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Tivo Multi Room solution

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:26
I currently have 2 Premieres and was looking at the multiroom solution if I switched to that can I swap out my 2 premieres for the roamio and mini and keep the same tivo account, or will we need a new account?

Suspected blown power

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 09:19

My Tivo won't boot. It won't even power on. There are no LEDs lit on the front. Leading up to the total power on issue I had these issues:
  1. I lost power to the home
  2. When I regained power, the Tivo was on, but live TV and latter recordings had no sound.
  3. Rebooted several times with no joy.
  4. Pulled the plug several times, with first time it booted, but on live TV, I got the blue screen.
  5. Second attempt, it's dead.

Before paying for a new PSU, I want to test to see if it is providing power to the mainboard. I have a multimeter. Is that enough? Or, does the power need to be jumpered?

The plug has 10 pins in 2 rows. Can someone let me know which pins I need to test?



Fast forwarding during TV shows when not interested...

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 07:13
I have started a new thread so as not to go off topic on the Homeland thread that started this


Quote: Originally Posted by efilippi (Post 10314227) This is in danger of going off topic but I see this comment in threads about all kinds of things and am just baffled that people would watch a movie or tv show or by extension read a book and just Fast Forward whenever they get to a spot that 'bores' them. How does one know just when to hit the button and then just when to stop? Baffling. I do it all the time.

Some examples:
SCANDAL - I pretty much fast forward when ever Olivia Pope and The President are alone. No seriously, - they have been having the same conversation since episode 1. Over it.

I have also found on some shows there is the main storyline / character and then there are sub-plots that have nothing to do with the main plot.

Amy's character had a brother played by Dan Futterman. The brother had a subplot that never had anything to do with Amy or her mother (Tyne Daly). The actor Dan Futterman left the show and they brought in Kyle Rahm and his character Kyle McCarty (I had to look all that up).
The Kyle McCarty character had subplots in every episode that you could fast forward through and it had zero significance on watching the rest of the show.

Interestingly enough the creator of the show is Barbara Hall who now has MADAM SECRETARY on the air and she is doing the same exact thing with Tim Daly's character. He recently had an episode where he went off on his own story that had nothing to do with Tea Leoni. PERFECT fast forwarding material :)

On the shows that I do this with, I usually make sure to watch the "previously on" to see if I missed anything of great importance - but I fast forward all the time.

Should I buy the Roamio Plus?

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 22:38

I am seeing some issues with the Roamio Plus and TWC cable cards. I suspect that these are one-off issues and are not the norm. Any gotchas I should consider before taking the plunge?

I currently have a Series 1 from 2000 and the cable company's DVR (which really sucks) and a Roku all hooked to my TV. I control them al lwith an MX850 Universal Remote. I hope to get rid of the Roku , DVR box and the Series 1 with the new purchase.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


Roamio VOD Lineup?

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 22:34

I am looking to purchase a Roamio Plus to replace my Series 1 I bought in 2000. I have TWC in Hawaii (soon to be Charter, I suspect). I would like to know what the lineup is for the available VOD services. I have a ROKU 2 and we like some of the more esoteric channels (Italian TV for one). Where can I find out what channels are available for the Roamio? I tried searching the forum but could not find one.


The Walking Dead "Consumed" 11/16/14 | Talking Dead 11/16/14 No preview spoilers

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 22:02
What purpose did the burning the body scene serve? It's like it was only made to be shown as a teaser preview.

I was hoping that Carol would fake injury to get into the hospital as part of a plan, but getting hit by a car works. And how inexperienced are those guys that hit her? they didn't even pretend to look for anyone else.

Are Cable Cards going the way of the dinosaurs?

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 21:43
From a couple of internet news postings that I saw months ago AND word from a Comcast Store is that Cable Cards are no longer being produced -- can that be true and if so, what happens to our Tivos when the stock of working CC's runs out??? :eek: :confused:

WD DVR Expander on Roamio

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 20:35
I have been using a Western Digital My Book AV DVR Expander on my Tivo Premier XL and TiVo Premier.

Today, I purchased a new TiVo Roamio Pro. Software ver 20.4.4a.
When I go to setup the external storage, it tells me it is not supported.
As I mentioned, this drive was working fine on another TiVo. I still have the Premier running with another of the exact model of this drive.

The expander drive I have is: WDBABT0010HBK-NESN

I called TiVo today and they said the drive I have is not supported. Funny, the box says it is TiVo compatible and it is the same one they are selling on their website.

The person I talked to said there was nothing they could do to make it work. They took my info and said they would replay the message to a department named AES (I think).

This model is the same one from Best Buy and Amazon.

Can anyone help me figure out why this is not working?
And, why would it and the other TiVo I have work fine with this, just not the Roamio?


a couple of R10 available for pickup in Vegas

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 20:24
Having discovered that there wasn't anything left on it, anyway, after sitting on top of my television (I guess we did watch them, they have no more purpose here.

Anyway, both have at least one dead tuner, but otherwise seem OK.

Anyway, they're here for pickup in Las Vegas if anyone wants them, or wants to send something for shipping pickup (I'm not going anywhere to ship them).


SNL 11/16/2014 Woody Harrelson

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 19:04
Cold open kind of blah.

I thought the monolog was a train wreck.
Even Jennifer Lawrence was stumbling over the cue cards and kinda sounded drunk. But she's Jennifer Lawrence and I love her, so she was okay.
Woody... okay, I never really liked him, so that was just awful.

The sitcom ad was kind of funny to me.

But the MTV skit. I actually kind of laughed with the "and she's my daughter." Then Cecily's delivery with "Can't shake hands with a ghost."- I had to stop what I was working on for a minute to recover from LOL and to post this.

Do all TiVo mini's come with Lifetime?

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 17:38
Do all new mini's come with Lifetime service now?

Most number of failed Comcast cable cards?

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 16:38
I am wondering what the maximum number of failed Comcast cable cards are the record?

First MCard -- Activation OK, but total failure in pairing -- drive 90 miles round trip to swap it out with another Motorola MCard

Replacement MCard -- activates, partial pairing -- all installer menu setup values are good except for VAL: which gets a "?" instead of a "V" for validation -- this allows all channels but premium to work but Comcast AND Tivo Support cannot get FULL PAIRING accomplished that is VALID -- at least 18 total hours (including Comcast waits in the phone queue but NOT drive time to nearest Comcast store) and 15 tries including a number of reboots over a three day period. YIKES!!! No matter how many times it was "hit" by Comcast, or how many times MCard was removed and the whole thing was started over, NO JOY!!

When we went to the bedroom to watch the other Tivo, we found that Comcast support had DEACTIVATED ITS MCARD -- another wait on the tech support phone line to get it reactivated and paired -- but that was successful and reasonably quick -- it is a Premiere XL and had been previously online for a few years.

I gave up and am having Comcast come out and personally install a cable card -- am wondering what the maximum number of failed Comcast cable cards is the record before getting one to fully work.:mad:

I WILL give credit to Comcast support and Tivo support for staying with me for up to and more than an hour at a time trying to get the pairing accomplished with a "V" value for validation in the installer menu.:up:

(FWIW, all of my A/V components are hard-wired via Ethernet cables to gigabit router and gigabit switches using cat 6 cables)

What is best deal on lifetime for a roamio + returning customer

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 15:15
I'm an old Series 1 user who had a lifetime sub. I want to get back into Tivo again with a Roamio +. I found a code that took 100 off lifetime but I'm hoping I can find something better.

Are there any codes that would do better than 399 lifetime? How about the ebay auctions?



Can't find my remote (finder button not working)

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 15:06
I have a Roamio Plus, and the "find my remote" button only works sporadically. Typically, it'll work if I've used the remote in the past few minutes, but not if I haven't, which is sort of useless: if I've used the remote recently, I know where it is.

Does anyone have a suggestion on how to get my Roamio to always wake up the remote and make it sing?



Mini and Live TV

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 14:15
I have 3 hooked to a Roamio 6 tuner tivo. It seems when the Roamio is recording too many shows, the mini is unable to view live TV. Is their anyway to hard set the mini so it will be able to view live TV no matter how many shows the Roamio is recording? My father is tech challenged, so when his mini equipped TV can't view live TV he can't watch TV. Thanks.

Don't know What to Do

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 14:12
Hello all... Any input would be greatly appreciated. I own a Premier Lifetime two tuner and just purchased a Roamio Lifetime four tuner because the two tuner just wasn't enough! Can these two Tivos communicate with one another such as watching shows on the Premiere that are recorded on the Roamio? Can the Premier use the Roamio's tuners like a mini does?(house is Ethernet wired). In your opinion would it be better to just try to sell the Premier and buy Minis for the other rooms. Don't know what is best...Thanks

Hell on Wheels "Thirteen Steps" S04E12 OAD 11.15.14

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 08:05
Wow...nothing is ever clean or easy in Hell on Wheels....what an episode. One of the best and some outstanding character development. You just knew Ruth would not choose anything but death for her actions. Incredible scene between her and Bohannon overnight in the jail cell. I'm certainly gonna miss this when next season's over, but it's been good stuff...

Older Premiere & Mini question

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 07:12
I know when they first came out the TiVo Mini only worked with Premiere 4 tuner devices but at the time there was a bunch of talk of dynamic tuner latching instead of permanent locking to allow it to eventually work with 2 tuner devices.

I have 2 Premiere 2 tuner devices and in reality I just want the extender capabilities, I don't want live TV on these remote devices so I don't even want it to latch on to tuners.

So tl:dr version, I know it doesn't state it works with the older 2 tuner Premieres but at one point it was talked about they would, so do they?

Bravo HD Issues

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 00:53
Hello all, I stopped getting Bravo shows and I am trying to figure out why. I'm in Denver with XFINITY and successfully recorded channel 761 before, but then it stopped. When I look at the XFINITY lineup online I see the shows, but when I go to that channel through my TiVo it says "Title Not Available." When I search on my TiVo for shows I know are playing it does not find them. I don't think this is an XFINITY issue. What should I do? Thanks!

multiple RF remotes --> multiple tivo's

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 20:48
In the past I've setup multiple remotes with multiple TiVos with no problem, blocking IR ports makes that fairly straight forward. I'll have a new situation soon...

I currently have 1 roamio (with RF remote) and 1 XL4 (with IR remote I believe), I'll be adding another roamio (with RF remote) and am wondering what the procedure will be for making sure the 2 RF remotes don't control both of the Roamios at the same time. They'll be on separate floors, but still pretty close together, one in the basement right below the one in the living room.

Also, if I were to add a TiVo mini with an RF remote to this TiVo-web would I be able to set that up to work to "play well with others" as well?

Any help would be appreciated. If someone has done something similar and has a step-by-step of their procedure that'd be super appreciated!

Thanks in advance to all responders.

edit: looks like I should update my sig sometime soon as well, bit out of a date ;)