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Comcast MCard Cost

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 15:30
I know that this is a big question for a bunch of us. So let share some pain... I have two TiVos (Premiere and Premiere XL4), and one Cable box. I get charged 9.95 / month for HD Technology Fee, 9.95 / month for Digital Access and Cable card, this covers my cable box and the Premiere, then I get charged another $9.95 for the Cable Card for the new Premiere XL4.

From the way the sales person explained it, yes I called them up, the first charge brings HD to the house and authorizes it all outlets. That's a joke since they don't really support the wiring in the house anymore, and the first thing the tech always does is check the outlet with a bandwidth meter.

The second 9.95 covers digital access and a cable card. Has anyone else noticed that the Comcast HD cable box has an mCard shoved in it? I think the digital access is the cable box, because they told me it would be 9.95 to get a second HD box.

I know the third $9.95 covers the new mCard for the Premiere XL4, since I just added that one. So there is my mCard story.

BTW, I'm in the Chicago Northwest Suburbs market place. Sure wish I could buy my own mCard, like I can buy my own modem.

castle 2/18/13

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:51
castle goes jack bauer on the bad guy and no thread!!!!!

i'm glad for once we had a realistic show where the cop did let the friend do something bad instead of saying i'm a cop, i cant let you do that. i thought for a moment alexis was on a boat but they probably would have felt that. i guess sweeps month means a lot of continued shows to next week.

was there a previous ep where alexis was in some other trouble as well. i think after this she's going to be taking internet classes for her degree :)

Cutting the Cord

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:32
I finally did it. After the latest Comcast (insult) price I finally had enough. My combo bill of digital economy with HD and Internet jumped $10 to $99 in the last month, and up from $73 two years ago. With the exception of my wife's cooking shows and my kids occasional Disney Channel viewing, 90% of what we watch is on network television. The only major show I'm losing is The Daily Show, but that is available online. Comcast tried to convince me to stay with their basic for $15 + $10 for HD, but why spend $25/month when I get that for free OTA?

I tried cutting the cord a couple years back but the antenna I tried wasn't very good. But I recently checked again and found a really well reviewed antenna in the Mohu Leaf, so I ordered it and installed it last night. Perfect picture clarity and it's not an eyesore, so this is definitely the way to go.

I was reading updating my shows on Season Pass Manager, but once I changed the Tivo's setting the Season Pass Manager auto updated accordingly making my life a thousand times easier.

So Thank You Tivo for doing that.

Amazon Video Rental option comes & goes

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:39
Yesterday I was looking for a way to see "Argo" and saw that I could eaither purchases it through the Amazon menu on my Tivo HD for $19.99 or "rent" it for $4.99, which is a file that you can download that deletes itself after a day or two. That evening my wife & I went back to set up this download, but only the $19.99 purchase option appeared.

This morning went on again, saw the $4.99 rental option and selected it. The TiVo had not yet been connected to Amazon account, so I started setting it up, but did not have the correct Amazon ID & password (my wife manages the Amazon account). When she got up later, the $4.99 rental option dissappeared again and we only see the $19.99 purchase option.

Can someone tell me what the heck is going on?

Is there Facebook app on Tivo Premiere?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:45
Is there a Facebook app for the Tivo? I'd like to show my aging mother some profiles of her friends/relatives. The tv screen is better for her than my tablet screen.

Premiere not working with remote in Live TV

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:37
Okay, here is one for you:

Yesterday my TiVo Premiere (regular old two-tuner premiere) stopped responding to remote commands during live TV. In order to change the channel or watch a show I have to use the Android App, and then I have to use the my shows or guide (that remote doesn't work either). Once I am in a recording, the remotes work fine again, FF, Rewind, Pause, etc all work again. None of the remotes work in live TV: Slide, Harmony, Regular TiVo remote, nothing.

Anyone else getting this? Seen this before?

series 1 hdd errors

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 08:50
I pulled the drive from my Philips hdr112 series 1 TiVo. The unit has lifetime service and the I rigged it wireless with a spare 54g linksys. Now the guy I bought it from upgraded it to a 120 gig WDHDD. About 2 weeks ago it was stuck on boot screen, I tried diagnostics and all the tricks online, nothing worked so I pulled the drive, loaded winmfs and it kept giving me the error 8 super header so I tried fixing the boot, first #1 then #2 and now I'm getting error 7 about partitions or something. I have a new old stock WD drive, same type as what was in the unit except 160 gig and want to use winmfs and put the image I downloaded for this series 1 tivo onto the new drive. It gives an inode error everytime I try to put that image onto the drive, I'm wondering if the drive needs re formatted?

Thanks for all the help guys


Latest revision?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 07:58
I just picked up a Series3 HD. It had not been connected for over a year. What is the most current software revision for the Series3?

I had a Series3 OLED years ago but have only been using Premieres lately. Has anything changed for the Series3 in the last couple of years? Any new features or just fixes?

Cable conversion question

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 07:53
I have a Premier XL and my cable company Midco is doing an analog to digital conversion in my area. I've been having trouble getting the new digital channels to show up with a program listing. And TiVo has been no help at all, I got a message back about how they can't support cable sub-channels.

While re-doing guided setup for the hundredth time I read about the M-card. It says you need to have a M-card to get digital cable, but I thought the M-card was for encrypted channels? Is an M-card the issue preventing me from getting my cable channel listings?

The Big Bang Theory [02/21/2013] - "The Monster Isolation"

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 07:09
Poor Raj. Would it really destroy the show to let him have a girlfriend?

Raj: My heart is stone. From now on, I'm a monk. I renounce all worldly pleasures. Except for Lobster. And, garlic butter.
I'm surprised they "let" Penny be good in the play. They have so many jokes about her singing that I assumed they would do the same with her acting. Even Sheldon was impressed.

Sheldon: How can she remember all those lines, but as a waitress she can't remember "no tomato" on my hamburger?

***Spoilers*** Person of Interest - "Relevance". Air date: 2/21/13

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 01:50
This show is becoming a juggernaut. The ratings continue to grow and it is churning out great episodes. The latest episode may have been the show's most entertaining ever and one the best hours of tv that mixed action and intrigue in a long time. The crazy thing it barely involved the man characters on the show.
Sarah Shahi's character is going to be a GREAT addition to the cast. The question is how much will she be seen?

iPad Problem

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 21:48
I got iPad as a gift. I want to transfer my files from iPhone to iPad. How can i do it?

Going HD.. maybe..

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 18:59
I have 2 old SD tivos -
if I upgrade to HD and I want to go with two HD tivos.
What's the best deal anyone has gotten on the "new" tivos?

advice, etc. requested.

Series 3 to Tivo Desktop Quality

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:36
I am trying to archive some tivo programs onto a home computer so I can delete them from the Series 3 hard drive and make room. I use Tivo Desktop Pro and the quality seems good, but not as good as the original. Is there any objective evidence that Tivo Desktop maintains the quality of the original or not? I hate to delete some shows until I understand this issue. I only record in highest quality, and transfer the programs to the desktop using tivo software. The Tivo Desktop images seem slightly more pixelated. Thanks

Once Upon a Time - S2E14 - "Manhattan" - OAD 2/17/2013

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:22
Called it! I can hear the strains of "I'm My Own Grandpa" in the distance. :)

If Rumpel KNEW that "the boy" would be his undoing, why has he let Henry live this long?

They've really folded this story in on itself with this revelation. I actually kind of like that.

I'm curious what the fallout will be of the cellphone video? :)

Justified 2/19/13 Money Trap (S04E08)

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 11:52
Given that no one else has started a thread I guess it wasn't just me (and my wife) that found this episode to be boring filler. The whole Jody storyline was a complete waste.

I really enjoyed putting together the pieces of the mystery in the first few episodes of the season but the last few haven't done anything for me. Everything is just kinda plodding along.

Was there a change in writers or the showrunner between seasons?

Nielsen TV ratings reportedly expanding to include streaming services

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:21

Quote: Nielsen has been working on the necessary analytics technology for a while, with pilot programs studying Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube streaming, as well as with cable companies' tablet applications. The Hollywood Reporter's sources say that Nielsen plans to roll out new hardware and software in the 23,000 American homes it draws its data from this September.

cable card/ tuning adapter

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:17
i have a series 4 xl tivo now my question is can i take the cable card and tuning adapter from it and if i decide to buy the 4 tuner series 4 can i take it from one tivo and put it into the 4 tuner model? will it work or will i have to have twc come out for another intstall charge of 20 bucks?

Supernatural - "Man's Best Friend w/ Benefits" - 2/20/13

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 08:15
Well. First the bad. Wasn't thrilled about the sex scene with Portia and James. I get why they did it but I just found it unnecessary because we could have known that same information from the discussion she had with the boys. It seemed out of place for Supernatural. Not the fact that it was a sex scene but that it was between 2 one off characters and it went on for more than a minute or two. Maybe just me. Not trying to be a prude or anything.

Second. Did not love the astral projection thing. Isn't this something they would have known witches could do? They have come across many witches in the past.

Small details though. Overall I did like the episode. I LOVED Dean pretty much the entire time. He just could not stop thinking about her and James. haha! And we never got the answer to which came first, girl or dog. It will forever haunt Dean.

Loved the opening with them arguing over the Three Stooges. So brotherly. They are getting back on track finally.

And wow just when I thought it was just going to be a light, fun MOTW episode. BAM with all the worst hurtful flashback montage ever. WTF writers. It's like they just threw that in there to mess with us. "hey let's make them all cry"..... not cool.

And I loved the car talk at the end of course. Dean trusting Sam is good... but of course Sam is hiding the side effects from Dean. For once though, I get it. Usually I get so bent out of shape about them constantly hiding things from each other but here, I understand why.

question about a Series 2 and Amazon linking

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 07:45
I recently sold a Series 2 (DT) lifetime unit on ebay. The transaction went well, the customer posted positive feedback, and all seems good. However, I noticed that it is still linked to all my other TiVos (S3 & S4s) and can still be seen on my online account (I'm in GA, but the S2 is listed with a channel lineup from TX).

While I haven't really worried about it too much, I just remembered something regarding the online services with the S2. No, it can't do Netflix so not worried about that, but I know it can do Amazon (rental only). When I had this S2, it was linked to my online Amazon account. And from what I remember with Amazon, you can't link individual TiVos from your account. You have to either have them ALL or NONE.

Now, before I shipped it off, I manually cleared everything and didn't do a "clear and delete" from within the TiVo, but should I be worried about the Amazon account linking? Or did the buyer have to sort of do all this in order to get their TX channel lineup and no worries? Its been a long time since I have rented from Amazon, but isn't a password required for renting too? Is so, I should be good here too.

At some point, I ultimately need to move this S2 off my main account by creating another account (as suggested here), but until then was just wondering about the Amazon service with an S2.