yr old house, re-wiring something or running new network cables to the bedroom is not feasible. Ethernet over Powerline is reportedly inconsistent, and range extenders reportedly cut your throughput to do their repeating.

Anyway, I purchased and installed two MOCA routers (two WI424WR rev-D's), ran some tests with a short coax and with the home wiring (using frequency diplexors at each location), and am able to get upwards of 50Mbps bidirectional and 85-90Mbps unidirectional. *PLENTY* for Tivo..

Yet, Pandora STILL pauses and stutters! :(

Am I doing something wrong?


Dexter: Season 8

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:01
Season 8 of Dexter will premiere earlier than usual -- June 30 of this year. And its creator refuses to speculate if that will be the final season...

Bob's Burgers "Nude Beach" - OAD 1/13/13

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 10:58
Is it just me, or would the show be (insert number of your choice, 2 or higher) times better if it concentrated on the kids with Bob and Linda being secondary characters? This episode is a classic example.

Problem downloading HD movies from Amazon

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 10:53
Does anyone know how to fix an issue with the downloading of HD Movies from Amazon.

On several occasions I have ordered a movie, the download starts, but goes VERY Slowly. After 20 minutes or so I only had 3 minutes of the movie. I rebooted and after another 20 minutes only 17 seconds of the movie! Clearly this is not "on demand". :)

I have purchased many TV episodes using the Amazon website and sent them to the TiVo with no issues. This seems to be related to ordering movies from the TiVo itself.

It's a Tivo Premiere.

Why is there no; standby, stop, add channel, separate scans, manual setup?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 10:10
1a. No working standby (one that will allow waking for timer recordings). There is no reason to have a HDD fully running 24/7, especially when one isn't using the device or has any scheduled recordings. Why have the outputs active all the time? All other DVR's that I have had experience with have at least have a standby. Some even will go to a low power mode that still allows timer recording and less than 30 second boot times,
1b Allow timeshifting to be turned off. If you don't use it, why have it continuously recording?
2. No function buttons on the front panel. Though not the only device that doesn't have these,
3. No stop button; every conceivable record/playback device has had a stop button from record players on. I realize there are ways to 'stop' a recording, but a stop button isn't one of them. Are these people from another planet?
4. No ability to skip that annoying "Guided setup" even for a minor change or problem. Give me the option of doing it manually. Everyone isn't brain dead,
5. No separate scans for OTA and CATV. I have never seen a tuner that has dual ability (both modes) not to have this. More unnecessary time consumption wasted for no reason. If only one or the other (OTA or CATV) needs a re-scan, why should I have to be forced to do a complete scan?
6. No ability to add a single channel w/o scanning through the entire spectrum. That's utterly stupid & completely unnecessary. They apparently assume one scan is all you need, every single station/service is available 24/7 and there are no issues with reception problems, stations change physical channel numbers etc. There are users that are above intelligence that actually do know physical channel numbers and can enter just what they want w/o doing any scans. Give us that option,
7. Very limited time span for their "Grid", less than two hours is ridiculous. You own all the patents you need, why aren't you using them?
8. Boot times from power off are excessively long. At least they are for the series three,
9. No recording history (record log), unless I missed something,
10. Annoying child like beeps when in the menu that can't be turned off easily,
11. "Suggestions" that can't be turned off (that I know of).

Applies to Series 3/HD models.

Top Gear US returns 1/29/2013 - Wise?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 09:53
A new 10-episode series of TG US returns on Tuesday, January 29th on History.

With the new season of TG UK starting two days earlier, and BBCA's almost certain plan to show it in the US as soon as possible after the UK airing, I wonder how wise it is to allow a direct comparison of these two totally different experiences!

It will certainly show how inferior the American version is.

Router suggestions

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 09:42
I am thinking about changing out my router since it is around 4 years old. I want to switch it out before it starts having issues. I currently have a Dlink 655 that has served me well. Any suggestions of a router that will be both good for today but also future proof as I am thinking it should go 4 or 5 years.

shark tank 1-11-13

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 08:44
fighting for your product is always a good thing! i cant believe 4 of them went in on something and robert attempted more deals today than the entire season combined lol

i dont drink coffee but i cannot fathom carring around 5 balls for my 100 oz starbucks :confused:

at home yes i see the use.

the ice cream thing i swore i saw the same thing on this show but i guess not because they never would repeat. good question about the kids freezing each others parts though :)

i do wonder why you cant just put your toys in a pillow case and zip it? anyone done that?

HDD recomended in these FAQ's are all discontinued; whats recomended to replace them?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 08:44
In the FAQ at the top of the page here (which was updated, burt still outdated and this upgrade article;

All the WD green HDD's that were recommended seem to be discontinued. The confusing four letter model numbers (EURS, AURS, EURX etc.) don't make it any easier.
Also, this "Advanced Format" that most of the new drives now have, is this a issue with the Series 3, especially the HD? If so, other than some jumper between pins 7 & 8, is there another workaround?


Shameless Season 3 thread *Spoilers*

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 08:22
This show doesn't usually need an episode by episode thread so I figured whole season would do.

Wow they really went dark with Steve/Jimmy. I really did not think that was Marco, it did not look like the same actor from last year but what a death. Jimmy is really in with some bad people. Can he keep it from affecting Fiona and the kids?

Wasn't Manady pregenant? Isn't that why her dad went after Ian because he thought he knocked her up but it was actually Lip?

They changed the opening slightly, does that mean Karen is gone for good?

What do you think about Man vs. wild?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 00:22
This is one of my favourite TV shows. I watch it mostly because it has adventure, survival, hunting and exploration all together. So have you watched it, if yes what are your suggestions about it?

Football audio: Gurgling background noise

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 22:05
Recently while watching a couple of NFL games, I've noticed an ever-present background noise that I best can describe as "Gurgling", technically I think its highly compressed filtering of the crowd noise. The commentators and other sounds come through clear, but the crowd sound is really bad because it does not sound like the typical crowd noise at football games, it just sounds like gurgling in the background.

Anyone else notice this with live NFL games (or other sports)?


Sun, 01/13/2013 - 18:19
I know this is about a week late, but Cougartown is back. The show has been picked up on TBS. The season premiere was on Jan 8. Next show is Tuesday 1/15 at 10pm EST.