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what has happened to the history channel?

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 10:43
The history channel does not have much history on it anymore and most of there shows are realty tv shows. What happened to all the good shows they use to have?

FS: TiVo Series 3 (OLED) with Lifetime and 1TB

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 10:18
I have an original Series 3 (TCD648250B) with OLED display, lifetime subscription, and 1TB hard drive for sale. The unit was factory refurbished in September 2010 (date on back sticker is 08-Sep-10) and is still in excellent condition.

The unit is upgraded with a 1TB hard drive and includes the original 250GB drive as a backup.

Items included: TCD648250B Series 3 TiVo w/Lifetime Subscription and 1TB drive, 250GB original drive, TiVo peanut remote, and power cord.

I am in Nashville, TN for pick-up or buyer pays actual shipping charges.

PM with offers.


Star Trek TNG marathon on BBC America 7/4/12

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 21:51
For those of you who want their TNG fix on July 4th...

http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethe...-and-more.html has a list of other marathons going on this weekend, starting July 4th.

Local pickup in Bay Area-OLED S3 with lifetime and 1.5 TB drive 213 HD hours $400

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 19:29
I might be better off selling on Ebay since my area has Comcast ondemand for S4 tivo only. Indeed this is the reason I myself upgraded to S4 XL4. FIOS users may still wan't this box though and of coarse Box is fully functional without paying for cable. Tivo lifetime sub. includes channel guide/ recording for local channels with OTA antenna + web video downloads Pandora ect.. with an internet connection.
This is the best S3 version with OLED display. Other advantages I can think of off the top of my head that make this better than the other S3 HD version include:
*faster transfer of shows to tivo with Tivo to go app on your PC
*compatible with a wider range of E-sata external hardrives.

I will include stock 250 GB drive as back up. Internal drive is 1.5 TB WD EARS I installed myself after buying new May of last year so drive is barely a year old. Here is link to upgrade harddrive thread page # 254 post#7612 proving the 1 year old date I installed drive.

I will also help you put the Tivo onto your own tivo account if you want. This would be in your advantage if you don't currently have any Tivo subsciptions and you ever decide to buy lifetime service in the future you'll be eligible for multi service discount. = $400 for future lifetime box instead of $500

Should the 1.5 TB drive fail in the future you can save yourself some $ by doing the following: use the included 250 GB drive to copy the tivo image from it onto your PC and transfer that image onto a new hardrive you buy yourself at any store. Note you will need the image off of included stock drive in order to do this. Otherwise you will need to buy a special hardrive that someone has prepared with an image for you at much greater cost. The directions for imaging your own drive can be found on page 1 of thread I link to above.

Tivo Decoder GUI and Tivo Premiere Elite Problem

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 17:52
When using Tivo Decoder GUI and Tivo Premiere Elite unit and Tivo Desktop Software my problem is when I click ‘Decode’… Instantly I receive an error from windows stating “this program is not responding” then it says “tivodecode.exe” has stopped working, Close Program.

Have I set something up wrong?! There is a file in the output folder with 0 bytes so its at least working for a second!

Are you using a TiVo Premiere and TiVo Desktop to transfer the video to your PC? I recently purchased a TiVo Premiere and have discovered an incompatibility with TiVo Decoder. If you are using a TiVo Premiere, then you have to uncheck the “Use the fastest method available” for file transfer speed in TiVo Desktop when transferring video from your TiVo Premiere to your PC.

If you have it checked then TiVo Decoder will abort with an error when attempting to convert the TiVo file to a standard MPEG2 file. If you have it unchecked then TiVo Decoder will be able to process the TiVo file.

Help with Mom's Series 2 DT

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 17:23
Cablevision recently switched from scientific Atlanta set boxes to Samsung model SMT-C5320. For a week now i've beentrying to get her hooked up again but am having a hard time with the ir sensors. I have gotten thru the reset of system and have had the channels actually change during the setup tests but once i go "live", unable to change channels. Wondering where exactly the Ir sensor is on the new box(cablevision wont give me an answer) &if anyone else is having similar problems. Thanks

Problem with one tuner not recognizing channels

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 15:33
This is getting frustrating and I cannot figure out the problem. My conclusion, however, is that the problem is Tivo-related, NOT TV or cable related...

Sometimes one tuner won't recognize channels and you just have a black screen and the little Tivo banner that says the channel is not authorized.

It doesn't matter WHAT channel that tuner is on. It seems to be about a tuner thing. Both Tivos do this sometimes, each of which is hooked up to a different tv.

It often resolves itself but meanwhile, if something is recording you don't get the content. If you are watching live you don't get the content. Sometimes I've had to restart the Tivo and then it's fine again.

I don't think I should have to do that and it really pisses me off when these Premieres are only a few months old and my TVs and all connections are in good order. It's NOT about any kind of cable downage. It's very specifically about one tuner not working right sometimes.

Any ideas if there is a way to make this stop? TIA

True Blood 504 - "We'll Meet Again" 07/01/12

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 14:49
So Pam's bond with Eric is broken, and Alcide is Sookie's new "man".
Glad they offed the little boy vampire. I am liking the Sanguinistas storyline and the notion that some of the vampires personally knew the guys who wrote the Bible and that you can't believe anything they wrote. LOL!

MAC Address and Network (Free WiFi) Question

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 14:24
My condo recently installed a Wi-Fi network that is available free to all residents. I decided to save my self mt monthly$50 donation to Time Warner Cable and try to get my TiVos connected.

TiVo Help was pretty helpful insomuch as they told me to call the IP provider of the folks who installed the network and give them the MAC addresses of my units and adapters. Surprisingly, everything went very smooth and I am now connected. Here are my questions:

My Series 2 with an older G adapter showed the same MAC address for both the adapter and the box. My Premiere showed a different address for the box and for the newer N adapter. The IP people didn't seem to care about the N wireless adapter but "saw" the TiVo MAC address trying to access the network. Why 2 different address for the Premiere?

Also, the IP folks told me that I would not have to use a password and that they would not set an "expiration date" allowing my TiVos to remain connected to the network. (Their first question was what hotel are you staying at? They were finally were able to find my condo association's name.)

When I tested the connection on speedtest.net, the download speed was 1.44 Mbps with an upload speed of 1.34 Mbps. The IP people said that I would probably not be able to stream Netflix. Anything I can do to increase my connection speed, or am I stuck with what I have? How much bandwidth will I use (or need)? Obviously my Series 2 connects only once per day, but the Premiere..excuse me Series 4, is constantly connected when using HD menus. Both appear to be running fine for now. I was wondering how my Series 4 will be affected when more people access a network that is so slow.


Tivo Remote slow response FIX

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:57
Very easy fix...
Grab a flash light and slide from left to right (2 passes) about a 1" or so from the front of your Tivo box.
This resets IR sensors ... works like a charm!

Tivo Remote slow response

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:56
Very easy fix...
Grab a flash light and slide from left to right (2 passes) about a 1" or so from the front of your Tivo box.
This resets IR sensors ... works like a charm!

Network Problems

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 12:47
Since the end of April I have nothing but problems with my network and MRV. I have 9 TiVos up and running and see the message Multi Room Viewing not available due to a network problem. Some TiVos see the other 8 TiVos and some get the network message. I have called TiVo many times and they still don't seem to understand the problem. They had me switch to static IPs and that worked for a little bit, but now not again. i can go and change all the static IPs and the whole network will work, till the next day, then it gets all screwed up again. The last call TiVo switched my 9 TiVos to a new account, but that didn't help either. I have a Verizon router, which has worked great from Oct 11 to April.

are my uploaded shows counted in the ratings?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:41
if i download a program from the web then upload it on the premiere, will tivo know that i watched it and count it with the ratings?

and what if it's not 'named' correctly. for instance if by some reason CSI is misspelled CIS, will they know it's CSI because of some underlying code etc.

Eureka - 7/2/2012 "Mirror/Mirror"

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:08
I am still going over some stuff in my head. One thing that stuck out...Allison was not a whiney bitch this episode, she was actually cool, calm and figured some things out.

Problem with XL4 setup with Comcast Cablecard

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 08:49
Hi Everyone,

First time post here for help. *I spent 6 hours last night trying to set up
my Premiere XL4 box with a Comcast Cablecard. *After 3 calls to Comcast and
1 call to the TiVo CSD line (who were very helpful, but when we tried to 3
way call with Comcast, the call volume was too high and had to disconnect).

The frist call to Comcast was to activate/pair the Cablecard. *I provided
them the info they needed from the Cablecard screen and we double checked
it. *They said they activated the card and it would take 45 minutes to an
hour for the channels to show up. *After an hour, there were no channels,
so I called back. *Before I called back I found the screen that showed CON:
Y, which from what I can tell says the Cablecard was activated, but there
appears to be no signal coming through, even though one of the screen shows
messages being received.

For my second call, they did say the card is showing as active and thought
it might be a hardware issue (I did and do not think this was the issue,
but just something they said because she did not know what the problem
was). *I had another Cablecard, so I swapped the cards and provided her
with all the same info, which we double checked and she said the card was
active and would take 45 minutes to an hour. *After an hour, there were
still no channels.

I then called TiVo support. *The man I spoke to was very helpful, checked a
bunch of screens with me and saw the card was active and messages were
being received, but felt there was an issue with the signal, which is what
I felt was wrong too. *This is when we tried to call Comcast support via a
3-Way call, but the wait was too long.

I then called Comcast a third time, I wanted to let them know I spoke to
TiVo and it did not appear to be a hardware issue, so they sent the signal
again, which did not work and have no scheduled for a Tech to come out in a
few days.

Has anyone seen anything like this? *I would really like to get this set up
without a tech coming out as the first open appointment is three days from
now. *I do see that on the TV screen is a message that says "Please
Wait....Updating Channel Information", but this never progresses past 50%,
it just does not appear to be downloading the Comcast Channels.

I was going to call TiVo again when I get home from work, but figured I
would post a message first to see if anyone had any ideas I could try when
I get home before calling the support line again.

Thanks in advance,


DirecTV Cancelled My Installation Appt

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 08:21
Apparently the reason DirecTV was a "no show" is because there was no TiVo DVR in the local warehouse. How sad. The appointment was scheduled a full month ago! I wasn't told the installer(s) was/were not coming out until the "window" of installation arrived. How pathetic (and unprofessional) :mad:is that???

TiVo PPP Not Working

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 23:43
Hello all!

I have a Humax DRT800/with Tivo Series 2 capabilities that I got from goodwill. A few days ago, I wanted to change the input type from cable to satellite so I could use it with my DirecTV box. So, as I read on the internet I needed to redo a guided setup and little to my knowledge, I would need a dial up connection for it. So I've spent the day attempting to get past the guided setup using PPP over serial on an old linux laptop I have. I made a TiVO serial cable using an old speaker cable and arduino (with RESET pin grounded) and that seems to be working fine. (I get garbage when I cat the Arduino's dev file while trying to do the call.) I have the dial prefix as ,#211 and every time I have tried I get the error: service not answering :confused:

The syslog contains this:
Code: Jul  2 22:19:41 sapphire pppd[1056]: pppd 2.4.5 started by root, uid 0
Jul  2 22:19:41 sapphire pppd[1056]: using channel 5
Jul  2 22:19:41 sapphire pppd[1056]: Using interface ppp0
Jul  2 22:19:41 sapphire pppd[1056]: Connect: ppp0 <--> /dev/ttyACM0
Jul  2 22:19:41 sapphire pppd[1056]: sent [LCP ConfReq id=0x1 <asyncmap 0x0> <magic 0xefdfbb54> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jul  2 22:20:44  pppd[1056]: last message repeated 21 times
Jul  2 22:21:47  pppd[1056]: last message repeated 21 times
Jul  2 22:22:50  pppd[1056]: last message repeated 21 times
Jul  2 22:23:51  pppd[1056]: last message repeated 20 times
Jul  2 22:24:41  pppd[1056]: last message repeated 16 times
Jul  2 22:24:41 sapphire pppd[1056]: LCP: timeout sending Config-Requests My /etc/ppp/options file contains this:
Code: /dev/ttyACM0
lcp-max-configure 100
noccp and this is the script I am using to start it all:
Code: echo "Setting up TiVo PPPd"

echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
/sbin/iptables -A INPUT -i ppp0 -j ACCEPT
/sbin/iptables -A FORWARD -i ppp0 -j ACCEPT
/sbin/iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING --source -j MASQUERADE
/usr/sbin/pppd /dev/ttyACM0 115200 nodeflate nobsdcomp persist noauth debug local proxyarp ktune nocrtscts defaultroute noccp lcp-max-configure 100 Can anybody tell me what the issue is?
Also should pppd be configured in the sabe IP range as my linksys router (192.168.1.xxx) or should it be in a different IP range?

Series 2 tivo bash help

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 23:16
Hi Friendly Tivors:

I have a series 2 tivo (I think) with V1.3 software. I have access to the BASH prompt via the serial port.

Is there a way I can type a command at the BASH prompt to set the channel, then start and stop a recording?

I tried to install TivoWEB with no luck. Somehow I hosed the system and had to do a restore. I'd rather not do that again.

Maybe there are routines that come with TivoWEB I can use to initiate a recording? Or perhaps some other "outside the box" method?

Thanks for your help, Mark.

Audio Stuttering and Video Problems

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 22:45
I have a Premiere Series4 with

Lately, I have been experiencing audio drop out, stuttering audio and choppy video. No pattern of occurance.

Sometimes, rewinding seems to help, but not for long.

To explain more: When I experience the audio drop or choppy video, I can rewind and restart playback and the problem does not present in the same location of the playback.

The only solution to the stuttering audio is to wait or restart the box.

This happens both when playing back recorded content or watching live content.

Any help will be appreciated.

Randy DeForest

The Glass House S1E3 OAD 7/2/12

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 22:32
Glad no-strategy guy is gone. I really hope the Crazy woman(Robin?) comes back from limbo.

I'm pro-gay marriage but I resent Jeffrey wanting to make America's vote on a mindless, purely for entertainment, reality show into a referendum on a political/social/religious issue.