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DirecTiVo iPhone Remote?

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 16:01
So I'm thinking of switching to DirecTV from my current cable provider. Since I will have to give up TiVo HD to do so, I am consider the new DirecTiVo they are offering. I was curious, is there any iPhone apps out there that will act like a remote control for it? I didn't see any support for it in the descriptions of the official iPhone TiVo app, but I wasn't sure if it just wasn't listed or if there was a 3rd party app that might support it instead. Thanks.

Forum confuses IE9 "Back" list

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 15:51
With Internet Explorer 9, the forum is consistently putting the urls for ads in the "Back" button list, meaning that it takes me 3 or 4 clicks on the Back button to go back one page. I've attached an image with what the list looks like.
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Old hughes SD-DVR40 advise needed

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 11:33
Original model SD-DVR40, which I upgraded with bigger HD back in the days, I forgot how, never skipped a beat till now, does not go pass 60% on acquiring Sat information. Tried everything even left it on for 48 hrs got up to 64%.

Newbie questions

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 09:35
I am currently paying $16.00/month through my cable company (Suddenlink) for my HD DVR service/box. I don't like Suddenlink and cringe when I think that I am renting a box from them. They told me the only way to get rid of the box and still use their service was to get a Tivo box. I know very little about Tivo and I looked on Tivo's website, and it seems that I can get a subscription for less than what I'm paying for the Suddenlink's box, so I now need to find a box. I'm looking for something I can replace my Suddelink box with and I need at a minimum HD and something that records at least 2 shows at a time.

I'm a little confused about what the lifetime option is. Does that mean you don't pay a monthly charge?

If so, I'm wondering if I should look for an older box with lifetime service that can be transferred to me (if that's possible)?

And, I'm thinking that you can upgrade after a while if you have an older box and Lifetime, is that correct and how does that work?

Or, am I better off just buying a new box, no lifetime, and now paying the service fee?

Also wondering how this works if I have 2 tv's. Do I need 2 Tivo boxes? The 2nd tv only needs to be able to watch, no recording functions needed.

Any help/advice/input would be appreciated, thanks in advance!

my.tivo.com missing Now Playing, Season Pass, guide info

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 08:54
I now have two Premieres in my house. One is an XL that's about a year old and the other is a new non-XL unit. I had this problem with just the XL before, but it wasn't as annoying as it is now that I have two Premieres. Both are broadband connected through ethernet, and both are on lifetime subscriptions.

Enough background--the problem.

About 9 times out of 10 when I visit my.tivo.com to see my todo list, search the guide or use the great my.tivo.com season pass manager, all that information is missing from the web site. Has anyone had this problem? Both are functioning properly except for this. Forcing connections doesn't correct it. It just seems to work randomly whenever it feels like working.

Has anyone seen this before? Any idea how to fix it?

Tivo rather than extra V+ Box?

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 07:26
I have Tivo on my main tele and upstairs have subsrbed ot the package that gives you a sep box in another room but they have supplied the V+ Box with no pause or record facility. if I buy another Tivo box will it all work? (I have the full package)


Tivo premiere, slingplayer and placeshifting

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 06:53
I have a TiVo Premiere and am thinking aout getting a Slingbox. I would be watching on my iPad 2, usually while traveling. However, I wouldn't always have a good internet or even 3G connection. I see in the previews of the Slingplayer for iPad there is a "record" button on the right side of the player interface.
So, here is my question: when i have a good connection, is it possle to "record" a program I have on my tivo to the ipad using slingplayer for later viewing, or is the only way to watch is with an active connection?

SNL 5/5/12 Eli Manning; Rihanna

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 23:59
Fox and Friends
Eli Manning monologue
Amazon commercial
Madden Motion Capture
Chad Testifies
Little Brothers commercial
WXPD News New York
Rihanna performs
Weekend Update
..Top Stories
..Patricia Krentcil
..Top Stories
..Admiral General Aladeen (Sasha Baron Cohen, Martin Scorsese cameo)
..Top Stories
What is This?
Helga Lately
Rihanna performs
Ms. Drag World
Cheech & Chong and also Richard

Isn't this show 3 months late? I guess I blacked out the memory of this past superbowl cuz I hadda look it up to see who played in it. I actually thought this might be a repeat at first.

Persons of Interest

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 23:19
Any one watching this show other than me? Ratings seem pretty good. This is probably my favorite procedural show on TV at this time. Jim Caviezel is perfect for the role and Michael Emerson is good, as usual.

HDMI re-sync with each channel change?

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 22:47
Haven't had much time to play with my new XL4, as setup and cable card activation was finished only a handful of hours before we left for a weekend away from home. One thing I did notice, however, is that when I was channel surfing, my system had to re-sync the HDMI every time I flipped to a new station.

I have a high-end Onkyo preamp, with everything connecting via HDMI. The preamp sends video out to an overhead projector or a Samsung HDTV, depending on which I am watching. The sync issue appears to happen equally on both displays.

Basically, when I flip the channel, the screen goes black, the name of the input "Video 1" or something pops up for about 1 second, then the picture reappears. I have yet to actually see a problem with the system being able to find a good HDMI sync, but it is definitely annoying that it has to re-do it each time you change the channel.

This did not happen on my Dish Network box hooked up in the same way (VIP722). On there, the channel just changed, without the name of the input and the black screen showing up.

Any thoughts?

Just replaced primary drive, now lockups

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 20:36
I have a TiVo HD with the original 160GB drive and a WD My DVR Expander external drive. The primary drive was failing (although it passed the SMART tests and I haven't hooked it up to the computer yet for testing). Instead I used PyTiVo to pull all the recordings I was interested in, un-paired the DVR Expander, then used winMFS to copy the image off the primary drive to a 1TB Seagate Barracuda drive. It booted up fine, although I first went to Live TV and it got stuck displaying live tv for a few minutes (i.e. the buttons were unresponsive, although it continued to display live TV). After about 3-4 minutes, all the button presses I used "went through" and it started responding normally. I figured it was just doing some indexing or something like that in the background.

I started pulling all the shows back from my PC running pyTiVo, and it seemed to queue them up fine. after about 30 shows queued, the last one just got stuck on "this will be transferred" and the buttons became unresponsive again. From the computer I could browse what was on the TiVo, but for about 10 minutes I couldn't do anything on the TiVo itself.

So is this normal or is something wrong? Is the TiVo just doing some cleanup and getting used to the larger drive, or did I pick the wrong drive to do this with? Please let me know. Thanks!

Can't get Netflix to work

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 20:27
Got a sub to Netflix. On the Tivo I select 'Find TV, movies, & videos' > then 'Netflix' and although I have not told Tivo I have Netflix, nor vice versa, there is an "instant queue" with 5 movies there, but it won't play them.

I have no other options to do anything but try to play those 5 movies as far as I can tell. I see no way to tell Tivo what my Netflix account is either......

Video sharing is turned on. I can stream Amazon stuff no problem.

Losing Satellite Signal

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 19:16
Anyone in the SF bay area seen any issues regarding satellite signal?

We were away and all three of our hr10-250s lost signal and didn't record anything for 18 hours. It seemed to automatically fix itself. Just happened again a couple days later now for 5 minutes while I was home

After a while it cleared up and and I checked transponder signal quality and they were all about 80 with a lot above 90.

Only other thing would by my multiswitch is going bad but it's odd it is so intermittent right now.

Tivo Hd

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 18:09
I have a Tivo HD (not a premiere unit) the hard drive is crashing on it. I (thankfully) have an older spare hard drive that I can use as a replacement. It is a western digital wd1600jb 160 gig drive. http://www.wdc.com/en/library/sata/2879-001146.pdf That is the pdf spec sheet on the drive. I'm wondering is it ok to use this drive, and also what special things should I do to it when formatting it to be used as a tivo drive? Let me clarify that last part: I've heard rumors that drives can be tweaked during setup so they run a little better in a tivo. Any tips for a newbie?


Tivo Premiere File Sizes Shrinking after Cable System Upgrade

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 17:00
I have both a Tivo Series 2 and a Tivo Premiere.

My cable company recently upgraded their infrastructure out of the 1980s and into the present day. But something strange has happened as a result.

My Tivo Series 2 is behaving exactly as it had been behaving before the upgrade.

But my Tivo premier is doing something I don't understand.

I often make redundant recordings with the two boxes- same recording quality (Best), and same length, channel, etc. Before the upgrade, the same recording on my Premiere would generally be about 10-15% larger in terms of file size than it's Series 2 counterpart. After the upgrade, an identical recording on the premiere will only be about 70-75% as large as the series 2 counterpart.

The recordings on the Series 2 seem to be about the same size as they've always been at a given length and quality. The Premiere recordings are only a little over half they sizes they used to be. I verified to make sure my default quality was set at "Best," and it is.

Another thing that may or may not be related: I often transfer the recordings to Tivo Desktop and then edit them with VideoRedo software. When I transfer from my Series2, the file behaves normally during editing. When I transfer from the premiere, the software has trouble syncing the frames on playback with the frames in the frame-by-frame navigation system. In other words, it won't show the correct picture in the navigator that it shows on the viewing module. It will also get stuck in loops where I can't advance or reverse the navigation more than a few frames unless I actually hit play. I have a feeling this will make no sense unless you use VideoRedo like I do. When I perform a Quickstream Fix, the video then begins behaving normally. The Sync issue (but not the navigation loop) used to happen sometimes before the upgrade, but it now happens every single time I try to edit a Premiere recording, plus the loop now occurs.

Strangely, I haven't noticed any significant loss of video or audio quality in the apparently undersized recordings. That being said, I'm not enough of a techie to necessarily recognize subtle differences. Could it be that my cablecard is receiving at a lower bitrate or resolution than my cable box? Or is this just a case where my Series 2 could be trying to record at a higher quality than the source is capable of delivering, and thus inflating its file sizes artificially?

As a point of reference, my Series 2 last night recorded an hour and 45 minute program at best quality at a size of 4718 MB. The Premiere recorded the same program with the same specs at 3400 MB. Before the upgrade, I would have expected the latter number to be at or above 5000 MB.

I talked to Tivo Support about this for a very long time, but the guy was pretty unhelpful. He kept obsessing over the fact that the Series 2 has an expanded hard drive, which isn't really relevant considering the file sizes haven't changed on it at all, and are consistent with what my prior, unmodified Series 2 was doing.

Also, he had me check the disk usage for the program referenced above. For some reason it showed up on my series 2 as 4.2 GB, but only .03 GB on my Premiere. This seems like a mistake- whether it just displays wrong on the Premiere or if there's something really screwed up with the internal workings of the thing. That's only like 30 megs, and yet I still have a solid quality 105 minutes of video out of it.

Any help or advice would be much appreciated. I just can't trust these small files to be high quality, even though they appear to be, without some understanding of why they're turning out that way.

Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 07:33
For those of you who are fans of the late Robert B. Parker's detective stories (Spenser, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, etc.), the eighth Jesse Stone movie Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt will be broadcast in HD on Sunday May 20 on primetime CBS.

Teaser: http://www.imdb.com/video/cbs/vi273589017/

Unlike the first four films, the fifth through eighth movies are original scripts, not based on a Parker novel.

Tom Selleck reprises his role as Jesse Stone, the Chief of Police in the New England small town of Paradise, Mass. The stories are beautifully filmed in HD with a solid supporting cast that includes Viola Davis and Kathy Baker as deputies. The Jesse Stone novels are tight and stylish "police procedural" stories, fully adult in nature and well written. Jesse Stone is a complex character who struggles with an alcohol addiction, his feelings for his ex-wife, his demanding job, and a series of beautifull girlfriends. Tom Selleck is at least 20 years older than the Jesse Stone character in the novels, but I'll have to say he has been uniformly excellant in the first seven films.

No, these are not action films. Most often, Jesse fires a single shot in a scene near the end of the film.

If you missed the prior broadcasts these were the earlier films:

Stone Cold (2005, available on DVD)
Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006, available on DVD)
Jesse Stone: Death In Paradise (2006, available on DVD)
Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007, available on DVD)
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009, available on DVD)
Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010, available on DVD)
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011, available on DVD)

Note: If you want to catch up, view Jesse Stone: Night Passage first, as the novels were filmed out of order, and Night Passage is the series beginning, relating how a drunken Los Angeles homicide cop got his job after a painfull divorce.

For reference, the Robert B. Parker novels are:

Night Passage (1997)
Trouble In Paradise (1998)
Death In Paradise (2001)
Stone Cold (2003)
Sea Change (2006)
High Profile (2007)
Stranger in Paradise (2008)
Night and Day (2009)
Split Image (2010)

Don't forget to set your TiVo's for the HD broadcast, Sunday May 20.

Buying 3rd Tivo Premiere or Tivo Whole Home DVR?

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 07:19
I've been reading about Tivo's new Whole Home DVR product coming out soon.

I am trying to decide between buying a 3rd Tivo in my house (would be 2 Premiere's and 1 S3) or waiting for the Whole Home DVR.

What is the difference betweeen these 2 options.

Is the Whole Home DVR basically a Tivo Premiere box? If you can transfer/stream shows, how would the regular Tivo Premiere differ?

Please help me clarify. Thanks.

Woot one day deal

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 02:11
TiVo Premiere DVR - 45 Hour HD $45.00


30 Rock - 5/3

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 01:27
I couldn't make it all the way through. That was horrible. I didn't particularly like last week's live episode, but this one was unwatchable. It probably doesn't help that I can't stand the Angie character.

Some shows really pull off these themed episodes (see Community). 30 Rock should stick to the formula.