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Seagate 320gb HDD, ST303204N1A1AS-RK

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/28/2013 - 16:32
Just bought a used HDD and I want to use it as a backup to my 1tb HDD that is in my Tivo HD.

The seller said it was already formatted. Do I have to do anything before using WinMFS?

Do I need to access WinMFS and run "Delete Format" on the new, used HDD I just bought?

Lost cable signal

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/28/2013 - 15:38
I have a Roamio connected to Time Warner cable using a multi-stream cable card and a Cisco tuning card. This is the second time while traveling that after a few days Tivo looses the cable signal and no longer is able to record a show. I can see and communicate with Tivo and can stream shows that have been recorded before the signal loss. This happens whether I am home or away and is fixed by rebooting the Tivo. My suggestion to Tivo is to make a reboot available on or off site via a remote command to the Tivo unit. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. This has been a issue with other Tivo models but is really a problem with the streaming ability with its new generation.

Is it worth it?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/28/2013 - 14:18
I am new to this forum, and have read many horror stories, on many different sites, related to getting a CableCard activated, and want to know if the people that respond, think that the trouble and frustration was worth it.
I am currently a Comcast customer and do not have DVR service through them. I have the Xfinity HD triple play package. I have been thinking about adding DVR service for some time, then started hearing the ads on local radio about the TiVo Roamio, how easy it is to use and how much better it is than cable. But the stories regarding CableCards got me to thinking that switching to TiVo may not be such a good idea.
I know that, ultimately, the decision is mine to make, but I would appreciate your input.

Used price dropped

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/28/2013 - 14:12
Looking at ebay Sold Listings, is it fair to say that a dual tuner Premiere is worth less than $300?

Goodbye Premiere forum

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/28/2013 - 13:42
You treated me well. But now that i am fully upgraded to Roamio/Minis i no longer need you. Hope you treat the others good here...

(sorry guys.had to post...hated going to multiple forums )


TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/28/2013 - 12:47
IGNORE - didn't know this was in the Roamio forum, needlessly duplicate post


Great deal on a Tivo Roamio base model.

Best Buy offers the Roamio for $199 with a $50 gift card. They are also offering a $15 gift card for any purchase over $100.

BUT WAIT - they will price match Amazon @ $149, and they will still give you the $65 in Gift Cards, for a net price <$100.

(And you can then buy a second one, and use the gift cards from the first one to help pay for it, get another price match and another $65 set of gift cards).

I made this happen twice in the last two days in Austin, Texas...

Can't stream with Standalone stream from new Roamio Basic to Ipad

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/28/2013 - 11:13
I've had the standalone stream for a few months and used it a bunch to stream and download from my good old premier. for Xmas i got a Roamio and moved the premier to another room (wireless). Now I can't seem to stream from the Roamio to my Ipad ( I can get it to download for offline viewing and I can stream from the premier, though since it's on wifi only, it sucks for that)

I've restarted the Roamio, restarted the Stream and re-ran setup in the ipad app....am I missing something?

What is the difference between Tivo and Windows Media Center?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/28/2013 - 11:10
It's been a couple years since we've had one of these threads and the tech seems to have advanced a little bit.

I can't find much detailed information about Windows Media Center but here's what I've gathered:

1) You can buy a 6-tuner Cable Card / Tuning Adapter adapter for PCs now. Meanwhile Tivo Roamio also now supports 6 tuners.

2) Windows Media Center doesn't seem to charge for TV guide data-- is this true? It seems to get a 14-day feed just like Tivo.

3) Does Windows Media Center support Tivo-like Season Passes?

4) Roamio has new features for streaming Internet sources which probably has caught up to WMC and it's various plug-ins.

So-- in your opinion, what is the advantage of Tivo over WMC these days?

TiVo Mini setup - Cannot update software

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/28/2013 - 09:58

My first post, so please be gentle.

I purchased a TiVo Mini from Amazon for use with my TiVo Roamio Basic using Ethernet.

I am unable to get past the guided setup on the mini. It tries to update the software, but then just returns to guided setup. I do not believe the software update succeeds, because the software version shown using the Info button does not change and is not the latest version. No network error when going through guided setup.

Talked with TiVo support, and they said I should just return the mini. (I already paid lifetime when activating it!) My TiVo account shows the mini is activated. The Roamio works fine.

Anyone seen this before or have an idea how to resolve? I would rather not have to return it.


Suddenly getting "Could not get account status" on S3.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/28/2013 - 07:23
I didn't change anything on my system since it was last working. However, our network is always a little wonky so once in awhile it loses the DHCP server (or whatever that is) and I did have that error first...but a reset of the router and modem usually fixes it...which it did in this instance, too--except now I'm getting the "Could not get account status" error instead.

I've NEVER seen this error on this unit (an S3) before so I'm at a loss. I checked my System Info and it still says Lifetime so nothing on the box info went stupid. My other Lifetimed Tivos on the same network (connected via Moca) are working fine. The problematic S3 is using a Tivo adapter. The only other data point is this unit is on a timer for the tuning adapter issue, but I have been manually attempting connections during off times.

I'm pretty clueless about this stuff since my husband usually deals with it...but he's deployed. I know enough to reboot/reset and whatnot, but anything more than the basics are beyond me (like I pinged ping tivo.com from my laptop and it worked fine--0% loss) unless you can walk me through it like a 5yo (like messing with the Airport Extreme).

I was going to call Tivo, but from googling, it appears they just tell you to reboot stuff - and I've done that multiple times.


One more service withdrawn for AU/NZ

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/28/2013 - 06:05

hello - I was just surfing, & found this article in the TIVO FAQS.

It is regarding the Home Networking Package & TiVo Desktop Plus Key, & suggests that this / these facilities are being removed from TIVO in NZ & australia. (no neww customers can purchase or obtain this facility).

Quote: This item is only available for purchase until 31 December 2013, and activations for this product will close on 31 March 2013. I'm guessing the activation part ends in MARCH 2014 (not 2013 as stated)

Tivo Premiere XL4 DVD Recorder with PRODUCT LIFETIME SERVICE!!!!!!!!!!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/27/2013 - 21:03
I also have an extended warranty purchased for this device that lasts until April 2nd, 2016


Will I lose all My Book AV Expander Tivo HD Shows moving to Romio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/27/2013 - 20:51
I have a Tivo HD and I'm considering upgrading to a basic Roamio (I have an HD antenna so I don't have another option). However, although I believe that my 1TB My Book AV DVR Expander is apparently supported does anyone know (or have experience) whether I'll lose all my recordings when I make the switch?

"The Americans" S2 premiere date set...

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:25
Feb. 26 marks the start of S2 on FX...

And, according to that article, the two lead stars are apparently now involved with each other...

Roamio, TWC and the Adapter - not playing nice

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/27/2013 - 15:39
I cannot be the ONLY person on planet Earth...but here goes.

Upgraded to Roamio. Attached adapter (Motorola - firmware updated yadayada) and I get the SDV channels. Then...I leave a SDV channel on a tuner (either taping while I am out or just leave it on before bed) and I wake up and "Tuning Adapter Missing) and the adapter is blinking. Third adapter btw. So basically the adapter keeps failing and the tivo sees the adapter is missing so it stops everything and no longer records - it just stays on the missing screen until I tune back into the SDV channel and the adapter re-sets. I can be watching an SDV channel and the same thing happens - the missing adapter error pops up and I lose all SDV signals (and the adapter is blinking).

I realize that the SDV channel times out -- but that shouldn't crash the adapter. I just wish an angel would hear my cry for help. Because TWC does NOT understand my problem and TIVO suggested I give up.

TWC blames Tivo. Tivo blames TWC. I have loved Tivo my whole life but the end is near. Please tell me I am NOT alone. It would make the pain easier.

Alert: Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost and Found, 12/28

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/27/2013 - 15:03
This is a retrospective of SNL in the '80's. I saw it last time it was on and it was very interesting. If you remember, the '80's were a big transition time for SNL. The old cast was replaced and the show was at risk of cancellation. Eventually, it found its footing and went on to be a success once again. If you're a fan of the show, don't miss this.

12/28, VH1, Listing for: Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost and Found

Series 3 audio dropouts

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/27/2013 - 15:02
Hi all,

I'm a new customer of TWC using dual cable cards on my Series 3 HD.

I've been troubled by audio dropouts from day one. I've read a number of threads that blame this on the Series 3's inability to handle a hot signal. Many of my channels read 100/36 db, and they definitely show huge numbers of uncorrected RS errors when this is the case.

Using the wisdom of the masses, I tried to fix this problem by dropping in some attenuation. This really did help quite a bit. My audio dropouts have nearly disappeared, but in order to make that problem go away, I sometimes drive the signal down low enough so that I lose channels completely, or get frequent pixelation errors.

I don't want to fight this problem forever, so I opened a case with Tivo support, suggesting that I would be happy to buy a new box without this problem if they were willing to transfer my lifetime service.

Of course, they were not willing to do so, and blamed the problem on TWC.

So I'm not sure what to do about all this. But it raises a number of questions.

1) Tivo support guy says "Whereas the signal does seem good (100 is a bit too high),". Is 100 really too high? Can a cable signal be too high, and if so, how does one actually verify this?

2) Tivo support guy says "those RS values should be as close to 0 as possible. With that type of feedback, it looks like there may be too much noise on the line". Yes, I know those values should be close to 0. Is this a symptom of the Tivo Series 3 HD problem with hot signals? How can I tell if there is actually noise on the line? Can TWC test this? Can I test it somehow?

3) Tivo support guy says "or quite possibly an issue with the CableCARD". I see basically the identical behavior on both Cable Cards. It doesn't seem likely that there is a problem with both cards. Any way to test this?

I don't mind sitting in the middle of a finger-pointing war between TWC and Tivo, if there is some way to drive it to conclusion. But I am afraid right now I don't have that possibility. If I get TWC to make a service call, I think they are just going to come out and say everything is good, and that my problems are all related to Tivo. If I do have a service call, I need to know what to do to get useful data out of it.

Has Tivo ever actually admitted that this problem exists? If not, is it a real problem, or just an urban legend?

One final note: Changing the settings for dolby output/PCM output has no effect on the problem.

- Mark

MLB.TV Not Supported on Roamio!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:42
I recently decided to bite the bullet and upgrade from a practically new Premiere 4 to a Roamio Plus. Today I thought I'd watch an archived baseball game using the MLB.TV app. It didn't work. Well, after 2 calls to TiVo and one to MLB.TV I found out that MLB.TV is not supported on the Roamio (even though it is listed as a video provider in settings/channels). It is supported on the Premieres but not the Roamios! I just can't believe that I spent the money on the Roamio and lost some functionality. The second TiVo rep I spoke to told me she would submit a feature request to have this added but could give me no assurances that this would happen any time soon. If there are any other baseball fans out there, please call TiVo and request that they add MLB.TV functionality to the Roamio line.

OTA 101 - Can I use rabbit ears for the Roamio? Or do I need an HD antenna?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:26
Hooking up my Roamio shortly, and plan on using just the OTA (no cable). Can I just hook up a spare set of rabbit ears to it? Or do I need a HD antenna?

Roamio Plus, Mini, and MoCa

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/27/2013 - 12:16
Hey all --- was a loyal Tivo user ten years ago, but left when I went HDTV. Defended Comcast's service and hardware for years online, finally gave up on the hardware and got my Roamio Plus and three Minis last night.

Roamio Plus box is in my family room, directly above my wired/wireless router in my LL. Tried to connect via Moca to the internet with no luck, wireless worked fine. Setup was smooth, put the first Mini in my BR, connected the coax and got nada for over an hour. No connection.

Thought I might be investing in some powerline adapters, but now think I may just need to wait and see if the Mini eventually sees the Roamio? FYI, had a Comcast Multi-room in the fam room previously, it was connected to the internet and it connected to a satellite box in my BR just fine. Also --- have a guestroom with no coax connection, possible to use powerline ethernet in that room and MoCa everywhere else? Roamio seems to only do one type of connection at a time...

Wait to see if the MoCa connection in my BR takes? Sorry if this has already been talked to death, I've looked and not quite seen this scenario, my knowledge of networking is at least ten years out of date.



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