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New DirecTiVo with old satellite dish?

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:58
I acquired the original DirecTiVo and associated dish back in 2004. I bought two receiver boxes, both of which are connected to non-HD tube televisions.

Last year one of the DirecTiVo boxes stopped working and I replaced it for free with one of DirecTv's generic DVRs. I don't much like it.

My other DirecTiVo has started giving me trouble. Like the first one it spontaneously reboots itself on occasion.

My question is this: Can I acquire the new DirecTiVo box without replacing my satellite dish? I don't need to use the HD functionality. I just want to get the same content I currently receive but be able to use the TiVo interface.

tivo apps issue

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:03
I am using a Motorola sbg900 cable modem connected directly to a tivo premiere. In order to access netflix on the tivo I have to set the firewall on the modem to off. I have tried to use custom settings on the modem by finding the ports that need to be open in the port configuration test and making sure they are open but to no avail. The only way to not get the dreaded black screen is to have the firewall set to off. Is this unsafe if you have a software firewall enabled on your computer. I have tried to use a different (low,medium or high) setting on the modem but no setting except off will allow access to netflix. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Sun, 11/18/2012 - 00:01
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Holy crap, I thought Jeremy was just awesome in the monologue. Says how uncomfortable he is, and runs right into a huge glitch, the piano not working.* But he toughed it out, just kept going and eventually they got it working. He's a damn good piano player.

Wow, Christie was awesome, the timing between him and Seth was very very good.

Avengers started out great, right up to the point where Hawkeye was gonna take off, they should have cut it then.

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*What was up with that? It seemed like the acoustic piano was turned off? And I don't mean like the mic that was setup for it wasn't working. I swear I heard muffled hammers when he first tried to play. Do they have a switch like that? A way to turn off an piano? That just seems odd to me.

Can't MRS with new elite, it can transfer

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 22:38
Recently added a elite to my account and for some reason I can't stream anything from my other premieres. It sees the other premieres and I can select and transfer shows, but cannot just play them. Any idea on how to fix this?

Is it Comcast idiots, or bad TiVo?

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 21:13
I recently bought a used Series 3 HD TiVo and picked up the two cards the "net" said I would need for dual tuner. Well, first thing, the box told me right off I had an "M" card, therefore slot two would be idle.
Okay, so I call to get card activated, and I got everything but HD channels. So another call, they refreshed signal, then got no channels.
Next call got all non-HD channels, and all the local (ABC, CBS, NBC) local HD channels, but no AMC, TLC, TNT, DISCOVERY, etc.... Just black screen. So I got TiVo tech on phone, they said TiVo diagnostics were fine.
So, to make long story short, I spent a total of 33 hrs over 3 days on the phone (or Comcast chat) and am still left with all non-HD, and the few local HD's as previously listed.
I have tried four different M-Cards, makes no difference. And it seemed that only 3 of the 18 Comcast techs I spoke to asked me for all the M-Card info (the rest said they only needed Card S/N....
Comcast said that if it was a fault of them not sending proper authorization signal, I would get error screens rather than black screens.
So what do you think, bad tuner in the TiVo? It doesn't matter whether tuner 1 or 2, same deal.
I am returning the TiVo, since it seems to be a unit problem, and have a Premier model (brand new) coming Monday. I guess I'll know for sure then.
I can't express how angry (let alone flat worn out) spending that much time on the phone and getting up and down to change cards, reset unit, etc., and I finally told the last tech that they owed me big time.
So I'm getting the second tier of HD (I pay for Started HD package), AND $20 off my bill for a year.
Oh, and I even tried twice resetting the TiVo to factory default, erasing and resetting everything.
Anyone have ideas on the problem, I'm nervous as hell to get the new unit and go through that horror again.
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it's deleting all my old shows!

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 20:11
this is nuts...

i thought i was imagining things but now i'm 100% sure this machine is deleting things when it shouldnt.... i dont normally use the HD menu but i did and see it's at 63% and in the past few days no way has it been full...yet stuff i know was on from winter/spring has deleted

has nothing to do with eps as i always have it set to save all of them...i guess i need to go thru all the SP and mark KUID to be safe from now on and do that to all the shows on there now...wont be fun

ill keep HD menu on for the foreseeable future but it's extraordinarily slow..taking up to 30 seconds to go from one selection to another

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Tivo Series 3 - 2 Power Supply Failures inside of 6 Months

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 17:48
So back in May, my Tivo Series 3 (not a TivoHD) started to go into a reboot loop. It finally got to the point that when I plugged it in, I'd hear a ticking noise but nothing else.

Bought a replacement power supply from weaknees and was back in business.

Fast forward to 2 days ago. I was watching the Tivo with no issues. Go to bed and wake up the next morning and my tivo was in a reboot loop again. I had to go to work so I just left it.

I ordered a whole Tivo Series 3 to cannabalize for parts.

My wife told me it was rebooting during the day but sometime last night it rebooted and came up. We watched it for at least 4 hours without issue.

This morning I woke up and it was in a reboot loop. I unplugged it for about 3 hours until UPS got here with my spare Series 3.

For kicks I plugged my tivo back in and it would only make the 'tick tick tick' noise... it'd no longer turn on.

I swapped the known working power supply from the Series 3 unit I just bought, and now all is well again.

My question is: Is there anything else I should be looking for in my tivo that might be killing power supplies?

I know the weaknees one probably was a 'fixed' one from someone else and unfortunately only came with a 90 day warranty (and I was about double that when it failed).

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Tuning Adapter Keeps Freezing

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 17:40
I have Cox Cable and have to use a tuning adapter. I am in Southern AZ and my Premier Tivo keeps freezing on channels. I have to restart the tuning adapter and it fixes it. This lasts about 24 hrs and then I have to do it again. Or I just loose upper channels. I need some help. If I con't catch it I miss so recordings because of the tuning adapter not going to the right channels. Cox says their stuff is fine of course they do. Any help here.


tivo proxy server

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 15:03
i made some progress on the proxy server


it turns there are some command changes in python 3.x that Allanon's post will not run.

i made the changes after much google work

unfortunately it looks like a windows thing because of the references to curl.exe so me on a mac it will not work.

i had to change the 192.168 to a 10.0 number since apple's time capsule is a network router too

however it seems to run and respond since i am getting

/download/U.S.%20Drug%20Wars.TiVo?Container=%2FNowPlaying&id=25139&For mat=video/x-tivo-mpeg - - [17/Nov/2012 15:43:46] "GET /download/U.S.%20Drug%20Wars.TiVo?Container=%2FNowPlaying&id=25139&For mat=video/x-tivo-mpeg HTTP/1.1" 200 -
Exception happened during processing of request from ('', 57436)
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/lib/python3.3/socketserver.py", line 306, in _handle_request_noblock
self.process_request(request, client_address)
File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/lib/python3.3/socketserver.py", line 332, in process_request
self.finish_request(request, client_address)
File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/lib/python3.3/socketserver.py", line 345, in finish_request
self.RequestHandlerClass(request, client_address, self)
File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/lib/python3.3/socketserver.py", line 666, in __init__
File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/lib/python3.3/http/server.py", line 400, in handle
File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/lib/python3.3/http/server.py", line 388, in handle_one_request
File "/Users/<your user name goes here>/Downloads/Tivo Proxy Server.py", line 102, in do_GET
processID = findPID('curl.exe')
File "/Users/<your user name goes here>/Downloads/Tivo Proxy Server.py", line 15, in findPID
a = os.popen4('tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq '+exename+'"')
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'popen4'

import cgi, os, socketserver, sys, time, subprocess, urllib.request
from http.server import SimpleHTTPRequestHandler
from io import StringIO

# Modify these variables so the values reflect
# your computer's and TiVo's IP and MAK address
Tivo_MAK = 'xxxxxxxxxx'
Server_URL = ''
Tivo_URL = ''
Port = 10000

# Find the ProcessID of a running application
def findPID(exename):
a = os.popen4('tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq '+exename+'"')
return info[1]

# Get XML Now Playing List from TiVo and write a simple RSS feed
# This probably should have used XMLLib but I made a quick hack to
# get the data from the Tivo XML file
def writeRSS(wfile):
global Server_URL
global Tivo_MAK
global Tivo_URL
global Port

#Get the XML Now Playing list from TiVo
link = 'curl --insecure --digest --user tivo:{0:s} "http://{1:s}/TiVoConnect?Command=QueryContainer&Container=%2FNowPlaying&R ecurse=Yes&AnchorOffset=0"'.format(Tivo_MAK,Tivo_URL)
print( link)
XML = subprocess.Popen(link,shell=True,stdout=subprocess.PIPE)

# Write the RSS feed
wfile.write('<?xml version="1.0"?>\n')
wfile.write('<rss version="2.0">\n')
wfile.write('\t<title>Now Playing List</title>\n')

#parse data from TiVo XML
data = XML.stdout.read()
b = 0
while True:
a = data.find('<Item>',b)
if a == -1:
b = data.find('</Item>',a)
b = b + 7
item = data[a:b]
if item.find('<Title>') != -1:
wfile.write('\t\t<title>' + item[item.find('<Title>')+7:item.find('</Title>')] + '</title>\n')
if item.find('<EpisodeTitle>') != -1:
wfile.write('\t\t<episodetitle>' + item[item.find('<EpisodeTitle>')+14:item.find('</EpisodeTitle>')] + '</episodetitle>\n')
if item.find('<Description>') != -1:
wfile.write('\t\t<description>' + item[item.find('<Description>')+12:item.find('</Description>')] + '</description>\n')
if item.find(Tivo_URL) != -1:
wfile.write('\t\t<enclosure url="http://'+ Server_URL + ':' + str(Port) + item[item.find('/download/'):item.find('</Url>')]+ '"' + ' length="' + item[item.find('<SourceSize>')+12:item.find('</SourceSize>')] + '" type="video/mpeg" />\n')

class Handler(SimpleHTTPRequestHandler):

def do_GET(self):
global Tivo_MAK
global Tivo_URL
global Port

print (self.path)

if self.path =='/rss':
# Send RSS feed
self.send_header("Content-type", "text/xml")
print( 'RSS Feed Send\n')
# Check if the self.path is a TiVo URL
if self.path.find('/download/') != -1:

# Create TiVo URL
link = 'http://' + Tivo_URL + self.path
link = link.replace(';amp','')
print( link)

# Send header
self.send_header("Content-type", "video/mpeg")

# Get and decode the Tivo file
decode = subprocess.Popen('curl.exe --digest -k -c cookies.txt -u tivo:{0:s} "{1:s}" | tivodecode -m {0:s} -- -'.format(Tivo_MAK,link),shell=True,bufsize=0,stdout=subproce ss.PIPE)
processID = findPID('curl.exe')

# Send decoded data to the client
while True:
chunk = decode.stdout.read(4096)
if not chunk:
os.popen('TASKKILL /PID '+ processID +' /F')

# Start Proxy Server
httpd = socketserver.TCPServer(("", Port), Handler)
print( "serving at port", Port)

maybe someone on a mac can get it to work


1. you need to change tivo url to what ever your tivo uses it will be based on your router most routers use 192.168 based numbers

2. the mak is a 10 digit number used for accessing the media

3. it seems to work by using for the server address

How to format external drive?

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 15:02
I replaced the internal drive in my S3 with a 1TB new drive. I had an external Toshiba 1TB drive connected to this Tivo before the upgrade. I tried reconnecting it but the S3 does not see the external drive. What can I do to get it to work? I am assuming the external drive needs to be wiped clean to work with the S3??? I have checked the esata cable, tried 2 of them and the drive powers up as normal.

Thank you.

Multiple DSR704's Rebooting at Same Time?

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 14:51
I have 2 Phillips DSR704's - both have replacement hard drives in them, and both are plugged into an APC UPS. At first I thought the HD on one might be failing due to the reboots until I noticed the second unit was also rebooting at basically the exact same times. Technically, there is about a 1/2 a second delay between them rebooting actually (one will reboot followed very quickly by the second). That kind of leads me to rule out the hard drive going bad in the one.

Also, this is not isolated - they ALWAYS reboot at the same time... And it's happening on a daily basis now, sometimes a few times a day.

Since they haven't been plugged in to a phone line I am trying to force a call on them both right now to see if things improve after doing so. I did notice though that when I went to do so, one reported the last attempt was a day ago and the last status was: Succeeded. Not sure how it succeeded since the phone line hasn't been plugged in for over a month - that seemed weird to me.

There has been no pixelization on either unit and both units are reporting about 43 degrees C (Normal). Both are running the 6.4a software. One has a 150G HD and the other is a 300G HD.

Any ideas?

Stuck on Clear and Delete

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 12:16
I've got a Series 3 HD. It was working perfectly fine, however we replaced it with a Premiere and I was prepping to sell it.

Following the instructions I've done before I went into the Settings and did a Clear and Delete Everything.

It sat there for about 20 hours. It eventually changed from "deleting everytihng, this may take an hour" or whatever it says. Then it changed to "almost there, just a few minutes more." It sat there for about 10 hours. Being an IT guy (and a Windows guy), "reboot" is always my first response, so I tried that.

It's still stuck on "almost there, just a few minutes more" and has been for a few hours.

Any ideas? Is it bricked now? How do I get it back? We just purchased Lifetime for it so that we could sell it.

Re-Name Transfered Show?

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 11:18
There's a weekly show I record that provides no description. (John McLaughlin's one on one, an interview show).

Is there any way to edit the data of a transferred show, using the TiVo Transfer app or other, which would let me add something that would appear when I transfer the show back? All I'd like is to add the guest name to the show description or title. Even if it only appears on my computer, but visible before transfer to TiVo, that would be great.

streaming tivo to computer

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 10:48
i found a script that looks like it should be able to let me stream the tivo to any streaming app or device without the tivo stream unit


i downloaded the mac version of python 3.0 and got syntax error after configuring the script.

i suspect that the print is not valid was that script made on an older version of python.

or does anyone know any better way to stream the tivo to any device without the tivo stream box?

Are the new Premieres Comaptible with U-Verse?

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 10:30
I was helping a friend hook up a new Premiere 4 yesterday and when the setup got to the point where you select your cable company AT&T U-Verse was one of the selections.

I don't recall seeing that as a selection when I set up my Premieres a couple of years ago. If Tivo is not compatible with U-Verse I wonder why they would even list it on the selection menu.

Has something changed I'm not aware of?

Parental Controls Questions

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 10:19
I just switched to a Tivo Premiere from DirecTV. I'm on version 20.2 and using the HD GUIs for now, and had some questions on parental controls.

First here is what I am used to from DirecTV: On the DirecTV DVRs when I start playback I would have to enter my parental control PIN and it would unlock ONLY that show. Alternatively, I could go to a quick menu and unlock everything on the DVR for 4 hours, or turn off control completely. Additionally, by turning off the DVR (like standby really, but easily accessible by the simple off button on the remote) it would automatically relock parental controls if I was in that 4 hour window.

From my time with the Tivo it looks like I can only unlock everything for 4 hours (no option per show) or turn off controls completely through the menus. And the only way to relock during the 4 hours is to goto the menu and turn it back on manually. Any shortcuts that I am missing? This makes me more nervous cause it relies on me to remember to relock. Seems like the DirecTV approach is more foolproof.

issues with movie downloading

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 10:15
Hi folks,

I've been downloading movies using TiVo Desktop for several years, but just recently started having issues. Basically, the movie downloads ok, but when I'm playing it using Windows Media Player, at some point it just stops and shows me that screen Play Again / Go to Library / Play previous List. So it looks like the recording has ended, but in fact it's not. And if I skip that point, it would play till real end just fine.

Now, when I'm trying to play that file in VideoReDo, at this exactly point I get this error: "Video Thread: Invalid file format from external reader".

I have several TiVo boxes and I see that behavior in all of them.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.