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Supernatural - "Bad Boys" - 11/19/13

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 11/20/2013 - 07:50
Wow. That episode delivered. It was pretty much everything I didn't realize I had been missing in this show. It felt like authentic SPN.... season 1/2. It was dark and scary and gory.

I love the salt and burn grave scene.
Spoiler: Those have been fewer lately with the lack of ghost episodes. And even though this episode did nothing for the overall season arc and I could care less. We can have every episode like this and I'd be just fine with that.

The flashbacks to their childhood is something I've missed. That kid really didn't look like Dean but man oh man did he nail every nuance of Dean. The brother feelings were amazing and I was left crying at the end because Dean will always choose Sammy over anything and anyone. I love that the show proves this over and over. All it took was one look out that window at his brother and his entire demeanor changed.
Spoiler:
Dean had wanted a normal life. Just like Sam. I just loved LOVED how in this episode Sam got none of the insight we got and yet still realized at the end just what had went down there, just what Dean had and gave up. And the reason for it.
Spoiler: I'm telling you these brothers are going to be the death of me.

Next Gen: Xbox One vs PS4

Zatz Not Funny! - Wed, 11/20/2013 - 07:02

The next generation gaming consoles have arrived. And, while the enclosures are more subtle this time around, it certainly appears that Sony engineers have schooled Microsoft on hardware design with the PS4 featuring a substantially more compact and elegant form… that doesn’t, yet again, require a massive power brick as the Xbox One does. However, [...]

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Bad PSU capacitors? Pics

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 23:08
Good evening, all.

Came home tonight to my original Series3 with a frozen on-screen image. Rebooted and it stuck at "Welcome, Powering up." Multiple manual restarts (unplugs) and continued to stick at the 'welcome, powering up' screen. Read the troubleshooting guide and got a very unexpected (but very welcome!) reply from Weaknees on the issue with the link to the pics of bad capacitors. Pulled off the cover and saw what (I think) look like two slightly domed capacitors. I have attached two small pics of the potentially affect caps and wanted to get an opinion if you thought these caps were bad before buying a new PSU for the TiVO.

Thanks in advance for your help. Helped me fix my two older TiVOs in the past and I really appreciate it.
Attached Images TivoS3Caps1a.jpg (67.1 KB) TivoS3Caps2a.jpg (98.3 KB)

Cox cable phone on screen display

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 22:30
We just left AT&T for Cox Cable Telephone.

If we had a Cox set-top box, incoming phone calls display on the TV.

Cox tech support tells me that's not possible with TiVo/cable cards, and essentially said it was a TiVo problem.

Anyone want to chime in on the truthiness of that statement....not that I would doubt the Cox sales/tech staff.

thanks

Former TiVo user w/questions thinking of coming back

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 22:30
Hello all, I'm a former TiVO user who switched to a Windows Media Center PC w/SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME cablecard tuner (actually, I have a 2nd one I bought still in box). So I've currently got 3 tuners active and another 3 I could easily add. I'm using this along with a couple of XBox 360's as extenders. So I've already laid out the original expenses, and it's probably dumb of me to even be thinking about switching back to TiVo, but the reasons I'm considering coming back are as follows:

1) My WMC experience is mostly great, but it's not as completely reliable as it was back in the day with TiVo. My main WMC server seems a bit flakey at times (worried a bit that the computer or hard drive might be failing), and I often turn on the TV to find that the screen is in a goofy resolution and I have to exit the WMC app and restart it. This was a bigger concern a while ago, but I've since trained my wife how to deal with this bug and she seems comfortable with the workaround now. I suspect that if I update Windows or some drivers or something I can probably fix it. Nevertheless, the theme here is that the WMC experience isn't as reliable or spouse-friendly as my old TiVo HD was.

2) Even though I have a couple of XBox 360's, I really only need to have two rooms operational. So some of the added cost of running a TiVo household is minimized a bit, and saving $20/month isn't necessarily a huge concern for me at the moment.

3) I really like the idea of the iOS functionality. We have a couple of iPads. I've been messing around for a while with Plex on my WMC box and while it does a great job of transcoding already-recorded TV shows, it doesn't support live TV and the Plex developers haven't shown any interest in this being a top priority for them. I look at this as another alternative to laying out money on a 3rd TiVo. Instead of having a 3rd TiVo in my daughter's room (which is difficult to run ethernet to, so the 3rd XBox 360 for her room doesn't get used much - it has WiFi, but full-bitrate MPEG-2 HD content is too bandwidth-heavy, so anytime she'd use it, it would be flakey).

4) I gotta admit...I miss that TiVo remote. Interestingly enough, I knew this going in and toyed around with some Windows applets which would possibly let me continue to use my TiVo remote, but they were a headache to set up and never worked flawlessly. I eventually gave up and just switched to using Harmony remotes (more money spent!) but I still miss the simplicity and layout of my old TiVo remote.

So, all that said, some questions...

a) I have a TiVo HD that I got a lifetime subscription on as part of a $99 email offer I got a while back. But it's just collecting dust. If I got a Roamio TiVo as my main unit, could I somehow utilize this older TiVo HD in my 2nd room and still transfer recordings between the two boxes, or would the TiVo HD be pretty much "disconnected" from the Roamio? FWIW, I have Comcast with no pay channels, so (AFAIK) all of my channels are flagged as copy-freely. If I can't connect the two to transfer shows, then I'd probably want to just get a TiVo Mini or entry model Roamio for the 2nd room, which then leads me to my next question...

b) What kind of money can I realistically get for that old TiVo HD w/lifetime?

c) I also have a new-in-box TiVo HD which was never activated and has no lifetime service (bought it on a whim when Blockbuster was clearancing them for $99 or something, but I could never justify paying the $13/month to activate the service, so I never opened the box). I'm guessing this is pretty much worthless to anyone else, but is there some way I can make it useful for a reasonable cost or finagle (sp?) another low-cost lifetime deal for it?

d) I'm seeing that Amazon is selling the entry-model Roamio right now for $150. This sounds like a better value proposition than buying a TiVo Mini for that 2nd room. I believe that the monthly/lifetime service for a Mini is a bit less than for this box, and the Mini is obviously smaller, but are there any other advantages to using a Mini in my 2nd room vs a basic Roamio? Along these lines...how painless is the process of transferring/streaming a show from one Roamio to another?

e) If I had a Roamio Plus (with built-in streaming capability) in one room and a basic Roamio in another, could I somehow use the Roamio Plus' streaming ability to stream (to my iPad) a show that's actually stored on the basic Roamio in the other room?

f) Just how good is the streaming picture quality (when used in your home network, as well as streaming outside of the house)? I'm very picky about PQ and I couldn't find any online reviews of the Roamio or TiVo Stream that said anything other than "the PQ was surprisingly good". I'd like something more measurable than that. FWIW (for anyone familiar with this), I've used both the AirVideo and Plex apps on my iPhone to play streamed Blu-ray movies and HD TV shows and the quality from those apps is really, really good, so I'd be expecting that level of PQ.

g) I got a "special offer" from TiVo via email offering me a new TiVo Roamio w/lifetime for $575/750/900 (depending on model), but those prices don't seem like anything special. Am I missing something? For example, it looks like I could buy a $150 TiVo Roamio from Amazon and add the lifetime for $400, for a total cost of $550.

h) For those of you who have been around for a long time (original TiVo HD or even pre-HD models) and/or have experience with Windows Media Center, how rock-solid reliable are the current TiVo Roamios? If one of the reasons for me considering switching back is because of the occasional bugginess of WMC, I'd hate to find that the current TiVo experience had similar/other annoying bugginess.

i) If I was to switch back, I'm entertaining the idea of using my old TiVo remotes (I've got a few) to control both my new TiVo Roamio and Apple TV, since the Apple TV can "learn" from any remote, and the old TiVo remotes had a hard 1/2 switch on them. What features/feel do the new TiVo remotes offer that I might regret losing out on if I did this?

FS: 2 N Wifi adaptors

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 22:24
Make a (reasonable) offer.

FS Series 3 with lifetime and 1.5T upgrade

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 22:21
The hard drive is showing signs of age (occasional stuttering, freezes and pixelization) so I'm asking only $150.

FS--Premiere XL4 with lifetime and extended warranty

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 22:17
Warranty runs until August 2015. Fifteen months old.

$500.

Will also sell without lifetime for $250.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Well - S01E08 - OAD 11/19/13

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 20:21
Like many, I haven't felt this series was really living up to its potential but IMHO this was the best episode since the pilot... in fact, I probably liked it even more than the pilot.

Lots of action, an interesting plot, sufficient character development and a not too clumsy tie-in with the movies. It was all well balanced and nicely done, so more like this please.

Scan for non-authorized channels

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 19:58
Comcast keeps adding channels in specialty packages (sports, etc). These are all things that I need an extra subscription to watch. Instead of just always adding new channels that appear when there is a lineup change, couldn't you check and see if it is an authorized channel first, and not add it if it isn't authorized.

Lacking that, how about a menu entry I could select to scan channels in the list and automatically remove any that claim to be non-authorized.

Person of Interest - The Crossing - S03E09 - 11/19/12

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 19:58
Saw that coming from too far away. Sad to see Detective Carter go but except for a big loose end, it looks like the HR story is done.

Almost Human - Skin - S01E02 - OAD 11/18/13

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 19:21
No thread yet? As much as I enjoyed the first episode, I really liked this one even more. There were some really great moments. I'm going to enjoy this series. SP is definitely secure. Benedict Android, the leg stabbing, the online dating, the balls-scanning - loved it all. Also loved the continued nods to Blade Runner (there were many), and the future tech was great: the FlashMasks (or whatever they were called), the license plate scrambler, and the DNA bomb were all very cool.

I do note, with a little apprehension, that although this was the second episode to air, and was billed as part 2 of a two part series premiere, that it appears that this was actually episode 5. Not sure if that's just a production number versus an episode number, or if FOX is airing them out of order, or what's going on...

Fall 2013 Update Problem

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:39
Ever since my two Series 4 Tivo's received the Fall Software Update on Nov. 16,they fail to connect to the network with "connection interrupted". "Test Internet Connection" works ok. My Series 3 Tivo works ok as does my Roku device. Anyone else with the same problem? Someone have a solution?

Sound hiccup when entering TiVo menu?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:11
Hi all,

Loving the Roamio and TiVo in general so far.

I noticed that when I push the TiVo button the sound briefly stops while the display changes. When I push Guide or Live TV the same things happens; however when I'm watching Live TV and I push guide it's a smooth transition. It's just going in and coming out of the TiVo menu that the sound stops for a second or two. Is there something I can do to fix this or is it just how it is? This is on a Roamio Pro.

Thanks!

Netflix ditches Webkit/HTML5. Goes native in new UI

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 15:37
Netflix's new HTML5 based UI for TiVo might have a short lifespan! :)

Netflix ditches Webkit to roll out slick new UI for smart TVs, Roku boxes and game consoles

SUMMARY: Netflix is bringing a completely revamped UI to smart TVs and connected devices – and it moved away from Webkit and HTML5 to bring the same features to less powerful devices.

Quote: Netflix rolled out a big revamp of its user interface for smart TVs and connected devices [last] Tuesday night, moving away from a grid of box shot covers towards a much more visual interface that features large still images and more details on each show or movie.

The new UI will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 as well as Roku 3 devices and newer smart TVs and Blu-ray players (2013 and 2014 models) to Netflix members worldwide in the next two weeks. Other devices, including some older Roku players, will receive the update over the coming months. There are no plans to bring the new UI to Apple TV and Xbox One.
The new native UI showed up on my Roku 3 last night and not only looks amazing but is now feature-parity with my PS3 (profiles and autoplay).
Quote: This new UI is Netflix’s biggest revamp of its TV interface thus far, in part because of a lot of the underlying plumbing. Previously, Netflix was building its TV app user interface in HTML5, which allowed the company to quickly iterate on minor changes and A/B-test various features with a subset of its subscribers.

But in order to make HTML5 work, Netflix actually shipped a stripped-down version of the Webkit browser as part of its app, which in turn meant that it had fewer resources left to add features. The result was that it had to tweak its app for each platform, and leave out some features on cheaper and less powerful devices — which is why Roku boxes for example never had access to individual profiles.

With the new UI, all of this changes. Netflix decided to ditch Webkit as a rendering engine and instead build a native platform for the most common connected device chipsets out there, circumventing the various smart TV SDKs in the process. The company even decided to develop its own voice recognition technology to make voice input consistent across platforms, and not have the Xbox implementation differ from implementations on smart TVs that come with support for voice input. Quote: Netflix started working on this new platform 18 months ago, and secretly tested it in people’s living rooms for months: The company started migrating PS3 users away from Webkit and to the new architecture with an update in the spring — but it’s unlikely anyone noticed, because the Netflix team rebuilt the old UI on top of the new platform. In addition, it tested the new user interface with several hundred thousand new subscribers on the PS3.

Netflix has traditionally tested some of its more advanced features on the PS3 first. But with the new platform, it will now bring feature-parity to all devices, and for example allow Roku users to finally use profiles and autoplay to quickly fire up a new TV show episode after ending another. http://gigaom.com/2013/11/12/netflix...game-consoles/

Are You Ready for Some Serious Blockbuster Sequels?

TiVo Blog - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 13:38
Everyone is abuzz over the release of Thor: The Dark World, and the upcoming releases of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Hunger Games: Catching Fire.   Go to theaters now to see if Thor manages to restore order across the cosmos in Thor: The Dark World. In Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, will Ron Burgundy and his team reclaim their number one spot on the first ever 24-hour news network? Their perfect hairstyles will be hitting the big screen on December 20. Hunger Games: Catching Fire will show us Continue Reading

More detailed HLS statistics

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 12:43
Today I was testing OOH downloads @ medium quality and monitoring things closely (now that OOH download pausing issue is fixed). Here's some interesting statistics:

Final stats for a 1 hour show downloaded at medium quality (source was a 720p recording from ABCHD):
File size = 648MB
Total # HLS segments: 1829

=>363KB per segment
=> ~ 2 seconds of video per segment

I was surprised to see the 2 seconds per segment number as I expected it to be higher (around 10 seconds or so). I haven't analyzed Basic and High quality downloads to see if they also adhere to the 2 seconds of video per segment rate, but will do so eventually.

Roamio Channel Limitation?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 12:25
When I mentioned to the office manager at the local Cable One office that I had a new Roamio on the way, I was told "The Roamio will only get channels 2-56 in a cable system with Digital Simulcast, which we do not yet offer in Page. We’ve just recently learned of this new development with TiVo. I was told, by a customer, that TiVo doesn’t mention this in their product description of the Roamio."

It doesn't make sense to me. They don't yet offer Digital Simulcast but the Roamio will only get 2-56 if they did?

Any idea what she was trying to tell me?

Slingbox 500 and Roamio pro? Any reason for both?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 11:28
Is there any reason to have both the sling box 500 and the roamio pro?

Thanks in advance for the insight.

Number of Simultaneous Recordings on FIOS?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 11:19
Hi,

I'm new here. About to get a Roamio Pro, but I have a quick question (apologies if it's been answered, but I couldn't find anything from searching):

I read that Cable Cos are only required to provide the same functionality on CableCards that they offer on their own equipment. So, Verizon currently only offers 2 tuner DVRs. Does this mean I'll be limited to 2 on the Roamio?

Thanks for any help/advice. I already found a great thread here on what kind of CableCard to get and I know that it must be activated AND paired to make all channels work. I'm ready to jump into TiVo!

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