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New Show Pass?

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:06
Last year, I activated some option that allowed TiVo to automatically start a season pass for every new show on TV for the season.

I kind of liked that feature.

Is there some way for me to turn that on again for this year? Will it happen automatically?

Using YouTube Service Causes Main TiVo Video Playback Function To Fail

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:59
I have discovered that after I have been playing around in the TiVo YouTube Service on my Premiere, then returning to main TiVo, playing any recording no longer functions correctly.

When you launch to view any recording, the screen just sits there blank (black color). If I bring up the progress bar I find that the file is actually running, but at an accelerated rate, and nothing on the screen but blackness.

The only way to clear the problem is to restart the TiVo unit.

After I have restarted, I bring up the recording I had tried to play, I find that it now plays fine but from the point it left off in the accelerated play it was experiencing before the restart.

HD stream from Netflix through Tivo- HELP!

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 10:13
Streaming non-– HD from Netflix through TiVo works okay. However, with HD you get sound and only a gray screen. This is been tried with multiple programs with the same result so it does not appear to be related to any individual Netflix program.

We tried changing out the wireless connection to the TiVo for a cat 5 cable – no change. The TiVo is connected via HDMI to a Yamaha RXV-1900 receiver and on to a Sony TV via another HDMI cable. (By the way, the TV shows the resolution of 720 P HD.) The Netflix people suggest that maybe there's some copy protection thing going on at the receiver side that is blanking out the picture, and that maybe by routing the TiVo to the TV and back to the receiver (which would be a mess) might help. Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions or experience with this type of situation to offer, it will be most appreciated! This is a very frustrating problem. Many thanks!

HDUI crashed and now stuck on SDUI.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 08:38
I've tried searching Google but can't seem to find anything with an answer. Last night I was watching my brand new TiVo Premiere XL when all of a sudden the THX screen came up in what seemed like a crash.

Since then it kicked me into the SDUI and I cant get back into HDUI menus. I checked to make sure there was a broadband connection, I reconnected to the TiVo service multiple times, switched inputs from Component to HDMI and also tried playing around with the quality settings, 480p,720p,1080i,etc. I've also restarted it and pulled the power cable out.

Interestingly enough there is no option in Settings -> Settings -> Displays -> for changing the SDUI back to the HDUI (which I had to change to HDUI the very first time I opened the box.)

Does anyone have any ideas how to fix it? TiVo's forums dont seem to be of much help.

Thanks for any and all help :)

Refurb Drives

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 07:48
Oh wise and wonderful TCF:
what is your opinion on using a refurbished drive?
The drives specified for upgrades are getting more and more difficult to find.

Hell On Wheels - Slaughterhouse - 8/26/2012

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 06:39
Pretty gory episode, no need for it to be that extreme. Did get a little background on Lily although it looked like she was trying to deny sleeping with the boss, but we saw her do that in a previous ep.

So now we rearrest the boys for the new murder?

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Lost a bunch of Comcast HD channels

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 04:08
Today our Tivo Premiere lost about 1/3rd of the HD channels that we normally get from Comcast in south San Jose. Tuning to them results in a black screen and a "Problem with the signal on this cable channel" message from the TiVo. It's fairly random ... Syfy HD and Food HD are gone, for example, but channels adjacent to them are still working.

Spent several hours with Comcast support, and they insist that a truck roll is required (at 7:30am in two days) to resolve the issue.

Is anyone else in the Bay Area having a similar problem? I'm wondering if they goofed up provisioning of Cablecards in general, or just mine. :)


Netflix help

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 02:24
Sorry if something similar has been posted i tried searching but couldn't find anything. I'm new to the forum so I hope this is the right forum....

Anyway I have a TiVo Premier (45 hours) that I've had for 2 years this Christmas. No other major problems besides the Netflix app isnt working so well on my TiVo.

So what's going on is when I play a video it'll say cant play this video right now try again later. Eventually if I keep hitting play (usually 5 or so error messages later the video will start working just fine. It just takes 5-10 minutes each time I want to play a video which sucks.

So before the new major update a few month ago I never had a single problem. Vids would play perfect and almost instantly without any sort of error message.

So I called Tivo and Netflix. They each tell me to uninstall the app/ reset my router, unplug my wireless adapter and try it. It never works.
Then they both blame eachother and I end up having no solutions to the problem.

Netflix did mention once my streaming speed was slow, but i actually upgraded to 10.0 from 5 way before the switch so that shouldn't be a problem. Plus Hulu & Amazon On Demand is really fast. (btw streaming on my ps3 in my same room works fine) but I don't really have the option on using the ps3 at all times because it's my roomate's. Plus I shouldn't have to because I have a TiVo!

So I don't know what to do. Does anyone have any similar issues or suggestions to how to fix this?
This sounds like a Netflix problem to me since it's their app and everything else is fine but they aren't helpful.

Sorry this is so long.

No Dolby Digital 5.1 with Netflix

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 01:47
I get DD 5.1 when using my TiVo Premiere XL with Comcast. However, I am not getting 5.1 when viewing a Netflix show which is indicated to be 5.1. I am hooked up to my Denon AV receiver with optical. Is this a Netflix app bug?

Optical Pop HD GUI

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 21:07
when navigating hd menus, as the video window "flickers" during a transition, i hear a loud pop or crackle when the video window reappears, or during a gui to full video transition. that's the only time there's any sound issue. with the video menu disabled, there's no popping.

i can end the popping by disabeling, then enabeling, the video window, but the popping always returns.

my video is high speed hdmi, my audio is optical cable, sony home theater receiver, tivo premiere xl.

any suggestions? i think this may be hd gui related, or sony optical related (based on the other forum posts).

Bye- My Last SD DirecTivo Has Finally Died

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 19:52
It is a sad day in my household. After years of owning and hacking series 1 and 2 DirecTivo's, my last DSR704 kicked the bucket this weekend. I could probably piece together one last working unit with all of the dead ones in my closet but, it is time to move on.

I waiting 2 years for the new HD Tivo box (even buying a HD Tivo and paying $50/month connecting to cable) but the new THR22 box was too little too late. We've moved on to the HR family. They are not as slick, but they do talk to each other nicely for Whole-Home-DVR.

Thanks to everyone on this forum for all of the help over the years.


'Continuum' - Canadian drama coming to Syfy channel

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 19:50


Quote: Syfy is continuing its relationship with the fine Canadians of Canada and will import Continuum, a buzzy drama starring Rachel Nichols. The 10-episode first season just wrapped up earlier this month on Canada's Showcase, and a second season has already been ordered. Nichols stars as a cop from the future that is wormholed back to present-day Vancouver and chases down future terrorists who have also time-traveled.
The show has been discussed in the 'Happy Hour' forum.



Quote: Continuum is a one-hour police drama centered on Kiera Cameron, a regular cop from 65 years in the future who finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver. She is alone, a stranger in a strange land, and has eight of the most ruthless criminals from the future, known as Liber8, loose in the city.

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deleting recorded shows after watching

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 17:45
I've recently moved to Tivo after using Dish Network for several years. I now have a Tivo Premiere (75 hour).

When watching a recorded program, if I was done with a program (or just didn't care to watch it anymore), I could hit "stop" on my remote control and this would stop the recorded program at the point where I wanted it to stop and it would then dump me into the DVR menu with the show highlighted where I could delete the show.

With the Tivo, it appears that in order to do the same thing I need to first hit "pause" to pause the show, and then hit "Tivo" to go to the main menu, and then his "Tivo" again to get into my recorded shows. Then I have to select the show I was watching to be able to delete it. That, or I have to wait for the recording to "run out" before being prompted to delete.

Is there a better way of doing this on the Tivo that I'm not aware of?


6.2a to 6.4a upgrade, trouble with reboot fails

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 16:58
I've just now upgraded the second direcTivo S2 from 6.2a to 6.4a using slicer. After slicing, & clearing the program info and todo list, I then ran tweak.sh to correct a couple of minor issues. On one, I've run bufferhack11j.tcl and updated TWP. The other hasn't gone that far yet.

Both systems are exhibiting the same symptoms. If through telnet I issue a reboot command after making some changes, they normally crash twice right as they hit 100% of acquiring satellite info, but nearly always work the third time with no intervention. I can capture a serial port log if that would help.


Metadata Help.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 14:39
So I am trying to put all of my pYtivo pushed Movies in my Premiere into one folder.

The Metadata is kinda working.

But how do I add a name to the metadata txt so it shows like a TV epsidoe name shows in recording folders?

For example here is my Metadata for the Dictator.

Quote: title : The Dictator
seriesTitle : Movie
episodetitle : The Dictator
description : This outlandish comedy chronicles the glorious efforts of despotic General Aladeen, dictator of the Republic of Wadiya, to oppress his people and fight democracy. Helping the tyrant maintain his rule at all costs is an all-female security force.
isEpisode : true
It lists as Movie in the NPL, But The Dictator does not show up anywhere...

Thanks for the help.

Video Encoding parameters suggestions?

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 14:22
I have a number of HD movies from my Tivo that are 13-15GB each for a two hour movie (in 1080i mpeg2 with DD audio) that I want to store in h264 mp4 format with DD audio. Can anyone suggest bitrates and other parameters that would remain high quality? I am looking to shrink the size by about 50%.

THR22 to own?? Where to buy?

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 13:59
My HR10-250 is constantly resetting. I am comtemplating getting the THR22 to replace it. The people at Directv told me that I could get a new one but it would be a lease. I could buy it for $399 but I could probably find it cheaper on Amazon. Everyone I contacted (weakness, DVR upgrade etc..) said that it they only have leased one's. Does anyone know where to buy these elusive sets?