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Retro TV

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 16:04
Is Retro going out of business? It is gone in Orlando replaced by live well, about only thing I watched was Offbeat Cinema but had some good shows.

Treat your customers better

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 16:01
$149 to replace a two-year old Premiere that failed is a lousy deal. I purchased to lifetime subscription so I can't give that up. I should at least be allowed to upgrade the unit and keep the subscription. Plus you want a $99 deposit until you get the unit returned. My 13 year old Bose system recently failed and they gave me a new system at about half price and trusted me to return the old unit. You should treat your long time customers more like Bose.

roamio and mini not on the same network?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 13:49
I just added a mini and use moca to connect it. I can connect to the tivo service, my internet connection test says working correctly. I can even see my shows in the list, but they all have red circles w/ slashes through them. I see the roamio icon at the top of my shows.

When I attempt to watch them, it says that my mini and the roamio aren't on the same network. I can't watch live tv either.

I have powered down all the boxes including, moca adapters and routers.

If anyone could shed some light on my problem, I'd really appreciate it.

Thank you

Most reliable and lowest-impact network setup for new Roamio + Mini + old Premier

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 12:26
I have a new Roamio Pro and Mini on the way. I am migrating from the basic Premiere, upgraded to 2TB.

I am looking to connect and configure things on my network in the most effective way, with an emphasis on reliability, of course, and nearly as important, not clogging up my main network.

My home network is configured with two wireless routers and a large gigabit switch distributing throughout the house. Specifically, I have an Asus RT-56U (running Padavan firmware) setup as the main router, with a D-LINK DGS-1016D gigabit switch feeding most of the wired connections in the house, and an Asus RT-N16 (running Tomato firmware) which sees minimal use, but gets somewhat better coverage with external antennas (all the hardware is in the basement). Finally, there is an Asus GX-D1081 gigabit switch with the main home theater.

Gigabit drops are available at all locations, and if desirable, I can use a straight dedicated run of coax from the Pro to the Mini without much trouble.

I understand that the Roamio Pro can behave as a MoCA bridge, and that the Mini can connect natively via MoCA as well.

My first question is whether that is the best way to go long-term with the Mini? Or am I better off sticking with the available ethernet?

My second question is how to connect the Premier, most likely short-term, to do the program transfer, with the least impact to my overall network performance? I don't think that MoCA is an option, unless I got a separate adapter.

Not being a network guru, the ideas that come to mind are segmenting the two routers, running separate subnets and/or VLANs, etc. I presume somebody has given more thought to things like this than I, and maybe tried multiple options.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Where is Tivo Desktop Plus

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 11:44
I want to transfer all programming from an XL to new Roamio, then retire the XL. Tivo has instructions for accomplishing this task, one program at a time, which I guess would take ages. So I decided to try to transfer programming from the XL to my PC. I downloaded and installed Tivo Desktop 2.8.3. Even though Desktop AccessControl window shows my DVR "DVR-5686", I cannot see where any DVR programming is listed in Desktop.
If I run troubleshooting, here is what is generated:
General Information: TiVo Desktop 2.8.412.370 is installed for United States; Windows Firewall is on and is set up for use with TiVo Desktop.
TiVo Server: The following TiVo DVRs should be able view the content shared by TiVo Desktop. DVR-5686 748001190255686.
Perhaps I needed a license for Desktop Pro to display DVR programming. So I purchased a license. But I can't see where to enter the Pro license number! Tech Support tells me it's in the Help drop down menu, but I can't see it. One entry suggested using Regedit to insert the key. So I entered my key as ASCII text into: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\TiVo\Desktop\PlusUpgradeLicenseKe y.
Still no happiness. Anyone got any suggestions how/where to enter Desktop Pro license key? Or any got any experience transferring programs between Tivo machines. WOW THEY MAKE THIS SOOOOO DIFFICULT.
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No matter what we do, TiVo PRO will not connect to router

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 11:33
We've been working on this for nearly 5 hours. I give up. TiVo tech support can't solve the problem.

Thank You!!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 11:31
Wanted to thank everyone for their help with my Roamio purchase. This forum helped with with my antenna choice, lifetime service decision, saved $100 (PLSR), programed the slide pro to work with my receiver, etc.

I am loving my new Roamio!

Advanced MOCA networking and frequency configuration

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 11:24
What is the benefit or purpose of changing the frequency of a Moca adapter?

I have Moca working in my house and it's great but as a data networking geek, (I configure and maintain enterprise IP networks in my day job) I have started thinking about more uses for my home network and how I can achieve higher performance by using extra Moca adapters with multiple Moca to ethernet bridges but I do not have much experience in advanced Moca networking (yet). There are rooms in my house that I would like to extend my network into which until Moca I have had to use wireless as I'm unable to run cat5 to.

Right now I'm using an older Verizon FiOS router to act as a MOCA ethernet bridge with actiontec Moca adapters on the other side to connect my TiVo's (I don't have version fios but rather picked up the router off eBay very cheap , in the Verizon router and the advanced configuration utility for the actiontec adapters, I have the option to configure the frequency on the physical coax connections which made me start thinking...

What I trying to describe is if I configure one pair of Moca interfaces to use one frequency and another pair to use another, the two pairs of adapters won't see each other which in turn would allow for a full dedicated bandwidth for each pair, is this correct? If they all adapters share a common frequency then they must also share a common bandwidth, correct?

For example, I configure pair #A to use channel 1 with one adapter bridging into my ethernet network and the other one connects to a TiVo. Pair #B with configured to use channel 5 with one adapter bridging again into my ethernet network and the other adapter connects to let's say a NAS. With using separate frequencies on the same physical common cable, then I have created two separate Moca networks that won't compete with each other for bandwidth, as in my example I want the full bandwidth for my NAS, is my thinking correct?

Anyone else doing anything like this?

Setup questions from potential new user

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 09:58
I am considering the purchase of a Roamio basic. I live in a condo that has coax outlets in each room (2 bedrooms/living room/kitchen) all on one floor. I currently have Comcast for TV & Internet w/WIFI in the Living Room only and a TV in the Master Bedroom that is fed by an antenna for OTA channels only. I plan on canceling the Comcast TV and keeping the Comcast internet service but downgrading it to the 20mb offering. Here is how I want to set it up using Tivo:

Master Bedroom - Install the Roamio to the antenna (in) with a coax cable, connect the Roamio (out) to a moca network adapter using coax, connect the adapter to the wall outlet using coax, connect the Roamio to the TV using an HDMI cable. (As I said I live in a condo and I am very limited as to where I can put the antenna, and also am not able to add/run new wiring. The Master is the only room that I am able to put an antenna in that works well and is aesthetically pleasing).

Living Room - Connect a Tivo Mini to the router with ethernet cable, connect the Mini to the wall outlet using coax, connect the mini to the TV with HDMI.

2nd Bedroom - Connect the TV to a moca network adapter using coax, connect the adapter to the wall outlet using coax. (The TV in this room is used a few times a year when guests visit for a while. There is no need to pay Tivo fees to receive the functionality of the DVR. Over the air channels are fine for this location but currently theere is no way to get a wire from my main antenna to this location and I would have to buy an indoor antenna to make it work otherwise. I'm not sure the indoor antenna would work either)

Thanks for bearing with me, here are my questions:

1. Overall does this set-up look OK, any suggestions.
2. Will the Tivo Mini in the Living Room act as the internet connection to the home MoCA network the way I laid it out or do I need to put a Network Adapter and/or splitters into the mix.
3. Do you think I will be satisfied with the performance/functionality of the Mini since it will be connected to the TV that is used most of the time by far.
4. Will the TV in the 2nd bedroom receive OTA channels from the antnna in this configuration? Would it work without a moca network adapter? Any other suggestions for this room.

Thanks again for your patience and any suggestions you have.

Netflix Audio Question

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 09:07
I have a question about audio (surround sound) from Netflix on my Roamio Basic.

Netflix uses Digital Dolby Plus for surround sound. I have an older AVR with no HDMI inputs and it doesn't support DD+.

Does the Roamio "transcode" DD+ from Netflix to legacy DD5.1 on its optical digital audio (Toslink) output? If it can, are there any special settings I need to be aware of?

I already use the optical output for all recorded content as my TV doesn't decode DD5.1 from its HDMI inputs, only its own tuner.

Default channel tuning

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 08:52
I'd be really interested in seeing a default set of channels that either upon reboot your Tivo tunes into or that the user can set to tune to on a daily basis.
Most would see this as frivolous but here is why I'd like it.
If I could tell Tivo on a daily basis to tune to all of my local channels then when I get home around 5:15 if no tuner was required for recording, then I could switch to a local channel and still have 30 minutes of the news.

I notice that when I reboot, all tuners become set to one channel (not sure if this was the last channel I viewed, etc.). It'd be nice to have a set of channels to auto tune to (if not in use) for a reboot.

Why am I only seeing 5 channels on info screen?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 08:31
When I press the info button and use the down arrow to display the tuners, I only see 5 tuners. Shouldn't I see six?
If the info screen is up and I press Live TV, I am only cycling through 5 channels. I haven't changed anything since I set my Roamio up last month.

Is my pretty new Roamio defective?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 03:20

So, my new Roamio pro arrived early this afternoon. I was able to hook it up to my tv, moved the cable from the HD to the Roamio, and did guided setup. It started a software update, so I went out for an hour or so to run an errand. It seemed to be done when I got back, but no channels, including broadcast.

So I installed the cable card that I got from Comcast earlier in the week, and dutifully called comcast to pair it. The agent was very helpful and told me she was sending a signal. She also told me it would take about 30 minutes. When I left it was at "Please wait ... Acquiring Channel Information" Loading showed 50%

I had plans for the evening, so left both the TIVO and the TV on and went out. I came back about 4 hours later, and it was at the same point. Comcast of course is now closed.

For grins, I looked at the my shows and noticed it can see my other two Tivo's. So, I decided to start transferring shows (although it has since occurred to me that since I have enough inputs on the tv to just add the Roamio I might as well watch from the old tivos, and just move all the recordings to the new one). About 15-30 minutes in, I get error 133 but the message says temporary. Googling around, I see that sometimes a reboot fixes. I reboot.

It's still acquiring channels. The downloading continued, but about 15-20 later, another 133. Rebooted again, and it seemed to finish transferring 3 shows, but the last fail was a 30 minute one.

Does this sound like a problem with the Roamio? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

Are some Roamio Pro reboots normal?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 02:28
I checked my uptime and it was approximately 60 hours. Are there reboots for the Roamio that are expected and normal?

Duplicate simultaneous recordings on the same channel with Roamio Pro

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 02:25
Occasionally my Roamio Pro will initiate 2 recording simultaneously of the same program on the same channel. 1 recording will be listed in My To Do list with the correct name and look completely normal. The 2nd recording will have a generic name that lists the channel but lacks any other guide data.

It seems to affect programs where I have a season pass enabled but I'm not certain.

Value of Tivo HD new in (unopened) box w/Lifetime?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 01:59
I have kind of a weird situation (but a good one, I believe).

I have two Tivo HDs that have literally never been opened. New in (unopened) box, they've been sitting in a closet for 3+ years. They came from Blockbuster's sale. Worst case, I was planning on using them for parts. As fate would have it, as part of a (much) bigger purchase (Roamios/Minis) I was able to talk Tivo into discounting lifetime on them - my argument was they're older boxes that otherwise won't generate any revenue. I'm sure it helped the argument that I hadn't yet spent anything but was willing to drop a bunch on Roamios & Minis if they did so.

Here's my question(s): What is each one worth? (I know, what someone will pay for them.) Looking mostly for ballpark estimates. I don't want to open & upgrade them unless absolutely necessary, as some people will prefer the notion of a shiny new unused TIVO, even if it's not the latest model. Worst case, I'll upgrade them & sell to someone who wants the expanded storage - even then I'd try to leverage the fact they haven't been opened & wait to do the upgrade until an agreement's in place.

The other question would be what's the best avenue for selling them? I'd rather sell locally & avoid shipping if possible. The catch is that people on Craigslist are flaky & often don't know what they're getting, they just know they want a lower price.

One more thing & this is a longshot, but I'll ask: If they're still in the 30-day money back guarantee window, is there a creative way to transfer the lifetime from one of the boxes to something like a base Roamio?

Roamio basic and 2 minis install with OTA antenna questions

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 23:04
I currently have Comcast's X1 service (cable, phone, internet) and being a "mature" (read old) student, it's time to cut back on expenses. My wife's company has a contract with TiVo so she gets a pretty sweet equipment discount as well as a small service discount. I want to use the basic Roamio with a pair of TiVo minis along with a Mohu amplified antenna that I picked up yesterday that seems to be pulling in channels fairly well.

So in researching the installation of this equipment I'm a bit confused as to what I do and don't need to make everything work. In the living room the Roamio will be connected to the antenna as well as to the Comcast internet through the router via an ethernet connection. The confusion comes in where I try to figure out exactly how the Roamio communicates with the two Minis. Can anyone help me understand exactly how this should be connected together? The diagrams on the TiVo website haven't really helped me too much.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Mini Remote Controlling Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 21:16
I just got a mini today after getting a roamio a couple weeks ago. Both are in the same room connected to different tvs. I have changed the remote code on both the mini (code 3) and roamio (code 9) and the mini remote continues to control the roamio. Any ideas as to why its doing that?

HDR212 Modem

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 20:42
what does the Modem do when it dies i can't get it to connect at all i hear it dial but it says failed can't connect or not answering


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