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TiVo Premiere menus- why can't they all look good?

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:19
I have noticed that when you drill into a menu, such as to the Season Pass sub-menu, the text and lettering gets real large. They look like SD menus up converted to HD. Why can't they make it all look congruent?

Now 1 million VM TiVos

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 06:40
VM now have 1 million TiVo customers, so they celebrated by sending out a gold tivo along with Martin Kemp:


Puts the ~35,000 thomson sales into perspective...


Fri, 08/03/2012 - 00:45
The size of the newer devices are much smaller which is a plusThe information storage capacity on Ipod and DVRs are much higher than tape based devicesSound and visual quality is greatly enhanced.Both are highly durable devices, meaning they should last for many year

Big Brother 14 8/2/2012, or 'The Bull$#!T Episode'

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 21:11
What crap was that?

This whole week meant nothing.

I am debating dropping the show for the rest of the season.

I don't buy America voted yes.

Clip Recordings

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 20:34
I have some 10+ hour olympic recordings that I'd like to clip several hours off the start or end of. Is there any way to clip recordings using the Tivo box?

I'm trying to stay away from doing lots of transferring and converting especially considering the size of the files, but if I can't do it within the Tivo what's the next easiest way?


Thu, 08/02/2012 - 20:30

Shows permanently deleted - recently deleted shows kept?

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 20:29
My Family Room Premier permanently deleted all the kids shows today. I re-purposed it to record Olympics for these couple weeks and have been carefully deleting Olympics shows to prevent it from deleting all the kids shows. I figured this was easier than setting all the kids shows to keep until delete since there are so many of them.

Last night, I finished watching Olympics shows and deleted all the Olympics from the TiVo. There were still a bunch (50-70 episodes) of various kids shows at that time.

When I get home tonight, my son tells me all his shows are gone. Sure enough, he's down to just one episode of one show. I look in the recently deleted folder and find only Olympics episodes that were recorded between 7/27 and 8/1. Only about 25% of the disk is used.

So, for some reason, the 10 or so Olympics episodes in recently deleted took precedence over the shows that had not been deleted and all the kids shows but one were lost.

Has anyone seen this happen? Any idea how to avoid it in the future? Now that they're gone, it doesn't really matter. I can't get them back until the Olympics are done.

Weather App

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 19:58
Can somebody point me to a weather app that's still working? The ones I've found seem to be gone.

The omen Sunday night 8/5: the word is 5-1

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 18:00
I noticed that the episode Sunday 08/05/2012 of "The Newroom" is titled "5/1"

The episode of "Breaking Bad" airing at the same time Sunday is titled, "Fifty-One"

The end is nigh!

DVRs for sale on ebay by me.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 16:42
I have a two Tivos with upgraded hard drives, to include a dual tuner Series 2, and single Tuner Series 2, and also a non TiVo DVR that doesn't have programing info, but has a DVD burner that you can edit the show on the hard drive before you burn it onto the DVD.




Series 1: Will Clear Program Data not force Guided Setup

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 16:38
Can I run "Clear Program Data" and have it do that and not start Guided Setup?

Why I care:
My Series 1 has failed with "Failed while loading series" for the last month.
So far I have:
Unplugged from phone for 3 days
Run Kickstart 57
Reset Thumb Ratings.

I'm afraid to run guided setup because I've read about the possibility of getting stuck in that if there is a problem loading program data during that procedure.

So I'd like to run Clear Program Data...but a TiVo rep just told me that option will go into Guided Setup.

Is he right?

Tivo Premier will not connect

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 13:19
After what was probably a power failure, my Tivo can't connect to the service nor to Netflix. however, scheduled programs are being recorded OK.

Help please.:confused:

Big Brother 14 - 8/1/2012

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 10:52
Soooooooooo, I feel bad for Ian. I get his answer to Britney, "Not in the foreseeable future."

I get what he means. I get where Britney was coming from also. I think Frank got on the block because two people from two different walks of life had a mis-communication.

Can we have an intervention for Danielle? I don't think she gets what a showmance is supposed to be.

I want Joe to go.

Moving - cable card question - can I go without?

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 10:36
I moved over the weekend from my own apartment where I've had comcast and my Tivo HD set up happily with 2 cable cards for a couple of years now - into my fiance's house where he has his own comcast account and his own comcast DVR. He of course doesn't want to switch to Tivo only, and I am partial to the service that I purchased a lifetime use for. :)

My question - how will the Tivo operate if i go without cable cards? Can I just watch live tv at that point? Or can i record 1 at a time? And will it then not broacast in HD? If I keep 1 cable card (at $1.50) and give up the 2nd (at 9.99) what will the ramifications be?

I just want to make sure I'm all primed up with answers before I ax my comcast account, return cable cards, and then have to reinstall 1 or more with a $30 service call.

Quality of video transferred back and forth and WMC

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 01:17
What is the quality difference between video recorded on a Tivo and video transferred to PC and back to Tivo again? Does anyone know what the resolution and bitrate are and how this compares to Windows Media Center. When I recorded straight from a Tivo (best quality) to a DVDirect (best quality) and compared it to Windows Media Center I got the following info when playing each one on a PS3:

(I forget which one was the Tivo and which one was the WMC, I think #1 may have been Tivo and #2 WMC,
I'll try to figure that out soon)
1) Dolby Digital 2 Ch 48 khz 256 kbps mpeg2 7.9 mbps (not an avg, was around this range while playing)
2) Dolby Digital 2 Ch 48 khz 384 kbps (no format given) 9.3 mbps (not at avg, was around this range while playing)

Land line moved to Verizon Home phone connect

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 23:06
Can a Tivo be connected to a Verizon Home Connect service?
A friend of mine got rid of her Centurylink home phone and went with Verizon wireless Home connect. It says on the website that DVR updates are not supported, but I wondering if anyone was able to make it work? The friend did get wireless internet, but it is metered, so I am thinking I don't want her two TiVos using up all her monthly allowance.
I am her 'I.T.' person.
But like all I.T. persons, I am stuck trying to fix something I advised her not to get. Or at least I suggested other options that she didn't take.
I have two wireless Tivo adapters that I can take over and connect if the Home connect will not support the Tivo phone line.
It would be nice that she would have internet capabilities on her Tivos (something she has never had as she had dial up internet before) Then she would have the extra search capabilities and download capabilities. But downloading any videos is going to eat up her 2 gig per month allowance. (also shared with her Droid phone. Ya, Ya, I know, she could have done much better, but who ever listens to the IT guy when getting ready to buy the stuff I am going to have to maintain/configure?)

tivo series 3 records more programs than requested.

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 19:31
If I set my Tivo to record a maximum of FIVE shows of (say) Modern Marvels, it goes ahead on its own and records from 6 to 12 and sometimes more. Why is this? What can I do to limit the Tivo to recording the selected FIVE maximum?

Does it have anything to do with the fact that some programs are available on multiple channels? This is true, but the channels are not duplicates so I would rather not turn off any of my selected channels.


Tivo HD reboots spontaneously

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 18:29
A few times a week my Tivo HD will spontaneously reboot. It's been upgraded to a 2TB internal drive and sits behind a power conditioner. None of my other equipment shows signs of any power surge or disconnect.

From what I've read, it might be a HDD problem or a power supply/cable capacitor issue.

I actually have an old HD that I tried to repair with a new power supply when it would hang forever at the "Just a few minutes more" screen. So I will probably try to examine the power supply/cable and replace if there's any question about them. Seems a lot easier/quicker than copying the content of my current drive onto a new drive.

Anything I should check or other ideas as to a cause?

Series 2 Dual tuner hit by lightning

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 15:28
My cable system was hit by lightning on 7-27-12
the only things damaged were my cable modem and tivo TCD649080 :(

did the unplug and let set for more than 24hrs no help

symptoms are plug the tivo in
green and yellow lights appear dimly lit and thats it
I get no output to the tv screen at all

all the trouble shooting tips I find assume you have video output

power supply is still putting out the proper voltages to the hard drive
and the fan plugged into the mother board is spinning




New user: IR/RF setup question for hidden Premiere

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 15:02
I've read through a few threads on the subject and am unsure what I need. I just ordered service through a local provider, which includes the Tivo Premiere. In our room, the tv/sat box has always been hidden in the closet behind the TV. The first unit needed a simple IR extender, mounted on the front of the TV. My DirectTV unit just needed an RF kit ( antenna and RF Remote).
The install date is next week, and I want to have the necessary equip ready. What do I need? TIA.