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TiVo Roamio Pro with Lifetime for $699.99

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 10:23
I was recently given the opportunity to buy a Roamio for $699.99 with lifetime which was delivered and set up a few days ago.

I'm now selling Premiere and Stream with the hopes of paying for my new Roamio.

http://ebay.com/itm/321298323965 (Premiere XL4 with Lifetime)
http://ebay.com/itm/321294672163 (Stream)

I was given 3 codes and have so far only used one for the Roamio, but given I already have 2 mini's I doubt I'll need them. The codes are similar to those I have read about before (employee/retail discount) which seem to allow you to buy as many 4 minis at the lower price

TiVo Roamio DVR
$149.99 + $9.99/mo. service, 1-year commitment required
$499.99 (includes one-time service payment)
TiVo Roamio Plus DVR
$299.99 + $9.99/mo. service, 1-year commitment required
$599.99 (includes one-time service payment)
TiVo Roamio Pro DVR
$399.99 + $9.99/mo. service, 1-year commitment required
$699.99 (includes one-time service payment)
TiVo Mini
$49.99 + $5.99/mo. service, 1-year commitment required
$174.00 (includes one-time service payment)
TiVo Stream

By my calculations the Pro is the best choice as the Plus + harddrive option break even with the discount and I'd rather have the warranty intact (still $29.99 for 3-years)

So if you bought a Roamio Pro and 4 minis with lifetime from Tivo you would normally pay

Pro - $599.99
Service - $499.99
4 x Mini with lifetime (@249.98) - $999.92
Total = $2099.90 + Tax

With the code I used you would save $703.91

Pro - $399.99
Service - $300.00
4 x Mini with lifetime (@174.00) - $696.00
Total = $1395.99 + Tax

Even shopping around you save $473.91

Pro - $523.95 (amazon)
Service - $399.99 (existing user discount)
4 x mini with lifettime (@86 + 149.99) - $943.96
Total = $1867.90 + Tax

Right now I'm thinking I may give these codes to some family who have expressed an interest, but if there is legitimate interest here I may auction them off. I'm reluctant to put them on eBay as I don't think the average eBay buyer understands the value.

If anyone has a suggestion of how best to use them please feel free to comment. Obviously I don't want a hundred posts all saying "I'll take them off your hands" as I have family already lined up in that spot.

CES 2014: Oh, The Miles

Zatz Not Funny! - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 08:40

While I mostly classify activity trackers as novelties, with limited actionable intelligence, CES the absolute best place to put them through their paces (ha, punny). With my buddies Brad Linder of Liliputing and Kevin Tofel of GigaOm each stepping up to the plate. Kevin sports a Fitbit Force wristband and Brad rolls with a Withings Pulse puck – so the [...]

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The Following Season 2 Premiere question

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 08:17
I just noticed on my TiVo that The Following Season 2 is premiering on Sunday the 19th at 10:30 with a 90 minute episode called Resurrection.

It returns to its regular Monday night slot on the 27th at 9 pm, but they are re-running the first episode at 8 and there - it's only 60 minutes.

Surely this can't be an additional 30 minutes of commercials on the 18th. Can it?
Or is this just a Sunday Night football thing?

Sherlock-Streaming from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 06:23
I watched "Unlocking Sherlock" on PBS the other night and it got me interested in the show. I looked and it was available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon streaming.

I watched the first Episode and loved it. I did some research and there seems to be only 3 episodes per season and the episodes are 1.5 to 2 hours long. I'm thinking I want to see the 3rd season so I was hoping it was on PBS. I found it on Masterpiece Mystery!. But it says "Sherlock, Series III: The empty (Sea 6 Ep14). Season 6? 14 episodes. I set it to record but not sure if I'm getting season 3 of Sherlock or not.

Saving a Tivo disk

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 00:28
Hi, I have an SD-DVR40 Series 2 Tivo. Never had a problem with the Tivo receiver until today. Came home from work and I noticed that the Tivo was stuck on a particular frame of the temporary 30 window.

I thought it was because perhaps the Pause button was clicked. But it wasn't. Playing Play did nothing. Pressing the DirecTV button did nothing. Tried the buttons on the box, rather than using the remote. Nothing.

So I rebooted it. When it came up, it got stuck at the "Welcome Powering Up..." stage. Left it for 30 minutes, nothing.

I rebooted it again, and again, stuck at "Welcome Powering Up...." stage.

So I took apart the box and checked the disk. I have an MFSLive 4.1 disk and I booted up a PC from that. Trying to see if there's a problem with the boot partition of the disk.

I have two questions:

1) Is there any tools/SW on MFSLive that allows me to check and fix bad superblock sectors? FSCK is disabled on MFSLive. And pdisk is limited. It only showed all the partitions but did not display anything that said that the disk had a bad sector

2) I can live with a bad disk. I have spare Western Digital PATA drives. MFSLive has the dd_rescue tool that allows me to copy the contents of the original disk to a new disk. My question is, if I was to copy to a new disk, does the new disk have to be baked with InstantCake first? Or can I copy to it in virgin form?


Series 2 with lifetime?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 23:47
I have a single tuner series 2 Tivo with lifetime that I haven't used in years but have moved more than once. I'm moving again, and it's time for it to go.

I am using it for MSD, but that's it. Doesn't look like it's worth much, so might just take it to the electronics recycler.

One question is this: I like my Tivo HD, but I'm tired for paying for it. I made the mistake of being month to month on it this whole time which is my fault, but I don't really think it's worth the $12/mo any more, given how much streaming you can buy for the same amount.

Is there anyway that I could get tivo to roll my life time from my s2 to this old Tivo HD? Or if I bought a new tivo, would there be any opportunity to add a cheap lifetime to it given my long time loyalty?

Remote Sending RF and IR Signals

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 22:58
My roamio is tucked away and needs an RF signal to operate. My remote MOSTLY send RF signals (green light on top of remote) but every once in awhile will send an IR signal (red light at top of remote) which doesn't work for my setup. I have to push the buttons a few times then all of a sudden it switches back to RF. Has anyone else experienced this? I went thru the pairing process and thought it was RF only. Is there a way to turn off IR altogether?

Need to upgrade original storage got some questions please help!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 22:05
Got the 500GB Roamio 3+ months ago and I only record things in standard definition but I almost run out of room. Just curious if I remove the original HDD, put a new HDD then maybe 6 months from now I wanted to view an old show again on the original HDD, can I take out the replacement HDD, put back the original and the shows will be there to watch again? Also which HDDs would you guys recommend? I want at least a 3TB drive that is on sale/good price right now. And is there a video on other instructions on how to take the HDD out? Thanks!

Hart of Dixie Season 3

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 20:45
Any still watching besides me? Season 2 thread only had 8 posts, so not expecting much traffic, but thought I'd give it a shot.

I am not liking Joel at all. I want Zoe and Wade back together.

Still liking Levon and Annabeth. Can't stand George, so don't care who he is with...actually, I'd like for him to move out of town.

Really glad Brick took Zoe back and they've dropped the friction between them. I do wish there was more focus on the Doctor story lines and less on the dating stuff.

And more Rose story lines. She is just too cute!

Shows restart after a few minutes with back to back recordings

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 20:37
Noticed something wierd with my new Roamio tonight.

I record Pawn Stars with a season pass. At 8:00, I changed the channel to 175 to watch the show. The first two minutes or so played, then all of a sudden the screen froze for a second and the show started again at the beginning of the episode. Once it played through to the point where it restarted, the picture freezes and pixelates for a second then plays normally. The first time I thought it was a fluke, but it happened again at 8:30P.

Anyone see this before or know what I can do to resolve?

Realistic limit for Moca

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 20:33
Since Charter is heading to 100% digital, I need to either get a Mini for the garage and have sports available or get a Ruko3 and just have streaming.

With the Mini it's $100 + monthly (or $$$/lifetime). I have a coax homerun out there, but it's 75' long. Do I have an expectation of using Moca with that distance ??? I'm leaning this way, but I don't want to find out that Moca wont work and have to install the cat5.

With Ruko it's $100 but I'd have to run cat5 from the tv to my switch out there. Since I'm running one, I just as well run 3 to future proof. It's not going to be any harder but I have obstacles to go through and a patch panel to mount no matter how many I run. Conduit would be nice except I only have an inch to go between the heat duct and ceiling.

Any thoughts ....

Under the Gunn S1 all-season thread spoilers to date

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 20:32
Lifetime's new show Under the Gunn starts tonight.

From the teasers, it seems to be a cross between Project Runway and The Taste.

Former Project Runway designers Anya Ayoung-Chee, Mondo Guerra, and Nick Verreos get to see if they have what it takes to be a mentor like Tim Gunn.

One of the judges is Zanna Roberts Rassi from PR All-Stars.

Quote: With a new Emmy® Award in hand, Tim Gunn takes the reigns as host of Lifetime's new fashion competition series, "Under the Gunn," premiering January 16, 2014, at 9pm ET/PT. America's favorite mentor, Tim passes the torch to "Project Runway" alumni Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos, who have shown their prowess on the runway as contestants, but now must prove they have the vision and business savvy to mentor and manage a fashion empire with 15 new up-and-coming designers under their watch. Each mentor will have a team of designers they must manage, coach, cheerlead and, when necessary, knock down with tough love in order to lead them to runway success. This new crop of designers will face the critiques of designer Rachel Roy, celebrity stylist Jen Rade, creator of some of the most iconic red carpet looks in Hollywood, and TV fashion correspondent and Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi.

In the first two episodes of "Under the Gunn," Spoiler: Tim will present a race-around-the-clock challenge to the fashion hopefuls as Mondo, Anya and Nick measure the skill level of the contestants and duke it out to determine which four designers will land on their teams. In the subsequent episodes, Tim will present new challenges that will test the mentors' ability to bring out the best in their designers as they guide them through the competition. While the designers are whittled down during the season, only the most talented and creative individuals will survive to compete in the finale, where one designer—and one mentor—will be deemed the winners of "Under the Gunn." A request: can the first person to post about a new episode put the episode title and Air date in the post title or at the top of their post? Thanks!

P.S. yes, I spoilered the press release's description of the challenges in episodes one and two above because -- as I write this -- episode one hasn't finished airing on the East Coast yet, and hasn't aired in my time zone at all.

About to get Verizon Fios Triple play with a Roamio Plus. Any tips?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 19:13
So I currently have DirectTV and DirectTVs DVR and then Time Warner for Internet and Phone.

I plan to take advantage of Verizon FIOS Triple Play FIOS and get a Roamio Plus Tivo and take advantage of the Verizon Triple play special running out on January 18th 2014.

From the boards I see that I need to watch out for Verizon not getting me the $300 Visa Prepaid Card that comes with the Triple Play bundle, but other than that it seems I should be good.

I want to keep my current phone number, which by preliminary going thru order process it appears the number can be used.

It appears that getting the cable card to work isn't as bad as apparently it is with Time Warner it seems from the boards (wow, saw a lot of horror stories with Time Warner).

So my plan is:

1. Go online and order the Verizon Triple play (take screen shots along the way showing all the credits etc, especially the $300 Prepaid Card if charges are not what I expected).
2. Get a Roamio Tivo Plus from Best Buy.
3. Wait for Verizon to do the install with the Cable Card and Tivo.
4. Cancel my Time Warner account.
5. Cancel my DirectTV (may wait a little to watch or transfer what I have recorded).

Am I missing anything I should watch out for.

Search across xfinity on demand with TiVo iPhone app

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 19:08
I recently upgraded my iPhone app and now do not have the ability to search across xfinitiny on demand and Hulu. Previously when I used to use the search option it would allow me to chose xfinitiny on demand shows and allowed me to watch them

Anyone have any idea how to get this feature turned on??


Transfer Tivo shows back to new Tivo from PC??

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 17:58
Before my 6 year old Tivo died, I had transferred to my PC thru my Tivo Desktop several movies. I just ordered a new Roamio which will arrive tomorrow. Is there any way for me to transfer these shows back into my new Roamio?
If not I really want to burn these shows (unavailable on DVD) onto a DVD. I have 2 questions regarding this:
1) Do the files have to be re-formatted into another file type in order to burn them to a DVD using software?
2) If anyone cam recommend a simple not-to-expensive software program that will convert the files (if needed), allow me to edit out commercials, etc., and then burn these saved Tivo files onto a DVD I would be most greatful. I'm software challenged so I can't do anything too technical. THANKS. I've been using Tivo now for over 12 years and ma just on my 3rd unit.

Free Trial

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 17:31
Finally bit the bullet and purchase a Roamio my 1st Tivo box. Are they no longer doing a free trial?

Was considering going the lifetime sub way but want to make sure its what I want 1st.


D-Link To Challenge Belkin WeMo With Wi-Fi Smartplug

Zatz Not Funny! - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 16:21

As alluded, the connected home category is primed to explode. And, based on this FCC filing, the next entrant will be D-Link – who’ll be adding an $80 “WiFi Smart Plug” to their existing stable of IP cameras. The DSP-W215 mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug is a multi-purpose, compact, and easy-to-use device that allows you to [...]

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I did it. What next?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 15:08
I just got home with my 5 lb 6 oz baby roamio pro. I have just hooked it up and it's loading all the info.

I bought it today (1/16/14) from Best Buy. They were nice enough to match the $100 off the box AND I got the $50 gift card. I wanted to buy from Best Buy because if something was wrong I can just go right back to the store which isn't too far from me instead of having to ship things back and forth. I also used the $50 gift card to buy the 4 yr geek squad extended warranty. Some will say that's unnecessary but I just wanted a little extra piece of mind. If I'm already spending all this upfront money, what's just a little more. I also ordered the slide pro remote from tivo because I wanted a good backlit remote.

I still have to get the cable card from TWC socal but once I do... what's next?

Are there any tips and tricks you can share with me? All the nice little remote control tricks to switch between tuners and things like that? Anything that I should be on the look out for.

Thanks in advance!

Help Deciding on Tivo's-Premier, Romeo, Mini....HD?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 14:54
Hello, I am switching providers to Xfinity and would like to do away with the cable boxes all together. I had Frontier Fios and used my Tivo HD (on a monthly plan) with a cable card in one room. I have been a Tivo user for many years.

I would like to use a Tivo as my main cable box and take advantage of Xfnity's on demand services. I also stream Netflix, Amazon Prime and am considering Hulu. I may end up eventually being a cord cutter, but the streaming services are not there yet.

I like the idea of the Mini being able to stream to other TV's in the house, including live TV. For me that could potentially up to three or four other TV's.

From what I understand the Premier XL4 can work with Xfinity On Demand (it is active in the Portland, OR area) as well as the Mini's and it has built in MOCA.

I know that Romeo has the built in MOCA and Stream and 2 more tuners. Does the Mini still use one of the tuners to stream TV or has that gone away?

The Premier XL4's are one a pretty good special right now through Tivo Shop, so that is appealing. Finally, would my old HD be any good at keeping around? I am kind of confused as to whether I can use that to stream from either the Romeo or XL4. I know it won't do live TV streaming.


random channel problems

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 13:21
I have a bedroom in our basement that had a TiVo HD (TCD652160) that started having problems tuning in channels. It would happen randomly, not all the time and different channels at different periods would just not "lock in" and be viewable. I thought it was the TIVo itself. Then, I read some posts here and thought maybe the cable card's firmware needed to be updated.

I pursued this, but Comcast informed me there was no "firmware update" to be done for my cable cards. I thought it was simply bad Comcast service and moved on. A few weeks later, I got a refurb 2-tuner premiere and stuck it in this room thinking the problem would be solved. Nope, same exact problem; random channel loss.

Therefore, I figured since it happened to both Tivos, there had to be a problem with the cable line. This has been confirmed even more as the TiVo HD was moved into the basement rec room and now there are no problems at all with it. It tunes in EVERY station fine.

While the TiVo HD was in this room, I ran a channel signal test. Was getting in the 90s on ALL channels. Same thing with the Premiere. What is even weird though is that if the channel wasn't tuning in at that moment, it would then tune in once I ran the signal strength test on it.

My other various TiVos (premieres and a Series 3 -OLED) work fine in other areas of the house too. Any ideas/theories on what may be going on here & in this one room?


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