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TiVo Desktop problem, or not?

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 14:20
Mosts of the content on my Premiere is video podcasts transferred from a PC using TiVo Desktop (over a wired connection). Within the last few weeks I have had numerous instances of podcasts that will play for a while (e.g. 10-20 minuutes) but then the picture freezes and nothing I do can get it to start playing again. It eventually spontaneously jumps to the end of the program and gives me the "Keep or Delete" prompt.

Is this likely to be a problem with the file as transferred from the PC, or might this be a sign of an impending hard disk failure? I've not seen this behavior on any off-the-cable recordings (but as I said, I make very few of those, so I don't have a very large sample with which to draw any conclusions).

If there's a chance it might be a hard drive issue, is there anything I can do to get the Premiere to run the equivalent of a Windows "chkdsk"? Any other thoughts on how to get to the bottom of what might be going on?

Walking Dead - Season 3

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 13:43
Sunday, 9 PM AMC

I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned.

Using placechanging boxes with TIVo

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 13:37
I am looking to use either a Slingbox or the new Belkin @TV Plus to access & control my TIVO (Series 2) remotely. At the home location the upload internet speeds are 2..5 to 4.0 Mbps, at the remote location the download speeds are from 1.0 to 1.5. Any experiences or comments on picture quality would be appreciated. Thanks

Cablevision missing channel 102 - wrong frequency

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 12:14
Cablevision aka Optimum cable television
Tivo Premiere - Series 4 platform
Cablevision Long Island east end system

Problem: Missing channel 102 Cspan 3

My Tivo Premiere was working flawlessly for two years. About 2 weeks ago I started getting a black screen with the message "This channel is not authorized." when I tried channel 102 - Cspan 3.

Called Cablevision service and the technician showed up near the end of the appointment window. He did not have a replacement cable card to try as he said someone else had taken the last three cable cards in the warehouse. After a new binding of my existing cable card and a long chat with his shop he determined that channel 102 was on the wrong frequency. No solution was offered other than to try a new cable card.

I went to the Cablevision east end Long Island system center and got a new cable card, installed the new card and had Cablevision bind it, rebooted and had the same problem - no channel 102. I put the old card back in to see if any help. It was not. When I put the new card back in I did manage to black screen a couple of channels around 102 that had worked.

Any thoughts?

USE 1 Tuning Adapter with 2 TiVos?

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 12:13
As the title says:

Has anyone tried to connect 2 TiVos to 1 Tuning Adapter?

I'm thinking of splitting the incoming signal 3 ways:
First split to a single tuning adapter
Second split to first TiVo
Third split to second TiVo

USB Hub connected to tuning adapter
USB Hub connected to 2 TiVos

Any comments?

Additionally: both TiVos on home network via either net connection (not that this should matter.)

USE 1 Tuning Adapter with 2 TiVos?

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 12:12
As the title says:

Has anyone tried to connect 2 TiVos to 1 Tuning Adapter?

I'm thinking of splitting the incoming signal 3 ways:
First split to a single tuning adapter
Second split to first TiVo
Third split to second TiVo

USB Hub connected to tuning adapter
USB Hub connected to 2 TiVos

Any comments?

Additionally: both TiVos on home network via either net connection (not that this should matter.)

Tivo changing my scheduled programs

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 11:20
I posted this on Tivo's forum with no answer yet. Thought someone here could help.

The last Presidential debate, 10/3, I had set-up tivo to record the Fox News Channel (channel number 265) coverage to record. Without any changes by anyone in our household, tivo changed my scheduled recording to record the CNBC (channel number 266) coverage of the debate.

This same thing has now happened again. I had scheduled to have the VP debate coverage for tonight to record on Fox News Channel. It again changed the coverage of the debate to record on our local CBS network (channel number 2 - which by the way I have marked as a channel we do not receive because it is SD).

Why is tivo choosing which channel I should watch the debates on?

The Big Bang Theory - The Higgs Boson Observation- 10-11-2012

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 10:33
No new thread yet? So is interest lagging for BBT??

I don't know what it is this season, but the last two episodes I've found my self wandering off while trying to watch. I usually end up working on the computer while I listen to the show in the background.

I'm tired of Howard in space and this episode reinforced that thought.

I really did enjoy the show up until this season, and I don't know why it's losing me now. Hopefully they pick up the pace and I can get back on track..as in back to enjoying/watching the show.

The League S4E01 "Training Camp" 10/11/12

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 09:53
I just knew as soon as she started in on the fantasies that someone was going to end up seeing her vinegar strokes.

Shivakamini Somakandarkram!

I thought it was a good season opener. They really went all out on the guest stars this time.

Poor Chalupa Batman MacArthur.

The Vampire Diaries 10/11/12 "Growing Pains"

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 08:36
Not a bad start to the season. Notes.

- I hate Klaus with a fiery passion, but at least they've removed the Hybrid creation option. Neutering him a bit.
- Hope they stick with Rebecca being separated from Klaus. I'd like to see her soften a bit and join the gang.
- Damon and Elena. Ugh.
- Great line by Tyler/Klaus about 'right time, wrong equipment' or something like that.
- Good job Bonnie. You killed Grams a second time!

The biggest problem I have with the show right now is the love triangle. They are clearly going for 'Elena loves Stefan but has Passion (capital P) with Damon'. So we'll get a full season where Elena probably waffles for a bit some more, then goes with Damon. But the endgame will always be Stefan (soulmates and all that jazz), so essentially they are just yanking our chains.

Last Resort - 10/11/2012

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 07:00
I'm still enjoying the show and also am enjoying that we keep getting tossed small pieces that are obviously parts of the conspiracy. Good to see that the stealth device isn't a totally reliable "God mode".

The fight between Chaplin's crew and the Island Thug should get interesting as well. On his schedule. :D

Opinions on Cable, TiVo and Usenet

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 04:28
As a TiVo novice, I hope to get some insight here from people who use both Usenet and cable, or who have crossed over to one side or another.

I ditched cable about 3 years ago in favor of Usenet, due to its low cost and high availability. Side note: I wish the movie/tv industry would get onboard with the Spotify model. Its so much easier to search for $10/month than download and organize music illegally.

My only experience with TiVo has been the built in fork that Comcast implemented. While it was half-assed, it was still better than their built in DVR option. I'm very happy with my $10 usenet setup with CouchPotato Server and Sickbeard but I still do miss cable. Renting a slingbox for a month made me realize this. Main things I miss are,

1) Channel surfing - Catch a random show, or some white noise vs what's on your set 'download' list or collection
2) Commercials - Double edged sword, but I have to search movie trailers, new TV show pilots, new products, etc. Sometimes feel out of the loop.
3) Flexibility/Stability - No need to plan ahead for a certain big game or show vs streaming or DLing a movie/tv show ahead of time

I've been toying with the idea of getting a tuner card for my HTPC or buying a TiVo Premier 4 but Comcast's ~$80-90 plus TiVo service cost is making me wonder if its worth it.


TIVO XL4 menu issue

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 21:56
Have a new Tivo XL4 and have noticed a problem sometimes when deleting Tivo suggestions while they are recording.

The problem I see is when there are multiple Tivo suggestions being recorded.

In the Tivo Suggestions, I hit the clear button to delete the active recording, the menu with the 3 options comes up [Stop Recording, Stop Recording and Delete and Cancel].

A few times when I do this, the delete menu is on top, but the focus is still on the list of suggestions. If you try to use the (left) back arrow to dismiss the screen or hit the clear button again, it blanks out the entire screen (just black). There are no menus and no UI showing.

Sometimes you can hit the TIVO button to restart to the main, but a couple of times it either didn't work or the it was a blank screen with the live preview window showing. At this point the only way out was to unplug it and let it reboot.

It seems like a bug in the UI that can't figure out where to go. BTW, using the HD menus

The software is up to date. Anyone have any ideas?

Since during any one day, TIVO seems to like to suggest up to 30-40 programs, I try to keep the list of suggestions manageable and occasionally deleted them manually. And yes, I have gone through and thumbs down process on countless programs.

Premiere hangs when transferring show from another Premiere

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 21:33
I have two Series4 dual-tuner Premiere units - I'll call them A and B. Each has a digital cable card and they are both wired into my home network. A has a MyBook DVR Expander attached.

When I start to transfer a recording from B to A, within two or three minutes A will hang.

I've only tried to transfer HD recordings, and I've only tried from B to A, not the other direction. A hangs whether I'm transferring the recording for later viewing, or watching it while it transfers. I have to pull/reseat the plug to reboot it.

When it reboots, sometimes the video is choppy and the unit is dog-slow for a minute or two, then it reboots again on its own. This may happen one or two times until it boots up and works fine. I suspected the hard drive, so I booted it into diagnostic mode and ran SMART hard drive tests which took all night but passed with no errors. I have no problems if I don't try to transfer recordings, but I want to be able to!

What might be wrong?

Amazon free shows - what's the best way to browse?

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 20:05
Every Fall Amazon puts a number of series premiers up for free on Unbox, but each year it seems I have more and more trouble actually finding these shows. I just stumbled upon the fact that Nashville and Last Resort have the first episode free, but I was only able to tell this after going into the show description for each one. Is there a way to browse all new shows that have the first episode free?

Drive Re-use Question

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 19:56
I'm thinking seriously of upgrading to a Premiere soon and have two questions.

1. Does the Premiere support external enclosures, and if it does, does it have a drive size limit?

2. The 1TB drive I have in my series 2 is about half full. If I put this drive in an external and hooked it up to a Premiere, would I be able to watch the shows I've already recorded?

3. If the Premiere wouldn't immediately allow me to watch the shows, is there a hack I could apply to the kernel that would?

Many thanks! :)

DirecTV Genie records 5 shows at once!

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 17:55

Very interesting. Tivo, where are your "mini" units??

Can't schedule FX Networks shows from TiVo.com.

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 16:31
I like to use the "Find TV Shows" feature of TiVo.com to schedule season pass recordings when I'm away from home. I have recently discovered that this doesn't seem to work with shows on FX (Sons of Anarchy, Totally Biased, American Horror Story...)

I submitted a support ticket with TiVo and their response was to use Yahoo or Zap2It instead.

If I'm actually in front of the TiVo I can find FX shows inside the TiVo UI; I just can't do it from the web site.

I recorded a YouTube video of me doing a successful search for an AMC show, followed by two failed FX searches, but TiVo tech support said they couldn't access any links outside TiVo.com. *sigh*

It's probably hard to read unless you view the HD version, but eh.
FX Networks issue tith TiVo.com

Anyone know how to tweak TiVo.com to search what's available on my cable system? I can't find any way to change the search preferences- if there are any.

Can not link Tivos to Amazon anymore

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 16:02
Since Tuesday morning, my 3 Tivo units have not been able to link accounts with Amazon - for downloading instant video.
Amazon reps say this is a Tivo related issue and they (Amazon) can not help until Tivo fixes whatever went bad.

Anyone here have any suggestions or know what is going on?

Tivo chat support only states it is a known issue and there is no time frame for a fix.


"Hawaii 5-0" OAD 10/8/12

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 15:34
No love for H50?

Anyway, I thought this was a really funny episode for the first half, when McGarrett and Danno's day of fishing just kept getting worse and worse. "H50" may be just another procedural police crime drama like most of the rest of CBS's lineup, but at least the characters show some degree of liveliness.

The highlight of the episode was when Kono totally kicked the boatjacker's ass on the stairwell. I liked how they kept the continuity, too, with a big black eye during the subsequent scenes.

The tension over who was killed in the house near the end rang false, as my wife asked me who I thought was dead, and I said, "the wife." Some shows are mean enough to kill people who don't deserve to die (and to let those who deserve to die, remain alive), but CBS doesn't really carry those shows.