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New tivo will not tune channel being broadcast only 1.4 miles away!

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 00:04
I live only 1.4 miles from my local Great Falls, MT tv stations (can see their towers in my backyard!) and pick up KFBB (5-1, real channel 8), KRTV (3-1, real channel 7), and KUGF (21-1, real channel 21) signals just fine using an attic antenna that feeds all the TV's in my house. (80-95% signal strength)

However, I recently purchased a TIVO and for some reason when the signal is fed through it, I only get 10-20% signal strength for channel 5-1 (KFBB), while KRTV and KUGF are about the same as they were before.

I can disconnect the coax from the TIVO, hook it directly to my set, and get good reception with 5-1. I even went as far as running a direct line of coax (with no splitters, etc..) to the peak of my roof to a set of rabbit ears. No orientation gave better than 30% signal strength when hooked to the TIVO.

Can't post my info from TV Fool because the forum won't let me if I've had less than 5 posts! :down:: Here is the info from their table:
KFBB-DT 8 (5.1) ABC 77.2 -13.7 LOS 1.4 98 deg
KRTV-DT 7 (3.1) CBS 72.2 -18.6 LOS 1.4 98 deg
KUGF 21 (21.1) PBS 66.9 -24.0 LOS 1.4 98 deg

Called customer support and was very disappointed. They were more interested in assuring me that they could not guarantee ota reception and that from the description of the problem that they were sure that the TIVO is not faulty.

It seems that there has to be a logical explanation somewhere for this. If the TIVO is not faulty, is there anything else that could explain?

Note: KFBB and KRTV are at exactly the same azimuth and distance, and have very similar frequencies. I am using a directional antenna in my attic, and one comes in at 90% while the other is at 10-15% with the TIVO, while both come in around 90% without the TIVO. :confused:

Any thoughts here would be greatly appreciated. I still have about a half of a month of my 30-day guarantee left and if I don't resolve this issue I'm afraid that I'm going to have to return this TIVO box that I otherwise love!

Serie 3 MSD

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 21:39
Is the MSD lifetime for a series 3 lower than a premiers, like monthly sub is?

Can't record from cable box, only records channel 3

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:26
Hey All,
I just bought a Tivo Premiere for the sole purpose of recording the AMC programs I lost when Dish had their hissy fit over AMC and dropped them. I have Suddenlink Basic....they won't give me a cablecard unless I upgrade to Expanded Basic, but I discovered using the SL Digitalink converter I can pull in expanded Basic as well without having to subscribe to it. My problem is I can watch AMC (when tuned on the converter) on channel 3.........but when I try to record it all I get is what is broadcasting on channel 3 at that time and nothing from AMC. Is there a way to get around this :confused:: ....I tried rescanning the channels but it still doesn't recognize the converter box? Thanks!

Improving Performance on My Premiere Elite

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 15:32
Hello - I recently posted some problems on the Premiere Forum but decided this really could be a more general issue.

I need advice on the best way to improve connectivity for HD streaming with Hulu, YouTube, etc on my new Premiere Elite.

I currently have a Netgear router that has a poor signal reach - I tried to replace it with no improvements - I believe my 2200 sq ft home is just too big and it doesn't help that I have a nice thick brick wall in our TiVO room...

Yes - I tried to get a better router and there was no signal improvement.

I now am thinking of getting an expander or a powerline ethernet expander or do you all just think I should connect TiVO directly to the router and figure out some other way to get my PC wired up at the other end of the house???

MY TV is so important to me but I'd had to lose performance on my PC

Can Tivo work with a cable DVR?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:48
Hi all,

I was using a first generation TIVO and switched to the Surewest (cable) whole house DVR (Motorola VIP1216) to record more than 1 channel at once and watch in any room. So far, the only complaint I have is memory. The Motorola holds A LOT less than my TIVO unit. Now it's the Olympics and I want to record a ton of stuff, in addition to my normal shows. Is there any way to have them both connected? Can I connect them in series or in parallel? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Please note, I'm not very techy. I get by but if there's a technical solution, I might need some solid detail.


Bluetooth slider keyboard causing slowness

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:10
If I have the BT dongle plugged in, the Tivo interface is low and jerky with frequent lockups with both my normal IR only and BT slider remotes. If I unplug the BT dongle and use my IR only remote, my Premiere is speedy (relatively speaking) and displays none of the same issues.

Any thoughts? I'm not really happy with the BT remote anyway so I may just sell it - the buttons are more sensitive and I've dumped the live buffer more in the past four or so months I've owned the new remote than in the entire 10+ years I have owned Tivos :(

I have also found that the keyboard is essentially useless on my premiere - I get pauses, multiple letters, etc... Could I just have a bad remote? Or - I wonder if I have replaced the batteries lately. I'll have to scrounge up a pair and see....

AMC cancels The Killing

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:53
I gave up after the crappy ending to S1


Cheap Tivo here if anyone still looking: £9.99 in London

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:03

I'm clearing mine out and this one isn't mine.

3D Olympics Cablevision

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 12:44
Can somebody confirm that I won't need a tuning adapter to watch 3D Olympics with a Cablevision cablecard? I thought I would have to pick up a tuning adapter for it but I'm noticing today that I have a picture on the 3D channel, which is 1300. It's just an ad but a real picture nevertheless. It would be great if I didn't need the tuning adapter because I disconnected the one I had and returned it a long time ago because it was giving me a lot of problems.

Is Tivo Premiere any good?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 12:33
I'm a T2 lifetime owner and am contemplating an upgrade.

A couple of questions:

My understanding is that the menu system of the new tivos was nearly unbearably slow at the release. Is that still the case?

I've also heard that the interface is now saturated with ads? Is that right?

I'm also confused on the pricing. When I look at the upgrade offers all I see is the premier at $150 + lifetime at $500. That would mean they are asking $650 for the premiere. Is that the price for a version without ads? That seems ridiculously high.


Found a show I can't stop watching

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 12:11
Has anyone seen the show "Descontrol" on Telemundo? Yes, it's in spanish and I don't care. I can't stop watching the innocent looking spanish bikini girls dancing around. They play a mix of spanish and american music. It's addicting.

Saturdays at 1PM eastern time on Telemundo. So very nice in HD.

Descontrol site
Youtube clip from the show


I hate the Olympics! What should I watch?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 11:50
What's on the next few weeks? Any movies premiering?

Burn Notice - "Shock Wave" - OAD 7/26/2012

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 11:20
This episode really delivered in the last few minutes!

Previews told us one of the team wouldn't make it and watching the episode I think we were intended to think it might be Sam, seeing as how he and Barry were in a pretty dicey situation. Right, like they'd really get rid of Bruce Campbell. ;) However, I think they foreshadowed Nate's demise by how he repeatedly interfered despite Michael's warnings (clearing out the party goers at the hotel, having pizza delivered). When he took down Anson so easily, it seemed obvious things were going to take a turn for the worse.

The scene where Nate and Anson (and the sign) got a hole blown in 'em was well done. I liked how they first showed the blood splatter on Nate's face, then he slowly collapsed, and then they panned back showing Anson's body.

Nice conclusion. Anson is dead. :up: Nate's death will certainly push Michael even farther towards the edge. :up: Fi is out of prison and back with the gang. :up:

Cannot permanently delete shows

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 10:52
I have two shows in my Recently Deleted folder that will not let me permanently delete. I select each show and tell it that I want the show permanently removed and it acts like it accepted my command but it nevers gets removed.

I tried transferring it to another box, but all that really did was create another copy. It did not remove it.

Any suggestions?

Dallas - No Good Deed - 7/25/2012

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 08:54
Great ep, I thought JR would ride in and whoop some cartel butt. In the back of my mind during the first ep I thought there might be more than "brother and sister." She really dropped the ball by not telling Chris when he asked if there was anything else. Time for a new babe for Chris.

Big Brother 14 - 7/26/2012 episode - Spoilers

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 07:32
So we knew this was inevitable, the prospect of the 4 coaches coming into the game as players. I am going to vote no when I get a chance. I kind of like the dynamic the way it is. But as Brittany figured out (and heck, if she can figure it out anyone can!) there's just not enough players to sustain a whole season, especially with one getting thrown out of the house ahead of time.

Any bets on the outcome of this vote? I'd be surprised if the vote is no. I fully expect the coaches to be players. And what an advantage they would have. First of all, they had a 2 week head start where they couldn't go home. Second as coaches they had the ability to learn the strengths and weaknesses of their players, without fear of eviction. And of course the obvious advantage of having played before, and in the case of two of them, winning and in the case of 2 of them, 3rd time around (and Boogie falls into both).

As for the episode. Ian outing JoJo's makeout session sealed her fate (or at least that's how they edited this). The old "showmance creates too strong an alliance" play. I'm glad Dan gets to stay another week.

Also loved Dr. Will's comments that if Janelle loses, she's a three time loser. I've always felt her game was always overrated and she's too easily played. Oh and her boobies are how heavy? Did she say 6 1/2 lbs each? Her back's got to be killing her.

So now the dilemma. Two weeks of Olympics so I don't know if I'm going to watch for two weeks. Do I read the threads here or save up the episodes and do a marathon after they are over?

normal for tivo to lock up when internet is lost?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 07:26
i have severe internet issues which are unresolved. everytime dsl goes down the tivo locks up. is this normal behavior? takes about 2 or 3 minutes for it to unlock then it's fun to watch it 'catch up' with all the button presses:eek:

TiVo Search using SDUI?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 07:21
Is it possible to use TiVo Search (as on the TiVoHD) using the SDUI instead of Swivel Search?

Tivo petitions FCC for Clarification or Waiver

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 07:18

I saw the words "Tivo" and "Waiver" and got excited for a split second, as the last time those words were put together, we got the Elite. But this isn't that interesting.

The Reader's Digest Version:

MSO-provided HD cable boxes are mandated to comply with an "industry standard that provides a/v communications including service discovery, video transport, and remote control command pass-through standards for home networking" by December 1st.

Tivo's saying, "IP, WiFi and ethernet are the dominant physical standards, but there are lots of protocols in existence (DLNA,etc). Please clarify what's expected, and give us a year to fall into compliance so that we and our MSO partners aren't boned."

music camps, usa dance camps, sports camps

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 23:48
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