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Doctor Who - Crimson Terror - OAD 5/4/2013

Sun, 05/05/2013 - 09:40
A better episode this week. Loved seeing Diana Rigg is the villainess.

I still think they need to resolve the Clara back-story soon, or at least, give us some clues.

TiVo app for Android and Galaxy S4

Sun, 05/05/2013 - 06:56
Well I just upgraded from my Galaxy SII to the new flagship BAD BOY; the SGS4. Awesome phone, awesome implementation of Jelly Bean. The TiVo app for Android doesn't like it though. It installs fine it's just that everytime I launch TiVo I get an ugly "Exit/Continue anyway" warning dialog in the middle of the screen.

"The version of the TiVo app for Android has been designed for phone with less than 1024 x 600 screen resolution."

SGS4 Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Pixel, 441 ppi
Size: 5"

It does seem to work just have an added Exit/Continue anyway dialog. I sure wish I had TiVo Stream support, I'd buy one! I won't buy iApple just to have Stream.

Series 1 to give away

Sun, 05/05/2013 - 06:02
I have an old Series 1 TiVo that I no longer use. Does anyone want it?

A working PVR10UK
Rebuilt with a larger 320Gb drive
Configured to free program guide
512Mb Network/Cache card installed.
Remote Control - works but in poor condition after many years of use.
Original instructions.

Pickup from Leytonstone London E11

SNL 5/4/13 Zach Galifianakis; Of Monsters and Men

Sun, 05/05/2013 - 00:07
Fox & Friends
Zach Galifianakis monologue
Game of Game of Thrones (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
Jennifer Aniston Look-alike Competition (Bradly Cooper, Ed Helms)
Of Monsters and Men performs
Weekend Update
..Top Stories
..James Carville
..More Top Stories
..Randall Meeks Tech Correspondent
..More Top Stories
..The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation with at a Party
Racist Jim Apologizes
Darrell's House
Of Monsters and Men performs
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto's Wedding Reception
New Balance
Darrell's House (Jon Hamm)

Fox & Friends corrections:

Kentucky Derby Losers are not turned into Ikea meatballs.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did not accidentally blow up vowels in his own name.
The chupacabra does not deliver presents on Cinco De Mayo.
President Obama does not want to take away T-shirt guns.
Most women have only two breasts.
The memphis Grizzlies are not a gay blues band.
Scientology was not founded by I Ron Man.
Bangladesh is not an 80s metal band.
Peeking at ladies' butts is not a background check.
Actual crows do have feet.
Pot pie is legal in every state.
The California wildfires are not a soccer team.
Jason Collins was not turned gay by a Washington Wizard.
The NRA is not a branch of government.
Foreign visas do not let Russian students go on shopping sprees.
Rick Moranis was never put on death row for shrinking his children.
New York exists outside the mind of Billy Joel.
A French press is not lifting weights with your tongue out.
Lena Dunham is not a girl ventriloquist.
Number 2 pencils are not sad that they lost.
Plan B birth control is not masterbating.
Justin Bieber and Anne Frank were not an item.
President Obama did not just wake up in Mexico.
F.A.A. doe not stand for "Fart A**, A**."
Croquettes are not female crocodiles.
Kanye West is not an African American vacation Destination.
Syria is not Arabic for "serious."
Rice and beans are edible. Ricin beans are not.
Casual Friday is not in the Bill of Rights.
Sam Adams was not to drunk to sign the Constitution.
The Gitmo prisoners are not working on their beach bodies.
Force feeding is not how Jedi's eat.
Kevin Costner does not live in Watertown.
Smurfs are not elected.
Smurfs are not appointed.
Smurfs are cartoons.
Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle have been in the same room together.
Anytime Minutes don't let you call the future.
4 and 3 are not basically the same thing.
Rock beats scissors.
Zach Braff is not the sound a trumpet makes.

The setup to Darrell's House was pretty blah, but DAMN the payoff was awesome.

Orphan Black 5/4/13 "Variations Under Domestication"

Sat, 05/04/2013 - 21:44
Finally! Evolution!! :D

And finally, for the first time in years Matt Frewer intrigues me instead of annoying me. So is he the Big Bad, or just middle management? I'm guessing Big Bad. Maybe.

Tatiana Maslany continues to impress, both at depicting the distinct characters and at plausibly playing various of them playing various others of them.

Paul is interesting. It seems like they didn't make the best choice for Beth's Observer; he is certainly turning into a loose cannon.

And Alison is lucky she married a man who's as nuts as she is. :D

Record Two Shows & Watch OTA Programming

Sat, 05/04/2013 - 21:43
For those like me that only have OTA programming, while recording two shows you can still watch live TV. Add a splitter to the incoming OTA antenna cable, route one cable to your DVR and another to the input of your TV.

When recording two shows turn off your DVR. Use your TV remote to switch to "TV" and then use it to control channels and volume for OTA reception.

I prefer to watch live broadcasts of news, baseball and NASCAR. If my DVR starts recording two shows at the same time I switch to my TV and watch news, baseball, NASCAR or anything else OTA live.


Controlling non-serial DirecTV box from Series 2

Sat, 05/04/2013 - 18:01
Checked the top questions thread and the possible solution link there is broken, so here I am. :(

My older DirecTV serial connection boxes (DRD523RB & DRD503RBC) are finally being phased out. DirecTV shipped a couple free reconditioned SD boxes, but there have no serial connections (D12-100). So now how do I control a non-serial SD STB from my Series 2 Humax boxes?

I have a DRT400F and a T2500. I currently use their USB ports to connect them to my WiFi so they update their guides.

The Patterson serial/usb converter is no longer available and I have no experience putting DirecTV boxes on my network or doing any of the "coding" I have been reading about online, to either box (STB or TiVo). The most I have ever done with these boxes is upgrade the HDs in the TiVos.

1) Is there a simple hardwire solution to let my Series 2 boxes control these D12 non-serial boxes?

2) Does it use the current Series 2 control port, or do I have to use the USB on BOTH the DirecTV box and the TiVo?

3) If I have to utilize the USB on the Series 2, am I now forced to use the phone jack to allow the box to download new guide info & updates?

Thanks for the help.

TiVo games suggestion.

Sat, 05/04/2013 - 17:32
I've had the occasional TiVo customer call in and inquire about the games accessible on the TiVo. They seem to be more popular than I was expecting, and more than once I've heard a customer opine about the selection of games. Meaning they wanted more. In general, the more frequent TiVo game users appear to be either age-advanced or elderly, predating even the Atari or Calecovision generation!

So I thought I'd suggest something along the lines of simple multiplayer games. Like a few different card games. Something relatively simple where the rules are already commonly understood. I believe it would get quite a bit of use!


Sat, 05/04/2013 - 17:24
Good afternoon!

I am an employee of a telecom company out on the eastern seaboard. I am not here in any kind of official capacity, of course, but here to do some digging around and getting familiar more with the technical end of the TiVo product. I'm sort of doing research on my own so as to become a go-to guy here for TiVo related situations.

Had one installed myself, and I love it. I think I had my TiVo for all of three days before I chucked out my old VCR. Didn't even see if there was a tape in there first. Didn't care. Didn't seem particularly relevant.

Do the TiVo corporate folks visit these forums, or is this largely a TiVo aficionado-run site?

Anyways, just wanted to say hello!

free Tivo Desktop ending

Sat, 05/04/2013 - 15:27
looks like Tivo is not going to offer free Tivo Desktop after June 5th 2013.


WTF! "Maron" on IFC

Sat, 05/04/2013 - 11:52
"Maron" on IFC is pretty good if you're a fan of the WTF podcast.

Think of Marc Maron as Larry David without the loudness, money or wife.

"This is sad." "I mean, it's sad that you came here."

"Yeah, Marc, I'm pregnant just to get you."

Set a SP, or check it out online on on VoD.


(I didn't realize that I hadn't selected IFC or Sundance on my channel list on Uverse. Duh!)

May 4, 2013: TiVo just updated to the FALL 2012 update - again?

Sat, 05/04/2013 - 11:05
May 4, 2013: Both my TiVo's just reported that they downloaded and installed the Fall 2012 update:

Your TiVo DVR was updated!
You now have the Fall 2012 update.

Here is my current software version under Account & System Info:

Both TiVo's are Premiere (Series4). I already got this update last fall.

Is something wrong?

Hit & Miss on DirecTV - anyone else watching?

Sat, 05/04/2013 - 08:29
It plays on the Audience Channel (channel 101 and others). My short description would be Transamerica meets Weeds meets Goodfellas meets Shameless. IMDB describes it as:

HIT AND MISS, from Paul Abbott, creator of Shameless and State of Play, is a high concept and ambitious new series that follows Chloë Sevigny as Mia, a contract killer with a secret: shes a transgender woman. Mia's life is sent into a tailspin when she receives a letter from an ex-girlfriend dying from cancer revealing that Mia fathered a son eleven years ago. Faced with a difficult decision, Mia becomes the guardian to a new family forcing her to mix her killer instincts with her newly developing maternal instincts. HIT AND MISS tells the story of a lethal killer at the heart of a troubled family and how all of their lives will be dramatically changed forever.

I'm really enjoying it. The transgender bit is not much of a spoiler since the first 10 seconds of episode 1 has a full frontal of Chloe Sevigny and her weewee. If you enjoy seeing Chloe nude there are a number of other such shots. For the more cerebral, it's rated 7.6 on IMDB.

PXL Reboots/restarts - Installing update

Sat, 05/04/2013 - 07:03
My PXL that I've had for a couple years this morning (2:55) did a "random restart" which it has done before but this time I get a message "installing update could take a few minutes". After restart I have a message that my PXL now has the Fall 2012 update and goes on to explain the "features" - Parental Control vs Kidzone etc.

Hours later I check Network Connection and I get last attempt 5/03 (9:03 AM) "succeeded". I checked the connections because when I access the HELP function on the PXL it shows my P-Elite is connected by MOCA which it has never been. It's been "hard-wired" Ethernet since day one except when TiVo asked I install a wireless N to try and "trick" the Elite into displaying the correct Ethernet connection when the N was removed and the Ethernet conected again and set-up rerun. Of course that "didn't work".

What gives with my most recent "adventure"?

Tivo Premiere dies just out of warranty...

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 23:13
my trusty Tivo Premiere has died just 16 days after its three-year warranty ran out (one year plus two years extended).
what are the odds of that? lol
displaying the dreaded "Welcome- Starting Up" screen permanently.

question: has anyone had luck arguing for a repair this soon after the warranty dies? The last few times I talked with Tivo CSR's I'd say that's a big no-candoo, but if anyone has suggestions before I remove the drive, I'm all ears.

Mini issues thread - collect them here

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 17:49
I think it might be helpful to have a list of Mini issues that can possibly be made as a sticky in this forum, as I have observed several issues with the Mini that are not going to get sorted anytime soon.

1. Sometimes Mini starts playback from host Elite, you see a spinning wheel, and it won't playback. Reboot is the only thing I've found that sorts this.

2. With some TVs (like my 42" Panasonic) the Mini seems to have a resume/handshake issue with the TV on occasion when switching from another input back to the input the Mini is on. The result is a black screen on the TV. I have been able to sort this by unplugging the HDMI cable and plugging it back in. Annoying.

3. On two occasions recordings that were started from the Mini could not be played back on either the host DVR or the Minis.

If anyone has any other ones I will go ahead and add them to this list.

I finally broke down and bought a Roku 3 ...

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 14:13
Like many of you, I have been extremely frustrated by the fact that you can't access Amazon Prime content on the Premiere. I finally broke down and bought a Roku 3 the other day, and all I can say is ... OMG!!! The thing is so much better than the TiVo when it comes to accessing the various streaming services. I mean, it's not even close! The interface on the Roku is fast and responsive, and the streams load WAY faster. For only $100, the Roku is an absolute steal. :)

Vikings - Season 1

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 12:13
I'm surprised that there weren't more threads about this excellent series. I found a few episode review but nothing for a few months. We had a marathon of the last three episodes and can't wait for 2014 when the series continues.

Survivor - Will Malcom's "Big Move" Hold Up?

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:47
IMHO, two of the greatest moves in Survivor both involve the suprise playing of two idols at TC - Malcom's this season and Parvati's in season whatever. IIRC, Parvati either won that year or at least made it to the final. So her move paid off. Malcom's, otoh, has already been diminished by his being voted out the very next TC. Even worse, he was in a prime position, having a clue to the hidden idol in the next episode, to protect himself. He should have, at the very least, continued to look for the idol at some point, whether Andrea was there or not. If the choice was definitely no chance at the idol - by not looking for it - vs possibly finding it before Andrea, he should have kept looking. Half a chance is better than none. He should have known he was an obvious target and needed that idol.

If at least one of the "3 Amigos" makes it to the final, then, yeah, the move holds up somewhat, but if none of them make it, then Malcom's move has no real follow-through, compared to Parvati's, and her's remains the single greatest move in Survivor lore. Yeah, they were both great theater, but Parvati's was part of a strategy that worked, whereas Malcom's, not so much.

Need XL Image. Please help!

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:27
Hello everyone. I'm new to the forums. I hope somebody out there can help me. My premiere XL TCD748000 hard drive went dead and I need an image to install on a new drive. Instant cake does have a disc for my series Tivo. Can someone help please!