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TiVo Seeking Alpha article

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 19:29

I would be happy to discuss any of the non-investment items related to my SA article here.

The Green Room and other shows: Comedians talk funny

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 17:09
Those roundtable tak shows with stand up comics talking to each other are FUNNY!

I just busted a gut watching the Tommy Chong and Richard Lewis episodes of "The Green Room with Paul Provenza." on Showtime and Showtime on Demand http://www.sho.com/sho/the-green-roo...-provenza/home I don't always know who these younger guys are but I still laugh my backside off. This is how I discovered Marc Marmon of the WTF podcast, who has more of the same.

There are other shows on premium channels

"Inside Comedy" hosted by David Steinberg on Showtime

one show with Dick Cavett and Mel Brooks on HBO http://www.hbo.com/comedy/mel-brooks...ain/index.html
And HBO had "Talking Funny" with Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Louis CK

Set a SP. Enjoy!

New Fios HBO cablecard issues

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 16:34
Came back from vacation to find HBO no longer was working on my 4 Tivo's. Apparently Fios had to honor a new HBO encryption protocol that went into effect August 1st that will make it difficult to move their content between devices. Called customer support and all they could re-authorize was my Premiere Elite and ordered me new cable cards for the rest. Today new cards came and still could not authorize HBO on my Premiere XL, TiVo HD and Series 3 units. Btw all other pay services like Showtime avtivated just fine. After almost 3 hours on the phone with the CSR trying to activate them in their "normal" way he was told to try an activate them in a "card swap" activation mode. This worked for the XL and the TiVo HD but not the Series 3. He was trying to tell me it was incompatible with the new encryption, exhausted I gave the fight up on the Series 3 for now since my 3 main tv's were now working. Was hoping this may save some others some grief. Funny thing is they are saying I am the only one they have seen with this problem......isn't this what they always tell their customers.

Cannot get past 97% acquiring

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 12:19
I've had this unit for quite a while and it's been working fine until recently. It's started to freeze and I have to reset by unplugging. When it comes back on it has trouble acquiring information and gets stuck at 97%. It continues to try and gets stuck at 80%. It usually takes a few tries but eventually acquires the information. Today it's not working so hot. I can't get to live tv at all. Is it toast or are there some other resets or workarounds I could try?

Breaking Bad cast auditions on YouTube

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 10:34
It does look like they had a slightly lighter idea of Breaking Bad before the ensemble gelled.

NSFW Topic:
It took me a while to realize that she was looking at her eBay auction.

Notice how Hank has an admiration for Walt's brainpower:

Jesse was Jesse:



S3 only records suggestions sometimes

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 10:27
Here's a new one (I think): My HD S3 TiVo used to record suggestions all the time...just like every TiVo I've had back to Series 1.

Now, it's only recording them very rarely, and only for a day or two at a time.

I've tried purging (deleting) the old suggestions, confirming there's plenty of room on the drive, turning the suggestions recording function on and off, but nothing sems to fix this.

The last suggestions recorded were from July 31. Before that, it had recorded noe since July 9.

Any ideas, oh TiVoheads?

How can I transfer my recordings from the Tivo to my Mac

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 09:13
Hi all! I'm sorry if this has been discussed earlier, but I am trying to transfer my recordings from my Tivo to my Mac. According to Tivo, they recommend using Roxio Titanium 11. However, upon doing some rudimentary research, I found out that this program is beyond horrible with many issues. Is there any other program that can be used to transfer the recordings?

Thank you in advance!

How can I transfer my recordings from the Tivo to my Mac

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 09:13
Hi all! I'm sorry if this has been discussed earlier, but I am trying to transfer my recordings from my Tivo to my Mac. According to Tivo, they recommend using Roxio Titanium 11. However, upon doing some rudimentary research, I found out that this program is beyond horrible with many issues. Is there any other program that can be used to transfer the recordings?

Thank you in advance!

Does one need to set their TiVo to get 1080i?

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 08:39
I am confused about something.

I noticed that certain shows in my to do list are 720p while others are 1080i. Now I record everything I possibly can in HD (as long as the network provides it of course) but I am confused as to why some of the recordings are 720 and others are 1080i. Is it a setting I need to configure on the TiVo box or does that have to do with the network specifically?

*example- anything I record on CBSHD comes 1080i but anything on ABCHD comes 720p?

Comcast Ondemand w/TIVO

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 08:36
Any launch date for Comcast Ondemand to hit TIVO's for Comcast of Garden State, NJ system? What's the hold up?

Hensel twins getting their own reality show

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 05:11
I have always enjoyed the specials featuring the amazing Abby & Brittany Hensel, the conjoined twins who share one body. They are now getting their own reality show on TLC, starting August 28!


finding auto delete programs?

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 01:19
My tivo filled up and a bunch of shows were auto deleted. I was hoping I could go into the recently deleted folder to find them so I could re-schedule them to be recorded. Unfortunantly I can't find them there. Even though I know these shows were auto deleted today, there not shown on todays date of recorded history. I guesss that means they would show on the date they were recorded which is uselessto me since I don'tknow the date they were recorded. Finding titles in recording history would be hard anyways because it's full of titles saying not recorded for so and so reason usually regarding season passses.
Is there a way I can find out what titles were auto erased?


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 20:18
This HD is for $100.- @ Newegg w free shipping


Promo code : $20 off w/ promo code EMCNBNC37, end 8/13

I ordered one, hopefully it will work in one of my S2 boxes. ;)

series 3 software

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 20:10
When did series 3's get last update? Mine was 11.0d is now current 11.0k, was there a 0e-0j?

Replacement Hard Drives - Options

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 18:40
Premier Hard Drive seems to have died. Stuck at start up screen and S.M.A.R.T. testing incates "Fail 7" for both short test and extended test. Since I have lifetime want to replace the hard drive.

I don't want to format a replacement drive myself as it seems a little technical so was looking at amazon and ebay for already formated drives.

Noticed that there are some Premier XL units available near or even below what a formated replacement drive costs.

Is there any reason why I can't buy the XL and just take drive and put it in my unit with lifetime????

I figure this way I get other replacement parts and a working XL assuming I can't get my current unit to work.

Thoughts and feedback much appreciated!!!!

Perry Mason Marathon on Hallmark Movie Channel

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 18:40
Hallmark MOVIE channel (which is a different channel that the "regular" Hallmark channel) is having a marathon of the original Perry Mason series from 1960-61, 48 episodes back to back starting at 6:00am on Saturday.

cox nva channel tuning problem-headend?

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:41
problem has been going on for about 2 months. had techs come out, they finally think it is a headend channel programming issue. However, nothing so far has been resolved.

End of May/beginning of June, I did a new guided setup on my premiere after moving it to another room. (wanted to include antenna stations as well). this one has cable cards and a TA.

Now, when TA is on, I get a screen stating someone to the effect of "this station requires a cardcard, pls contact your cable provider". When I turn the TA off, some channels all of the sudden will appear. Example, cannot get ch.1026 (pbs HD) with TA, it works w/TA off. Actually - I get a spanish channel (1014 on my lineup on ch 1026 with the TA on. When TA is on, there are some channels I do get, like BRAVO HD, that I can't get when I turn off the TA.

Also, some of the channels are not what they say they are by the guide info. Example - Channel 1081 is supposed t be USAHD - it is showing ESPN SD. Channel 1078 is supposed to be AnimalPlanetHD - it is SPEED SD. Channel 1073 is supposed to be HISTORYHD, but is is SPIKE SD. Channel 1076-1071 all don't show up at all.

And it goes on, and on.

I also had relocated an S3 to another room, and did the same thing-new guided setup around the same time. This S3 -does not- have any cable cards or TA. I have the same problem w/that one, getting the Spanish channel on channel 1026 when 1026 is supposed to be PBS.

I have been talking w/the tech over the last 2 months, and he says that this problem is popping up more, but there is no resolution.

Luckily, I do have a S3 in the living room that is working, pulling in all of the stations correctly. That one was a recent purchase and i did a guided setup the end of MAY for that one.

So this problem appeared sometime the beginning of June.

anyone familiar with this situation? anyone has any resolution?

Wireless not working

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:15
Received my premier on Tuesday-it connected to my internet easily and have had a stable connection up until today (good for 3 days). I have the tivo connected with a lynksey adaptor(ethernet port of TIVO) with the other adapter to my gateway router. I called Tivo help-they said tivo only supports with the tivo adapter (told my wife they'd say that). They said I need to buy the tivo wireless adapter. BTW my router is only about 35feet from the tivo. When I try to force the connection I get an N33 failure message- also N07 saying problem is with router (cannot connect to gateway message)-I unplugged and replugged..

My lynsey adpters have worked with everything else-but not the TIVO (all though it did for 3 days. Any help/suggestions before I buy a TIVO adapter? Thanks

I found the fix- Instead of continuously trying to re-connect to the internet-I clicked on something like "reconfigure IP address"-it changed from the initial address (that TIVO choses)-the connection was not as strong-then I unplugged the linksey adapter from the surge protector and plugged into a plug by itself and the strength surged-all working fine now. I wish the techs had offerred some help.

Cabelcard problem with FIOS and fix

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 12:30
Just putting this out there in case anyone else runs against it and is curious: on Tuesday, my wife noticed that all of our pay channels (specifically all HBO and Cinemax channels) had become unavailable on our TiVo Premiere XL. All the channels in our FIOS EXTREME HD (I think that's what they call it now) package were intact. Our second TiVo (a regular Premiere with WD expander) was able to read them fine.

The behavior would be as follows:

Tune to Channel (ex: 899, HBO HD); the screen goes to the Cablecard info screen (grey and white) displaying cablecard info and verizon's phone number. If you press CLEAR to exit, you get a blank screen, followed by about 10 seconds later by the 'you are not authorized' message.

Assuming this might be related to the recent change at Verizon FIOS of the copy protection bit, I called their help line. After sitting on hold for a while, I reached a tech who then had me check various settings. He tried first resetting and then reactivating the cablecard. This produced an even more unusual behavior: after pressing 'CLEAR' it would actually show the channel properly for 1-10 seconds, then freeze on that image for about 10 seconds before again determining it wasn't authorized. Verizon then fell back on the belief that it was most likely a TiVo problem, but that if TiVo found no problem, they could try swapping the card.

A quick call to TiVo had us look at some information on the card to determine that while it was successfully paired, it wasn't decoding the encrypted channels properly. They recommended getting a new cablecard. A subsequent call back to Verizon arranged for that.

Last night the card arrived and after a long call with Verizon, we got it activated and then successfully paired. The card was clearly the problem.

No horror story, here. I just wanted to share the information in case anyone saw a similar error. Both Verizon and TiVo had polite, friendly phone support and did their best to help me. Problem solved.

What Is C & De

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 12:18
What Is C & De Mean Iam Not Familiar With That Could Someone Please Help Me Out