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Sat, 09/29/2012 - 15:54
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Is TiVo activation even needed during this scheduled maintenance?

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 15:54
Hello! I just bought a Premiere XL4 and am going out of town tomorrow but am facing the fact that there is a scheduled maintenance and can't activate. The TiVo seems to have downloaded enough guide data to last while I'm out of town, but is this normal? I thought it wouldn't work unless activated. Maybe TiVo is allowing it initially since it's a new device AND there's a scheduled outage? I just want to make sure I get back from my trip and everything I set to record actually does.


android tablet app search does not include hulu?

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 15:36
On. The TiVo it of course does... but on the app only amazon and Netflix... any fix?

iHeart Radio festival 2012 concert on CW - Monday, 10/1

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 15:02
CW Network to air the iHeart Radio 2012 Festival (or at least highlights from same) on Monday, 10/1/2012.

The article mentions the meltdown from Greenday lead: Billie Joe Armstrong though I'm pretty confident that would be heavily edited in the televised version of the show (especially given the language that he used).

Airtime is 8pm in the east. Check your guide for more information and all that jazz.

kmttg audio sync problems ?

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 14:47
Has anyone run into problems with audio being out of sync on mpg files derived from .tivo files ?


off-the-shelf replacement drive ?

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 13:49
Can I buy a TIVO drive (same as stock size) to just replace my current internal drive ? I don't want to be bothered with prep and cloning. I just want to remove the old drive and screw in the new one. I don't need to save any shows. Can this be done ? Where can I find one ?

Guide data appears wrong for a number of channels

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 11:39
I'm seeing discrepancies between TiVo's guide data and that of Zap2It TV for a number of channels as of October 1. Channels I've noticed with screwy data are:
Cartoon Network
Comedy Central

There might be others, but that's ones I've noticed. Problems I've seen are:

1. Guide data simply being wrong, where the wrong show is shown airing at the wrong time.
2. Guide data shows the correct show at the correct time, but there is no detailed program description so it just shows generic data.

As such shows are getting scheduled at the wrong times in addition all airings of a show being aired.

For example, I have a season pass for Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network. Compare TiVo's listings to Zap2It's listings.

Basically it looks like TiVo's guide data is wrong or not updating for some cable channels.

TiVo guide data problems (showing generic and also wrong at times)

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 11:29
I'm noticing a large number of programs scheduled to record in my To Do list that have generic guide data, so they are scheduled to record. This mainly seems to be cable channels like Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network.

When I checked TiVo's web site, the guide data matched what I saw on my TiVos, but when it does not match Zap2It TV. Usually they are identical, but starting 10/2 they no longer match.

For example, here's Cartoon Network's MAD in the TiVo scheduled and here it is on Zap2It TV. Notice that Zap2It actually shows episode titles and TiVo does not. Not only that, but TiVo has a 6:30 AM daily airing which isn't in the Zap2It listings (it shows another program airing at that time).

Here's The Daily Show at TiVo's site and at Zap2It's site. TiVo correctly identifies which episodes are repeats but doesn't show who the guests are. Zap2It shows the guest info.

Other channels like Fox, Discovery and NBC are fine.

It's like TiVo's guide data is out of date or corrupted for certain channels or something.

Anyone else seeing this?

newflix no sound NOT HDMI

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 10:01
I am having a problem similar to others where my Netflix on my premiere will play video but not audio. I am using composite video and regular stereo audio on an old Sony Wega. I noticed the problem probably a week or so ago, but only remembered I wanted to figure it out when I tried to use it this morning and it was still not working. I can watch the same titles through my wii on my other TV and they work just fine, so the problem appears to be in the Tivo. The only posts I see reporting a similar problem are related to audio receivers or HDMI, and I am using neither. In fact, I am rather backwards - my SD wii is on my HD living room TV and my premiere is on my old SD bedroom TV -- specifically because the wii is played by the kids and I wanted Netflix in the bedroom. Rather frustrating, because the premiere would be in the living room if the series2 could do Netflix, but that's a different story. :)

Any ideas about the audio issue? It's clearly not any protocol or DRM type thing, because this is plain old analog audio. Tivo sound effects are working fine, and audio on TV recordings is working fine, though I recall my wife saying she had tried to watch a show and there was no sound, so now I'm wondering if there was no sound recorded or if the problem intermittently pops up on recordings as well.

Premiere Remote - Control 2 devices?

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 09:19
I swear I've seen an SPS code mentioned here, but I cannot find via search.

It is possible to use the TiVo Premier remote to control 2 devices? In this case I have "learned" the TiVo remote to control my AppleTV (on Input#2) - but I am sure that I am still driving my TiVo XL4 (on Input#1) in the background

I know my old TiVo remote would permit selection (1-2) via the slide switch to control my S3 and S2 devices residing in the same AV cabinet.

Is this possible on the TiVo XL4 remote??


Tivo Stream Problem: DVR Has Lost Connectivity

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 07:37
Hello! I got my Tivo Stream the other day and happily set it up. I have it plugged into a Cisco E2000 Wireless-N router and my Tivo Premiere XL4 is plugged into the same router. Everything works fine...EXCEPT...I randomly get an error that the "DVR has lost connectivity" when streaming a show. Even when this happens, the stream continues to play but I can't get rid of the error message unless I click on "Try Again", at which point it "reboots" the Tivo App.

Here is a video to illustrate: [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRlO7HD2zsc&feature=g-upl[/media]

I have a feeling this is an issue on my XL4 and not on the iPad App or the Stream, but here is the troubleshooting I have done so far based on various searches I did on this forum and Google:

1. Made sure I was on latest updated version of Tivo App and the Tivo Premiere software
2. Replaced Ethernet cable on XL4
3. Replaced Router (I started with a Linksys router and replaced it with the Cisco E2000)
4. Changed IP address on XL4 from DHCP to Static IP and made sure there was no conflict
5. Turned off Bluetooth on iPad

The annoying thing about this problem is that it happens randomly and you can't get rid of the error message without it restarting the stream. It appears my wireless is fine because it continues to stream even with the error message on the screen. My best guess is that because the XL4 "calls home" on random intervals, and on a situation where it is calling home and for whatever reason it can't communicate with the mothership while you are streaming, you get this error. Why would that matter to you while you are streaming if all of your LAN connections are fine and it just had some transient Internet connectivity issue?

I think the Tivo App should ignore this error or at least give you the option to close that error message window and continue to stream...

Any suggestions on what else I can do?


I Hate The New Youtube App

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 05:30
I HATE THE NEW YOUTUBE APP, it's unusable.

It makes me feel stupid that I don't know how to use it, maybe I am stupid...

I'm taking my stupid money somewhere else.

The Office 9/27/12

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 04:26
After the premiere, this episode wasn't quite as good. On the plus side, I didn't hate Nelly's storyline for once.

I wish I could say the same for the Erin/Plop storyline. I know the writers have made Erin stupid, but we know that Andy is relatively intelligent. I didn't get that story at all. It was funny as a joke, but not funny as a full storyline.

The Office has always specialized in cringe humor, but the current Jim/Pam story is really making me cringe. I don't like it at all. Jim taking the job without telling Pam is very un-Jim, and having Pam now know that Jim is hiding something does not make me happy. I hope they wrap that plot up quickly.

qam on series2

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 03:35
i recently decided to cut off my cable. hoping to save money. i want to get my local channels but it seems that i am out of range for over the air. i have a qam tuner on my tv and knology is the local cable provider. is the any way to get the qam channels on my tivo?

RIP Michael O'Hare (Babylon 5)

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 22:37
Babylon 5 loses another one. :(

From JMS's FB page:

Quote: I regret that I must convey the sad news that Michael O'Hare passed away today. He suffered a heart attack on Sunday and was in a coma until his passing this afternoon. This is a terrible loss for all B5 fans and everyone involved with the show wishes to convey their condolences to the O'Hare family. He was an amazing man. Greg

Big Bang Theory 9/27/12 "The Date Night Variable"

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 22:17
Man I enjoy this show. I'm glad it's back.

My heart about stopped during Sheldon's speech. I was hoping they were taking him in a more serious direction. But what happened was both slightly disappointing and hilariously predictable. :)

And I continue to assert that Simon Helberg is HOT. HOOOOTTTT.

I'm almost at the place where I don't even care about Leonard and/or Penny any more. I was almost disappoined when they'd cut to their story.

Fringe 9/28/12

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 21:31

That was great.
The last scene with Walter listening to Yazoo and the single flower growing in the asphalt.

*sigh* only 12 left.

tivo broke and lit up like a christmas tree

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 19:10
our tivo is showing a blue light on top of a red light on the right hand side of the front display. it is not doing anything. no welcome screen no nothing. earilier it worked for an hour or so, long enough to watch a movie from our previously recorded. at the end of the movie it froze and has displayed the lights on the front and nothing on the tv screen. anyone have any ideas?

Best handbrake settings for Tivo?

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 18:25
Anybody here know the best GUI settings for Handbrake/Tivo Premiere?

I have several recordings that I am working with. I started by editing them with Video Redo to strip out some unwanted content. The output files are basic Mpeg files.

I would like to use Handbrake to convert these mpeg files to .264 Mp4 files.

After I convert them to .264, then I would like to transfer them back onto the Premiere and play them.

I have tested this a bit. The h.264 output video files play smooth and good on the Tivo premiere. The sound also works just fine.

However...... there seems to be some sort of issue with the frame size. That is, when I load the .264 files onto the Premiere, some unwanted black bars are showing up on the sides. What can I do to make the black bars go away? I want the video to fill up the whole screen.

FYI...... the source files that I am working with are standard def. The original frame size is 528x480.