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New Tivo User...Initial Frustrations

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 10:52
I recently dropped my xfinity any room DVR service due to unreliable recording, missing entirely or pixelated, and lack of a 4 tuner unit. I'm 3 days into my service and while there are many noticeable improvements, here are a few disappointments:
  • xfinity on demand does not show, both xfinity and tivo agree the cards are set up properly, xfinity says on demand should be available immediately, tivo says 72 hours or 5 days depending upon who you talk to.
  • No support for amazon Prime videos
  • My xl4 did a reboot on its own while several recording were in process, tivo says it might have been a software update. I asked if one took place Saturday evening…then suggested might be updating because it was a new xl4…doesn't the software get updated during installation? Then suggested I shouldn't be using a surge protector since the box is warrantied for 90 days and an extended warranty is available....really?
  • Choppy netflix…I know much discussion on this already

Sync problems

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 09:59
Since early December I've had problems with my audio/video sync. Technical support acknowledges the problem and says there are others with the same problem. I don't understand why it's taking so long to fix the problem. Any thoughts?

The Amazing Race - OAD 2/17/2013

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 08:55
OK, time for an episode specific thread...

It was entertaining when they got down to the last 3 teams doing the sand castle needle in a haystack challenge. Some of those people were not digging below the sand castles at all. I bet there was a clue missed because of that.

The firefighters were so sure they could prevail in paddling the boat. They didn't realize they had the biggest disadvantage of the 3 teams because their center of gravity was going to be higher. I'm glad neither of the other teams were eliminated, because the blonds are nice to look at and the newlyweds will be fun to hate.

The Walking Dead - 2/17/13 - "Home"

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 08:44
The beginning of this episode was so slowly paced I was daydreaming when that first attack moment on Axel happened - it jolted me and it took me seconds to figure out what was going on.

I especially couldn't figure out if the guy in the tower was friendly or not.

What an amazing scene.

Oh you Walking Dead writers actors producers. I say this every week - this show works my every last nerve.

History of the Eagles (documentary on Showtime)

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 08:30
Man was this excellent! I was seriously not aware of all the origins and fighting. I was under the belief that it was Don and Glen that butted heads constantly and that Joe was difficult as well. That Felder was such a little baby about his place in the band, I mean I get he contributed a lot musically but like Glenn said you never knew where you would start singing on a lot of his stuff it was just instrumental. Great but instrumental. Without Glenn and Don writing the lyrics they would have been no where or at best maybe a Grateful Dead type band.

I also forgot how funny Joe is. the story about him and Belushi trashing the hotel and painting their jeans black to get into the fancy restaurant was just hysterical.

Very well done all the way around, oh and forgot how freaking hot Linda Rontstadt was.

I Dream of Jeannie Marathon!

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 08:22
Those lucky enough to have WLNY!

Western Digital 2TB @ Newegg $89 One Day Only 2/18/2013

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 04:27
Western Digital WD20EZRX for $89 at Newegg. One day only 2/18/2013 Shell Shocker daily deal.


Online Tivo website has different channel listing from device

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 01:18

I tried a quick search for this topic, but I couldn't find anything so I thought I'd ask. I got a new Tivo Premiere unit, and it's setup correctly with a Cable Card and the right channel listing. However I was trying to use the online My Tivo website to setup Season Passes and I noticed it somehow is using a different channel listing and I don't know how to reset it to use the right one. Has anyone experienced this before?

Random reboots on Premiere XL4

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 23:51
I'm new to TiVo and took the plunge with two brand new XL4's. Comming from the HTPC world, I expected the TiVo's would be far more stable, however both units have randomly rebooted while watching TV several times now with no discernible pattern. Is this a known issue?

Downton Abbey S03E09 OAD 2/17/2013

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 23:46
...and there it was. I guess I'll spoiler-tag my comment about Matthew's accident

Spoiler: because some people might not know for sure that he's dead. The only spoiler I knew coming into this PBS season was that Dan Stevens had decided not to come back for season 4. And then with all the talk of "get your handkerchiefs ready" -- which was impossible to avoid -- I knew Matthew would die here in the last episode. Kind of a bummer to watch the episode knowing that was coming, even though I didn't know how. Took some of the punch out of that ending.

Otherwise, I liked this episode and the season as a whole. It's kind of funny how free the show feels to leap forward in time. If they keep this up, the Dowager is going to be over 100! But it pays off, because they've done a good job of subtly advancing the world around the Crawleys. Automobiles, telephones, electricity all commonplace now, and even the dress has evolved. I've really enjoyed watching time march on, even if the characters haven't.

I wonder if we've seen the last of the fired maid.

Anaconda in place of The Walking Dead?

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 20:07
Seriously, right now at 8pm CST on AMC I'm looking at Anaconda the movie instead on TWD. What gives? anyone else got the same?

I hate to sound like a whiner but.....I'm ticked off and confused...

Amazing Race - 2/17/13

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 19:15
Don't know what was on CBS this afternoon, but The Amazing Race did not start right on time. Pad it by 30 minutes to be safe.

Tivo HD stuck

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 18:46
First my tivo wouldn't connect to tivo so I restarted it. Still was stuck on the connecting phase when trying to connect to tivo. I got the idea to do a kickstart it had worked once before when I was having trouble with it. Now it's stuck in a cycle of powering up then almost there then the gsod then starts all over. I'm going to unplug it and wait for some ideas.

Need to get in to Guided Setup blindly

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 18:18
We have a TivoHD. The HD input on our TV has stopped working. Until we can get it working again, I'd like to use the TivoHD on the TV's 480i input.

When I resart the TivoHD, the two startup screens look fine. But when the "Almost there. Just a few minutes more..." screen is done and it goes to the next screen, the video goes bad, which I assume means that the TivoHD has started sending an HD signal.

I tried to get in to Guided Setup by pressing Thumbs Down three times and then Enter. The Tivo appears to respond, but the video stays bad and I don't know what it's saying.

What do I need to do to get the TivoHD to start sending a 480i, standard-definition signal?



Used Premier stats

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 18:16
Last June (2012) I purchased a TiVo Premiere with lifetime service and about 2 weeks later I (not 100% sure why but I did) upgraded it with a 2TB drive.

The original activation date according to Tivo's web site was November 15, 2010 so the original owner had the unit for just under 2 years.

I just plugged the original 320GB drive into my home Linux system to get some stats on the original drive and what I found was interesting.

Total power on hours was 4030 hours or ~168 days (8760 hours in a year), the drive had 70 power cycle events, and 1 Raw Read Error, everything else was unremarkable.

Now about 14 days worth of those hours were mine plus several power cycle events (turned it on when I received it and probably a few when I duplicated the drive).

Well now I know why the previous owner sold the unit he obviously didn't use the unit much. I guess I'll never know what he reasoning was as to why he purchased it and why he stopped using it. Its obvious why he sold it.


Why do the characters in BBT wear so many layers?

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 17:52
The more I watch, the more it starts to bug me.

Each of the main characters has a "formula" to their outfits (which makes perfect sense as it's an easy way to establish the character) but each one wears really an extraordinary number of layers for people living in So. Cal. (and keep in mind that my 6th grader wears his fleecy jacket pretty much 24x7). This is what seems to be the "norm" for each character when they are indoors and not dressed for any unusual situation.

Sheldon: geeky t-shirt over a long-sleeve tee

Leonard: t-shirt, fleece hoodie over that, military style jacket over that

Howard: button shirt (either a dated polo or woven with buttons) or occasionally a sweater over a turtleneck---and for all the jokes they make about him wearing a dickey (and he clearly does sometimes), there have been several occasions where the collar on the undershirt matched sleeves of a long-sleeve shirt visible under a short-sleeved shirt

Raj: poly-blend collared shirt with sweater/sweatervest over it and a Member's Only-style jacket (or other similar 70's/80's styled jacket) over that

Amy: being a girl, she mixes it up a bit more, but it usually involves at least a collared shirt with an undershirt and a sweater over that, as well as a skirt with tights

Bernadette: the LEAST layered of the regulars (excepting Penny), she usually wears a twinset (sweater with matching shell) or a a woven shirt with a cardi or sweatervest over it

Penny: amazingly, the only regular who almost never layers (though she does seem to wander around in what appears to be sleepwear a significant amount of the time, though I think this is a phenomenon in recent seasons more than early in the show)

Why? Just....why?

I could kinda see it if Leonard/Raj always wore the same jacket over a bunch of different outfits, but they each seem to have a dozen similar jackets (seriously, I've seen Leonard wearing jackets that are nigh identical but VERY different colors, so it's clearly not just one jacket). I like the dickey thing with Howard but why does he ALWAYS wear long sleeves? In thinking about it, you don't see ANYONE's arms except Bernadette and Penny. Why??

I'm pretty sure we've (my family and friends) nailed the nerd chic look (which is to say, completely lacking in chic) for decades and I don't recall it involving nearly so many articles of clothing. Heck, most nerds I know tend to wear the minimum amount to do the job because assembling more is just not worth the effort relative to other things they could be doing. So, um....why?

TiVo XL4 + existing MO=oCA?

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 15:52
I have 3 Motorola NIM-100s already in place and I just added an XL4 to the house. Currently the XL4 is hooked up via Ethernet, but that is going to be changing soon and there will only be coax to this unit.

Will the XL4 work with my existing MoCA? I pretty much just plugged in the NIM100s and everything worked. Anything special I should do with the wiring? I do have a TA connected. Wall --> TA --> TiVo.

iPad app should support playback to any TiVo on network

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 15:05
I love the TiVo iPad/iPhone app, as it's much less obtrusive and much faster than navigating the TiVo itself. That said, please give us the ability to choose which TiVo device we wish to playback content on instead of forcing us to navigate to the TiVo we're currently watching via the remote and having to select the TiVo device we want to stream content from and then having to navigate through the "My Shows" and finally select the show we're interested in... This would keep me content until TiVo decides to unify all content across multiple TiVo's...

Unify "My Shows" between multiple TiVo's

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 14:51
Whole home DVR isn't a new concept and therefor isn't it time to unify multiple TiVo's into one master "My Shows", "To Do List", "Season Passes"' etc.? This certainly would make navigation across multiple TiVo's MUCH easier...

series 1 drive test and swap

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 13:36
I have a hdr112 that is stuck on start up screen. Can't get anything to work, I have it connected to my windows 7 pc in an external usb drive case and it doesn't show up in my computer menu so I don't know. It does recognise it and shows in devices and printers. The drive is spinning so I know it does power on, maybe something else is wrong? I also have an almost new series 2 model TCD540040 and wondered if I can just put that drive in the series 1 just put it right in and turn it on? The series 1 has lifetime service so I would like to keep using it.

thanks for any help