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TIVO XL4 menu issue

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 21:56
Have a new Tivo XL4 and have noticed a problem sometimes when deleting Tivo suggestions while they are recording.

The problem I see is when there are multiple Tivo suggestions being recorded.

In the Tivo Suggestions, I hit the clear button to delete the active recording, the menu with the 3 options comes up [Stop Recording, Stop Recording and Delete and Cancel].

A few times when I do this, the delete menu is on top, but the focus is still on the list of suggestions. If you try to use the (left) back arrow to dismiss the screen or hit the clear button again, it blanks out the entire screen (just black). There are no menus and no UI showing.

Sometimes you can hit the TIVO button to restart to the main, but a couple of times it either didn't work or the it was a blank screen with the live preview window showing. At this point the only way out was to unplug it and let it reboot.

It seems like a bug in the UI that can't figure out where to go. BTW, using the HD menus

The software is up to date. Anyone have any ideas?

Since during any one day, TIVO seems to like to suggest up to 30-40 programs, I try to keep the list of suggestions manageable and occasionally deleted them manually. And yes, I have gone through and thumbs down process on countless programs.

Premiere hangs when transferring show from another Premiere

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 21:33
I have two Series4 dual-tuner Premiere units - I'll call them A and B. Each has a digital cable card and they are both wired into my home network. A has a MyBook DVR Expander attached.

When I start to transfer a recording from B to A, within two or three minutes A will hang.

I've only tried to transfer HD recordings, and I've only tried from B to A, not the other direction. A hangs whether I'm transferring the recording for later viewing, or watching it while it transfers. I have to pull/reseat the plug to reboot it.

When it reboots, sometimes the video is choppy and the unit is dog-slow for a minute or two, then it reboots again on its own. This may happen one or two times until it boots up and works fine. I suspected the hard drive, so I booted it into diagnostic mode and ran SMART hard drive tests which took all night but passed with no errors. I have no problems if I don't try to transfer recordings, but I want to be able to!

What might be wrong?

Amazon free shows - what's the best way to browse?

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 20:05
Every Fall Amazon puts a number of series premiers up for free on Unbox, but each year it seems I have more and more trouble actually finding these shows. I just stumbled upon the fact that Nashville and Last Resort have the first episode free, but I was only able to tell this after going into the show description for each one. Is there a way to browse all new shows that have the first episode free?

Drive Re-use Question

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 19:56
I'm thinking seriously of upgrading to a Premiere soon and have two questions.

1. Does the Premiere support external enclosures, and if it does, does it have a drive size limit?

2. The 1TB drive I have in my series 2 is about half full. If I put this drive in an external and hooked it up to a Premiere, would I be able to watch the shows I've already recorded?

3. If the Premiere wouldn't immediately allow me to watch the shows, is there a hack I could apply to the kernel that would?

Many thanks! :)

DirecTV Genie records 5 shows at once!

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 17:55

Very interesting. Tivo, where are your "mini" units??

Can't schedule FX Networks shows from TiVo.com.

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 16:31
I like to use the "Find TV Shows" feature of TiVo.com to schedule season pass recordings when I'm away from home. I have recently discovered that this doesn't seem to work with shows on FX (Sons of Anarchy, Totally Biased, American Horror Story...)

I submitted a support ticket with TiVo and their response was to use Yahoo or Zap2It instead.

If I'm actually in front of the TiVo I can find FX shows inside the TiVo UI; I just can't do it from the web site.

I recorded a YouTube video of me doing a successful search for an AMC show, followed by two failed FX searches, but TiVo tech support said they couldn't access any links outside TiVo.com. *sigh*

It's probably hard to read unless you view the HD version, but eh.
FX Networks issue tith TiVo.com

Anyone know how to tweak TiVo.com to search what's available on my cable system? I can't find any way to change the search preferences- if there are any.

Can not link Tivos to Amazon anymore

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 16:02
Since Tuesday morning, my 3 Tivo units have not been able to link accounts with Amazon - for downloading instant video.
Amazon reps say this is a Tivo related issue and they (Amazon) can not help until Tivo fixes whatever went bad.

Anyone here have any suggestions or know what is going on?

Tivo chat support only states it is a known issue and there is no time frame for a fix.


"Hawaii 5-0" OAD 10/8/12

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 15:34
No love for H50?

Anyway, I thought this was a really funny episode for the first half, when McGarrett and Danno's day of fishing just kept getting worse and worse. "H50" may be just another procedural police crime drama like most of the rest of CBS's lineup, but at least the characters show some degree of liveliness.

The highlight of the episode was when Kono totally kicked the boatjacker's ass on the stairwell. I liked how they kept the continuity, too, with a big black eye during the subsequent scenes.

The tension over who was killed in the house near the end rang false, as my wife asked me who I thought was dead, and I said, "the wife." Some shows are mean enough to kill people who don't deserve to die (and to let those who deserve to die, remain alive), but CBS doesn't really carry those shows.

HDVR2 unable to display program information running 6.4a

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 14:57
This past weekend we lost the ability to view program information about a show. When selecting the show from the Now Playing List, it no longer displays information about the show, it returns to the NPL.

Likewise, attempting to browse show information in season passes or wish list results in an error 32 trying to display the program information.

I reenabled an old HDV2 that was in the closet and it didn't display this problem. However, after updating it's guide and recording a few shows it now exhibits the same problem as the original tivo.

I think Directv may have changed some aspect of the guide data that is corrupting this database on these old Tivos. This really makes these devices unusable.

Anyone seeing the same or have any advice?

Top Reason Why I Returned My TiVo Stream

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 14:39
I was excited about the TiVo stream product (actually i still am and forever hopeful that they will improve it) and couldn't wait to purchase it. I had to drive to two different best buys before finding it. After about three weeks of usage (very limited) here is why i decided to return it:

1. I was hoping i would be able to save the downloaded files and you do not have access to them. Perhaps they willl have some Tivo Desktop integration in the future to speed up the transcoding. I think it's great how fast it is but i really would have liked to save these to an external hardrive for loading later via itunes or whatever.

2. I really didn't like how the viewing liveTV option left the recorded show on my TiVo. If i was going to watch a particular show i probably wouldn't have minded it but sitting around trying to surf the live tv guide and having all these shows that i had to delete on my TiVo was a pain! Perhaps they will fix this with a newer release.

3. On my final day of usage where i was thinking about taking it back within the 30 day window i started to see an error message popup that said 4 streams were already being viewed (reached my maximum) and that i would have to stop one of them to view another one. The problem was is that i had just rebooted the device, watched only 1 show, and then tried starting a 2nd show. From my viewpoint i had a fresh box and had only attempted 2 streams. So why would i get this error. I did everything but reboot the box and couldn't get it to work. Then i decided boy is this really worth $130? Maybe they will have it fixed in a few weeks or perhaps not.

4. After reading tivocommunity and one of the threads about it being discounted in the future i thought to myself again .. boy at $130 this is a lot of money for something that isn't working flawlessly. So if i return it now, perhaps i could by it again in the future, assuming they make some of the above improvements, for $99 or so? Or perhaps not. Thought it was worth the gamble and unplugged it and took it back for a full refund.

My HDTiVo Lost all channels??

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 14:11
Last night I got home and my THD had lost all it's channels. None were showing up at all. This THD does not have a cable card, tuning adapter, or any of those new-fangled Copy Protection wrappers cable companies like to unload on unsuspecting customers. Just a plain vanilla THD with no mods.

I restarted the box and the channels came back. In fact, I shorted the intro video by going to the TiVo menu and hit live TV. I saw a message for a moment or two that it was locating channels. Wouldn't the analog tuner have just shown them?

Ideas on what might have happened? Is my box dying?

My Stream Updated last night, what new version?

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 14:03
Went to download a show to my iPad and it failed, did a test of the TiVo Stream, it started to install an upgrade. Great! But, what *IS* the upgrade, what version, whats new? Do we get release notes on these patches?

Video game console from 1977 - what is it?

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 13:08
oops, wrong forum. I've posted it in the general chat instead :


Email Notifications with goto "newpost"

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 11:12
I get emails for subscribed threads. Most of them, in the body of the email, list the previous day's posts. Some however, have a link at the top of the email, goto newpost. I *think* the instant notifies have the newpost link, and the daily notifies don't. But I'm not sure of that.

IAC, I find newpost to be much more useful, as sometimes I visit a thread during the day,and when I want to visit the next day using the email, it requires me to scroll down until I actually find the newpost.

Is there any way to get a newpost link in the daily update notification? Does what I'm asking even make sense?

Using Pioneer DVR-810-H-S with Belkin @ TV or Slingbox

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 10:33
Does anyone have experience using TIVO Series 2 model Pioneer DVR-810-H-S with the new Belkin @ TV product or with Slingbox Solo? My home network where the Tivo & Belkin (or Slingbox) will be located has internet upload speeds of about 1.5 to 5 Mbps while the remote location has download speeds of only 1.0 to 1.5 Mbps. Will these speeds be fast enough to get a satisfactory picture? I'm leaning toward the Belkin @ TV but would appreciate any advice. Thanks

Closed captioning on Netflix?

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 09:58
I just read that Netflix has settled the lawsuit against them for not having closed captions available on all material, and has agreed to do so. They also claim that ~90% of their material already has captions. So how do I get my TiVO Series 3 to show them?

Missing end of programs

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 09:47
Has anyone else noticed that the ends of a lot of recorded programs are cut off? It happens a lot on the half hour and hour programs and is pretty irritating. Yes I know how to add extra time to the end of recordings and always do this for recording things like NASCAR and such. It just seems that on some programs that aren’t preceded by live events we seem to miss the last 30 to 60 seconds or so when they show upcoming previews. It’s almost like the system clock is off by 30 or 60 seconds. I checked the system time and it is about right with Internet time so I’m not sure what the problem is.

It would be a pain to add two minutes to each program we record and seems like an unnecessary step. I’m sure this would play havoc with programming that follows if it was on a different channel. The start of the programs seems to be OK, it’s just the end that gets cut off. We are using a fairly new THR22-100 but this was also happening with our older legacy (as tech support likes to call them) SD units prior to the THR22.

Any body else having this problem? In a search, this seems to have been a problem years ago but I couldn’t find any recent posts on it.

push wont work..pull does

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 09:29
recently a certain show i try to upload will only upload a few minutes then stop for some reason....unsure why..but the pic is just fine for the first few min so it is working

if i pull the show, it 100% transfers all the time

what about a show would make it not be able to be pushed? i could understand why i wouldnt be able to push at all, but to have a few min load then stop is weird

Stream Heat warning

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 09:01
I received my Stream yesterday and set it up. I put it on top of my router. It worked perfectly for a few minutes but after about 15 minutes my downloads started failing, the one download I was able to get to complete gave an "unable to play recording error" and I couldn't get it to stream anymore.

After a bit of troubleshooting I noticed my router was sending off a lot of heat and the stream was extremely hot. I moved it off the router out on it's own and it started working again.

Looking at the box itself it seems to be all air holes and a fan. I would be very careful about putting this into a poorly ventilated cabinet cabinet or on/near another AV device that gives off a lot of heat.

Tivo HD shrinking Hard Drive

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 07:13
I've had a Tivo HD for several years now with no problems, but last night it started giving me out of space errors. The strange thing is, the number of shows on the tivo is very limited - there's no way i could be at capacity.

So i downloaded some program to tell me what was on my Tivo and its reporting that I have 56Gigs of space used and 0 GB free.

I know Hard drives recover from failure by marking sectors as no longer usable, which is a probable cause to this loss of space, but before i start cracking open the tivo and taking it out of commission, i was wondering if there was anything else i should try to help fix or validate the problem.

Oh, i should mention that i went to Tivo Diagnostics after getting the out of space error, where the screen hung for 10 minutes on "please wait"- i had to pull the plug on it. So technically i've rebooted :)

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.