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Roamio, Xfinity on Demand, and Caller ID display

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 10/24/2013 - 08:31
Just looked at the Roamio for the first time yesterday, at Best Buy, discovered that Xfinity on Demand support via these TiVo DVRs is now available in my market.

My understanding is that the same "2-way" communication that enables this is what makes Comcast cable boxes capable of posting Caller ID information to the TV screen when calls come in.

Any idea whether the Caller ID on the TV happens with an "Xfinity on Demand" capable Roamio?

I read a few ancient threads in the help forums that talked about placing an external caller ID box between the phone jack and the TV as a way of implementing this, but they also mentioned that doing so blacks out the TV screen while the phone info is being displayed, and that the phone info shows up on any recordings made using that approach.

I didn't bother to ask the "Geek" at Best Buy once he told me that
1. He'd never heard of expander drives
2. Even if they existed, he was certain that they didn't work with Roamios
3. He appeared incredulous when a customer who overheard my question pointed out that the Roamio DOES have an eSATA port for exactly this purpose, AND that the basic drive in the Roamio can easily be swapped for a larger one in order to avoid the foibles of expander drives anyway (the Geek was clueless on each of those points).

Survivor - Blood vs Water : OAD 10-23-2013

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 10/24/2013 - 07:49
Color me happy that Brad is gone. When I saw the challenge had a balance beam + puzzle I figured Laura was a shoe-in for the win. Of course, the puzzle itself wasn't very puzzling, but she killed them on the balance beam so it didn't matter. What the heck was that little bit of poetry from Brad? Sail hard?

I can't believe the mistake Tina and Laura made with the basket. That just makes no sense at all. We know the teams are given a LOT of briefing about how the challenge works that we never see, but they looked completely baffled as they came out of the water. It was nice that they came back to make a contest of it, but they really deserved to lose that one.

And Cat, what the hell was she thinking? She talked herself right out of the game. They never learn.

It's a fun season!

Roam Free, Baby - TiVo Begins Out-of-Home Streaming Service

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 10/24/2013 - 07:23
Roam Free, Baby!

Out-of-Home Streaming for TiVo Roamio(TM) Users Delivers Live and Recorded Content via Wi-Fi Anywhere, Anytime

First Set-Top-Box for Cable Subscribers That Enables Out-of-Home Streaming; Makes Cable an Even Better Experience for TV Lovers

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/24/13 -- TiVo Inc., a leader in advanced television services and the creator of digital video recorders (DVRs), announced today the launch of out-of-home streaming on the TiVo Roamio Pro and TiVo Roamio Plus DVRs, letting you stream and download your live TV and recorded content to your smartphones and tablets from anywhere.

"Until now, your shows have been locked up in your set top box at home," said Jim Denney, Vice President of Product Marketing at TiVo. "Now with a TiVo Roamio DVR, whether it's a hotel in Denmark, the waiting room at the dentist office, when you're stuck at the airport, or at the gym, out-of-home streaming gives you the level of choice, control and freedom that consumers have come to expect from TiVo."

TiVo Roamio combines the functionality of a DVR, Apple TV, Roku and Slingbox and even with all of those devices in your entertainment center you still wouldn't have access to everything a Roamio can do for you. Cable provides a phenomenal experience and TiVo Roamio makes it even better by extending it anywhere and making it stickier benefiting both cable subscribers and operators.

While doing what other cable set-top-boxes don't do: combine all the best of linear TV with all the best over-the-top content, TV lovers now have the ability to roam free and both control and consume from out of the home through a mobile device. The new TiVo mobile experience includes full mobility and control:

-- Out-of-home & in-home streaming: watch your live or recorded shows remotely anywhere you have Wi-Fi
-- Out-of-home and in-home downloading: download your content to enjoy anywhere so that low bandwidth or lack of a Wi-Fi connection never slows you down
-- What to Watch Now: no matter where you are, TiVo's second screen dashboard provides instantaneous personalized recommendations the
second you pull up your TiVo app
-- Remote scheduling: view the programming guide, manage recordings or set a Season Pass any time -- no matter where you are
-- Mobile Search & discovery: figure out what's on whether you're in the office or a hotel and enjoy the same browsing tools you have with your TiVo at home (including the TiVo editorial Collections and show, cast and actor information)

"The TiVo Roamio has reset the bar for what a DVR can do," said Colin Dixon, Chief Analyst and Founder of nScreenMedia. "Making all that functionality and content available anywhere will allow users to get more value from the content they already pay for, cementing TiVo as the market-leading personal TV solution."

The TiVo Roamio DVR Series includes three models: TiVo Roamio ($199.99), TiVo Roamio Plus ($399.99) and TiVo Roamio Pro ($599.99). Roamio features four or six tuners and unprecedented storage (ranging from 75 hours to 450 hours of HD content) ensuring you will never miss a show again and have plenty of space for all the shows and movies you need at your fingertips.

All subscribers with a TiVo Roamio Pro and TiVo Roamio Plus will automatically receive the out-of-home streaming feature via an automatic software and mobile app update starting today. Base-model TiVo Roamio requires separate TiVo Stream to enable out-of-home streaming (and support for out-of-home streaming for existing users with a TiVo Stream is scheduled for next month). Support for streaming over 4G/LTE and to Android devices is scheduled for 2014.

Out-of-home streaming requires an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch device running iOS 5.1 or higher, and only supports streaming to one of your mobile devices at a time. Due to the copy protection assigned by the content provider, not all content can be downloaded to your mobile device for offline viewing, and not all content can be streamed when you are away from your local network. Visit tivo.com for additional terms and restrictions that apply.

Out Of Home Streaming Released - Roamio Plus, Pro Only

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 10/24/2013 - 07:01
It seems Tivo Updated the IOS app to work out of home but only if you have a Roamio Plus or Pro. An article claims only when on a wifi network for now.

No word on the if the stand alone stream will get OOH.

TiVo Roamio Remote Viewing Has Arrived!

Zatz Not Funny! - Thu, 10/24/2013 - 04:58

As you can see above, TiVo has flipped the switch on remote access — allowing Roamio Pro and Plus units to stream both live and recorded content or download recordings for offline viewing. Of course, this functionality is only available to iPad and iPhone owners with Android support expected in 2014 (with no word on [...]

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Cool feature I just discovered with the IPAD app. You may already know this, but in..

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 21:40
While I realized that the IPAD app could stream from my TIVO Roamio, I had assumed it worked like a slingbox: I would stream whatever was viewing on my TIVO. However, tonight I discovered that what I am streaming on my IPAD is not the same show as what is on my TIVO. Basically, this means that my fiance and I can watch two shows off of the TIVO (or live!) at once. Or I can watch two live NFL games at once on Sunday (one on the TIVO and one my IPAD). Maybe others already knew about this feature, but that's pretty sweet!

TiVo HD DVR - No Video Output

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 19:11
I have a TiVo HD DVR TCD658000 which was working fine awhile ago; now, though, it no longer generates video output.

When I power up the unit, the green power light comes on and the hard drive/drive fan starts. However, no video output is generated; the attached TV screen is black. There's no post/startup at all - just a black screen.

Also, when I push the format button on the front of the unit, no format indicating lights light up; finally, when I use the TiVO remote, none of the lights flash on the front screen.

I'd like to know what might be wrong with my TiVO and whether or not it's worthwhile fixing. The TiVO has a lifetime subscription.

In case it matters, I used to have a hard drive expander attached to this unit - currently no hard drive expander is attached. I'm pretty sure that this isn't related but I thought I'd mention it.

Thanks in advance for your help.

CBS Colorized I Love Lucy Christmas Special

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 17:23

Quote: On Tuesday, the network announced it would air "The I Love Lucy Christmas Special," made up of back-to-back colorized episodes of the beloved show, on December 20. http://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/tv-news/fa...172809256.html

Blackfish on CNN 10-24-2013

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 17:11
Just a quick note...
CNN is playing Blackfish on Thursday, October 24th at 9 Eastern, but I also see it at 6PM Pacific. There is an Anderson Cooper 30 min special following, but does not seem to be in the guide yet!

Slingbox 500 Now Streams… In Reverse (Blockbuster VOD)

Zatz Not Funny! - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 17:09

Alluded to since launch, the Slingbox 500 ($300) has expanded its HDMI-output capabilities by introducing what we hope is the first of many apps. While historically Sling’s core competency has been beaming our home content outwards, this notable reversal pipes Internet content into the home… by way of Blockbuster On Demand. Blockbuster’s streaming service is equivalent to [...]

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Tivo/bell satellite/slingbox connections and Slingbox

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 16:39

Can anyone help me set up my TIVO series 2 to work with my Bell ExpressVU satellite receiver and Slingbox. Where is the IR located on the TIVO? Is there a diagram that shows all cable/rca/ir/slingbox connections to the TV



DVR Expander will not power on -- fixable?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 16:17
Have Tivo HD with a 500gig My DVR Expander. I tell you I am not impressed with the quality of this thing. WD does not make quality.

Anyways, after a couple years of service (noisy service) the thing will not turn on now. Tivo itself is fine, but if I can't use the Expander I lose all the shows waiting for me when I reformat Tivo.

Anyone know why the Expander won't power up? Any fixes?

Will Gigabit Ethernet Speed Up Mini Channel Presentation?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 15:18
When I tune to a new channel via my Mini, it tunes but takes several seconds. Right now I've got a 10/100 switch handling wired Ethernet tasks. If I implement a gigabit switch will that speed up the Mini?



Screensaver on Mini?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 15:17
When I pause a program on my Mini, it pauses but a screensaver never appears regardless of how long it sits. How can I enable a screensaver to come on when a program is paused for "X" minutes, or there's no remote control activity for "X" minutes? This was an integrated feature of the DirecTV HR22. Is this an integrated feature on the Roamio? I haven't viewed programming from the Roamio yet...



Will my 1or2 slide switch remote work with Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:39
Can I use this remote with the Roamio, right now I have 2 premiere's side by side and use one remote to control both. I'm thinking of replacing one of the premiere's with a Roamio. I am OTA only.

A Solution to Roamio Plus & Pro Poor IR Sensitivity

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:27
The Roamio's IR sensitivity can be returned to the level we experienced with the Premiere & prior models by adding the TiVo IR Adapter option. Since I already had both a Tuning Adapter and a Slide Remote, I also had to add a USB Hub from TiVo's approved list (use the Premiere list).

With the Adapter simply attached with the velcro provided to the top cover at the front right the results are excellent, and my universal remote can now be pointed well away from the TiVo and still communicate. It's a shame we have to pay extra for what should be standard.

Sons of Anarchy - 10/22/13 - "Sweet and Vaded"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 13:59
Tara is really working the long con. I had suspected the pregnancy results were faked.

Adienne Barbeau!! It's been a long time since Swamp Thing.

frontline - hunting the nightmare bacteria (se32e5 oad 10/22/2013) [spoilers]

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 13:21
the nih outbreak story was new to me. i also found the comments on why drug companies are reluctant to develop new antibiotics revealing.

unlike cholesterol or cancer drugs which will work the same 30 years from now as they do today, antibiotics are prescribed for brief use, become less effective with each use, and doctors prescribe them sparingly to prolong their life until eventual obsolescence.

this makes antibiotics less profitable than other drugs, a much lower return on a pharmaceutical company's investment, creating less incentive for new research and development. a scary thought with several new "super bugs" that resist all current treatments also documented in the report.

is this an example of a free market failure? should government attempt to prompt research and development of new antibiotics?

Aereo app finally arrives on Android, Wheres Stream support for Android

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 12:26
Wheres TIVO Stream support for ANDROID. STREAM is older than dirt compared to AEREO and their long delayed ANDROID APP is now out. When are we getting ANDROID support for TIVO Stream. I'll get a STREAM, I want a STREAM yet alias until there is ANDROID support I'm not dropping that dime.


V53 errors on OTA channels with base Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 10:54
I'm having problems viewing over-the-air channels on my new base model Roamio. When I try to view a channel using live TV, I sometimes get a blank screen and a V53 error. I live close to Boston, all of the channels have transmitters a few miles away and I have no trouble tuning them in directly using my TV. The odd thing is that when I look at the channel's signal strength bar graph, the strength always starts out low and increases until the channel is received. I can then exit and now watch live tv.

Obviously this is an impractical way to change stations, and I'm puzzled as to the cause. I though one tuner might not be working well, so I have tried simultaneously recording on 4 different channels to see if one didn't succeed, but in a couple of trials all 4 were recorded okay.

I'm thinking of just returning the DVR, but before I do that I wondered if there's anything else I should do to understand and possibly workaround the problem.


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