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Tivo Series 3 HD OLED 250GB Broken

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:39
TiVo Community,

I need to fix my TiVo series 3 HD. This is model number: TCD648250B

I have done as much testing as I possibly could and will include the details below.

Prior to the issue, I was watching TV and the show paused, the screen turned odd colors (pink and other random colors) then the Tivo had to be unplugged because it was completely unresponsive.

I turned the Tivo on and all four lights on the box lit up.

The tivo was stuck in a continous resetting loop.

I have taken the TiVo apart and the HardDrive is already out.
The power supply passes visual inspection.

I believe it is the harddrive based on everything I read, and the fact that the screen displayed the odd colors and the pause that it did.

I am looking for the best / cheapest route to fixing the TiVo.

The Good Wife "Red Zone" OAD 11/9/14

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:18
What was the white card? A bug? Planting evidence on her?

Evolution HD DTA box IR sensor

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:06
Where is the IR sensor located on an Evolution HD DTA box? Thanks. I am trying to hook up the IR blaster from my TIVO to this HD DTA box and cant get it to work

Roamio Cablecard Questions (Comcast SF)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:58
Hi all,

I have seen only spotty treatment on these forums of the following questions. Apologies if I missed it:

I am going from a Premiere with 2 tuners to a Roamio Pro. I am in the SF Bay Area with Comcast.

1. Does the same cablecard work in both? I believe the Premiere is using an M card.

2. If so, what must be done to move it over and pair it up?

3. If not, how do I deal with Comcast to get a new one? Can/will they charge me for making the switch?

Thank you!

YouTube iOS freezing - TiVo culprit

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:51
TiVo Premiere here, no paired devices in the YouTube app. On all iOS devices, the YouTube apps stall making them almost unusable. The issue appears to be them identifying the TiVos on my network. The icon for TiVos vanishes/reappears constantly causing the apps to freeze. Is anyone else seeing this behavior?

Getting Roamio OTA vs MINI

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:05
For anyone that has purchased a Roamio OTA, and/or MINI, I have the following questions:

Besides the size difference, why wouldn't someone just buy a Roamio OTA to share shows over the network with other TiVo Premieres or Roamio's? I assume Roamio OTA will be able to see any other TiVo, and this seems to be a good way to get some Roamio capability, along with Amazon Prime and VuDu support on that unit as well (same as Mini). I also assume the Roamio's can see my Premieres for shuffling shows, versus the Mini which can't work with two tuner Premieres.

Given that Roamio OTA's can be purchased for $50, plus $14.95 (not sure if multi-unit discount applies for $12.95) for 12 months - the cost is $50 + $180 = $230...this seems to be much better than a TiVo Mini for $149 and adding on service.

Keep this in mind, I have two TiVo Premiere's (each have 2 tuners) and a TiVo Stream already. TiVo Mini for me doesn't make sense (regardless) to extend a box into a third room, but the Roamio OTA seems to be a good option...and would seem to be better for anyone with Roamio's too, right?

On the Roamio OTA, I only assume that after 12 months that a multi-unit discount would apply or at somepoint they would add $99 or $199 lifetime subscription option for those who completed their initial service committment.

What am I missing? Appreciate your thoughts.

Please help with questions before I buy a Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:47
We have an old Tivo HD, probably 8 years or so. It's now beginning to pixilate badly and the signal strength is fine. We're pretty sure the drive is just worn our. Anyway we are going to buy a Roamio and I have some questions.

1. Since our CC, from Comcast after 2 tries, works perfectly can i move it into the new unit? It's an M card. Our old card acted up and when I picked up the new one at our local office, it was older than the one I had. Since this one works well, I'd like to keep it.

2. If we also purchase a mini for our other tv, on another floor, can I give back the Comcast cable box itself?

3. Does the mini require anything other than picking up the signal from the main unit? We are going to hardwire the main unit.

4. If I buy from Amazon, which sells the unit about 30% less than anyone else am I still able to get service plans or deals from Tivo? They know I'm a longitme customer.

Thank you for your answers.

The Newsroom Season 3 (SPOILERS)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:42
Glad it's back.
My favorite moments are always between Will and Charlie. Sam Waterston is great in the roll.
I'm guessing the season and series ends with the network sold to a social media empire...

Homeland "Redux" 11/09/14 S4E7

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 08:43
First my complaint: I'm not a fan of the drug swap storyline. Seems like a cheap crutch by the writers. And bringing Brody back, even if just for a hallucination... not a fan either. Let the poor guy die already.

Having said that, very strong episode. The writers have put together a much better season. So much going on, and you can see it all coming to a point, and a climax.

I could watch Saul and Haqqani debate all night long. When Haqqani made his comment about Christians doing far worse in their two thousand years than Muslims have, and Saul retorted with a simple , "I'm a Jew"... WOW!

"Problem Playing Recording. An Unknown Error Occurred" on shows downloaded to iOS app

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 08:39
I have a Roamio Plus purchased a little over a year ago. Lately, most shows I download to my iPhone, when approaching the last few minutes, will stop playing with the error "Problem Playing Recording. An Unknown Error Occurred." It happens with both hour long and half hour shows, at Medium and Best qualities.

I noticed the issue starting around the time I got my iPhone 6 (and thus iOS 8 and a new app version.)

Has anyone experienced the same lately? If so, do you have any fixes or workarounds? Right now all I can do if away from home is delete the recording off my phone, set up a normal stream of the show (not a download), scrub to the end, and watch it that way, which usually works.

Thanks all!

Refurb Kindle Paperwhite @ $79

Zatz Not Funny! - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:50
While I failed to post on last week’s fantabulous refurb Kindle Fire HDX deal, despite getting in myself, the Paperwhite is similarly on sale now for 24 hours. The $79 refurb… is a pre-owned Kindle Paperwhite that has been refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new. Includes a full one-year limited warranty, just like […]

New MINI update to newest software?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 01:06
Just installed a second MINI... (yes with Lifetime) ...how long after install till it will get updated to the newest software that has VUDU software?
I kind of figured that with this being a first time / new device that it would of downloaded the newest software update when it was updating its software during the original setup.:confused:

V52 error on all channels with Roamio and Comcast

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 23:45
I've had my Roamio for a few weeks with no problems after the initial setup. Came home this evening to the v52 error on all channels. Signal meter shows 0. My Comcast internet is working fine. Comcast says they have no outages in my area. Any idea what the problem could be? Seems strange that my internet is fine but my TV has 0 signal.

Broadchurch, Gracepoint, or Both?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 22:45
Have only watched the first episode of Broadchurch. Liked it and not sure why I didn't keep up with it. Now I have to decide if I should continue watching that and then watch Gracepoint or if I should skip watching over one or the other.

Poll coming (I've never done a poll before, so if it isn't there, let's just assume I couldn't figure it out).

The Walking Dead "Self-Help" 11/9/14 | Talking Dead 11/9/14

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 22:24
So Eugene, the perv, is not a scientist - not a surprise.

Tito + Comcast Xfinity everywhere? Worth switching?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 18:40
I could use some help understanding the Comast Xfinity / Tivo integration. Neither Tivo.com nor Comcast.com gives me anything useful. My Fios 2-yr contract is up this December, and I'm considering switching to Comcast if the Xfinity integration with Tivo is worthwhile.

Is Comcast Xfinity supported on TiVo in all locations now? Is the "X1 Digital Platform" the service I need?

Is "Xfinity" the typical set of Free On-demand and Pay-per View services?

Does anyone have it? How do you like it? Any downsides I should be aware of, that might diminish its value?

Thanks. I've never had an on-demand cable service personally, since I've always had a Tivo with digital Cable TV. I don't know if this is worth the trouble (and possible expense) of switching cable co's.

Tivo without Router

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 17:07
Due to my remote location, my internet access consists of broadband through my cell phone hotspot to connect my laptop to the Internet.

For the last 2 to 3 years, I have used my laptop, using my cellphone as a hotspot to connect to the Internet, as a way to download the channel guides about every two weeks on my TiVo. I hooked the TiVo ethernet cable into the laptop and used the ICS connection to download the channel guides. At first I used a tethered connection from the cell phone to the laptop. Then I started using the cell phone as a hotspot to get the laptop online, with the Tivo Ethernet cable plugged into the laptop.This worked fine for years, until!

I attempted last week to use a new phone with a different provider as a hotspot. The new phone would not allow the TiVo to connect through ICS, although the laptop did connect. I tried to go back to the old phone with the old provider and now it will not work either.

Does anybody know the set up to make this work again? Certainly there are other people out there who are using their laptop as a router to connect their TiVo, and downloading the channel guides every two weeks? Any help would be appreciated I have tried everything, don't know what changed when I tried the new phone with the new provider. Again thanks!

The Simpson's: Simpsorama, Season 26 ep. 6, 11/9/2014

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 13:22
Looks like there is another Simpson's crossover with Futuroma tonight.

Here is the couch gag. I'd rather see a Futuroma version of Bart, Marge, and the rest for the gag.


But I hope I like the episode.

Amazon Prime Not Working After Update 20.4.5

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 12:45
After updating to 20.4.5 and restarting my TiVo Roamio OTA, the new Amazon Instant Video (Prime) and VUDU apps were not visible. Only the old Amazon app was showing.

Software version 20.4.5 was confirmed from Settings & Messages > Account & System Info > System Information.

Restarting the Roamio several times did not work.

Forcing updates several times and restarting more did not work.

Going to Settings & Messages > Settings > Channels > My Video Providers did not resolve this issue. The new Amazon Instant Video (Prime) or VUDU apps were not present to be checked or unchecked. Only the apps from 20.4.4 were present, including Amazon Instant Video. NOT the Amazon Instant Video (Prime) app, a subtle but important distinction.

I read several other customers were having a similar problem, but did not see a resolution.

What did resolve my issue was changing Information on my Amazon account linked to my TiVo Roamio by going to www.amazon.com/mytv > Settings > Registered Devices and "Deregister" my Tivo which showed only as the name I had given it, "Living Room". Several other devices were listed by the type of device, example: "Apple iPad (Name_of_Apple_iPad). The TiVo was not listed with a device type, only the name of the TiVo I had given it, "Living Room".

After "deregistering" "Living Room" (the TiVo), the new Amazon Instant Video (Prime) and VUDU apps both appeared and worked normally. Restarting the TiVo again was not required. After registering my Amazon Prime account on the new Amazon Instant Video (Prime) TiVo app, the TiVo Roamio showed up automatically in registered devices on my Amazon account with the name TiVo (TiVo).

I hope this will help someone else.

Can't stream one channel (antenna or cable WEDU HD)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 11:30
I recently got a TiVo Stream and it is working fine for in-house and out-of-house streaming except for one channel (WEDU, PBS Tampa, FL).

I have a Roamio with cable (Verizon FIOS) and a Premiere using antenna and I have the same problem when I try and stream shows from WEDU (503 FIOS OR 3.1 antenna). I get audio but only occasional video (usually about 1 sec) or just a still picture. I know the antenna channel is NOT MPEG-4 so I am guessing it has to do with the actual format that WEDU is broadcasting. The video plays fine on either TiVo and I watch a lot of shows on this channel without any problems.

I worked with TiVO support but they did not have any ideas. I offered to upload a sample video for them to test with but I was told TiVo did not have any way of doing this.

I was able to stream the SD version (3 FIOS) or one of the other subchannels (3.4 on antenna) without any problems.

I have not tested all my channels yet but I did not have problems with any of the other HD channels I tried to stream. I have the 25/25 Mbs plan with Verizon.

Any ideas on what I can check ? Is anyone else in the Tampa area having this problem ?


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