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20.4.4 Release Notes

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:59
Later tonight we will begin updating TiVo Roamio, TiVo Premiere, and TiVo Mini boxes with the 20.4.4 "Fall Update". There is still time to request an early update at tivo.com/priority. Customers that don't request a priority update will be automatically updated near the end of this month.

Here are some of the changes:
- You can set a Season Pass to record on all channels, instead of just one
- You can set up a Season Pass even if there is no episode airing in the next two weeks. (Shows may appear in Search up to six months before they first air.)
- New Home Shopping Network app in Apps & Games
- Updated Spotify app with an enhanced playlist and new look (in Music & Photos)
- Fixed the bug where Panel model would reset to Full mode after a restart
- Fixed a problem where some deleted shows never left the "Recently Deleted" folder
- Note: this release is required in order to use Android Streaming once the new Android App is released (expected at the end of this month)

I am expecting one more update this year, most likely in late November.


Roamio Basic not outputting HDMI or responding to remote

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:49
I haven't had any problems with this Roamio since I got it in April, but this morning it wasn't outputting *anything* on the HDMI. I tried switching cables and HDMI inputs on the TV, no luck. So I unplugged the Roamio, and when I plugged it back in, the green light came on, but the Roamio isn't responding to the remote (as in the amber light doesn't flash when I press buttons on the remote). However, the amber light does rapidly flash three or for times every couple minutes, seemingly at random. I don't have a component cable, so I can't test the Roamio that way. I did run an optical audio cable directly from the box to my home theater system, and it doesn't seem to be putting out any audio. Any idea what could be wrong?

Just got my first Roamio

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:05
I had FiOS move the CableCard to the new TiVo Roamio Pro and all channels works but HBO and MAX, even though they worked on my older TiVo XL4 with the same card. Now FiOS is going to end me out another card. So for now, NO HBO/MAX until I get the new card.

Anyone else have a similar issue? If so, how did you resolve it?

Tivo Mini still $88 at Fry's online. Free Shipping

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:57
I'm not sure how long it will last, but I was just able to order a Mini with free shipping from Frys.com.

Given the experience of others who had previously purchased Minis but not registered the unit, I assume that it will be eligible for free lifetime. Worth the try.

Mini wall mount and IR adapter

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:53
I am in need of one of these. I can order it at Tivo.com but after shipping and tax it would be around $35. Anyone have an extra one they are willing to sell? Let me know. Thanks

Masters of Sex | "Story of My Life" | 2014-09-07 S2E09

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:31
A little more development with the brother storyline. I guess the Dad was a real prick to all.

Updated Mini with ZigBee

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 22:14

Quote: That Zigbee spec could let it link up to a remote over RF for control without line-of-sight or -- more likely -- connect to home automation controls from TiVo itself, Nest, Control 4, or even the likes of Google / Apple / Samsung. I remember at CES in January, TiVo announced collaboration with control4 - any thoughts?


I suppose this could just be an RF remote refresh for the mini...

Your Money on CNN

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 22:04
In case anybody watches "Your Money" on CNN.. Set up another season pass for "City of Tomorrow". For at least several weeks, their guide data has showed "City of Tomorrow" in the "Your Money" time slot. CoT DID air once a while ago (and once more at least with the same ep but new air date).. Then they keep airing Your Money in the same time slot..

Roamio Pro and Premiere XL 4 on Same Network

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:30
I currently have 5 Tivo Premieres on the same wired network (2 are XL4) as well as a Tivo Stream. I am looking to purchase a Roamio Pro to replace one of the Premieres but have a couple of questions:
  • Will the Roamio be able to play the shows recorded on the Premieres and vise versa?
  • WIll I be able to transfer shows between the Roamio and Premiere?
  • WIll my ipad be able to stream shows from the 1) Tivo Stram from shows on the Premieres and 2) shows on the Roamio Pro which has a separate streaming device built in?
  • Any other issues I need to be concerned about with having a Roamio and Premiere on the same networK?

TiVo HD power supply - totally dead?

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 20:34
The other day I noticed my TiVo HD (TCD652160) wasn't on and immediately started to investigate. Looking at the power supply (ST7002-BW0G, REV:A), I don't see any obviously bad capacitors, and it appears to be totally dead. There's absolutely nothing on the 12V, 5V, and 3.3V outputs. The posts I've seen seem to suggest that usually one of those outputs is bad but the others are ok.

Does anyone have an idea what may be wrong? I'm not seeing any obvious issues, and the fuse is fine. Is there something to fix, or is it just a matter of buying a new power supply?

720p content looks better on Tivo than the Motorola 7216

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 19:54
I have a Westinghouse 1080p LED TV. Does anyone else who have used a Motorola DVR in the past notice that 720p content looks more crisp on the Tivo compared to the Motorola DVRs?

Roamio Pro to Mini hook-up - newb question

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:50
I am a total newb when it comes to Tivo (all these terms are hard to figure out) - just switched back after many years (pre-HD).

So... I just bought and installed a TiVo Roamio Pro (3TB) - $500 Amazon - in the Family Room. I have a Comcast TV (Premier TV package with HD and Sports) and Internet (Blast) with a single cable line coming into my house. I used a cable splitter, and split the cable to go to my modem and to the Roamio. Activated Tivo - monthly TiVo now and 30 days to decide on lifetime and have my monthly charge credited. Everything works great (TV and internet).

OK... so I ordered a TiVo Mini ($85 Amazon) - just arrived - and will wait to see if they offer Lifetime service for $50 as speculated before I active. My question is basic (but confusing to me...).

The Mini is intended for the bedroom which has a coaxial cable line (from Direct TV - not Comcast) - my question is... how do I set-up the Mini?

Meaning - it is obvious that I have to split the cable line again - do I use a 1 to 3 splitter (vs the 1:2 splitter I currently have)? Or do I need a MoCa splitter? Where do I make the split?
Make sense?

"Sons of Anarchy" final season premiere ep - 9/9/14

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:42
I know I'm jumping the gun but I just went into my to-do list to make sure the season pass was set up and noticed that the premieire is TWO AND HALF HOURS!!! Do you know how bad ass you have to be for a network to give you a two and half hour episode? lol. Given what this show does in a normal season, I can't wait to see what they have in store for the final run.

I am glad they're ending it though, I think the time is right. They've hit all kinds of themes and arcs and twists that if they keep going it will eventually tire out, but they set up this last run pretty well and I think it'll be a great ending.

Tivo set top box

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:52
No dvr.
Enough flash memory to pause live tv for an hour on it and 3 Minis.
Streaming services.
Playback of music/video from mobile devices.

Just a thought. Nothing I personally want. But I think a lot still don't use a dvr and something like this could have a lot of appeal if much cheaper than a dvr.

opera tv store not loading

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:54
opera tv store has failed to load for hours on my pxl 3 of the past 4 days, each time getting stuck on the hourglass. there's no error or time out message, and pressing tivo central always exits back to tivo.

i figured each time it happened opera was down, so i waited, and after several hours, it began to operate normally. it's not a big inconvenience, but i couldn't find any other trouble reports in the forum, and this is the first trouble i've had using the opera tv store app - i regularly use it to view the nws radar to keep from having to leave the tv or access another device, and until recently it's been a solid app.

anyone else having troubles?

Streambaby Stretching Issue

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:55
Hi, I've been using Streambaby for years and love it, but my anamorphic widescreen content (aspect ratio of 2.35 or 2.40) gets stretched vertically. I've read others having this problem have been able to fix it by just changing from FULL to PANEL aspects on TiVo, but no such luck for me.

I have a ton of videos like this and I really don't want to go back and re-encode them all. According to this page, I shouldn't have to:
"Non-standard resolutions are supported; videos do not have to be encoded in 1280x720 or 1920x1080 to display in the correct aspect ratio. Streambaby will add black bars to the top and bottom so 1.85:1, 2.35:1, 2.40:1, and other non-16:9 videos display in the correct aspect ratio."

The black bars are not being added to mine. I have a Premiere and a S3. Streambaby is running on a Win7 machine. Here's an example MediaInfo entry for a movie that will be stretched (this one is HD, but it also stretches for SD anamorphic movies):

Code: General
Complete name                            : D:\Videos\Movies\All Movies\Captain Phillips.mp4
Format                                  : MPEG-4
Format profile                          : Base Media
Codec ID                                : isom
File size                                : 8.65 GiB
Duration                                : 2h 14mn
Overall bit rate                        : 9 237 Kbps
Encoded date                            : UTC 2014-08-18 02:37:00
Tagged date                              : UTC 2014-08-18 02:37:00
Writing application                      : Yamb [http://yamb.unite-video.com]

ID                                      : 1
Format                                  : AVC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                          : High@L4.1
Format settings, CABAC                  : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames                : 12 frames
Codec ID                                : avc1
Codec ID/Info                            : Advanced Video Coding
Duration                                : 2h 14mn
Bit rate                                : 8 600 Kbps
Maximum bit rate                        : 26.4 Mbps
Width                                    : 1 280 pixels
Height                                  : 536 pixels
Display aspect ratio                    : 2.40:1
Frame rate mode                          : Constant
Frame rate                              : 23.976 fps
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                      : 4:2:0
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                      : 0.523
Stream size                              : 8.05 GiB (93%)
Title                                    : x264
Writing library                          : x264 core 140 r2377 1ca7bb9
Encoding settings                        : cabac=1 / ref=12 / deblock=1:-3:-3 / analyse=0x3:0x113 / me=tesa / subme=11 / psy=1 / psy_rd=0.97:0.00 / mixed_ref=1 / me_range=32 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=2 / 8x8dct=1 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=0 / chroma_qp_offset=-2 / threads=12 / lookahead_threads=2 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=1 / interlaced=0 / bluray_compat=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=8 / b_pyramid=2 / b_adapt=2 / b_bias=0 / direct=3 / weightb=1 / open_gop=0 / weightp=2 / keyint=240 / keyint_min=23 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=40 / rc=2pass / mbtree=1 / bitrate=8600 / ratetol=1.0 / qcomp=0.70 / qpmin=0 / qpmax=69 / qpstep=4 / cplxblur=20.0 / qblur=0.5 / vbv_maxrate=40000 / vbv_bufsize=40000 / nal_hrd=none / filler=0 / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:0.80
Encoded date                            : UTC 2014-08-18 02:37:00
Tagged date                              : UTC 2014-08-18 02:51:39

ID                                      : 2
Format                                  : AC-3
Format/Info                              : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension                          : CM (complete main)
Format settings, Endianness              : Big
Codec ID                                : ac-3
Duration                                : 2h 14mn
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                : 640 Kbps
Channel(s)                              : 6 channels
Channel positions                        : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth                                : 16 bits
Compression mode                        : Lossy
Stream size                              : 614 MiB (7%)
Title                                    : DD 5.1
Encoded date                            : UTC 2014-08-18 02:47:42
Tagged date                              : UTC 2014-08-18 02:51:39

TWC installed today, brought CableCard but no tuner adapter!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:19
When I called them back early last week when I found out I needed to make sure they are including a tuner adapter the told me they added it to the order for me. Fast forward to today and the installation guy told me it was on the order for him to install but they don't send those with the drivers, they are mailed to our home before the installation date. The rep on the phone said the install guy will have it. They shipped one out today and I should have it by the end of the week.

Question, can I just install the CableCard without the adapter and will I get any channels (at work now so can't try it) or do you need the adapter to get any channels?

channel guide on mini

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:48
Does the host tivo channel guide need to be on "all channels" for me to see all channels on the mini. In other words if I go to bed and leave the host tivo on "favorites" do I have to get out of bed and change it to "all" to see all the channels on mini?

Guide Data

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:38
I'm only getting less than 4 days of guide data. Anyone else having this problem? Do I need to connect to the TiVo Service in order to have the complete 9 days of guide data download?

TiVo customer service just lost a customer of over 15 years

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:32
I can't believe what a farce getting my account straightened out has been. Like a good TiVonation citizen, every time I bought a new TiVo, I would give my old one to someone else so they could enjoy the great benefits of TiVo. Turns out, I had been paying for that service all this time and was supposed to be paying the $6.99 rate, but was being charged $12.95. So I call to get it all squared away and they offer to credit me 3 months of the $12.95 and suspend charging my account until December. I agree that that is fair and equatable, I should have caught it myself. Then I look at my bank account and there sits another charge of $12.95 processed today!

I have canceled my last monthly subscription with TiVo and can't believe a company would treat its most loyal customers this way!!