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Big Brother 14 - 8/1/2012

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 10:52
Soooooooooo, I feel bad for Ian. I get his answer to Britney, "Not in the foreseeable future."

I get what he means. I get where Britney was coming from also. I think Frank got on the block because two people from two different walks of life had a mis-communication.

Can we have an intervention for Danielle? I don't think she gets what a showmance is supposed to be.

I want Joe to go.

Moving - cable card question - can I go without?

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 10:36
I moved over the weekend from my own apartment where I've had comcast and my Tivo HD set up happily with 2 cable cards for a couple of years now - into my fiance's house where he has his own comcast account and his own comcast DVR. He of course doesn't want to switch to Tivo only, and I am partial to the service that I purchased a lifetime use for. :)

My question - how will the Tivo operate if i go without cable cards? Can I just watch live tv at that point? Or can i record 1 at a time? And will it then not broacast in HD? If I keep 1 cable card (at $1.50) and give up the 2nd (at 9.99) what will the ramifications be?

I just want to make sure I'm all primed up with answers before I ax my comcast account, return cable cards, and then have to reinstall 1 or more with a $30 service call.

Quality of video transferred back and forth and WMC

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 01:17
What is the quality difference between video recorded on a Tivo and video transferred to PC and back to Tivo again? Does anyone know what the resolution and bitrate are and how this compares to Windows Media Center. When I recorded straight from a Tivo (best quality) to a DVDirect (best quality) and compared it to Windows Media Center I got the following info when playing each one on a PS3:

(I forget which one was the Tivo and which one was the WMC, I think #1 may have been Tivo and #2 WMC,
I'll try to figure that out soon)
1) Dolby Digital 2 Ch 48 khz 256 kbps mpeg2 7.9 mbps (not an avg, was around this range while playing)
2) Dolby Digital 2 Ch 48 khz 384 kbps (no format given) 9.3 mbps (not at avg, was around this range while playing)

Land line moved to Verizon Home phone connect

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 23:06
Can a Tivo be connected to a Verizon Home Connect service?
http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/hpc.jsp
A friend of mine got rid of her Centurylink home phone and went with Verizon wireless Home connect. It says on the website that DVR updates are not supported, but I wondering if anyone was able to make it work? The friend did get wireless internet, but it is metered, so I am thinking I don't want her two TiVos using up all her monthly allowance.
I am her 'I.T.' person.
But like all I.T. persons, I am stuck trying to fix something I advised her not to get. Or at least I suggested other options that she didn't take.
I have two wireless Tivo adapters that I can take over and connect if the Home connect will not support the Tivo phone line.
It would be nice that she would have internet capabilities on her Tivos (something she has never had as she had dial up internet before) Then she would have the extra search capabilities and download capabilities. But downloading any videos is going to eat up her 2 gig per month allowance. (also shared with her Droid phone. Ya, Ya, I know, she could have done much better, but who ever listens to the IT guy when getting ready to buy the stuff I am going to have to maintain/configure?)

tivo series 3 records more programs than requested.

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 19:31
If I set my Tivo to record a maximum of FIVE shows of (say) Modern Marvels, it goes ahead on its own and records from 6 to 12 and sometimes more. Why is this? What can I do to limit the Tivo to recording the selected FIVE maximum?

Does it have anything to do with the fact that some programs are available on multiple channels? This is true, but the channels are not duplicates so I would rather not turn off any of my selected channels.

Thanks.

Tivo HD reboots spontaneously

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 18:29
A few times a week my Tivo HD will spontaneously reboot. It's been upgraded to a 2TB internal drive and sits behind a power conditioner. None of my other equipment shows signs of any power surge or disconnect.

From what I've read, it might be a HDD problem or a power supply/cable capacitor issue.

I actually have an old HD that I tried to repair with a new power supply when it would hang forever at the "Just a few minutes more" screen. So I will probably try to examine the power supply/cable and replace if there's any question about them. Seems a lot easier/quicker than copying the content of my current drive onto a new drive.

Anything I should check or other ideas as to a cause?

Series 2 Dual tuner hit by lightning

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 15:28
My cable system was hit by lightning on 7-27-12
the only things damaged were my cable modem and tivo TCD649080 :(

did the unplug and let set for more than 24hrs no help

symptoms are plug the tivo in
green and yellow lights appear dimly lit and thats it
I get no output to the tv screen at all

all the trouble shooting tips I find assume you have video output

power supply is still putting out the proper voltages to the hard drive
and the fan plugged into the mother board is spinning

suggestions?

thanks

dan0

New user: IR/RF setup question for hidden Premiere

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 15:02
I've read through a few threads on the subject and am unsure what I need. I just ordered service through a local provider, which includes the Tivo Premiere. In our room, the tv/sat box has always been hidden in the closet behind the TV. The first unit needed a simple IR extender, mounted on the front of the TV. My DirectTV unit just needed an RF kit ( antenna and RF Remote).
The install date is next week, and I want to have the necessary equip ready. What do I need? TIA.

Comcast On Demand available in NY Metro area

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 14:25
I live about 50 miles north of Manhattan in Putnam County. When I turned my TV on last night I was greeted with a message stating I now had access to On Demand. I wasn't sure it would ever be available in my area let alone so quickly.

Help with HD install in Directv TRH22

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 14:10
Hello everyone,
I have a question regarding upgrading the hard drive on the DirecTV TiVo THR22. When I removed the black bracket that holds the hard drive I foolishly did not notice where the black wire was going. You know the wire the kind of wraps around it. I know it goes back in the little ridges along the sides of the black bracket but the ridges end at the separator panel piece and after that I'm not sure where it went. It drove me nuts I couldn't find where that little brass socket thingy at the end was supposed to go. So I routed the wire underneath the separator panel to the other side and sort of wrapped it around one of the posts holding the fan wire and left the little brass thing just sort of in the air. I'm guessing it has something to do with measuring the temperature. The new 2TB WD AV-GP (WD20EURS) HD I put in has worked flawlessly. Absolutely nothing wrong, it shows 42°C in the system information, pretty normal.

So the question really is where should that brass thingy have ended up? Opening it back up is no big deal for me, but at the moment there doesn't seem to be any reason to unless someone here to give me information otherwise.

Thank you so much.

Disappointed in first ep of season 2 of Friday Night Lights. Quit now or continue?

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 14:05
** NO SPOILERS ** NO SPOILERS **

After hearing about how great Friday Night Lights was for so long, I finally got around to watching it on Netflix. I really enjoyed the first season. They had some great writing and the coach's family was very well done. As the parent of a similarly-aged daughter, I had a hard time watching some scenes because they hit so close to home. I can understand why the show struggled to find an audience. When it was originally on, I thought it was going to be Dawson's Creek with football. But it's really a well done show about a life in a small Texas down with football as the background.

However, I just watched the first episode of the second season and I was very disillusioned with the bridge scene. The tone of that plot point just seems terribly wrong compared with the story from the first season. I'm concerned that the show is going to continue these crazy, ratings-grabbing ploys and the show I love is going to devolve into a complete mess.

Should I quit watching now? Just go on as if there was one great season and that was it? Or continue watching because they are able to handle that bridge situation in a believable manner which fits with the first season?

Please, NO SPOILERS.

Tivo MSD Qualifier

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 13:07
All but one of my Tivos have been purchased as used boxes and all have lifetime. The one I got from Tivo was at the MSD price. Is there any way to know which boxes can serve as a qualifier for future MSD purchases without having to call Tivo and ask?

A Brady Bunch reboot

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 12:59
http://www.tv.com/news/news-briefs-c...d-bobby-29257/

The Brady Bunch focuses on a divorced Bobby Brady... The plan here is to revisit the youngest male Brady in his older years, when he's divorced with kids of his own and does the exact same thing his daddy did: marry another woman with kids....

MOCA and remote controls?

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 10:07
I've been reading with interest the various threads around here pertaining to MOCA (media over cable).

What I keep missing, though, is any discussion of how one could control a device remotely. Shouldn't that be possible?

In other words, if you have a TiVo in one room of the house, is there a way of

1) using MOCA to see its contents on a TV in another room? and

2) to control it remotely (i.e., Now Playing, pick shows to watch, etc.)?

Hope this makes sense.

My suspicion is that some sort of IR extender, remote device would be needed for #2; unsure about what's needed to set up #1.

Another new TIVO question

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 05:32
Well here's hoping they have tham in my market!
My old tivo has quite a lot of saved shows on it. I own the unit.
If and when I get the new TIVO will the installer do anything to the old unit to dissable the ability to view the saved content?

Need to know if I start "burning" like a mad man.

Thanks

What's a decent to good signal strength for channels?

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 03:53
Just installed a TIVO premiere with my optimum cable card here in Brooklyn NY and I was wondering what a good signal strength is for channels?

I did a few tests on a regular broadcast network, a cable channel, and then a premium channel.

My results were basically in the 77-89 range for the three. Is that ok or should results always be in the high 90's?

All the Right Moves premieres 7/31/12 *spoilers*

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 01:49
I haven't had a chance to watch yet, because I've been watching The Olympics -- but wanted to get the thread started anyhow.

If this turns out to be an all-season thread, I have a request. Could the first person to post about a new episode post something in the thread title to delineate each week's discussion?

Also, if you're coming along later in the run, and you're talking about an early episode, it can help to make a brief mention somewhere to say which episode you've just watched.

Thanks, everybody!

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Need Upgrade Advice

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 22:58
I've had an SVR-3000 with lifetime for many years (my first Tivo), but it has just died. That is, the hard drive appears dead; I cannot talk to it using various utilities, and it does not make the power-up sounds I am used to hearing. (My original 80 hour drive died about 5 years ago, at which time I upgraded to a 1 TB using InstantCake.) Instead of buying a new drive, I am considering buying a new Tivo Premier XL (150 hour unit), but have a few questions:

1. Can I qualify for MSD, in order to get lifetime on the new unit for $399, if the old SVR-3000 can no longer "talk" to Tivo HQ anymore? Does it need to check in every now and then?

2. The Tivo website offers me an "Upgrade Program" price of $249 on the XL, but it seems their regular price on the XL is the same. Am I missing something?

3. The best price I see for an XL is on Amazon for around $207 (also saving me tax). Is there a better deal?

4. If I decide to cancel my cable and go OTA at some point, I can still use the XL to record OTA shows? How will it know which OTA channels I receive -- do I tell it manually?

5. Any other considerations I am missing?

(As background, which isn't really relevant: my family has been living on Comcast analog-only cable all this time. My wife and kids have been asking for an upgrade to Comcast digital service for quite some time, so that we can get more channels, but I have resisted, because I am cheap, and irrationally hate the idea of getting a cable box. (So idea of using a cable box along with a Tivo IR blaster is too inelegant for me to bear.) So now I am willing to join the rest of society and fork over more cash to Comcast in exchange for more channels, in digital, while getting a new Tivo that can use a cable card and therefore stay cable box-free. And now in the Bay Area Comcast is allowing digital Tivos to do fun new things. An alternative to Comcast (which I hate) would be to cut the cord and go with OTA & Roku, or OTA & Premier, or all three. The kids want PBS Kids (which they already have), Cartoon Network, Sprout, and Nickelodeon, but might be happy if money to be spent on Comcast instead got spent purchasing specific shows they want via Apple TV or Amazon. The wife wants ESPN, which is only available via cable. Spending $399 for lifetime plus $200+ for the unit just because of a dead SVR-3000 hard drive seems severe, but on the other hand this is a long-overdue upgrade and would maintain family harmony. And alternatively buying a Roku box and an antenna and perhaps an Apple TV (if we want our content to be purchased through iTunes) and paying for Hulu Plus and maybe even Netflix too starts to add up. So I think the XL plus digital Comcast is the way to go. So paying $600+ for the XL rather than just $100 for another 1 TB drive for the SVR-3000 seems like the way to go.)

Thanks so much for all your help! This forum has always been a source of great information over the years!

The Closer S07E19 Last Rites (OAD: 07.30.12)

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 18:59
Oh my! I did not see that coming. Well, I did right when she entered the room and started talking to her, but not before that.

Those screams were very jarring as was the door slamming shut at the end.

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