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Need Upgrade Advice

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 22:58
I've had an SVR-3000 with lifetime for many years (my first Tivo), but it has just died. That is, the hard drive appears dead; I cannot talk to it using various utilities, and it does not make the power-up sounds I am used to hearing. (My original 80 hour drive died about 5 years ago, at which time I upgraded to a 1 TB using InstantCake.) Instead of buying a new drive, I am considering buying a new Tivo Premier XL (150 hour unit), but have a few questions:

1. Can I qualify for MSD, in order to get lifetime on the new unit for $399, if the old SVR-3000 can no longer "talk" to Tivo HQ anymore? Does it need to check in every now and then?

2. The Tivo website offers me an "Upgrade Program" price of $249 on the XL, but it seems their regular price on the XL is the same. Am I missing something?

3. The best price I see for an XL is on Amazon for around $207 (also saving me tax). Is there a better deal?

4. If I decide to cancel my cable and go OTA at some point, I can still use the XL to record OTA shows? How will it know which OTA channels I receive -- do I tell it manually?

5. Any other considerations I am missing?

(As background, which isn't really relevant: my family has been living on Comcast analog-only cable all this time. My wife and kids have been asking for an upgrade to Comcast digital service for quite some time, so that we can get more channels, but I have resisted, because I am cheap, and irrationally hate the idea of getting a cable box. (So idea of using a cable box along with a Tivo IR blaster is too inelegant for me to bear.) So now I am willing to join the rest of society and fork over more cash to Comcast in exchange for more channels, in digital, while getting a new Tivo that can use a cable card and therefore stay cable box-free. And now in the Bay Area Comcast is allowing digital Tivos to do fun new things. An alternative to Comcast (which I hate) would be to cut the cord and go with OTA & Roku, or OTA & Premier, or all three. The kids want PBS Kids (which they already have), Cartoon Network, Sprout, and Nickelodeon, but might be happy if money to be spent on Comcast instead got spent purchasing specific shows they want via Apple TV or Amazon. The wife wants ESPN, which is only available via cable. Spending $399 for lifetime plus $200+ for the unit just because of a dead SVR-3000 hard drive seems severe, but on the other hand this is a long-overdue upgrade and would maintain family harmony. And alternatively buying a Roku box and an antenna and perhaps an Apple TV (if we want our content to be purchased through iTunes) and paying for Hulu Plus and maybe even Netflix too starts to add up. So I think the XL plus digital Comcast is the way to go. So paying $600+ for the XL rather than just $100 for another 1 TB drive for the SVR-3000 seems like the way to go.)

Thanks so much for all your help! This forum has always been a source of great information over the years!

The Closer S07E19 Last Rites (OAD: 07.30.12)

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 18:59
Oh my! I did not see that coming. Well, I did right when she entered the room and started talking to her, but not before that.

Those screams were very jarring as was the door slamming shut at the end.

Tivo Elite/XL4 on Ebay

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 15:47
I just put up my Tivo Elite on Ebay. The auction will not be live until 9PM central time tonight 7/31/12. This Tivo only has been used about a week. Does not work good with Time Warner Cable and the tuning adapter/cable card setup here in the Dallas area so I gave up. This was the 3rd Elite model that I tried, thats why it was only used a week. Auction starts at 99 cents. If you have any questions about this please ask me. I'll check this thread and also you can message me on Ebay as well, or PM me.

There is no service on this Tivo so you will have to get your own service.

Heres the link:


It may not show up for you until tonight when the auction goes live. Thanks :)

E Bay Pics

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 15:11
The last 2 days the picture of item has been much larger, usually when this happens I have inadvertently reduced number of items per page not this time at 50 if I bump up to 100 still same size just 100 of them. Anyone else notice this, or did I change some other setting by accident?

Control TiVo without remote

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 15:09
My parents saved a show on their old TiVo, which they no longer use. We'd like to watch that show on my TV. Unfortunately, they lost the remote. Is there any way to control the TiVo without a remote to watch that one show?

Need RF remote suggestion

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 14:55
I tried the Glo remote with my Master Bedoom LED TV and that did not work well.

Then I purchased a Xantech IR extender and while that's a little better it still did not work well.

Is there an recommended RF remote that would solve my issue with lagging and slow response?

Please let me know. Thanks.

TV not detecting 3D mode

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 14:09
I've had a DirecTV HR21 connected to my LG 3D TV and whenever I switch to one of the 3D channels, the TV automatically switches into the correct mode and then back when I go back to a regular channel. When I try the same thing with the XL4 using the T-W 3D Olympics channel, the TV does not detect it and I need to manually put it into the correct 3D mode and same when I leave the channel.

Now the carrier is different, as is the channel and DVR so I'm not sure where the issue is. Does anyone else have 3D mode switching issues?

Sorry, meant to post this in the Premiere section.

Any new info on S03 error?

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 14:06
I've searched around for posts on the infamous S03 error but haven't found anything that really points out how they come about. I'm asking because I just picked up a lifetimed TCD540 cheap where the owner had the error, got a pre-imaged replacement drive, and then got the error again within 3 months. I verified the error when I first got the box, pulled the drive and ran the WD long test (passed), then re-imaged the drive. After that it worked fine but who knows for how long. I also checked the caps in the power supply and they look ok. Is there some sequence of events that can corrupt the database on an otherwise good drive during daily downloads?

Series 3 Pixelation/Freezing Swapping Power Supply Hard drive with Premiere

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 12:21
I have a 6 year old series 3 with lifetime that is freezing/pixelating on HD channels. Seems to work fine on SD channels. It also freezes at times on Tivo Central and the only way to get it to sometimes work again is a reboot.

I also have access to a TiVo Premiere. Can I swap power supplies and hard drives between the two units to see which is my problem or aren't they compatible? I understand I will lose everything on the new hard drive but it has never been used anyway.

Hulu+ Now on AppleTV

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 09:52
Ok. NOW I may finally cut the cord...

Hulu Plus is now on AppleTV

Comcast Deleting Secondary Premium Channels

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 09:30
Remember how cool it was when digital cable first came out, and you got like 10 different channels each of HBO and Showtime?

Well, apparently Comcast thinks that's over. In our market (and I think this is a national trend), the four premium packages will include a) 4 channels of HBO (main, main west, 2, and signature), b) 2 channels of Cinemax, c) only the main channel of Showtime, and d) only the main channel of Starz. This is effective August 23.

Of course, the packages will still include the On Demand libraries from these services. I guess Comcast thinks that people will still pay $15-$20 / month just for the VOD access and the main channel, and they can free up bandwidth for something else.

TiVo needs to get me XFinity On Demand access soon.

Wow-changed from wireless adapter to powerline internet, much faster

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 05:28
I've always had some issues with Netflix and Tivo Transfer with my two Series 3 Tivos. The Netflix would lock up sometimes or the online menus on the Tivo would be slow. I've considered using a powerline system, but they were kind of expensive.

I bought the Actiontec Plug Av 200 Mbps adapter kit, and I am amazed. It was $50 on Amazon, but it is worth the extra speed without having to run internet cable throughout my house. I wish I had done this sooner. I know they don't work for everyone, but they worked for me right out of the box.

I could never watch a program right away that was transferring from another Tivo, but I can now. The amazing thing is only one of my Tivos is hooked up to the powerline; the other uses wireless still. I'll probably get an adapter for that one as well.

Tivo and Ipad

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 01:22
Ok i'm not sure exactly where to ask this so here goes...

I'm going on a trip and thinking about buying and Ipad (the newest version) because what i'd like to do is transfer several movies to watch as i travel on this ipad and i'm not sure if i can do that and how? Is that a Tivo2Go function? How would i hook up the ipad to my tivo or pc to transfer the files?

I'm thinking i'd get the 32 or 64 gig model but how big in gigs is an average 1 hour show? Do you have any links to specific info? thanks:)

oh i have a premiere tivo and also can i record netfilx movies to the tivo or ipad?

How long will videos work? Store on hard drive.

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 23:36
I had copy protected recordings on my computer from Windows Media Center. I had to reinstall Windows and now none of those recordings are playable on my computer. If I transfer Tivo recordings to my computer do they face the same type of fate? I have the following questions:

1) If I store non-copy protected OR copy-protected Tivo files on my computer can I watch them on it forever without them one day not working due to a computer software/hardware change OR a DRM time limit?
2) Can I store them forever and then transfer them back and watch them on the Tivo?
3) Can I do all this while storing them on an external hard drive?

but he knows that because England home.

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 21:47
Today, the World Cup in Germany has entered ** 16 game to see the ball mí are hooked, 8 in the war, this term is based on attacking football World Cup, the ball mí look forward to the Top 8 will be more jīng color.

The first opening will be Germany and Argentina de war, the game has not yet begun to have transferred enough everyone's appetite.

Maradona, Argentina, Argentina coach Jose Pekerman is to say, has changed a lot in Argentina and has previously been bound to win ... Leo Messi said he wanted to go beyond Du Yang, said Riquelme this time to defeat Du Yang ... the provocation of the Argentine and Germany fought back to become the biggest surprise of the game.

Klinsmann and his team can continue to go on in the World Cup? Can they continue to hope for the local audience?

We all hope that the repetition of the myth of the year to win his home, Franz Beckenbauer said he was looking forward to the German team semi-finals.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again came to the scene to help out, the whole of Berlin, the whole of Germany has been an unprecedented atmosphere enveloped ... According to incomplete statistics, there will be more than 200 more than the media on the game commentator who broadcast from around the world in today are ready for the throat tea ... German team got up this big early in the morning, the chefs prepare delicious food ... Klinsmann warned the German players not to go dispute, and the Argentines because they like to provoke opponents in the race, the German team xiǎo guys who keep in mind the teachings of Klinsmann tactics in their mind at the moment.

Germany will continue the previous lineup, Miroslav Klose and Hellmers are eager to score, can not always relying on Du Yang goals?

Can unprecedented unity of the German team crossed this powerful Argentina?

Everything will soon be announced!

Two more

To be continued)

World Cup volume -35. See also Argentina Do not cry for me

"B!" With the Slovak referee Lu Bosi - Michelle soon as the whistle, de war kicked off. **

On the court, the German team wearing white sè uniforms Argentina wearing the away the blue sè jersey. Offensive first half, the German team from left to right, from right to left offensive in Argentina.

The opening race, the Argentine gave the German team played rough, as Argentina's Leo Messi received a pass from Juan - Roman - Riquelme broke into the penalty area, as fleas general Smart Germany players Mertesacker in the opening three minutes to eat a yellow card!

"Damn, this guy is really flexible." Mertesacker complained to his teammates, he hunched shoulders helplessly, I just do not foul, Messi has been broke into the restricted area, the result is likely to score. Mertesacker this approach is blocked from moving forward in Massey foul.

Du Yang Mertesacker's very identity, original, and Macy's duel, he felt Argentina is too boundless prospects, his absolute speed is very general, but the instant start-up and ball combination up after the very fast and agile, his housekeeping trick xiǎomáo donkey Ortega forced change to play his strokes than his master to be more out sè good body balance in Macy .

Get a list of movies with thumbs up, thumbs down?

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 20:31
About 5 movies a week, five years, is more than 1000 movies. Lots of data!

Is there any way to see that info? *Via apps, Linux commands or 3rd party apps?

DirecTivo R10. Planning to upgrade to HD.

'Longmire' - Episode #9 is on the net

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 20:09
Just a FYI,

A HD capture of episode 9 of 'Longmire' (Dogs, Horses and Indians) is available by alternative means on the internet. 'Longmire' is in the middle of a 2 week hiatus but somehow the new episode made it out. It's a Web-DL copy.

The Big C final season info

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 19:50

The Big C will have on final season. It will be four one hour episodes.

I enjoy the show but I don't know if I will really miss it. They can't drag this out forever. My guess is that Cathy will die.

DirecTV TiVo from weaknees.com?

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 19:33
Has anyone had any experience, good or bad, with activating a 3rd party purchase for DirecTV TiVo?

Upgrading from SD TiVo to HD TiVo. Any way to migrate thumbs-up and thumbs-down?

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 19:00
Upgrading from SD TiVo to HD TiVo after 5 years. Is there any way to migrate all the thumbs-up and thumbs down preferences?

TiVo gives the ability to reset preferences, how about some way to migrate preferences?

Five movies a week, over five years, is more than 1000 movies.

Is there any way to see that info? (Via menus, apps, Linux commands or 3rd party apps?)

TiVo Central > Find Programs > TiVo Suggestions.

That only shows a list of current movies, like five or 10. *Where is the list of all 1000 + movies with thumbs up and thumbs down?

It was a convenient way to keep track of movies watched.

Old TiVo: DirecTV TiVo R10 still works great!