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Switching From Cable To OTA

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 20:38
I have my Roamio Basic set up defined to my local cable company using a cable card and a TA.

I am thinking about dropping cable and switching to OTA (I can get all the major networks in HD via an antenna in my attic) plus Netflix/Hulu, etc.

Before canceling my cable service, I'd like to do a trial run by connecting my antenna to the Roamio input and running through set up again.

If I decide to stay with cable, will I have to go through cable card pairing and end up having to have a cable company technician come out or will it be as simple as connecting the TA to the Roamio and going through set up again?


Netflix app and Tivo reboot

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 20:15
This is an issue that I have had with several Tivo premieres. I say several, because I have had several of them. Whether I leave Netflix through the Exit feature or if I hit the Tivo button, it doesn't seem to matter. The Tivo unit will often reboot. I say often, because sometimes it does not reboot. I used to think that it happened when it was recording something on the tuner while watching Netflix, however, I have since found that this is not the case. Has there been any improvement on this? I have noticed threads like this dating back several years.

Black Screen on Some Channels

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:52
I have a Roamio Plus using Comcast in Minneapolis. In the last few weeks, I've had issues with certain channels showing a black screen with a message that I don't subscribe to those channels. I can fix this by powering down the TiVo and then rebooting it, but it's annoying. I've had no problems before this.

Could my CableCard be going bad? Any other ideas?

Mystery Girls: Old Friends Together Again

TiVo Blog - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:29
By: Alicia Broadway As a woman of a particular age, I watched the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” from start to finish. So when I heard that Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) and Donna Martin (Tori Spelling) were in a new series together, my TiVo was tasked with recording one more new show. ABC Family’s “Mystery Girls” reteams Garth and Spelling as former TV show detectives turned real-life detectives, and I love this idea. It was with this thought I started to put together a list of former costars I would like Continue Reading

Update priority request

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 16:51
I went to the update priority request at http://www.tivo.com/priority_20_4_2 and enter the numbers for my tivos. I got this response for the Stream:


Can anyone explain what is going on? Are Streams going to be updated sometime?

History Detectives Special Investigations

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 16:47
Looks like History Detectives on PBS has a series of 4 episodes that are not being picked up by the History Detectives SP. It's called History Detectives Special Investigations and it Airs Tuesdays at 9pm Eastern. You can still pick up last weeks episode on one of the alternate DT channels tonight at 11:30 or later in the week. They look like new topics.

Old TivoHD drive in new enclosure -- shows readable?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:49
Pretty sure I know this answer to this in advance but thought I would check it out:

Just replaced a dead TivoHD with a new Roamio Plus, wondering if there was any way to salvage shows from the old hard drive? I just opened up the HD box and there's no apparent damage to the power supply so I'm thinking it's a bad motherboard; regardless, if I boot up the hard drive on a computer will I be able to pull off any of the old shows and play them back on the Roamio somehow? I assume an external SATA enclosure will not be readable by the Roamio itself, correct?


Overlapping recordings

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:15
Hopefully with the 2014 Summer Service Update we will get the overlapping recordings feature back that we lost with the last service update.

The Leftovers S1E2 "Penguin One, Us Zero" 7/6/2014

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:11
Wow people are lazy to not post a new thread (and talk about this week's episode in last week's thread).

I was underwhelmed by the pilot. I liked this episode more. We'll see where this goes.

The daughter absolutely interacted with the guy, took beer from him, and then later asked "who was that?".

I liked the questions the woman was asking of the elderly couple that lost their son.. "Had he (recently/ever?) been to Brazil?".. And she hugged the guy handing out pamphlets that screamed "IT'S NOT THE RAPTURE!! THIS WOMAN BEAT HER KID!!", so that's probably where he's getting his data from.. And SHE probably is working for this relief fund specifically because she wants to find out WHY some people disappeared and others didn't, since her whole family disappeared (yet she didn't).

Wink Hub Quick Look

Zatz Not Funny! - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:57
The Wink Hub that was announced just last month is now for sale at Amazon and Home Depot.  The new low cost smart controller for the home promises to be the most connected hub there is and competes directly with the newly priced Staples Connect Hub. Supporting Wifi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, Zigbee, and Lutron’s Clear Connect protocols, there is reason […]

Tivo Visability

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:57
I could not find any solution to this known issue when I searched the forums except to restart the Tivos.

I have 2 Premier and 4 series 2 units. Set up in pairs

LR Premier
LR Series 2

MBR Premier
MBR HD Series 2 (S3?)

Office Series 2
Office2 Series 2

LR Premier sees everything :D :up:

LR Series 2 Can NOT see LR Premier

MBR Premier sees everything :D :up:

MBR HD Can not see LR Premier

OFFICE Can not see LR Premier

OFFICE2 Can not see LR Premier.

All can dial home to Tivo and receive updates. :up:

I have Restarted units, and sometimes it fixes the issues, and sometimes not. I would expect that Tivo would have fixed these dropped connection issues by now. Any suggestions ?

The Last Ship - S01E03 "Dead Reckoning" 7/6/14

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 10:31
I enjoyed it, despite it's ridiculousness and obvious plot issues.

Since the recent threads have been mostly about pointing out the plot holes, I'll get this one started.

How the heck did they get those two back on the ship so fast or even at all? They jumped out of their boat near the Russian ship, are we to believe they swam all the way to a pick up location? I don't even recall them wearing life vests or anything.

new kickstart codes for hard drive reset

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:51
I've noticed growing interest in resetting Tivo's due to suspected corruption on Roamio's.

There are some new-ish kickstart codes, that might be relevant. I couldn't find any discussion on these so assume
DANGER: this will likely ERASE your data.
Code:             "Kickstart code 50 - wipe db partition"
            "Kickstart code 59 - Repeat Guided Setup"
            "Kickstart code 67 - perform SQLite integrity check"
            "Retailer Reset code - initiate factory reset"

"will transfer later" message

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:26
"will transfer when other files are done transferring"

when transferring file from PC to Quad elite using tivo desktop, even though there are no other files transferring. even get message after a tivo reboot and a "pause server" on tivo desktop

Selling Tivo Premiere 4 and Tivo Mini with Lifetime Subscriptions

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:04

I am selling my Tivo Premiere 4 and tivo mini both with lifetime subscriptions. I want to get about $500. I don't know if this is the right forum for this though.

Delight your loved ones with flowers gifts on eve of Christmas

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 01:14
Love, joy and happiness are means to express in very exclusive way. They really need a day to celebrate and make the moments very special and loving. Christmas is one of the busiest days for the shops selling gift items? It is a lovely day of winter which is celebrated to honor the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. The day starts with chanting carols and continues with unlimited fun, celebrations and most importantly by exchanging presents. It all started when the Lord was born and three wise magi came to present him gold, frankincense and myrrh. Following this came the era of Santa Claus from North Pole who offered presents to children. People has till now held on to this tradition. This ritual of giving and receiving gifts not only make one happy but also creates certain memories to frame in the heart forever. Time passes by very fast but memories are captured in our thoughts and heart. So why not make those memories happier, merrier and more exciting so that whenever we reminiscence them, a sweet and lovely smile will get automatically painted on our faces. Gifts are those wonderful objects that have the magical power of delivering the thoughts and feelings of our heart to those we send it to. The healing power of a beautiful Rose is much greater than a thousand coins put together. Render magnificent thoughts and memories wrapped with your selected item from the online shopping sites. The sites have taken the world by a storm. Millions of people now shop and order online for them as well as to the one they love, conveniently. Now one need not hop around places in search of the most appropriate item for their dearest people. All you have to do is to click on to the link provided by them and you will be automatically directed through a vast number of items categorically sorted according to occasion, relation and price. Send Christmas Flowers to Malaysia from these sites to offer your best wishes amalgamated with their fragrance to your loved ones. You can also order for Christmas Flower Delivery in Malaysia along with various kinds of attractive presents is now very simple and easy task. There are so many online shopping sites available in web page. Just go through one of them and Send Christmas Gifts to Malaysia at right price. Nothing will be more perfect and attractive than your kind word of love along with presents to your dear one on this special day of Christmas. Make this day of your loving ones very special and joyful with your love and make the celebration bright and beautiful.
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Miley Cyrus: Bangers Tour (on NBC)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 23:50
I know I wasn't the target audience, but that was one of the most bizarre bits of a TV I have seen in quite a while. The concert footage had midgets, people dressed as furries, a lady with a big behind, and all sorts of odd animation like a plaid mechanical chicken laying eggs.

Then the parts between the concert footage showing her hanging out with her brother and sister were even more weird. It all strikes me as either a bunch of shtick to sell albums or that family is completely nuts.

But during her more serious songs she sang pretty well.

Big Brother OAD 7/6/2014 Noms and BOB

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 23:11
Do the other idiots in the house not see how nuts Devin is?

Totally off topic but I found interesting: I download this show via magical means. The copy that I got started from the last commercial break, then played to the end, then picked up at the beginning of the episode and played though until the last commercial break. This made me realize how the people capturing these shows can process and post them so fast: They must process each segment as the next one is being captured, then stitch them all together and upload.

Charter Cable, Duluth, GA install 5 July 2014

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 21:30
Ok, this is longish, slightly amusing but pretty much illustrates the state of Tivo v Cable Co relations.

So my Charter tech arrived a little after 9am on July 5. When asked he had never worked with Tivos before. I told Charter when I placed the order that they needed a Tivo literate tech or someone available to help out. It always ends in tears and desperate laughter when a total Tivo newbie has to do an install. I show him where the three Tivos will be located. Downstairs in the living room, downstairs in the den/family room and upstairs in the master bedroom.

In the Den, I have an 8 foot LAN rack more or less and it's about 30" offset from the wall. I work at home and I am constantly fiddling with the equipment on the furniture. Eventually it will hold 3 big monitors, a 32" TV on the main counter workspace and on the upper shelf I have the self-contained boxes like the Tivo, it's external hard drive, the data switch, a NAS server, other widgets, boxes etc. On the floor shelf will eventually live 3 PCs, assorted UPS units and the like

The wall behind the rack/furniture has tws coax outlets that are live, he'll use one for the data modem and the other for the Tivo. He hooks up the modem first but leaves little slack between the wall and the furniture. I tell him that won't cut it, I need some service loop for wire managemnt and to eventually cover the wall to furniture wires with a mat or tape. He redoes it but he doesn't like it.

He hooks up the first Tivo, a Series 3, two tuner model. He slaps in a Motorola multicast card and tells me it's ready. I stifle a laugh. I turn it on and of course nothing is tuning. I navigate to the HOST ID screen with the information he needs to call in to his service desk and I tell him he has to pair the cable card up with the mothership. I also ask him if they've done away with Tuning Adapters. He blinds rapidly. I continue and tell him that my research indicates that Charter in Duluth, GA uses Tuning Adapters with Tivos. More blinking. He says he'll be right back. He comes back about 20 minutes later with 3 Tuning Adapters. I guess I am fortunate that he has them in the truck.

I ask him to get the Internet up and I can show him some wiring diagrams for the tuning adapters. I tell him it's best practice to split the coax with one cable assigned to the Tuning Adapter and the other to the Tivo. He does that but he wants to finish the Tivo installations before working on the Internet. I wish him well and continue unpacking my main desktop computer so that I am ready when the Internet comes up.

He starts on the master bedroom installation but won't leave me 20 feet of service loop on the coax because of safety concerns. My wife and I weren't completely settled on which wall to put the TV/Tivo but I can deal with that later so we pick and wall and gets going.

The Living Room install requires that he run coax around the exterior of the back of the house. The exterior is painted beige-ish and I ask him to use white cable. He doesn't have any. Fine. He does a nice and neat job and gets the outlet installed and he's done with the physical install.

He calls in for tech help. The poor guy is on hold, the first time for 40 minutes. He's on speaker with the Tivo "expert" on the other end and she is asking for all sorts of information in the wrong place. She wants him to find the HOST ID and Unit Address on the outside of the Tivo box. I let him suffer for a bit and then I step in and pull up the CableCard Pairing screen and show him what he needs. Trumpets blare and peasants cheer and the ball moves a little more down the field. He then asks me about the Tuning Adapters and registering those and I tell him he is on his own because I from Comcastia and in Comcastia we didn't have to use Tuning Adapters. This new land of Charterville is a mystery to me.

He fiddles with all the installations, loses his over the phone help and has to call back. He's 30 more minutes on hold and I leave him to it and get back to unpacking. Finally after getting more help on the phone and more fiddling that doesn't work he says he'll get the Internet going because that's pretty straight forward. He does that and it comes up without a hitch. More cheering.

The mothership had him remove the cablecards and put them in slot 2 even though it's posted on the Tivo boxes and on two different screens that Multicast cards MUST go in slot 1. I point that out and I tell him I am dead solid sure that the cards need to go into slot 1 for both tuners to work. I am saved this discussion about our third Tivo because it's a Premiere with just one card slot. Now another tech arrives but I don't hear their conversation and he does more fiddling but nothing is working. He's back on hold again to the mothership, this time for more than 30 minutes. More fiddling. No joy.

Finally at 5pm, eight! hours later I go out to his truck and he is on hold again with the mothership. I ask him what he's game plan is. He says he's basically stuck working on this until I sign off. I tell him I am not signing anything until it all works. He looks very dejected. I've offered him drinks through the day, I told him it was cool if he took to get some food but he didn't want to leave at all. I tell him ok, we've got to get out of here and go back and get some odds and ends from our old house. I tell him that they have until close of business on Tuesday the 9th to get it all working or we are done, and I will call AT&T for Uverse. He, of course, doesn't know that Uverse doesn't support Tivo and that I am mostly bluffing.

He says he'll come back tomorrow morning, Sunday, at 9am. I ask him to call me first.

Sunday at 10am, the doorbell rings. New guy. He says he's Tivo literate and he'll get it figured out. Alas, the first guy had left a giant turd bomb for the second guy. He had started guided setup on the two old Tivos, one of which had no valid data connection. I had run setup just before moving and loaded the Charter profile so that I wouldn't need a data connection during install. I had planned on buying a wireless adapter for the master bedroom unit during the week since it had 12 days of data already. I learned that rebooting the Tivos during guided setup just picks up where it lets off. Fortunately I had 100 foot Cat 5 cable handy so I ran that upstairs so the master bedroom Tivo could get through setup. So, we get setup going and during that time he gets the Premiere paired up and working. Huzzah!

He works his calling into the mothership magic and I learn that he has to call THREE! different call centers to get it all setup. One of them is in India and he can't always understand what the techs on the other end of the phone are saying. He's been at this for a couple of hours and he has another Tivo install waiting. While the Tivos are still processing the guided setup data he asks if he can take off. I foolishly sign off on the paperwork but he gives me has cell number and a promise he will come back if the two units don't work.

Of course they can't tune anything. I call him up, he says he'll come back within two hours. He comes back in about 40 minutes. More mothership phone calls. Numbers were transposed, mistakes were made and they get all the numbers registered correctly. Both the Tivos come up correctly.

I also tell him that if I replace one of my old Tivos with a 6 tuner Roamio I am calling him because odds are the cablecard firmware will not be updated and he'll likely end up over here anyway.

8 hours on day one, 3 hours and change on day two and I am a happy Charter / Tivo customer.

For now.

Three cheers and a Tiger for Rodrick, a truly nice guy, of Charter Cable in Duluth, GA!

True blood -"Fire in theHole" - 7/6/14

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 21:29

How come the hep-v vamps move like lightening... And Eric, who is a thousand years old, can hardly get out of a chair?

RIP Mrs. Fortenberry. Mostly.


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