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Anthology TV episode... any ideas?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:36
It's time once again to put TCF to the test.

A coworker and I were talking about tv shows, and he came up with one I hadn't heard of. He said its name was something like Oddity, Oddities, or Odyssey, and aired in the early to mid 80s, specifically when Amazing Stories was on the air.

He also gave a description of a particular episode: a surgeon had been researching head transplants, perfected it on animal subjects, but needed human volunteers. As luck would have it, his wife was cheating on him, so he trapped the wife and her lover somehow. He didn't kill them, but instead drugged them both, and surgically swapped their heads. The wife had the lover's body and vice versa.

So... what was this? Googling is finding all sorts of nifty stuff (like an old episode of Monsters which wasn't it).

Thanks. :)


The Blacklist S01E11 The Good Samaritan (No. 106)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:32
I didn't see a thread on this. I thought it was a very good episode, fun hour of TV. Two story arcs, both interesting and rewarding.

I can't remember if we've seen that guy that Red plastic bagged before or not.

How wrong is it that I was kinda hoping they would show up to the house too late or catch him with the killing blow on that wife beating somnabeach!

Spader has been in some stuff where I didn't think his scene chewing fit in, but in this role, as we've said before, it's just about perfect.

Roamio supports multi-channel AAC?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:23
I generally re-encode movies for my TiVo into H264+AC3, but would like to use H264+AAC so all my devices can play it back. Does the Roamio correctly support multi-channel AAC? I know the Premiere didn't, but I'm hoping they've improved that functionality with the Roamio.

Tivo HD 652160 spontaneous reboots

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:53
My Tivo 652160 reboots on its own maybe every 4-5 hours (maybe more, maybe less because I do not have the TV on all day). Everything will be fine and then it abruptly goes to a black screen for 1-2 seconds and then reboots going through the entire boot sequence. Once finished, I can watch TV until its next recycle.

Occasionally (maybe once a week), the screen will be frozen when I first turn the TV on. The Tivo will be unresponsive to the remote control but it will reboot just fine if I unplug the power cord and then plug it back in.

Upon reading posts here, I first replaced the hard drive and no change. Then I noticed that one of the caps had a domed top so I replaced it. No change. So next I have replaced all 9 caps located near the heat sinks. No change.

I have run the Western Digital Diagnostics on the hard drive(s) in both Quick and Extended modes and both show no errors.

Can someone offer some advice on what I should look for next? This is an HD model with a lifetime sub and I would like to save it.

Streaming from R.Pro to ipad to TV?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:22
Hello, I can stream to my ipad just fine in home. The quality really suchs OOH though, just 2 bars. Question 1, Is there a way to improve the OOH quality?

Question 2, when I try to play the stream through my ipad to my TV via the Apple Lightning HDMI adapter I get a "mirroring not allowed" type of message. Am I doing something wrong?

Thanks, Mike (62 in Seattle) :confused:

TiVo Mini --- Sleep Mode???

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:54
Just picked up a Tivo Mini over the weekend and all is working well so far.
First off, I’m getting some conflicting information as to the “sleep mode”. I’ve heard the unit goes to “sleep” somewhere between 10 minutes and 4 hours of “non use”. I’m trying to better understand the behavior I can expect. How does the Unit know when the TV is turned off?

Secondly, if I walk away from the TiVo Mini while watching a live and turn the TV off, what will happen to the borrowed tuner on the Host DVR? If it “needs” the Tuner to record something, will it use it?

Thanks for your help.

lost tuner to inaccessible channel

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:26
I accidentally entered a channel that doesn't exist on one of my tuners (tuner 4 I believe). By doesn't exist, I mean a channel like 80028 that is not part of the comcast lineup and not a channel that exists but I don't have a subscription.

I can no longer change the channel on that tuner. Every time I try it changes the channel on a different tuner. I tried to work around this by recording something on all 5 other tuners, switching to the tuner that is tuned to the inaccessible channel and then trying to change the channel. No luck, I get a message that it has to stop recording on the last tuner I used to change channels. Is there any way to get around this without rebooting the roamio?

I'll note the only reason I am reluctant to reboot the roamio is that I usually get a C133 error every time I reboot that lasts for a couple days. Plus I was currently at 5+ working tuners (the 6th tuner only works for some channels and I have it tuned to a channel I frequently watch).

Amazon Preps “New Product Bigger Than Kindle”

Zatz Not Funny! - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:23

Via The Digital Reader, we learn that Amazon continues to schmooze talent in the Boston region. The next Lab 126 event can be found here, with more interesting language attached to a December mixer: We are working on a revolutionary V1 product that will allow us to deliver Digital Media to our customers in new [...]

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Looking for shows with A.I. characters

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:28
I'm doing a panel at a Science Fiction convention in February (Farpoint in Baltimore if anyone is interested).

It's on Artificial Intelligence in TV.

I wanted to talk about Almost Human and maybe add Intelligence in there, but they want to make it a more general panel and include other shows. Now it's up to me to come up with those.

Any others that come to mind?

OperaTVApp Request Plea to @Radionomy

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 09:05
@Radionomy Would love to see @winamp @SHOUTcastRadio come to life on #OperaTvStore. Would give a world wide audience. #lkld #tivocommunity

VZ FiOS different commercials?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:25
Verizon plays different commercials depending upon if you use their STB vs using a TiVO. I found that on the VZ STB when a "local" commercial came on I had something totally different being played on the TiVO tuned to the same channel.

Not sure which commercial I prefer, the local one of the generic one that seems to be repeated every 15 minutes or so.


parental control - refuse to play recording on unlocked channel

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:19
TiVo premiere 20.3.8-01-2-746

I want my son to be able to view Australian Open, but TiVo's parental control disagrees.

In parental control, I made sure that the channel (ESPN2HD 735) is unlocked, I also set "unrated" to "allowed" for both TV and movie.

TiVo still refuses to playback recording (previously recorded, not live), gives "Channel is locked" error. (see attached jpg)

Any ideas? Thanks!
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Is my Premier dying?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:04
I have owned Tivo's since '99 and am probably responsible for hundreds of units sold over the years. Right now, I own a Premier and an HD. The HD is solid, though I've never been happy about the half baked ui that was abandoned when the Premier premiered ;).

The Premier? I'm not nearly as happy about that one! From early on, it developed the bug where it "forgets" progress on shows watched while recording. Something particularly frustrating when watching football. I've found a work around and programmed it into my remote, but it isn't elegant nor did it ever happen on any previous Tivo I've owned. Even with improvements, the interface has never been better than balky and slow.
Even after so many different models owned, my experience here prevents me from upgrading to a Romio.

Recently, I've been experiencing strange scheduling issues with the Premier too, that is that some shows that are manually scheduled via a wishlist and confirmed simply disappear from the upcoming list with no explanation. This never happened in my previous 14 yrs of Tivo ownership (well maybe the 12 or so since there's been a upcoming list).

The new disturbing thing is often when I finish and delete a show, I'm left with a black screen instead of a menu, though the preview window plays live TV. Most times I can switch the preview to full screen and then hit menu to return function, but at least twice I've had to reboot to get access to the menu's again. I'm clueless on how to address this issue and fearful that it's indicative that the end may be near. I replaced the stock drive with a larger one early on, could these symptoms be a sign of a failing drive? I've replaced the drive in every Tivo I've owned and am familiar with the stutters and stopples of a failing drive in an older S1 and S2, but this is very very different.

True Detectives on HBO

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:38
Anyone seen this yet? Stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as two detectives in Louisiana. The first episode reminded me a bit of Hannibal. It's pretty dark but is also well done, IMHO. Definitely worth checking out if you haven't seen it.

Google To Acquire Nest (for truckloads of cash)

Zatz Not Funny! - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:33

Earlier than expected and for a sum that cannot be calculated rationally, Google has entered into an arrangement to purchase Nest for 3.2 billion in cash. Which totals more than two Instagrams and two Flips… combined. While Nest has grown rapidly, now exceeding 200 employees with healthy buzz and presumably solid sales (which the company does not disclose), [...]

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My Configuration (MoCA, TA, POE, Roamio Pro, Mini)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:28
One of the main advantages of my new TiVo equipment is that is provides a whole house solution via the coaxial cable without requiring me to re-wire to my home with Cat 6 ethernet cable. So, having TiVo Mini's connected over coax via Roamio Pro's built-in MoCA network is of great value to me. However, there were no configuration diagrams for how to connect this (mainstream?) configuration. Also, there were no instructions as to how to connect a Tuning Adaptor coexisting with a MoCA network. An additional (2-GHz rated) splitter is required. If you use a 1-GHz splitter your signal levels could be severely attenuated (it will depend on the characteristics of the splitter).

Here's my working configuration (see attached pdf ... a picture is worth a thousand words). I hope this helps you get your set up working in less time than it took me! You may have a different configuration, so you may need to alter to fit your specific situation.

My configuration includes the following elements:
Cable Feed with MoCA POE filter
Cable Modem for internet
TiVo Roamio Pro configured to provide MoCA network over coax
TiVo Mini connected via a MoCA network over coax
Tuning Adaptor (TA)
One 2-way (1 GHz) splitter for CATV and cable modem
One 2-way (2 GHz) splitter (connects TA, Roamio, and Mini's via coax)
One 3-way (2 GHz) splitter for up to 3 Mini's via coax MoCA network
An additional MoCA POE filter to optimize MoCA network

My configuration has the following benefits:

1) Provides highest signal strength and SNR to CATV signals and Cable Internet Modem.

2) Isolates and optimizes MoCA network. If there are issues with your cable provider, this isolation makes trouble shooting (and potential finger pointing) much easier.
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Hulu Plus Issues Tivo Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:21
Hello...When going to Hulu Plus on my Roamio Plus, "Browse Movies" or Browse TV", I get 0 results in the menu. 0 TV shows, Episodes etc. In Movies the only result I get is "Trailers". The rest of the Hulu app works fine. Search, Queue, etc... I just get 0 results in TV and Movies, except for trailers in the movies I do get results.

My Roku 3 has a different app than Tivo and works fine. I do get results in those menu's on my Roku.

Have been back and forth with Hulu and Tivo support on this issue. Is anyone else getting the same results in the Hulu app?


How I Met Your Mother - OAD 01/13/2014 - Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 06:37
This was such a random episode in the middle of the wedding episodes, and I actually enjoyed the break.

It got a few chuckles out of me, including the slapping tree and the slow 10-15 minute death of 'The Calligrapher' as he would say a last line and then have nothing to do for the next 14 minutes.

And we still have 1 more slap to go. Nice.

The Boyz II Men cameo was a little weird though, but I did like Jason's introduction "Ladies and gentlemen, Boyz II Men" as if he were on a variety show.

24 Returns!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 05:45


Edit: Oops. Already a thread. Nevermind.

Australia Home Networking Package discontinued

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 04:16
The problem I have is: I need to download some shows from TIVO to Mac. I have Roxio Toast II but no Home Networking Package. The HNP is no longer available and can't be purchased here (TIVO's and TIVO software are no longer sold in Australia) - which means I have no MAK. What are my options?


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