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TIVO Fios users- New Actiontec Router

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 10:28
I stumbled across this yesterday. For those who have Verizon Fios, there is a new Verizon Fios ActionTec Gigabit 802.11n router available now.


Comcast On-Demand Hartford CT just started; Question

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 09:55
Last night I just saw the Xfinity OD menu (Comcast OD name). I could get to all the OD programs but when I went to watch one I only got the first 1/2 second of the show and the TiVo just stopped at that point, the back button or TiVo button got you out, so my question for the people that have OD from Comcast is:

Does this system take a few days to get running correctly ??

I did sign up for an E-Mail when OD was ready for my area, I have not received any E-mail about OD, has anybody ever received an E-Mail telling them that Comcast OD was now ready in your area ??

Do I have to call Comcast to fully implement OD ?

I have 1 TPXL and 3 TPs all connected with the N TiVo adapter at 5Gh and MRS works great.

Channel Changing Issues

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 08:41
A poster on another forum had the exact same problem that I am having (with the same equipment) and summarized it better than I could, so I will just paste her summary below. Unfortunately, she never received a solution to the problem (by the way I have this problem with the serial connection and IR blaster connection. I have tried both separately.):

My Series 2 TIVO suddenly started experiencing the same channel changing problems the others described. One moment it was working fine, and then suddenly it's been unable to correctly change channels when recording programs. It was no gradual change either; it just suddenly started having problems.

I have a Motorola box, connected via serial port to TIVO for the channel changing. (I have tried IR in the past, but have had VERY poor success with channel changing using this method - especially for the 3-digit channels - so I don't consider this a viable option that would "improve" or "fix" the problem.) What I am noticing is that if the cable box needs to change from a higher number to a lower number, TIVO first changes the channel to the correct number, then almost immediately goes down 1 more number. Vice versa for the other direction - the channel ends up changing to a number that is 1 higher. However, if the cable box is already positioned at the correct channel (and I have used the cable box remote to do this, so TIVO does not know that the channel has been changed), TIVO leaves it there and records the correct channel. I can understand this last bit if TIVO had just been recording on that same channel, but not when I've used the cable box remote (unknown to TIVO) to change it. Seems like TIVO would still try to change the channel (I dunno... maybe it does, but the cable box knows it's already where it's supposed to be and ignores the signal to change channels???)

Occasionally, TIVO will record the correct channel, but it's really hit or miss. For example, out of a block of 6 programs on 6 different channels, sometimes (actually, most of the time) I might get only 1 channel changed correctly, and "garbage" (wrong channels) for the other 5. But other times, I might get 4 or 5 channels changing correctly. And it doesn't seem to matter whether the channels are single digit, double digit, or triple digit. (I know with IR I really had trouble with the triple digit channels). But more often than not, I am noticing that the channel changes are usually NOT working correctly for most, if not all, of my programs. Getting 4 or 5 out of 6 correct temporarily lulls me into thinking it's "working" better, but unfortunately that doesn't seem to last for long.

I have tried the following "fixes", but with little or no success:
1. Turned off the power button on the Motorola cable box and then powered back on.
2. Physically unplugged the cable box from the power outlet, then plugged back in.
3. Restarted TIVO from the menus.
4. Physically unplugged TIVO from the power outlet, then plugged back in.
5. Disconnected the physical serial cable from both the TIVO and from the cable box, then reconnected them again. (The only thing I did NOT do was replace the physical serial cable with another).
6. As a last resort, ran Guided Setup again on TIVO.
The only discernable improvement with any of these "fixes" is that usually the channel changing was not quite as severe... for a short time (i.e., less than 1 day), that is - then it went back to having problems with nearly every channel change.

I am assuming that the problem lies with the TIVO because when I use the cable box remote (had to dig that one up, since I normally only use the TIVO remote) to directly change channels, there is no problem whatsoever. But when I use the TIVO remote - which means the signal is first going through TIVO - the channels do not change correctly; they go 1 more up or down. This goes for entering the channel number in via the numeric keys or using the up/down channel buttons.

Is this problem then a symptom of other problems with my TIVO? Or should I try totally replacing the physical serial port cable? Could the serial port on the cable box (or TIVO) suddenly "go bad"? Or do I switch to IR channel changing... (but only if there's a way to make the IR option work better)? As it is now, my TIVO is virtually worthless for making recordings (which is what I rely the most on it to do, as I rarely watch live TV). Any help or ideas (beyond getting a new TIVO - which I can't afford right now) would most be appreciated.

anyone watching warehouse 13 or alphas

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 07:53
anyone else watching these shows? i was a little disappointed in warehouse 13, the effects were pretty rough and it seemed to me like the actors have lost interest in the show. alphas came out of the gate much stronger and i'm looking forward to where the show goes.

Great Lake Warriors (spoilers for aired episodes allowed)

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 07:49
Is anyone watching this show? It seems to be a Deadliest Catch clone which is being shown on the History channel. Recorded the first episode, but have not watched it yet.

Which is the best TiVo Help Center ?

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 01:34
Which is the best TiVo Help Center ?

So You Think You Can Dance "Top 16" 7/25/2012 *spoilers*

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 00:56
Reminders: there's a two week break for the Olympics.

Also, Travis's show All the Right Moves starts 7/31 on Oxygen.

Quick recap from really sketchy notes -- feel free to flesh this out if you have time to do it before I come back and rewatch tomorrow.

Judges: Nigel, Mary, guest Christina Applegate.

Group number by Tyce
#1: Tiffany and George (NappyTabs)
#2: Amber and Brandon (Ray Leeper) jazz
#3: Janelle and Darean (Pasha) cha-cha
#4: Lindsay and Cole
#5: Amber and Will (Mandy Moore)
#6: Audrey and Matthew (salsa)
#7: Whitney and Cheon (Stacey Tookey)
#8: Eliana and Cyrus (Nappy Tabs)

Guest spot: Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre.

Bottom three girls: Amber, Lindsay, Eliana. Judges ask Amber and Eliana to dance. Amber is out.
Bottom three guys: George, Brandon, Darean. Judges ask Brandon and Darean to dance. Brandon is out.

I'm impressed by Applegate. She gives good notes, and she's got a great eye.

#1 -- cute
#2 -- OMG smoking hot routine.
#3 -- this cha cha is NOT GOOD. Very disappointing.
(If you can't see why, pull up Janette and Brandon's "Hush Hush" cha cha on YouTube to see the difference.)
#4 -- no notes, I forgot their routine already. Sorry, Cole fans.
#5 -- sort of fun at the time, forgettable
#6 -- this salsa is bad bad bad bad. Really surprised they didn't come to grief on the pot-stirrer and several of the other moves.
#7 -- yeah, it's Stacey Tookey, and they danced it pretty well -- however my personal favorite was
#8 -- Loved the mix of Toxic they used, with the music-box. Yeah, NappyTabs played to the strengths of the dancers they had. You got a problem with that? I don't, if they're going to get results like this.

For the solos -- I liked Eliana's solo way better than Amber's solo. Darean pulled out the fireworks, but I thought Brandon's solo was actually better constructed and more entertaining.

It really sucks that Amber and Brandon danced a fabulous number and then got cut.

The best number on the show, by far: the Alvin Ailey group number. I hope all the guys were taking notes!

And compared to the online voting for DwtS, the online voting for SYTYCD sucks.

My current favorite is Eliana. Her performance tonight was just sick. I can't see any of the other ballerinas who have been on the show before being able to put in a performance like she did tonight. Plus, she's just adorable. So she has won me over bigtime.

I haven't really settled on a favorite for the boys.

So -- your favorites?

Problem with actor wishlist

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 00:34
I wanted to create a wish list for the actress Michelle Ryan. However, when I did, the TiVo wouldn't let me pick that. It seems to be insisting that I pick "Ryan Michelle Bathe".

See attached. I can't figure out how to add Michelle Ryan. I'm probably missing something,but I'd like to know. Tkx.

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Technical problem during the authorization of this device

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 21:38
I had a hardware failure on one of my TiVo Premiere boxes and have received a replacement from TiVo.

I know that I need to get the CableCARD re-paired with the TiVo, so I navigated to the "Cisco CableCARD/Host ID Screen" of the CableCARD menu. When I select this option, instead of the host id being displayed, I get the message

There was a technical problem during the authorization of this device. Please
contact the retailer

I called TiVo Support, and in an unusual experience, I didn't get the best of help. Their only suggestion was that some CableCARDs don't pair well with some TiVo's, so I should get a new card and give that a try.

I tried Time Warner Austin support and was connected with their Level 3 help desk which is very knowledgeable about CableCARDs, and they indicate that there is nothing that they can do without a host id.

The only other clue I can find in all of the CableCARD menu screens is that in the 2nd page of the CP Info menu, there is a line

Refresh Satus: Invalid Host_ID

which aligns with what I would expect.

Any thoughts of any other place in the CableCARD menus where the host id is displayed?


Wed, 07/25/2012 - 20:50
To those who missed the crawl during tonight's episode, for the duration of Olympics coverage ( Friday July 27th - Friday August 10th), Jeopardy! in Atlanta will be on WATL.

'Homeland' - The Israeli series that inspired 'Homeland' is on Hulu

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 18:12
'Prisoners of War' :

Hulu will be streaming new episodes of the ten-part "Prisoners of War" every Saturday.




Quote: Critics may well have sniffed at some of the more superficial plot elements in Homeland, for Prisoners of War is a more realistic and emotionally sophisticated account of what it is like for former PoWs to reintegrate into their families and society.

It's far less slick, as you might expect, but also more quietly compelling

Instead of just one soldier, we follow the fortunes of two men released from a PoW camp in Lebanon after 17 years in captivity

move thread please

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 17:47
Looks like I posted in the wrong forum. Can you please move this thread to Happy Hour?



Questions about TS streams and TiVo metadata

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 14:43
Hi, I've been working on my own program to streamline my conversion process from my TiVo to iTunes on my Mac, since there isn't a great one-stop solution that does everything I need. I've not been following things lately regarding the latest state of the art on the TiVo front, so I have a few questions about things:
  • As I understand it someone was working on decoding Transport Streams from the TiVo for tivodecode, but it seems like that effort has been abandoned (when I tried that out it didn't work on the streams I tested). Is that correct? And as a related question ... is tivodecode development dead?
  • Is there a description of the metadata format used by the TiVo? I know it's XML, I was wondering if someone had a description I see that there are two "chunk" files that tivodecode produces and they have different information in them. A lot of that is relatively easy to understand but I haven't really seen a reference to what it all means. For example, I gather that "episodeNumber" is really a combination of season number and the actual episode number; is that right?
  • In a related note, I've seen at least one example where the TiVo knows the season and episode number of a show, but there's no corresponding episodeNumber in the metadata. Any idea where the TiVo is storing that information at? I was just interested in trying to automate as much metadata entry as I can.

Thanks for any help you can give me!

Tivo HD $99 lifetime

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:41
I was offered a few months ago a lifetime subscription for my Tivo HD for $99.the Tivo rep said I could purchase it at any time as he had noted the offer on my account.

I watch the HD unit very little, and have decided to deactivate it and put it in the closet, or offer it for sale.

I have a Premiere that I bought used on ebay which is grandfathered at the $12.95 rate. I will keep this one for now. It still has about 20 months warranty left in it.

Should I purchase the lifetime on the HD and try to sell it, or sell it without the lifetime? I'm not an e-bay seller, although I have bought on e-bay. I would like to get about $200 out of the unit with lifetime. It doesn't have much value without the lifetime.

Opinions or Suggestions?


Need power supply for TCD130 Series 2

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 13:28
Have a Series 2 TCD130 (AT&T brand TiVo) which appears to have died. No reaction whatsoever when I plug it in, so it seems like the power supply. Does anyone have one for this model for a cheap price? I've seen many go for under $20 on eBay, but just not for this model. Not willing to pay the $70 weaknees is asking given the overall value of this model tivo. But given that I have lifetime service on it, I'd be willing to try and get some more life out of it for little investment.

(In case anyone from TiVo is reading this -- I'd of course be willing to buy an XL4 if TiVo would allow me to transfer the lifetime sub.:D)


Advanced wishlist help

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 10:13
Hey guys,

This morning the following game is on:

XXX Summer Olympics
"Women's Soccer" Olympics, Soccer, Sports Event (2012) Qualifying Round: USA vs France, Cameroon vs Brazil, Japan vs Canada. (HD)

I have my Wishlish setup like this:

Keyword: -Beach -Indoor -Futsal
Title Keywords: Soccer (United States) (US National Team) (USA)
Category: Sports: Sports Event

It's not catching this morning's game. Can someone explain why and what I have to add to get it to catch the Olympic games

TiVo Series2 bad tuner - want to use DTA w/ RF modulator

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 10:09
I have a TiVo Series2 with lifetime service that's connected to an analog TV. The tuner in the TiVo stopped working years ago. I recently obtained a DTA from my cable provider. I want to use a DTA instead of a traditional cable box due to the much lower rental cost for the DTA.

The DTA only provides RF output. If I connect a coax cable between the DTA and the TiVo, the TiVo will not be able to tune the signal due to the bad tuner.

I would like to get an RF modulator to convert the DTA output from RF to composite. I would then connect composite audio/video cables from the RF modulator to the composite inputs on the TiVo.

However, I was wondering if anyone knows whether the input source on the TiVo can be manually selected when a DTA is set up? Or would the TiVo force me to choose the RF input when using a DTA?

Recording on Humax from 2nd Tivo

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 09:29
I have 2 Tivos:

1. Model TCD748320 (newer unit; will record two shows at once)
2. Humax Model DRT800

The Humax is hooked to my TV via A/V cables.
The newer Tivo has A/V outputs hooked into my Humax A/V inputs..

The idea is to play shows on the new unit and record them on the Humax. I could either record them normally to "Now Playing" and then move them to DVD; or, ideally, I could go straight to DVD but I don't know if that would work. Ever.

Anyway, I have no confirmation from the Humax that it is receiving any signal at all through its A/V inputs. For example, I set the TCD unit to play a WSOP episode, and checked the proper input on the TV. WSOP was playing on the TV, straight from the TCD unit. I changed the TV to the appropriate input for the Humax but could not find the WSOP episode anywhere. Not in "Now Playing", not on "Watch Live TV"- nothing.

It was exactly as though I had never hooked anything into the Humax A/v inputs.

So. Is there any way to check to see if the A/V inputs are dead?
Or. Is there anyone who can wade through the above tangled prose and tell me what I am doing wrong????

Thanks in advance....

Premiere no longer showing up on Series 3 for MRV

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 09:29
We have a Premiere, a Series 3 OLED and two Series 2 tivos all networked. Had no issues for the first year after getting the premiere, but a few months ago the Premiere stopped showing up in the Now Playing menu of the Series 3 so we can no longer transfer shows from the Premiere to the S3. Both S2s are still showing on the S3 and functioning for MRV. There have been no changes to our setup.

However, the Premiere does not seem to be having any problems with the network. The Premiere DOES show up on both of the S2s and shows transfer. And to further confuse the matter, when thinking the Premiere and S3 are just not talking to each other . . . the S3 DOES show up on the Premiere and we can transfer shows from the S3 to the premiere. So the problem is only in one direction, and only between premiere and S3. :confused:

I have tried unchecking and rechecking them for video transfer on tivo.com, and no change. Any ideas how we can get the S3 to start seeing the premiere again? Thank you.