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Tivo Upgrade Offer

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 16:16
Just received and email from Tivo offering to upgrade 1 of my 3 TivoHD's (TSN # was given) with a Premier 4. They listed lifetime option of $50 but they want $499 the the Premier 4.

The $549 total is around $100 less than what I could have gotten online with $249 dvr and $399 lifetime. Tempting but hard to replace a working series 3 with lifetime and a year old expanded hard drive when you have Christmas credit cards bills to pay off....

Need to upgrade...but can't update drive in Premier?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 15:46
I'm trying to figure out my options. The HDMI port in my TIVO HD is broke, and I want to avoid the componant cable hookup. I have a 1tb drive in the HD I installed a few years ago.

Fair enough, maybe time to get the newest TIVO series box. But, from what I understand TIVO is preventing people from putting in their own drives? What??? And there's only 1 external drive I can buy? And the 1 tb internal drive updates from place like weaknees are like $200?! What a crappy business model. Way to take away options and make people pay more than what they did before.

And it sounds like transferring shows may not work, depending on copyrights?

What the h*ll, in a competitive DVR field why is TIVO removing "features"?
Also, while I'm ranting, did the HD menu's get faster yet, or are they still slugish? Seems odd they talk about new slicker-looking menu's but otoh the performance isn't there (or wasn't based on some reports I read).

Sorry, but been a long time customer, just doesn't seem like TIVO is trying to take care of its customers with this.

MY Book Expander as esata storage

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 15:03
I am attempting to use my 1 TB MyBook DVR expander for TIVO as an esata drive for extra storage for my computer. I have been using the 500 Gig but it is failing. For some reason, I am unable to initialize this new disk through disk management on the computer. When I right click there is no initialize disk message and I am unable to format it.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I am using Windows 7.


What's your monthly Comcast bill?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 15:00
Looking into return my Comcast DVR and get a tivo now it has Xfinity ondemand. Currently I have Digital Starter + HD/DVR and pay $69.
If I get the the Premiere with Lifetime will I pay more or less?

DirecTV free weekend Jan 11-13: HBO, SHO, Starz, Cmax

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 14:52
DirecTV is having a Premium Channel Free Trial Weekend:

Jan 11-13, Channels 501-558
HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax

Where is the sales area without eBay?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 14:42
Where is the sales forum for those who wish to sell their two TiVos but don't want to use eBay? I tried to list it in the auction area but had it removed because I choose NOT to use eBay due to a bad experience there. Or is that my only option here?

Cougar Town S04E01

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 14:20
SO glad this show is back.
Anybody else wonder how Ellie got the rug burns on her head? ;)

Also I watched to the very end and they showed the "preview" for this season. I got an "Arrested Development" vibe.

TWC + Tivo Premiere

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 13:46

My last visit while logged into this forum was May 1st, 2006.

Thus began my DVR dark ages. I sold the two TiVo's I had at the time, and I went to DirecTV and their HD DVR. That lasted until about a year ago, and I went to Centurylink Prism.

Currently due to where I live, I'm kinda stuck with only one HD show at a time, and it is driving me nuts. Combined with a less than reliable DSL 10Mb line, and my distance from the CO, I'm once again debating if I should go back to time warner cable.

I hate their DVRs, much more than DirecTV or Prism's. My wife made a comment about TiVo and I started scheming. (she still points to the TV and says 'where's the 'boo-dip boo-dip boo-dip' if the remote has fallen under the couch)

I can't tell from TiVo's website if TWC and cable cards work, I did some searches and I find more 'this isn't working' or 'channels are missing'. Is there a database anywhere that someone says 'In Raleigh NC, with cable cards, everything works'?

I'd hate to have everything installed, buy new TIVos and then find yeah, dno't work. I tried cable card with just a TV and I was ejecting and inserting that stupid thing hundreds of times before I gave it back and gave up.

The last TiVo I owned was two of the 2nd generation ones. Wireless Ethernet support was just appearing so they no longer had to do phone calls to download guides and what not. They were SD of course.

What I'd like to do, is go with TWC and their cable HD service, and buy the XL4 and load up it doing the main recording, while streaming to the iPad or another TV in the house. If I understand it, what I need is an XL4 for my 'main' tivo and then a smaller one for the second TV. Am I reading that right?

The stream lets me watch it on my multitude of iOS devices.

Does that mean (if it works) I need 3 Cable cards from TWC?

Anyone still using the GXCEBOT?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 07:55
Call me a romantic or Luddite, but I'm still using the good 'ol DirecTV GXCEBOT Series 1 in a spare bedroom. Am I the last one? The power supply finally blew and I've got a new one on the way. :) I think the reason it lasted so long was because of annual/semi annual cleaning and inspections. A little compressed air and making sure the fan is still turning goes a long way!

Hr10-250 No Dvr Service

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 06:44
So I installed a TB drive into my HR10-250 and used Instantcake 6.4a to install the software. I have three R16-500 that the DVR service is working fine but I am getting a message that the DVR service on my HR10-250 is not activated. I do not have a phone line and never had this issue before using Instantcake so I called D*TV. The guy on the phone tells me since I have a HD Box that I was put under the 20 dollar a month DVR service package deal and the HR10-250 wasn't supported, then I had to explain to him that I do not have an HD box and the HR10-250 no longer supports HD so basically now, it's a SD box. 50 mins later back and forth, I finally got him on the same page with me about my box not being HD and said I needed to moved down to the 8 dollar DVR service and this would have to be escalated to the top people to get this done.

Does this make any sense? I find this hard to believe and was wondering if it was on my end because of the Instantcake? I guess I will have to take it somewhere with a phone line? Did I get a bad Instantcake image?

So basically if I did upgrade to HD and I was put in the 20 dollar DVR service, D*TV is saying that my DVR stuff on my Tivos will not work anymore. Just doesn't make sense.

HDMI only active during welcome screen, screen black afterwards

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 06:24
TiVo HD;
The HDMI out is dead except during the welcome screen from powering up. Tried it on a HDTV & on a PC monitor. There is always power on the output as it lights up a external HDMI switch (switch is HDMI powered) on my PC monitor, but no video. Screen is black.
I don't know why it is active at that 90 second welcome screen, then nothing. Almost as a PC would boot, showing the BIOS screen, then when the O/S loads, the screen goes black as in a driver problem.
I tried all the format choices and still nothing on both monitors. I also tried a 2nd cable, but no difference. Component & composite are Ok during all phases.


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How to record 11 minutes: CNN Student News

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 02:39
I'm trying to set up a recording via the Tivo website for CNN Student News on HLN at 3am Central time M-F for 11 minutes a day.

How can this be done?

If I use the 1-Click Record or 1-Click Season Pass, it will record for a full hour and this program is just 11 minutes long or so.


want to renew tx20 hdd

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:35
I want to renew/backup existing hdd, question is I can get a refurbed seagate db35 Pata 160gb for $30.00 or should I get a larger/newer Sata hdd instead? I do have the Pata to Sata adapter somewhere? I got it like 2 yrs ago for this but never got around to it..haha

New Live TV problem - Anybody seen this

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:11
I have two different Premiere elites. I have noticed a new problem lately.
I am in the San Francisco Bay Area and its seems like on many days when I turn the TV on and tune to channel ABC affiliate 707 I don't see a signal like its blocked. I can change away and come back and have the same problem. Other channels are fine.

I can resolve the problem by going to the channel signal strength screen for this channel and it will show signal strength in the 80s and the picture will eventually kick in. I saw this previously on a premium SD HBO channel but now its cropping on broadcast channels.

Anybody seen this and have suggestions?

Video ReDo questions from a newbie

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:23
Hi folks. I just bought a Premiere to make the jump over from Comcast's DVR service and the biggest reason I wanted to do so was the ability to save my recorded HD programs to my PC, edit out the commercials, then play them back through my DLNA blu ray player and on occassion burn some to DVD. I'm looking for the most user friendly software to do this and from what I've read on this forum and others it sounds like Video ReDo is probably the best option for me (I haven't ruled out kmttg but from the screen shots I've seen it looks a bit dense for someone just starting in this area, and if anyone has other suggestions I'm certainly still open to those as well).

Anyway, assuming I go with VDR, I'm trying to understand the difference between different output formats and therefore which version of VDR is probably best suited for me. Because as much as I've been tooling around on this subject lately, I don't really understand the difference between, say, MPEG-2 and MP4. If I can play both back through my BD player then is there a difference in the available resolutions and quality between them? My goal is to save the files in as close to HD broadcast quality as possible and I don't really care that much about disk space since I have plenty of room on my NAS for them. So what should I be looking at exactly to decide what kind of files I should save these as and whether it would be a good idea to pay a little more for the VDR TVSuite H.264 or whether I could get the same thing for my purposes for less with the VDR Plus?

I know there are free trials of VDR available and I expect to start doing plenty of experimenting on my own within the next week or so. Just thought I'd throw the question out here first in case anyone who's already been down this road might want to share from their experience. Thanks.

BTW, my first post here but really appreciate this forum. It's been a great resource in helping me make the decision to move over to Tivo.

Tivo controlling Tivo

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:00
I have a Series 3 TiVo and a Series 2 Tivo.
I use the Series 3 for OTA watching and no recording. So basically its like a cablebox for OTA. Can I use set the output of the Series 3 to the input of the Series 2 and use the series 2 to change channels and record what the series 3 picks up OTA?

I cannot transfer service from the series 2 to the series 3, and I do not want to start another account just for the OTA stuff.

Thanks for your input.

Hawaii five-0 Sunday 1/20/2013 episode

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 17:41
This showed up corrrectly in my todo list but check for conflicts since this is a special night. Possibly to avoid news coverage of the Presidental Inauguration. It is a new episode.

TiVo Stream: sometimes doesn't work. Reboot? Network Switch?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 17:20
After reading other threads, it seems other users are experiencing the same issue I'm having: it sometimes works, sometimes it doesn't. My specific questions are:

1. How are you all "rebooting"? I do it by disconnecting and reconnecting the power plug in the back of the Stream unit. Is there a better way to reboot?

2. I initially thought my issue was caused by the Stream unit being connected to an ethernet switch (while the Premiere box is connected directly to the router). Anyone know if this setup should definitely not be causing problems?

Lastly, I hope TiVo realizes that Stream is buggy and that they fix it soon! It's a great app...when it works.

TiVo stopped recording suggestions

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:55
I have two TiVo boxes, a HD and XL4. Both boxes are connected to a tuning adapter from Time Warner cable and have stopped recording suggestions. I have tried every way to reset and restart the systems and have had no luck. TiVo has even exchanged my XL4 and I still cant get suggestions to record. I'm thinking it has to do with the tuning adapter. i called Time Warner and was told they don't know anything about TiVo suggestions. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, can you give me some suggestions on how to get this issue fixed.