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Oh no, Time Warner in Austin is going all digital, and I have S2 TiVos

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 19:03
I guess I knew this day would come, and now it's arriving. Effective 1-20-2015, no more analog service from Time Warner in my city.

Last spring, I had considered cutting the cord, and was getting ready to do it - I even bought an attic antenna and tested it. Then when I called AT&T to switch my internet to them, and called Time Warner to tell them I was going to cancel my internet and my TV with them, they counter offered a sweet deal, which involved downgrading my TV to analog only, plus upgrading my internet to 15 mps, and lowering my monthly bill substantially. Including taxes and fees their deal was $76.62 per month for internet and TV. My wife already was regretting losing her channels, and she only ever cared about the analog channels anyway (it's all she watches), so she told me to hop on that deal, so that's what we have now.

Our house has 4 TiVos:

mine is a TiVo HD (dual tuner)
My wife's are: a TiVo Premier + 2 S2 TiVos (both are single tuner, but the Premier is a dual tuner).

So with the news I figure these are my options:

1) Let them give me digital adapters for the S2's, but they will charge monthly for each one after one year of them being free. But if I go this option, my question is: Is there anyway for the S2's to control their adapters? If there isn't, I'm pretty much nixing this solution, as my wife doesn't watch live TV in those two rooms.

2) Dump the two S2s (but they are both lifetimed, so I'd hate to do that), and maybe buy her a Roamio. I think her TiVo Premier with two tuners isn't a sufficient amount of tuners for the recording she does. My wife doesn't want to go this option, because she doesn't want to buy yet another TiVo.

3) Dump Time Warner TV altogether, and move forward with cutting the cord like I was going to do last spring. I already have the antenna in the attic... I just need to run a cable down to my cable box and redo the splitters in it, which would be simple to do. And then supplement our TV content with internet based options (like hulu plus, possibly, along with other stuff).

I personally like option 3, and though I do watch some stuff on the sci-fi channel, the comedy channel, and TV land, I can live with losing those three channels. I'll increase what I watch on the local networks, as there are shows there that look appealing, but I haven't recorded them because I don't have time to watch everything that looks appealing. I also could watch internet based content. Example: I once watch the planet of the apes movie (the one that was released a few years ago), by playing it on a laptop with a VGA cord hooked up to my TV. And it was totally free - I think there are lots of free movies like that on internet.

My wife actually told me to go ahead with option 3, but she sang that tune last spring, and changed her mind, so I just wanted to be informed before making the final decision. Mainly, I'd like to know if it's possible for S2's to control Time Warner digital adapters.

By the way, if we go option 1, that also means installing a cable card in her premier, and maybe also my TiVo HD, which I'm sure will incur extra monthly fees. I'm hoping my wife doesn't change her mind on option 3, as that's the option I'd prefer.

My attic antenna actually isn't online, because it would conflict with our cable TV signal, but if we nix Time Warner TV, it won't conflict. Except for the internet, but that's easily solvable: I can run the internet signal to my study only (which is where my modem and router are), and have the antenna cable go to all the other rooms, so no intermingling of the signal need happen. Then I can remove the set top antenna I have on my TiVo. (I'm using it for local networks, because I find Time Warner's analog local network signal unacceptable - though I live with it for the 3 channels I mentioned - but my wife somehow doesn't mind it so she's been living with no antenna.)

Not record everything on Wishlist

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 18:18
Not record everything on Wishlist

I have a WishList for Golf and it records "way too much" odds and ends. How do I setup my wish list to either include or exclude certain programs?

Tivo Desktop using Auto-Transfer as backup

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 17:21
Been looking into various apps for a backup solution. No requirements to convert files, etc. Just backup..

1- Requirements are to automatically pull new shows from Tivo to PC .
2- Manage older backup files semi automatically
3- Capability to restore backups to Tivo if needed.

Tivo Desktop looks like the a very basic app as long as none of the KMTTG, pyTivo, etc. enhanced features are required.

My QUESTION is for item 2 on my requirements, If I set the Auto-Transfer option to two (2) episodes, will it delete the oldest backup copy on the PC when it sees a third (newer) show to be Auto-transferred. I'm looking for a set and forget solution with as little manual intervention needed. Trying to avoid having to go into the saved show files and delete old shows. Backup of the latest 2 episodes of a show would be sufficient, maybe 3 if we don't get to watching for a while.

TiVo Mini live TV quality?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 15:30
I currently have a TiVo HD on the TV we use the most often in the family room. I'm thinking of moving this to the basement to the big TV where I currently only have a cable box and usually only use the TV for watching sports or movies. I'd like to replace it with a Romio Pro in our family room and get a Mini to replace an outdated Series 2 that I've got up in the bedroom. I've been watching SD on my HD TV up there for years and am ready for a change.

My question is will I notice a streaming lag or anything using a MOCA network between the Romio Pro and the Mini when watching Live TV in the bedroom? I'm worried I won't be happy with streaming live TV. Any issues or complaints with this setup?

24 Hours with the Fitbit Surge

Zatz Not Funny! - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:27
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Upgrading user- looking for advice on Romio/Mini

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:52
Hi. I have been a Tivo user for quite a while - still have a Series 2 chugging away at a vacation home! But, I am not looking to upgrade my home setup.

I current have a Premiere XL dual tuner as my primary, a bedroom set with a Comcast DVR (not X1), then three TV's with digital cable drops. I am considering upgrading to a 4 or six tuner Premiere, dropping the Comcast DVR, and putting Minis at the 4 other sets. I have an Arris TG852G as my cable modem/wifi router. Several questions:

- it appears the Minis ONLY support Ethernet or MoCA and NOT WiFi. Ethernet will be a problem, but I have cable drops at all of the TV locations. Since I am NOT on Xfinity X1 service, can I get MoCA set up?

- The Arris TG852G does not support MoCA, but I have ready that the newer Premiers can act as a MoCA hub?

- can my current Premiere dual tuner play any role in this setup?

- It is unclear to me if I buy Minis, do I have to pay for service for each unit?

- There is a deal on tivo.com, that waives the Mini service - is that deal only on Tivo.com, or honored if the Mini was purchased elsewhere?

Thanks!

Really slow Out-of-Home Wifi Downloads

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:40
Ever since I've been using the Stream functionality (whether standalone or in the Roamio) out of home downloads are really slow. It takes close to 90 minutes to download a 1 hour show in medium quality vs. the 20-25 minutes it takes at home.

I don't understand why it takes so long out of home. My internet upload speed at home is 25 Mbps and my Wifi here is very solid yet it usually takes about 4 times as long to download out of home. Are others seeing this too? Can Tivo fix this?

Can dvr record from HD source by default?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:16
Hello all, anytime the tivo proactively records a program it always selects a SD channel. Is there a setting that allows me to change this default behavior so that it selects a HD source instead? For example there are SD and HD channels for syfi network. The tivo records a "suggested" movie on my behalf from the Syfi channel but it selects the SD channel. Can I change this so that it selects HD for all recordings? I hope my question is clear, thanks. This problem doesn't exist when manually selecting shows because you can select what channel to record from.

Strange duration on recorded program

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:06
On Roamio Plus, I recorded a 2-hour newscast this morning, under a Wishlist that records all shows with title starting with "Eyewitness News".

When I select the episode off My Shows and then the group list, the program screen shows duration of "5 days 8 hr 26 min".

When I go into Play, the progress bar is 2 hr long, as expected.

Any one know what's going on? The Roamio is only a couple of months old; I hope I'm not seeing early signs of an HDD failure already!

Thanks,
joelk

Component Output via RG-6 Cable

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:52
I have a Tvio Series 3 HD in my main viewing room. I'd like to find a way to use the component output to a single RG-6 cable going back into my attic for distribution to other TV's. I'd like to be able to have the same thing on in whichever room I was in. Can anyone recommend a suggestion?

Roamio's WiFi drowning out other devices

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:40
I had my AppleTV and Roku on top of my S3, right next to the S3's Wireless-G adapter. They all lived together in harmony.

However, I now have these two devices atop my Roamie, and now neither one of them can connect to WiFi.

Is this a known issue with the Roamio, or should I contact TiVo because my Roamio contains an out of spec WiFi component?

Distance Education Graduation in One Year

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2 x Free Boxed TiVos with CacheCards/RAM

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:56
Feels a little strange coming back here after so long - especially as this post signals the start of the end of my relationship with my beloved series 1 machines.

Anyway, I have two of them up for grabs. Both were first activated by me all those years ago and are in near mint condition. They both have CacheCards with 512 MB of RAM installed and the usual TiVoWeb/EndPad stuff.

One machine has a 120 GB drive (Hitachi Deskstar I think)
The other has 2 x 160 GB drives (WD Caviar from memory) although the installed Linux kernel means only the first 137 GB on each drive is useable

Both come in their original boxes with all originally supplied accessories/manuals/remotes. Each one has the standard UK silver peanut, plus a US sourced peanut that I bought to allow me to control 2 machines in the same room with a single remote. The remotes do show some signs of wear.

They have both been set up to work with AltEPG. I will even throw in a boxed Netgem iPlayer freeview box with each unit.

Free to anybody that is prepared to collect from East Yorkshire (5 miles from the end of the M62), or buyer can arrange and fund their own courier.

Comcast Voice & DPC3939 eMTA

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:02
Does anyone have Comcast "voice" and use the mentioned modem? Comcast won't offer-up the DPC3939 to any cable card users in the area. Looking at the quick specs of the modem it appears that it also is likely MoCA and they use the MoCA capability for their X1 package. Would there be any reason to "want" one of these vs. just their regular offered voice capable equipment? Is there any reason why this eMTA wouldn't be compatible with cable-card?

What eMTA do you use with Comcast? If you had it to do over which would you choose?

New user. Where to install Pro and Mini?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:08
I just ordered a Pro and three mini's. I'll be installing them in a living room, family room, office, and a bedroom. All rooms have a coax and wired network connections.

Does it matter where I install the Pro? Do the mini's operate the same as the main DVR as far as apps (Netflix and amazon), setting up programming, speed, etc?

I'd like to put the Pro in my office as it would be the closest to the router (less network hops) and generally easier to install. However, most of the tv watching will be from the kids in the living and family rooms.

Tim

Moving a mini

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 22:43
Since I have activated my Mini, can I take it to another house and pair it with another roamio? I don't see why not or do you have to tell tivo?

Can Roamio OTA do QAM as well?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 21:22
Like the title says, can the Roamio OTA tune clear QAM channels as well as the expected ATSC 8-VSB? Maybe a hidden capability? Can someone that has one do a check? I found that I can trick the base Roamio into doing both cable and OTA and want to play with something and do some testing, so any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance! :)

Disable Tuners on Roamio OTA

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 20:46
Is there a way to disable 1 or 2 tuners of the 4 tuner OTA, in an effort to improve signal quality on my local Fox affiliate?

I've read this is a problem with others as well, and am just trying to find a way to get a better signal.

Any thoughts?

v58 errors on Roamio Pro AND the HD XL - Charter

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 20:12
I just recently added the Roamio to my account and it was the usual sht storm. Thanks to you guys, I was able to convince Charter that we had to have the scientific Atlantica with 1.5.3.1101 and I limited the tuners to four. The new cisco card went into the HD XL and was able to download the 1.5.3 firmware. It all appeared to be working, but then 10 or so (mostly HD only) channels are throwing up the grey call cable or the V58 error messages. Exact same issue on both, previously the SA card was working fine. I've called Charter a few times and they have resent hits and made sure the cards were at the top of the list and that the channels were authorized (channels are ok on the charter dvrs). They claim the billing codes are good.

Still getting v58, although sometimes a picture and audio appears before dropping out. Is anyone else having this problem? I have been calling the cc people and even escalating. I'm clearly not asking the right questions or getting a knowledgeable rep. They scheduled a third visit for later this week and I agreed bc I'm hoping maybe if they put in another card, it will actually get paired correctly.

Changing cable companies - what happens to SP?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 20:07
This seems like it should be obvious but I can't get my brain around it. I am changing cable tv companies tomorrow. (1. Comcast to Wave Broadband and, 2. yes, I am incredibly fortunate to have a choice!)

My channel numbers will all change. I have 159 season passes.

They will now all point to the wrong channel BUT will they still be there? Am I going to have to redo all of them? From scratch Or will they find their own new channel?

Is there anything I can or should do ahead of time to make the transition easier?

(This is on a Roamio Pro - no expansion drive, by the way.)

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