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premiere tuner poorer than Tivo HD?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 20:48
I just got a Tivo Premiere to replace my aging HD. Aside from Netflix being slower, my main concern is that my signal from my antenna used to be 85-95 on the Tivo HD is now consistently 44-50 with occasional drops to zero. Nothing else has changed.

Any ideas?

Tivo acquires TRA (Tivo Analytics)

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 20:25
TiVo, Inc. is finalizing its $20 million acquisition of TRA, a media measurement software and analytics company, say Tara Maitra, TiVo's SVP and GM content and media sales and Mark Lieberman, TRA's chairman and CEO.

Read more at the link below.

Does ESPN-3d work with Tivo (Comcast)?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 20:00
Does ESPN-3d work with Tivo (Comcast)?Does ESPN-3d work with Tivo (Comcast)?

I called them and they said the 3d channels won't work with a Cable Card, however the guy didn't exactly seem like he was Albert Einstein either.

Can anyone confirm or deny if it will work? Specifically with Comcast as my cable provider.

tivo premiere w/ comcast, where is on demand?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 19:39
I did have a Motorola dvr with the tivo service. It had on demand from xfinity. I got notice the tivo service would end soon but i could get the premier for free. Well its hooked up but I can't find the original on demand. The cs people from India no help. Is there no on demand available? Do I have to subscribe to hulu or amazon to get online content? Booooo

Automatically renaming tvshows for processing by plex media server

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 18:28
Good Afternoon All,

I am using kmttg to automatically pull all recorded shows off of a TiVo Premier, and wanted to have a way to automatically rename the files for tv shows with something similiar to "tv show name - S01E01 - episode title.mpg" so that they could be brought into Plex media server for distribution through my house.

The biggest problem that I had was determining what the show actually was to rename it. I found a program called tvdb-renamer which does this by attempting to match the name to thetvdb.com's databases. This didnt completely work for me so I decided to write a program that would do if for me, and thought I would share it in case anyone is interested in doing the same.

I use kmttg and plex media server on ubuntu, and have only tried my script on linux and mac. The only requirement is to install the levenshtien distance code from google (I used this to determine the "distance" between two strings as a way to best guess the correct title)

The script takes into account show name, air date, and episode title. It will output a filename similiar to tvdb-renamer unless told otherwise and uses the same basic inputs.

I use it with a command similiar to:

./kmttg-renamer.py "kmttg showname - kmttg tittle (MM_DD_YY).mpg" /nas/TiVo -n

so that it will rename the file, and move it to a directory of /nas/TiVo/showname/showname - SYYE## - title.mpg"

Below are the options.

Usage: ./kmttg-renamer.py [options] KMTTG_FILE.EXT OUTPUT_DIRECTORY(optional)
Additional options:
-i this will place program in interactive mode
-d do NOT create directories
-t test only, do not run commands
-l value change default Levenshtein value (default=0.5)
-X value change default Levenshtein value if dates match (default=0.1)
-tvdb run against a tvdb-renamer format named file
-f do NOT include original file name in output
-n save in new format "Show - S01E01 - FileInfo.ext" vice tvdb format
-o ss,## override season name (ex -o key+and+peele,255325)
-p pause on fail, good for testing with scripts
-s show all in a series to pick from, if nothing found
-h show these help options

KMTTG_FILE.EXT must be in the format of either:
Phineas and Ferb - What a Croc (06_13_2012).mpg [kmttg format]
Phineas and Ferb.S03E48.What a Croc (06_13_2012).mpg [tvdb-renamer]
* Note you must used -tvdb flag for this format!

Again, just thought I would throw this out there in case anyone is interested.
Attached Files kmttg-renamer.py.txt (23.4 KB)

No call out

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 18:06
I have an old HDR112 Philips. It has suddenly stopped making the call out. When u run a phone test Preparing works, dialing works, but connecting just spins then says service not answering. I know the phone line is good. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for the help.

Lineup change, "Next Generation Digital Equipment"?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 16:26
I received a flyer in the mail from my cable company, Newwave Communications. In it they say that they're remapping pretty much every channel around to make room for more channels, and adding a bunch of HD channels (finally, Comedy Central and TNT in HD!) however, all of the new HD channels are marked as requiring "Next Generation Digital Equipment required to view channel".

Anyone ever heard of that term being used before? Any idea what they might mean? I had a hard enough time getting the CableCards out of them, not sure what they're trying to do now... Few people I've talked to there have any clue about CableCards or TiVo so I'm reluctant to ask them about this for fear I won't get a straight answer.

EDIT: If I had to guess blindly I suppose it might mean SDV, which may mean I'd need a TA... hoping not.

Also they don't give an exact date for the cutover, just "August" so I'm really wondering if TiVo will pick up the changes in time. They don't have the new lineup on the web yet, either. If the channel IDs stay the same, will things be smooth? Or can I expect some issues? Should I notify TiVo about the impending change now?

Show Tracking System?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 15:39
Okay, I have 'cut the cord' and dropped Directv. I've got a Tivo Premiere, Netflix (and possibly HuluPlus, we'll see). I also might use Amazon to buy shows from time to time. And I could just hook the laptop up to the main tv in order to watch things off network websites (ie Bunheads @ ABC Family).

But what I'm considering is that I will have to pay more attention to when things are on, what network they are on, when they premiere, etc..., as I won't have season passes to just catch stuff for me.

So, is there any software/website that can help me keep track of when shows I'm interested in will be on? A calendar type app? RSS Feed? Anyone use anything?

TiVo for almost no tablets

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 14:58
OK, my brand new Nexus 7 tablet with a 1280x800 screen and a quad core processor is apparently too feeble to run TiVo for tablets. I don't know who the heck TiVo has doing android development for them, but they are apparently totally unable to design apps that accomodate any teensy variation from their expected geometry. Get a clue!

Can I Put Premiere XL onto my Home Network?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 14:40
I'm trying to wire my new house & wanted to have a general idea/game plan before speaking to the low voltage wiring contractor (Cat5e, Cat6, HDMI).

Goal is to watch TiVo recordings + live (if possible) from several different rooms.
And basically go with only 1 box accessible to any other rooms.
ie one TiVo box doing the serving for recorded content for any room in the house.

Did search on tc.com but wanted some clarification please for following:

1) TiVo PXL boxes cannot stream but can transfer recordings to another Tivo Box correct?

2) Any other way to stream or transfer TiVo recordings via some intermediary interface like a HTPC or home server or NAS?

Appreciate any direction on this.

ABCs 666 park avenue

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 14:28
Quote: f you could make one wish, what would it be? And what would you do to get it? At 666 Park Avenue, all of your dreams and burning desires can come true: wealth, sex, love, power, even revenge. But just be careful what you wish for, because the price you pay... could be your soul. Read more on:

Comic con press room:

Official trailer:

ABC or not, this looks pretty cool.

I like the cast for it. Not sure how long it'll last but I'm hoping to give it a try.

Might be cheesy for all we know.

XL4 m-card insertion problem

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 13:27
Are there any tricks to inserting the m-card into the XL4?

I don't recall any problem inserting our older XL2's m-card, but with this XL4 it seems like the new-to-us Comcast m-card just doesn't want to fit.

The slot seems to be wide enough, about 1/8in on both sides of the card. The slot has 4 little metal "tabs" or "guides" visible on the back which move when pressed.

Comcast tech support says they only have 1 kind of m-card.

I hesitate using much more force than we've already tried. Don't want to remove XL2 card to compare them, as that would probably require re-pairing.

FS: Premiere 2TB upgrade with Lifetime and TiVo extended warranty

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 12:40
For Sale: Premiere upgraded with internal 2TB drive, Lifetime service and TIVO extended warranty ( expires 12-25-2013) $625.00 delivered. comes with original packaging and drive.

The Extra Red Line

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 09:50
Am I the only one noticing this?

Occasionally, messages appear with an extra red line between the message body and the quote/edit/etc. buttons. Here's an example.

The message at the bottom has the extra red line, and the one above it does not.

It's not a big deal, really, I'm just curious if there's any rhyme or reason to this.

(Ignore the time/date at the top, it's a widget that I didn't realize got caught in the screen capture.)

They Killed my TiVo!!!! Or did they?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 09:44
OK, smarties. I need your help.

Bottom line: I want my TiVo back. And so does my wife. This story gets a little convoluted, so please be patient.

We had 2 Series 2 TiVos, both with lifetime service (one of them dual tuner) in our house.

With 4 TVs in our house, we had DISH AND Comcast providing service (2 TV's on Dish, 2 on Comcast. One TiVo was on a DISH receiver, one on a Comcast TV. Don't ask why, just stick with me.). This setup worked fine until....

Comcast's switch to all digital service, when they sent out the little digital converter boxes which did not work with TiVo.

One TiVo killed, one to go.

We kicked Comcast to the curb, and contacted DISH to set us up with 4 TV's ALL on Dish. The only way they could do this was to change out our satellite dish to an HD dish, and provide us with two VIP receivers which, you guessed it, don't work with TiVo.

Two TiVo's dead.

Quite unhappy with this situation, I elected to take up DISH's Hopper - the "be all, end all of DVR's", and possibly sell my TiVos.

The Hopper has some cool features, however, even my old TiVo's are far superior in many respects. And with DISH recently dumping AMC (and the best show on TV in my opinion, "Breaking Bad"), I'm really unhappy. No TiVo, crappy Hopper, and no "Breaking Bad" (or "Mad Men", either).

I basically want to go back in time, and restore my TiVo's to service. And I may have to go crawling back to Comcast for service on all of my TVs (not to mention AMC).

I've read that a Dual Tuner Series 2 Tivo will only work with a full set-top cable box, and that a Single Tuner Series 2 should work with the Comcast Digital Transport Adapter (DTA). I'll reiterate that I could NOT get my TiVo's to work with the Comcast DTA, and nobody at Comcast even knew what a TiVo was.... Idiots.

Please, please provide a suggestion for returning to TiVo happy land. It will entail a "clean slate" approach, I believe. And I'm fairly convinced that it will also require Comcast (or maybe DIRECTV?).



Tivo HD XL rebooting-should I run Spinright?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 09:06
My HD XL has rebooted several times while recording shows this past week...which pretty much means a hard drive problem, right?

I've tried the boot codes 57 and then 54 and let the tests run, but it doesn't find anything, so...should I pull the drive and run Spinright on it?

I'm hoping it's not TOO hard to open this up and get the drive out to test it?

I guess if I need to buy a new drive, Weaknees.com is a good/safe resource? Any catch to replacing the drive, like that you can only do it once or something?

If there is a problem, at least it's happening during the summer... I soooooo wish Tivos had built in RAID 1 and easily swapable drives! I'm more worried about my Tivo's drive failing then my PC's drive!

Pre-purchase questions

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:23
1. Has the software been updated to use both processors yet?

2. How many M cards and tuning adapters does the XL4 need? (TWC RDU)

3. I currently have TWC whole house DVR, but it stinks. Besides the weak features, the DVRs and other receivers frequently fail to tune a channel and the get message that it's not currently available. Last night it was happening on several channels simultaneously, both HD and SD. I had always thought this was a symptom of over extended SDV, but a reboot seemed to clear it up (the TWC hardware needs rebooting at least once a week). Is "channel not available" common with the Tivos on TWC SDV?

4. Are there new Tivo models on the near horizon?

I've used Tivo in the past and loved them, but the copy protection TWC inflicted killed the multi room feature, which is a big must have for us. I'm about ready to invest in the Premiere's, but I want to make sure there are no outstanding issues or new models worth waiting for.

Political Animals - Full Season 1 thread (Spoilers)

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:22
Anyone take a look at this? It's essentially an even more dysfunctional Clintons if that is even possible. But I liked it.

Things I noticed:

The level of raunchiness has reached a new level for USA Network. Lots of S* bombs. Even a line which essentially said something like. Don't talk to me about it while your D**K is in me. I couldn't believe they said that actually. Also female butt nudity....something you don't see on ad supported TV like ever.

I liked the interplay between the former Prez (the Bill Clinton like character) and his ex (now Sec'y of State).

I'm not usually a big Sigourney Weaver fan, but I thought she was really good in this, and she looked better than she has since Aliens. Still something about her face has always creeped me out some.

Cutting the Cord - Suggestions, Please!

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 00:22
My newest bill from Comcast came in the mail today and I noticed one of my promotions had ended this cycle, leaving me at $168/month for cable and internet. I'm a full-time law student and, to be honest, I don't have that kind of cash lying around, particularly when I'm rarely at home to watch my TV anyway. So, I started thinking about my options. I called Comcast and they were able to get me down to $120/month with expanded cable and 12 mbps internet. That is still more than I want to pay. I have Uverse as an option in my area, but I just can't say goodbye to my TiVo. I love the intuitive interface (even though I'm not even on the new Premiere UI) and the accuracy of the fast forwarding.

So I'm thinking about ditching cable all together and going just to streaming, but I'd appreciate some input on what sort of supplies you might recommend for someone in my situation.

My Situation
I'm 24, female, single (so no one else to get onboard my cable cutting plan), no kids needing entertainment, and never watch sports or news. My shows are Doctor Who, Family Guy, American Dad, Big Band Theory, Gossip Girl, and Hart of Dixie. I will also watch HGTV and DIY network; I'm worried I'm going to miss those if I cut the cord, but both have episodes for free online. I'm not really a movie watcher, but Redbox is always an option.

My Current Supplies
Two TVs (1 HD - living room, 1 not - bedroom)
1 TiVo HD (in the bedroom; Comcast HD receiver in living room)
Wireless Router
Netflix subscription (streaming only)
Comcast Modem
2 DVD Players
Comcast box
MacBook Pro
Ancient PC (running XP)

I know I need to buy two HD antennas and an additional TiVo box as well as a wireless receiver for the new TiVo. I was thinking about dropping my subscription to Netflix, as I rarely watch it, and going with Amazon Prime instead for the unlimited streaming. And really, I'm only thinking about Amazon Prime for the upcoming season Doctor Who, since the new episodes aren't available (legally) online or on Netflix (shortly after they come out) or Hulu Plus.

I see a lot of people have Roku boxes in their setups. Is this primarily for sports? What would be the compelling reason to add this to my setup? I know it streams, but can't I do the same thing with my Wii and my TiVo(s)? I'm trying to cut my costs, and while I know there will be some start-up costs associated with cutting the cord, I'd like to keep them to a minimum.

As far as Premiere, if I'm perfectly happy with my HD as far as space goes but am sort of enticed by the fancy Premiere UI, could I get by with a used Premiere, do you think?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions and help!

Eureka "Just Another Day" (7/16/2012, Series Finale, Spoilers)

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 21:26
That was pretty good. A little bit schmaltzy and on the nose in parts (the whole life flashing before Carter's eyes, for one), but still ultimately pretty good. And they managed to keep Eureka open, like people wanted... so ultimately, although some people are gone, life there goes on. :)

The cameo from Grant Imahara was a little too obvious, if you ask me. They should have had him in the background of some other scene with him complaining at DoD movers, or something like that. The Paglia storefront was similarly a little too obvious.

Did James Callis (Trevor Grant) sound odd to anyone else? It definitely didn't sound like his previous American-ish accent.

I'm glad they remembered the Zoe/Carter seeing themselves from the pilot.... and personally, I'm glad they just included it as a reference, they didn't focus too much on it. It was never supposed to be a serious plot point, it was just one of those wacky Eureka things, which is how they treated it here.