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Channel changing S2-DCT2244

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 16:04
I have a Tivo Series-2 hooked up to a Motorola DCT2244 via serial cable, this has worked flawlessly for three years up until a month or so ago. The tivo commands the correct channel and the 2244 box changes there, then immediately shifts a channel up/down. :confused:

I live in Seattle with Comcast service.


When does TiVo typically release brand new hardware?

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:37
My triple play pricing on Cablevision (ugh) is about to end and I am going to switch to a fios triple play bundle. Thought it'd be a great time to go back to TiVo. Was planning on getting an XL4 and Stream, but then it occurred to me that I'd hate to do that and then a month later find out that a whole new series of (better or more integrated) TiVo hardware was being released.

I know no one outside of TiVo knows for sure, but are they somewhat Apple-like in their annual predictability? If so, when does that point to new flagships?


Series 3 - constant "Powering up" reboot cycle

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:26
I've had my S3 since they came out. It's been running like a champ.

Until a couple of weeks ago, it started having problems booting up. I think on the third try it finally started up. But then the next day, it was stuck on "Powering Up..." screen. Several attempts to powerdown/restart were not successful.

I've been around Tivos long enough to know when my hard drive failed. So I ordered a new HD upgrade from Weakknees, which arrived today. 5 minutes later it was installed.

Same problem. Constant "powering up.." reboot cycle every 2-4 minutes or so.

What next? Is this a repairable problem? This box has lifetime, and I'd really like to get it working to avoid "upgrading" to a Tivo Premier.


"Little People, Big World: Down Under" - Special - Sept. 3

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:18

Quote: In TLC's latest "Little People Big World" special, the Roloff family reunites for a vacation Down Under.

airs Monday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. on TLC. Just a heads up. If your interested you will probably have to set a season pass to catch this special.

tivo stream in the US

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 13:18

America is Not the greatest country in the world?

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 13:09
Character in HBOs' TV show Newsroom says "America is only number one in the world in defense spending, number of citizens that believe in angels, and number of citizens incarcerated per capita".

One Small Step - HBO starts cutting the cord

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 10:43
Looks like HBO is taking small steps to offer their services without a payTV sub.
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118058484So if this were available to you, would you be interested? If so at what price point?

I would be at something around $10/mo

Series 3 (OLED) drive replacement questions

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 07:34
I have a TiVo Series 3 (w/ OLED) that has either a failing drive or corrupted drive. I also have a spare 500GB WD drive that I thought I would just put a new TiVo image on and then basically swap it with the S3's original (250GB) drive.

From what I can tell, WinMFS seems like the best solution to be able to install a fresh/clean image onto this drive. Can be done within Windows. I am not interested in transferring any recordings so it should be simple. I was also able to obtain a S3 image that is basically titled 648250b.tbk. This is the correct image to use with WinMFS, correct?

I have this spare 500GB drive connected to to a PC and its already mounted as drive G:. The tutorial states "Don't assign a drive letter. If you do, your Tivo Bootpage will be erased." Should I really worry about this or is it not a big deal in my case & really only if I'm maybe copying/backing up an existing drive? Having it already mounted as drive G: won't mess up my main Windows drive (C:) either, will it?

I'm also a little confused on which option I really need to run to load my clean image on to this 500GB WD drive. I see 'restore kernal', 'restore bootpage' & 'restore TiVo drive'. I'm thinking "restore TiVo Drive" is all I need to worry about, correct? Again, all the others are really if I was copying/backing up an existing drive.

Change from Comcast to FIOS - need to do anything special?

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 21:15

I currently have two tivo premieres hooked up to comcast cable. Tomorrow Verizon is coming to install FIOS, and I have requested for them to bring two cable cards. Is there anything I need to do with the tivo premieres ahead of time to prepare for this? Should I rerun guided setup and select FIOS as my provider? Should I do this before the FIOS technician arrives, or after?

Audio drops out using Optical Cable

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 20:13
Previously with a HD TiVo using an optical cable from the TiVo to his receiver my friend was able to turn off the TV and the sound from the channel would continue to be outputted. The video is fed from the TiVo to the TV via HDMI.

With a TiVo Premiere using the same setup when the TV is turned off the audio drops. The TiVo is still on and receiver is still on only the TV is turned off.

It's not making any sense to me and am trying to find a solution. He turns the TV off while he's out of the house so his cats are not left in total silence. It's comforting to them.

Any ideas why this is happening? Is the Premiere sensing the TV is turned off and not outputting the sound? Any other DVR I've had would continue to output sound even when the TV is not on.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

As a side note: his TV does not support any kind of HDMI-CEC, it an older generation Sony Bravia.



Thu, 08/30/2012 - 20:08
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8/30 Rookie Blue

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 18:34
Being preempted tonight because of football in the Philly market and the episode is not showing up anywhere else in the guide. Usually they would air it at 1:36am so I am going to set up a recording for that time just in case.

Comcast in demand in miami

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 16:03
Does anyone have any idea when Miami will be getting on demand

No sound on rendered videos

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 15:26
Hey all,

I'm using Vegas Pro 11 to render some videos on my TiVo Premiere. Since I only have TiVo Desktop (not Plus), I've rendered them as MPEG 2. They play just fine on my PC with Winamp and Windows Media Player. However when I play them with TiVo I get no sound.

Could it be a codec issue?

Thanks in advance :)

pixelization and stuttering picture

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 13:41
In the last week, I have noticed that when I play back recorded programming, I get some periodic stopping and stuttering with my picture, as well as very light pixelization. I have Time Warner Cable....this is a new problem, and my other two TiVo's do not do this...thus it would seem to be the DVR and not the cable service. I am using a 1 TB external hard drive and it is over 95% full....don't know if that matters...just trying to share as much relevant data as possible.

Any thoughts as to the cause or more importantly the cure?

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Having to Re-pair cablecards after latest software update.

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 10:06
Since the latest software update ( I've been having to have cablecard re-paired at least 6 times. Last night my XL lost all channels again, instead of calling cable company to re-pair I reboot, and got all channels back. This has happen on all of my tivos (2 Elites, 1 Premiere, 1 Premiere XL) in the last 5 or 6 weeks. Anyone else having problems or do I need cable company to come out and check cable.

"Anger Management" picked up for 90 more episodes

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 09:51

Quote: FX has given the expected back-90 order to the Charlie Sheen comedy "Anger Management."

The pick-up not only wasn't a surprise, but it was barely even a formality. Under the original production deal between FX and Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury, a back-90 order for "Anger Management" would automatically be triggered if the comedy met a designated average ratings threshold over the airing of eight of the first ten episodes of the series. AND... they're going to shoot & air one episode each week for two years!:eek:
Quote: "Charlie Sheen and the entire cast did an amazing job in the first ten episodes, which were produced in a very tight window. I have no doubt that the producers and cast will be able to pull off the Herculean task of producing 90 episodes over the next two years."

Yes. You read that correctly. Not only did FX just trigger a 90-episode back order, but the network is counting on Charlie Sheen to star in those 90 episodes in a two-year period.

Ready to say buh-bye to Tivo because of constant freezing.

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 09:48
I'm at my wit's end right now. I'm on my 4th Tivo HD XL in the past 3 years maybe. They all start freezing maybe once a month, then once a week, and now daily and even when I'm just watching a program. It's freezing so much my programs aren't being recorded. I haven't seen a recent Daily Show in weeks.

I know this was a problem with these units from reading this forum in the past, and I just scanned through all the threads but none seem to specifically address this problem now except for maybe installing a new drive, which I don't think is a reasonable solution unless Tivo pays for it. Does anyone know if there is a final solution to this problem? Otherwise I think I might be done with Tivo and switch to whatever Comcast has to offer for DVRs (haven't looked into this yet).

I've been a loyal Tivo guy for something like 10 years, going back to DirecTivo. I'm even on the Tivo Advisors panel.

Thanks and Frustrated,