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Added new video to My Tivo Recordings on PC, how to force Tivo to see new video?

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 14:03
I have Tivo Desktop Plus and routed my videos to play from my PC to my videos and it's worked well. Today I added some new videos to the folder on the PC but they are not showing up on the Tivo.

I have restarted the Tivo by power cycling it & restarted Tivo Desktop Plus but I still am missing the files on the Tivo in my computer folder, any thoughts?

Thank you,


It's always bothered me that

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:11
Tivo doesn't have the "Reminder" or "Auto-Tune" feature(s).

Also, would it be so hard to build in a wireless adapter like every DVD player on the market seems to come with?

It seems to me that this would be a fairly simple upgrade.

Does anyone else agree?


Cold Temp: Slow Remote or Slow TiVo?

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:55
Yes, I am a bonehead!

I took my first ski trip in about 13 years and turned off the heat just like I turn off the AC in the summer. When I got home the inside temp in my place was 40 degrees!

Now that my the subject of my intelligence/common sense (or lack thereof) is out of the way, here's what I noticed:

When I turned on my TV both my Series 2 and Premiere were extremely slow to respond to the commands from my remote. I had to push the button on my remote a little harder before I saw that the lights on the front of the TiVo's respond to the remote's command. Once the inside temp started to reach a comfortable 50-something degrees(!) both TiVos started to respond normally.

Does cold temperature affect TiVo's functionality?

"Denver Bonehead"

TiVo Premiere / Time Warner NE Ohio

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:51
Considering upgrading to a Premiere 4/4XL which doesn't receive OverTheAir broadcasts. Didn't give it a second thought until I read in another thread that non-digital cable broadcasts would also be a problem.... I'm wondering if that could mean that channels 1-99 would not be able to be tuned?

The only channel below 100 that I care about is channel 18 - WGN America where I can watch my beloved Cubs during the summer.... For whatever reason, Time Warner has never decided to make an HD version of WGN available.

So.....if I upgrade to a Premiere, will I lose WGN???

Anyone else currently using one of these in this area and can confirm if this works or won't work????

lots of lifetime TiVos for sale

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:37
I have successfully sold a lot of TiVos on this forum, on eBay and craigslist without complaints.

All prices are without shipping. Possible free delivery in metro Denver area. You tell me how you want them shipped and I will find out the actual price with me packing them for free. I bought all of these used, but all have been thoroughly tested and have no problems.

david 303 421 205two

Lifetime service TiVo Premiere DVR TCD746320 for sale
It has the standard Hard Drive Capacity: Up to 45 hours HD
with lifetime service so you don't have to pay the monthly fee. Dual tuner.
I bought this used, so don't know its' history, but it works great and has the standard remote and power cord and books.
It was manufactured 13/march 2010
You don't have to pay for TiVo monthly service with this Tivo. Free antenna broadcast TV!! No cable or satellite bill!! Or if you have cable, you can use their cable cards. (I think you have to rent these, but don't really know )

LIfetime service TiVo Series 2 dual tuner DVR for sale
$180 It has the standard Hard Drive Capacity: Up to 80hours sd
with lifetime service so you don't have to pay the monthly fee.
but it works great and has the standard remote and power cord and books.

TiVo Series 2 TCD540040 41HRS (TIVO BRAND NAME) Evaluation type of lifetime $40

All of these have lifetime
TCD 240080 (TIVO BRAND NAME) 81 HRS $80


141 gig Hard drive $30 (This Tivo has the parental controls on, and I don't have the code to unlock them. I haven't had any luck finding out how to unlock it. Tivo.com won't/can't help.
Same thing as above, but everything works and isn't locked. Has basic 3 day lifetime service and all features/functions work great. $55

$50 for Phillips 21 gig hd Series 1 Tivo with lifetime (the lifetime service is not eligible for transfer to a newer series 2, 3 or 4 Tivo)

$80 Phillips 193 gig hd Series 1 Tivo with lifetime

Sony Series 1 Tivo with 164 gig hd with lifetime $70 with Ethernet.

Tivo Series 2 Dual Tuner 180hr DVR $55 without lifetime, requires monthly fee if U want the TV guide and all functions. Can be used without monthly fee if U want to do manual recording. Some people use these for security or other non TV recording uses.

Premier with Evaluation (this is version of lifetime that gives you most of the advantages of lifetime service, but Tivo can take it away at anytime. I have used them for over 2 years. ) $300

I also have lots of Series 2 tivos without lifetime that I will sell for cheap. Mostly the white faced Series 2 Tivos and the Series 1 Tivos without lifetime.

Sonic Blue Replay TV DVR with lifetime and Commercial Advance feature, so better than Tivo in this one feature. No fees to pay every month.
Model RTV 5160

I also have a lot of TiVos without lifetime service if you need one of those. Currently that doesn't include any Series 3 or 4 tuner Premieres. Most of these were purchased on ebay, craigslist, or at local thrift stores.
These units are in excellent condition and work great except as noted. Many of them have lots of recorded shows on them already. I can clear and delete everything if you like.

Streaming Internet Video on Premiere

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 07:33
I am looking for a program that will allow me to watch internet video on my Premiere Elite. There are specific URLs for German programming that I would need to access. Is there any kind work around for this?

I do run Streambaby for downloaded video but this is concerning live feeds.

Thank you for any suggestions!

DRM error in Roxio NXT converting any Tivo files.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 01:20
I just bought Roxio Creator NXT to edit out the commercials from my Tivo series 4 Premier. I download the tivo files to my pc with tivo desktop 2.8.3 without any problems. Tivo won't let you download copy protected files and are shown with a red circle with a slash going through it. When I tried to transfer the file into NXT it won't show the file and says that the file is DRM protected. I am using a windows 7, 64-bit, windows explorer 9. Tivo shows a tutorial of downloading an episode of "MAD MEN" to the PC and then selecting it to be edited in Creator NXT. I tested a file that wasn't HD and it didn't work. It seems like the tivo file has the DRM in it enough for windows 7 or explorer 9 to sense it in NXT. Has anyone been abel to make this work?


Upgrade Options

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 00:40
I would like to know what kind of Premiere upgrade options I have that would be closest to what I have currently.

I only have one tv, one S3, and pay $6.95 per month.

It seems like it's no longer possible to get $6.95/month with 1 Tivo so maybe I should just stick with the S3. I would like to have 4 tuners though. Not sure whether I need 1080p/thx though. Thanks.

Fast Forward with program audio?

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 21:11
Is it possible with a Tivo Premier to listen to the program's audio while fast forwarding? Someone told me this was a feature to Premier (I had TivoHD which did not do this).

Would be a great feature for football games, etc.


Added Tivo Expander drive, Disk % Used is different btw Tivo XL4 and Tivo iPad App

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 19:57
Has anybody else observed the Tivo App My Shows Percentage Full report a difference in calculation/usage, vs the My Shows Percentage Full in the Tivo UI?

In my case it is 47% Full in Tivo UI, and 64% Full in Tivo iPad App.

Just added WD Tivo Expander drive so 2TB now. I reported the same percentage prior to adding drive.


Looking for a TV show

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 19:17
This came on in the late 80s or early 90s. It originally was either a made for tv movie, mini series, or just a really long pilot.

It had to do with a spaceship that was a prison, something happened and some of the things got loose and escaped to Earth (maybe only one thing got to Earth). I believe it was in a special containment unit perhaps?

There was a guy that was tracking these thing(s) down, I don't remember if he was from the spaceship or not but I want to say no, and that he was helped with this woman who was a guard on the ship or something.

Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

Tivo Premiere & Comcast Cablecard Question

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 18:26
I have a Tivo Premiere and with a CableCard and it works great. I am getting ready to set my father up, but he wants to get the Comcast HD version which will have it's own Comcast tuner.

Two questions:

1) I can still use Tivo instead of the Comcast DVR (pretty certain that is a 'yes')
2) Do I need a CableCard for the Tivo for any reason (pretty certain that is a 'no')

Any input would be appreciated.

Xfinity, tivo, premiere, on demand, northern virginia insanity

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 16:31
I am at my wits end on getting xfinity video on demand to work on my two new tivo premieres. I feel like i am getting the runaround and i have wasted hours of time in the process. I installed my two premieres yesterday. Everything works with the exception of video on demand. When i tune to channel 1 or 199, i get the error message "Problem with the signal on this cable channel. Trying again."

I have been boomeranged back and forth between tech support of the two companies....the latest is this

- tivo tech support says it wont work because i have a scientific atlanta digital card and that only motorola cards will work

- comcast tech support tells me that i have a one way card and that i need a two way card. They are mailing me two new two way cards and they are sending out an installer to get it configured

After some research, i have my doubts as to the comcast answer...posters in various forums have said that the two way thing is a red herring. I am going to see how it plays out though...i am hoping that the technician will have alternatives on he truck if these two way cards dont work....

Customers should not have to bridge the two tech offices to find the answer. Its crazy. I am not going to attack comcast...i may be in the minority but i really like their service esp some of the mobile apps they have rolled out...i do think it would be in tivo's best interest to work with comcast on a universal solution and set of answers

In the meantime, id appreciate any advice on whether i need to press for a different direction on this.



Single "guide" button press acts as if pressed twice

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 15:45
I have had a Tivo Premeire for a year or so, and beginning with an update a few months ago (sorry that I can't be more specific) the "guide" button now acts strangely sometimes. Probably 10-20% of the time I press the button, it acts as if I pressed it twice. If the guide is already up, it disappears and immediately re-appears. If it isn't, it pops up and then goes away.

This never once happened before the update, and began immediately following. The frequency of the problem has remained consistent (so far as I can tell).

I would have asked something earlier, but I at first assumed that it must have been a bug introduced with the update, and that everyone else would notice the problem and Tivo would quickly patch it. From searching these forums, it seems I was wrong, and that this problem is rare.

Is there anything I can do about it? When it happens 2-3 times in a row, it can be infuriating.


Upgrade to TiVo Desktop Plus

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 15:36
So I have been trying to update the TiVo desktop software to TiVo Desktop Plus. I own a key for it that I bought for a series 3 device. This process is how it is supposed to be done.

The menu is not available on my computer:
3. Open the free version of TiVo Desktop software and select "Upgrade to
TiVo Desktop Plus" from the "Help" menu. Enter the License key provided on
the "Order confirmation" page and enjoy.

Does any one know the reg key for this? I could not find an ini file to add it too :confused:

Vanishing act, my PC under Now Playing

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 14:26
I am a long time user of Tivo Desktop, in fact I paid for Tivo Desktop Plus when it first came out.

I have recently upgraded to a Premiere XL4, quite often when I transfer a movie to my Tivo Shared folder when I go to Now Playing on the Tivo, my PC is no longer on the list.

Usually if I log off of Windows 7, and log back in the PC reappears under Now Playing and I can then transfer the show or movie to the Tivo. My question is, is there a quicker way to "refresh" the Now Playing list to get the PC to reappear? Leaving the Now Playing list and go back to it does nothing, I believe rebooting my Tivo or resetting my router also works. I was just wondering if there was a quick way to do this, from Windows or the Tivo?

V106 Not In Your Account

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 11:40
Every few days one of my premiers starts complaining that I can't get to my other premiers, the other premiers on not on my account. Nothing has changed on my account (according to tivo.com) and my MAK is correct on all of my DVRs. A reboot seems to fix the problem.

It is getting old having to constantly reboot these DVRs.

They are all connected via ethernet switch not through a router, so I am not sure what to do...

Is this a known problem with the current release ?
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Banshee, 01-11-2012, Pilot (on Cinemax)

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 11:22
The first episode of this new show was broadcast Thursday, 1-11-2012, on Cinemax.

This was a good show. It had action, sex, and mystery. I hope they can maintain the show quality.

Give it a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Does comcast/cable cards still require an installer?

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 10:41
So I'm very tempted by an offer from Tivo for a premier but I'd need to get a new cable card for it. I know when they brought down the cable cards for my TivoHD they required an installer to put them in my Tivo.(that was back in 07) Are they still requiring this or can you just go down to the local office and pick one up?