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The Following 3/11/13 "Welcome Home"

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 21:53
Wow! Mike got to the warehouse before Ryan did!! :D

Man, those cult people sure are cartoonish. And I'm not sure what to make of the new FBI boss guy. Clearly he's impeding the investigation by keeping everybody who's made any progress off the trail. So is he a Follower, or are we just supposed to think he's a Follower?

I swear, if this show were any less stupid, it would be bad.

Do I have to have a Tivo annual contract for a new Tivo?

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 20:20
I won a new HD Tivo a couple of years ago and it's still in the box. I've never initiated service for it. I'm thinking of giving it to my sister who is fed up with her Comcast DVR, but who might switch to AT&T Uverse in less than a year.
I know that Uverse is not Tivo friendly.

My question is does she have to agree to a year's contract or can she do a month by month without a contract?

My Tivo Mini Wall Mounted Install

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 20:19
I purchased 2 Tivo Minis yesterday at my local Best Buy. Just want to share my the experience and install of my first one.

My Existing Setup
  • 1 Tivo Premiere XL4 (Lifetime) Cat5
  • 3 Tivo Premieres upgraded to 500GB (2 Have Lifetime) Cat5
  • Verizon Fios / Ethernet Broadband

Purchased my Premieres a year and a half ago. The XL4 was purchased when the Price Dropped to $399. With the rumors of the Tivo Mini connecting to the XL4, i decided to go month to month on one of the premiers.

I had a TV in the kitchen that was getting channels through Fios Cable clear QAM. Only got a couple channels and it was annoying. This is where the 1st Tivo mini will go.

Setup was easy. Activated with Lifetime online. Installed an hour later. Since I only had COAX run to the Kitchen TV, I enabled my XL4 as a MOCA Bridge.

I enabled live video sharing on the XL4 and set for 2 or more devices. This warned that the 2 will now be reserved and unavailable to the XL4 TV.

Powering up and configuring the Tivo mini was just like a regular tivo only faster. It booted, configured internet through MOCA, Connected to Tivo Service and updated. It asks you to confirm the name of the Tivo and select which Tivo on the network it will get its tuner from. And that was it.

I actually find the GUI faster than on the XL4. I never channel surf and the guide feels faster and more responsive.

I mounted the Tivo Mini under the tv against the wall (it has 2 screw mount holes on the bottom)

The only thing I noticed is that there is a very low squealing electrical noise coming from the top of the mini through the vents. Sounds similar to the sound my Lenovo AC adapter made when it was charging my laptop. Its definitely a power supply related noise. I haven't unpacked the 2nd yet but will check for the noise. It is not noticeable unless I am up close (like 6in away).

If all goes well, the 2nd Tivo Mini will replace my Bedroom Premiere that is going month to month. This will save me that sub and the cable card rental. If this works out, I will prob sell the 2 Premieres with lifetime for another Xl4 and another Mini.

here are some pics. I didnt clean up all the wiring yet.


Cable Card issue after upgrade

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 19:52
Just upgraded the Hard Drive on Series 3. Everything works fine except there is a cable card issue for just the premium channels. All other channels are working. Comcast can not figure it out. Says it is a Tivo problem (of course). I know they can do something over the phone. They are having trouble with the card numbers. Have to send a technician (will cost me). Any ideas re what I can tell them to do over the phone? The tech will be here and will call up someone who will tell him what to do. Then charge me.

I have given them all the numbers that pop up on the screen. They say none of them work for them.


Piers Morgan Live starts 3/11/2013

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 19:27
Effective Monday, March 11, 2013, CNN has re-named "Piers Morgan Tonight" to "Piers Morgan Live". If you're wondering why TiVo did not record Piers Morgan's show, it's because the title changed. Add a new Season Pass for "Piers Morgan Live" if you like his commentary.



Mon, 03/11/2013 - 18:50
My mini's have shipped from Tivo.com.

I ordered this morning around 10am.

Got a UPS tracking number. Scheduled delivery, March 13th, Two-day Ground. Coming from Ft. Worth Texas, going to central Georgia!!!

I will get it from the UPS driver, Wednesday morning.

Now to cancel the two coming from Bestbuy.

Quick shipping by TiVo

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 18:49
Bought it last night, shipped today.

Parks and Rec 3/14

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 18:13
This Thursday's episode of Parks and Rec isn't marked as new (but it is new), so if you have a new only season pass it won't automatically record!

Iphone as a hotspot to download programming

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 17:44

I've heard I can use my iphone 5 to download programming to my tivo under network settings. Right now, I don't have wifi. My Iphone signal is not appearing under networks and when I try to add it as a network it's not working. How do I do this? I have an older tivo.


Is there anyway to give a gift of tivo?

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 17:25
Is there anyway to give someone a gift of a tivo with lifetime? It looks like tivo used to have gift cards but discontinued them a few years ago. When you buy a tivo from tivo.com you have to sign up for service and there does not appear to be anyway to give it as a gift?

Vikings S1E2 OAD 3/10/13 Wrath of the Northmen

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 13:59
What a miserable voyage.
I saw an article recently saying someone discovered a real Viking Sunstone.
Where would the Monk who spoke Norse have traveled to to learn it?

TiVo Series 5

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 12:50
I wanted to start a thread about the series 5 for rumors when it might be released, any features people might want, etc.

I was going to purchase 2 Minis and an XL4, but I've decided to wait until the new series comes out. Was hoping for faster processor and 6 tuners.

Girls S2E9 "On All Fours"

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:57
I loved the rendition of Kanye West's Stronger.

The titular moment was certainly memorable. I don't think I have ever seen "mayonnaise" portrayed quite so graphically on HBO.

Q-Tip's legal probably hated this episode. :)

PyTivo With Tivo Mini

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:49
With the new Tivo Mini are we able to see Pytivo shares?

Transfers to Tivo Desktop Failing

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:27
I have a Tivo XL4 with the 4 tuners that as recently replaced under extended warranty, but dont think that is the issue.

I am using Tivo Desktop 2.6.2 as that has always been stable.

Now all my transfers between my Tivo and the Tivo server fail. - Function Failed during execution.

I have cleared cache and made sure the firwall is off. Am using Microsoft Security Essentials on the Tivo server but that hasnt changed either.

Thought it may have been file size but even 30 minute shows wont transfer.

Units are wired and not wireless.



"Apocolypse" type shows and group dynamics. A discussion

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:25
Off the bat got to let people know there could be spoilers for any show that has "apocalypse" feel to it. Walking Dead, Falling Skies, Jericho...et al...

I am intrigued by how groups react to these conditions. In shows like Walking Dead you have no trust between groups and when one groups sees another it is very standoff-ish. Sometimes they join up sometimes they remain adversaries. In shows like Falling Skies whenever they come across "survivors" they immediately are trust worthy unless they give the reason not to be. I wonder if this is due to the cause of the apocalypse being man made (zombies, contagion, nuclear war) or alien invasion. In the alien invasion scenario groups seems to be more willing to join together to fight a common enemy, even though you know at some point you are going to have to compete for resources. Off the bat on survival shows they are already in survival mode. Always worrying if the new group is after food or weapons.

It really gets me curious how characters are written to react. In any circumstance I think I would be trying to join up and create a "safe haven" no matter what. In a scenario like alien invasion sure you are more at "war" then if you are just concerned about infected or zombies. I think the zombie scenario of getting to an island is best option.

The Walking Dead - OAD 03/10/13

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:16
I guess no one else is gonna start a thread so I will.

It was great seeing Rick face-off against the Governor. The next time they meet should be a good one!

The Governor said his name, but I cannot think of it right now. Anyone else catch it?

Loved the zombie-killing contest between Daryl and the guy from the other side. Especially how one of Daryl's arrows went through the zombie girl and into the neck of he zombie guy.

Some good stuff from The Talking Dead:

Spoiler: The girl that plays Maggie is HAWT! And speaks with a British accent even though she is an American.

The guy that plays the Governor is British and fashioned his American accent off of Bill Clinton!

Game of Thrones S3 Anticipation thread (no spoilers please)

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:14
I can't wait and I'm getting excited!

Engadget Review

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 09:36
Engadget has chimed in on their review of the Tivo Mini:


Swap Wireless-G for MoCA Adapter?

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 09:09

I don't know if anyone here on the TCF would be interested in such a trade, but I figured I would give it a shot anyway.

I have a brand-new in the box, unused, TiVo Wireless-G adapter which I got as part of a bundle. I did open the package to check the contents before putting it away (common sense), but otherwise it is untouched.

Is there anyone that received one of those Actiontec MoCA adapters with a bundle that they are not using and would like to swap?

It might be a longshot, but maybe there is someone out there that has an unneeded/unused Actiontec MoCA adapter from TiVo that is collecting dust for whatever reason and might want to flip it for something they can use.