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Series 2 Cable Box Channel Changing

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:38
I have recently acquired a cable box from Time Warner Cable. This cable box that I have connected to my Series 2 does not have a Serial input for changing channels. It does have a USB input. Is there a way to connect a cable from the Serial output on my Series 2 to the USB input on my cable box? Is there a special adaptor I can purchase? Finally, if I am able to connect the Serial output on my Series 2 to the USB input on my cable box, will I be able to change channels using that connection. I do have the IR Blaster that came with my Series 2, but I would rather not use it.

View programs on disconnected S3 after S03s?

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:34
My S3 with lifetime service has been getting S03 errors, even after disconnecting up to 3 days to allow GC to finish. I'm tired of dealing with this, don't want to deal with the disconnecting, and fear the HDD, capacitor, or something else may be dying anyway.

So, I'm replacing it with a Roamio Plus, also with lifetime. But I can't transfer my old recordings, because BHN copy-protects everything but local channels.

Question: Will I be able to continue to watch the recordings on the S3 even after it is disconnected from both the cable & the network? Will something eventually time out because it can't phone home, preventing me from using it at all? Will something eventually go kablooey in the software because of the S03 failed connections? (Assuming, of course, that some hardware doesn't actually die.)

Slow Tivo server this morning?

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:43
I'm getting lengthy (like 10-15 seconds) spinny circles when selecting a recording from a NPL group as well as when exiting the recording. Anyone else?

This had been going on for an hour or so up to about 11:40AM EDT but seems to have suddenly stopped as I typed this.

Would this be an internet comms issue (like calling back to the mother ship) or an internal Roamio issue? Nothing wrong with my 60Mb/s internet connection on this end.


Jane the Virgin (Series Premiere 10/13/14)

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:18
Am I the only one who watched it? I don't care how unrealistic it was; I absolutely loved it. I think it has a lot of storyline potential, and I was drawn in from the beginning. At times it was a little overly sweet, but I found the characters pretty endearing. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.

New Roamio and Cable Cards

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 09:51
Hello, we are finally biting the bullet and have ordered a new Roamio Plus and a Tivo Mini to replace our XL4 and Premiere.

I'm hoping for a smooth transition so wanted to get the group consensus on the best way to deal with cable cards.

Both existing devices have cable cards, of course.

We have no premium channels, so in the past I've thought I could just swap the card over and it seems to work for a while and then starts having issues, so I know we can't just do that.

Is the best way to put one of the cards in the new Roamio when it comes and then call to try to activate it? Will it give me problems since it was active in an old device? It seems like no matter what, I always have to call 2 or 3 times to get everything cleared away.

I've got the Comcast CableCard special number, and they're usually pretty good, but just want to make sure I do it the right way, especially since we're in prime TV watching time.


New Android SW last night, now can't login

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:27
Received a new software update this morning for the TiVo Stream on my Android phone this morning. The fixes included the typical list of bug fixes however I can no longer log into my stream when I am away from home, I have not tried it while at home and won't have the opportunity until this evening.

The App just sits there with the spinning circle saying "Signing in..." eventually times out without any error message, the app clears the password from the password box and returns to the original startup screen.


The Big Bang Theory [10/13/2014] - "The Focus Attentuation"

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:35
Ah Ha! There was a new vanity card this week. :)

Tivo now dead, was semi dead.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 04:33
Hello All

I have a problem with my Thomson Tivo.

For quite a while now if the box had a power interruption it would take ages to come back on. At one point a couple of days.

We have now got to the point where it will not come on at all.:(

I have had the cover off and given it a good dust out and reconnected all the cables in case of a bad connection, but so far no luck.

I am a bit reluctant to pay for a new power supply if its the main board. Do these symptoms sound familiar to anybody?

I would like to find someone with an old tivo that they no longer use so I can swap some parts about and see if I can get it working again.

This old box (now with a 500gb drive) has been a great friend to the household and we all really miss it. It does everything we require at the moment and we would be sorry to see it go.

Thanks In Advance


A to Z- OAD 10/9/14- B Is for Big Glory

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:26
Liked it just as much as I liked the pilot.
I wish I had saved some eps before watching; 1/2 hour does not seem like enough. Very good. I am thinking it is a show that may appeal more to women. It has a soft heart, and romanticism. Many current references (I hope it does not date itself out of that timeless appeal so crucial to successful shows) as well as plenty of homage to lure people of my age in. Tonight's ending, "How about a game of chess?" went <Zoom> right over my son's head.

(A to Z -Not an easy title to search for on TCF, returns a search error)

Roamio stopped responding to remote

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 23:00
New Roamio was working just fine and all of a sudden the only thing that would work from the remote was the volume that runs a audio amp. The remote was working since I could see the yellow circle come on when I sent a command from the remote. I powered off the roamio and now it works fine. What could this be? Is this a sign that the unit is going bad? Would heat do this? What can I do to test it? The other day last week it just did a re-boot for no reason...I know heat can do that to a pc. Any ideas would be great.

Desktop Plus not transferring to Roamio Plus

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 21:16
I have Tivo Desktup Plus on a W8.1 machine(Wi-Fi to router) and a Roamio Plus (Ethernet to router).

I place .mpg files (that place nicely in WMP), into the Tivo folder, the files appear on the Roamio in the Desktop Now Playing folder.

In the Roamio, when I Choose the video I want, it says the video will be downloaded when other video have been downloaded. I have no other pending videos, but the new video never downloads.

Any ideas?

Tivo Series 3 HD DVR 2 TB With Lifetime Subscription $250 inludes shipping!

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 19:22
$250 includes UPS ground shipping from NY.
Paypal or personal check (must be an established TiVocommunity member).
Tivo Series 3 HD DVR 2 TB With Lifetime Subscription.
Includes original TiVo remote in excellent condition.
This unit has only been powered up for football season (Sept through end of Jan) for the last few years. The other seven months it's unplugged.
I put in the 2 TB hard drive two years ago... works great, no issues.
See included photo for hard drive recording space and lifetime sub verification.

Bought a Mini for use with my Roamio, so the Series 3 HD is now sitting unused...

Thanks... Rob
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A mini question.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 19:13
I have a mini coming in the mail. I've been reading that it only uses a tuner while watching live TV. When you are done watching TV and leaving the room, do you put the mini in the "Tivo Central screen" to give back the tuner?

Pad a recording?

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:39
I am cross post my question here also because more people seem this area the other areas and I need an answer to my question fast, please go here and answer my question:


Pad a recording?

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:31
I have a Roamio Pro, but the start of "Person of Interest" is being cut by one minute because "NCIS: New Orleans" run over by one minute. With six tuners I would think I should not have to pad a show. So, I arrange the season pass for the shows on Monday in the following order all show start on time and end on time:

Person of Interest 10:01 - 11:00
The Flash 8:00 - 9:00
NCIS 8:00 - 9:00
NCIS: New Orleans 9:00 - 10:01
Marvel's Agent of SHIELD 9:00 - 10:00
Supernatural 9:00 - 10:00
Forever 10:00 - 11:00
Chicago Fire 10:00 - 11:00

So, will this make the TiVo record "Person of Interest" on time, or do I need to pad the start time by one minute?

The Good Wife 6-04 12/Oct/14 Oppo Research

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 14:39
My to-do lists are so boring. I have yet to get to write "talk to mom about hitting children" on mine.

Grace's choir in the background. In case things weren't surreal enough.

The family scene was great. I love that Alicia didn't even bother to explain to her mom that hitting other people's children was wrong, she just went straight to "you're going to apologize". Owen was so gleeful over his mom getting busted.

Another "empty nest" reference. Poor forgotten Grace.

Owen! I don't think I've ever seen him so pissed. HE POURED OUT WINE.

Speaking of wine: I know she drinks frequently but it seemed like they really played it up this episode in advance of the DUI stop.

Did Finn set her up? I hate to think he did but I don't really see how Castro would have known her movements otherwise.

Finn said Castro would try to hit her where she's vulnerable. Was that just about the drinking? I think her vulnerability would be her children.

Speaking of: she instructed Zack to lie! That's a biggie.

I loved Eli's chat with Kalinda. "you find objectionable the 'best friend' charge?"

That kid was a horror. I wanted to beat him senseless. Not that his mom was any better.

And finally, her PAC is a money laundering front. What could go wrong?

Is TiVo Roamio 4K Coming Sooner Than Expected

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:54

The above seems to indicate that the Roamio line may be due for an upgrade real soon. I have seen many posts saying it will be 2-3 years, but I doubt that now.

I'm in a quandry about the current TiVo sale and waiting for the 4K TiVo boxes.


Another Series 3 to Roamio - LOTs of question

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:25

I want to replace my Series 3 to a Roamio Plus or Pro (thoughts?)
I've read about a TON of headaches dealing with Comcast which makes me hesitate.
In my Series 3 Tivo I have a Motorola Cablecard that shows: FW* 6.25 E 06/08/12, So whats the chance of pulling this card out of the series 3 and plugging into a new Roamio Plus/Pro and have it work (all six tuners)?
YES, I have to call the Comcast Card-line to switch the cards - 877-405-2298?

Is the PRO only a Plus with a larger HD? In the past I've put in larger HDs I've purchased from Weakness, Is it still cheaper to do that? Or just go for the PRO from the start? What else am I missing?

Thoughts please!

TiVo Mini failure

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:24
Mini video goes black while watching a recording or Live TV. It also is usually a black screen after turning on the TV after not watching for longer than 30 minutes.

Reporting my issue in case any one else runs into the same thing. I am within warranty and am getting it replaced.

-Black screen, no audio/video
-Reboot is required to fix
-Connected via HDMI

-Swapped HDMI cables
-Swapped HDMI ports on TV
-Swapped coax cable
-Swapped TVs
-Clear and Delete everything was ran
-Every resolution was tried
-Pushing resolution on bottom of unit would not bring the video back

Hopefully this helps others that have this or a similar issue. I have three other Minis and they have never exhibited this issue. I purchased this around September 2014 and it was in the newer Green TiVo retail boxes. My older units that came in the orange boxes are still running fine.

For Sale: iPad Air 32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G Cellular (AT&T)

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:20
I am selling an Apple iPad Air 32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G Cellular (AT&T/ATT), White/Silver, New/Sealed A1475 (New/Sealed).

I have it currently listed on ebay here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/141436086205

If we can make a deal here, I'll cancel the listing.

Payment via Paypal.

PM me offers. Any questions, ask here in the thread.