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For Internet of Things, Chaos Reigns. (Clutter, Too)

Zatz Not Funny! - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:46
As expected, the “Internet of Things” was a hot topic at CES. And everyone seems to want a piece of this market. For example, we’ve got an iPhone case maker pitching networked power outlets and the fitness tracker company wants to sell you a Bluetooth light bulb. Sadly, chaos reigns … given the number of competing standards, proprietary solutions, poorly articulated […]

Does the Roamio have an sd menu feature?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 07:15
Does the Roamio have an sd menu feature?

Shark Tank 01/09/2015

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 07:02
I suspect the Doorman deal does not go through after somebody spends 30 seconds on the UPS website and discovers that they already offer different delivery options.

When I have something expensive being delivered, I don't think I want to install a middleman into the process. Otherwise, 95+% of the shipments I get are delivered by UPS or the USPS and are waiting for me when I get home. UPS even drops them at my back door per my "My Choice" preferences. FedEx will redirect to a FedEx Office location close to my workplace when a signature is required.

It seems like this shrinks the customer base down to homes where carriers have decided that packages can't be safely dropped. I was surprised to see him get a deal.

TiVo HD XL, power probably falling, Options and strategy

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:21
So my backup TiVo HD XL is misbehaving again, it got a new hard drive almost two years ago, HDMI went out over the summer (now using Component), but I think this is the power supply, opinions welcome. Fortunately the Premiere cable card only unit is doing fine. Both have lifetime.

Because I have to use a tuning adapter with the cable card on the Premiere, the XL is OTA only on favorite programs for those times I don't notice the tuning adaptor crapped out earlier and nothing gets recorded, at least the family is happy. Plus it helps keep free space on the Premiere, but I suppose I don't "need" it, and wife certainly doesn't want to spend money replacing it given its shadow status

ISSUE:
XL is rebooting and I found it stuck on welcome screen twice in three days week. If it pull plug and try again it will get through and boot. Opened and dusted out last night, no obvious capacitor issues but I have bad eyes. I tried copying a show (TiVo desktop) and watching one, and it rebooted about forty minutes in. I then disconnected the antenna and remembered to take pictures of all the now showing and season pass screens so I know what I might want to copy or add back to the Premiere. Tried again, finished show but rebooted on next show.

Left it unplugged for a day, booted fine, not pushing luck: no show watching, just copying to TiVo desktop and after an hour no crash, so I am also copying from the other TiVo simultaneously, getting off a few shows I want to keep. Been about five hours, still going.

So pretty sure it isn't the hard drive and being gentle on the power needs might let me save some shows.

Not going to try to do capacitors myself, hate to spend $100 for a weaknees supply but may eventually, hoping instead someone on this forum knows a better option, suggestion for Phoenix AZ area repair or maybe a soldering enthusiast on this forum? I found a post listing capacitors but it seems for HD and not HDXL, wondering if that's going to match up?

Not sure it's the power supply, could be drive again but I am not going to kickstart when it might be the PS and crash it! Could hook to a computer to test but what to test with if I can't run kickstart or use Windows?

Future strategy: If I am patient would I be able to get any decent deal from TiVo on the antennae Roamio and a lifetime transfer? Looks like four hundred bucks which I doubt wife would support.

Resale value of wonky lifetime HDXL?

Thanks, love this place, been coming since DirectTivo days!

Sons of Liberty - History Channel

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 22:57
It'll be a mini series.

Dean Norris as Ben Franklin? BAD casting. Ben was a gentleman, diplomat and ladies man. Not HANK!

Can you imagine when Ben gets sent to the Court of Louis XIV to ask France for support? UP AGAINST THE WALL LOUIE!

2 TiVo HDs & 1 Premiere XL, all with Lifetime Service

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 21:32
I have 2 TiVo HDs and 1 Premiere XL, all with Lifetime Service for sale. All in 100% working order and great condition with remotes, cords, etc.

Please PM me here with any REASONABLE offers.

Thanks for looking! :)

2 TiVo HDs & 1 Premiere XL all w/ Lifetime

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 21:30
I have 2 TiVo HDs and 1 Premiere XL, all with Lifetime Service for sale. All in 100% working order and great condition with remotes, cords, etc.

Please PM me here with any REASONABLE offers.

Thanks for looking! :)

Clear and Delete TIVO HD

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 20:24
This TIVO worked perfectly for 7 years, I add Lifetime and sell it for $250 and then I run a Clear and Delete (advice form TIVO) and now its stuck for 3 days, unplug, 2 days, unplug 1 day. Is there a way to fix this?

Thanks, I'll probably refund the buyer and bitch at TIVO to give me my 99 bucks back. Grrr.

Problems with new hardrive in Tivo Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 18:43
So, Ive had my Roamio for about a year or so now and recently moved last month. Anyways, after setting it up at my new place it took a long time on the "Welcome starting..." page and when it finally went through it the main menu looked a little glitchy(a few options out of place) and unresponsive to the remote control despite the yellow light lighting up on the remote and unit itself. So I called Tivo support and they concluded that I most likely had a dead drive.

After looking online about the problem Ive read that its a rather easy problem to fix in the Roamio model. Simply install a new hardrive and the unit formats and installs the Tivo software on it automatically. I went to the store and bought a Western Digital Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s drive.

I installed it just fine and hooked it up. It took an exceptionally longtime stuck on the same "Welcome starting..." page (which I read to slightly expect with a new HD install), after finally getting through that I get to the Country selection page thinking its finally fixed. I use the remote and it works although the menu seems to be very laggy and takes a few seconds to respond to commands. I figure to go through it anyway that it probably just needs an update after i set it up. That's when a few pages later it goes blank for a second and sends me back to the Welcome screen.

Perplexed I took the hardrive out and installed it into my computer to see if it was a bad drive. I ran the Western Digital Data Diagnostics tool on it and it came back fine on the quick test and extended test. So I zeroed it out just to make sure it was clear.

I reinstalled it and am having the same problem.
Any ideas?
Should I format it on my PC first then install it?
Id hate to have to buy a new unit and would be a little hesitant especially since money is rather tight considering the recent move.
I followed what another post said but haven't had any luck with it so far.
Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks!!

Simultaneous Viewing in Multiple Rooms?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 18:20
I recently made the plunge and installed SONOS speakers throughout my house. They have some areas for improvement, but being able to listen to the exact same stream while walking from room to room is very nice.

Is this at all possible with a Tivo? All I can find indicates all streams must always be independent, which is really annoying, especially as I am getting used to synchronized audio. The current solution is really not "whole house audio" but a limited subset of that.

I read a couple of threads from 2013 that touched on this, but many who replied seemed to not grasp the big picture and realize that truly "whole house" is a very nice option and would not be a niche if more realized it was available.

I would really like this for both live and recorded shows. Ideally it would be controllable from any unit, but even allowing Minis to slave off the main Roamio might be acceptable, such as when I want to work at my computer, but watch an older game we are speeding through.

I used a multiplexer to put the output of my Dish DVRs in the past to accomplish this, adding the channel to an unused range, but that went away as a serious option with the switch to HD broadcasting. I am surprised this has not been considered a bit more widely.

Any indication anyone at Tivo is even considering this?

Video Podcasts won't delete

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:27
I have 2 video podcasts, both from CNET, that will not delete from my TiVo. After viewing and selecting delete, they still show on the podcasts list. However, now they won't play. If I try to play them I get the error message "Error playing a recording. The TiVo box was not able to record this program because there was no video signal on the channel. You may have been trying to record on a channel that you don't receive." I have deleted and re-deleted and re-booted and re-deleted. Nothing seems to make the two podcasts go away. I don't think it matters but the two podcasts are "Facebook test self-destructing posts" (irony) downloaded on Fri 9/12/14 and "Huawei does the Honors in CNET UK podcast" downloaded on Mon 11/10/14. I used to not care but, since this week is CES, CNET has added 65 1-minute videos and I can't use the "Play all shows in this group" function since the two troubled podcasts are the ones it tries to play first. Any ideas? Thanks.

Archer is back

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 14:41
With Cobra whiskey and ladyboy hookers!

http://community.ew.com/2015/01/08/a...e-the-holdout/

Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Whole season ***SPOILERS*** (Trick speculation)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 13:34
I'll start a thread for spoilers on the tricks by the contestant magicians and Penn & Teller on Penn & Teller: Fool Us aired to date.
I really like the show.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn_%26_Teller:_Fool_Us

I'm amazed and curious at some, and that Penn was fooled! See below.

After watching "revealed" I know how some are done, but....

P&T tricks:

The nail gun in P&T's "Russian roulette" was rigged. Those nails looked really big to me so they could have plastic. In any case a real gun will only fire when the spring at the front is compressed, which may be it, but otherwise Penn had a way to fire or not fire, and I suspect it's not just that the gun has to be horizontal.

Teller "drowning" in the water tank. I think that his head wasn't underwater. The tank has vertical sections with the water in front where Teller could stick his head into a cut out or something.

Teller in the concrete box. Teller's hand weren't in the gloves holding the box. He picked the glasses out of Penn's pocket and put them on.

Contestant tricks:

Cubic Act: The last one with the 2 French guys and girl with the fabric box. Really, Penn had no idea? I guessed that the street light had a lift in it like the levitating girl trick. I wonder why they had to prop the box at an angle at the start and end, maybe to make it longer on edge to cover a door on the lamp or just to cover her getting in and out. I'm sure she stands behind the light but that platform was a lot like the typical trick (With mirrors?) so maybe she hides below. In any case, Teller knew.

The kid with 1-6 held up the full deck at 6.

Romany with the rope trick. Penn knew it was a classic. I have no idea. The rope is elastic?

Morgan & West, the Victorians. Did they fake out Penn with a phony deck switch? They denied it. I can think of a few ways the trick is done with the one partner telegraphing the card to the other. I was thinking that the cards were marked but I don't' think he always showed the back.

The guy with the guts. The mechanism has a way to move the ball around him?

Gazzo? Did he fool them?

I think my TiVo Premier is "dead"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 11:59
I have a 2 tuner premier. I think it's a 50 hour model.

In the past, I had seen very occasional glitches. Every now and then, a recorded program would freeze. I could always get past it though. But very recently, it's gotten bad. Live TV freezes. Most recorded programs freeze.

It's weird because I can be watching LiveTV just fine. If I rewind, and start to play, it can lock up.


Is this most likely a hard drive issue? I am about to pull the trigger on a new drive from Weaknees. But just wanted to see if it could be something else. I can get a used Premier (same model and also with lifetime) at a good price. But it will take longer to get.

TiVo nDVR and TiVo everywhere

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:29
Quote: TiVo nDVR and TiVo everywhere
TiVo partners will receive private demonstrations of an ever-evolving nDVR solution, 4k demonstration platforms as well as a more portable TiVo experience for Chromecast and Roku devices. TiVo will also be demoing a completely rebuilt and optimized Android mobile application coming in March and rolling out premium sideloading to iOS users in the coming months. The redesigned android app in March and sideloading for premium content is really cool - but I am really interested in:

More portable tivo experience for Roku and Chromecast

I am wondering if you are simply going to be able to "cast" from the TiVo app to the a Comcast dongle internal and OTH... Now that would be very cool!

Season Pass not saved

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:26
I've encountered a problem I've never seen before:

I'm trying to enter a season pass for "This Old House". No matter what I do, when I click "Get a season pass" I get a spinner for several seconds, and then it returns to the same menu. I don't get the popup that says the season pass has been saved. (And it hasn't been saved.)

I've tried coming at it different ways - from Search, and by selecting Record while in the guide. Makes no difference. I also restarted the tivo (a Roamio) and that didn't help.

I tried adding passes for other programs and they work fine. It is just this program that has the problem.

Note that I already have an old season pass for "The This Old House Hour", and it is working, but doesn't seem to get the new season. (I guess they aren't packaging the new season with Ask This Old House - that is the reason for the new season pass.) I don't see how this could interfere with the new pass, but I also can't think of anything else that would make this particular pass fail.

'Banshee' - Season 3 starts - 01-09-15

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:08
Just a FYI,

Season 3 of 'Banshee' begins tonight.

Banshee - Season 3 Trailer

Testing MoCA Connectivity

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:52
Please delete, sorry.

Another v53 error thread

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:37
I have a Roamio with 2 Tivo Minis and all have been working since Christmas of 2013. I am only using it in OTA mode, but for the past month I have been getting seemingly random v53 errors. Most of these are of the screen being black but every now and then the video is fine but has the floating box I have seen in other threads..

I have already rebooted, reran guided setup.. Each seems to fix the issue for a few hours but then once i change the channel it starts happening again. I haven't moved the antenna and the same antenna is hooked to a TV in my garage and doesn't have any issue tuning the channels.

The Tivo is currently on 20.4.5c-usa-6-846 firmware.. I have also attached my signal strengths from when the Tivo has the error and when it does not.
Attached Images Tivo Error.PNG (8.7 KB)

Can't get stream working

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 03:08
I'm on an Android phone trying to get my Tivo streaming through the app, In home or OOH. I have a Tivo Roamio, with Tivo Stream connected via ethernet to the same network switch.

I also tried connecting the Stream directly to my wireless router and there were no changes in how it works. Everything is hard wired.

Most of the app features work (using the guide, scheduling programs, etc) but not streaming. I login, go to settings > streaming setup. It finds my device and asks if I would like to set up streaming. Whether I check in-home or out of home doesn't matter, after I click setup, it always follows with "streaming device found", "Step 1: checking software version", "Not able to set up Tivo Stream".

If I open Streaming System Information, it shows TSN and name and won't show me status or software, etc. Also the Restart and Make Service Call buttons don't seem to work.

I've tried restarting the stream multiple times, I've let it sit for days thinking it might need to update something. I've reinstalled the Tivo app several times as well, and it is current (2.0.1)

Anyone have this experience with Stream, or solving this on their Android phone? I'm running Android 4.4.4 and this is a CyanogenMod phone version 11.0, Kernal 3.4.0 on the "OnePlus One" phone. CPU is ARMv7 Processor.

Wondering if Tivo will not work with this software or processor or network setup or if the Stream I bought is junk. Is there a way to test the stream online via computer? Or through the Roamio?

Thanks for any help!

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