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TiVO HD Still with service from previous owner

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:15
So, I recently purchased a fully working TiVo Series 3 HD (TCD652160) from Craigslist for $15. It came with two remotes (regular and a Charter version). Its fully working and I really got it more for the Charter remote since it has an "OnDemand" button that turns out to fully work with my Comcast Xfinity OnDemand (On my Premieres and Mini). At only $15, I figure the TiVO unit itself was a bonus. :p

Anyway, the TiVo itself works fine and I came to find out it still has monthly service on it. I online chatted with a TiVO rep and they said it was being charged on an ongoing monthly basis. No commitment or 1yr service. Strictly monthly. I think they also said its a unit that is grandfathered in at $6.95/month. I'm not complaining and I stuck this TiVo in a workshop area to a 27" TV so its not a huge risk to me either way. Its been "In Good Standing" now for about 3 months so it makes me think the person forgot to cancel service and since the charge is about $7 per month, they are not really noticing.

Since I am not technically the current owner paying for service and couldn't verify any of the current account info, the TiVO rep really couldn't tell me more than that it had ongoing service on it. They couldn't tell me how much longer it might have either. Just that it was monthly.

I am trying to find the person's text number in case I decide I want to put service on it myself & with my account, but if I can never contact the current owner again, is there anything else that I can do to get this TiVO on my account? The only reason I see to do so is if I want to use the MRV feature with my other TiVOs (since the current Media Access key is different).

The only other thing I can think of is that I have to wait until the current credit card on file expires and the charges are rejected. Then the account is cancelled and/or closed due to non-payment. Unless of course the charges are also maybe being deducted from a checking account directly. In which case, it could be a while. Any other thoughts?

No Picture with Kmttg

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:31
I've installed the latest version of Kmttg on Windows 8.1. *.TIVO files downloaded from Tivo playback just fine, but I'm trying to decode them so I can work with them in video editing software. The *.mpg files coming out of Kmttg have audio but no picture.

I know this is probably a codec issue, but I'm reluctant to install random codec packages from the internet and expose myself to adware and other malware.

If this is a codec issue can someone point me to the right package from a reputable source?


Court of Appeals Upholds DISH Hopper Ruling

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:00
"ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jul 14, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s September 2013 rejection of the Fox Broadcasting Company’s efforts to bar DISH subscribers from using two place-shifting features found on DISH’s Hopper® Whole-Home DVR platform: DISH AnywhereTM and Hopper TransfersTM.

The following statement is attributable to R. Stanton Dodge, DISH executive vice president and general counsel:

“Today’s decision is the fifth in a string of victories for consumers related to our Hopper® Whole-Home DVR platform. DISH is pleased that the Court has sided again with consumer choice and control by rejecting Fox’s efforts to deny our customers access to the DISH Anywhere and Hopper Transfers features. Last year, the Ninth Circuit also rejected Fox’s attempt to block customers from using the AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime features. We will continue to vigorously defend consumers’ right to choice and control over their viewing experience.”

DISH Anywhere, using Sling technology built into DISH’s Hopper with Sling® Whole-Home DVR, provides a DISH customer, once they receive a television signal in their home, the capability to remotely view that signal from a single Internet-connected device (mobile phone, tablet or PC). Sling technology has been available since 2005 and Fox’s motion was the first to seek to enjoin it.

With the Hopper Transfers feature, a DISH customer can move or duplicate certain Hopper DVR recordings made by the customer to an iPad; and unlike DISH Anywhere, no Internet connection is needed for viewing.


Will this drive work in a series 2?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:48
The HD went out one my series 2. I only use this one for transferring shows from my other Tivo so I do not need a drive with alot of storage. Will this one work? Also how to I get it to work in my series 2. The old drive in dead.

Initial Roamio setup question

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:01
Setting up a new TIVO Roamio basic to strictly watch and record OTA. We have a temp apartment and have no internet access other than my iPhone with a 10 GB monthly plan. I understand there is a lot of updating done when a Roamio is first set up. Does anybody have any approximate idea how much data download will be done on initial setup? Will it use up the full 10 GB? Once it's setup I assume ongoing updates will be minimal correct compared to the initial downloads? Thanks!

Masters of Sex | "Parallax" | 2014-07-13 S2E01

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:41
Anyone watching this show to keep up with an episode by episode thread? By the way, S2E01 is currently available to watch for free on Showtime.com

Anyway, I thought the season opener was solid. Surprised to see Masters go off on his Mom and saddened to see Barton's failed hanging attempt.

Top Moments: 2014 Home Run Derby!

TiVo Blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:22
Here are TiVo’s Top Five Moments for last night’s Home Run Derby on ESPN. It was an atypical event with a 55-minute Minnesota rain delay; the contest did not conclude until the Reds’ Todd Frazier recorded his final out at 11:50 p.m.     9:54 p.m. – Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins hits a monster home run 422 feet into the upper, upper-deck of Target Field. 9:29 p.m. – The Blue Jays’ José Bautista hits his tenth and final home run of Round 1. 10:10 p.m. – Justin Morneau, current Continue Reading

The Strain - July 13th, 2014: "Night Zero"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:01
Barring the big plot holes, I thought it was a great pilot. It was good enough that I was surprised when I heard some swear words and vulgarity - because it felt like I was watching a network show.

I saw from the preview that at least one or two of the plot holes will start to be resolved even in the next episode, so I hope they tighten up the story.

I also hope they don't wait until the season finale to actually have the "big reveal."

Spoiler: From the title of the 13th episode on IMDB, that might be the case. It's called "The Master."

Returning DirecTV HD Genie to use old Samsung Tivo...advice needed!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:56
Hello All,
Picked up a gently used Samsung SIR-S4040R 2-tuner Tivo (that looks a lot like my old Hughes HDVR2) and I am considering dropping my increasingly expensive HD Genie package and going back to 2-tuner Tivo. What are the ramifications? 1. Will I loose channels like my unsupported Hughes did a year or so ago? 2. Will firmware upgrades be a problem with no home phone line?
3. Only 1 cable coming into house from rooftop HD dish...will it still support the 2 lines out of splitter into 2-tuner tivo? Looking forward to answers and advice! Thanks.:confused:

Top Streamed Games: World Cup 2014!

TiVo Blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:48
The World Cup is over and now we have to wait another 4 years for more of the thrilling goals, saves and futbol action!? Ahh, man. But while the final game already crowned our champion, there is still time to take a look at the World Cup as whole. Check out TiVo’s Top Streamed Games of World Cup 2014: The list includes Germany’s thrilling defeat in extra time of Argentina in yesterday’s final (#4) as well as the first World Cup match on June 12 when Brazil topped Croatia 3-1 Continue Reading

Under the Dome S02E03 07-14-14 - Spoilers -

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:03
Oh this show and all the characters you love to hate. Suddenly, a high school science teacher, Rebecca, is a super problem solving genius. According to her math, there are not enough resources to sustain the people under the dome. She must be one brilliant person if she knows how to immediately stop acid rain, save crops from a caterpillar infestation, and suddenly she knows how to figure out how many people are there, how much food grows, what all these people need to eat to survive, how much livestock is available, and all of the other complexities of determining the available resources and how much if it is consumed by the multitude of different people under the dome. Time to thin the herd and shake the tree, cause there is no chance she is wrong!

The other new attractive girl is touchy feely with Joe, no wonder his current not-as-hot GF is jealous.

Let's not even get started on how bad the red rain effects were. It was hard to watch them driving in that CGI mess.

At least the Pauline (not so dead mom) story-line is getting interesting and weird, as well as the new girl apparently *hidden if you didn't watch coming attractions* Spoiler: being formerly dead and resurrected somehow and not aging since the late 90s.

Let's also not forget product placement and social integration. Microsoft surface anyone?

Stream Not Working

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:01
Worked fine on Sunday, but couldn't get stream to work last night.

When running through set up, it would find the stream, but get stuck on step #1. Anyone else having this problem?

Remote Weirdness

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:47
I recently added a Roamio to replace the crappy Charter DVR we had. Now we have a Premiere and a Roamio.

The Roamio is our primary DVR. My wife prefers the remote that we had with the Premiere. So I programmed the remotes so she could use the old remote with the Roamio and I use the new remote with the Premiere.

We sit about 18 feet from the TIVO's and the TV. There is about 8 feet between my right side and her left side. The TIVO's and TV are centered on that 8 feet.

My wife is having a problem with the remote. Basically, anywhere on the left half the remote has to pointed directly at the Roamio for it to work. On the right half the remote just needs to be pointed in the general direction to work.

Any suggestions what may be causing this?

Failing tuner from Summer Update?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:28
Roamio base model. Since the Summer update I have a problem with tuner 2. It repeatedly reports no signal on OTA tv channel. If I use live tv and manually tune to channel 2-1 it report searching for signal v52 and stops. pressing channel up and down a few times brings it around once. Next time the tuner is changed it again fails to find a signal. Only on tuner 2 the other 3 are working fine.

This has resulted in a large number of missed recordings on this Roamio in the last week. To the point that it is very unreliable in recording anything. If the recording lands on the bad tuner, it fails. Luck of the draw.

Is there anything I can do except arrange for a replacement from tivo?

Not sure why the summer update would have caused this but its pretty clear from the history file when it started.

Naked and Afraid - Season 3

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 01:21
This thread is for discussing any season 3 episodes that have been broadcast.

At this time, three episodes have aired:

S03E01 "Primal Fear" June 29, 2014
Lindsey Leitelt and Luke McLaughlin challenged in a dense harsh land in Namibia

S03E02 "Blood in the Water" July 6, 2014
Dani Julien and Justin Bullard stranded with starvation and tiny predators in the Bahamas' Andros islands.

S03E03 "Hearts of Darkness" July 13, 2014
Carrie and Tom survived with crocodiles and extreme heat in Cambodia.

Palladia music channel and TiVo

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 00:53
Watching a live, 'Muse' concert on the music channel Palladia via a TiVo Premiere with Cox Communications cable card.
Loads of pixel-blocking/blotching and saturation during frantic lighting/cutting segments. It's as if the image can't adjust fast enough to handle the content.
Is this a common fault of the cable cards abilities, or is my cable company compressing the living crap out of the signal?

No audio after unpause on TiVo Premiere

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 20:51
When my wife and I watch a Jeopardy recording, we make heavy use of the pause/unpause button. In the last month, we've had a problem in which the audio cuts out entirely when unpausing. It doesn't happen all the time - maybe 20% of the time. Once the problem happens, it's easy to reproduce, but it may not happen for 48 hours. When it does happen, I can fix it 90% of the time by doing a 30-sec skip and then rewinding. We've had the same TiVo Premiere, HDMI cable, and Vizio TV for 6+ months and the problem recently started.

Based on other similar (but not exactly the same) reports that I've read, tonight I switched from Dolby to PCM audio. In the meantime, has anyone else seen this issue? Anything else that I should try?

Vers: 20.4.1-01-2-748

TiVo Stream - Apple TV

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 20:09
I have a two-tuner Preimere that I purchased before the TiVo Mini came out--if the TiVo Mini was on the market, I would have bought the four-tuner Premiere so I could put a Mini on the other TV.

The Premiere (with lifetime) having already been purchased, I'd like to ask: can I get a TiVo Stream to stream the TiVo Premiere's content to an Apple TV connected to the other TV, thus more or less duplicating the functionality of the TiVo Mini I can't get?


SD-DVR40 can't get dvr service activated

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 20:08
I have gotten another sd-dvr40 upgraded with ptv net and instantcake 6.4 on a brand new 160 gb maxtor. I don't have a landline so I did setup then brought to my fathers house it makes its calls without satellite hook up and then when I bring it home it won't allow me to record it says dvr service isn't active call dtv. Am I missing something I thought I didn't need satellite hooked up while doing phone call but after phone call it says account is closed because it gets no satellite signal.

Cribbage multiplayer game on EnterWebz.tv server

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 19:47
Now available on my HME server (via the website EnterWebz.tv), Cribbage.

You can play against the computer, or against other connected players.

You can also stream live TV in the corner (or full screen) while you're waiting for your turn, or just so you don't miss anything on the news. :D

If you don't know cribbage, it's not hard, it ends up (I didn't know it either... so there could be bugs I don't recognize).
Press "info" for a summary of the rules, but basically:
Spoiler: You take turns as dealer, discard two of your 6 cards to the dealer so the dealer has one face-down hand (the crib) and you each have your own held hand. Play cards between you to make 3 or more long straights (3 or more points), pairs/3s/4s (2, 6, or 12 points), a total of 15 (with face cards as 10 each and Ace as 1) (1 point), or a total of 31 (1 or 2 points). When the other player can't play without going over 31, you also get a point. And if the dealer turns up a Jack he gets a point.
Once nobody can play without going over 31, the playing area is reset. Once both players' hands are emptied, you then get more points based on the starting card and what you originally had in your held hand (and the dealer gets the additional "crib" hand to count up, too) with similar scoring to playing. First to 121 points wins.
When you "peg" points, one of your colored pegs is moved forward on the board as you work towards that 121st spot.

It's a little rough around the edges, still, but it's in pretty good shape.

You can also watch somebody playing a match if you like.

It generates your username from your tivo model, and "chats" what's happening in the game.

In the future I'll use this multiplayer setup for more games. I plan to enhance it with a select-a-phrase chat system, avatar selection, and more "entertainment" options beyond streaming live TV.

PLEASE let me know if you run into any bugs either in the rules or in how it runs.


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