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pyTivo, mkv and subtitles

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 15:06
I am trying to get some Japanese Anime onto my Tivo that has english subtitles.

When loading the mkv directly to the Tivo, it plays fine, albeit without subtitles.

I have carefuly followed the Kleiman's guide here:

I can play the mkv on my XP PC without issue, it shows subtitles. It plays via/invokes windows media player.

After installing ffdshow I was able to play the .avs file created per the guide. The .avs file in it's entirety contains:
DirectShowSource("T:\torrent-completed\test.mkv", convertfps=true)

When I try to play the avs file (also WMP) however, I do not get subtitles.

Per the guide I tried adding "eng" to the Haali Media Splitter options, but that didn't fix it.

Meanwhile, From the Tivo, I can see the share where the share where the .avs file is located, but it reports "no files".

How can I get the Tivo to "see" the .avs file? What am I missing? What other information can I provide to get help?


Is Anthony Bourdain selling out?

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 12:13
Looks like Anthony Bourdain is joining the ranks of the tv chefs that he mocks so much.

Quote: Some interesting news out of Anthony Bourdain's camp yesterday: The soon-to-be former host of Travel Channel's "No Reservations" is slated to host a reality cooking show with British food personality Nigella Lawson.

Eater reported and confirmed that the show, produced by ABC, will "pit America's most skilled cooks against one another in a show unlike any other." It's the second move of the sort for the acerbic writer and chef, who recently signed a deal for a travel show with CNN. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1573793.html

Trouble Getting Delete Confirmation Dialog

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 12:08
Hi, all!
I'm a recently-returned TiVo user, having finally escaped from DirecTV. My new setup is a single Premiere XL with Comcast service. I switched to SD menus, mainly because I don't like live-tv-PiP, the HD menu clutter and the ads.

In my old Series 2 days, I got in the following habit. After watching a recording, I hit fast forward 2 or 3 times to zoom past credits/commercials to the actual end of the recording. When it hits the end, the video freezes and I get the delete confirmation dialog. I press arrow-up, select to delete the recording, and it returns me to the Now Playing list.

On my Premiere XL, I get the following behavior: FF 2 or 3 times, recording hits the end, the video freezes ... but I don't get the delete confirmation dialog. It sits at the video freeze and does nothing. I can go back into the list of recordings and delete the recording there, but, well, that's not a work-around I like.

I've found that I can get the desired delete confirmation dialog if I do the following: FF 2 or 3 times and hover over the fast-reverse button. When the recording hits the end and freezes, hit fast-reverse to 'slow to single FF'. I have to do that immediately after the video freezes, before the TiVo recognizes the end and switches from FF to pause. If I do that, the recording actually advances through another second or two of video, freezes again, and (tada!) gives me the delete confirmation dialog.

I've searched the board for this problem, but got only false-positives. I may not be using the right search terms. Is this a common problem? Is there a fix, or a better workaround than what I describe? Might this be related to my use of SD menus on top of HD recordings?


TiVo Premiere XL4 MoCA Question

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 09:55
I have a Tivo Premiere XL4 and a TiVo Premiere. If I enable the MoCA bridge feature on the XL4 will I only need 1 MoCA adapter for my other Premiere unit for it to function? I have ethernet connected to my XL4 now but no access to ethernet on my other Premiere and would prefer not to go wireless if possible.


Authorized channel lineup

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 09:30
With the TiVo Premiere, you have the long list of channels that are checked or unchecked to indicate if you receive them or not in your cable package--and if they are skipped or included when you use the channel up/down buttons.

Is there a way to tell the Premiere "If my CableCARD is authorized to receive a channel, check it. If not, uncheck it."

I got the CableCARD working in my brand-new Premiere just yesterday, and the checkbox channel list is not accurate--several channels are unchecked for which we actually _are_ authorized.

Comcast is useless wrt this matter. Their website won't list the channel number lineup for my market (Tallahassee, FL), and the paper channel number lineup I picked up from their office with my CableCARD is not accurate either.

Any thoughts?


FS: TiVo Premiere (R74632) w/TiVo Desktop Plus License Key

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 08:42
Hello All,

I find myself moving to an area where I can't get OTA reception and have no desire to pay for satellite service. Consequently I'm parting with my beloved TiVo; this will be the first time I've gone without TiVo in seven years.

The unit is a base model TiVo Premiere (R74632) that is approximately eight months old. This unit was a new-in-box warranty replacement for my original Premiere that died when the fan failed. It comes with retention pricing at $9.95/mo that TiVo assures me will transfer to a new owner. As an added bonus I have a second remote for it; TiVo told me I could keep the remote from the unit that was replaced under warranty. I'm also tossing in my TiVo Desktop Plus license key. The unit is stock in all respects, I never did any hacking or modifications outside of the 30 second skip cheat code.

Asking $150.00 plus the actual cost of shipping and insurance (if desired). Your choice of shipping carriers (USPS, UPS or Fedex).

Feel free to contact me here or shoot an e-mail to tivo at arpage.org

Series 1 over Vonage

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 07:49
Ok I have a SVR-2000 series 1 tivo, with lifetime, I am trying to get it to update over Vonage (new customer) not even 24 hours of one. I tryed a stanard call failed, try a "#019" says the line is busy and fails. tryed a *99 code failed. any ideas???

thanks Frank

"Opt-Out" privacy status eliminates HD menus

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 03:30
Good day, all.

Two weeks ago, after the recent software update, I decided to try the HD menus. I looked for the HD menu option on my Premiere and was not able to find it. After a session online with CS, I then spent a further hour or so with a phone rep. Neither was able to figure out why I didn't have HD menus, although we went through various hard and soft reboots, repeated guided setup, disconnected everything but the cable feed / network / HDTV cable, and so on. It got kicked up to another support level, they did a software push or two, and still nothing. Another call to CS said they were still looking into it.

Last weekend, I had the thought that there may be some inhibition in the menus due to our privacy status of "Opt-Out", so I called CS and had them change my status to "Opt-In". 15 minutes later, the HD menu option appeared.

Last night, I called and had the status changed back to "Opt-Out". 15 minutes later, the HD menus reset to SD.

Two comments:
1 ) It sure seems foolish that the privacy settings would effect this option.
2 ) It seems stupid that the CS reps don't know that it does.


THR22 Tuner Freeze

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 22:14
Hello, community. :)

I've had a THR22 for 3 days now and the first 2 days had a tuner freeze 2 times. I can't tell which tuner it was because they aren't labeled with the SWM technology and only 1 cable hooked up to the unit.

Anybody else with this issue?

I would like to know if it's a just a fluke with my unit or possibly a more general problem. Since it seems I am the first one to ask about this problem, I have the feeling that it's probably on my side only.

Thank you.

Masterchef season 3

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 20:49
Anybody watching?

Love In The Wild season 2

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 20:45
This show makes me miss Paradise Hotel.

Interesting that last season's couples are still together. How many couples from The Bachelor have stayed together?

More thoughts later.

Swap HD between TCD24008A and 240080?

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 18:02
I am considering picking up a used Lifetimed Tivo to replace my monthly payment.

I currently have a 24008A, with an extra HD added for capacity.

I see a 240080 available. Would this be compatible to swap the extra HD over to the new system and do a reset?

Does Premier XL have less re-boot issues than the Elite/XL4?

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 16:03
Are the premier XL's just as succeptable to the re-boot problem as the Elite/XL4?

I need to upgrade my HD unit which just died, the power won't turn on. I wanted to get another premier or elite. So this a good time. I am just concerned about the issues I keep reading about Elite/XL4 units.

Am I way off base thinking the premier XL is more stable than the Elite/XL4?


Hurricane Hunters

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 14:40
New TWC series "Hurricane Hunters" starts Mon 6/11/12 @ 9/8c.

YAY!, more opportunites for TWC idiots to mis-pronounce Biloxi

Tivo Series 3 with Lifetime subscription $300

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 14:36
Fine cosmetic and working condition. Comes with HDMI cable, remote and power cord. Would like to sell locally in the SF Bay Area if possible. If not, willing to ship.

Thanks for looking.

TivoHD and Skype on XFINITY

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 14:34
I have a TIvoHD with Comcast Cable Cards. All is great.

Ordered the Skype™ on XFINITY® which comes with a camera, a module and some HDMI cables. The module provides pass thru from the TIVO to the TV so that is some one calls, it will alert you during your tv/tivo viewing.

Installed the kit and it worked great.

Upgraded the firmware on the module last night, and it still worked great. Came in this morning and am now getting messages the "HDMI connection not supported" and i get gray screen. The TIVO displays come thru but theTV signal does not.

Reset/Rebooted both boxes and still same issue. booted

Anyone else have any issues with Tivo and Skype on Xfinity.

Bailout time adjust?

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 12:17
I have a standard Tivo HD.
If I'm near the end of a recorded show, and want to switch over to live TV, or anything else, I'm hit with either "Delete now", or "Keep this recording".

It seems to occur with as little 5 mins left. Anybody know a way to adjust this
threshold to more like 30 seconds?


Fast Forward Sale: Elite for $350

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 11:30
Premiere Elite for $350:
Fast Forward Sale

FCC's Online media complaint form against Comcast

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 11:09
I am getting tired of the shenanigans & BS side charges Comcast imposes for additional cable cards for my TiVo. What should be just a straight $1.50 winds up turning into a $10 "outlet fee" and then a $2.50 equipment 'credit' for EACH card. Therefore, the true cost for each cable card is $7.45.

In the end, its bringing the monthly cost of a Tivo (without PLS) up to about the same cost of their crappy DVRs. Maybe its why they are taking advantage of this loophole; have customers pay them more instead of giving money to TiVo, but still a loophole and hopefully can be fixed.

I have gone ahead with this, but if anyone is interested in filing an FCC complaint against Comcast, here is a link to the online form to do it.


Who knows if it will ever truly do anything (probably not), but I have copy/pasted my full complaint into a word document that is saved on my PC and plan to just file this about once per week. Hell, more if possible and time permits