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Using MoCa with Cable Amp

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 09:55
I don't need help, but thought I'd post this so that anyone facing this issue in the future can find my solution easily.

I have had a TiVo HD out in our pool house for several years. When we built the house we had structured wiring put in, but something is wrong with the ethernet cable out to the pool house over its buried run of more than 100 feet. So this TiVo has been hooked though phone line only.

Due either to the length of the run or something also wrong with the buried coax, I had to install a cable amp just on this run several years ago, otherwise the signal is too weak for the TiVo to tune it. The amp has worked perfectly.

I recently decided to try to get this TiVo connected to the network. A wireless N adapter didn't work - idevices pick up WiFi signal out there but it must be too weak to get a consistent signal. Then I found out about MoCa, which had escaped me all these years - and I have a Fios router, so it is already enabled at the head end.

Unfortunatly MoCa signals won't pass through a cable amp. Through lots of googling I found the solution. Buy two satellite TV "diplexers" - they look like splitters but instead of splitting the entire stream they divide it by frequency - and three short lengths of coax. The "antenna" output goes to and through the amp, then back in to the antenna hookup on the second diplexer. The "satellite" output goes directly to the "satellite" input of the second diplexer.

Voila, the cable signal goes through the "antenna" path, the MoCa signals pass through the "satellite" path and the they get recombined. Add a MoCa adapter at the Tivo, and it all works perfectly. If only I'd figured this out years ago.

Downton Abbey Season 3 - you watching?

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 09:40
My wife got me to watch the 1st episode of Downton Abbey Season 3 last night (2 hr ep).

I had not watched a single episode previously, so Leigh provided the backstory for each of characters during the course of the episode. Having heard there were LOTS of characters and story lines, I was concerned I could never simply jump-into Season 3 and have half a clue.

About 1/4 way in to Episode 1, I was on board with a pretty good handle on the characters. Overall I enjoyed the episode and will probably tag along with my wife through Season 3.

I did have to ask if this was kind of like Fiddler on the Roof remake with the 3 daughters and their "papa" stuck in his tradition, not initially liking their choice of mates, but willing to bend for his daughters...

I think this show could be made PERFECT with the addition of some Ninjas, Zombies, threat of Nuclear Attack, or Jack Bauer/Chloe setting up a perimeter. ;)

odd Time Warner/Cable Card/Tuning Adapater issue

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 08:53
I have been running three TiVo's (two premieres and a series 3) with Time Warner cable cards and tuning adapters for months....no issues.

Over the weekend I switched to Time Warner internet. Part of the promotion was that I am to receive all of the movie channels for free for three months. After the install, I made sure that all of my TiVo's could connect to the new internet...what I did not check was whether I was receiving all of my channels.

I was not.

I was not receiving all of the movie channels, just the HBO and Showtime primary channels...plus all of the other channels I was previously receiving.

After multiple calls to Time Warner, I finally got to the cable card help line and after a 45 minute wait and a lot of troubleshooting; we got the master bedroom and the guest room working properly. After multiple attempts, resending the signal several times, I never got to the point where I was receiving all of my channels, and we finally stopped when I was receiving only two of my local network channels (Fox and NBC) and the primary HBO and Showtime. We stopped and agreed to an onsite technical visit.

The technician with whom I was speaking did suggest that if I did not want to wait for my appointment, that I could try going to my local Time Warner office to simply swap out the tuning adapter, since he believed this to be the problem. My appointment is for tomorrow, so I decided I could wait.

In the interim, I decide to do some of my own troubleshooting, so I swapped out the tuning adapter in the guest room (which was receiving all of my channels) with the one in the living room. Same problem with the new tuning adapter.

The only change that was made to the living room set up during the internet install was the installation of a cable splitter, so that I could have one feed going to my router and the other to my TiVo. We also rearranged the living room furniture, so that I was now plugged in to a different cable outlet.

Has anyone seen the use of a cable splitter as the cause of a problem with channel reception?

It does not seem the tuning adapter to be the problem...troubleshooting with the Time Warner tech did not seem to reveal a cable card issue....
Is the splitter causing the problem? Could switching cable outlets have created a problem?
Any thought on this?

Constant crashing of Hulu Plus

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 08:09
About 10 days ago we started getting constant crashes with Hulu Plus. The error screen reads 'The requested application is currently unavailable (V301).'

This can happen when starting the app or when searching. Really frustrating. Anyone else been having this problem?

The Biggest Loser Season 14 Discussion (SPOILERS!!)

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 06:31
And we're off yet again. I like having the kids in the mix. Cant believe that one girl just walked off the show. Seems like Jillian should have done more to try to get her to stay but Jillian seems to have a "I dont give a crap" attitude this time around.. maybe Im just reading in to it...

TWC's Roku App

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 06:18
Do you think this will kick TiVo development's collective rear-end into gear and get the Mini to market!



TiVo debuting NEW DVR at CES 2013 !

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 04:14
How I wish that this title was true......


I hate to disappoint anyone going to ces 2013 but TiVo will once again be absent from the show floor as they were the last two years I can confirm. I attended the 2010, 2011, 2012 shows and being a big TiVo fan and owner since 2005 I have looked for them every year. The last 2 yrs I found them....well sort of, you see above one of the massiv halls is a corridors of meeting rooms. In the directory I found the listing..north hall meeting rooms. Which are very hard to find once up there (and I went during the day) you feel like your walking in a area your not supposed to be In. Little to no signs almost no people, very quiet. And when I finally found the room I was small and there was nobody there, no booth , no display, What the hell TiVo? 2 years in a row this same thing happened. And this year....well click the link above and you will see their listed again.

TiVo Inc.
LVCC, North Hall Mtg Rms - N246

So if I even waste my time a 3rd time out of morbid curiosity I will certainly snap a pic of whatever I see and post it here publicly.
I am soo thoroughly disappointed in TiVo. As first I thought it was a booth price thing. Nope. There are dozens of booths on th floor by little retailers that sell china junk you buy off fleabay! So there is no way TiVo couldn't afford to be present.
For the self proclaimed DVR leader / innovator of the world, this really is embarrassing. As of January 2012, TiVo has approximately 2.3 million subscribers in the United States. So there monthly revenue is about 20 million dollars! Monthly!! I'm just sayin.

Audio partly missing on video transferred to PC

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:45
Hi all. Hopefully someone can help me with this - I'm getting very frustrated!

I am experimenting with transferring some recordings from my Series 4 Tivo to my Windows 7 PC via Tivo Desktop. These are mostly HD recordings about 6-7 gigs in size being transferred using the "fastest method" transfer option. Everything looks and sounds fine when I play back on the PC via Windows Media.

Then I am using VideoReDo TV Suite 4 (trial version w/key) to edit out commercials etc. I am saving the edited video as an mpeg, and I am using the "Auto" setting for the audio. This is for playback on my PS3.

The audio on the edited mpeg sounds fine for the most part, but about halfway through playback, the audio starts dropping out intermittently for long periods of time. I've tried re-transferring and re-editing the file several times, but I get similar results. On a couple of attempts, the video was actually truncated from 52 minutes to about 35 minutes.

Any idea what I'm doing wrong? Not sure if the problem is with VideoRedo, or if it has to do with the way I'm transferring the file from my Tivo.

Once Upon A Time 1/06/13

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:40
I felt quite sad for Regina. Emma has the I can tell if your lying super power so she should have held more firmly to her belief, but I can see how she doesn't really trust her instincts at the moment.

Rumple has Emma set up for a favor and now whatever the consequence for using magic is.

Snow and Charming in Story Brooke are just kinda pathetic.

Who died?

Also, way to give major spoilers with the previews next week ABC.

TiVo Premiere hard drive dead, no way to replace it?

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:58
Since as of now I don't have a working TiVo hard drive, will I not be able to use one of my spare hard drives around here as a replacement?

Slimline Point And Peak Help!

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:18
Not sure if I posted this in the right place?

Ok, I have a R10 and HR10-250 running on a 18inch 3lnb dish. I have this dish mounted to a 4x4 post in a bad spot to mow around so I decided to relocate the dish. At the PC repair shop that I work at, I install Wildblue Internet and requires a 2inch pole that we keep on the truck so I planted a 2inch pole out of the mowing way to relocate my dish and then realized upon trying to moving the dish that the older Oval 3 lnb dishes are 1 5/8 (forgot) and will not fit a 2inch pole so I called a buddy of mine and he gave me a new slimline 5lnb NON SWM (SWM will not work with older boxes or so I assume) dish. I ran new cable and replaced the ground block and what not but can not for the life of me point this dish. This is my first one and never had an issue with the Oval dishes. I also put a cheap meter in the line that will buzz until I hook the line from the lnb side to the meters lnb side, then the meter dies (but will come back to life if I unplug the lnb wire from the meter) so at this point wasn't sure if the lnb is bad or does this meter not work with this lnb (see link for meter)


I have no plans to upgrade to HD so is this dish a pain in the rear to point and peak? Do they make an Oval 3lnb with a 2inch base? I am using my R10 box to preform the point and peak but only gives me an option for the Oval 3lnb dish, is this a problem since I am using the 5lnb dish?

Slow speed on Premiere

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:12
I've got a Tivo Premiere. When I click on the Tivo button on my remote, it takes 5 seconds for the Tivo Home to load. When I move from Tivo Home to "My Shows", it takes 5 seconds to load that. When I click on a show, it's another 5 seconds for the show menu to pop up.

This seems much slower than my Series 3 Tivo. Is this normal behavior? I've tried to reboot the device, bu still so slow.


No sound on podcasts

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:11
Some times when I want to see a podcast, I get the video but no sound. Occasionally I have been able to go back and play another regular program for a moment and then return to the podcast and get the sound. When I look at the Texilla podcast, the sound is extra loud or there is no sound at all. I downloaded a photography podcast yesterday and again there is no sound.
I have a premiere XL TIVO, and would really appreciate some suggestions. :confused:

Enter Webz beta release - web browser for the TiVo!

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:16
Today I'm announcing "Enter Webz" - the world's first web browser for the TiVo DVR.
This is just a Beta release.

This release is available for download from http://David.Blackledge.com/tivo/enterwebz.
More information is in the documentation.

Just download, unzip, and run the .bat file, then look in "Music, Photos, and More" or "Showcases and Apps" or equivalent, depending on your TiVo model.
You'll get Enter Webz, and a couple of shortcuts to Google and Archive.org (where you can listen to public domain music, or watch public domain videos and movies on your TV).

This is free for your personal home use. I plan to set up a fixed-ip server in the future.

It's ugly and buggy still, but today's the last day of my vacation, so I may not get a chance to work on this for a while.

Why a web browser for the TiVo DVR?

Quick lookups

Google, Definr.com, IMDB, Wikipedia
One-off pages for other Apps

Google Authentication for Google APIs (the main inspiration for creating Enter Webz... I used Enter Webz to register Pandora’s activation code on my new TiVo Premiere!)
Display a related URL for dynamic app content (e.g. from an RSS feed)
Application help pages
Instant HME Apps for some websites

weather.gov and wunderground.com
Gmail mobile or Gmail basic html
Google Voice mobile (mp3 download blocked)
Google Calendar mobile...hopefully soon
Facebook mobile
tivocommunity.com forums!
Archive.org’s public domain content:
mp3s ( playlists of live concerts; audio books), texts, videos (classic TV; movies)
Feedburner XSLT-formatted rss feeds
Launch other HME Apps

Special URLs launch apps from domain names (vs. static IPs of “Manually add a server”)
Can be configured to present any URL like it is a stand-alone app.

Directivo satellite gear upgrade

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:14
I started another thread http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...38#post9459238 where I asked for help about some odd behavior by my very old DSR6000 DirecTivo DVR. Considering the ages of all my gear I'm guessing the best answer is an upgrade. I'm concerned about making a mistake by just taking the standard offer by DirectTV since I am a stickler for picture quality. I would appreciate any advice as to what I should ask for. A call to DirecTV resulted in an offer to upgrade for a net cost of $19.95 but I didn't get any receiver model numbers. Any advice regarding upgrades?

Lost Girl Season 3 starts tonight, 1-6!

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 12:49
Lost Girl Season 3 starts tonight in Canada.
Monday January 14th on Syfy.


Premiere Boot Loop

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 11:25
So I decided to upgrade my Premiere's hard drive from stock to a 2TB WD20EARX. I used JMFS to copy, then expand, then supersize. I put the new drive in the Premiere and it wouldn't boot. It would go "Welcome! Starting Up..." for 10-20 seconds then all the lights would flash and it would reboot back into the same screen. So I read a little and figured that the culprit must be the idle time on these newer WD drives. So I used wdidle3 /D, which still had the TiVo rebooting. And wdidle3 /S300 had the same affect. So I thought "I'll try the original drive" and it had the same restarting problem. I was very careful when removing and inserting drives into the unit. I can't even get a kickstart code in. Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks in advanced!

Americas Test Kitchen Guide Data

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 11:01
For quite a while now every ATK that is recorded has a completely different show title and description than what the episode is. What's up with that? Anyone else notice this?

Thoughts on the new DirecTV TiVo

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 10:26
I am thinking of possibly switching from Comcast to DirecTV. I love my TiVos (Series 3 & two Premieres), but Comcast's billing is HORRIBLE and it seems like they raise the rates every month.

I see how DirecTV FINALLY has the new TiVo based DVR equipment, but from the initial looks of it, it seems like a 1/2 baked product & a complete disappointment compared to some of their own other equipment (Specifically the new GENIE system). No Netflix, no media transfer, etc.

Is there any real reason to pick the DirecTV Tivo over their own GENIE hardware? Or is the DirecTV TiVo really just a piece of junk as it appears to be?

Transfer shows between tivos?

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 09:16
We had two Tivos, one in the living room and one in the bedroom for a while. Both series 2's. And we could shuffle around shows as needed.

The living room Tivo gave up the ghost after 9 years, last year. It was replaced by a Tivo Premiere, the one with 2 tuners. HD upgrade, and all was good.

Except that EVERY SINGLE SHOW on the Premiere was untransferrable/the red-slash-circle thing next to EVERY show. Transferring was now a one way deal, Series 2 in the bedroom --> Tivo Premiere. I could pull shows BACK to the Series 2 from the Premiere, but that was it.

An annoyance, and several searches at the time said it was A Comcast/copyright thing, and there wasn't much I could do about it. Fine. We lived.

I got a new Premiere for Xmas, the 4 tuner one. And now I'm stuck with a dilemma. I'd like to replace the 2-tuner in the living room with the 4 tuner, putting the 2-tuner into the bedroom. But how do I get my shows off of the 2 tuner and onto the 4 tuner? Will they transfer between Premieres? Has Comcast in Atlanta modified their transfer policy? I LOATHE to call Comcast, just because 95% of the time, they're clueless about things. But, I have to call to get a cablecard for the new Tivo regardless.

Any insight?