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Glee "The Break Up" (10/4/2012, Spoilers)

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 21:42
First, I'll get my complaint with this episode out of the way: yet again, this show's inability to edit itself reared it's ugly head. This episode had more than enough material with the drama surrounding the four couples. We did NOT need the extra bit with Kitty and her "left behind" club, nor did we need to mix in the Jake/Kitty/Marley triangle.

Because we spent what seemed like unnecessary time on those three, the issues with Will and Emma felt almost like an afterthought, almost tacked onto this episode. I was definitely left with the impression that they're done - but not a clear understanding of why. They had one short fight, and what seemed like almost a fairy tale relationship last season is possibly over? Seemed a bit implausible that things turn that quickly.

The evolution of the other relationships, though, shouldn't take anyone by surprise. Well, I take that back - I was actually a bit surprised at how hard Rachel fought to keep her relationship with Finn alive. I figured it'd be the other way around, somehow. But yeah, I am not surprised in the least to see all three ("Finchel," "Brittana," and "Klaine") ended. (Although, it is awfully coincidental that all ended at the exact same time, so they can all be included in an episode named "The Break Up." ;))

Now, I'm guessing that not all of these breakups will stick. It's not dramatic to have stuff just... end. I'm wondering now which will end up getting back together.

As an aside, it must be nice for all these characters to have the kind of money to get last minute tickets to fly back and forth across the country. ;)

Premiere 4XL HDMI not working

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 20:42
Just replaced my series 3 HD with a 4XL. Nothing changed other than that. Installation and cable card setup went flawless.

Main problem is I have no HDMI now. No signal is detected by my Sony Bravia tv whatsoever at any time including during the boot up process of the 4XL.

Tried two HDMI cables that both work fine with my Sony blue ray player.

Any ideas?

TIVOHD Light on to the right of power lite then a reboot???

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 20:27
I have one of my 3 THD's acting funny. It works fine. Records and plays shows without an issue...usually.

I notice that if we are up late...like 1-2 AM a light comes on a little to the right of the power light...not sure exactly which one...and if we are watching something that late, then I get a reboot! It looks like it went to a Discovery Channel HD, but I am NOT recording anything at that time. It looks like it is getting advertisements or something. This is a Pain as I have to wait for the LONG reboot process before I can return to the show. Also, since it rebooted, I can not resume play as it did not leave a marker.

This happened last night as we watched the debate. Anyone know what it is getting and why the reboot?

Dead Tivo HD - Swap PSU from Premiere?

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 19:38
Yesterday morning I saw a spark coming from the back of my THD with Lifetime (not sure what the cause was) and it seems to have taken out the picture tube of my TV as well as the video card to my computer since they were all connected via hdmi cables. As it stands the THD won't power on at all so I'm hoping that it's just the power supply that's fried and not the motherboard but I won't know for sure. I tried looking at the capacitors but I can't tell if anything is wrong. I do have a spare Premiere unit that I was considering using for parts to replace the power supply but I couldn't see any threads saying if the Premiere's power supply was compatible or not. Thanks for the help.
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'Hunted' - New BBC/Cinemax Drama from the creators of 'Spooks'

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 18:36
I also posted this in the U.K. forum as a heads up for the people in the U.K.




Quote: Melissa George plays Sam Hunter, a highly skilled operative for an elite private intelligence firm, who survives an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team. Once she returns to the firm, she performs her secretive duties without knowing who to trust and who wants her dead. Just a FYI,

New drama has started airing on BBC1 in the U.K. From what I understand it's from the people who created 'Spooks' ('MI-5' in the States).

It's going to start airing here in States on 'Cinemax' on Oct. 19.

The first episode has already aired in the U.K. and is available by magical means.

TiVo on FiOS - Q&A

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 16:58
There is another thread about this but it's also five years old, so I am going ask some questions I have that need to ask to get current information on.

The background: Live north of Tampa and have FiOS with a FiOS DVR. It's okay but periodically drops series from the recording schedule for no apparent reason. We had a TiVO powered DVR through Direct TV and my since my wife manages the recording schedules, etc I am immediately informed of the malfunction and how much the TiVO is missed.

So the questions I have are as follow that relate specifically to TiVO Primiere 4 tuner models on FiOS.

1) Which cable cards should I insist that verizon provide? We are HBO subscribers too if that matters.

2) Do the TiVo Premiere DVR have something along the line of an "app store" where specific apps can be downloaded?

3) Since we have a multi room DVR we will require one of the multi room devices. Is there a specific model/firmware version that works best or a minimum or these devices?

4) Can a TiVO see a Serviio media server? (We are a linux house)

5) What are the other caveats I need to know about with TiVo's on FiOS?


Actiontec Ethernet Over Coax MoCA Adapter

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 16:10
I am thinking about the purchase of the 500 mb $150 Premiere box and a Actiontec Ethernet Over Coax MoCA Adapter.

Three questions:

Will on Actiontec Ethernet Over Coax MoCA Adapter be all I need or do I need a pair?

With an internet connection does the Tivo Premiere still need a phone line connection?

Is there a chance that an Iomega eSATA external 1 TB drive that I purchased to expand a SA Explorer 8300HD from Comcast (and can not get to work) will work with the Tivo Premiere?

Newer TiVo OS into Older Tivo?

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 15:59
So I have a dead hard drive in my S2DT, and at the same time, I was thinking of getting a bigger HDD for my Premiere.

So I'm wondering what would happen if I just took my current Premiere drive, install it into the S2, then get a new larger drive for the Premiere?

Am I playing with fire? Would there be serious problems, or irreparable damage done to hardware?

pod cast video clips stutters?

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 14:30
Starting about a week ago, all the cnet video podcast have serious black-outs, and lip sync problems when viewed on my tivo series 3. There is no tearing or pixelation. The problem seems to occur at video transitions, so the entire cnet logo clip always play fine.

Any idea what's going wrong? TV programming records and plays fine. At first I thought it's a cnet problem, but certainly they're not going to let this go on for more than a week. Plus, I went to their web site and their video podcast plays fine there.

PY Tivo help

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 14:13
Had to reinstall Windows and trying to re-set up pytivo.

It has been a long time since last install and I forgot the struggle it was (for me anyway).

I have the pytivo server running (in the command line box, I start it when needed and don't run it as a service).

I am also able to see the pytivo control "page" at localhost 9032, which has the Web configuration, to go, and Video Shares/My videos selections.

I have put a video into my videos folder, and pytivo sees it. pytivo also sees both of my tivo boxes on my network.

My problem is that pytivo will not send the video file to my tivo box. when I press the "send to tivo" button, I get the following error text:

No option 'tivo_username' in section: 'Server'

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "C:\Program Files\pyTivo\plugins\video\video.py", line 341, in Push
m = mind.getMind()
File "C:\Program Files\pyTivo\mind.py", line 285, in getMind
username = config.getTivoUsername()
File "C:\Program Files\pyTivo\config.py", line 62, in getTivoUsername
return config.get('Server', 'tivo_username')
File "C:\Python26\lib\ConfigParser.py", line 541, in get
raise NoOptionError(option, section)
NoOptionError: No option 'tivo_username' in section: 'Server'

I'm thinking I have failed to configure something properly. When I read the read me notes I come across mention of the creation of a file called pytivo.conf. This file is not in my installation folder, although there is a pytivo.conf.dist file. So I created this file by making a copy and then renaming the pytivo.conf.dist. I moved this file into the program files and thought I had done something right because a "my movies" was now listed on the configuration page, but then clicking on my movies or my videos got a failed to connect screen.

Anyway, that's where I stand. I would appreciate anyones help with this that has a better understanding of setting up pyTivo than myself.


Expander and failing disk upgrade, how?

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 13:16
I am about to upgrade my Tivo to a 1.5TB hard drive. I need to do it because my Tivo drive (inside the box) is failing. Yes, I tested the HD. The Tivo als has a 1/2TB expander.

I want to save the shows. I know if I have one drive I could (reimage) backup and restore the information on the new drive. Is it possible to do with a 2 drive system?? If Yes, how?

Tivo Questions

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 13:06
We have three locations we spend time at. At each location we have a cable company provided DVR. We are currently in SW Florida with Comcast and an Explorer 8300HD DVR which my wife is very unhappy with (too little room to store her TV programs). I tried adding an external drive to the DVR but it did not work. I was thinking perhaps a Tivo with a Comcast cable card might be more practical. But I have some questions.....

Is the Tivo member/subscription married to the Tivo box? In other words could we carry the Tivo to another location, hook it up with the appropriate cable card and be up and running with the same membership?

Do any of the newer Tivo DVR's have a built in wireless connection?

Can I assume that Comcast in Florida, Time Warner in SC and Optimum in NJ will be able to provide cable cards that will work with one of the newer Tivo's?

Stream Set Up Question

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 13:04
I have DSL so the cable coming into the room where my router (airport) is, is going directly to a tv.

Question 1. Can I use a splitter, split the cable signal there and put one part to the tv and one part on the MoCa adapter, and then connect the MoCa adapter to my Router? (of course adding a MoCa adapter at the TiVo end as well)

Question 2 - Could I instead use a Actiontec - 500 Mbps Powerline Home Theater Network Adapter Kit, http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Actionte...MBPS&cp=1&lp=5

that would create an ethernet jack right by my Tivo?
Has anyone done this??

How the States Got Their Shapes

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 13:01
This show has been moved to H2 from History Channel. I conclude this because, while the new episodes do appear on HC, they are delayed, are at odd times, and show up as reruns according to TiVo. The H2 episodes are at standard times (8 & 8:30 Eastern/7 & 7:30 C&M on Saturday) and show up as new.

New episodes have been broadcast as of 9/29/12, but you can still catch them if you record tonight.

EW Article: When is it okay to reveal a spoiler?

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:18
Interesting article discussing when it is okay to reveal a spoiler.


It mentions Kurt Sutter of SOA releasing a spoiler while speaking about an actor's death in real life:

Quote: The Sutter post was an extreme case. I couldn’t imagine writing the headline “Sons of Anarchy Creator Reacts to Actor’s Death — Spoiler Alert!” That would be tacky, to say the least. I could have noted the spoiler was coming in the story’s body text and perhaps should have — it just wasn’t on my mind given the seriousness of the context. Discuss!

Problem with the Find Programs->Tivo Suggestions menu

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:18
I have a brand new TiVo Premiere XL4. When I go to the Find Programs->TiVo suggestions menu the menu items, show name, day and date are jumping around the screen. Anyone old enough, it looks like the vertical hold is shot and its rolling really fast. It's just the menu, the area around the menu including the TiVo icon are fine.

It started out that I could go to the menu and it was fine but when I scrolled up or down the bad behavior started. Now the bad behavior is in place when I go to the menu. I can select an item, which item seems to be up in the air and the program info is displayed fine. I go back to the menu and it's still messed up.

When I first got the system the menu seemed fine but then I had a little adventure. Because my privacy status is opt-out I started out with the standard def menus. I changed, temporarily, to opt-default so I could try the HD menus. Hated them, but that again is another story. Went back standard def menus and opt-out. When I went back to SD menus is when the bad behavior started. I suspect, and this is a wild guess, that TiVo HD menus left a bit of cruft on my system when I turned it off.

Has anyone seen this kind of behavior? Any suggestions for fixing it. With a new TiVo I tend to use this menu a lot to thumb things up and down to get the system up to speed on what I like. I've tried forcing a reconnect to TiVo and restarting the system. I've restarted the system a number of times in fact after trying a series of increasingly unlike fixes all which have not worked.

Thank you.

Survivor 10/3/12

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 08:45
I think getting rid of Angie was the right move, but Russell is really not very good at challenges either.

Xfinity Xbox360 OnDemand app with cable cards only

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 08:06
I currently have Comcast TV service with two TiVo Premieres that have cable cards. Due to silly charges by Comcast, I wound up turning in my one and only digital box (Scientific Atlanta 2200) in order to avoid the $10/month charge Comcast was imposing. It was an SD box and I wasn't using it much anyway.

The only advantage of having it was being able to access OnDemand content (in SD), but I didn't watch much of that anyway so I just turned it in.

Well, I'm thinking of possibly getting an Xbox360 in the near future. I see that Comcast allows you to use it to access their OnDemand content. Therefore, I thought I might do this and gain back access to OnDemand.

I am also aware that an XBox live gold subscription of some kind is needed. I have seen it offered for as low as about $4/month so it might be worth getting.

A few questions though. Will the OnDemand material through the Xbox360 be in HD? Also, I have been informed on another forum that at least one digital box is needed in order to use the Xfinity OnDemand app on an Xbox360. However, Comcast's own site states that a "Comcast set top box or Cable Card" is needed. I am subscribed to an eligible TV package too (Comcast "preferred") so can anybody verify if I can have just my 2 cable cards and still be able to use the Xbox360 to access OnDemand material?

Here is what the Comcast FAQ page stats about it:


(2nd question down)
Q: Do I need the Comcast set top box connected to the TV along with the Xbox 360?
A: No, the Xbox 360 running our XFINITY TV App essentially acts as an additional cable box for your existing cable service, but you must subscribe to XFINITY TV with On Demand, which means that you will have a Comcast set top box or Cable Card connected to at least one TV in your home.

Now, it is also debatable & questionable when they say "you must subscribe to XFINITY TV with On Demand". Technically, this isn't done with my cable cards. Or does that simply mean I have to be in an eligible TV package (which I am) even if I don't truly get it at home and/or currently have the needed hardware? Not sure.

Ultimately, I'd love to just see the Xfinity OnDemand feature come to my Premieres for my area (Atlanta) like they are SLOWLY coming out in other markets, but who knows when that will actually happen.

How do Premieres stream to each other?

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 07:53
I just added an XL4 to my network so I can now stream between my XL and XL4. While setting up the XL4, I had an interesting discussion with the Brighthouse reps helping with the Tuning Adapter/Cable Card install. When they heard I'd be streaming between the two, they insisted that I needed a filter on the coax leading to my house so that the streaming wouldn't go out to the neighborhood. I explained that my understanding was that the streaming was done via my ethernet network, but they insisted it was done through the coax.

Given that I see increased network traffic when I'm streaming, I'm pretty certain they're wrong, but thought I'd check here.

Desired Feature: Season Passes

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 07:33
I didn't see a thread yet for desired features for the Stream. I'd love to be able to set up "season passes," so that I could automatically download specific shows to my iPhone as soon as they record. I move the same 2 shows every morning onto my iPhone, it would be nice to automate the task and wake up in the morning with the shows already on my phone.