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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.

Refurbished TiVo Premiere for $44.95

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 00:28
Woot has refurbished 45 hour TiVo Premieres for $44.95 + $5.00 shipping until 10:00 PM Central time on May 5, 2012 or supplies are exhausted. Woot is owned by Amazon, so if you pay sales tax on Amazon orders, you'll also pay sales tax to Woot.

Shark tank 5/4/12 custom bicycles?

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 23:03
Anybody else think the sharks got suckered on this one?

Those "custom" bikes looked to me like spray painted junk yard bikes with minimum customization, maybe chromed handlebars and home made seat covers. Take a bunch of rusty old bikes and paint each a single color then just swap the parts.

$600 my foot. Maybe if they were BMX style bikes. I could be wrong but I think I'm right.

Fringe - "Brave New World: Part 1" - 5/4/12

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 22:18
FIRST!!!!11!! (lol seriously why do people still do that?)

Anyway, thought it was a decent episode but I can't really judge it without seeing part two--I didn't think it was overly great on it's own though... They had Leonard Nimoy in the credits so Bell being involved wasn't a surprise the way it looked like they intended it to be, and since we've seen Walter and Bell interact several times over the course of the show, the episode-ending confrontation didn't pack any emotional heft to me--I get that in this world, Bell was thought to be dead and they haven't spoken in years but what we've seen before the switch over makes it less impactful. In that regard, I wasn't really into that being the last scene, but whatevs.

Thoughts on Astrid? Personally I've watched enough TV to know that until someone's in a body bag, they're not dead (and that's not even a guarantee). She was shot and badly injured, but I highly doubt she's dead, which is another reason why I didn't find it that suspenseful--if she really is dead, they could have made that much more...definitive, but the vagueness leads me to think she'll be fine.

Love Olivia tapping into her telekinesis as hinted at that time they went to the future... Glad Jones is dead... I liked the threat of setting the entire city on fire but it kind of ended there--makes me anxious for what they're gonna do next week. BTW did anyone else think it was weird that Walter referred to Peter as "my son"? I wonder if that's a subtle hint that he's starting to experience what happened with Olivia (I still think it's a little stupid that she's the only one to revert to her prior time-line self--I want my old peeps back).

Also, I'm confused... in an article posted in the "Fringe Renewed" thread, one of the producers mentions that he's still holding out hope that he can pull Nimoy out of retirement before the show ends next year, which I took to mean we wouldn't be seeing him again at all... didn't he say after his last guest spot that he was done acting or something? Wasn't expecting to see him again...

Micro$oft cutting Media Center out of Windows 8

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 19:25
Microcrap is cutting the Media Center out of Windows 8 and NO DVD playback also.


Money, money, money. Time to buy an iMac and a TiVo. ;)

Awake "Slack Water" S1E10 OAD 5/3/12

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 19:01
The cigarette smoking guy (an X-Files reference) needs Britten gone before he can move the heroin. I wonder why they can't move it without him being either dead or out of state. The "Distributors" are impatient. I never knew heroin went bad.

They tease us with reminders of the X-files so I hope the underlying mystery will be something in that vein and not simply some mundane drug deal and corrupt police.

I'll be disappointed if it is all explained by saying Britten was getting too close to the truth about the heroin so the conspirators tried to kill him and his family in a car wreck. When he woke up he had amnesia about the case he was working so they left him alone. And his broken reality is caused by his guilt over the fact that he was drinking the night of the wreck.

The Captain in the red world knows the wife is alive and yet she has said "you didn't have to take out his whole family". I'm thinking she didn't mean that his wife and kid were actually killed, only that they caused a wreck with no regard for his family being in the car. So when she said that it was a fake out to make us think she believes his whole family is dead.

I miss the sessions with the shrinks. The police procedural part of the show is the least interesting part for me.

3 Tivo Units for Sale As Is

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 18:41

I've got three Tivo units that I'm trying to sell. All of them are AS IS. PM me and make me an offer. I have the DTV DVR service, so I no longer have a use for the Tivo boxes.

Sony SAT-T60
Turbonet Card
Two 80GB drives added
Ethernet adapter added
(Needs new drive image)

Phillips DSR-6000
SD Tivo
Turbonet Card
Two 80GB drives added
Ethernet adapter added
(Working when removed from service)

DTV HR10-250
HD Tivo
2nd drive bracket added
(Missing one drive)

I'm checking with DTV to see if the lifetime subscription that I have is linked to my account, or if it follows the box. I will update this post once I find out. Thanks for looking.

DTV is telling me that my account has the Lifetime Tivo Subscription, but the boxes do not. Anyone need any spare parts?

Southland renewed for Season Five (Feb 2013)

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 17:31
Quote: Good news, Southland fans: It looks like the stories of Officer Ben Sherman’s professional free-fall and Det. Lydia Adams’ journey to juggle motherhood and case work won’t wind up as unsolved mysteries: TNT has renewed the gritty (oftentimes harrowing) L.A.-set police drama for a 10-episode fifth season.

“Season after season, critics and fans alike have championed TNT’s Southland as one of television’s best dramas. This year, the show has not only solidified its impassioned fan base, but also picked up some new young-adult devotees along the way,” Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, TBS, said in a statement.

Southland this past season averaged more than 2.9 million total viewers when factoring in Live+7 DVR playback, while its delivery of Adults 18-49 grew three percent from Season 3.

Season 5 will premiere in February 2013.