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Comcast On Demand issues today?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 13:43
Anyone else having Comcast On Demand issues today (December 10th)? When trying to play some on demand HD titles, Tivo throws a CL-17 error. Oddly, this is only on some titles. Others play OK. Several calls to Comcast later, it appears that Comcast is serving up an incorrect list of titles that are available as free on demand.

As an example, a Tivo search for "Gravity" turns up two on demand entries... one HD and one SD. The SD will play, but the HD will not. Searching directly in the list of titles in the Tivo onscreen VOD menu does not show "Gravity" at all. Comcast seems to be of the opinion that Gravity is new and not available for free. Hmmmmm.... I just finished watching the SD version (that DID play) for free. And when trying to play other HD titles that DO show up in the VOD menu, some play and some throw the CL-17 error.

Does anyone know where the onscreen list of Comcast On Demand titles comes from? Does Tivo maintain the list of playable titles, or does it come directly from Comcast?

During the second call to Comcast, they said that I had no HD service on my account. This was a surprise since with the exception of this issue, ALL HD channels play correctly and always have since we had our TivoHD. I let them add HD to the account (another $10/month) but that didn't change anything.


Zoom no longer changes the picture...

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:51
Early in December I used the Zoom button to cycle through the different picture options, while watching an old SD show. It cycled through Panel, Zoom and Full options as expected.

Last week after experiencing the "unresponsive remote" issue (thread titled "Roamio stopped responding to remote and all") I now have the following problem.

Using the zoom button, cycling through the Panel, Zoom and Full options, but the picture doesn't change in any way. The picture stays the same, but on-screen it shows (in a popup) either "Zoom" or "Panel" or "Full", so I know the TiVo is recognizing the zoom button.

Anyone else see this?

Transfer shows to OS X

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:59
I've been using cTivo to transfer shows from my Tivo HD to Mac. It seems the only other option is KMTTG which appears very well liked. Anyone have opinions on the better option for Roamio (just ordered) to Mac transfers and potentially commercial marking or skipping? Thanks.

How do I back-up files (i.e., shows)?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:54
I have a 5 year old Tivo HDXL. About a year ago I noticed that every few months the thing decides to reboot itself. I'm concerned that the files (shows) might be lost if or when the unit goes belly up.

In the past I've used iTivo to back-up some of the files to a computer on my network, but I'm unable to back-up the ones that are copy protected, marked with a "C."

I don't want to make an illegal copy of these files. I simply want to back them up so they are not lost if the unit fails. At some point I'll want to reload them to the Tivo in the future. How can I do this?

Thank you.

Roamio Plus

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:49
E-bay auction:

Roamio Plus, no remote control, works fine otherwise. One bid at $250 currently.

The Librarians - Season 1 Thread

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:36
Here's a place to discuss the episodes. Yeah I know that many of you hate season long threads, but I'm just not sure if the show will have enough traction to do an episode by episode thread. We'll see how it goes.

So I wonder if the Library being lost and them moving the headquarters for the new cast to Oregon is simply for budget reasons? They can now film in Canada (not sure if it is or not, I didn't look, but Oregon looks a lot like BC).

I thought the pilot was fun and that the second episode was better than the first. I still think it has more of a Warehouse 13 vibe, with a little Indy Jones mixed in. The effects were cheesy, but I think they might be going for that to give it a Children's serial show feel.

roamio remote with RF dongle for mini

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:15
I have a roamio and mini on the way. I will be using a Harmony for the roamio. Can I buy an RF dongle from weaknees and then use the roamio remote via rf with the mini as I would like to place it out of site?

TC Club Payment Fails

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:12
I'm not sure where to post this so I'll try here...

I tried to join the TC Club 2 year plan but when I click to pay it redirects me to PayPal and the page states the TC Club (I don't remember the name) can't accept payments.

Has this been discontinued or could I be doing something wrong? It seems very straightforward. I'm clicking on the link in the User CP.

Thanks! - KEM

What is Devices->My Share?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:09
I just hooked up my Roamio Pro and noticed a menu under My Shows called Devices. It has listed My Share.

When I click on My Share it says, "The My Share PC's Now Playing List could not be displayed because it is unavailable ....

I searched the forums and couldn't find anything.

What is this referring to?



Sons of Anarchy FINALE

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 23:33
Ugh. That was a terrible finale.

How do I transfer shows from Mac to Tivo Roamio

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 22:10
I've downloaded and installed pyTiVo; cTiVo-2; kmttg; streambaby; ffmpeg 2.5 and I have no idea how to use these programs.

I've read and re-read the instructions and the configuration setup instructions for all these programs and it is still not clear to me at all how to start a transfer in either direction.

I've read and searched this forum for help and read dozens of posts. It seems that I'm the only one who has no idea how to start a transfer.

I have no trouble with the installations. My TiVo programs populate the cTivo and pyTivo windows but then what? Are there no user friendly instructions available?

I thought I was computer savvy until I hit this wall.
Thanks for any suggestions.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "What They Become" (12/9/2014, Spoilers)

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 21:49
Well, this episode was chock full of comic book mythos... Daisy Johnson, Calvin Zabo, Terrigen crystals, you name it... I'm sure those who are more versed in the Marvel comics are probably more excited about this than I am, but it's still cool that there's a clear direction the show is going in, that we're not just spinning our wheels.

Sad to see Tripp bite it, but it was a very Whedon death in that it was a heroic death that served a storytelling purpose.

Perhaps those more familiar with the comics might have an insight into what Rayna might be becoming.

General question about Forever

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 21:20
I've only seen bits and pieces of this show. What relationship does Ioan Gruffudd's character have to Judd Hirsch's?

The Flash S01E09 "The Man in the Yellow Suit" (SPOILERS)

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 21:10
Wow! That had a lot in it. Firestorm and the Reverse Flash! I didn't expect them to release so much information so soon in the season. Rather, I was afraid they'd keep stretching out an appearance by RF for too long and keep us guessing about things like Wells' intentions. But they tossed it all into the mix before season break.

Firestorm looks cool. There's not a lot of information on him yet, but it was a nice touch that he has his name now. It took several episodes before the Flash got his name.

Flash versus Reverse Flash showed how much more growth Barry needs. He's fast, but not nearly enough yet. They point out in the series that his speed is increasing, but it'll be a little while before he can take on RF without getting an asswhupping.

It was also a surprise to see the question answered so cleanly as to whether Wells is RF or not. And in case it was still ambiguous, he modulated his voice. Nice touch. And the ring was also a nice Easter Egg.

It's a bit more clear that Eddie is RF's ancestor. The last name, the fact RF took it so easy on him. I read articles that stated Eddie still has some mysteries, and that there will be a lot of time travel in the series, meaning Eddie can have more surprises (or not, we'll see how it goes).

The one thing that wasn't clear during Barry's flashback to his Mom's death was that there were two speedsters. Three guesses as to who the 2nd one is (and the first two don't count).

Major Crimes - "Acting Out" (12/08/2014)

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 20:53
I created this thread for the sole purpose of saying that this episode, while a good episode in this consistently entertaining series, ended with one of the funniest scenes that I've seen in quite a while.

Occasionally slow loading pages

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 20:31
I noticed that the forum (specifically Happy Hour) was slow to load. I enabled Safari's "Web Inspector" and caught these errors:

The page took about 48 seconds to load, 47 of which was waiting for forumdisplay.php to finish loading. Apparently, there was an issue trying to load some JavaScript from partner.googleadservices.com, which eventually gave up.

Oh no, Time Warner in Austin is going all digital, and I have S2 TiVos

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 19:03
I guess I knew this day would come, and now it's arriving. Effective 1-20-2015, no more analog service from Time Warner in my city.

Last spring, I had considered cutting the cord, and was getting ready to do it - I even bought an attic antenna and tested it. Then when I called AT&T to switch my internet to them, and called Time Warner to tell them I was going to cancel my internet and my TV with them, they counter offered a sweet deal, which involved downgrading my TV to analog only, plus upgrading my internet to 15 mps, and lowering my monthly bill substantially. Including taxes and fees their deal was $76.62 per month for internet and TV. My wife already was regretting losing her channels, and she only ever cared about the analog channels anyway (it's all she watches), so she told me to hop on that deal, so that's what we have now.

Our house has 4 TiVos:

mine is a TiVo HD (dual tuner)
My wife's are: a TiVo Premier + 2 S2 TiVos (both are single tuner, but the Premier is a dual tuner).

So with the news I figure these are my options:

1) Let them give me digital adapters for the S2's, but they will charge monthly for each one after one year of them being free. But if I go this option, my question is: Is there anyway for the S2's to control their adapters? If there isn't, I'm pretty much nixing this solution, as my wife doesn't watch live TV in those two rooms.

2) Dump the two S2s (but they are both lifetimed, so I'd hate to do that), and maybe buy her a Roamio. I think her TiVo Premier with two tuners isn't a sufficient amount of tuners for the recording she does. My wife doesn't want to go this option, because she doesn't want to buy yet another TiVo.

3) Dump Time Warner TV altogether, and move forward with cutting the cord like I was going to do last spring. I already have the antenna in the attic... I just need to run a cable down to my cable box and redo the splitters in it, which would be simple to do. And then supplement our TV content with internet based options (like hulu plus, possibly, along with other stuff).

I personally like option 3, and though I do watch some stuff on the sci-fi channel, the comedy channel, and TV land, I can live with losing those three channels. I'll increase what I watch on the local networks, as there are shows there that look appealing, but I haven't recorded them because I don't have time to watch everything that looks appealing. I also could watch internet based content. Example: I once watch the planet of the apes movie (the one that was released a few years ago), by playing it on a laptop with a VGA cord hooked up to my TV. And it was totally free - I think there are lots of free movies like that on internet.

My wife actually told me to go ahead with option 3, but she sang that tune last spring, and changed her mind, so I just wanted to be informed before making the final decision. Mainly, I'd like to know if it's possible for S2's to control Time Warner digital adapters.

By the way, if we go option 1, that also means installing a cable card in her premier, and maybe also my TiVo HD, which I'm sure will incur extra monthly fees. I'm hoping my wife doesn't change her mind on option 3, as that's the option I'd prefer.

My attic antenna actually isn't online, because it would conflict with our cable TV signal, but if we nix Time Warner TV, it won't conflict. Except for the internet, but that's easily solvable: I can run the internet signal to my study only (which is where my modem and router are), and have the antenna cable go to all the other rooms, so no intermingling of the signal need happen. Then I can remove the set top antenna I have on my TiVo. (I'm using it for local networks, because I find Time Warner's analog local network signal unacceptable - though I live with it for the 3 channels I mentioned - but my wife somehow doesn't mind it so she's been living with no antenna.)

Not record everything on Wishlist

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 18:18
Not record everything on Wishlist

I have a WishList for Golf and it records "way too much" odds and ends. How do I setup my wish list to either include or exclude certain programs?

Tivo Desktop using Auto-Transfer as backup

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 17:21
Been looking into various apps for a backup solution. No requirements to convert files, etc. Just backup..

1- Requirements are to automatically pull new shows from Tivo to PC .
2- Manage older backup files semi automatically
3- Capability to restore backups to Tivo if needed.

Tivo Desktop looks like the a very basic app as long as none of the KMTTG, pyTivo, etc. enhanced features are required.

My QUESTION is for item 2 on my requirements, If I set the Auto-Transfer option to two (2) episodes, will it delete the oldest backup copy on the PC when it sees a third (newer) show to be Auto-transferred. I'm looking for a set and forget solution with as little manual intervention needed. Trying to avoid having to go into the saved show files and delete old shows. Backup of the latest 2 episodes of a show would be sufficient, maybe 3 if we don't get to watching for a while.

TiVo Mini live TV quality?

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 15:30
I currently have a TiVo HD on the TV we use the most often in the family room. I'm thinking of moving this to the basement to the big TV where I currently only have a cable box and usually only use the TV for watching sports or movies. I'd like to replace it with a Romio Pro in our family room and get a Mini to replace an outdated Series 2 that I've got up in the bedroom. I've been watching SD on my HD TV up there for years and am ready for a change.

My question is will I notice a streaming lag or anything using a MOCA network between the Romio Pro and the Mini when watching Live TV in the bedroom? I'm worried I won't be happy with streaming live TV. Any issues or complaints with this setup?