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What to Watch This Week: Sunday, February 22nd – Saturday, February 28th

TiVo Blog - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:00
Looking for something new to record or stream? Here’s what we’re recommending you watch this week: Sunday, February 22nd: Countdown to the Oscars (E!): Coverage of the biggest awards show of the year literally begins 7 hours before the event begins meaning E!’s providing the same level of pre-show coverage of the Oscars as CBS did for Super Bowl XLIX. The Oscars (ABC): Expect lots of song and dance from host Neil Patrick Harris…and for the show to go long. Make sure to pad those recordings with extra time and grab your free TiVo Continue Reading

"Not Currently Available" folder full of available shows

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:54
So, I went through my Netflix and Amazon Prime queues and added just about everything as either One Passes or added to Streaming Movies. However, I noticed that the "Not Currently Available" folder has about 30 shows or movies in it that actually ARE available. They even have the little BLUE streaming icon lit AND I can select them and play them directly from the Unavailable folder.

All but two of them are NetFlix shows or movies, including two episodes of Lilyhammer, whereas the remaining eps of Lilyhammer show up in the actual Lilyhammer folder. I'm guessing it might just be a problem with Tivo's backend integration with the Netflix database?

Anyone else seeing this?

Reconditioned Roamio's on Woot!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:38

Roamio Pro - $379.99

Roamio Plus - $249.99

Roamio - $99.99

Tivo Mini - $99.99

TiVo Comes To Woot

Zatz Not Funny! - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:51

Ahead of any potential CableCARD successor, while they aren’t prepared to advertise with Sonos money, TiVo maintains their retail ambitions in bringing their entire lineup of set-tops to Woot today. Roamio Pro (Refurbished) – $380 Roamio Plus (NOT Refurbished) – $250 Roamio (Refurbished) – $100 Mini (Refurbished) – $100 Assuming you’re in the market for a TiVo Roamio DVR and that you […]

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Latest App (Radio Auricle) writing experiences

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 00:10
(Radio Auricle announcement: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=525797)
My new Internet radio app powered by UberStations has been a fairly simple thing to write after doing EWz. Some interesting technical / dev stuff from the experience so far:

Backgrounds: I realized instead of custom backgrounds I could take some abstract appropriately-sized public domain images and use them. The trick I used here was cover them up with a 0.25 transparent Red/Blue/Purple/Green colored view to tint the image (when needed) and then I created a "scroll region" rectangle view extended off the right edge of the screen with Black at 0.30 transparency to make it look like a standard TiVo style background. For SD, I just am using the colors without any image behind them.

I'm also supporting SD/HD font sizes by modifying the font size by the ratio of current height to SD height.

Global Responses and Screenblanker: I globally have it supporting both ZOOM and REPLAY(for now) as a "Back" button, CLEAR (when not supported by the page, like artist search) as "Quit", and "D" to activate the screenblanker immediately. I also made sure any key press event (aside from ones I'm using for chaining or "D") immediately unblanks (rather than waiting 5-10 seconds for the "not idle" event to show up). Screenblanker is just a 0.05 transparent Black view covering everything but my "currently playing" view which then takes 5 minutes to slide to a random spot with every subsequent idle event, and unblanking slides it back home.

Animation Chaining and Threads: I'm using two sendEvent animation chains... TIVO and LIVETV keys as key repeat events. One refreshes the "currently playing" view (it only refreshes it just before UberStations says the song's time-to-end, then every 2 seconds until it truly gets an update with a new time-to-end), the other chain refreshes station lists every 5 seconds if any are active (Artist search, or when a Chart Topper song is highlighted)
Some Uberstations actions take a while, so I have a "busy" view that I display when I start an operation (currently just screen dimming+text). The neat trick here is I set it visible with a 350ms animation, so if my operation completes and hides the view before the 350ms is up, you don't see any busy view at all.
I want to make the slow operations run in a separate thread, but 1.4.1e is a thread BRICK, so the best I might do is spin up a query thread, and have the SDK thread poll (sendEvent animation chaining) for that query thread's final values.

Real Time Search: I tried to make the Artist Search screen match how the TiVo search pages work as much as possible. I matched TiVo's behavior of jumping to the list with ADVANCE or going to the right edge of the keyboard. (It should probably jump to the list when there is only one result, too).
I additionally made it support FORWARD/REVERSE/CLEAR/#'s when the list is focused by focusing back to the keyboard and forwarding the event.
I also made it support the v49 keyboard characters and backspace regardless of where focus is.
My own additions are for it to jump back and forth with ENTER, and also jump to the list with PLAY.

Selection-reminder BLists: I'm using a custom BList subclass throughout that adds several features.
The displayed value is the toString of the entry, or if the entry is a Map Entry, the toString of the entry's Key.
The value is specifically placed in a view inset from the row's view sides by 1/2 the row height.
It also accepts an action to post when the user hits SELECT which you'd usually set to the same thing as you'd set for the "right" action of BarAndArrows on the list's highlights.
In addition, the row's background is changed to highlight what was selected when the list loses focus, then restored when it regains focus.
I also stole my own code to make it optionally support list rearranging numbers on the right which I use in the Favorites page.
I plan to expand this class to use a custom interface for object values that will provide an icon for the row and other features to be even more TiVo-like. This app will use that to indicate what you've saved as a favorite and maybe display the station's logo.

I'm very happy with how the three highlighting lists worked out in the Chart Toppers page and some day may generalize this to do a TiVo-alike HD UI Now Playing style generic Screen - complete with top area feature bars and such.

Number widget: The Local AM/FM zip code search is a newly built "widget" view that just allows you to enter numbers and a few related characters and such for numeric entry. I adapted some code from the BButton to make it work (mainly for highlight arrows). This rewrite actually looks and acts pretty good including the same "_" cursor as the Bananas keyboard. (It should also support USB keyboard for a few number-related characters, but doesn't at this moment). Actually the IP address uses the same widget, but changes the background color and makes it non-focusable.
The correct DVR IP address is figured out using the trick from the hmedev.wikidot.com wiki's "tips and tricks" section.

I still need to build the options page for a few things, add a favorites preview at the top alongside the "currently playing," build an info popup with access to additional features (especially recommendations), add some key hints in a few places, decide if I want to add a general string search page, and figure out if it will be practical to do the auto-repeat (artist or song) feature I wanted to add, among other things.

Radio Auricle: TiVo music & talk app from EnterWebz.tv

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 00:04
Radio Auricle is a free Internet radio app I created for your TiVo DVR. (Powered by UberStations from DAR.fm).

Find your favorite artist, browse radio shows and podcasts, or browse today's most popular songs, and it plays a station streaming it right now.
You can also select AM/FM stations near your TiVo or any zip code.
Save Genres, Artists, Titles, Shows, or Stations to your favorites :up:.

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I think of it as a cross between Rhapsody and Live365, plus it plays your last selection immediately like Pandora.

Add it right now from my app server at EnterWebz.tv - http://EnterWebz.tv/connect.html (You've got it already if you added EWz before!)
It will appear in the Music & Photos area.

Although unfinished, this is already the most visually polished app I've made for the TiVo. I released it early since Rhapsody recently went away (again), and iHeartRadio isn't here, yet.
In the future it will have more detailed displays, give recommendations based on a song, plus other options and features.

Non-US users: upcoming options include filtering out stations that refuse to stream outside the US.

Be sure to try:
PLAY starts a good radio station for whatever is selected.
THUMBS to save or delete a favorite Genre, Artist, Title, Show, or Station
#s to choose a favorite by its number (or to reorder them in the Favorites screen)
PAUSE to Mute the current live stream (or pause a podcast)
A (or ENTER) to see everything playing by the selected Artist.
C (or CLEAR) on those artist results to Change the search to exact match or exclude the selected variation.
D (or SLOW) to activate the idle Dimmer immediately.
Radio Auricle also supports keyboards if you have one.
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I have a problem getting my tivo pared with old cable card.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 22:20
What info does charter need to pair a cable card?

they wanted a number the started with a M for the tuning adapter and I could not fine it.

I also had my old cable card device hooked up to cable. can this Couse a pairing problem? card was in old device.

Todays Site Outage

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 17:33
Hello All...

I am SO SORRY about what happened today. Still not 100% sure what happened but the long and short of it is this.... We need to move to a slightly newer, but really actually still old, version of vBulletin...3.8.7. That version is at least still updated with patches and also supports TapaTalk better for mobile use of the site.

So, I hired someone to help do this. In looking to test an upgrade to ver 3.8.7, a copy was needed of the database. That is where something went wrong and it somehow crashed the "post" database table during the process. In trying to repair it, the /tmp area MySQL needed to use was too small for the 3GB "post" table. It was not known for some time that this was the cause of the failure to repair the database table. What took so long is that each time we tried we would not know for some time if it would fail or not as it takes a very long time to repair a table of this size. So each time we tried, each time we might have to wait an hour.

Fast forward....I then searched the Internet and hired an MySQL admin who was able to fix the file and here we are.

Before you ask, yes, we had a backup from 3AM. But I know some of you post a lot early in the day and I did not want to loose any of the posts. (I hope we did not.) So I went the repair route vs restoring which would have got the site back on-line sooner.

That is more than you likely needed to know...but there it is more or less.

All I can say is sorry. I am trying to do right by the site. When we get to the point, I will alert you when the site will be down to move to the new"er" vision.

Thank you all.

(BTW...It will be slower until it rebuilds the cache.)

The Big Bang Theory [02/19/2015] - "The Intimacy Acceleration"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 06:22
Leonard: "Let's have a toast. To Mrs. Wolowitz. A loving mother ... to all of us. We'll miss you."I knew it was coming in some form but it was still sad. It was interesting that they didn't want Sheldon to speak - to say something inappropriate - but then he said something really helpful.
Sheldon: When I lost my father, I didn't have any friends to help me through it. You do.
Penny: I really thought he was going to say, "Let it go."

OnePass problem with 'Allegiance'

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 20:56
I have a OnePass for 'Allegiance'. When I switch it from recordings only to include streaming sources, it, within a day, updates the timestamp to be 12/31 and then stays stuck at the top of my Now Showing list. I deleted it and recreated it and it did the same thing again. I'm going to delete it once more and just leave it at Recording only, but this seems to be some sort of bug, perhaps related to bad source data that may be placing a timestamp far into the future on it somehow.

Anyone else having issues with this show?

Mad Men final season trailer

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 15:22
Trailer and picture gallery at Hitfix.

Oh my! It's full of sideburns!

TiVo Premiere - Reboot Loop - Can't enter Kickstart

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 15:09
Hello all, please read carefully so that we can avoid random other issues polluting this thread. I have not been able to find any reference to my TiVo's specific misbehavior, so any help would be appreciated!

Woke up this morning to find my TiVo Premiere XL (2-tuner) stuck on the "Welcome Starting Up" Screen and the fan running faster than usual.

When power cycling, the TiVo goes into a reboot loop getting to the point where all of the front lights flash once, the Welcome Starting Up screen briefly displays, and then blacks out and the process starts over.

It does this about 20 or so times in a row, THEN it actually stays at the Welcome Starting Up screen for a minute and gets to the point where I see the flickering amber LED indicating I could try a kickstart code.

HOWEVER, when I enter a kick start code (after depressing Pause once, of course), instead of the alternating flashing of "Blue and Amber" I get instead alternating flashing of "Green and Amber", after which the display stays stuck in the Welcome Starting Up screen forever(much like it was found originally this morning).

The unit is one month over two years since it's first activation and has lifetime service, so I really want to get it running again. I'm picking up a cheapo non-lifetime parts mule so I can try to isolate whether its a power supply issue or a hard drive issue, but If anyone can actually tell me what they know about these symptoms definitively, that would be of great help. The most puzzling thing is that no kickstart codes I try work and the alternating light flashing is the wrong color for a Premiere. That has to mean something.

I prefer for this thread not to degrade into random "Try this", "Try that" suggestions as I have already tried everything that the unit will allow in this state sans having to open it. Everything including unplugging all adapters and ethernet cables has been attempted. Kick start codes have been attempted with and without the enet cable attached, etc.

Also, again, please to do not add to this forum if your symptoms do not EXACTLY match mine above. This is not just for my own sanity, but as a service to others who have the exact same issue so they can find this thread more easily. If your issue differs in any way or you have a different model series, please open a new thread for that one.

Thanks in advance for any helpful suggestions, and I apologize in advance if there are already topics that match my symptoms. I honestly couldn't find any reference specifically to the failure to enter kickstart modes and the alternating green and amber vs blue and amber indication. My search for "green and amber" always leads me to the Roamio kickstart sequence, for which alternating green and amber is the proper indication, apparently.

CW reception quality

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:17
Anyone else have really poor CW video/audio quality this week (e.g. Arrow, Flash, 100)? I'm in Seattle and use Comcast with my basic Roamio.

Just curious I'm alone or known issue...

The Americans | "Dimebag" | 2015-02-18 S3E04

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:44
Another solid episode....more later.

Dolby Digital vs Dolby Digital+

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:53
I have a Vizio soundbar on the way, and I'm trying to figure out what capabilities the Tivo has when outputting Dolby Digital.

I'll have the option to use the optical out for audio or HDMI passthrough with the soundbar, and I'd much prefer the HDMI passthrough route. I know that optical out can't pass through Dolby Digital+ (DD+), only vanilla Dolby Digital (DD), so I'm assuming that the Tivo has the capability to convert DD+ to DD when outputting via optical out. Otherwise, there would be no sound when playing Netflix and Vudu since they both use DD+.

I just recently learned that Vizio soundbars have issues with DD+, so I need to get DD to it, but will using HDMI pass through DD+ untouched, or does Tivo convert it to DD like I'm assuming it does when using optical out?

I'm planning on using an automatic HDMI switch to connect my BluRay, Apple TV, and Tivo to the HDMI input on the soundbar, then connect the HDMI output from the soundbar to the TV, that way I don't have to worry about changing inputs on the soundbar to get Dolby Digital/DTS audio from all three devices.

Does anyone have any first hand knowledge about what the Tivo Does to DD+ when Dolby Digital is selected in the audio settings?

MOCA Setup Question: Roamio with actiontec modem/router + 2nd wireless router

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:20
Here is my current setup
FIOS Actiontec Modem/Router ( ip - FIOS Coax cable goes into it. Dumbed it. No DHCP. No wireless.

Netgear R7000 - (Fixed IP - Ethernet wire from actiontec to this router. DHCP on. Wireless on. This distributes all the ip's.

TIVO Roamio - MOCA enabled.
TIVO Mini - MOCA enabled.

My prior setup was just actiontec doing dhcp and wireless and the Raomio and Mini connected via MOCA. This setup was working fine.

Few days back I connected the Netgear. Which handles wireless and DHCP. Dumbed the actiontec. No wireless or DHCP.
Problem with the setup is the Roamio cannot connect via moca and gives a network setup problem (N13).

Here are the MOCA settings static ip (
Gateway address ( Tried since netgear is technically the one giving out IPs but this too gives the same network setup error.

What am i missing here? Is my setup correct?
Don't mind going back to the actiontec distributing DHCP but just want to give this setup a try before I go back.


Does moca require a cable modem?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:41
Hello all,

Short version:
Don't have cable modem or cable service. Completely OTA household. U-verse Modem receives broadband signal over a phone line. Can I create a moca network using an adapter by simply plugging in an ethernet cable from the router to the adapter and a coax from the wall to the adapter? And then putting adapters on each device I want to connect?

Long version:
Getting a little frustrated at the moment as I have gotten several different answers out of Tivo on this question. Reading around here a bit, I see some vague mentions of Moca having nothing to do with a cable modem, but I can't really make heads or tails of it, and would like some straightforrward advice that I know you guys can supply. I am not a networkign guy by any stretch of imagination, so please explain it like you would to a fifth grader.
In my house we do not subscribe to cable television. We have no cable wires going outside the house. We receive our television via an antenna in the attic and coaxial wire split from that and dropped to the various rooms. Internet is AT&T U-verse and comes into the house via a phoneline. Phoneline goes into a modem that does not have coax, ethernet connects modem to a router, and another ethernet connects the router to the main PC in the house. This is the PC that is running pytivo. We have two tivos in the house. One is a Roamio basic, the other is now a roamio OTA. The OTA jsut replaced an HD unit. Both roamios are connected to the network wirelessly. Since the internal wireless apparently sucks ass, and a 1/2 hour show is now taking over 4 hours to transfer, it was advised to me to go with a moca network. Tech that I originally spoke to at tivo that suggested I go Moca, said it woudl work with my setup. Tech I jsut spoke to now, after looking at the setup pictures, said it won't. I Have to have a cable modem.

Am I up a creek, or will it work? Will I be able to "see" the computer on the two tivos? Do I need the POE filter if there are no wires going outside the house?

Thanks and sorry it is so long. I have just received so many different answers on this.

Tivo will not remove Premiere I sold from "active devices" list, why?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:56
I emailed Tivo this morning to remove Premiere box I sold from appearing my Active Device list when logging into Tivo.com.

They replied to my email saying they can accommodate and to call customer service.

Customer service then says call tech support. Tech Supports says they can't fix the problem.

I am really mad about lying to me and then the lack of customer service!!

Is there anything I can do here?

Problems with TIVO Roamio OTA Guide - Help!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 08:59

I purchased my first TIVO, an OTA box and received it on Jan 15. On that date i noticed many of the channels (around 10) are incorrect in the guide or showing TO BE ANNOUNCED. I have tried through TV support both chat and email to get these problems corrected for over a month now and nothing has been done. They keep marking my emails as solved on their web site even though nothing has been fixed.

Is there somewhere else I can email guide problems to get them fixed? The main channels I bought it to record from are incorrect in the guide and it's basically useless except for setting up manual recordings with the wrong information.

I did get one rep to extend my 30 day trial another 30 days. I really like the DVR if I could just get the guide problems fixed.

Can anyone make any suggestions?


Further info as to what I have tried:

I have reported guide issues at TIVO's site here http://www.tivo.com/lineup.html

I have had chats via the TIVO web site at least 4 times with 4 different people.

I have spoken on the phone with at least 4 different reps. Each taking some of my information down to request to be fixed.
They say usually 3 -5 days to get it fixed. It has now been 35 days and nothing in the guide has changed.

4 stations are really all that matter to me, the other 7 are Latino stations.
The ones that I would like to see fixed:

Correct Info Tivo Guide Shows

I primarily want to be able to record METV programs and both channels it is on 30.1, 49.1 have incorrect guide listings.

Yes, I have gone through guided set up many times checking for updates.

Latest Firmware

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 07:38
I like to watch my recordings in chronological order (oldest first). How do I find the oldest recording now that grouping can't be turned off? The group date shows the date of the latest recording not the oldest.


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