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Lost a bunch of Comcast HD channels

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 04:08
Today our Tivo Premiere lost about 1/3rd of the HD channels that we normally get from Comcast in south San Jose. Tuning to them results in a black screen and a "Problem with the signal on this cable channel" message from the TiVo. It's fairly random ... Syfy HD and Food HD are gone, for example, but channels adjacent to them are still working.

Spent several hours with Comcast support, and they insist that a truck roll is required (at 7:30am in two days) to resolve the issue.

Is anyone else in the Bay Area having a similar problem? I'm wondering if they goofed up provisioning of Cablecards in general, or just mine. :)


Netflix help

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 02:24
Sorry if something similar has been posted i tried searching but couldn't find anything. I'm new to the forum so I hope this is the right forum....

Anyway I have a TiVo Premier (45 hours) that I've had for 2 years this Christmas. No other major problems besides the Netflix app isnt working so well on my TiVo.

So what's going on is when I play a video it'll say cant play this video right now try again later. Eventually if I keep hitting play (usually 5 or so error messages later the video will start working just fine. It just takes 5-10 minutes each time I want to play a video which sucks.

So before the new major update a few month ago I never had a single problem. Vids would play perfect and almost instantly without any sort of error message.

So I called Tivo and Netflix. They each tell me to uninstall the app/ reset my router, unplug my wireless adapter and try it. It never works.
Then they both blame eachother and I end up having no solutions to the problem.

Netflix did mention once my streaming speed was slow, but i actually upgraded to 10.0 from 5 way before the switch so that shouldn't be a problem. Plus Hulu & Amazon On Demand is really fast. (btw streaming on my ps3 in my same room works fine) but I don't really have the option on using the ps3 at all times because it's my roomate's. Plus I shouldn't have to because I have a TiVo!

So I don't know what to do. Does anyone have any similar issues or suggestions to how to fix this?
This sounds like a Netflix problem to me since it's their app and everything else is fine but they aren't helpful.

Sorry this is so long.

No Dolby Digital 5.1 with Netflix

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 01:47
I get DD 5.1 when using my TiVo Premiere XL with Comcast. However, I am not getting 5.1 when viewing a Netflix show which is indicated to be 5.1. I am hooked up to my Denon AV receiver with optical. Is this a Netflix app bug?

Optical Pop HD GUI

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 21:07
when navigating hd menus, as the video window "flickers" during a transition, i hear a loud pop or crackle when the video window reappears, or during a gui to full video transition. that's the only time there's any sound issue. with the video menu disabled, there's no popping.

i can end the popping by disabeling, then enabeling, the video window, but the popping always returns.

my video is high speed hdmi, my audio is optical cable, sony home theater receiver, tivo premiere xl.

any suggestions? i think this may be hd gui related, or sony optical related (based on the other forum posts).

Bye- My Last SD DirecTivo Has Finally Died

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 19:52
It is a sad day in my household. After years of owning and hacking series 1 and 2 DirecTivo's, my last DSR704 kicked the bucket this weekend. I could probably piece together one last working unit with all of the dead ones in my closet but, it is time to move on.

I waiting 2 years for the new HD Tivo box (even buying a HD Tivo and paying $50/month connecting to cable) but the new THR22 box was too little too late. We've moved on to the HR family. They are not as slick, but they do talk to each other nicely for Whole-Home-DVR.

Thanks to everyone on this forum for all of the help over the years.


'Continuum' - Canadian drama coming to Syfy channel

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 19:50


Quote: Syfy is continuing its relationship with the fine Canadians of Canada and will import Continuum, a buzzy drama starring Rachel Nichols. The 10-episode first season just wrapped up earlier this month on Canada's Showcase, and a second season has already been ordered. Nichols stars as a cop from the future that is wormholed back to present-day Vancouver and chases down future terrorists who have also time-traveled.
The show has been discussed in the 'Happy Hour' forum.



Quote: Continuum is a one-hour police drama centered on Kiera Cameron, a regular cop from 65 years in the future who finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver. She is alone, a stranger in a strange land, and has eight of the most ruthless criminals from the future, known as Liber8, loose in the city.

Lucky for Kiera, through the use of her CMR (cellular memory recall), a futuristic liquid chip technology implanted in her brain, she connects with Alec Sadler, a seventeen-year-old tech genius. When Kiera calls and Alec answers, a very unique partnership begins.

deleting recorded shows after watching

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 17:45
I've recently moved to Tivo after using Dish Network for several years. I now have a Tivo Premiere (75 hour).

When watching a recorded program, if I was done with a program (or just didn't care to watch it anymore), I could hit "stop" on my remote control and this would stop the recorded program at the point where I wanted it to stop and it would then dump me into the DVR menu with the show highlighted where I could delete the show.

With the Tivo, it appears that in order to do the same thing I need to first hit "pause" to pause the show, and then hit "Tivo" to go to the main menu, and then his "Tivo" again to get into my recorded shows. Then I have to select the show I was watching to be able to delete it. That, or I have to wait for the recording to "run out" before being prompted to delete.

Is there a better way of doing this on the Tivo that I'm not aware of?


6.2a to 6.4a upgrade, trouble with reboot fails

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 16:58
I've just now upgraded the second direcTivo S2 from 6.2a to 6.4a using slicer. After slicing, & clearing the program info and todo list, I then ran tweak.sh to correct a couple of minor issues. On one, I've run bufferhack11j.tcl and updated TWP. The other hasn't gone that far yet.

Both systems are exhibiting the same symptoms. If through telnet I issue a reboot command after making some changes, they normally crash twice right as they hit 100% of acquiring satellite info, but nearly always work the third time with no intervention. I can capture a serial port log if that would help.


Metadata Help.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 14:39
So I am trying to put all of my pYtivo pushed Movies in my Premiere into one folder.

The Metadata is kinda working.

But how do I add a name to the metadata txt so it shows like a TV epsidoe name shows in recording folders?

For example here is my Metadata for the Dictator.

Quote: title : The Dictator
seriesTitle : Movie
episodetitle : The Dictator
description : This outlandish comedy chronicles the glorious efforts of despotic General Aladeen, dictator of the Republic of Wadiya, to oppress his people and fight democracy. Helping the tyrant maintain his rule at all costs is an all-female security force.
isEpisode : true
It lists as Movie in the NPL, But The Dictator does not show up anywhere...

Thanks for the help.

Video Encoding parameters suggestions?

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 14:22
I have a number of HD movies from my Tivo that are 13-15GB each for a two hour movie (in 1080i mpeg2 with DD audio) that I want to store in h264 mp4 format with DD audio. Can anyone suggest bitrates and other parameters that would remain high quality? I am looking to shrink the size by about 50%.

THR22 to own?? Where to buy?

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 13:59
My HR10-250 is constantly resetting. I am comtemplating getting the THR22 to replace it. The people at Directv told me that I could get a new one but it would be a lease. I could buy it for $399 but I could probably find it cheaper on Amazon. Everyone I contacted (weakness, DVR upgrade etc..) said that it they only have leased one's. Does anyone know where to buy these elusive sets?

Watch Project X Online

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 11:56
Watch the dark knight rises online|Watch prometheus online |Watch project x online ||Watch the hunger games online |Watch the dark knight rises online .Cue Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the baby-faced star of His Dark Knight Rises role as police officer John Blake can be Robin’s daytime identity — a minimum of, that is what Mark Hughes’ Forbes piece claims.

Watch the hunger games online

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 11:53
Watch the dark knight rises online .Cue Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the baby-faced star of His Dark Knight Rises role as police officer John Blake can be Robin’s daytime identity — a minimum of, that is what Mark Hughes’ Forbes piece claims.

Exclude a tuner from to-do

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 11:37
Consider this a feature request if it cant currently be done. I would like to "reserve" a tuner to watch live tv so that the Tivo does not tie up all the tuners recording programs.
For example, suppose Sunday nights are loaded with programming and 5 shows are scheduled at 9pm. The tivo will manage those programs and use the existing tuners and my ranking order to record the shows as they become available. Meanwhile, I want to watch the Sunday night football game and would like to be able to channel surf while doing it. So what I want to do is force the tivo to NOT use one of my tuners, rather than having to reschedule programs that are "conflicting" with my Live TV surfing.

:confused:Hope I explained that well...

TiVo Premiere 4 - When Available at Retail

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 10:42
Does anyone know when the TiVo Premiere 4 will be available at retail? Specifically Amazon


1000 hr Tivo Premiere advertisement: real?

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 10:12
I've seen a few Tivo advertisements for a 1000 hour "family" or family size Premiere. I don't remember if it said 4 tuner, but I think so.

WHen I clicked the ad, it went to tivo.com - no specific device linked. Is this a sign of what is coming soon? Did someone make a mistake on the advertising side?

Help with KMTTG Error

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 06:44
I have had great success with KMTTG for downloading and converting .tivo files to the ipad format.

Something must have changed with my settings as I am not getting an error message. KMTTG successfully transfers the .tivo file to my Windows PC. When it tries to do a decrypt followed by an encode the error message below apperas.

The Encoding Profile is ff_ipad.

Pictures enclosed of the settings.

The error message is as follows:

Saved 1 queued jobs to file: jobData.dat
Saved 2 queued jobs to file: jobData.dat
SKIPPING DECRYPT, FILE ALREADY EXISTS: C:\KMTTG\Output Decode\Relaciones Peligrosas (04_17_2012).mpg
Saved 1 queued jobs to file: jobData.dat
2nd try to obtain video file dimensions from file: C:\KMTTG\Output Decode\Relaciones Peligrosas (04_17_2012).mpg
Failed to determine video dimensions from video file: C:\KMTTG\Output Decode\Relaciones Peligrosas (04_17_2012).mpg
>> ENCODING WITH PROFILE 'ff_ipad' TO FILE C:\KMTTG\Output iPad\Relaciones Peligrosas (04_17_2012).mp4 ...
C:\KMTTG\ffmpeg\ffmpeg.exe -y -i "C:\KMTTG\Output Decode\Relaciones Peligrosas (04_17_2012).mpg" -threads 4 -vcodec libx264 -level 31 -subq 6 -me_range 16 -qmin 10 -qmax 50 -g 300 -s 1280xHEIGHT -r 29.97 -b 2500k -maxrate 4000k -acodec aac -ac 2 -ab 160k -ar 48000 -f mp4 "C:\KMTTG\Output iPad\Relaciones Peligrosas (04_17_2012).mp4"
There are currently no queued jobs to save.
encoding failed (exit code: 1 ) - check command: C:\KMTTG\ffmpeg\ffmpeg.exe -y -i "C:\KMTTG\Output Decode\Relaciones Peligrosas (04_17_2012).mpg" -threads 4 -vcodec libx264 -level 31 -subq 6 -me_range 16 -qmin 10 -qmax 50 -g 300 -s 1280xHEIGHT -r 29.97 -b 2500k -maxrate 4000k -acodec aac -ac 2 -ab 160k -ar 48000 -f mp4 "C:\KMTTG\Output iPad\Relaciones Peligrosas (04_17_2012).mp4"
FFmpeg version SVN-r21085, Copyright (c) 2000-2010 Fabrice Bellard, et al.
built on Jan 8 2010 06:05:02 with gcc 4.2.4
configuration: --enable-memalign-hack --prefix=/mingw --cross-prefix=i686-mingw32- --cc=ccache-i686-mingw32-gcc --target-os=mingw32 --arch=i686 --cpu=i686 --enable-avisynth --enable-gpl --enable-version3 --enable-zlib --enable-bzlib --enable-libgsm --enable-libfaad --enable-pthreads --enable-libvorbis --enable-libtheora --enable-libspeex --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-libxvid --enable-libschroedinger --enable-libx264 --enable-libopencore_amrwb --enable-libopencore_amrnb
libavutil 50. 7. 0 / 50. 7. 0
libavcodec 52.45. 0 / 52.45. 0
libavformat 52.46. 0 / 52.46. 0
libavdevice 52. 2. 0 / 52. 2. 0
libswscale 0. 8. 0 / 0. 8. 0
[NULL @ 0x3e8e10]Format detected only with low score of 1, misdetection possible!
[mp1 @ 0x3e9f90]Header missing
Last message repeated 1 times
[mp3 @ 0x3e8e10]Could not find codec parameters (Audio: mp1, 0 channels, s16)
[mp3 @ 0x3e8e10]Estimating duration from bitrate, this may be inaccurate
C:\KMTTG\Output Decode\Relaciones Peligrosas (04_17_2012).mpg: could not find codec parameters

Your help would be appreciated.

Attached Images KMTTG Configure Interface.jpg (45.7 KB) KMTTG File Settings.jpg (53.3 KB) KMTTG Front interface.jpg (15.2 KB)

Playing .tivo files directly on Windows PC

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 06:31
I am looking for a way to play .tivo files in their native format directly on a WindowsPC without having to convert to any other format.

Is there software that does this or a specific plug-in in for a media player that would do this?



Mon, 08/27/2012 - 06:01
Yes I'm beating this to death.
What would be the benefits of the DTV HD DVR over the new TIVO.
I think I could deal with it but the wife likes our TIVO's.

What is scheduling shows like? Does the DVR do season passes? Does it follow a show if the air time changes?

Can you have 2 TV's from Tivo XL4 ?

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 04:59
Hi, I used to have Direct TV and have switched to cable. I got a Tivo XL4 and it is fine for the bedroom. With the Direct TV I ran a coaxial cable to the porch so I could use that TV as well with the same Tivo.

I cannot figure out how to do that with the new Tivo 4, there is no extra output. For the porch TV I just use a wireless bouncer thingy so the tivo remote works, and I just watch whatever is recorded in the bedroom.

Both TV's are old CRT, no HD yet. I have the composite going to the bedroom TV. Can I also run a component out to the porch ? Would that work ? Not even sure my porch TV would take that, but any regular coaxial seems to be out of the question.

I hate to the think I upgraded and actually downgraded. On another note, I got a XL4 for the living room in HD and it was worth it. Very cool aps and 4 tuners is nice.