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Big Brother - ep05 - 7/22/2012

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 20:04
Wow, I never watched the Survivor with Willie's brother, but I hope woman ever procreates with that family. Apparently they have mental issues. What an ass. Glad to see him go.

Kindle Fire Owners: Receive a free $1 Amazon MP3 credit when downloading Tivo app?

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 18:59
I have no information regarding any offer but when I downloaded the Tivo app to my Kindle Fire I got a $1 Amazon MP3 credit sent to my email. YMMV.

Tivo Proxy Server

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 18:07
Hi, I'm writing a simple proxy server for my TiVo that will stream and decode .tivo files directly from the TiVo. This will allow media players like VLC and media servers like TVersity to play and server the files. I am also going to server a RSS feed so media servers can find the Tivo files.

Right now I have a simple prototype that works with VLC:

Code: import cgi, os, SocketServer, sys, time, subprocess
import urllib2
from SimpleHTTPServer import SimpleHTTPRequestHandler
from StringIO import StringIO

Tivo_MAK = '***********'
Tivo_URL = ''
Port = 8000

def findPID(exename):
    a = os.popen4('tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq '+exename+'"')
    return info[1]

class DirectoryHandler(SimpleHTTPRequestHandler):
    def do_GET(self):
        global Tivo_MAK
        global Tivo_URL
        link = Tivo_URL + self.path
        print link
        self.send_header("Content-Type", "video/mpeg")
        decode = subprocess.Popen('curl.exe --digest -k -c cookies.txt -u tivo:{0:s} "{1:s}" | tivodecode -m {0:s} -- -'.format(Tivo_MAK,link),shell=True,bufsize=1000,stdout=subprocess.PIPE)
        processID = findPID('curl.exe')

        while True:
            chunk = decode.stdout.read(4096)
            if not chunk:
                os.popen('TASKKILL /PID '+ processID +' /F')
httpd = SocketServer.TCPServer(("", Port), DirectoryHandler)
print "serving at port", Port
httpd.serve_forever() With this running I can open VLC and pass an URL that looks like this:
Code: And the server will change the URL to the TiVo URL and run curl and tivodecode then pass the output back to VLC.

This works in VLC, but I can't get any other media player or media server to recognize the output. I think it's because they can't determine the codec to use, they will open and close the link a few times before saying it can't play. My question is what exactly is output from tivodecode and what content-type and header info should I send? I tried "video/mpeg","video/mp4","video/mpgv" but windows media player won't play the output.

Recently Deleted Folder

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 17:01
2 questions:

1. Does anyone know if there is an easy way to delete all content in the folder?

2. The programs in the deleted folder, are they included in the disk space usage indicator?

Thank you.

Working Series2 DT but KS 54 shows fail id

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 10:51
My S2 DT is working and still is working but Kickstart 54 shows the internal HD as Fail ID and essentially won't run the SMART tests.

The only thing I can think of is that I did have the drive connected to my Win 7 computer running Seagate's SeaTools on it and when I came back the computer had gone to sleep. When it came back on - SeaTools now showed an extra "line" as if there was an extra volume available. So I'm guessing this is similar to some of the info I've seen where you shouldn't boot Windows with your tivo drive connected otherwise you might get a "Windows signature" and make the Tivo not bootable...

Mine still boots and the only problem I can detect is in Kickstart 54 with the FAIL ID code.

Any suggestions on "fixing"? Or should I not worry about it?

How do I install Streambaby service on NAS device

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 10:19
I am about to finally replace HP WHS (LX195) with a NAS device.

Can someone help me with understanding how to install the Streambaby service on a NAS device?

I did this with the WHS a few years but I understand the process would be entirely different with a NAS device.

Would a particular brand/model be easier to install? I need to understand if I can do this myself or if I should get help for the Streambaby service install.

Please let me know. Thanks.

Special channels added for Olympics?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 18:54
I just now noticed that there are three new channels popping up on my Tivo, all specified as "NBCU" and touting Olympics coverage in the near future. Haven't heard anything from the cable company about them yet. Anybody else seeing something like this?

Closed Captioning on Humax DRT 400 stopped working

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 18:50
A few weeks ago the closed Captioning on my Humax DRT 400 stopped working.

Note this is an older model TiVo and does not have its own CC on / off option in its settings.

Checked my TV settings CC is on. Tried terning it on and off no change.

Checked A/V wires no problems.

I update Via Internet, and system info says updating is fine.

I am wondering if this is a TiVo software problem?
Has there been a recent update to TiVo software?
Is anyone else with this model TiVo having this problem?

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for any help given.

xl4 not showing 4 red lights when all tuners are in use

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 18:44
i've recently added a xl4 to my line up of tivos.

I just had an opportunity to test all 4 tuners. While they all record, one of the lights on the front doesn't indicate the tivo is recording on a tuner. i've set up 4 recordings & there is a red light missing.

When i restarted the tivo, that missing red light flashes on during the power down process.

anyone experience a similar problem?

tivo wants me to send it in for an exchange...I am reluctant to do so since i've got an external paired & the cable card is paired. After explaining tivo suggested weaknees

Suitable hard drives for a Tivo Series 2?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 16:43
I have a old Tivo Series 2 that has been upgraded, I think twice, and now has a 500GB hard drive. I am seeing some signs of age on that drive including minor hiccups in playback and would like to replace the drive and keep my shows.

What are the best options for currently available drives? Is it possible to go larger? Or would I just replace with another 500GB? Also, I am not sure what happened to the stick on how to do the upgrade, as I need to review it again, since its been a few years since the last time.


Help, i need a series 2 image

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 16:19
Hey everyone,

I am trying to replace my hard drive in my 540040 with an 80gb hard drive i tok out of a direct tv tivo machine. They are both ide and firgured it would be an easy fix but cant get past the welcome, powering up screen, then reboots and over and over.
I went to winmfs and it does not see the tivo drive that I have hooked up to my laptop with a usb adapter.
I went ti instacake and they charge money :(
From what I can figure, either I need a new image or the direct tv hard drive is bad, dont know but if someone has a series 2 540040 image or 540080 image it would be so much appreciated.



DVRupgrade.com's INSTANTCAKE is out of date

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 15:11
I recently purchased "the latest" circa 2007 InstantCake upgrade package for my Tivo Series 3 from DVRupgrade.com. I read (going in) that a) there was NO PRODUCT SUPPORT of any kind available and b) NO REFUNDS. OK says I, but last time I tried it, it worked fine so likely with my computer experience, I can make it work. OOPS!!! That did not turn out to be so.

The program was designed for OLDER PCs where there were a) PATA drive ports and b) (apparently) just two SATA ports. None of my four PCs now meet that criteria. I tried it on three computers, two with multiple (6 and 8) SATA ports and on a 2009 HP laptop using a USB to SATA adapter. In none of these configurations could InstantCake identify and connect to the DESTINATION SATA port (or USB port) so as to be able to write the InstantCake Tivo package to the destination 1TB drive.

It was true! ABSOLUTELY ZERO support was available from DVRupgrade and no refund was available either! Let the buyer be AWARE!

Finally, in despairation, I went to this and other Tivo forums and found the program KNOPPIX at http://www.bumwine.com/tivo.html and it worked beautifully. I did not need the InstantCake image, but just used the original Tivo Image from the original OEM drive from Tivo.

http://www.bumwine.com/tivo.html speaks of http://www.mfslive.org/winmfs/ which is supposedly even easier to use, but I did not try that one out.

I tried to publish this information on the DVRupgrade.com website, but they would not allow these comments on their website. I can understand why. It seems to me that DVRupgrade.com needs to have their InstantCake program updated to work with modern computers OR quit selling it.

post network fail, data refresh does not populate to do list

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:20
Storm disabled network for week. After repair and several successful connect, download and process episodes (maybe) my Tivo HD still shows "no data" and to do list and season passes show "none scheduled" shows. How do I force refresh of "to do" d etc.?

Sharing TiVo among multiple TV - Device development?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 01:59
Hi there, I have a TiVo Premiere and would like to share this box with multiple TVs in my house. I don't need another TiVo, just the ability to view and control the one I have from other rooms.

I recently did a survey for TiVo that included questions about such a device gauging interest. Is this type of device in development? When would it go on sale approximately? How much would they cost? I hope someone can at least confirm the development and time frame for release as I am trying to decide whether or not to buy a 3rd party device now or wait until an official accessory is announced by TiVo. Any advice would be most appreciated!

Season Pass not finding shows on all channels

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 01:06
Got a THR-22 a couple of months ago to replace an ailing (and failing) HR10-250. I've noticed a different behavior on how shows are found and recorded using the Season Pass on the new THR-22.

The old behavior was that Season Pass would find a show no matter which channel it appeared on (for example, Law & Order on USA, cloo, and local NBC, either OTA or via satellite). On the new THR-22 I find I have to set up separate season passes for the same show on each channel.

What's peculiar is that if you search for a show then ALL shows will appear on the upcoming episodes list (as one would expect). But, if you pick one and create a Season pass, then only future shows on the channel you happen to have selected will record -- all others will be ignored.

I consider this to be an introduced software bug, and the new behavior is definitely not what I want or expected.

Anyone else seeing the same behavior or have a solution for this?

Bachelorette finale on Sunday (7/22/12) instead of Monday

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 00:07
The finale and After The Final Rose ep are on Sunday instead of Monday. I didn't even realize until I stumbled across a commercial today. It's also mentioned at http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelorette/.

Fortunately, it was near the top of my SPM and I had no conflicts w/anything else.

Can I Ip control an unsubscribed Tivo?

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 22:42
I have a Tivo Series 3 that I control over IP, on my home wifi network, and it works great.

I am thinking of buying a used Tivo (HD or Series 3) for my bedroom, to use as a tuner (with a CableCard, without a Tivo subscription) for my bedroom TV - much less expensive than renting a set top box from RCN.

Does anyone know if I can connect an unsubscribed Tivo to my wifi network, and control it over IP?


Help please........trying to create playable files for Tivo Premiere using VirtualDub

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 21:51
I searched through this forum but could not find anything that would help me.

I have a Tivo Premiere. There are some video files that I would like to transfer onto it and play.

I just started playing around with the video editing software called "VirtualDub." I have loaded all of the main plug ins for it that I could find in order to beef up its capabilities.

Some of the video files on my computer will not play in my Premiere(such as mkv files). So I used VirtualDub to convert these mkv files(and a few other things) into avi files.

At first, the output file sizes were GIGANTIC. VirtualDub would take something that was approximately 52MB in size and covert it into an avi output file of 1.5 gig.

I adjusted the setting in VirtualDub to "Direct Stream Copy" and that successfully reduced the output file size down to a much smaller size. These output files do play fine in my computer video players(MPCHC, VLC, etc.)

When I use Tivo Desktop to transfer these avi files onto the Tivo Premiere, it DOES play them. However, there is a TON of jitter. Severe jitter.

Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions on how to correct this?

Much appreciated!


p.s., in case it makes any difference, here are my PC system specs

windows 7 pro 64 bit
8 gigs of DDR2 ram
Dell - 2.8 Ghz Dual core processor
really good video card(Nvidia 440, or something)

also..... I am using the 32 bit version of VirtualDub

Auto Standby Mode, 18hrs inactivity

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 21:21
Premiere enters Standby Automatically after 18 hours of no "direct" activity, I was still accessing the Premiere via the Elite using MRS.

I move a Premiere to a bedroom where it is not currently being used daily. After the first day I noticed it was in Standby Mode. I assumed someone set it. 2nd day it was in Standby again, this time I asked if anyone had set it, no one had. So last night at midnight I last accessed it directly, tonight at 6pm it was in Standby again.

Since I have never seen this before, and cannot find a posting, can anyone verify that this is now normal?

showing time and remainder of show on screen

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 20:19
In the past on the bottom of my screen, it showed the current time and how much time of the recorded show had elapsed. It does not any more. I can not figure out what I did. Can someone suggest how I can get this info back? Thank you.