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Hatfields & McCoys on The History Channel

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 07:38
Anyone planning on watching this? It starts on May 28th (Memorial Day) and is a 3 part, 6 hour mini series.

I saw the trailer at the movie theater when I went to see The Avengers - the series looks really good. It stars Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton in some post Civil War drama. When I saw the trailer, I was first impressed, then immediately surprised that it was not a movie, but a TV series.

I am looking forward to this one!

TED Talks on XL?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 07:12
Anyone able to get TED Talks working on their XL devices?

I tried the following rss video link:


Complained about incompatible video format.

Any ideas?

15% off on all HDTVs

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 02:56
Get 5% to 15% off on all HDTVs from Best buy. Use Best Buy Promo Code and avail this great offer.

A Professional Software Pack to Rip DVD/Video to various format and transfer files fo

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 22:20
Some of you would like to put your DVD collections on your computers or share the classical Movies with your friends.
Or some of you prefer to put wonderful videos on portable devices such as iPod, iPhone, PSP, Mobile Phone, Zune, Creative Zen, iRiver, Sansa, etc., to be served as DVD Players or Video players.

So you have to think out a way of solving the conversion. Recently Studio release a versatile, user-friendly and affordable conversion software product named DVD Ripper Pack. It is the professional combination of DVD Ripper , Video Converter and iPod to PC Transfer. This software can rip DVD and convert video formats to many other video formats such as MP4, H.264, AVI, MP3, WMV, WMA, FLV, MKV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, 3GP, 3GPP, VOB, DivX, MOV, RM, RMVB, M4A, AAC, WAV, etc. supported by the portable devices. Plus, you are allowed to transfer video, audio, image files and iPhone ringtones from iPod to your computer for safety.

This guide shows you how to Rip DVD/videos to AVI, WMV video formats supported by your portable devices, and transfer files from iPod to PC.

To start the conversion you should free download DVD Ripper Pack and install it.

Shown as the image above, if you want to rip DVD, please select DVD Ripper; otherwise, please select Video Converter. If you want to transfer files from iPod/iPhone/iPad to PC, please select iPod to PC Transfer.

Next the specific steps are explained as follows:

Part 1: How to Rip DVD and edit DVD to popular video

Step 1: Load your DVD by clicking “Load DVD”.

Step 2: Choose the output format and set the exact parameters
Click “Profile” drop down arrow to choose the output format you want.
Click “Settings” to set the exact video and audio parameters to fit for your player.
Step 3: Select your file path by clicking “Browse” button or select the default path by software.
Step 4: Click “Convert” image button to begin the conversion
Wait for a short moment, the conversion will be finished soon.

The software has other editing functions:

1. Set audio track and subtitles for your converted video
“Audio Track” and “Subtitle” are under the preview window

2. Get any time-length video clips
Click “Trim” button to open the trim window, you can set the exact begin and end time for your clips or just drag the slider bar.

3. Adjust the video play region
Click “Crop” to open the crop window to crop off the black edges around your video or adjust any video play region. You can also set the video play ratio when playing on player: keep original, full screen, 16:9, 4:3.

4. Set the video effect
Click “Effect” to adjust the video Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Volume for you to get the perfect playing effect.
5. Join several chapters of your DVD into one file
Select the chapters that you want to join, and then pick “Merge into one file”. After conversion, these chapters will be saved into one file.

Part 2: How to Convert video to popular video

After you click “Video Converter”, another interface appears as follows:

Step 1: Add files
Click “Add File” to add your video files.
Step 2: Set output video format
Click “Profile” button from the drop-down list to select the output video format such as AVI, MPG, MPEG and WMV. You can click the “Settings” button to set parameters of your output video such as Frame Rate, Bitrate to get the best video quality as you want.
Step 3: Click the “Start” button to start the conversion.

Part 3: How to Transfer your iPod/iPad/iPhone files to PC?

After you click “iPod to PC Transfer”, another interface appears as follows:

Step 1: Connect your iPod/iPhone/iPad to PC
Connect your Apple device to PC via Apple dedicated data line, then various media files of your device will be displayed.

Step 2: Choose to transfer video/audio/image/iPhone ringtone file
Click "Music"/ “Movies”/ “Photo”/ “Ringtone” on the display list, then the right side of the interface will display corresponding files in details, then the "Transfer" button will be activated instanly.

Step 3: Click the “Transfer” button to start the transferring action.

Dancing with the Stars 5/21/2012 and 5/22/2012 Finale with Spoilers for both nights

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 22:10
There haven't been many threads this season, so thought I'd start one for both nights of the finals. So be warned that it's allowed to discuss the winner in this thread as soon as announced Tuesday!

I've been watching off and on all season. Not dedicated, but enough to keep up and pick favorites. I'm thrilled to see William/Cheryl and Katherine/Mark (well, no so much Mark, but I love Katherine) in the finals. I'm not much of a Donald fan, but he is a good dancer.

So basically, I'm happy with the final three. They are all very entertaining.

New TiVo Wireless N adapter Rattle

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 20:11
The splitter that comes with the adapter has something loose inside. Amazon sent exchange....same issue. Contacted TiVo support. Rep states this is "abnormal" and that the 90 days parts & labor was from Amazon not TiVo. They refused to honor their own warranty.

TiVo shows Charter added new HD channels on the guide - only problem: no new channel.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 18:59
So over the past few weeks, Charter Cable in Long Beach, CA (and I'm sure the whole greater LA region) has added several new HD channels. And of course, our Tivo premiere has notified us of the update and added the channels to the guide. And we're pretty happy about it, because Charter has long starved us of a good HD selection - and we had Fios where we used to live.

However, about 1/3 of the channels that were added to the program guide, when you select them, give you a black screen and/or an error message that the channel isn't available. I checked with Charter's website, and found that their pamphlet of the latest channels don't include the 9 "blank" HD channels still showing on my guide. So I explained the situation to the tech support chat on their website, who responded that their service does not feature these channels in HD. After pressing further, I found that she was simply looking the same online pamphlet that I just saw and relayed me the information. I asked her if these new channels were in the pipeline, and if that's why they were added to the guide. She said she didn't know, but would escalate the question.

So my question for the insightful users here is... Surely there must be a reason why these were added to the guide? TiVo doesn't just make these things up (the Charter tech, for a second, tried to claim it was an error on TiVo's end)... Is it likely that these channels were added to the guide, per Charter, inadvertently before they were made available in the line-up? Whatever take on this that can offered by others here, I'd really appreciate it!

And just in case that any other Charter / Tivo subscribers in my area happen to check here for this problem, here are the channels in question:

656 - Cooking Channel
657 - DIY
658 - says "Dest HD" but shows an icon for "Planet Green HD"
659 - We HD
660 - Biography HD
661 - H2 HD
662 - Investigation Discovery HD
726 - Hub HD
741 - Own HD

These were all added within the last 3 weeks, most recently two days ago.

Thanks again...

'Rules of Engagement' - Renewed

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 18:09

Quote: The Eye ordered 13 more episodes I'm happy. It's nice mid season filler.

Sanctuary won't be back...

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 18:02
Canceled after four seasons...and more here...

Hell on Wheels returns Aug. 12 - 10 ep season

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 17:20
HOW returns Sunday, Aug. 12, and the season will be 10 eps...LA Times article (at the bottom)

Future TIVO (Series 5?) - 2013

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 16:06
Zatz - What are you doing???? I remember the feeding frenzy 2 years ago with all the speculation for the TIVO Premiere.

i guess it is time for the feeding frenzy to start up again.

2013 TIVO HArdware thoughts .... anyone .... Now taking bets.


Breaking Bad Season 5 to be broken up

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 16:06
Damn you AMC!!!!

They are going to split it into 8 and 8 in the summers of 2012 and 2013

I am not sure my heart can handle that much suspense with a break in-between


I'm FREE! FREE from Private Practice!

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 14:54
There are only a half-dozen or so shows that my wife is interested in watching, so I watch those with her (Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Blue Bloods, In Plain Sight (now over), and a couple of others I can't think of).

Last night when we finished watching the latest episode of Private Practice, she said "You know what? I don't want to watch this show any more. They just make the same mistakes over and over."

I verified that she really wanted me to delete the SP, and she did. So I did.

And now I'm free!

FS: Premiere XL with Lifetime and TiVo extended warranty

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 14:21
Premeire XL with lifetime service

An extended warranty from TiVo was purchased on the box and is transferable. It expires on March 26th, 2013.

All original packaging including box, remote, power cable, A/V cables, manuals and blue filter glasses (for THX tint adjustment).

$560 shipped. (by FedEx ground)(shipping to continental US only)
It will be double boxed.

Paypal payments only to a confirmed paypal address.

Please PM me if interested.

Lost many older recordings on PXL

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 14:08
A few days ago I lost a bunch of recorded shows. I was watching a web video downloaded through a "season pass", after it finished, I was prompted to delete it, which I did. Then the menu backed out to a folder saying there is no more shows in the folder. Then I went back to my now playing list, and noticed my disk usage went down from ~65% to 24%. I looked around, and all shows that were marked with a yellow dot had been deleted, as well as all suggestions. I rebooted it, thinking it might be an indexing glitch, but after reboot, and waiting overnight, the shows remained gone.

I don't know if this was triggered by me deleting the web video. I watched another web video earlier. It had a few more episodes stored in a folder. When I was prompted to delete one episode after finished watching, I was backed out to the folder view, also saying there was no other episodes in the folder, while in fact the folder shouldn't have been empty. This raised my suspicion of indexing issue.

Not sure what I can do. This kinda sucks. I had whole season of a couple shows that I hadn't gotten around to watch, now they are all gone

PS, have not gotten, still on the previous SW

GlaxyTab 2 7 & Tivo Android App My 2 cents

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:18
Hello All,

Well I bought a Samsung Glaxy Tab 2 7.0 and thought I would comment about it and TiVo's android app. I am not a smart phone person (my only cell phone is a pay as you go tracfone) and have only used 1 other tablet a 7' blackberry.

I went for the Tab 2 over other low cost 7" tablet like the Kindle fire or Nook tablet because it had more features and because I am not tied to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. The Tab 2 is lighter and faster than the blackberry and seems like a nice device that I believe most people would like, however I am generally disappointed and likely will just concede that I pretty much waisted $240 on a toy I likely will not use much.

TiVo's Android app works well on the Tab 2 it found my TiVos and worked well as long as I had a solid WiFi connection. I really don't see the use of the app as it is much easier to pick up either my Logitech or TiVo remotes. I had hoped the Tab 2 could be setup and used like my Logitech remote unfortunately the Samsung remote app for the IR Blaster isn't advanced enough to be used with my setup and Logitech doesn't make an app at all.

I have very limited uses for a tablet but thought given that this one has an IR Blaster, dual cameras, and runs the latest version of Android that I might find it useful - I was wrong. To sum it up:
  1. TiVo's android app works but is disappointing
  2. The IR Blaster works but the Samsung app is disappointing
  3. Surfing the web on a 7" tablet doesn't work for me.
  4. Hulu+ has an app but says the Tab 2 isn't s supported device.
I might just give this to a nephew who has moved away at least he can use it with Skype to video conference with us.

Does Charter Communications have a Cable Card?

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:08
OK, so I am probably being lazy here but does anyone know if Charter Communications offers a cable card for the Tivo Premiere box. Right now I am only using it for OTA channels.

The main cable companies that I hear about are Verizon and Comcast, neither offered in my area.

Thanks in advance

Missing: Did it wrap itself up? No Spoilers

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:23
I have the 10 episodes of Missing sitting on my Tivo and I'm trying to decide if I should watch it. Without giving anything specific about the show away, can you tell me if the main story line wraps itself up by the end of the season?

I really don't want to waste 7.5 hours watching a show that going to be open ended and is already cancelled. I don't need every single little thread tied up completely but I really don't want to bother if the main plot line remains unresolved by the end of the season/series.