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Re-Name Transfered Show?

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 11:18
There's a weekly show I record that provides no description. (John McLaughlin's one on one, an interview show).

Is there any way to edit the data of a transferred show, using the TiVo Transfer app or other, which would let me add something that would appear when I transfer the show back? All I'd like is to add the guest name to the show description or title. Even if it only appears on my computer, but visible before transfer to TiVo, that would be great.

streaming tivo to computer

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 10:48
i found a script that looks like it should be able to let me stream the tivo to any streaming app or device without the tivo stream unit


i downloaded the mac version of python 3.0 and got syntax error after configuring the script.

i suspect that the print is not valid was that script made on an older version of python.

or does anyone know any better way to stream the tivo to any device without the tivo stream box?

Are the new Premieres Comaptible with U-Verse?

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 10:30
I was helping a friend hook up a new Premiere 4 yesterday and when the setup got to the point where you select your cable company AT&T U-Verse was one of the selections.

I don't recall seeing that as a selection when I set up my Premieres a couple of years ago. If Tivo is not compatible with U-Verse I wonder why they would even list it on the selection menu.

Has something changed I'm not aware of?

Parental Controls Questions

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 10:19
I just switched to a Tivo Premiere from DirecTV. I'm on version 20.2 and using the HD GUIs for now, and had some questions on parental controls.

First here is what I am used to from DirecTV: On the DirecTV DVRs when I start playback I would have to enter my parental control PIN and it would unlock ONLY that show. Alternatively, I could go to a quick menu and unlock everything on the DVR for 4 hours, or turn off control completely. Additionally, by turning off the DVR (like standby really, but easily accessible by the simple off button on the remote) it would automatically relock parental controls if I was in that 4 hour window.

From my time with the Tivo it looks like I can only unlock everything for 4 hours (no option per show) or turn off controls completely through the menus. And the only way to relock during the 4 hours is to goto the menu and turn it back on manually. Any shortcuts that I am missing? This makes me more nervous cause it relies on me to remember to relock. Seems like the DirecTV approach is more foolproof.

issues with movie downloading

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 10:15
Hi folks,

I've been downloading movies using TiVo Desktop for several years, but just recently started having issues. Basically, the movie downloads ok, but when I'm playing it using Windows Media Player, at some point it just stops and shows me that screen Play Again / Go to Library / Play previous List. So it looks like the recording has ended, but in fact it's not. And if I skip that point, it would play till real end just fine.

Now, when I'm trying to play that file in VideoReDo, at this exactly point I get this error: "Video Thread: Invalid file format from external reader".

I have several TiVo boxes and I see that behavior in all of them.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Whitney: Season Two Thread *Spoilers*

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 08:51
Quote: Originally Posted by pmyers (Post 9381444) Just watched the season premier.....was disappointed that it was just more of the same with them possibly breaking up....yet again.

Are we ever going to get past that plot line? Quote: Originally Posted by DevdogAZ (Post 9381518) I didn't think it was the possibly breaking up. I thought it was just them dealing with the realities of relationships: Men and women are different and there will always be problems. How you deal with those problems is the key. And Whitney learned in this episode that she can't always just run away to her friends when there are problems.

Having said that, I'm sure they'll have Whitney doing the same thing again in the future, since that's how sitcoms set up their "situations." Quote: Originally Posted by pmyers (Post 9381542) It's just that it is the same thing almost every episode with her and their relationship.

The episodes I enjoyed the most had nothing to do with that. Quote: Originally Posted by madscientist (Post 9382242) I thought the entire first half of this episode was really stiff and weird. A lot like a pilot, where the actors aren't quite comfortable with each other or their character. But, I did like the second half a lot more. Hopefully Ep 2 picks up there and goes forward. Quote: Originally Posted by That Don Guy (Post 9382266) The one thing that threw me off was, the episode takes place just after the non-wedding, so it's still mid-May in the Whitneyverse, yet there's a reference to Honey Boo Boo, whose series didn't start until August. Quote: Originally Posted by bareyb (Post 9382298) I'm gonna give it a go. SP Set. :) Quote: Originally Posted by YCantAngieRead (Post 9382490) That was disappointing. Quote: Originally Posted by bareyb (Post 9382495) Uh-oh... You're usually my arbiter of good taste when it comes to guilty pleasures... If you don't like it... It's gotta be bad. :D I usually stay neutral in the "Season Long" vs "Episode" Thread discussions, but is there any objection to at least starting a new season thread when it's a new season?


Fringe - Five-Twenty-Ten OAD 11/16/12

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 08:11
Remind me why John Noble doesn't have an Emmy?

As we thought, old megalomaniac Walter is starting to come to the surface, Nina (yay Nina!!!) saw it, we saw it, but more importantly Walter saw it. Noble does a great job turning it on and off with very few words, the opening the safe scene you could see "evil Walter" go away mid-shot.
We got gobs of Walter and William Bell backstory.

Peter is still not 100% getting how "observer power" works, which is nice, but Olivia has to notice soon (as should Anil). Loved the dissolving observers! I'm also still ok with this season's "quest of the week" format.

I'm not sure I can wait 3 weeks without a fix, I'll need to start rewatching some of the previous season episodes with commentaries.

Tivo Desktop & Subtitle's

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 08:02
Just got the 20.2.2 update and noticed that it now will use (.srt) subtitle files if they are there. Is this a new feature or have I missed it all this time? Using Tivo Desktop Pro to transfer shows.

*****Reason found*****************

Looks like I have a program (no idea where it came from) installed called DirectVobSub.
It's grabbing the subtitle file and transcoding it.

Any good standalone dvrs out there?

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 22:58

I realize that I probably shouldn't post this on here, since this is a Tivo discussion forum, but if you could point me in the right direction, I will be on my way and out of your hair!

I was wondering if anyone knows of any good stand alone DVR brands? My only problem with Tivo is that I cannot transfer all of my recordings to my computer. Since there is really no way around this, I've decided to see if there are any DVRs out there that do not have this restriction?

I've heard about a DVR company called Moxi, but after looking at their web page, it seems as if their devices do not connect to the computer in the same way that Tivo does. Of course, please correct me if I misunderstood.

So that does seem like a good option. I've googled stand alone DVRs and what I mostly found where DVR systems for security camera systems.

There has got to be a HD stand alone DVR out there that allows you to transfer all of your recordings to the computer. Does anyone know what the name of the brand is?

Many Thanks, and once again sorry for posting this question on there, I really don't know where else to post.

Malibu Country - Season 1

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 20:36
Reba is great in this as expected but I really love Lily Tomlin. I hope it gets picked up for another season. Anyone else see it?

I'm not a big fan of the kids. I could do without them but apparently every sitcom MUST have teenagers in it. It's the law.

Netflix needs to stop changing resolution

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 18:56
If it needs to pause to buffer or whatever fine. But this constant resolution changing needs to stop.

Last Resort and 666 Park Ave Cancelled

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 18:09
Both will air their 13 episode orders.


Increase storage

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 17:26
I want to either increase the storage on my TIVO HD or find a way to transfer them to my computer and burn to a blue ray burner. I have two choices for increasing storage on the TIVO, add the external drive or increase the size of the internal hard drive. I dont know if a second drive can be added internally or not on a TIVO HD. The other way is to transfer the program to my computer and then find a program that will burn the show to a blue Ray burner in HD. My wife says she needs to get me something for Christmas and is willing to by either a blue Ray burner for the computer or buy an external drive for the TIVO. I need pro's and con's from those of you have increased your storage size.

TiVo AND Comcast?

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 17:11
I currently have a Series3 HD and Comcast. We are only watching in one room. The unit is faulty, will not show any HD.
But I have a Premier unit (new) coming, and my wife wants a tv in her room set up. We previously had a Comcast HD DVR and 3 "satellite" mini boxes.
Will I have to get a main Comcast receiver for her, or will the TiVo with Comcast cablecards in it allow the small satellite receivers to work?
Thanks for any help.


GLEE 11/15/12---Spoilers

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 14:13
After watching this show I cancelled my season pass. I never liked the mean Sue and the way they keep bringing the older grads back into the show has been a real dstraction and I feel has made the show go down hill. I would have preferred to see the two high school students doing the full Grease song and not do a fantasy replacement with Fenn and Rachael doing the singing. I feel that was an insult to the two actors who started singing the song. Once again we havea teacher sleeping with a student. Which is not a good plot line to follow. I realise why it was done but feel it was still in bad taste. Lets get back to what the show was about, A group of HIGH SCHOOL students in a glee club. Every one else leave the set.

Tivo PROM Modification Question

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 13:59
Hello everyone,

I'm new to the DVR community so if you could bare with me, I'd really appreciate it. I've been from a number of people that it is not possible to do a PROM modification on a Tivo Series 4, but then again, I've also heard from some that it is possible. I really dont know what to believe! Anyone know which is true?

Many Thanks,


The Vampire Diaries 11/15/2012 We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 11:24
As much as some of the characters annoy me, I love the fast pace of this show. They don't drag crap out.

Poor April. When is she going to find out her BFF is daggered? And when are they going to un-dagger Rebekah? I miss her!

It was nice to see Katherine, even if she wasn't really there.

I liked Matt's conversation with Damon.

Food Network is terrible now

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 10:04
Just like the demise of MTV and recently ESPN, Food Network is virtually unwatchable.

All they ever show is reality cooking shows, Cupcake wars, restaurant impossible and Chopped.

There is never any actual cooking anymore. I miss the days of Molto Mario, Rachel Ray and Emeril Lagasse actually in a kitchen cooking. Their alternate channel is not in HD so to me I can't look at it.

Thank God for PBS and their cooking shows!

Two Series 2 powering down at same time?

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 09:45
I have two Series 2 TIVOs and I'm having a problem with both of them powering down at the same time. They were hooked up to a UPS, but I disconnected them from the UPS thinking that may the problem, but no luck.
They are hooked up to a power strip, but the TV is not powering down??

Is anyone having the same problem?
Any help?


Using Tivo Premier 4XL tuners with Mini?

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 08:52
I am trying to escape the use of additional cable boxes in secondary bedrooms & was trying to see if the forthcoming Tivo Mini allows the use of the Premier 4XL individual tuners to watch live TV?

In other words, I would be essentially using 1 of the Premier 4XL's tuner to stream & control live TV in a secondary room via the Mini & also watch already recorded content off the hub that is the Premier 4XL.