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POE placement

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 08:20
Doe's this look right as how the POE should be set?

series 3:can't install WD external storage unit

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 23:58
My unit recognizes the WD drive in 'system information' and seems to go through the expected install windows (and then restarts the unit), but the install never works. I have reformatted the WD drive with NTSF, MAC and Linux, but nothing works. Unfortunately, I cannot get any help from kickstart, because it will never start. Tivo suggested replacing external drive and/or internal drive, but I am hesitant to do so without better diagnostic information. Please help!

series 3 won't start kickstart

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 23:50
I have tried most of the links without success. My unit comes on with a steady green light which blinks once and the unit immediately goes into the 'powering up' mode. No combination of pressing the pause button will enter kickstart (including holding it down from the beginning). Occasionally I will get a very short illumination of the yellow and red lights, but no receptive state to enter a kickstart code. Appreciate any suggestions.

Streaming over cellular FIX for 7.0, Jailbroken only

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 22:07

I know that there is a workaround for this but, if you want to stream from your Roamio, over the cellular network, follow these instructions. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...8#post18578898

Just look for my post number 31 and most here will figure it out.

Some were already doing this with iPhone 4S's and IOS 6.0. Most were already using the "Download" option posted here, with which the quality came out better than streaming choppy. This is just an alternative for those who have unlimited data and want to play.

With the release of the new 7.0 Jailbreak, including the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S, the current xCon app in Cydia, does not work. You get the "Modified device" message so....

Have fun.

Stream "Precondition Failed" on Roamio Plus

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 19:56
I have a new Roamio Plus and am having some issues with getting the Stream device in the Roamio to fire up properly. When I try and set-up my iOS devices it detects the Roamio Stream on the network and gives me the options to Set-up In Home and OOH streaming but fails on Step 1 or when it hits Step 2 (hard to tell). When I go into System Information either on the app or directly to http://<Stream IP>:49152/sysinfo, it show "Precondition Failed" under Streaming State. Further under the Service tab it shows Service Level A and Service Streaming Disabled.

I have done ALL of the following things in a myriad of orders:
  • Make Service Call
  • Restart Streaming Device
  • Reboot Tivo
  • Reboot ANY/ALL Network Devices
  • Force a TiVo Service Call
  • Uninstall/Re-Install the iOS client (on multiple devices)
  • Simplify my home network to just the Roamio and my Verizon Router
  • Try installing just in Home
  • Try authorizing with the MAK and/or TiVo Account info

When I call TiVo Tech Support it is always back to could you Force a Service Call, reboot your TiVo, reboot your router... I can't even get them to listen to the errors I am seeing, just take me down the script! Frustrated beyond belief!



What to do next? Roamio plus Mini?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 18:31
I have 10 TV's all over the house. I have 3 TiVos with lifetime in a theater room and use a whole home AV distribution system that is SD with 10 RF remotes. This has been an amazing setup as I have my own TiVo, my wife her own, and the kids share the third and we can access any TiVo from any TV in the house. All TiVos are in Theater Room rack so this is only room with HD.

Problem is that wife has been complaining that family room TV is too small, but if I go big, I will need HD there also or it will look horrid.

It should be possible to move one of the HD TiVos to the family room and still keep most of the SD distribution functionality from the BOCS AV Distribution system working similarly. So this is option 1. In hindsight I should have done this long ago, but just never took the time to think it through.

I am also considering adding a Roamio to my TiVo collection to get all the streaming features and the faster interface, etc. All 4 of us have iPads, so the ability to stream our TiVo shows to iPads sounds really awesome. Does this work well? is it worth Roamio for these features? $800-$900 probably won't break the bank. This is option 2.

Finally, if I also sprung for a mini or two, I could feed the Family Room and Master HD TV's with HD content and keep the BOCS SD setup in place as is. This is most expensive, but probably least work for me. How well do the Minis actually work? This is option 3.


Is Malcolm in the Middle appropriate for 10 year olds?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 18:26
My wife and I are looking for a new show to watch with our 10-year-old twins. A lot of friends have recommended this show to me, but I've only ever seen a few episodes.

stopped connecting to youtube

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 17:52
Tivo Primiere has stopped connecting to youtube. Hardwired and gets Netflix and Amazon just fine. Reconnected and restated Tivo a couple of times but no luck?

Search function

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 17:31
Saw an ad for new show "Bitten" and did a search for it. Typed it in and while I did find it, it was several pages down the list. Even though the title is Bitten, doing a search on bitten puts a LOT of other shows above it, Like "Cujo" where Bitten is in the description.

Is there any way to restrict a search to the TITLE and ignore description, actor names, etc?

And is there any way to save search options or have them be persistent from use to use?

Search used to be a useful function on the series 3, this is almost completely useless.

Or am I missing something?

[edit: Looks like the Bitten I found isn't in the guide yet (so I'm not even sure why it was findable). The show is on the 13th so is within the 2 week window. I'd just thought that looking for a show called Bitten would be top of the list on "best match" not several pages down.]

is anyone getting a C133 this evening?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 17:06
i've had it for several hours now. suburbs of nyc.

MoCA, Charter & POEs

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 16:54
after looking around the forum i have a few questions that i figured i'd consolidate here. hopefully they are easy for the grizzled TiVo vets out there.

quick info:
- 1 TiVo Roamio Plus
- 1 TiVo Mini
- cable provided by Charter in St. Louis
- Motorola CableCard w/ Tuning Adapter

1. i just got a Roamio Plus and a TiVo Mini with the idea of streaming them via MoCA. i am reading all over the place that a POE filter is pretty much a must-have (which leads me to wonder why it's not included with the TiVo Mini when that device does come with an HDMI cable, but i digress...). first question is: where do they even sell these things?
i ended up ordering one from TiVo.com, but a trip to RadioShack resulted in nothing... as did amazon, or best buy or wal mart or monoprice. the lady at RadioShack said they probably stopped carrying them October 2013. the one entry that amazon carries says it is discontinued. a google search is bleak. one kinda shady site i found wanted $30 for one. no, i didnt check ebay because i dont have an ebay account and i dont want to mess with all that. it's 2014, this is supposed to be a major way cablecos and telcos are enabling networks in homes and yet this one little thing, that is essential, is almost impossible to find through normal channels. is this not odd?

1a. i've seen it mentioned around here that your cable company should be happy to provide you a POE filter for free as it ultimately helps them out. i called Charter to see if they offered this device. the lady, who claims she works in Cable TV tech Support, says she's never heard of a POE filter before. i had to explain to her: what "MoCA" stood for and what it was; what "POE" meant; what it did; what it attached to (coax); where it needed to be installed.
.: crickets :.
so your mileage may vary.

2. Charter provides my cable TV, internet and phone. i havent seen it mentioned here, but should i place the POE filter before the splitter that separates the TV cable from the phone line? or should i place it only before the TV cable gets split?

3. i've also seen it mentioned around here that some cable companies require you to put the POE filter on the tuning adapter itself (Cox). is this the case with Charter or am i fine with just putting the POE at the actual point of entry to my house?

4. what should the wiring diagram look like between the wall, tuning adapter and my TiVo Roamio Plus? before the Charter tech came out it was:

Wall === split === TA
.....................=== TiVo

he "fixed" it by rewiring it to be:
Wall === TA === TiVo

Youtube/Netflix DIAL no longer works for me

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 16:29
Has anyone else had the DIAL support stop working for them. I have several android devices and it worked for a good while on all my devices but now I can't get it to work with any of them. I have 2 Roamio's and it doesn't work with either. Any suggestions would be great. Didn't know if I was just doing something wrong or if there is something I need to go turn on in some menu.

Thanks in Advance

V52 error on vh1hd on fios

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 15:14

I went to tune to this channel (717 on fios) and I get a v52 error. All other channels work. When I look at diagnostics for that tuner on that channel there is a dash where signal strength should be and SNR fluctuates between 16 and 25 Db. When this tuner is on any other channel the signal strength is 94-100% and SNR is 36-40 Db. I'm kind of new to this stuff, so can anyone help me troubleshoot why one particular channel won't tune? Verizon doesn't use tuning adapters so I know it isn't that...

Edit: watching the diagnostics on this tuner/channel the modulation keeps changing between QAM 64 and 256. Other channels don't do this. Weird!

Roamio and Xfinity App

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 13:08
I just upgraded to Roamio, put the Premiere in the basement, all working great.
I have the xfinity app on my iPad, used to find on demand content and as a
guide - it now only sees the Tivo in the basement - should this app work with
the Roamio, and if so, how do I get it to recognize it?

Can't get most channels on new Tivo Roamio - no one seems to know why

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 12:03
We just got a brand new Tivo Roamio Pro for Christmas. Went through the whole process of setting up the cable card and tuning adapter and no matter what we do, we can't get any channels past 25 or so. We have called Time Warner, we have called Tivo, we have called the cable card hotline and everyone claims that what they're seeing on their end is that it "should" be working. We get a V58 message on almost every channel.

I've tried downgrading it to 4 tuners, I've restarted everything, re-run the setup of everything and I am at my wit's end!

Any other ideas? They are sending a technician out on Friday, but every time I ever get a technician from Time Warner, they have no idea what they're doing anyway...

Janu-Airing Premieres

TiVo Blog - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 12:00
The gifts don’t slow down after December 25th, because the New Year brings us January premieres! And this January, we have plenty of new and returning shows to look forward to, kicking 2014 off on a high note. Although we do have to say adieu to American Horror Story: Coven and Betrayal, we look forward to getting back Sherlock, Cougar Town and many other favorites. Here are the shows we’ve already taken the opportunity to hit record on: Community NBC (Thursday, January 2nd) – The season that almost wasn’t. Jeff and Continue Reading

Seeking advice from Roamio owners

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 11:58
I'm a current owner of a Series 3 w/lifetime and thinking of taking the plunge with Roamio. I want the extra tuners and the ability to watch content on my iPad. Currently, I transfer from and to my Tivo using pyTivoX and iTivo. If there's a conflict, I go elsewhere for the content, which is maybe a few times a month.

I love my S3. It functions flawlessly and I've been using it for 5 years now. One thing that I love about it is the front display. I like the time and the display showing what's recording.

Are there any new owners out there coming from an old platform that can give advice on whether or not your ownership and features of the Roamio has blown the old platform out of the water?

Thanks for any insight you may offer.

No Youtube on Premiere XL4

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 11:27
I can not access Youtube on my XL4 anymore. Have good connection to internet, and Netflix works. The 'one moment' icon stays up, and it never changes. I am using the SD mode, since it is hooked up to a older large screen TV. Could that have anything to do with it? Also running 20.3.8.

Also, is there a way to use the HD displays WITHOUT being in 720i or higher? It won't let me change it in the menu, due to the 720i restriction. When I was running into a problem with FIOS, at one point, it switched back to Tivo Central, and it was in the HD display mode, so it should be able to work. Ideas?

Mysterious TiVo XL4 only works further away from coax PoE

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 10:45
I've been experiencing difficulties with my TiVo XL4 and am hoping a fresh set of eyes will help me find a solution.

The problem began a few weeks ago, when I began to have problems with my TiVo XL4 on my 2nd floor. Pictures were blocky and upon checking the signal strength, I saw a reading of 70% with 38 SNR. This is excellent SNR, but a low signal strength. I have a TiVo Premiere on my 3rd floor, which has 90%+ signal strength, so the fact that the 2nd floor TiVo had worse signal strength was strange.

A Comcast technician and I ran a line directly from the point of entry into the house to the TiVo XL4 on the 2nd floor. However, the signal strength reading was still ~70%. I brought down the TiVo Premiere from my 3rd floor and plugged it in and discovered it read over 90%+ signal strength!

I now assumed the problem was either the cable cards or the tuners built into the TiVo. I swapped the cable cards between them. The 3rd floor Premiere maintained its 90%+ signal strength, while the 2nd floor XL4 lost all signal and was no longer able to connect at all (modulation for all channels which I attempted to tune to switched back and forth between QAM 64 and QAM 256). A Comcast technician returned and swapped cable cards for the XL4 but the signal never returned. At this point, I assumed a bad tuner and got TiVo to send me a replacement XL4.

The replacement XL4 arrived. I installed a cable card into it, but it showed the same problem the previous XL4 did -- switching back and forth between QAM 64 and QAM 256 and was unable to tune to any channel. I again swapped cable cards with my working TiVo Premiere and reactivated both. My TiVo Premiere works fine, the XL4 still does not. At this point, I still can't find any reason to suspect the cable cards -- the XL4 even shows the cable card as activated through the pairing page.

I attempt to connect the replacement TiVo XL4 via a direct line run by me and the Comcast technician to the basement point of entry and it is unable to tune. I also carry the TiVo down and directly plug it in to the basement point of entry, and it remains unable to tune. Finally, I decide to bring the replacement XL4 up to the 3rd floor and plug it in. Amazingly, it is able to tune to all channels. Signal strength hovers around 70%, but it can tune and there is no blockyness.

So to make a clear rundown of where the XL4 works:
  • WORKS: Connecting an Tivo XL4 to a 3rd floor coax output, behind the unity amplifier Comcast installed, which then shows 70% signal strength
  • DOESN'T WORK: Connecting the TiVo XL4 to the 2nd floor coax output, which then connects through the wall to the unity amplifier in the basement Comcast installed
  • DOESN'T WORK: Connecting the TiVo XL4 to a direct line run through the hallways to the unity amplifier in the basement Comcast installed
  • DOESN'T WORK: Connecting the TiVo XL4 DIRECTLY to the house's coax point of entry (no amplifiers, etc.)

This doesn't make sense. Connecting the TiVo XL4 to the PoE in the basement doesn't work, but connecting the TiVo XL4 to the 3rd floor bedroom works. How can this be possible?

My best guess is that the signal is too "hot" (amplitude too high) for the TiVo XL4 to work at the PoE. Bringing it all the way up to the 3rd floor, which goes through some RG59 runs, lowers the signal strength enough for the unit to be able to tune properly (although the 70% signal strength it receives there remains a mystery, as the Premiere installed in the 3rd floor gets 90%+ signal strength)

I checked my cable modem and the downstream signal level doesn't seem very high (3 dBmv), so I'm not sure how likely it is that the TiVo XL4 is actually receiving a signal too hot for it. But at the moment, too "hot" of a signal is the only thing I have to work with.

Any ideas? Thanks for reading my long post =)


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