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Audio output question

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:57
After six years of living in an area with no high-speed Internet and no cable, my wife and I are building in an area where we can once again join the 21st century. We'll have cable and Internet through Time-Warner and I'm thrilled to be able to join the Tivo community once again. Knowing we're only about four months away from our new home we took advantage of the awesome deal Tivo just offered and picked up a Roamio Plus with lifetime programming for just $599.

I have a question about the audio out ports on the back. I had heard the the analog audio out jacks are disabled if you are using the hdmi port. Does anyone know if this is true? We plan to have Sonos multi-room audio as well and I'd like to have the hdmi port feed my home theater receiver and the analog audio out ports feed into the line-in on one of my Sonos devices so that I can feed the satellite music stations into my Sonos system. Does anyone know if this is feasible? Does anyone out there have a similar setup?

So much has changed in the past six years that I feel like a newbie all over again. For that matter, I guess I am. I look forward to learning all the new features and technologies.

Thanks to anyone willing to reply.

- Byron Followell

Multi Service Discount

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 05:37
I have an old lifetime Series 2 DVR that I disconnected a few months ago. On my last bill one of my Tivos billing went up by $2. I know this was because the S2 had not called home for some time. It is not a big deal but if I hook it up again and have it call in will Tivo automatically notice it is still active and drop the price again? I suspect not but has someone else tried to use an old lifetime unit to get back the MSD?

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 01:20
Pivot is finally showing the two-part miniseries that tied up the Farscape story. There are multiple showings of both parts this weekend and both parts will be shown back to back next Thursday the 24th.

Matador S01E01 "Quid Pro Go" 7/15/14

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:46
It's on El Rey network, which launched in January. Gabriel Luna as an agent for the DEA who goes undercover as a pro soccer player. Alfred Molina is the team owner.

I was entertained. A lot of action, decent production values, doesn't take itself (or its occasionally ridiculous writing) too seriously. Looks like it could be a fun summer show. Dumb at times but not boring.

Harmony Ultimate/Hub Tivo App Integration

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:58
I use a Harmony Ultimate to control my home theater, but usually use my iPhone or iPad to control both it and my Tivo, which requires two separate apps. Sure, the Harmony app can do everything, but doesn't have the two-way integration that makes the Tivo app so great.

It is funny to me when I accidentally tap the wrong thing in the Tivo app and get an error that I can't do that with the app (i.e. adjust volume). The Harmony Ultimate can now control anything with network remote capability, including lights and thermostats. It seems like there could now be better network integration between Harmony and Tivo so that two apps aren't required to control other devices via the Harmony's networked IR blasters.

Considering that the app is due for an update to match the new Premier/Roamio UI, does anyone think Tivo app developers might work to better integrate with universal and/or smart devices?

TimeWarner Los Angeles Problems

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:49
I recently moved to Los Angeles bringing my Tivo HD box and upgrade by original series 3 to a Roamio, both of which require a tuning adapter for Time Warner cable in Los Angeles. The Time Warner people have been trying to get the tuning adapter to work for weeks without success. Last week there were three people in our apartment for over two hours and still no luck. The orange light on the tuning adapter never goes solid. From what I understand this is an issue with Time Warner and not the tivo per se, but nonetheless it's a problem for me since we are missing many channels. Has anyone else had this issue in Los Angeles or elsewhere? Any ideas how it can be resolved? I've been with Tivo since 2002, but if they can't figure out how to get the tuning adapter to work, then I may be forced to use their DVR.

Really hoping to stay with Tivo so any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks.

S3 HD unit always reverts to 480p output

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 18:46
I have my TIVO HD set to Native (although the setting itself doesn't seem to matter). As soon as I turn off the 720p Samsung set to which it is connected, the video out on the TIVO resets to 480p.

I have no idea why. Any suggestions as to how to fix this?

Dog and Beth: On the Hunt

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:17
This Saturday, July 19th at 9pm (ET) on CMT there is a new episode of "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt" called "Love Conquers All", but the TMS guide is currently incorrectly showing that it is a repeat of last weeks episode ("Popcorn Bounty"). I don't have confidence that they will update this before the airing since every other program listing provider seems to have had it correct since last week.

20.4.2 and SD program format

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:39
After this new update, I have noticed that the SD screen format won't stay (Zoom, Panel, Stretch). I leave it set to panel all the time because I want to see shows as the director intended. Twice, so far, the TiVo just decides to stretch them out even though the setting is still on "panel". I have to cycle through all three settings just to go back to panel so it will display correctly.

This is most frustrating in the netflix app since you can't cycle the settings inside netflix shows. I have to completely exit the netflix app, find a channel showing traditional 3x4 SD content, cycle through all the format settings, then I can go back to Netflix and restart the show.

Is there anything I can do to get TiVo to hold the panel setting?

Greetings!

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:58
Hi all. New to the forum. Just thought I'd say hello.

Kent

Roamio Plus unusable after 2 months

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:53
Hello all,
I’m a Tivo newbie. There, I’ve said it. I purchased a Tivo Roamio Plus on eBay in May of 2014.
For the first week the Tivo worked great. I enjoyed the new menus, exploring the options that came with the box (much better than my local cable company DVR offerings). After a week everything started to go wonky.

Issue 1: The first thing that started happening was the sound going out. Watching Live TV or one that I’d recorded, the sound would go out, come back on, go out, come back on, in no discernable pattern. Sometimes setting the Tivo on Standby and turning off the tv, then back on would resolve it. Sometimes it required that I unplug the HDMI cable. Sometimes it required that I unplug the power cord.
The sound going out wouldn’t happen every day. Or even on a regular basis. At least not at first. Now it happens every time I have the TV on.

Issue 2: Then, the picture started going out. Simply going black. Then coming back on. Then going black. I could be in the Tivo menu, or on Live TV, or watching a recorded show. To fix this always required unplugging the power cord and plugging it back in.

Issue 3: On Saturday July 12 the weirdest thing started happening. The picture , when on Live TV, remained in the upper right hand corner of the screen. As if it thought I was still looking at the Tivo menu. (this is a TV that does not have picture-in-picture, by the way). I found the following online, but the suggested workaround didn’t do it for me:
(can't actually post the link, but it's under forums dot tivo dot com)
forums dot tivo dot com/pe/action/forums/displaypost?postID=11171175#e11171175
Repeated reboots (unplugging power and HDMI cable, then the Coax cable as well) have not resolved this issue at all.
As of today, July 16 2014, the Tivo is not usable. The picture remains in the upper corner of the screen. The sound goes in and out. The picture goes black. At the moment all cords are unplugged from the box- I left it that way before leaving for work this morning.
I have been wondering if what I need is a new hard drive, and intend to do some testing (if, in fact, there are tools there to test the hard drive on a Roamio. Haven’t gotten that far yet)

However, I figured I’d also appeal to the collective wisdom of those who have had Tivos much longer than I. Has anyone seen any of these behaviors before?
I will note that I know none of these issues have to do with the TV itself. Watching anything else on the TV (Blu Ray, or anything over Chromecast for example) works just dandy. Sound and picture quality are consistently good.

Upgrading to Roamio Plus w/ Mini - What to do with other units?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:19
I took advantage of the Roamio Plus w/ Lifetime deal and so now have the following to get rid of:

-- Tivo HD w/ Lifetime.
-- Tivo Premiere w/ Tivo Stream.

What's the best place to sell the Tivo HD w/ Lifetime? I do not have the original boxes and/or manuals, will that affect the resale value? What is the resale value of one of these?

Is there a market for the Tivo Premiere w/ Tivo Stream? Or is it so little that I should just keep them around in case my Roamio goes bust?

Remote Control Apps for Android

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:48
I recently upgraded my old phone to an HTC One M8. It has an IR blaster built in. I know some of the Samsungs also have an IR blaster. Has anyone found any IR remote control apps they like? I've started to look at them, but there are so many out there I thought I'd ask for other people's opinions.

Comcast California, Salt Lake City, Pacific NW - West Coast Feed Chgs 07-15-2014

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:18
Comcast changed multiple SD/HD channels from the East Coast feed to the West Coast feed yesterday (July 15, 2014). Guide data might not be updated yet so your TiVo might record the wrong program on these channels.


Affected Areas and Channels

California

A&E
AMC
Animal Planet
BET
CMT
Food Network
FXX (SD and HD channels)
HGTV
History


Salt Lake City

A&E
AMC (SD and HD channels)
Animal Planet (SD and HD channels)
BET
CMT (SD and HD channels)
Food Network
FXX (SD only)
HGTV
History
TLC
SyFy


Pacific Northwest: Portland & Eugene, Oregon; Seattle & Spokane, Washington

A&E
AMC
Animal Planet
BET
CMT
Food Network
FXX (SD and HD channels)
HGTV
History

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Comcast Link

Introduction
If you live in the Pacific Time Zone, some of your favorite high definition (HD) networks will be changing from East Coast to West Coast primetime programming hours effective July 15, 2014.

What This Means
If you live on the West Coast, HD primetime programming airs three hours before the traditional hours of 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM (PT). Now, some HD networks’ primetime shows will instead air during those traditional hours. All channel numbers will remain the same.

Before this change, the standard definition (SD) and HD channels of the same network did not show the same programming, which impacted the viewing experience when switching from SD to HD or vice versa.

Edgier programming will now air later in the evening, not during family viewing time.

What You Need to Do
If your DVR recordings and/or Parental Controls are set by channel, you will need to reset your DVR recordings by signing in to DVR Manager and resetting your Parental Controls. This will help ensure that you don’t miss any of your favorite programming and/or that select programming is locked at the appropriate time.

Is Arrow worth watching?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:11
I am a big fan of the Flash, and since the new TV show is coming up (with crossovers to Arrow), I'm wondering if it's worth it to watch Arrow first.

Personally, I don't like superhero shows/movie about superheros who don't have powers, so I was never interested in Arrow much. But if it's a good show, I'll give it a shot.

Could a small usb hub work on a mini for additional remote?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:04
I have a mini that sits behind a wall and one slide remote where the usb dongle plugs into the mini. Works great.
I'd like to get an extra slide remote (wife) with another usb dongle so we both have our own remote.

Does it sound reasonable that a very small, unpowered usb hub (2-3 port) could be plugged into the mini and then both usb dongles plugged into the hub?
Think that would work for both slide remotes?

Looking to use Tivo to watch TV in another house on the TV

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:12
I have a vacation home in FL and I live in NJ. I currently pay for cable TV in NJ and what I'm interested in doing is hooking up "something" so that I can watch cable TV on my FL TV (not a laptop or computer or mobile device)... but my TV... if I have to use two boxes or a Roku or whatever, that is fine... I just want to know if there is a Tivo product that will do this. Thank you.

Bad signal on TV3 only ?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:43
hello. the last few days / week - my TV3 recordings have been quite bad with bad signal reception.

I'm in aucklands north shore.

- i have powered down/up,
- i have re-scanned my channels etc.

TV1, TV2, Prime, CHOICE etc all come up fine & can record. but when i record and WATCH (live) on TV3 (or TV3+1) - there are few symptoms.

- i have or may not have sound.
- The picture 'freezes' with lots of different colours at the top of the screen


Are other people having probs with TV3 ?


is there a way I can rescan / verify / proof-scan a single channel instead of scanning all channels ? to check the quality ?

Roamio and Slingbox

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:12
Will the Roamio Basic work with the Slingbox with HDMI pass through for streaming to my Android phone, or will HDCP prevent that. I know they offer a composite input, but I'm NOT watching SD, especially since my phone has a 1080p screen.

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