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$200 lifetimed OLED

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 20:04
Tivo Series 3 with Lifetime Service - $200 (Brookline, MA)


Ad is 2 days old, so they deserve to have to deal with a bunch of emails if they sold it and didn't take the ad down or edit it to say SOLD.

How to access Tivo recordings on the road via 3G

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 19:02

I have a Tivo Premier with an external card from comcast (I do not have a cable box from comcast). I want to access my recordings on the road via 3G on an iphone.

I've heard Slingbox will do the job but I have not been able to find a definitive answer on how to do it.

In other words, if I buy an Slingbox HD-Pro, and using the Slingbox app on the iphone, when I am the road only with 3G could I select any of the recording on the Tivo box and stream it to the iphone?

Any help very much appreciated!

Would this computer system be good to buy for video editing?

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 18:10
I have a Tivo Premiere. I offload a lot of content from the Tivo onto my PC. Then I edit it with VideoRedo.

My current system is a dual core Dell(2.8 Ghz processor). I have a very good video card and lots of ram.

My PC is able to edit the HD content as long as the output files are straight up MP2.

However, unfortunately, if I try to transcode the .tivo files to anything other than MP2(such as MP4/h.264) then my system just can't do it. The horsepower is just not there.

I have been thinking of buying a new PC. Here is one that I found on sale. What do you think of this? What it be good for the HD video editing? Or would you recommend any tweaks to this?


One thing that I might want different from the standard specs is a solid state drive. Part of my reasoning is because SSD is faster. Another part of my reasoning is that the ONLY stuff that goes on my C drive is application data. I do not store personal photos or anything else on my C drive.

I do not do any gaming and I do not care about that. The only high end processing that I do is the video editing.

Anyway, what do you think of this?



No sound and no picture using media player

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 18:08
I am running windows 8 preview. I can not get sound or picture when playing a program I downloaded from my tivo. I am using kmttg to down the programs with qsfix and have the tivo programs set to remove. It is in mpg2 format.

Will the HD Directivo ever work with internet options?

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 16:50
The media center


a few basic 'on demand' internet options work but will the rest be included in a software update?

really irritating that is doesn't work ... especially since is appears to be deliberately not enabled.

anyone heard news?


Tivo Premier Incompatible with Charter Communications

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 16:29
I have a Tivo Premier HD Series 4 which previously worked perfectly with Comcast. I moved into a Charter Communications-only community and my Tivo has proven to be incompatible with Charter. After escalating through both Charter and Tivo technical support, both organizations have thrown up their hands and said there is nothing they can do about it.

Problem: Charter supplies a Motorola tuning adaptor for Tivo installations. With the tuning adaptor in, most HD channels cannot be received. Where the HD channels should be other (lower) channels are received instead. Strangely, with the tuning adaptor out, the HD channels are received fine, but other channels (presumably the "switched digital" channels) cannot be received. So there is no way to win. My choice is to leave the tuning adaptor out so I can get (most) of the HD channels and forego the other channels.

Guide to post-Series2 used Tivos?

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 16:25
I am a current Tivo Series 2 owner. It's hooked up to an old CRT TV. It's an HD-ready TV, but the single HDMI port is being used by a Roku box. The TV also has composite and S-video connectors.

We are not heavy TV users at all, but the Tivo was used heavily for the Olympics. We also record Mythbusters because it's on after the youngest kid has to go to bed. Really, it's nice to have for a few things, but TV is not central to our lives (especially in the summer, we watch more TV in the winter).

Comcast is currently giving us "limited basic" service on analog coax, but they are going "all digital" in the next 6 months.

DH, who is even cheaper than I am, is horrified at the 500 current fee for lifetime, so I'm starting to watch for a used Tivo. But, I haven't been following the Tivo product line at all in the past 6 years or so, so the model names and numbers mean nothing to me.

Can somebody give me a crash course on what kind of old Tivo to watch for? (name and model number to search on eBay or the seller's forum here).

I believe my needs are:

1. Can read analog cable today, digital cable w/ CableCard in 6 months.
2. Doesn't use up my one HDMI port on the TV, if possible.
3. Is a model that's been reliable for people (I don't want to buy a used model that's been notorious for problems). We'll probably use whatever we buy until it dies, and even then we'll try to fix it before tossing it out. DH has swapped out the disk drive and a fan on the current Tivo over the years.


TIVO vs Xfinity DVR in Houston. Why stay with TIVO?

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 16:04
I have two TIVO units, a Premier and a Series 3. I am currently paying $32 per month for the TIVO service. My wife is on me about dropping the service and going to XFinity's DVR's.

I have to say---I'm considering it! They have the On Demand that I can't get. And they have programming from iPad/Phone/Computer that I love with TIVO. The rental for two DVR's would be far less than I am paying now.

We do use Netflix with the TIVO service. I don't know if I can still get that with XFinity.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Disappointed in TiVo - Lack of Support for Series 3

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 15:41
I'm not sure where to address this or if I'm the only one who feels this way, but I figured I'd start here.

First and foremost - I love TiVo. Back in the day when it was between ReplayTV and TiVo...I chose TiVo (even waiting until Sony released their TiVo branded box to get in on the action...then had 2 of those boxes!). I was also one of the first people to buy the Series3 when it came out. It had everything I wanted and at the time, TiVo also gave me the option to transfer my lifetime subscription to that box. I was more than happy to make the switch!

But after paying a very high price to get in on the Series3, I feel TiVo stopped supporting it and instead, focused on the lesser TiVo products that came next (at much cheaper price points). I think in the (however many years - 6 maybe?) I've owned my TiVo Series3, there has been 1 (maybe 2) software upgrades I can think of for it while I've sat by watching new rollouts happen for the other boxes and bringing with it more technological advancements such as the compatibility of the TiVo app with those boxes, on demand (in certain areas), vastly more storage space, HD menus, etc.

I wish TiVo would help those who have supported the company for such a long time (including early adopters) by supporting these devices more instead of leaving them behind. Technology changes all the time and I'm sure there must be a reason a Series3 can't have HD menus for instance, but it would be great to feel supported.

Maybe I'll get the new XL4, but I'm definitely wary of purchasing something that's not more for the masses (at a lower price point) that I know will receive more updates than something that's more expensive and for a niche audience.

Just wondering if any other Series3 owners out there feel the same way (which is why I'm putting it in this forum). If I'm off base, please let me know :)

Signed - current and loyal TiVo customer -


Not receiving one channel - 747

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 13:58
For some reason, I can receive all the other channels, locals, HBO, etc. on my 1 month old Premier XL4, but all of a sudden just get a blank screen when tuning to the cooking channel, 747. Reset by me and comcast has had no effect.

XL4 and WD DVR expander use.

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 13:00
Will the 1TB WD expander work with the 2TB XL4?

Cablevision and Tivo regarding HD channels.

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 11:32
Cablevision has just launched the NFL Network on channel 150 in the NY/NJ area. If you use a regular cablevision box, channel 150 comes in HD. Not so on TiVo. Only in 480i. Will I have to cancel my tivo service and return back to a Cablevision DVR in order to get NFL Network HD? If that is the only way then I guess my 10 years of TiVo will come to an end :(. Anyone have any other info regarding this?

CableCard set up - easy question?

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 11:19
I have just decided to give comcast another chance (special deal) and I have a simple? question. I will be doing a self install.

The cable comes out of the wall and goes to my personal modem.

Do I spit the cable BEFORE the modem (then one cable to modem and another to Tivo)?


Is there another way?

Thanks (I know, silly simple question but I want to know for sure) Beforwe I try

TiVo PremiereXL OTA without subscription?

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 10:42
Is it possible to get HD OTA channels without paying a subscription fee. I would like to watch HD OTA channels thru my projector & I'm not looking to record anything or use any other special functions.


"Quick tune" channels on Pemiere

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 10:19
Coming from Directv (less then a month) .. they had a great feature on there DVR called "QUICK TUNE"..

It was/is and easy way access 9 of your favorite channels..

does tivo have this feature.. (I cant find it)..

Or does anyone have any ideas how get my favorites without changing the guide (too many steps to change the guide)

thanks all

Lost Locals on 6.4a

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 08:13
Hey all,

I lost all of my local channels yesterday and I'm not sure how to proceed. I've searched the forums and it seems that most folks that lost their local channels upgraded to 6.4a and it solved their problem. Unfortunately, I'm already on 6.4a! I've tried both Restart & Clear options and forced a call which reports that it was successful but still no luck! I also sent a re-authorization from the DTV website.

Here's my setup:

Philips DSR704
Software Version: 6.4a-01-2-101

Any ideas?

Burn Notice "Official Business" 8/16/2012

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 01:11
It was at the very beginning, but I'm not sure if it was from last week or this week, but we saw info on the weapon that killed Nate.

The specs Sam had said it was a .950 caliber projectile. That caught my eye as it does sound a bit big. Turns out you can buy a rifle that shoots that size ammunition:

I guess this explains how it went through two bodies and the sign.

Transfer shows from Series 1 to Premiere?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 22:03
I have a new Premiere box with a lifetime contract and an old Series 1 (Sony) box with a lifetime contract. Can I transfer shows on the Series 1 to the new Premiere? How do I do that?

Season Pass Manager Transfers

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 20:07
I had a partially defective Tivo that needed to be replaced with a factory renewed Tivo. I probably had 30 Season Passes to transfer.. But, since TiVo takes the liberty to transfer the lifetime service to the new box from the old when it ships instead of waiting until I receive and install, it made it impossible for me to transfer the SPs. TiVo needs a better solution to that. Not to mention, that my partially working Tivo that was being returned had its service terminated several days before I actually got the new one. That's a poor procedure as well. TiVo should not active the new service until I receive and activate the factory replacement.

It would be cool to ask me during the activation of the new one if I wanted to auto transfer all the SPs from the box being replaced.. that would be the best way to do it. It' all just some code writing on TiVo side.