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TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:20
I was uncertain whether to post here or the HELP forum. Hope this is the proper one.
FWIW, had a Tivo about 10 years ago (still have it in a closet somewhere).
I was just given a Tivo 3 with, I'm told, Lifetime service. I'm also told I need to get a cablecard for my area.
I have almost no knowledge of it, so , after 3 days of trying google, a few questions.
What is a cablecard and does Tivo require one?
One of my TVs is connected only to an over-the-air HD antenna, the other to OTA and Directv.
Do I use Tivo WITH Directv or INSTEAD of?
Can I hook up from TV out to Tivo in and record from TV (e.g., old VCRs)?
The unit came with a wifi adapter. I have an ethernet cable I can plug in to Tivo. Do I need the adapter?

TiVo to “Support Popular Consumer Devices”

Zatz Not Funny! - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:58
Via an FCC filing, we learn more of TiVo’s intentions to further leverage hardware beyond their own set-top boxes: Consumers today can purchase retail TiVo DVRs and ancillary devices that support iOS and Android products, as well as TVs (using the TiVo Mini), and that soon will support additional ancillary devices that are popular with consumers. Back […]

Masters of Sex | "Mirror, Mirror" | 2014-08-31 S2E08

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:14
His brother? no way!

Wonder what caused their estrangement...

Hey Time Warner Cable customers ... could you answer a quick question for me?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:59
This coming monday I am having my Time Warner Cable installed and the tech is bringing the CableCard (and now that I had called back, a tuner adapter also). My question is do I have to request a 4 tuner CableCard to go in my Roamio Basic or are they all the same and will handle 4 tuners?

Premiere HD in Roamio ?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:13
I should get my Roamio Basic tomorrow. My question is...

I upgraded my Premiere to 2TB using the old method. I am no longer going to use the Premiere and I want to use the 2TB HD in the Roamio.

Can I just take it out and put it in the Roamio and live happily ever after, or do I need to format/clear it first?

All of the other threads I can find are starting from a new bare HD.

Thank you

Is My Roamio Dead?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:11
I have a strange set of circumstances and am not sure what to make of it. I have a Roamio Plus that's roughly 5 months old and two Minis. The Minis are connected via LAN and I have a Cable Card in the Roamio. We had storms last night and this morning I couldn't get any channel signals on my kitchen/Mini TV. I figured the storm must have knocked cable out in the neighborhood and thought nothing of it.

Tonight when I got home there still wasn't any signal. I investigated and discovered my cable amplifier/booster was out and bypassed it. That restored the cable signal in the house. Now for the weird part: I can access the Roamio tuners via both Minis in my house. The Minis are communicating with the Roamio and I can change channels and access and play recordings. The cable card is working. I cannot get any video output, however, from the Roamio. When I tune my basement TV to the Roamio input I get nothing but a blank screen. I tried my BluRay player to make sure it wasn't my TV that was fried, and got a perfect picture. I unplugged the Roamio to effect a reset several times and still get a blank screen. The Roamio is connected to the TV via HDMI.

Is it possible for the Roamio to function perfectly "internally" and yet have no video output? Has anyone encountered anything like I describe? Is my Roamio dead? Any help or suggestions is much appreciated. Thanks.

IR extender and Slingbox

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 21:51
Hi, I'm tired of the IR blaster that I use with my Slingbox. It works, but I just had to fix it today and that made me think of the old serial port on my cable box where I could connect a cable and change the channels from my Tivo. It worked perfect.

So I thought, does my current Tivo box (roamio pro) have a port where I could use a cable to change the channels? Then I came accross the IR Extender that connects to the USB port in the back of the Tivo.

Now all that I need is to join the IR blaster audio plug to the USB end of the IR Extender. Has anyone done that yet? Or even better, would anyone know if this cable will do the job http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006DU3GQQ ?

New Roamio with TWC: Bad Card or TA or both?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 21:07
Hi all-

After a 2.5 year DTV hiatus I'm back to the cable game and picked up a Tivo Roamio Plus. That arrived today and I have a cable card and Tuning Adapter ready to go. The evening went like so:

1) TWC basic support was unable to activate my cable card. Didn't even ask for a Host ID.
2) Ended up at the national cable card desk, got all of my info, but the Cablecard (a SciAtlanta Multi) would not show that it had been authorized. I left that call with him suggesting I stop by a store and swap my TWC.
3) After dinner, I checked on it again and the cable card was authorized (according to the CC diag menus). However, I was not able to actually tune any channels. Every channel shows up as blank with a "check the signal" message.
4) Thinking maybe I needed the tuning adapter involved to provide a channel map and solve my problems, I hooked it up. I called the cable card desk again and had them authorize it. It is no longer doing the disconnection blinks so it appears to have received its auth signal. Still, unable to tune anything.
5) Phone rep thought maybe the tuning adapter is dead because he's not able to get a response back from it.

Before today's events, I was on internet only for TWC. I do not THINK there is a filter/trap installed on the line as I am able to hook the line up to my TV directly and tune lots of channels.

So, do you guys suggest I swap both the CC & TA at this point? Only one? Is there anything that might be malfunctioning on the Tivo itself? Several years ago in my TivoHD days, I know I had to try multiple cable cards back then. But that was when they were still trying to pawn off single stream cards.

Thanks for any help!

Any way to play non TiVo videos on Roamio?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 20:15
I'm guessing what I'm wanting to do is impossible but I figure I'd check anyway. :o

I have a basic roamio in the living room and a mini in the bedroom. Is there any way to copy movies/video files off of my computer and play them on the roamio or mini? If not copy, then stream them?

History Channel - Houdini Night 1 - 09/01/2014

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:50
I'll start this by stating I've been a huge fan of Harry Houdini since I was a child (Over 40 years now). I've ready everything about him that's been written, and when I was younger (and writing professionally) seriously considered writing a book about him.

I went into this miniseries with high hopes but low expectations. Hollywood for some reason does not know how to handle the subject of Houdini. Of the three major representations of Houdini's life (50's version with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, 70's version with Paul Michael Glaser, and this one starring Adrian Brody) none have quite managed to capture the persona and life of one of the greatest performers of the 20th century.

This version of the story is based on a book written by Bernard C. Meyer back in the mid 70's called "Houdini: A mind in chains : a psychoanalytic portrait"

Film maker Nicholas Meyer ("The 7 percent solution", Star Trek The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek The Undiscovered Country) adapted the material from his father's book. While a review of the book is outside the scope of this forum, Having read it when it first came out, I and many others found it lacking. The miniseries also seems to have taken the idea that Houdini was a spy involved with British MI-5 and the Secret Service from the book "The secret lives of Houdini" Which many Houdini experts tend to take with a large pile of salt.

In regards to the miniseries, the first issue I have is the casting of Houdini and his wife Bess. In real life Houdini was short about 5'6" - 5'8" and stocky but very physically fit and buff. His wife Bess was very small and underdeveloped. Bess Houdini may have suffered from a condition called Primary Amenorrhea. Neither of the leads fit that description. Brody is tall and lanky, and Kristin Connolly as Bess is almost as tall.

The assistant Jim Collins was A: not from Macon GA, but England, and Houdini did not find him in a magic shop as portrayed.

The film jumps between time periods in a very helter skelter manner and contains many factual errors (handcuff act created in a brothel, 1914 being a down time for his career, Having issues with his father, working with a magician while a kid with a traveling circus to name just a few). I could've lived with the jumping around in time if they had correctly labeled the time periods, and had their facts correct. They also seemed to make up several things out of thin air. As it was presented I found it almost completely unwatchable.

Despite my complaints, there are several factual instances thrown in along with the falsehoods. Yes he was the 1st man to fly over Australia. He did love his mother very much and did treat her as a queen for the day, there are a lot of other accurate details, but only the most dedicated Houdiniphile would be able to separate the fact from the fiction.

I've heard Night 2 is better, and I certainly hope so, since it can't get much worse.

Do you need Tivo Stream to watch shows in your home on the iPad?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:42
Or do you only need TiVo Stream to watch your stuff away from home?

Error with downloaded recordings?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:13
We just got back from vacation. The hotel wifi was terrible and could not sustain a stream, so when we wanted to watch something I'd typically queue it up as a download overnight and then we'd try to watch it the next night. On multiple occasions we'd be watching something and get an error box that said something like "Problem playing this stream". The worst part is there was no way to recover. Once a show hit this error it would immediately hit it again as soon as you played it. So there was no way to even attempt to skip past it.

Has anyone else run into this? I have my share of issues with Streaming but this is the first time I've had issues with downloaded recordings. Is there any way to recover from this once you it it? Any way to just start the recording over so I can manually scrub past the error?

Schoolhouse Rock

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:48
I was looking at Browse TV & Movies section and found the Retro Saturday Morning section. I then noticed they had the Schoolhouse Rock Videos in there. I selected one to see if Netflix or Hulu had them, but showed no info. I then clicked on it and it loaded and played.

Where are they getting this video from? I didn't see any kind of logo. I'm just curious.

Bring back the Pre-Paid options

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:47
I miss the one year pre pay plan! not only did it save a little bit of money, but I could pay for a years worth of service when I got my tax refund and not have to worry about having an extra $20 on a debit card come that time of the month for tivo to be paid. And i hate having to choose between gas food and tivo. Bring back the prepay plans!!!!!

They say my Roamio was used before I bought it.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:29
I purchased a brand new Roamio , or what I thought was Brand new, from a Best Buys on August 31, 2014. When I got it home, I hooked it up, activated it with Tivo, and purchased a 2 year extended warranty at the same time. Later that day, I went to my account on the Tivo site and it said that my 2 year warranty that I purchased was going to expire on July 17, 2016 instead of August 31, 2016.

I then emailed Tivo Customer support and asked why the 2 year warranty was less than two years. I got a reply the next day from CS, that said the two years was from the day that the Roamio was activated. I emailed them back immediately and said that the activation date that shows in my account, very clearly, on the Tivo website is 8-31-14. In the mean time I called cs, and explained the issue. I was put on hold twice for a total of around 15 minutes. Finally the rep told me that the unit was activated on 7-17-14, and that is why the early expiration of the warranty. She then said they would credit my account $10. While the $10 was a nice offer, I still wanted to know how come my brand new Roamio, was apparently owned by someone else, who activated it on 7-17-14. I asked if Tivo was refurbishing returned units and selling them as new, since that is against the law. The packaging did not appear at all to be repacked by the dealer, and I am experienced with dealer repacks, because I worked for 3 large electronic manufacturers over the years. If this was repacked, it was done by the manufacturer.

So while I think the $10 credit was nice, I am still wondering if I bought what should have been a brand new Roamio that I paid $200 for, and in fact it was not new, but had been returned by a customer that for one reason or another didn't like it, or had problems with it. Tivo does not seem to be able to give me an answer as to why this happened, who activated it in the middle of July, a month in a half before I purchased it. I love the product, but this customer service experience leaves me totally confused.

TheVerge TiVo OTA Review

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:00
Well, the verge did a TiVo Roamio OTA review and Chris wasn't very complimentary of the entire TiVo ecosystem... Even though he says he still uses a TiVo, I get the feeling he would rather just throw it into the garbage! :)


CNET isn't as negative


Plex on Roamio?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:01
My Roamio is arriving tomorrow. I currently have a Roku 3 hooked up to our HDTV that handles Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Plex (for all our movies and television shows on my PC). I see the Roamio does the first three but I am not seeing anything for Plex. Is there a Plex app? If not how would I be able to get the Roamio to access all my content on my PC and work as easy as Plex?

Under the Dome - Season 2 Episodes 8,9, and 10 -SPOILERS-

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:02
We haven't been keeping up, so there are no recaps or thoughts on the following episodes:

Episode 8 - Awakening
Episode 9 - Red Door
Episode 10 - The Fall

IMO this show is getting a little bit better as far as the over-all plot goes, but the acting and writing is as bad as ever. The mom's story is so flimsy it hurts. She left town pretending to be dead so that the dome would follow her. Um, huh? People who finally got out of the Dome and couldn't wait to get back into it. Barbie and Melanie are half siblings. The egg is now outside of the Dome and inside apparently just became Winter for no reason. The only thing that is clear is that these dummies will continue to be stuck under this dome for another season.

What was Big Jim thinking throwing the egg over the cliff? What could that have helped? Here is the main object everyone is looking for, lets throw it into the portal so we have nothing left to bargain with... what???!!!???

Roamio power cord

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:02
I needed to empty out the entertainment center in preparation of new carpeting going in this week. I was trying to keep all the cords separated for the various components. Well............. I didn't do a very good job at that. I ended up with my DVD player and Tivo power cord laying on the floor when I was done. I think I have a fairly good idea which one is which but just wanted to verify. Can someone take a look at their power cord (or maybe you know without looking) and let me know what the markings are on it (the end that plugs into the Tivo). The cord I have it narrowed down to fits in the back of the Tivo but it will plug in either way. It doesn't appear that it matters if you plug it in one way as you can turn it over and plug it in also.

If someone can help me identify the proper cord it would be appreciated :).

Streaming to Additional Ancillary Devices Coming Soon?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:58
TiVo filed a waiver request with the FCC today which contained a few surprising revelations.

Quote: Consumers today can purchase retail TiVo DVRs and ancillary devices that support iOS and Android products, as well as TVs (using the TiVo Mini), and that soon will support additional ancillary devices that are popular with consumers. Quote: Expansion of this solution to additional devices in the home is on TiVo’s future product roadmap. Quote: TiVo’s solution transports all content from a set-top box to consumer IP devices, including game players and Smart TVs (with a TiVo Mini adapter).


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