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OTA signal. Help!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 10:56
I live in new York city, and my OTA setup gets us plenty of viewing options on my TiVo Premiere. But the signal on some channels sucks. I went through a few antennas before I got the RCA indoor that I'm using. (an apartment dweller doesn't have any outdoor options. But some days, the local CBS affiliate looks like when you have a satellite dish in a snowstorm, and it's unwatchable. Some days it's perfect but the NBC affiliate does that. The others are never a problem.

I'm willing to take any advice!


Unable to transfer recordings

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 23:30
I have a Series 2 that I am replacing with a Premiere and I want to transfer saved recordings to the Premiere. The Series2 connects to my network via the Tivo usb wireless adapter. The Premiere is connected to my network via an ethernet cable. All the network settings and Media Access Key are correct.

When I try to connect to transfer I get the error "My Shows could not be displayed because of a network problem". Other than the fact that there is no My Shows on the Series 2 (which is the same as the Series2 'Now Playing List') it should not matter IMO.

What is preventing the systems from talking to each other?

Thanks, Jon

Going from 2 external MOCAs to 1 internal and one external

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 22:12
Hi all,

I have a question regarding the difference between hooking up 2 units with external MOCA adapters versus two units where one has an internal adapter and one has an external adapter. My main concern: is there going to be any difference in the way I hook them up to the network?

More specifically:

Right now I have 2 Tivos - one is an HD and one is an XL. They are both connected to the network via Netgear MOCA adapters. I am going to be replacing the HD with an XL4. The XL4 comes with an internal MOCA adapter. My question is - will this new setup be the same as the old one, or are there any significant differences I should be aware of?

thanks in advance,

Rob from AZ

Channel is temporarily unavailable.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 19:10
The problem as I see it:

This channel is temporarily unavailable.
Press select to try tuning to this channel again.
Contact your cable provider for more information.

My equipment:

TiVo HD, with one multi-stream cable card. 3 years old
Cisco STA1520 Tuning adapter. 1 year old

My service:

Cox San Diego South
Cox Advanced TV
Pretty much all channels they offer but NO premiums (HBO, Showtime etc...)

I get the above message when I'm surfing channels 100 and above.
And I do surf a lot!
It's not always the same channel.
I can be watching it one minute, continue surfing, tune back and it's gone.
Also, I'll be watching a particular channel for an extended period of time and it will just freeze.
Sometimes I can tune away from it, tune back and the problem is solved. But not very often.
Recorded programs never affected. Mostly network stuff. Never in HD.

I apologize if this issue has been addressed in the past.
Just couldn't find it directly relating to my issue.

What's going on?

TiVo? Tuning adapter? Cable Card? Cox? Operator error?

Do some Comcast markets only support 2 tuners with an M-Card?

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 19:02
Hey all, I got a Premiere 4 to replace my Premiere so I can record 4 shows at once instead of 2. I have an M-card which should support it based on all the research I've done including tickets with both Comcast and TiVo.

I won't bore you with the details of the long drawn-out dialogs with both, but in a nutshell, Comcast claims they re-paired to support 4 tuners, and TiVo said they didn't based on a support doc they sent.

I believe the latter. A Comcast rep came out today and said in my area, M-Tuners only support 2 tuners. TiVo support said they have never heard of such a thing - that "quad tuning being supported by Comcast in one area and not the other. That's just simply not true."

I'm in northern Indiana. Have any of you had issues in your area with Comcast only supporting 2 tuners with an M-Card?

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Tivo Premiere HD Recorderfor Sale

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 17:26
I have a new (purchased a couple of months ago and realized it was over 30 days to return at Best Buy)
TiVo® - Premiere High-Definition Digital Video Recorder
Model: TCD746500
SKU: 4960737
Records up to 75 hours of high-definition programming; access to on-demand movies, TV shows, music videos, Web videos and more; controls live TV.

Make me an offer if you are interested.

How would a MoCA setup work for me?

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 17:09

I am considering MoCA to extend my ethernet range, but I'm not sure how the setup would work for me based on the diagrams I've seen. I get how the additional MoCA adapters would be setup, but I'm not clear on the "main" adapter setup.

At my main console, I have the cable modem, the router, and the TiVo XL. From the wall, the coax goes into a splitter, with one side going into the TiVo and one to the cable modem.

The TiVo side goes from the splitter to the tuning adapter to the TiVo.

The modem side goes from the splitter to the modem (duh).

So I am a bit confused, as I have seen diagrams where the MoCA goes between the (in my case) splitter and the tivo, and others where it goes between the splitter and the cable modem. How would I wire up MoCA in my situation, keeping the tuning adapter in mind as well?

Thanks for any help.

Activating for a few months at a time

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 15:34
I picked up several new-old-stock Premieres from Woot!

And am currently using one in "Unknown!" mode up here at the cabin.

I only use this place for a few months a year (November to March) and would like to activate for just those months w/o getting stuck with a year's activation.

Is this possible?

(Already have: lifetime Premiere, lifetime TivoHD, lifetime Series 2, monthly TivoHD at home)

Same Channel - 1 show is fine, the other is pixelated

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 14:21
I have a brand new Premiere XL that was bought for one purpose - recording The Young & The Restless for my wife. This is the only program that will not record so that it is remotely viewable. we tried recording the show right after that one on the same channel and it plays back without any issues.

We do not have cable, so everything is being recorded off an antenna. Haven't had 1 issue with any other recordings, just this one show.

Well that's annoying - Netflix

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:07
So I just got a new TV that supports all the video formats including 1080p/24. I don't like the resolution switch that can happen during some shows so I only enabled 1080i and 1080p on the TiVo. Last night I was watching Netflix and it kept switching between the two causing a brief blank of the audio and video. It was really annoying. Eventually I just went back and turned 1080p off. My question is why would it do that? I have a 30mbps internet connection so I don't think it's a bandwidth problem.


pic post

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 10:06
hmm.. it worked! Now, how do I delete this post?

Trying to register for MFSTOOLS

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 09:39
Need to upgrade HD in a Series3 from the original internal 160GB to an internal 3TB - I can't register for MSF site to unlock the download - is there a trick

Guide data for Virgin Media TiVo

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 03:27
Does anyone know if there is an equivalent TV listing website for the UK Virgin Media TiVo like zap2it.com is for the USA?

I am looking for the Series IDs and Episode IDs of UK only broadcast shows.

Guide data for Virgin Media TiVo

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 03:02
Does anyone know if there is an equivalent TV listing website for the UK Virgin Media TiVo like zap2it.com is for the USA?

I am looking for the Series IDs and Episode IDs of UK only broadcast shows.

finally got my first tivo!

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 23:38
well now that the madness of christmas is over, i finally got my self a tivo

series 3 HD unit, complete stock, not upgraded with a lifetime sub. got it off of ebay.

very excited to get it, is there really anything important i should know other than the usual?

TiVo Premier Clicking problem

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 23:13
I just installed a brand new TiVo Premier and it seems to work great except for one huge problem - it makes a loud annoying clicking sound whenever changing channels, rewinding, fast forwarding or bringing up the TiVo menu. I do not have cable and I use an antenna. Any ideas?

Note that the clicking is coming through the tv speakers. I can prevent the clicking by muting the tv, performing a command (such as switching channels) and then un-muting, but obviously this is a pain.

The TiVo is connected to my Sharp flat screen tv using HDMI. I have never heard my tv make this clicking sound before so I am sure that it's coming from the TiVo.

The clicking problem also occurs when using Hulu and Netflx on the TiVo or when watching recorded shows so I don't think the problem has anything to do with my use of an antenna.

Please help!

[MadisonWI] missing channel (signal lock=yes, program lock=no)

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 22:24
Approximately 2 weeks ago, my Tivo Premiere stopped being able to tune a set of local digital channels received over cable. DVR Diagnostics reports that it can get a signal lock, but no program lock. Channels not tuned are 607 (WKOWDT), 967 (WKOWDT2), 966 (WKOWDT3) in Madison Wisconsin over Charter Cable. These are the digital cable channels of the local ABC affiliate.

When trying to tune to any of these channels Tivo reports "Problem with the signal on this cable channel. Trying again." Have tried waiting, restarting Tivo, and restarting tuning adapter with no success.

All other channels are working fine, and I can receive these 3 channels directly on my TV, so the problem seems to be specific to the Tivo Premiere.

Can anyone else in Madison confirm a similar problem? Any ideas for a solution?

TiVo Premiere struggling to tune 2 channels simultaneously

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 21:21
Hello All,

I had a TiVo Premiere (my first) installed last week and my experience has been a nightmare so far. After resolving some of my issues I'm left with the most puzzling one that no one can seem to resolve: my TiVo is struggling to tune 2 channels simultaneously. There is nothing wrong with the tuners or the channels because I can independently tune any channel on either tuner and it will work. However when I flip to the other tuner, the previously tuned channel is gone and I get either a "not authorized" or "signal problem" error. After flipping around a bit that channel will come in, but then when I flip to the other tuner I get the same message for that channel. Now here comes the real kicker: this problem appears to be dependent on what channels are tuned on each tuner. For example, I can have 623 (TNT) and 681 (ESPN) tuned on both with no issues, but if I flip either to 660 (Travel) and then swap tuners I get an error on both 623 and 681. I've discovered a number of different channel combinations that either work or don't work. As you can imagine, this creates a nightmare when trying to record shows.

Does anybody have any suggestions? I'm puzzled and my cable company is puzzled. I've done multiple restarts. I've had another installer come out and swap cable cards and TiVo's, test the signal, etc. I have RCN in Boston and I'm using a leased RCN-branded box.

TiVo Stream works now, but the streaming part doesn't...

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 19:28
A while ago I posted this thread where I lamented my inability to get my Stream working on my network. Well, to make the long story short, I got bitten by the OpenWRT firmware I was using - I wasn't able to set up the DHCP server on my wireless router to send DHCP leases where the configured default gateway wasn't the router itself. I eventually gave up on that route and configured an ultralight DHCP server on my firewall, and after a few netfilter/iptables rules changes, the Stream grabbed a valid DHCP lease, connected to the TiVo Service and reported via the sysinfo page that it was working normally. A few pokes later and the TiVo apps on my iPhone and iPad were all set.

Now, the problem seems to be that the Stream can't actually stream anything to my iDevices - when I set up the apps the devices complained that the stream test wasn't working, and actually trying to stream something also failed with an error message. Since my original thread was sent I've since divided my LAN so that the wireless side is now isolated from the wired side with an additional NIC in my firewall. I placed the TiVo and the Stream on the wireless side to minimize the firewall changes that I would have to make, so the magical mDNS/multicast-foo that I wrestled with before should be flowing freely around the wireless network. Has anyone else run across this particular streaming problem yet, and if so, how did you fix it?

EDIT: The download functionality appears to be working a little bit, but it is EXTREMELY SLOW. I started a download of a one-hour show to the TiVo app on my iPad and the download is inching along at a snail's pace. I had expected the transcoding and download to go much faster than this; I knew it wouldn't be in one-quarter time, but it appears to be going slower than real-time. A portion of the details from the Clients page says:

Target Bitrate: 1240000
Encoding: 960x540 H.264 High Level 4.1

EDIT 2: Sorry for the forum spam - the problem was that the device's internal clock was wonky and it hadn't completed its first firmware update yet. After forcing a service call and restarting the Stream after it completed a firmware update, the Stream now works perfectly and will stream a 30min show at standard quality in less than 15 minutes!