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Tivo and Comcast

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:12
My daughter just moved and set up her Comcast installation and was told they no longer support cable cards for Tivo because they have their own DVR. Don't they HAVE to support them?

They presented the promotional rates to her if she canceled her previous account and opened a new account. If she just transferred her account, they wouldn't give her the promotional rate, but they said she'd be grandfathered with her current cable card.

Does this sound right? Just curious if anyone here knew anything about that.


Got a Tivo Series 2 for five bucks. Discovered I know virtually nothing at all about

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:20
Model: TCD540080 manufactured September '04

What I do know:

It's a SD unit
The guide data isn't free
It doesn't do ATSC by itself

What I don't know:

If this unit has lifetime service it doesn't
How to find out the former learned how to do that now
If it even turns on it turns on
Pretty much everything else

I got the box. It's just the box, no remote or power cord. The stickers are intact and the case is in good shape save a couple minor surface scratches. As far as I can tell it's never been opened, or more to the point it hasn't been opened recently. There's a hard drive in it which by all appearances is the one it came with (Maxtor 80GB).

The power cord isn't a problem to get, I probably have half a dozen just like it and it's just a matter of finding where I put them. I found a similar power cord and cut notches in its shroud to fit, works perfectly. I heard the hard drive do its POST but that doesn't mean it isn't dead. Right now it's showing a welcome screen, going to give it a little while since I've got nothing else to do but watch that welcome screen or watch Torchwood. ;) Now if I can just find a universal remote that works...

Once it finished its startup procedure, which I didn't stick around to wait for, it showed a little bar saying it was doing or failing a channel scan or something. Doesn't matter, it worked. I left it like that for a while because I couldn't locate the code for my universal. Found codes online, first one worked. The Tivo is 100% functional as far as I can tell, even had some movies on it that I played a bit of. The "blip boop" sound really is as irritating as they say too.

The settings say "in good standing" but lacking the network adapter or a phone line that can do data I don't know what it would say if I let it call home. I did some trickery with an old ethernet adapter, a 10/100 switch and ip masq. Everything worked as expected so I went ahead and ordered service to try it out for a month.

I'd like to get the same remote it came with or the best Tivo-brand replacement. It's not a branded box, just a plain Tivo S2. A link for the IR blaster cord would also be helpful. Amazon is preferred unless the price is outrageous.

Got impatient and made an IR cord, still want one that isn't all hacky though. Now to see if I want to continue service past the 30 day window.


Is there is an alternative for the Tivo wireless USB adapter? $40 seems steep.

It seems odd that the main SOC in it is sold by Broadcom as a satellite-on-a-chip since this isn't a satellite box. I wonder if that means that much of the chip functionality is just dormant on these.

Important question: For those of you with a Tivo (any type) who are OTA antenna only, does the guide provide data for all the channels you're able to receive? Looking for answers from people who get consistent, constant reception from stations outside of what the FCC considers their market. Question answered, they had everything I actually receive plus a couple more.

Update So far so good. My hack-cable is getting sideways glances but it's functional. This Series2 is dog slow... maybe others were snappier but this is like when I tried to use a 386 a few months ago. I also don't care for the SD, I've been spoiled by a HDTV now. I'm considering getting a Series3 or something instead so it has built-in ATSC, and dual tuners would definitely be nice.

Probably the last update It's working great but the RCA inputs stopped working after a power outage. I didn't bother looking in to why since I could just use the "cable" input with pretty much the same quality and that works perfectly. I replaced the hacked together IR cable with one I had for another device that was rendered unnecessary by the Tivo. I'll likely be using this box until it dies or I get rid of it in favor of a newer model.

I also installed and set up Galleon which was pleasantly easy to do. As it turns out I never used it with the Series2 though because the hardware is just too slow making it an unpleasant experience. Galleon though worked perfectly and I recommend it.

Best five bucks I've spent in a while, even with the fees being outrageously high - $12.99/mo plus ads all over the interface (many of which are intrusive regardless of what Tivo apologists say) may be the straw at some point... for now I've been outvoted though. ;)

The Lottery: Season 1 Thread

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:41
I didn't see any discussion on this new Lifetime Channel series so I started a season thread. It is set in the 2020's where for unknown reasons no human alive has been able to conceive a child in over six years. Of course this sets off a worldwide crisis as humanity could be facing an eventual extinction within a human lifetime.

One scientist is finally able to successfully fertilize 100 eggs and a lot of drama ensues as the government gets involved in a heavy handed way. Finally- in the most ridiculous decision possible- the president of the U.S. is convinced for political reasons to announce a lottery where women would be able to win a chance to be implanted with these fertilized eggs and carry the children to term as surrogates.

Of course, in reality they would carefully select healthy young surrogates with a wide genetic diversity who were pre-screened for diseases to get the best possible results from the eventual births to ensure the survival of the human species.

Spoiler picture from Walking Dead Season 5

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:36
There was great debate over the fate of baby Judith in last season's final episodes. This picture from season 5 clears that up.

Article is here.


Non-copy protected videos showing as Copy protected

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:27
First, the setup: I've got a new TiVo Roamio, a TiVo Premiere and a TiVo HD. I quit cable a few months ago and am exclusively OTA now. I have all my shows stashed on my Roamio right now.

The Issue: When I browse the shows on my Roamio from my Premiere, a significant smattering of them are all flagged copy protected. This seems to have only effected shows recorded by the Roamio, not shows that were transferred to it from the HD or Premiere. Additionally, the arrangement seems random, even random episodes from the same show are flagged while others are not. What makes this especially odd is that none of these shows are showing copy protection flags when I browse from my TiVo HD or from my PC using kmttg, they only show as copy protected when viewed from my Premiere.

I did a full "Clear and Delete Everything" on the Premiere and the exact same shows/episodes are still showing the copy protect flags on that TiVo.

3 Tivo HDs'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:14
Selling 3 TiVo HDs. One has upgraded 1TB drive, the others are completely off the shelf. All have not had software updates in 2 yrs. Switched carriers finally and will never use them. One has a fluky HDMI port but the others have run perfectly. 100 for all three. Have power cords and 2 if not 3 remotes. Processing clear and delete to reset.

Will Tivo work at my son's dorm

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 14:02
The TV service at my son's college just changed. Can someone look at this and tell me if Tivo would work in his dorm? He doesn't need a cable box in the dorm, so will the Tivo work without a cable card? We've got some extra Tivo boxes around and he'd probably enjoy being able to watch on his own schedule.
Thanks for your help!

Sorry, the forum wouldn't let me include the link, so I've cut and paste...

When will the change take place?

The new service will start sometime during the week prior to the start of fall semester classes (August 18-22). Once the exact date is determined, it will be published in the news wire.

Will the current channel listing change?

Yes, the listing of channels will change with many more high definition channels and other additional content being provided. The procedure for setting up your TV to recognize the new signals will be different based on the manufacturer and TV model. Please refer to your TV’s manual for instructions. The scan may take a few minutes as the TV looks for all available signals. Once it’s done, your TV should recognize all the content provided by Penn State that your TV is capable of receiving. You can then tune to the channels just like any other channel. Remember, the specific procedure may vary by TV manufacturer and model and you may have to refer to your TV’s instruction manual.

What are sub-channels?

Multiple digital TV signals can be squeezed into the same bandwidth space as a single analog channel–splitting what was one channel into several. Digital tuners see these extra channels as sub-channels, such as 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, etc. You can tune to sub-channels just as you would tune to a normal channel.

What equipment do I need to receive the cable TV service?

The new University Park campus cable TV service will deliver all content in a digital format and will require a television set, DVR, or conversion box tuner capable of receiving a digital clear QAM signal. To receive the HD channels, you will need an HD-compatible TV.

If you already have a TV connected to our system you can test your equipment by tuning to one or more of our existing digital channels:

If you can tune to 77-1 (AMC channel), your set is digital capable
If you can tune to 74-2 (Big Ten Network HD channel), your set is digital and HD capable
You can also check the specifications from your TV manufacturer to determine if it includes the required tuner. There are several types of digital tuners in use in the United States and not all will work with the campus cable TV service.

NTSC Tuner - not compatible
ATSC Tuner - not compatible
QAM Tuner - compatible and required
Some less expensive TVs sometimes come with a lower quality clear QAM tuner that may be unable to pick up all the digital channels. Users with less expensive TV brands such as Dynex and Insignia have reported some of these types of problems.

You can purchase an external QAM tuner conversion box, but it must be a conversion box that is compatible. NTSC and ATSC conversion boxes are NOT compatible. In some cases it may be less expensive to just replace the entire TV. The following tuners have compatible QAM tuners that have been tested with service:

ChannelMaster CM-7001
FireBird DCT210
We have compiled the following information about television compatibility and provide this list as an informal reference for newer devices. This information was compiled from external sources and is not intended to be complete. The University cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. You should verify the specifications when you make a purchase.

Dynex - Only limited models have a QAM tuner
Insignia - Only limited models have a QAM tuner
LG - Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
Samsung - All models since 2009 have a QAM tuner (fifth digit of model number must be B or a letter beyond B in the alphabet)
Sony - Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
Sylvania - Do not appear to have QAM tuners
Toshiba - Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
Visio - Recent models have a QAM tuner
Please report any inaccurate information in this list to Housing.

Upgrading hard drive on Brand new Roamio

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:54
OK, just got new Roamio Plus with Lifetime. Removed from box, opened, and replaced stock 1 TB drive with 3 TB Seagate drive. Boot Tivo.

It goes to the Getting program info screen, connects, configures, sets time, verifies account etc...but it won't get through "downloading program info." Says it was interrupted..check firewall, etc. I use both ethernet and wireless, even get rid of the router entirely and go direct connect to modem. Can never get the Tivo to set up.

Frustrated, I gave up on the 3 TB Hard drive back and switched back to the 1 TB original. Tivo works perfectly and I get the initial setup easily finished.

Should I try the 3 TB drive again now that I have completed setup? What's the difference between my 3 TB drive and the original 1 TB drive?

Long recordings always cut short at 184 minutes?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:17
Here's something I've never seen before.

I have a season pass on my Roamio Plus that records the first daily broadcast of Tour de France, which is typically at least four hours long. All the daily recordings currently in my NPL which were scheduled for four hours show as partial recordings, each with the same duration of 3 hours and 4 minutes.

What could be causing long recordings to all prematurely stop at the same duration?

Is my SDV channel getting yanked? Could this be a new issue with 20.4.2?

Anyone else experience this or something similar?

New Internet speed record blows past Google Fiber

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:56
According to this article, Bell Labs has found a way to deliver internet speeds MUCH faster than Google fiber AND do it over existing copper lines. No need to have Fiber to the home (FTTH) either. Still needs to be tested in the "real world", but hopefully this is something promising. Maybe this is also why DirectTV is trying to buy AT&T.


I am thinking it could also pave the way for a true "Cloud" DVR system. TiVo or someone else.

Summer update released yet?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:32
Has the summer update (20.4.2) gone out to the general users yet?

I had a Roamio that updated a couple weeks ago and then proceeded to fail one tuner. Got the box replaced and the new one installed but the installation downloaded and installed 20.4.1, previous revision.

Funny situation is that our two Premieres are now snappier through the menu's than the Roamio.

I went to the priority update page and put in the new TSN just in case but the Roamio has not received the update yet. Currently all four tuners are working fine on this box, course my old box did prior to the update as well.

Buddy's Bakery Rescue

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:41
Not sure what's going on with this. According to the TLC website there is a new episode tonight at 10pm and midnight (Eastern). But the TiVo guide data shows "to be announced" during these times. I have set a manual recording.


Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:35
Is there a way to get an audiobook onto my new roamio either though audible or standard audiobook format in in an form? I use a mac if that's relevant.

Tivo Mobile Site

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:41
I have a Windows Phone and was wondering how usable the m.tivo.com site is for the following things:
-Search for and set recordings (both single and series)
-View Guide
-Edit recording settings for series and singles (i.e. tell it to record 30 minutes extra)
-Delete recording
-View upcoming recordings

I'm currently using WMC, but will be buying a Roamio and 3 mini's soon. I know there is no Windows Phone app for Tivo and may never be one. I just want to make sure the mobile site will be functional enough for me to do the tasks above.

Under The Dome - S02E04 (07-21-14)

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:58
I really hate that science teacher for many reasons. I am digging the story of the dead girl and them finding a precursor to what is going on now back in 1988. Overall I do enjoy Under The Dome.

Major Crimes last night

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:07
The wife and I have always enjoyed this show. The characters are great. Last nights show started with all this high tech stuff. We immediately knew it was a pilot for another show. I don't get turned on by plot devices as a show, but who knows.

Dual USB input

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:06
I know that in the past you could not use the TiVo Bluetooth remote and the TiVo ir USB device on the same system, it was either one or the other.

Does anyone know if any of the recent updates have expanded USB support?

"Fargo" will return

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:36
Interesting development with today's announcement by FX...

The Strain - S01E02 - "The Box" - OAD 7/20/2014 - *spoilers*

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:15
So far we only have a general "Is The Strain any good?" thread, but two episodes in I'm really liking what I'm seeing and so I thought I'd try to spark some more specific discussion by starting an episode thread.

I think they're doing a pretty good job with character development and pacing thus far. Except the lawyer lady is so over-the-top ridiculous. I don't know about you guys, but if someone from the CDC tells me that they are worried that I may have something virulent and they want to quarantine and watch me and treat me, I think I'd let them, regardless of what the news is reporting. Maybe the worms are interfering with their reasoning and capacity for rational thought and are compelling them to get into the populace - kind of like that parasite that turns ants into zombies and forces them to climb to the top of blades of grass so they can be eaten by the next organism in the parasite's life cycle: http://io9.com/12-real-parasites-tha...osts-461313366

Roamio Warranty replacement hard drive swapout?

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:41
Well, my 6 week old Roamio Pro died...won't even power up. Tivo is shipping a replacement (and I have NO way to watch TV in the meantime).
I asked if I can swap out the hard drives before sending back the dead one, and the answer was we don't support that, it could be the hard drive causing the problem, etc. By the phraseology suggested to me that I certainly could do that, it's just on my skills to do it and don't expect any support. So, what do you guys think...would you suggest NOT doing the drive swapout for some reason?
Also, should I be concerned that the shipping confirmation shows they are sending me a refurb?