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Our P4 got sick and passed out receiving cable!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 05:57

This is very strange, but over a period of time our P4 started losing reception on channels - I didn't notice until my husband complained - as he's the one that watches offbeat channels.

Yesterday it got a lot worse and a tons of channels we're saying "no signal" so we contacted the cable support people.

Our setup -

BrightHouse standard cable
Tuning adapter
P4 w/cablecard

We were watching something on our AppleTV via network (not Tivo), then something on YouTube via Tivo - then that video froze. At that point we were not receiving ANY cable channels.

I reset the Tuning Adapter a couple of times - no help there
Figuring it was fault with the cable company I went to watch a recorded Tivo show - and nothing would play.
The Tivo had to be unplugged.

That cleared it up!

The advanced level tech from Brighthouse said that Tivos need to be shut down every week or so to clear them out. I don't know about that - but in this case, for whatever reason, ours died a slow temporary death until it was power cycled.


TiVo O/S got a new feature - tuner allocation

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 05:42
I just noticed this the other day surfing around in settings -
Settings & Messages> Settings > Remote, CableCARD, & Devices > Allow Live TV on Other Devices

To me, this is actually BAD NEWS. I have a P4 and sometimes actually record 4 shows at once!

What's it's saying is - if you add a Mini - you're going to lose a tuner permanently - unless you like going to the host Tivo and changing the setting temporarily every single time you want to also use the Mini - (or if you want to record 4 shows).

RECORDING ON THE HOST TIVO SHOULD TAKE PRIORITY over any other devices IMHO, and cut them off as needed - at least as an OPTION!!!!! But that's not an option - Add a Mini = Lose a tuner - is your only option.

That's a deal breaker for us - we won't be buying a Mini now.

Streaming error

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 20:41
I have Three TIVO Premiers:

LR = 75 hour, hard wired to the network - Added in last 30 days.
DR = 75 hour, hard wired to the network.
BR = 45 hour, TIVO Wireless G USB adapter.

Before adding the LR, we were able to successfully stream SD video between BR & DR with some glitches in playback. I knew streaming wasn't supported over wireless so I accepted those.

Since adding LR, I can stream from BR & LR with the same glitches. My problem is with streaming from BR to DR. First of all BR shows up two times on the now playing list on DR. Selecting the first instance shows no recordings. My recordings do show on the second listing, but when I try to play any of them I get the following message...

"The TIVO Box was not able to record this program because there was no video signal on the channel. You may have been trying to record on a channel that you do not receive."

...The same recording plays fine from the BR or the LR TIVO. It will also play fine from the DR TIVO if I transfer it.

Any ideas? I have restarted the offending boxes multiple times.

Thanks for any assistance.

HD issues when recording from DirecTV with series 2

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 20:26
It seems like over the last month or so that a few issues have come up when we record off of Directv.

1. On one of the TiVo/Directv setups, we always get the screen that says to press EXIT to tell it that you want SD. This one is set up with an HD TV and also a SD TV.

2. Also, when watching the SD TV, the HD TV needs to be on if you are watching pay TV or the SD TV goes totally black.

3. The other is a TiVo/Directv setup where there is only an HD TV. The TV must be on when recording from pay TV or the recording is totally black.

The Grammys 2-10-13 (Live Spoilers)

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 19:00
Taylor Swift seems to have stolen Lady Gaga's ensemble.

Red John vs Joe Carroll

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 18:43
I've recently started watching The Following of Fox. The antagonist, Joe Carroll, reminds me in many ways of Red John from The Mentalist. Both series feature a cult of serial killers. In the mentalist the Red John story is a subplot and backstory and character motivator, but each episode stands alone. In The Following the Joe Carroll story is the primary plot and each episode is directly related to Joe Carroll.

If the two had a battle of the serial killers, who would win? My money is on Red John.

Any way to preserve recordings and rewrite the TiVo software?

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 18:29
Here's my situation. I have a TiVo HD with a 1TB upgraded hard drive. The TiVo was freezing during playback. It would affect recordings and live tv at the same time. (i.e. if I were watching a recording and it would start freezing, if I could switch to live TV, the problem would be there as well. It would occasionally result in a system reboot. Eventually the problem spread to include the menu system. The TiVo won't even respond to remote commands (amber LED doesn't blink). Rebooting became more frequent.

I replaced one bad capacitor and several others. Just in case. That did not help.

I reinstalled the 500GB drive (used it to replace the original 160 GB drive) and everything seems to work as it should. No hiccups.

I bought a new 2TB WD20EURS to replace the 1TB.

Since the 1TB drive has all my current Season Passes, AWRLs and recorded shows on it, I cloned it onto the 2TB drive.

The 2TB drive is expanded and supersized.

The problem: The 2TB drive now seems to have the same problems as the 1TB drive. I'm guessing the corrupt operating system was just copied to the new drive.

My tools: I do not have a computer with SATA ports. The only computer I have is my laptop. I used two USB/SATA cables to do the cloning, expansion and supersizing.

Question: Is there any way that I can replace only the operating system and save the recordings, season passes, and AWRLs? I know it seems like a lot to ask for, but I'd really like to keep those things.

I have several hours of Hi Def recordings on the drive that I'd like to keep. The thing is, that transferring them to a PC with TiVo Plus won't work because the TiVo won't run long enough without freezing and requiring a hard reboot.

Need help with Galleon on Mac

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 14:08
I installed Galleon 2.5.5 on Mac OS 10.8.2 but Galleon Server starts and stops.
Console shows these messages:
-no information back from LS about running process
-Unrecognized Java VM option ignored: -server
I have reinstalled Galleon to no avail.

Anyone has any ideas what to do next?



Selling my Series 3

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 13:11
It works fine. Upgraded recently to a series 4.


House of Cards - Season 1 *spoilers*

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 10:35
I didn't see a thread for all of season one so I thought I'd start one. :)

I really like this show, watched the entire season in two days. It's well acted with lots of plot twists. Though the only factual part about it is Congress does meet in Washington DC. Beyond that it's just pure, delicious fiction. :)

SNL 2/9/13 Justin Bieber; Justin Bieber

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 07:42
Superbowl XLVII
Justin Bieber monologue (Whoopie Goldberg cameo)
The Californians
Bieber Look-alikes
The Moroccans of Mulholland Drive
Justin Bieber performs
Weekend Update
..Top Stories
..King Richard III's Best Friends from Growing Up
..More Top Stories
..Corey the One Black Guy in Every Commercial
..More Top Stories
Angie and Billy
The Miley Cyrus Show
You Said "Glice!"
A Sexy Valentine's Day Message from Justin Bieber to You
Justin Bieber performs
Booker T. Washington High Valentine's Dance

I dunno what Bieber or his people are thinking with that haircut, I can't be the only one that thinks of Vanilla Ice with him in that ridiculous pompadour.

I'm not a JB fan, but I was hoping that he would be able to do well, I don't think he did.

As usual, I didn't think there were any stand out skits. The part of the Superbowl skit where they kept throwing to the guy on the sidelines was funny. Bieber's monologue was pretty boring. I usually enjoy the Californians but this on fell flat for me. Bieber Look-alikes was a yawn. The series of fake Bravo commercials for BS shows was pretty good though.

In general the whole show was pretty Meh for me.

All programs have disappeared from my Tivo Premiere

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 02:32
I was just watching a movie from amazon that I had downloaded and I have plenty of space and was going to move to the bedroom to watch from there and realized all of my shows were suddenly gone. Nothing was even in the recently deleted folder. Just nothing there. I tried to switch to the SD menu and still nothing. I have no idea what happened or why. Everything is just gone.

Bones or Castle? Life after The Mentalist

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 22:06
My teenage daughter and I find ourselves very sad to be at the end of available Netflix DVDs of The Mentalist. We watch about 20 minutes a day, so t's been a part of our daily viewing for a while....

Bones and Castle seem to be similar. Thoughts on which we should try - or other suggestions? DD occasionally gets nightmares fom The Mentalist so unfortunately nothing more intense (I love, say Dexter or Sopranos but that's not gonna work. :)).


Touch - "Event Horizon; Closer" - OAD 2/8/13

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 19:24
The show feels very different from the first season. It feels more dark what with one of the "touched" going around killing the others. Also there's less helping of random people around the world and more moving the storyline along. It's almost like a different show then last season.

I enjoyed the first episode more than usual. The second episode kept breaking up for a few seconds periodically (for a total loss of several minutes) at really inopportune times, so I missed a number of things, but that episode was pretty interesting as well.

Series 2 Simultaneous Dual Recording & Playback

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 17:22

This should be somewhere but I can only find the description "view one channel and simultaneously record another" even on a dual-tuner.

Can the Series 2 single-tuner record two inputs (cable/antenna & audio/video/s-video) while simultaneously playing back previously recorded shows (three tasks at once)?

Tivo service down error 133

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 17:15
Anyone's tivo service go down today? Im getting Error 133. internet works

Upcoming Daily Shows/Colberts

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 17:12
Most, if not all, of my upcoming 11pm showings of the Daily Show, and some of the upcoming Colbert Reports, seem to have disappeared from my ToDo list this afternoon. (Both have Season Passes.) Anyone else?

Reason given is the already been recorded in the "last 28 days" message. But their descriptions and the Daily Show website are still claiming them to be new episodes.

Maybe snowstorm-related if true?

Fewer days of program info?

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 16:41
Has anyone else noticed they now have fewer days of program info? For at least the past 6-7 years, it's been current day + 12 future days, and now it looks like current day + 10 future days (which, IIRC, is about what DirecTivo users get).

When I called TiVo to see if there was a problem with their service, the tech told me that, a couple months ago, they cut back from 13 days of program info to 11, because it was taking too long for people like me to download the info via dial-up -- not because Tribune cut back on their future data, which would've made sense to me, because if we're still only getting a day or two of data per call, what's the difference?

Does anyone know if this is true? If it is, it would've been nice if Tivo had let users know, because I wouldn't have assumed there was a problem and wasted time trying to fix it.

Some recordings won't delete

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 14:20
This is a new problem for me that just started happening. Sometimes when I delete a recorded show after watching it, it looks like it deleted but it remains in my shows with a red "X" in font of it. I can try deleting it multiple times from my shows but it remains there. If I select it and play it for a couple of seconds, then delete it, it will then delete.

when purchasing or selling used tivo's on ebay...

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 14:15
When purchasing or selling used tivo's on ebay... should I worry about buying a used tivo with lifetime service from someone who publically posted the service number? (my concern is from the service numbers being made public) Also, when I go to sell my used tivo with lifetime srv, should I erase out my service number from the picture? I see many people do this, but I also see many people dont. So, I guess my question is - does it matter? Pros? Cons? Thanks.