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Premiere spontaneously restarting itself

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 11:31
Has anybody else had this happen? Does it indicate a problem?

Yesterday, while I was watching tv in my living room, I went to click back into the recorded show I was watching before and suddenly all the colored lights on the front of the Tivo blinked on and then off, then it restarted itself.

That went without incident and, fortunately, I was not recording at the time so nothing was interrupted except the 30 minute buffer on both tuners. It did change the channel on one tuner so that both tuners were on the same channel when I was back up. That seemed kind of odd.

My Premieres are only about 3 months old. The living room one (same one) was having problems getting stuck at first (to the extent that I would have to restart it, or sometimes it ended up restarting itself) but nothing major and it seemed to work itself out and hasn't happened since the beginning.

Spike TV almost got me..or..Is anybody watching World's Worst Tenants?

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:28
A friend turned me onto this show and said I just HAD to watch it.

Here is a link: www.spike.com/shows/worlds-worst-tenants

They basically follow around these 3 people who work for a property management company and evict people from residential and commercial properties.

Almost immediately my "spidey senses" were going off as it reminded me of Operation Repo on TrueTV and how that is fake.

The only thing that almost had me convinced was the ever presence of police, so I went internet searching and of course found out it's just as fake as Operation Repo. Nothing but reinactments of actual stories.

I found this post about the latest episode with the guy shooting the automatic weapons and the police: Quote: OK if your going to fake a show do it right. First off “AR 15″ or “M4″ do not have on and off switches on the magazines. “TOY GUN” When the bolt action is back the dust cover for the ejection port will be open. Two, La county sheriff’s and all law enforcement ” C H P ” must have identifying patches on there Uniforms. ” C H P ” badges are seven points not six. As for la county sherriff’s are sex point whit small ball’s on the tip’s of the star. You will not have dispatch get a hold of dispatch if that is how you are talking too??????????? So I guess even the "cops" are actors!

SP deleted!

season pass new only recording old episodes

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 07:17
Transferred my season passes from my tivohd via the online season pass manager to my new elite. Season passes set up as new only. Now I am getting old episodes along with the new ones. Also, I am getting multiple versions of the old version.

Example: -Fairly legal recording episode right now called shattered - first air date 5/18/12. Weird thing is that it recorded it on 5/18. So not only is the new not working but the same episode in 30 days isn't either.

Is this a bug from the online season pass manager? Does the elite look at the new flag or the first air date? Any one else have this happen?

Suits. Season 2 starts tonight but it's not showing up in todo list.

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 04:22
It doesn't have a "new" icon next to it for some reason. And my SP is set for record all new episodes.

TiVo S1 - Available

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 02:40
TiVo S1. 10 years old. Upgraded with Cachecard and 512Mb RAM as well as 2 larger hard drives (can check sizes if required). Remote control. Good working order. Available for collection in Portsmouth area. More than happy to arrange to pass this onto someone. Please PM me and I'll reply when I can.

New Elite XL4 Pixelation & Skipping Issues

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 23:41
I am a longtime TiVo lover, and I recently purchased the new XL4 Elite to replace my Premier, which I placed on another tv in the house.

I have run into a consistent issue with certain channels pixelating and dropping of channels. I have worked with my cable company to troubleshoot. I have swapped ou the cable card and had Cablevision run a new line from the pole to my TiVo XL4 and still I run into these same pixelation issues.

Sometimes I have noticed when I am recording a channel, I will completely loose the channels around it. As I have already replaced the cable card and redone all connections, I am left thinking that I have a defective TiVo. Another reason I believe this might be true is my old premier never had any issue while hooked up in the same exact spot.

Can u offer any advice?
See below for what I have done so far....

OK so this is what I have done so far to address the issues...

1st thing I did was call TIVO, of course they said it must be a cable company issue. So the second thing I did was yank out the old cablecard and get a brand new one. Once I had the cable company bind the cablecard, I checked and discovered I was having the same issue with pixelation and occasional loss of the entire channel. (BTW the issue appears to be aggrivated when at least one of the tuners is recording on another channel...wierd).

Next, I called Cablevision after they ran their own tests, they agreed to dispatch technicians to the house to take a look. They were very nice(one of them is a new tivo owner), they actually ended up running brand new cable all the way from the pole into the tivo. Everything appeared to be great until this evening, the pixelation returned, on the same channels!

-Now I'm getting angry, I call Tivo back and tell them I have tried every possible fix through the cable company and still have the same issues (Issues BTW that HAVE NOT HAPPENED on the other 2 yr old Premier box in the house, which used to sit in the same spot hooked up to the same wire as my new XL4).
Now Tivo tells me that mabe it is the Tivo Box, particularly because I noticed the issue tends to be agrivated when recording other channels. So tomorrow I go to Best Buy to exchange for a brand new XL4.

I really thought it was a signal issue, the DVR diagnostic screen continues to show RS Uncorrected Errors in the thousands, but mabe it really is just this damn XL4
Please Help!
Apoligies for the horrible spelling.

Long Island, NY

Elite Audio Problems

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 22:45
I got my Elite 2½ months. Every other day or so when I select a recorded program there will be no sound. If I turn the TV off then back on the sound comes back. I have not had this problem with Live programs. I do have the Spring Update. Is this a known problem?

I don't have this problem with my TivoHD boxes.

Balky Slide Remote

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 21:14
Anyone have a problem like this? When I fast forward through commercials, I find the unit is not responsive to commands to resume normal play speed. Both hitting the play button and hitting the 4th FF blink the blue light, but either aren't received or aren't recognized. I will hit it 5-10 times before it will catch. And then, of course, I need to use the 8 second back button many times to get back to the beginning of the segment. Very frustrating.

I've tried replacing the battery and holding the remote high in the air.


FS: Premiere w/ extended warranty

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 18:19
I'm looking to sell my Premiere (45 hour) with the extended warranty that covers the unit till 1/2014. I am switching to satellite so I no longer need it. I have 2 options available.

Option 1: Buy the Premiere for $60 plus cost of shipping and I will transfer the service to you for the remainder of my plan, which is up 1/2013. You will have to pay the service charge of $19.95 till that time, then you can switch the plan with a new commitment after that.

Option 2: Buy the Premiere at $100 plus shipping, with no existing plan.

Comes in original box, with all accessories. There are no problems with the Premiere whatsoever.

Missing (PC) My Video's on my Tivo all the sudden

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 18:13
Any idea why my folder in My Shows for my PC Movies is gone? I confirmed Tivo Desktop is running, I toggled the setting to Beacon/ and Bonjour but I am still not seeing it.

Any thoughts, I can not play Music, Video's or Pictures from my PC... but Tivo Desktop Manager is running and I can transfer files from the Tivo to my PC.

Multi-Room Streaming from Tivo TO Windows PC

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 17:43
I'm looking at getting a Tivo Premiere (currently have a Tivo HD). One of the coolest features of the Premiere is the Multi-room streaming. I wondering if there is any software out there for Windows than can PRETEND to be another Tivo Premiere box. That way, I could stream to my PC.

Any help or ideas would be appreciated!

Comcast Cable Card Error Screen: "In order to start cable service..."

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 16:04
"In order to start cable service for this device, please contact your cable provider."

Anybody know what the cause of this error screen? I see it maybe once every 2-3 days. If I hit "clear" on the remote, it goes away; however, it's annoying that it's happening at all.

I have Comcast in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm using a Premier box with multi-stream cable card.

Convert .tivo files to mkv with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 15:12
Does anyone know of stand-alone media player (such as the WD Media Player) playing the .tivo files?

If I convert it to mkv using VideoRedo, does it retain the 5.1 Dolby Digital surround audio?

The Chew - daytime food show

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 15:02
Does anyone else watch this?

I record it and watch it during dinner. I enjoy the hosts and sometimes the food, but I don't think I could ever make much of it. They have great guests and some fun themed shows.

Converting Tivo Recordings to Editable Format?

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 12:23
Hello All - I would like to edit a Tivo recording that I transferred to my PC with TiVo Desktop. Is there any way to convert it to an editable format and then upload? Any help would be appreciated...

Using TiVo Premiere Elite - Windows Vista PC

Upgrading and impact on service fees

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 11:42
So it's been a while since I've done anything TiVo. I currently have a Series2 with lifetime (which I haven't even used for over a year), and an upgraded Tivo HD system (I think I put a 1TB drive in there) for which I pay 6.95/month for.

I am looking at the Premiere and possibly the XL/elite, but am wondering how it will affect my pricing. Will my monthly go up if I replace my Tivo HD with a premiere or elite?

I may bite on something like the woot deal if it comes around again, but I'd like to know what I'm getting into beforehand :)

Final Q: Is the standard premiere box as easy to upgrade as the previous tivos? Briefly looking in the upgrade forum, it appears there is a procedure that looks straightforward. Even so, a 2tb upgraded premiere vs an elite at about the same price is no contest.

Edit: Oh geez, nevermind. I just noticed that I started getting charged 12.95/month. I will need to look into that!


Dog Whisperer cancelled

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 11:36

Not surprised. Nothing much new lately in the show.

TiVo On The Web

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 10:23
TiVo.com offers a number of tools to help you manage your account, report issues, and more. Here are a few that our customers have found particularly useful in the past:

- Season Pass Manager – Reprioritize, delete and transfer season passes between boxes.

- m.tivo.com – Get the best possible tivo.com experience on your mobile device.

- Lineup tool – If you notice that program descriptions/channels are incorrect, please report it at http://tivo.com/lineup.

- My Account – Update your credit card and contact info, review your billing history, toggle DVR preferences and more at http://tivo.com/myaccount.

- Email support – Contact us via email for help with Technical Support issues.

- Chat support – Contact us via chat for help with Technical Support issues.

CableCARD & HD Setup Wizards

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 10:15
Announcement from TiVo, Inc:

Two pieces of content on the support site which have been very helpful to new customers in the past are our CableCARD and HD Setup wizards. These flash-based presentations will walk you through the steps of setting up your HD TiVo box.

CableCARD wizard: http://tivo.com/cablecardhelp
HD setup wizard: http://tivo.com/setup

If you need additional help, please chat with us online at http://tivo.com/chat.

The TiVo Team

Quick One - clear and restore without cablecard?

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 09:57
I am planning to drop off my 2 unused cable boxes and 2 x S3 cable cards back to Comcast today.

Can I perform a clear/restore on the S3 unit without the cable cards installed?