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TiVo at SXSW – by TiVo Chief Design Officer Margret Schmidt

TiVo Blog - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 17:19
I spent my “Pi Day of the Century” in Austin, Texas at the South by Southwest® Interactive Festival.*  It was my first time speaking at SXSW — and my first time attending!  My talk was “Consumer Data: the Good, the Bad, the Not-So-Ugly.” The discussion started with defining what it means to be a designer. As a designer, we are advocates for the consumer and empathize deeply with them. It is our job to delicately balance the needs of the consumer, the needs of the business, and technical constraints, with Continue Reading

external USB Storage

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 17:03
If anyone is looking for some fairly cheap USB 3.0 Storage Newegg is running a deal through ebay on a Samsung 4TB USB 3.0 external drive. Costs $99.99 shipped and comes with a 3 yr. warranty. I just ordered one and will be using it to store the TV shows I have download from my TiVos (my Internal drives are getting full). http://www.ebay.com/itm/SAMSUNG-D3-S.../291290095402? This is a limited time deal so if interested I would order today.

Using Roamio OTA DVR for 4 TVs

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 13:20
I'm trying to understand how to use Roamio OTA DVR as my source for all local tv. I have 4 tvs in the house.

Do I need 4 Roamios or can I use one and 3 Tivo Minis? (I have cable connections between them all now for a Dish Network setup so I can reuse that).

Thanks in advance,

How functional is the HD without a cable card.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 10:17
Here's the story.. Plan to purchase a Roamio Plus, and I want to transfer about 40+ shows from the old Series 3 HD to the new Roamio. I also wanted to move the Comcast cable card to the Roamio, get it paired if necessary. Question will the old HD w/o a cable card still have all play-back/transfer/multi room capability during the transition. Also don't plan on cancelling the HD's (monthly) Tivo service till everything is up and stable for a month or so.

I am thinking about dropping cable

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 09:50
With the warm temperatures approaching I am thinking about dropping my cable.Will save me $70 + a month.Plus charter just had another price increase :(.To be honest I never hardly watch cable that much.Its just me and my son and we both watch netflix or blu rays..I do like to watch football when football season comes but those are just on standard HD local stations

If I drop my cable will I still be able to get my HD channels like cbs, nbc and abc channels through my TIVO box?

Thanks in advance!!

OTA MoCA Problem

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 08:19
Hey folks,

I am experiencing a weird issue with my set up. Currently my OTA antenna and TWC internet come in to the same box on the side of my house. It then splits in to 5 legs, one to each room in the house. I have a Roamio Basic and a Mini. The issue I am having is when I put the antenna on to the splitter I lose three of my OTA channels, NBC, FOX and ION, freqs above 20 Mghz. I am assuming that there is frequency overlap with the TWC internet service. I have isolated the antenna and all is fine with good reception so I know the signal is good. I really don't want to get a TV subscription and a cable card. I have MoCA adapters and have them set up and are working fine also. My question is how do I work around this issue? The only thing I can think of right now is to run a separate antenna coax to the Roamio and then use the existing leg in the room with a MoCA adapter. Am I missing something? Thanks in advance!


Amaziog Race - 3/13/15

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 07:26
Those guys really never had a chance to catch up. Most legs have some sort of bunch-up but not this one. Looks like a 2 week break for hoops.

DVD Encodes Appear Windowboxed - HELP

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 06:13
Hi all,

Curious, but all of my Handbrake encodes (Universal setting, as well as High Profile), require me to hit the 'Zoom' button on my remote (I have a TiVo Premiere) in order to fill the screen, resulting in a nasty hit to the quality. When I say fill the screen, I mean fill it with the intended aspect ratio. When the TiVo is set to the 'Full' setting, I get a windowboxed video (letterboxing and pillarboxing). I assume I've got to change some video or picture setting when encoding, but I don't know which one.

The encodes are all from DVD media and are done as anamorphic. From what I can tell, there are no issues or need to zoom when playing the same files on my AppleTV or Roku3. Anyone else experience this or know what needs to be set when encoding so the video doesn't need to be zoomed to be represented on the screen correctly?

As I mentioned, I've got a Premiere and have PyTiVoX running to serve up content. I've seen some threads about 'streaming' the video files, but my setup only allows me to transfer them to the TiVo. The folders I'm sharing appear in My Shows. Is this a PyTivoX issue and not a Handbrake/encoding issue?


What happens to our Tivos when FiOS goes IP?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 06:00
From what I've been told, FiOS is ramping up its IP plans this year. What will that mean for us Tivo users on FiOS? I'm still within my return window for my new Roamios and Minis and I have to admit, I'm concerned about them potentially becoming very expensive doorstops. I know they could be sold or I could switch to Comcast - which I won't - but can I assume they will be unable to be used in an IP environment?

XL4 extremely slow

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 23:09
I've had a Premiere XL4 for a couple of months and have now received the 20.4.6 update. Everything is now very slow. Opening a folder in "My Shows" takes 20s. When doing a search, I get the spinning ball when I choose a show. It's also slow to get back. Furthermore, most of the time if I want to set up a OnePass, I wait for a minute or so, then nothing happens. Then I click again and sometimes the OnePass window comes up, other times nothing again. And when I finally manage to get into the "set OnePass" screen, after a long wait, I'm out and the OnePass did not get set. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does't.

I had the same problem with my Mini before the update. If I changed a season pass on my mini, the changes would not go through on the Premiere. After the update they sometimes do and sometimes don't.

I can't say for sure that all this is happened after the 20.4.6 update, because I had issues with speed before that as well. But things have definitely gotten much worse. I just spent 10 minutes trying to set a OnePass three times only to have it not go through in the end. However, if I switch to SD menus I will be able to set the Season pass.

Also, just now I tried to delete a OnePass and it wouldn't delete it either. However, that worked yesterday.

Does anyone know what's going on here? I have rebooted several times.

I also want to mention that I have 90 Season passes. Is that a lot? On my Old HD XL changing order in the Season Pass manager took forever. I was pleased that the Premiere was so much faster. At least in the beginning. Now it takes more that 10 minutes on the XL4 and I don't know when that started.

The Walking Dead "Spend" 3/15/15 | Talking Dead 3/15/15 No preview Spoilers

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:59
I'm sorry but having the revolving door swing in both directions is just bad writing, they just don't function that way.

Premiere XL Series 4 will not boot

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:35
My Premiere XL Series 4 will not boot.
It displays the following messages during startup:
Welcome! Starting up...
Almost there... Just a few minutes more...

Previous symptoms were random re-boots, video freezes, video pixellation, sluggish or nonresponsive to the remote and stuttering.

I suspect a hard drive failure. It currently has a 1TB hard drive. I would like to purchase and install a 2TB hard drive that I spotted on Amazon. It's a Western Digital WD AV-GP 2 TB AV Video Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA II, 64 MB Cache – WD20EURS.

My Tivo is out of warranty.

Will this hard drive work in my Tivo? How do I install the Tivo software on the new drive? Where do I obtain the Tivo software?

Thanks for any help that you can give me.

Playing Back Sideloaded Content

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:23
Looking for some recommendations...

With the ability to sideload content to Android devices coming soon, I'm trying to get my gear in order for summer. What's the best device to sideload content onto, with the intention of playing it back in HD on a flatscreen tv in an RV or travel trailer? Looking for something that has a lot of capacity, good video without jitters and stutters, and responsive fast forward / rewind.


HV's Digression From Net Neutrality-Cuban

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 20:18
Quote: Originally Posted by ej42137 (Post 10437990) No, you can't do that. If you start applying tests of reasonableness to religious questions, the entire edifice of superstition is at risk. Religion is exactly like science fiction in that sense; it requires a suspension of disbelief in order to be enjoyed. Agreed. But Faith trumps all. There's no way we can say it's absolutely not possible that somebody like HV has been blessed with a truth that logic or intelligence or experience cannot see.

I never question Faith. I have travelled in circles where I have seen such sincerity that it is clear people ARE seeing something we are not. Whether it's true or delusional I simply don't know. Most of them must be delusional, I would think, because the Faith's are so diverse. They can't all be right, but I can't say for certain that ONE or SOME of them may not be right on the money.

The problem I have is when someone didactically goes off on rants claiming that anyone who does not agree with his faith is a jerk, by definition. And tries to prove it with circular reasoning, phony history or pure nonsense. I think that's where the Net Neutrality/Cuban thread went from a few brief asides to a major whatthehellisthis.

Dead box?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 19:00
Unplugged my Romaio Plus last night to move some furniture. Went to replug it in today and while I hear the harddrive spin it doesn't boot up. No lights or anything.

They are sending me a new box, but if I can get the old one fixed I will have a very happy wife.

Happy wife, happy life as they say.

Any ideas?

(On a side note the blue/red lights were on for less than a second when powered up then nothing)

Thanks in advance

All lights flashing Tivo Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 16:49
All of a sudden a power cycle resulted in my 6 month old Roamio to not boot. It shows the "Welcome, loading screen" for a bit and then all of the front lights on the roamio start flashing. I've tried swapping a different drive (assuming I don't need to flash an image) but that doesn't help.

Has anyone else had this issue! Please help.

no channel info sometimes in My Shows?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 16:18
I'm looking at the My Shows list of recordings, and as I scroll through it a small info screen for each show displays on the right. About 90% of the time it will tell me which channel it recorded it from. The other 10% there is no channel info. Anyone know why?

I know it knows where it recorded it. If I download the xml format program info, it always has the channel info.

Anybody want to make an Internet Video Pusher helper app for EWz?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 13:48
EWz is set up to let the user configure a different video player instead of TiVo's.

wmcbrine has been looking into making HME/VLC work with that interface as a locally-installed transcoding player (http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...9#post10239329) but he has hit some snags with the new version of VLC.

HOWEVER... I understand some models can't stream video at all. I know this is true for Series 2, but I have very little understanding of what the limitations are for the Mini.
Regardless...I realized that this same feature could be used on those models to activate a push of an Internet video to a DVR so the user could watch it after it transfers.

I know several of those applications out there can do the pushing (StreamBaby, vidmgr, etc.)... so if one of them would attach a simple HME app to their process, the user could configure EWz to use that local app as their video player and get a decent experience!

What I envision:
  • Your program launches and also starts an HME app that works with EWz (see below) and spits out the HME launch string that they'll have to use in EWz configuration. e.g.
    Code: > > >Enter Webz video configuration:
  • The user configures EWz with that string and clicks a video link to try it out.
  • EWz launches the app, including args. e.g.: Code: (subtitle, mime, and duration may not be present, and this entire URL is truncated if it's more than 1k)
  • your HME app does something like displaying "Select the DVR to which you want to send the video <title>: <subtitle>" and uses the passed in data as the metadata for the push followed by a "your video will show up soon" if they don't cancel the request, and finally closes itself.

Who wants to do this? :)
Actually, all of the available apps out there could do this, and the user can just configure to use whichever one they have installed.

Secrets and Lies s01e03 3.8.15

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 13:41
His handling of the flashlight is almost more than I can take. REALLY? Just hand it over to the detective. Immediately. Have you never watched a crime drama on television? And his hiding places? Oy. What could go wrong there.

Hulu Plus issues on Tivo Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 12:55
Hey folks,

Does anyone have problems with Hulu Plus on Roamio where the video just freezes? Sometimes I can back out of the video and start it up again. Other times, I can't get the video to play at all and then I have to restart the entire Roamio because non of the streaming services are working.

On the flip side, I can use Hulu Plus on my PS3 (which is 3 feet away) with zero problem!

I've noticed that my Roamio seems to have only half the wireless signal strength at 5Ghz than at 2.4Ghz (and even with that Netflix & Amazon Prime have no problems at either wireless frequence...)

Anyone else have similar experiences and/or solutions to the experience?

Thanks in advance!



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