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installing cisco digital transport adapters

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 18:22
I'm trying to hook up my Cisco DTA 170HD to my Tivo Premier. Have a Sony home theater receiver. Cable provider is Time Warner who's tech support has been no help.

I understand TV coax goes to DTA 'cable in' and Cisco-supplied coax goes from DTA 'to TV' back to Tivo.

This DTA has one HDMI port and that's where I'm confused and so is TWC. How do I link HDMI to Tivo? TV HDMI is routed to receiver and receiver has HDMI tie to Tivo at present.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

channels pixelated

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 17:55
I've got about 20 or so channels that are pixelated (Time Warner), pretty badly, most of them won't stay tuned in for very long, and end up going to a black screen.

I've connected the coax directly to the TiVo (skipping the tuning adaptor, as well as removing the cable card), and the channels come in excellent (aside from the few that can't tune, due to no cable card being present).

Once I re-connect the TA the channels still work fine, however when I put the cable card back in, they start to go all wonky (digitized, sound like robots talking, etc).

I'm guessing this has to be (or could be?) something related to the cable card, since the channels work fine, up until I put the cable card back in.

The signals on the channels are all erratic and go from 0-24-70 and anything in between - all other channels work flawlessly. It's channels in the "lower" range of channels, starting at 33, all the way up to 502 (certain channels in this range work, so its not a very large number of channels), but it is for example SpikeTV (which is on 36, as well as 216). The HD channel (1216) of SpikeTV works fine, but the other 2 "alternative" channels of it, are all digitized.

I'm trying to get an idea of what it may be, before calling Time Warner, since they don't seem to have very many folks familiar with TiVo's in my area, and if it ultimately could be the cable card (again, I have no idea, since I'm pretty new to all of this), then I can just go get another one (provided it doesn't fail the firmware update, as the last two we tried did, so we ended up going back to the one that was working previously, but has/had the issue with these 20 or so channels).

So, any ideas, or suggestions of what I can say, or try?

Thank you.

"This program was not recorded because it was no longer in the program guide."

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 17:44
A couple weeks ago, I added a season pass for The Joe Schmo Show. It recorded the first show successfully, but I decided to let it queue up several episodes before watching it.

Today, I decided to watch them. Unfortunately, I still have only that first recorded episode. My recording history does list the subsequent episodes, but it lists them as Not Recorded with the following reason:

"This program was not recorded because it was no longer in the program guide."

What happened here? This was on Spike TV. There have been no lineup changes related to this channel. Unfortunately, the episodes are not scheduled to re-air so I've blown the season.

Bringing up the season pass shows two episodes scheduled to record in the next couple weeks (with the double checkmark), but so did the ones that didn't record. I guess I'll wait and see what happens with them.

Problem with premium channels & Tivo Premiere w/cablecard

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 17:14
I have the tivo premiere using the comcast cablecard. The tivo is just a couple of months old. All channels work fine except HBO and Showtime and I get a "not authorized to receive this channel" on the screen.

I have had comcast tech out and they have tried a few other cablecard they are telling me there is a problem with my tivo. Again all other channels work find except the two premium channels which I have confirmed with comcast I should be receiving.


Urgent QAM question.

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 16:05
Hi - I'm in the Milwaukee, WI area and I've been banging my head against the wall for a long time now on this problem. Now it's Superbowl Eve and the day of reckoning is here. I don't watch a lot of TV but I have a 32" Emerson LCD from Walmart and projector in my basement/media room. I had an ATSC tuner hooked up via antenna to the projector at a previous residence with no problems getting local OTA channels.

When I moved to my new residence I couldn't get the same channels since there is no attic antenna. My cheap LCD TV with QAM (I believe) tuner works fine with local channels plugged into the wall cable but my tuner got nothing. So I just ran to the store to get a TiVo Premiere w/ QAM tuner and prep for the game. It STILL gets nothing. During channel search it claims to come up with 222 channels, but none of the resulting channels end up with any signal. 106-[5-100ish] have full signal but are blank - encrypted I guess. I've tried to look up Milwaukee area Time Warner channel mappings but no manually entered channel seems to show anything.

The cheapo LCD TV after channel scan in Cable mode manages to map local channels as expected (4-1, 4-2, 24-1, etc.) with NO CABLE CARD but no tuner I try can show anything including my brand new TiVo. I've traced the cable and tested it at both locations with the 32" TV. It's fine.

Can anybody help? I'm on about 20 hours working on this now...

HD to Premiere Transfer Over MoCA

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 13:58
I just upgraded to a Premiere 4 and it came with a MoCA adapter so I thought I'd give it a go to see if transfers were faster to my other unit which is a TiVo HD which usually transfers quite slow over wired internet for hd content.

I got everything set up properly and was able to transfer from the Premiere to the HD over MoCA, but the speed didn't seem any faster. If anything, I would say it was only marginally faster, but seemed more even with no random starts and stops which is very common.

My main question is: Is the slow transfer speed due to the HD hardware or a bottleneck in my network? Has anyone here had experience with transfers between two HD's or between a Premiere and an HD? Is the transfer between two Premieres any faster?

What I mean by "slow" is that high def content barely transfers faster than realtime. I do have a fairly complicated network with a couple of switches, but I don't notice any speed issues except when transferring hd shows from TiVo to TiVo.

Program is in Guide - Not in Search Results - Can't Get Season Pass

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 12:15
As a Survivor fan, I have been waiting for my TiVo to get to the point where I can set up a season pass for the next season which starts on Wednesday, 2/13.

When I saw that the guide went past 2/13 I did a search, but the new Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites did not come up. I re-checked the program guide for 2/13 and sure enough it was listed. I manually set the TiVo to record the program.

Once it was in my To Do list, I tried to set up a season pass. When I selected the Get Season Pass option it looped back to the same screen without allowing to to create a season pass.

Any ideas?

Spartacus:War of the Damned S3E02 ""Wolves at the Gate"" 2/1/13

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 11:34
Good episode, I was surprised by Spartacus twice in this episode:

1. Not having given instruction against the wholesale slaughter of women/children.

2. Killing the guy threatening to set fire to the grain without giving the wife a real shot at getting the gate opened.

Does anyone have a clue what the slave was doing between Caesar's legs with the knife?

Legit (on FX) - entire Season 1 thread (with spoilers)

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 09:34
Anyone else watching this? It has DJ Qualls who I love and some Australian comedian that I've never heard of. I loved episode 1, but episode 2 was a train wreck and I was about to write it off.

But episode 3 got me. It was both hysterically funny AND heartwarming to the point I actually started to tear up.

So, anyone else watching?

Is there a simple way to organize personal videos?

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 08:28
I have approximately 20 of my family videos converted to .tivo format. That said, is there a simple way to get all of these videos onto my TiVo Premiere into a common folder, i.e. "Videos", without having to run command line programs and messing with meta data? I tried to do this by creating a wishlist - using a common name prefix in the title of the videos but was unsuccessful. I don't like them cluttering up "My Shows".

Thanks so much,
Windows Media Center convert...

Do No Harm "Pilot" 01/31/13

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 15:56
I didn't expect to like this, but I found it entertaining. There were a couple of moments that reminded me of Memento, like when he changed into his alter-ego while in the middle of a fist fight.

I'm not sure how long it will keep my interest though. Week after week of this could get old fast if the show becomes formulaic. This is the kind of show that I would prefer as a single season, so that they could write an interesting story arc that would be resolved. I really have no interest in watching this guy Jekyll and Hyde through multiple seasons, but as a single season I think it could work. Of course, it will most likely be canceled, in which case I'll get my wish of the single season but probably not the full resolution of the story.

What does one do with old TiVo series 1 boxes?

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 15:40
Can anyone use them or do they just get dumped with the other obsolete electronics?

I have 2 upgraded TiVo series 1 with all the manuals, boxes, remotes and not a mark on them. Never even used the remotes.

How many cable cards do I need for TiVo Premiere?

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 15:26
I'm getting ready to purchase a new 2-tuner TiVo Premiere, but I'm slightly worried about the cost of the CableCards. I know Comcast provides the first one free, but charges an additional fee for the second one.

Does the TiVo Premiere need two CableCards in order to utilize both of its tuners, or can it do so with only one? I also heard something about multi-stream CableCards...


House of Cards S01E01 "Chapter One" (Netflix)

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 12:12
House of Cards is available today for streaming on Netflix. All 13 episodes of Season 1 are available to watch now for members.

I thought I'd start a thread just for the first episode, because that is available to stream for free to non-members, so everyone can watch it:


The reviews have been largely positive, with a few exceptions, so far. I haven't seen any of it yet, but I'll be watching at least this episode tonight! I love Kevin Spacey and David Fincher directed the first two episodes and I have a lot of respect for him.

Best Buy Premiere $34.99

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 12:07
Best Buy has the TiVo Premiere 2 Tuner on sale for $34.99. Thinking of picking one up as a spare for parts alone at this price. Must be getting ready for a refresh to Series 5 or the new TiVo mini.


DVDs - Cont. from Amazon HH thread

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 11:39
Didn't want to spam up the Amazon Addiction thread.

Some of these I've double dipped and bought on Blu, some I just am getting rid of.
  • Peter Pan Platinum Edition
  • Lion King 2-disc Special Edition
  • High School Musical 1, 2 and 3 (guess how old my daughter is ;))
  • Top Gun
  • Sound of Music Five Star Collection
  • The Godfather Trilogy + Bonus materials
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Widescreen version (not extended cuts)
  • One Hour Photo
  • The Departed
  • Goodfellas
  • Aliens
  • Christmas Vacation (not widescreen)
  • Sata Clas is Comin' To Town/Little Drummer boy
  • Mighty Aprhodite
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Man on the Moon
  • American Pie
  • American Pie 2
  • Dr Dolittle 2
  • The Cell
  • Anger Management
  • Borat
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • The Wubbulous WOrlld of Dr Seuss
  • Vanilla Sky
  • Nim's Island

Also have the Dark Knight on Blu Ray (bought the trilogy afterward).

And Dragon's Lair 20th Anniversary set for DVD video, PS2 & Xbox (has Dragon's Lair 1 & 2 plus Space Ace).

Whatever you think is fair plus cost of however you want shipped. PayPal would work. Feel free to PM.

Tivo Premiere Q/4 and Tivo Preview

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 09:29
My local cable company is Grande Communications and to my surprise, their cable box DVR is a 4 tuner Tivo called the Tivo Premiere Q/4 - it's a four tuner Tivo. Bundled with this DVR is a "Tivo Preview" which is a hardback book sized Tivo interface/cable box thing. I've just seen brief mention of these on the forum, so thought I'd share my experience.

I started out with my own Tivo Elite. The best cable package here included the Q/4 and Preview. I have to say that it's the best Tivo experience to date and I've had Tivo since the beginning in 1999.

What's shocking is how well the little Tivo Preview thing does. It's a small box with one tuner and a cablecard so you can watch live TV on it - no 30 minute buffer, just live. But from the My Shows you can pick any other DVR on the network and play any of the shows on it using the Preview. It just works.

The cable modem is a Cisco that has a router and MoCA built in and all three boxes are on the MoCA network - the key to making this work so well.

You can still transfer recordings between the machines, but the streaming makes that unnecessary because you can't tell the difference. When Tivo works well like this, it's really great.

So I can watch anything on any of the DVRs from any of the other DVRs and any DVR from the Tivo Preview. They really have this down and working the way Tivo should be. Just awesome.

I'm not certain if the Tivo Preview steals a tuner from the Q/4 or has it's own. There is no setting on the Q/4 like there is on the Elite to explicitly share a tuner. The Q/4 odd quirk has to do with Channel selection. You can tick and untick channels you receive in the menus, but it has no effect in using it. All the channels are virtually selected anyway when you channel up/down or use the guide. The Tivo Preview does not have this problem, the guide and channel button skips over channels not in your list of channels you receive. There is a custom remote control for the Q/4 and Preview that is the peanut style with a few extra buttons for On-Demand programming. The On-demand features however have not been implemented. You do have Amazon, but not Netflix yet. The System Information screen has a Netflix ID thing, but there is no Netflix app on the Q/4 itself.

So it's still being developed and does not have all the Tivo features. But the multi-room viewing thing is pretty good. I've just never had this before and it may be old news for others who have had this working for a while.

Fix you TiVo Slide Remote

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 08:35
Thought people might be interested in this video.

My older son threw the remote at my younger son in a fit of rage. So, I am going to try some surgery tonight and see if I can fix it.

The Office eps (1-31-2013) Spoilers

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 07:50
Well the seeds are planted for an affair with the now former sound guy on the crew.

Dwight's storyline was strange because it's rare to see him not be in control so to speak and to watch him crumble under all the interview failures seemed odd.

Overall fairly enjoyable set of episodes.