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Fall 2012 Bug? Hiding Live TV

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 16:12
While in the guide, I can't hide the Live TV box (by pressing "Slow").

This works in Tivo Central, My Shows, ToDo, etc.

Can anyone else confirm this?
Or has something changed in how to hide this window?


On the set of Homeland

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 14:27

Spoiler alert. The story talks about events up to and including this week's episode (Broken Hearts).

I didn't realize Danes was pregnant during the filming of this season.

TIVO Website my shows not populating

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 11:53

I use the Tivo website often to check my shows and to do list. This seemed to always work until recently. I think the problem started with the latest service update but i cant be sure (the timing is right). My Premiere does not populate anything on the website and my HDXL is fine and populating the website I followed these instructions from the website

Not seeing all your shows in your online lists? Here's why:

If you recently made changes to your To Do and My Shows Lists, it may take a little time for your changes to appear online. Changes will appear after your DVR connects to the TiVo service. For broadband-connected DVRs, this happens within about 15 minutes; for telephone-connected DVRs, this happens within 36 hours.
TiVo Suggestions and downloaded content are not displayed in online lists at this time.
Online To Do and My Shows Lists are not available for Series2 customers at this time.
In rare cases, you may need to reboot your DVR to update your online lists.

Still not working any ideas?

Thanks Andy

HDVR2 Board Replacement "Commissioning"

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 11:45
Note: I did look first for an answer, but found none . . .

I recently had a service call to address severe pixellation on my ancient Hughes Tivo HDVR2. The tech checked out the whole system and confirmed a good signal at the dish (after replacing the LNB) and that both lines meet spec's. That just leaves the receiver itself. I had already previously replaced the power supply with one from an identical (slightly newer) spare unit, so that leaves either the hard drive or the main board as the likely culprit.

So, I exchanged the existing main board with the main board from the spare unit. It booted up fine throughout the download phase. But when it reached 100% of the 4-colored balls, I got a message saying the wrong access card was inserted (I had re-used the existing access card, NOT the one from the spare unit) - which suggests that the card number is somehow stored on the main board and not on the hard drive.

So, I tried rebooting again with the access card from the spare unit. This time it completely booted, but when I tried to access my Now Showing and local channels, I got the following message:

"A hardware problem has been detected which needs your attention. Until . . . fixed, you will not be able to record programs or watch recordings You will need to restart the Recorder now. If you see . . . etc."

So, I assume it is trying to use the (now closed) account of the former owner of my spare unit.

So my questions are:

Q1. I assume that to make this (replacement board) work, I have to use the original access card - is this correct? (yes or no)

Q2. If yes, can I somehow continue using the spare main board, or do I have to reinstall the original main board? (spare or original)

Q3. Assuming that there's a way to commission the spare main board, will a "restart" fix the problem or (if not) what is the exact process to interface the replacement/spare main board with my original access card, so that I can confirm that the main board is what is at the root of my pixellation problem?

Any/all input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks . . .

Deleteing one recording skips down two

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 11:21

I used to be able to delete several recordings in a row (usually in Tivo Suggestions) by repeatedly hitting the clear key.

But now, when I delete the first it jumps to the third instead of the second.

I'm using a Harmony remote but have been doing that for a very long time w/o this problem.

Any ideas about what's happening?

Any way to pause/stop all scheduled recordings?

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 10:58
Going from one Tivo box to another (P3-->P4 upgrade).

Once I'm sure the Season Pass transfers (done) and recording is all working fine I want to stop the old Tivo from doing any further recordings.

Other than just unplugging the Cable IN - is there a way to globally stop/pause it from further recordings without trashing the Season Passes/schedules?

If I DO unplug cable IN will it just record dead space then? Or does it see no signal and use zero space? We are at about 80% full and are going to watch or transfer everything off the old box (with iTivo) in the next week or so. I just don't want it to start erasing stuff to fill with dead air or redundant recordings...


The Big Bang Theory "The Fish Guts Displacement" 12/6/2012

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 07:48
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Though it was less funny, the Howard plot actually had a little heart to it and was successful. The dad's 'I wouldn't go that far' was a good capper.

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Premiere deleting shows, not full

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 01:19
Hi All!

Recently one of my premieres has started deleting shows set for KUID, even though space is barely above 50%. My recently deleted folder is empty. The show is deleting minutes after it records.

I am attempting to reset it now...but this is very frustrating. I saw some other people had this issue well over a year ago, but I can't find a solution.

Help :(

Zero suggestions on XL4?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 23:10
My XL4 is about two weeks old now, and I have yet to receive one recorded suggestion. I'm seeing the same behavior as on my old S3s--the suggestions list never populates with any shows despite having suggestions turned on and page and pages of thumbs ratings. My Tivo has the current software.

Find TV, Movies & Videos --> Browse TV --> TV --> Suggestions --> "Wait a few hours..."

In the S3, this was a never-resolved issue related to tuning adapters. Disconnecting the TA would allow the list to populate, reconnecting would allow the populated suggestions to record. I assumed they had fixed this issue with the S4s. I called Tivo support and the agent had never heard of this issue in the S3 and suggested an RMA for the XL4.

I've done the only troubleshooting step on tivo.com--turn off suggestions, reboot, turn on suggestions, reboot again.

I haven't seen any other posts detailing problems with the various S4 models and suggestions, so am I unique? What else can I try to enable suggestions?

TiVo Premiere XL Update Software today - horribly slow channel change

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 22:41
Changing channel with the remote "Channel" button is all of a sudden ridiculously slow since the update this morning.

TiVo Premiere XL.

I am referring to the actual changing of the channel NUMBER, say from 809 to 810, when pressing the "Channel Up" rocker button.

I of course restarted the TiVo but the issue is not resolved.

Has this been noticed by anyone else? I presume this is the update that everyone was referring to in the 11/28 beta thread?

Setting up a P4 killed my P3

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 19:20
I am trying to get a Premiere 4 going - paid the Lifetime fee and it's in process - however when I went through the setup on it - I didn't realize it was using the exact same remote controller ID as my 2 channel Premiere right below it.

Now my old Premiere won't receive cable any more!!!!!! :(

The only thing I can think is that something I did, blew up the cablecard settings for it.

I did have a cablecard from another Tivo in the house I was seeing if I could get working on the P4.... :eek:

I went through the guided setup again on the old Premiere, but still dead cable. hmmm Good news I have had already scheduled the cable guy to come and get the P4 cablecard setup. Now looks like he'll have to do them both!

Any way I can get the remotes to not conflict with each other?

Premier streaming is choppy

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:17
I'm having this issue when trying to stream from one premier to another premier.

The source is hard wired Ethernet cable and the destination is wireless g adapter.

Any ideas?

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Paused video moving?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:19
When I press pause on one tuner and go to the next one and watch something or look at what is playing, when I go back to the other tuner the "paused" screen has moved! Maybe just a couple of seconds, or so, or sometimes it's in the next scene. At first I thought it was just my imagination, but now I know it happens. Does anyone know why it does it? Could there be a problem coming? Click

No A b c on my remotes???

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:53
Tried a search to no avail. Today, we received the "new update" that changed the HD menu!

Until I read the info about the new update, I didn't even know I had a choice in menus. Anyhow, the new menus call for pushing a or b or c . My remotes do not have... a b c ???

Unless there is a work-around, I guess I have to go back to the other menu (which worked fine, but i can see the advantages of the HD menu.)

I am not going to buy new remotes unless I reaallllyy have to.
Any help appreciated. thank you. rich

We're still with Tivo, but no longer DirecTV

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:37
Well, we finally made the break. We hope we don't regret it, but 2 weeks before Thanksgiving the final straw broke this camels back. Shows weren't recording properly on our DirecTV Tivo's.

Hours of testing, resetting and a visit from a tech (again), seemed to resolve our issues. Then Glee, Revolution and CSI NY didn't record on either of our Tivo's. The HR24 only recorded one of the shows.

So, I purchased a Premier XL4 and a Premier. I phoned Charter Cable, they were out in 48 hours with two cable cards. One hour later we were connected via Wireless N and all channel data was downloaded and Tivo updated to the latest O/S.

We signed into our Tivo account online, used their brilliantly designed T.V. guide and I had 40+ shows added to Season Pass manager in about one hour. The DirecTv boxes arrived today and I'll have them at the Post Office tomorrow morning. We became a DTV subscriber in 2003 because they offered at the time a full fledged Tivo. Then moved to HD 10-250... then their prices started to go up and we were forced to use their DVR. Dissat just kept growing and culminated in us moving to the new DirecTv Tivo units that are out today. Seemed okay, until August...

Now that we've been using the Tivo's for a couple of weeks, we are both amazed as to why we ever left. The picture seems sharper, and we can't figure out why. The Premier XL4 is brilliant. Super fast and we have fallen in love all over again. I LOVE transferring content to my laptop for roadtrips. With the holidays coming, we can load up our laptops for those times when we need to "escape family.. hee hee".

OH... and when all was said and done, we are actually saving $82/MO. So, in 11 months we will have recovered our initial investment and then begin saving. So, it all comes out in the wash, as they say.

Happy Holidays,

Happy with TIVO Again

TiVo output woes

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:31
For some years I have been recording TV programs on a Sony HDD/DVD recorder using cable-box>SCART>Sony>SCART>TV. The latest incarnation of the cable box is a TiVo and that has worked fine for about a year.

Suddenly, however, in mid-program the video signal stopped passing through the Sony: the TV made an irritating fizzing sci-fi type sound and the picture was a set of black lines moving from right to left. I can't be sure, as I was operating on automatic at the time, but I think I might have just switched the Sony on. I have been messing about with cables ever since, and trying to reach a conclusion as to what exactly has stopped working but haven't got anywhere. At the moment, the SCART signal will pass through when the Sony is switched off but the faulty screen starts as soon as it is switched on. When a signal is created within the Sony, by using the menu system, or playing a recording or DVD it works just fine. Any attempt to record something from the TiVo disk produces a recording of sound but no picture.

Some weeks later my TiVO has started misbehaving in that sometimes no signal gets through to the TV, even with a direct HDMI connection. If I reboot it everything (apart from the issue in the previous paragraph) works normally. A while later I'll switch the TV on again and there may be a signal, there may not.

Does anyone have any ideas what might be wrong, or how best to test things to work out what's wrong?

Given the latest problem it looks like time to call the Virgin engineer who will doubtless just assume an unknown intermittent fault and replace the box - and I doubt very much if there is any way I can get my recordings off it first. It would be <so> nice if the USB was enabled for connection to an external disk to run the files off the old one and then transfer them to the new one.

I was also thinking of upgrading my Sony to a DVD recorder with upscaling and HDMI output and all the other options they have these days. But there is no point if it's not going to work with a TiVo, any TiVo, so can someone confirm that Virgin haven't quietly "upgraded" the machine to prevent recording via SCART? There is an awful lot of very confusing information out there on the subject of copy protection.


Tivo HD -- lifetime -- with 1 TB upgrade

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 12:30
Free shipping!


The TB drive is new, installed within the last two months.

Can i Swap drive from one premiere to another?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 11:44
So I have two premieres. One has a lifetime subscription and the other does not, BUT it has a 2 tv hard drive upgrade.

Can I take the 2 tb drive out and just plop it in the lifetime premiere? Or...

Thx in advance