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Can you save season passes and recordings when replacing hard drive?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 19:30
I have a Tivo Premiere XL and it is occasionally stuttering and even locking up for minutes at a time. After reading about that symptom, I ran the Kickstart code 54 hard drive S.M.A.R.T. tests and it shows "Fail 7" on a couple of the tests. Tivo support doesn't seem to know what that specific error means other than my hard drive is failing. So, I need to replace my hard drive.

Does anyone know if there is a way to save/copy your season passes and existing recordings so that they will all be present on a new hard drive?

Was CSI on Sunday 10/26 in Central time zone?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:14
It was scheduled for 9:30p Central, football went 1/2 long so it would have started at 10p Central, but my local news came on at that time instead.

Guided Setup?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:23
I'm replacing our router and switch.
Currently our Pro is connected to an Ethernet switch that is being replaced.
One of our minis is connected to the router that is being replaced.

My plan was to cut power to:
Roamio Pro
Minis x2

Replace router
Replace switch

Power up the Pro, then the Mini's after the Pro is going.

Should I run the Pro and Mini's through guided setup again at this point?

Appreciate any feedback/opinions.

How to turn off dolby surround encoding?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:04
How do I turn off dolby surround encoding? I have a TivoHD but I'd like to know the answer for other models as well.

Devices that handle dolby digital typically have "stereo" and "surround" options. Stereo is normal 2 channel (for two speakers) and surround is 2 channel with dolby encoding (for a dolby pro logic decoder). I don't see any options like this on my Tivo.

Dolby surround encoding can be recognized from the weird phasey sound it produces when played back with two speakers.

TiVo Mini Composite A/V Cable Issue

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:55
I purchased on eBay what looks like a standard composite A/V cable to hook up a TiVo Mini to an older SD TV. The description says it should work. However, for the cable to work properly the red connector has the video feed. The audio is coming from the yellow and white connectors. ??? I'm not sure what to make of this. Is the Mini plug non-standard? Anyone else seen this problem? Should I be concerned?


Anyone loaded TiVo app on FireTV?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:24
Just wondering if anyone has tried loading the TiVo app on a FireTV to see if it will allow streaming to a TV. I assume even if it loads you'll get an error about HDMI out not being supported but if anyone has one it might be worth a try.

Amazon Fire TV Sticks It To Roku & Chromecast

Zatz Not Funny! - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 13:57
Amidst noise of a second generation Chromecast and a curious Roku IPO, Amazon delivers on spring Techcrunch intel with the Fire TV Stick ($39). Beyond the known Fire TV lineup, Amazon looks to extend screen mirroring support beyond Kindle tablets to capable Android devices. Of course, we’re still awaiting HBO GO and an updated Netflix app and […]

Premier and tuning adapters

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:54
I have had a Tivo Premier for about 5 months now with no problems til lately, when I lost about 30 channels (code V52). Cable guys say I need a tuning adapter, because of a "digital switch" (going full digital). After 2 hours today, the cable tech never could get the TA to be recognized. About an hour after he left, the TV screen had a message "tuning adapter installed". I figured, GREAT...here are all my channels. Well it seems some of the channels that were off have come back in-but not all of them. While the tech was here, he asked how old my Tivo was, I told him the Premier is not an old model. He said that some of the older Tivos require 2 tuning adapters. Has anyone heard of using 2 TAs? And could that be what's causing only some of my channels to return?

Transition off Premere

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:39
This summer my Premiere (2 tuner, got it the first few months it was out years ago) started making a loud grinding sound. It is quite worrisome and I think the machine could go any day.

I'm considering this Romeo upgrade program where I can keep my old subscription rate (from even before I got the Premiere so it is low) and upgrade to a Romeo Plus.

But, I have a LOT of unwatched shows on the premiere from this fall's new shows. Just haven't had time to watch. Do I have to keep the cable card going on that machine until I get caught up? Or do I cancel the cable card?

What steps do I do for transition.

Also, will my old IR remotes from the premiere work on the Romeo? (I have a few remotes I use but Romeo is RF only?)

The Good Wife - "Old Spice" (S6 E6) - 10/26/2014

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:46
All of this and now we have Lockhart/Gardner seemingly replaced by Florrick/Agos/Lockhart. It's almost as if they've put them in the position of a reboot by reusing the original set.

I like Linda Lavin, but I don't like her character. It's not so much who she's playing, who's supposed to be disliked, but the way she's playing her. It almost seems as if Lavin isn't comfortable in that role. Perhaps that's just the way the character is coming across to me.

I was amused by the comment near the end that the F, A, and L keys were missing from the keyboards. It was an interesting throwback to what happened when George W. Bush entered the White House to find that the W keys were damaged or missing.

Suggestion: progress bar less obtrusive on left side for sports scores

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:16
The Tivo progress bar (when fast forwarding a show) obscures the sports score boxes. The most frustrating part is that it is the TIVO logo that makes one of the scores not viewable. It is not even the green progress bar that is blocking the scores.

It would be great if this is adjusted somehow. For long sports recordings where the score is unbalanced, I often fast forward until it is more interesting. I have to stop fast forwarding, view both scores, then fast forward again.

FireTV stick

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:31
I snap ordered one of these. No idea if it's going to be possible to run the TiVo interface on one, but for $19, it's a low risk investment for something that will do things that my various other media devices won't (in this case, the Amazon Prime Music streaming and Kindle Fire screen mirroring).

Anyone have any thoughts? I mean, if there's even a 10% chance this thing can someday stream from my TiVo via a fire app, it's worth every penny. It would let me skip buying a TiVo Mini for a rarely used TV. Like, one in a workout room or the kid's playroom.

Roamio suggestions for channels I don't get

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:25
I have a Roamio pro and noticed that I had a suggestion (on the little boxes up on top of Tivo Central) to watch the Tennis channel, which I do not get and its turned off on the channel list.

Is this a sponsored thing so I have no control?

Streambaby Push

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 06:20
I have tried searching for the answer before posting this thread. I have streambaby working and can stream .mkv files perfectly. I am trying to push files to my Roamio so I can view them on my minis. I have converted the .mkv files to .mp4 and .wmv and when I try to push them streambaby says Push Failed.

Where am I going wrong?

Take your shows with you: Portable DVD size unit question.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 05:15
Ok, first and foremost, sorry for the weirdness of the title... I couldn't come up with anything better but maybe that's a good thing since the title may peek interest.

So, I will be starting a new job soon and it will have a good bit of downtime. Well, I have a lot of shows I need to catch up on to free space on the unit however I wont have as much time at home to do the catching up.

Since the new job will allow some "free time" I would like to watch some of the shows when I wouldn't be busy dealing with customers and this got me to thinking.

Is there something nice that's not as bit as a laptop that I can transfer shows to and watch them on later like some sort of tablet or small netbook or something ?

Please post links to items you suggest and why you feel it would be a nice option to consider, Ty.

Edit: I know this may bite me in the ass a tad since all my shows are HD... but if I'm not mistaken, and I hope I'm not, whatever I did / do try to watch the shows on should scale to screen with little to no issues.

Video Output Setting

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 02:32

I have my 1st TiVo, Roamio Pro. Had Cox HD DVR for years. I use HDMI to connect TiVo.
I would like to set TiVO to NOT convert broadcast video format. My 16x9 TV does up-convert them just fine. I watch mostly HD channels; 1080i or 720p & rarely SD channels 480p. Used to be 480i when analog, b4 the mandatory digital TV conversion. 1080p is limited to Blu-ray discs so far. So, my TV handles all 5 formats.

My TiVo Video Output setting is currently 1080i. I read:
“How to Set the Video Output Format on Your DVR”

I wanted to change it to “Native” but, that is not an option despite the above TiVo support article. “Native: The box sends all video in its original broadcast format, with no conversion. Native mode is recommended if your TV supports all four formats.”

I read the TiVo Roamio Guide pg. 62

“ Video output formats”
“If you are using an HDMI® cable to connect your TiVo Roamio to your television, the TiVo Roamio will automatically set the optimal video output format for your TV. You can also set the output format automatically by selecting ‘Auto Detect’ from the Video Output Formats screen.”

I was unable to set “Auto Detect.” The info button gave more info & suggested to check each format your TV supports. I cannot seem to change it from the default “1080i”

I think having TiVo set to 1080i means that when I tune to a 720p channel, TiVo converts the signal to 1080i. How can I set the TiVo to output the video format that is broadcast? I want my TV & not TiVo to do any conversion.



Whoah, Roamio Basic simultaneous OTA & cable.....sort of.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 01:46
As I mentioned in another thread, I hooked up an antenna and redid guided setup. I left the cablecard and TA connected and only hooked up the antenna and disconnected the coax cable feed. When I got to the section right after it asked if I was setting up antenna or cable (I selected antenna of course), the next screen detected that I had a tuner adapter connected so it asked me if I wanted to setup for antenna AND cable or continue with only antenna setup. I was curios of course so I selected cable and antenna setup. It went through its usual paces and asked what cable provider I have, then downloaded what it usually does, then lo and behold it went to a follow on screen to scan and setup the antenna channels! I did that and once the scan was done it downloaded data again and voila', now both cable and antenna channels all show up in the guide, merged together!

Of course only the antenna channels came in since that's what was hooked up, but the interesting part comes in when I swapped the coax cables back to the cable feed and now all of THOSE channels come in too.

I'm thinking if someone really wants, they could use one of those old A/B RF coax switches with both OTA and cable. It could screw up some recordings of course, if the switch is in the wrong position when a recording starts on the other coax feed.

I think I may have read something like this awhile ago when the Roamio was new and a lot of questions were being asked, but I don't think anyone ever got this far before, where they could feasibly have both at the same time, albeit using an RF switch. If so........never mind! :D

Homeland 405 - "About a Boy" (10/26/14)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 01:33
As I've said before, and many folks here agree, "Homeland" deserves episode threads (as per the forum rules) so here is the thread for the latest episode, "About a Boy".

Good thing Carrie was busy "recruiting" her brains out, as Saul dodged a drone if Quinn had his way!! :eek: I did not see his airport abduction coming.

I am really liking Fara!! She is gutsy, but I fear for her safety.

FYI Moce can be your entire home wired network option

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 00:56
I thought this was interesting.
Something I never considered or realized.
I use MOCA adaptors for my tivo roamio basic models. For the wired network connection, so I can share and transfer tivo recordings between tivo units.
Using WiFi only failed due to poor wifi speed between the tivo's, and a transfer of just one 2-hour movie took 12+ hours.

So I went Moca for the tivo's. I thought this Moca thing was only to add wired network to the tivo's. But that can also offer a solution for network to the entire house.
Using Moca into a gigabyte network switch, can not only be used for the tivo, but any networked device with wired input. Computers, laptops, TV's, Xbox, PS4 gaming. It works for everything!
My ISP speed is 50 mbps, but using my routers wifi I was testing at 10 in rooms far away from the router.
Going wired gave me near the 50 my IPS provided.
I was considering having the whole house professionally hard wired for network connection throughout.

Then I tried using my MOCA output to my computer and tested at 40mbps. A lot snappier than the 10 I was getting using only wifi.
So I hooked a network switch to the MOCA out, and ran cable to the TV, computer, Tivo roamio, PS4, all devices in the room from the switch.

What a huge difference in speed.
And without the cost of professionally hard wiring the entire house.
I had believed Moca was just for the Tivo, since this was my first experience and knowledge of Moca.
Not any more.
Using Moca can supply high speed wired network to every networked device using the TV cable.
My little FYI.

Does going OTA and back save cablecard pairing?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 21:47
If I rerun guided setup with an antenna hooked up to my Roamio basic in place of my cable feed, but leave the Cablecard installed to try it out, then go back to cable doing guided setup again, will it save my Cablecard pairing?


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