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Are these still "leased", not owned?

Tue, 01/01/2013 - 10:36
The following was quoted form this review on Amazon;
Quote: As I wrote to Erik, I suppose my biggest beef with TiVo (and other DVR services) is that, ten years ago, I paid $400 for a DirecTV/TiVo DVR and I OWNED the machine. I did not have to return it to TiVo, because it was COMPLETELY MY OWN PROPERTY. Now, one still has to fork over roughly the same amount, but the machines are leased (i.e. NOT owned) by the consumer. And although Erik has assured me that, if the machine is replaced and I fulfilled the 1 year service agreement on it, I can "do whatever (I) want with it", he "would like it back" after it is deactivated. I was under the impression that wasn't the case anymore.
Are these still "leased"? If you buy a used 'lifetime' unit, how does that play out?

HD mean time to failure ?

Tue, 01/01/2013 - 09:46
Are there any stats or any ideas on what the average lifetime of a TIVO HD is?

It seems to me that the drive is working extremely hard even when you are just watching a Hi Def channel - given the repeat function.

I know there is a large disparity in lifetimes even for the same model drive, but I am looking for expectations (such as mean time before failure).


GLO Remote Good News and Bad News Vizio

Tue, 01/01/2013 - 09:42
New to Forums, but NOT new to TV. So if I've put this in the wrong place, let me know.

I was able to successfully program my old (a few years old) GLO remote to the Vizio VHT215 sound bar. There have been lots of posts on this issue, as the Vizio uses a non standard 5 digit code that was not supported by just about any other remote. I programmed the Vizio ON/OFF power to the 2nd TV POWER button (hit 1 when setting up the TV Power button), up/down volume, and mute. I will say, it took a few tries, as I was getting 10 quick flashes which indicated a failed program, but after a few tries, one by one I was to get this to work.

However, the bad news to my story is that a NEW (just received) GLO remote will not accept programming for my existing Marantz A/V which the original GLO remote (now dedicated to the other Tivo with the Vizio sound bar) worked perfectly. The question; are there issues with new GLO remotes? All programming appears to be accepted correctly, BUT will not control the A/V receiver. I'm only attempting Power on (withe TV Power button - 2nd device control) and OFF programming the INPUT button, as the Marantz uses two different codes for ON and Off.

I've tried the programming any number of times, and the other remote functions work OK, including CODE entry for the Marantz and Samsung TV, but the training functions do not seem to be working at all.

N30 error, help a noob here :)

Tue, 01/01/2013 - 08:01
Hello, new guy here with a problem. I am on RCN in the Lehigh Valley PA area. I have an HD RCN Tivo premiere Quad in the main TV area and a smaller box that I think they call a "tivo preview"?? in the bedroom. The issue now is with the smaller box. It has an error or it that says "N30, no internet connection" and it also just has a blank screen that says "searching for cable signal".
Both boxes did this yesterday, power cycling the main unit took care of its problem, but power cycling the smaller box did not fix it. What would be my next logical step to fix it? Also, on the smaller unit when I go to "settings" it is asking for a password. I don't ever remember setting up a password for this box. How do I reset that??

Camcorder to TiVo for Swim Analysis

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 22:28
I'm a swimming coach and want to hook my video camera into my TiVo to record swimmers live but have an automatic 30 second loop playback so they can review their technique.

Can anyone help me out with how to get the TiVo to do this and what cables I need?

For Sale: Tivo Series 2 TCD649080

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 21:02
Make an offer. I live in Illinois. Will ship.

Setup Blues

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 20:11
I received a Stream for Christmas and I've been trying to set it up with no luck. I've followed the instructions to plug it in and wait for the solid white LED before firing up the iPad. As soon as I bring up the TiVo app it immediately jumps into TiVo Stream Setup, but Step 1 is all the further I can get. Apparently the stream needs a software update. Although the prompt says it can take up to 20 minutes, it has been running for hours. The blue bar fills up slowly over about 25 minutes and as soon as it reaches the end the bar will backup and start filling again.

I let this run for over an hour the first time and figured it must be stuck, so bailed out of the app and even shutdown the iPad so the app was truly down. I rebooted the Stream and waited for the white LED again. It has been running for over an hour again and just keeps doing the same fill the bar and back it up again and again. Out of boredom I went online to TiVo.com and registered the Stream to my account, hoping that might be causing an issue, but no difference in behavior. Any ideas on what to do?

Just to answer a few questions before they are asked:
  • YES, I have NON-CableCo provided Premieres (An Elite and 2 standard Premieres, unmodified)
  • YES, all of the TiVos are hardwired to the network
  • YES, everything is on the same network segment
  • YES, I have broadband (16Mbps from Comcast)
  • YES, the iPad is fully updated
  • YES, the TiVo App version is the most recent one available on iTunes
  • YES, all of the other functions work correctly on the TiVo app
  • YES, I've rebooted the Stream and the iPad

Tivo changes channel when uning system on

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 19:59
J have tivo elite. I use a Harmony one remote to turn on a Toshiba dlp tv and a Yamaha receiver. When I power up the system the tivo changes to a blank channel. What could be the cause of this?

Amazon movie problem - any ideas?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 19:19
We just rented The Lorax from Amazon on Demand. It was probably 3/4 downloaded and my kids were about 15 min into it when it froze. We tried patience and then all appropriate buttons before giving up and rebooting the box. After the reboot... The Lorax is no longer in the Now Playing list. The blue light is on. But in the To Do list it says the transfer will start after the last transfer completes. We've been like this for about 30 min now. Very frustrating. My 6 year old says "this is probably why the movie only got two and a half stars." :)

Any suggestions? Or do I run out to RedBox to get the movie?

Store Music Directly on TiVo HDD?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 18:55
Is there any way to store music (mp3s) directly on the TiVo's HDD? I have a 1 GB drive on my TiVo HD and it would be wonderful to just have all my music on the drive and dispense with all the network issues.

No audio

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 18:03
I just tried to watch the parking spot ep of big bang, there was no dialog (silent) but the laugh track was at full volume. I know it wasn't the tivos fault was it CBS or my affiliate?

2013 Tournament of Roses Parade

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 17:41
Setting the TiVo for the parade again this year. Ugh, another year 'listening' to Sieglinde gloat about KTLA's coverage.;)

Constant Rebooting - SMART Checks OK > what next ???

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:55
OK...I posted earlier about constant rebooting - start up screen , failure to respond to Kickstart. Hard drive is probably ok, though not sure about corrupted files ???

I removed WD drive, installed in my linux desktop PC and came back with SMART data indicating Good drive, no errors, and ran a scan with no faults. Drive showed 66 interupted power downs.

so....what next ?

Can anyone offer power supply output readings to use as a reference in case the power supply is flaked out ?

No capacitors appear bulged or warped but I have to start somewhere.

I am not inclined to think it is power supply since unit powers on, displays a start up routine, and goes through a self diagnostic loop, (then repeats the loop)

Unable to Delte item in Deleted Shows

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:31
I currently have 2 Tivo units in service specifically an elite unit and a premier on both tivos there is one deleted show in the deleted shows folder that I am unable to delete (different shows on each unit ), when I select the item and subsequently select permanently delete the unit doesn't reject the command but it seems to cycle back to a listing of the deleted items yet the item remains. I have tried restoring the show and re-deleting with the same result. Any ideas ? Txs

Tivo Desktop is SLOOOOW!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:17
Greetings! Long time no post...

I have a couple recordings I want to get off my Tivo Elite XL. So, I fired up Tivo Desktop Plus to go through the process.

That's where the frustration begins.

The application took at least five MINUTES just to open. Then after clicking on "pick recordings to transfer," it took another 5-7 minutes just to give me the list of programs. Then it took another 10-15 minutes before I could even scroll through that list or click on anything. That's where it ends. If I try to actually put a check mark next to a program I want to transfer, the program just hangs there forever, not doing anything.

What's going on? How do I do this?

Find Folder on NAS Drive

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:33
Have Premium XL4 and Seagate Goflex_Home (divided into "x", "y", "Z" folders).
Want to put video files (or jpgs) on NAS for TIVO to play
The TIVO can see the NAS, but I cannot find the "folder" it sees.
Read other threads but they involve TIVO To Go.
Can the TIVO play videos or jpgs directly from the NAS? and where is the "folder" it sees.

Problem - Windows 7 / Media Player - Video playback out of sync with audio

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 11:24
The audio and video playback of many, if not all, of the videos that Tivo Desktop downloads to my Windows 7 PC are out of sync.

I have searched several threads for an 'easy' answer, but I have not found one.

Is there a step-by-step guide to check for mpeg codecs and upgrades?

Is there a better playback application other than windows media player?

I am running Tivo Desktop V2.8.2.

Here are some support details from Windows Media Player:

Video Codecs

Type Name Format Binary Version
ICM Microsoft RLE MRLE msrle32.dll 6.1.7601.17514
ICM Microsoft Video 1 MSVC msvidc32.dll 6.1.7601.17514
ICM Microsoft YUV UYVY msyuv.dll 6.1.7601.17514
ICM Intel IYUV codec IYUV iyuv_32.dll 6.1.7601.17514
ICM Toshiba YUV Codec Y411 tsbyuv.dll 6.1.7601.17514
ICM Cinepak Codec by Radius cvid iccvid.dll
ICM ffdshow Video Codec FFDS
ICM TechSmith Screen Capture Codec tscc tsccvid.dll
ICM DivX® 6.8.3 Codec (8 Logical CPUs) divx divx.dll
ICM Helix YV12 YUV Codec YV12 yv12vfw.dll
DMO G2M Session Decoder G2M4, G2M3 G2M.dll
DMO Mpeg4s Decoder DMO mp4s, MP4S, m4s2, M4S2, MP4V, mp4v, XVID, xvid, DIVX, DX50 mp4sdecd.dll 6.1.7600.16385
DMO WMV Screen decoder DMO MSS1, MSS2 wmvsdecd.dll 6.1.7601.17514
DMO WMVideo Decoder DMO WMV1, WMV2, WMV3, WMVA, WVC1, WMVP, WVP2 wmvdecod.dll 6.1.7601.17514
DMO Mpeg43 Decoder DMO mp43, MP43 mp43decd.dll 6.1.7600.16385
DMO Mpeg4 Decoder DMO MPG4, mpg4, mp42, MP42 mpg4decd.dll 6.1.7600.16385
MPEG/DVD Filters

Type Name Binary Version
video ffdshow Video Decoder ffdshow.ax 1.1.3984.0
video MainConcept MPEG-2 Video Decoder mc_dec_mp2v_ds.ax
video DScaler Mpeg2 Video Decoder MpegVideo.dll
video Microsoft DTV-DVD Video Decoder msmpeg2vdec.dll 6.1.7140.0
audio AC3Filter ac3filter.ax
audio ffdshow Audio Decoder ffdshow.ax 1.1.3984.0
audio DScaler Audio Decoder MpegAudio.dll
audio Nero Digital Audio Decoder NeAudio.ax
audio MainConcept Layer II Audio Decoder mc_dec_mpa_ds.ax
audio Microsoft DTV-DVD Audio Decoder msmpeg2adec.dll 6.1.7140.0

Amazon HD Content

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 11:14
I have been downloading SD movies and TV shows to my Premiere XL, but have run into a problem getting HD content. When I go to download I get a message saying sending the SD version. Both Tivos are registered, both are on the Amazon list of HD compatible devices, both have been restarted. Still no luck. Did a search but found nothing on the problem.

Anyone have a suggestion?

Premiere Reboot Stuck - Drive Fail ???

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 10:44
While my suspicions are bad hard drive, I am looking for recovery suggestions and I am surprised unit would fail this soon.

Bought a used Premier, unit is less than 18months old based on hard drive manufacture date.

After a recent power outage, unit is stuck in a reboot loop, and will not respond to Kickstart codes of any kind. Other forums advise replace drive.

I am hoping the brighter minds of this forum can offer suggestions for reviving a drive which is only 18months old. I've already tried the typical PC hard drive failure steps. Disconnect, pat gently, pat a little harder. Considering a deep freeze which has been known to break a hard drive spindle free.

Any other suggestions....and is hard drive failure less than two years part of the MTBF ...

Has anyone with early hard drive failure been able to get WesternDigital to provide a replacement drive ? Most have a three year warranty.

brief A/V dropouts over HDMI

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 10:24
This is a little different from some of the other dropouts I've seen in searching. The integrity of the program itself is fine, but the picture/sound will cut out for brief and random periods of only a couple seconds. Sometimes it doesn't happen for hours and other times it will happen 3 or 4 times in a row. If I rewind the program and watch the same bit again, it's fine. I have no issues with other HDMI devices connected through the same receiver, so I don't believe it to be an issue with the other components. Also, this is something that has started in the last year or so and seems to occur with increasing frequency. I'm wondering if it could a power supply issue?

Model: TCD652160