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Tivo and New FCC Law on cable cards

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 04:52
I was a former Tivo user but since the FCC, passed the new law's about cable cards I can see a rapid decline in Tivo customers! since The service is actualy free I wont post how but these new laws just gave the US consumers the right to record and access the EPG free of charge using what a lot of people already own! plus one purchace, I see the forum has not been very busy since this law was passed and other companys started selling hardware that allows free recording and access to the EPG and the Cable co can't block access to your recordings even if you cancel your account or move, if you already paid to watch and or record the show you shold have access to it at anytime! I am curious how Tivo will resond to the loss of customers?

TiVo Lunchbox?

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 02:40
I didn't know TiVo made lunchboxes and other odd stuff. They should open a store for these things.


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Sat, 07/14/2012 - 23:01
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Was so excited about getting my XL4

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 14:24
Got it yesterday early afternoon. Ive been messing with the cable co (mediacom) trying to get the XL4 to pair with their cable cards. Ive got a stack of them and none will work to authorize channels despite multiple signals being sent by the cable company.

The XL4's tuners must be picky about the signal strength. It wont work in my basement at all with the QAM channels that come through the cable unencrypted, but works in one of my outlets upstairs. My S3 HD XL has been hooked up in the basement with no issues for over 2 years.

Cable guy coming tomorrow morning (didnt know they worked on sunday) and if he cant get it to work, its getting packed up and going back. Hopefully it all ends well, i'd love to have those 4 tuners but i dont have much patience for wasting time on something that should work out of the box.

HD Menus

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 13:06
I'm a new tivo owner and i have wht might be a stupid question. Actually 2 of them.
1 My Tivo menus, only some of them come in hd. Others such as my wishlist and recording options pages are in sd. I have the setting to hd. Any suggestions or is that the way it is? In the manual the hd screens that i get in sd look great and i would like to get those.
2 Is there just a 1 button option to get to my recorded shows menu? Ive had cable dvr's for a long time and you could just push the dvr button on remote and your recordings menu came up.

Thanks for your help. Amazing forum with a lot of good answers. Almost got my pytivo to work.

extracting files from external hard-drive

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 12:29

My Tivo HD died recently (power just went kaput), and I have some personal recordings on the external HD that I'd like to recover. I replaced the HD with another Tivo, but when I connect it, the new Tivo wants to format the drive. Is there anyway to get access to the files on the drive, either via Tivo or other methods? If I connect the HD to a laptop,will that work?

TiVO not changing cable box channel

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 12:16
I have been through all of the channel changing troubleshooting. This TiVo has been working ok for years, then 36 hours ago, it stopped. My TiVO seems to connect around 7pm at night and the issue appears to have started between 5 and 11pm, so it looks like something with the update. I have rebooted etc, the IR transmitters are putting out, verified multiple remotes and extra cables. I switched cable boxes and the same thing happens. I have identified the software that communicates the channel change. The cable box works with the cable remote, the TIVO acts like it is changing channels but the cable box does nothing. I appears that the TIVO is spitting the wrong info. The frame on the screen shows the channel change, the screen makes a shift as if changing, but the channel does not change.

OLED S3 with lifetime/1.5 TB drive $400 shipped

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 04:03
Tivo S3 (OLED) with lifetime and 1.5 TB drive 213 HD hours - $400 shipped or $350 pickup at North bay/ bay area Novato California
Includes manual, all cables, original box. Also includes stock Tivo 250 GB drive as back up.
Bonus- new glow remote that came with my XL S4 Tivo, + 25 ft Ethernet cable. I'll also throw in my old Direct TV Tivo remote that has a handy short cut to now playing menu that newer remotes don't.

This is the best S3 version with OLED display. Shows clock as well as title of shows being recorded on display. Other reasons making this better than the other HD S3 Tivo:
* THX certification
* Faster transfer of shows from tivo to PC with Tivo to go app on your PC
* compatible with a wider range of E-sata external hardrives.
** Note that this Tivo requires two cable cards to enable both tunners from your cable provider. For me using Comcast this was a monthly extra cable card fee of $1.50.

With lifetime subscription you'll never have to pay Tivo for service. Tivo policy states lifetime subscription is attached to box not user so it would be to your advantage to fix box if it ever becomes problematic. Almost always when problems occur it's the hard drive which can easily be replaced. Box is also fully functional without paying for cable. Tivo lifetime sub. includes channel guide/ recording abilty for local channels with OTA antenna as well as web video downloads and other apps such asPandora ect.. with an internet connection.

I will help you put the Tivo onto your own tivo account if you want. (though Tivo will work fine without doing) This would be in your advantage if you don't currently have any Tivo subsciptions and you ever decide to buy lifetime service in the future you'll be eligible for multi service discount. = $400 for future lifetime box instead of $500. Another advantage of having Tivo linked to your own account is you'll be able to manage your recordings remotely online.

Internal drive is 1.5 TB WD EARS I installed myself after buying new May of last year so drive is barely a year old. Here is link to upgrade harddrive thread page # 254 post#7612 made by me user name leiff showing the 1 year old date I installed drive.
Should the 1.5 TB drive fail in the future you can save yourself some $ by doing the following:
Use the included 250 GB backup drive in this sale to copy the tivo image from it onto your PC and transfer that image onto a new hardrive you buy yourself at any store. Otherwise you will need to buy a special hardrive that someone has prepared with an image for you at much greater cost. The directions for imaging your own drive can be found on page 1 of thread I link to above.
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Tivo Wireless N adapter - error 12029

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 02:30
Hi, does anyone has any idea what the error means?

I had working Tivo wireless network until couple days ago when it couldn't connect to internet. Tried to reset the Tivo Wireless N adapter back to factory default, then reconfigure the network, I received "Error Calling Factory Reset - [12029]".

Havent' called the Tivo support yet and will do in the next days or 2.


Custom RSS Feed buffer limit?

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 00:10
Does anyone know if the built in custom RSS feed feature that allows for adding podcasts has the same buffer limit as HME streaming videos used in programs like Stream Baby? Would it be possible to add a custom RSS feed made by me that has all my videos and stream them from the custom RSS feed section and not run in to the buffer limit?

I think my hard drive is going = help please

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 22:25
I have had my Tivo series 2 with lifetime service since 2005 and refuse to replace it with a brighthouse dvr but my Tivo has been acting weird recently and I think its the hard drive.
I'll be watching a program and the program lind of pauses itself and then resumes. This is a very annoying issue, nothing displays as if it had actually been paused, it just does it by itself for 1/2 sec to 2 seconds sometimes as much as ten different times during a 1/2 hour show. Also I will tell the tivo to do something like fast forward and I hear the noise the box makes but takes a couple seconds to do it or takes 4-5 seconds to bring up the home screen after hearing the "bing".
I've done some research and getting conflicting info as to what a series 2 unit has. Some sites say its an IDE others say SATA, I have a spare sata drive and apparently I can clone the drive but dont have a way to have the old and new drive hooked up at the same time and as per winmfs you need both hooked up at the same time.
I'm getting frustrated, can someone please help.


Fri, 07/13/2012 - 22:05
Does wcav in serial number of WD drive stand for audio video (for dvr use)?

A simple handy feature TiVo should add

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 19:14
Every so often I discover a new TV series.
Sometimes it's only new to me, so I start watching episodes from several seasons. Among the most recent were "Kitchen Nightmares" and "Renovation Realities."

The problem is, after hop-scotching over shows from several seasons, it's hard to keep track of which episodes I've seen and which I haven't.
The show descriptions are little help (this is the "kitchen Nightmares" where the restaurant's serving bad food, or this is the "Renovation Realities" where the couple run into problems and don't finish their project on time).

I suppose I could keep a notebook listing the episodes I recorded and watched, and then check it before recording a new episode, but the TiVo could do this for me.
It would be a slick handy feature in my opinion.


prep work for selling a Tivo S3?

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 18:53
I am going to sell my upgraded Tivo S3 (oled, THX version) with lifetime. I have done a "reset and erase everything" on it but is there anything else i need to do such as remove it from my tivo account? My main concern is any personal info connected to it that is in Tivo's system and assigned to that specific unit.

So before it goes to craigslist or ebay, do i need to do anything to keep myself/my personal info safe from the new owner?

Move Hard Drive from one Premiere to another without loss.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 16:53
Is it possible to move a hard drive from one Tivo Premiere to another ... without having to reformat it? I will be using Comcast cablecard. Both Premieres have lifetime service. Thanks !

Favorites list was cleared

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 15:02
Somehow my Favorites list and Channels received was reset.
All channels were marked as channel received with no favorites.

Anyone else have this happen?

Upgrading Premiere

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 15:01
We are considering upgrading our year old Premiere to the XL4. I think the only benefit would be the 4 tuners? I currently have a lifetime sub on our Premiere.

Have any of you been successful in buying a new XL4 and transferring your lifetime sub from an existing Premiere?

It's one thing to buy a completely new box but I just cannot justify having to repurchase the LT.

RS-TX60 crashed ???

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 10:44
Guys, I read through the other thread asking for an image, but I'm still not sure EXACTLY what my issue is.
I haven't used my Toshiba RS-TX60 in a few years and I'm hooking it up now and it's not working.
Trying to get this bad boy up for my son to use.

When it is booting up, it shows the Welcome screen and within 10-15 seconds goes all white.
I left it on for 30 minutes hoping that would change, but it didn't. It's just dead in the water with a white screen.
Both the left and right indicator lights are on steady and never go off.

Is this a HDD failure ?? Is there any steps I missed to fix this besides re-imaging it ??
BTW If it's just a re-image, I saw Pucku hosted the image again, I'd kindly ask to get a PM if that's possible ?? :D

Burn Notice S6EP03 "Under the Gun" 07/13/2012 ***spoilers*** - Getting better!

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 10:38
Susprise! Once Burn Notice shoved Anson, the latest unkillable villain/string puller behind the scenes of the season, the show is getting better!

Episode 1 was barely above dismal. Benn there. Seen that. So Anson gets away - using the same "I have a dead-man detonator" trick we've seen a handful of times already. For that matter, there was lots and lots we'd seen already. You'd think Michael would have figured out a way to stop that trick. How about a radio jammer? (Remember the bomb in the new TV set?)

Episode 2 was still almost a rehash but it had some original moments. Consider that there was almost no reason for Anson to call. "I know where you fiance's killer is" and then they had no trouble finding the killer.

Now Episode 3 has them back on track and has some new angles.
Spoiler: Knowing somebody is supposed to die. I was thinking that Sam might really have been offed this time. Bruce certainly played it like Sam was saying goodbye. It may turn out to be Fiona. See below.

Now look for Rebecca to be added to the team just as Jesse was.


Hey! The Burn Notice graphic novel app is free!

Suits, 2012-Jul-12, "Discovery"

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 10:36
Donna loses her air of perfection. Especially after those comments she made to Harvey earlier, it will be interesting to see how she handles her apparent mistake, since she does not have much experience with making mistakes.

That memo is puzzling. It did not seem to have a From: line (even redacted), the former Coastal Motors employee (Sarah) claims she never wrote a memo, the Coastal Motors CEO (Lawrence) claims he did not know about a memo (although he did turn out to know about the faulty car), and Harvey and Donna were not aware of a memo.

So where did the memo come from? Why was the memo redacted so heavily? I'd think the law firm would get the unredacted memo, and it would only be redacted later if it was evidence in trial. How did Tanner know about the memo? There's still something fishy going on with that memo.