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Two Roamio Pro units, both defective with front panel issues?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 12:07
I purchased a Roamio Pro directly from Tivo on 12/27/13 under the "save $100 when transferring the service from another device", working to have this upgrade a S3 that has been in service since 2006. The Roamio Pro arrived on 01/03/14 and I worked through activating it with a service transfer and then activating the S3 again to get shows pulled off of the S3 to the Roamio Pro.

Over this past weekend in the process of doing the transfers, I noticed that the blue transfer indicator light on the right section of the front panel on the Roamio Pro would not light up at any time. The green power indicator and the amber response indicator on the left side of the front panel would light up, though nothing on the right side of the front panel. Called Tivo Tech Support on 01/06/14, asked them about the transfer light not illuminating on the front panel and the tech confirmed that the light should be on when transferring the shows from another device to this unit. The tech then went to go start discussing doing an advance exchange of the unit and while on hold about that process, the call ended on Tivo's end. Not wanting to start over again with another tech support discussion, I ordered a new Roamio Pro from Amazon on 01/07/14.

The new Roamio Pro arrived on 01/09/14 and I set it up this morning (01/10/14), having called Tivo last night to move the service from the first Roamio Pro to the new unit and then temp activate the old Roamio Pro so I could pull shows from the old Pro to the new one.

After starting to transfer shows, this second Roamio Pro also didn't have the blue transfer light illuminate on the front panel like the first unit. I can't check to see if the record indicators light up since I've had issues with Charter and getting cable cards to pair up with the first Roamio and they're showing up next week to bring a tech, multiple CableCards and multiple tuning adapters with them to get the CableCard issue worked out.

I've called Tivo tech support about the second unit and they're completely baffled about the situation with both units. Since the first rep indicated that the first Pro is defective, it's not a huge leap to assume the second one is also defective.

I would think that the chances of getting two devices that are defective from two vendors that were manufactured more than a month apart is pretty much zero, especially when it's the same defect.

From every illustration I've seen on the Romaio product page (www.tivo.com/shop/roamio), the Transfer indicator is clearly shown next to to the recoding indicators.

I have both units being replaced from both Tivo and Amazon and I hope to get a working unit on Monday.

Has anyone purchased a Roamio Pro and had a non-working front panel display? Seems like an odd issue and I couldn't find anything in any searches about this being an issue.

Changing channel lineups - From antenna to cable

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 10:23
Comcast had a really good deal that makes my internet cheaper + adds TV and HBO for a year.

I have had antenna since S3 first came out. Now I am switch to a cable card on my Roamio.

My comcast is all setup and I have deleted all the SD channels. I have 15 HD channels and HBO...

Now all my season passes were on channels 2.1 5.1 now switch to 801 and 802...

Will my seasons passes update to the new channels or do I have recreate everything? thanks!

hughes series 2 sd power supply

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 09:43
I just used my last power supply. They seem to becoming harder to find these days. I cant justify paying $50 plus for a "pulled from a known working unit" off fleabay or $70 from weak site. If they were new with a revision then maybe. Does anyone know of a repair option to fix the bad ones?

Trouble Transfering Shows Recorded on Roamio to Tivo HD using Tivo Desktop

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 08:12
I'm having trouble transferring shows that I recorded on my Roamio to my Tivo HD via Tivo Desktop.

I downloaded them to my PC from the Romaio no problem with Tivo Desktop no problem. When I pull them up on the Tivo HD via Tivo Desktop I get a message saying "This recording cannot transfer because its format is HD which is incompatible with this DVR".

Anybody else run into this? I can transfer the same shows back to my Romaio and then transfer them to the Tivo HD no problem. But the Tivo HD normally isn't in the same house as the Romaio so that isn't always an option.

Vizio Smart Audio: A Jambox With Android Benefits

Zatz Not Funny! - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 07:37

In the category of products that may never come to market, but nonetheless inspired us at CES, are the Vizio Smart Audio Android boomboxes. Beyond Vizio’s sharp industrial design and decent sound (which did seem to distort at max volume), wouldn’t you prefer your Jambox-esque device ship with a display? Better, yet, how about directly [...]

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The Big Bang Theory [01/09/2014] - "The Occupation Recalibration"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 06:33
Bernadette is so fun. I knew she was going back for that comic book. She could not allow the precedent of Howard being right about something! :D
Jessie: You're back.
Bernadette: Yes I am. There are a few more things I want to say to you. Stuart's store is just fine, and he's a much nicer person than you are, and if you still have that comic I'd like to buy it right now.
Jessie: No problem. You want a latte while you wait?
Bernadette: No I don't want a latte. I want a cappuccino and a blueberry scone.
Jessie: I only have chocolate chip.
Bernadette: Well that sounds even better.

Music Choice - Brighthouse lineup now hidding

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 06:25
Every Digital subscriber with a CableCard has access to Music Choice which starts on 400-447 at least that's the way it was until about a week ago when I received a funny update showing that list as DELETED. Now here is where I yell fowl. You can physically type in 402 or any of the music stations and it will tune to an active music station. But if I go to browse my guide I jump a few hundred stations in the 600 range.

Truthfully It does not matter to me as less than 2 1/2 weeks before cable tv is deactivated. But for others this might spark concern if you liked the flashing graphics with ads.

New Roamio Show Transfer issue

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 23:03
ok, so heres my problem.

I recently bought a new Roamio Plus to replace my current Premiere box.
I activated the roamio but havent put my cable card in the box yet...Since its still in my premiere....connected it to my tv and network.

Im trying to transfer over my shows from the prem. to the Roamio but nothing seems to happen. I selected around 3-4 shows and selected transfer. They are now in the "to do" list but doesnt seem to be actually doing anything...and its been hours now.

Ive been in contact w/ Tivo Cust service and they made me unplug the tivo for 2 minutes and also clear the "to do" list / settings. Nothing seems to be working.
Is there another option to try? Ive heard I might have to open a port on my router...??
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Can't transfer from PC to TiVo S3

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 23:03
I have searched all I can but haven't found an answer to my problem. I have, however, found people that have had the same problem but fixed it by doing a re-start of the TiVo - that did not help me - so ... here goes ...

My set up is a TiVo 3 that is connected to my (Cisco) Linksys E2500 Wireless Router via Ethernet with a Windows XP PC running SP3 for XP and the free TiVo desktop version 2.8.2.

I am trying to transfer recorded shows (TiVo 3 recorded shows) from my PC to my S3. Whenever I select a show from the PC (using the S3), the blue light comes on but even though it is the first show I've selected, it says the show will transfer when other transfers are complete. No matter how long I leave it (days), the selected show will never transfer because it is held up by the "ghost transfer".

I can transfer shows from the S3 to the PC just fine. I have an auto-transfer set up for a program that records daily and by the time I get home from work, that show has transferred to the PC with no problems.

I can transfer from another TiVo on my network (an S2 connected via wireless) to my S3 with no problems as long as I haven't selected a program to transfer from my PC first. If I select a show from the S2 to transfer to the S3 by itself, it starts to transfer immediately - the "ghost transfer" does not try to start first. If the "ghost transfer" has been activated (by trying to transfer from the PC), the transfer from the S2 will not work.

It is only when I try to start a transfer from the PC does the "ghost transfer" rear it's ugly head.

I have tried:

Clearing transfers from the To Do list when the blue light is on - I can clear what I have scheduled to transfer but the blue light does not go out.

Restarting the S3 from the menu (about 5 times) - that clears the blue light but does not fix the "ghost transfer" problem. When I try to transfer from the PC, the "ghost transfer" blocks it.

Unplugging the S3 and waiting 2 hours - nets the same result as above.

Unplugging the S3 and disconnecting the Ethernet cable for several hours, powering up the TiVo, waiting several hours before connecting the Ethernet - nets the same result as above.

Unplugging the TiVo and router, then restart the router, then after 20 minutes restart the TiVo - nets the same result as above

Going through the guided setup again - does not clear the blue light and transfers remain blocked

Changing/clearing the TiVo desktop settings in every way that has been suggested on the forums (I think) - nets the same result as above.

I'm out of ideas and am hoping someone out there has experienced this and can guide to the fix.

I have attached the logs from today in hopes that will help.

Thanks in advance for your help!!

Attached Files TiVoDesktop-Logs-1.zip (46.3 KB)

Killer Women Season 1

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 21:22
I really want to love this show because I love Tricia Helfer and Marc Blucas, but "La Sicaria" did not grab me. Maybe they spent too much time trying to introduce the characters?

I'll give it another ep or two, but I sure hope it gets better.

Press Select to retune channel on TiVo Premiere 2 Tuner

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 20:27
I have one channel that I cannot get to show live TV. It gives me the following message:

"This channel is temporarily unavailable. Press SELECT to try tuning to this channel again. Please contact your cable provider for more information."

No matter how many times I've hit select it never tunes for more than a few seconds before displaying the message again. If I record on the channel, the recordings are fine except for a split second right at the beginning when there is a stuck pixelated screen with no audio then starts to play fine.

To my knowledge, and according to Cox's national tech support line, this is not an SDV channel in my area.

Cox tried re-pairing my M-Card which didn't work then suggested replacing the M-Card which still didn't fix it.

The Cox DVR I have in a different room plays the channel just fine. I've spent awhile checking other channels and none of them seem to be having this issue.

I saw some people in a Roamio thread explaining things similar but I think they were having trouble with the TA sending SDV requests, and their recordings weren't working, so I don't think it's the same issue.

Tivo Premiere Hotspot connection

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 19:34
Okay, I'll admit it. I'm new here, but I'm hoping somebody can help me out.

I own a Tivo Premier that I purchased two years ago. Due to circumstances that I'm not divulging into I no longer have my comcast ISP connection to the web. I am now using a Virgin Mobile hotspot for my web access. While this isn't an issue for my laptop, TIVO hates it.

My questions is, "If possible, How do I connect Tivo to the internet via the hotspot or linking Tivo to laptop via Cat5e to update the device."

I've heard lots of people "bridging" the connection. If somebody could help walk me through that process, that will be appreciated. I'm running win 7 home Premium. I have full 4G LTE service via the hotspot.

Classic Simpsons in syndication and on FXX

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 19:25
My local station has been playing "Classic Simpsons" episodes, starting with seasons 1 and 10. It is also supposed to be appearing on FXX. I've been enjoying watching with my kids, and my son was amazed that the logo at the end said "20th Century Fox"!

Premiere4 problems

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 19:05
I've been a long time tivo user, and had a tivo HD for years. finally the HD kicked the bucket and about 6 months ago i got a premiere4, and honestly this piece of junk is about to go into the garbage.

even with all the claimed performance fixes and updates, this thing is UNGODLY slow. the menus just wait, the remote isnt responsive, and this new 20.3.8 update certainly didnt help anything.

using it with the HD menus is still absolutely painful.

now the 20.3.8 update includes a new netflix ui, and the "play from beginning" button when you select a title is gone. Is that hidden somewhere now that i dont know about?

sorry to just get on here and whine, i am just really frustrated and this close to taking a baseball bat to this piece of crap.

is the roamio fast? like actual, real, you press a button on the remote and it does it immediately fast? I'm thinking of buying one just to get this god awful slow piece of useless garbage out of my life, but i dont want to get burned again. i feel like they should have never released the premiere.

Going to give it another try, hope Ethernet works better

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 18:58
Recently attempted to get a Roamio Pro and some Minis working properly, but they never worked well enough for me during my return window, so I gave up. I have FiOS and used MoCA to connect the Tivos, but was hampered by lost connection, V57 errors and several other issues.

This time around (Pro & 2 Minis) I'm planning to use Ethernet, though one of the Ethernet connections will be through a MoCA adapter. Should I expect better results, or will that MoCA adapter still make it a MoCA connection, for lack of a better descriptive term. I'd really like it to work out this time.

Problems sharing videos FROM iMac TO TiVo Premiere

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 18:22
I have an iMac running OSX Mavericks and a TiVo Premiere I just bought. I downloaded TiVo Desktop (the Snow Leopard and Higher version worked fine) and have been able to share Music & Photos, but tried to use Roxio's Toast 11 Titanium with TiVo Transfer and Mac2Tivo apps to share videos back and forth with my Premiere. TiVo Transfer works just fine, but Mac2Tivo to share videos FROM my Mac TO my TiVo only worked for exactly 5 minutes before the folder disappeared from the My Shows folder and hasn't showed up again since.

I've tried everything else! pyTivo, pyTivoX, Vuze...nothing ever showed up in my TiVo's My Shows list! I finally found out about TiVo Desktop's "hidden" video tab (CMD+click in preferences) that allows sharing. FINALLY something showed up, but no videos showed up. I eventually realized that I had to manually convert all videos to MPEG-2 to get them to show up for my TiVo (a pain in the butt, but a small price to pay to get sharing to work! BTW, will any other files types work, or only MPEG-2??). When I add converted files to the shared TiVo Desktop folder, Finder adds a data file that corresponds to each file. Can I edit that data file information to add an episode or movie description? Would I use TextEdit to do this? Or will editing that file corrupt the file?

Another issue I found is that once I have the files transferred to the TiVo, I delete the files from the shared folder to save space on the Mac, but I can't empty the trash. Do I have to turn off the TiVo Desktop server each and every time, or is there a way to force it to allow me to delete the files at will?

Sorry to ramble...I'm new to all of this and it drives me crazy that I can't make it work seamlessly!

Streaming and WiFi Range Extending

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 18:15
I have a second Actiontec router that I am using as a MoCA bridge, but I'm still using the WiFi to extend the range of the primary router which is in my basement. I am using the same SID and security on both but have each set to different channels. I have experienced a lot of freezing during streaming and am wondering if it is due to this range extending configuration. Thoughts?

Hulu Plus app problems

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:36
Is anyone else having any issues with the Hulu Plus app?

I find that when watching Hulu on the Roamio, I get a lot of buffering. It will stop and buffer every 15 to 20 seconds. I've even lowered the settings to the lowest SD possible and I still get it.

I have 25 Mbps cable internet, and a hardwired ethernet connection to my LAN.

There are no issues at all with Netflix playback. Just Hulu.

When I switch over to my Roku to play Hulu on that, it works just fine. It's just the Roamio Hulu app that is struggling.

Anyone else, or just me?

Slingbox options and a TiVo

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:29
I was debating on possibly getting a TiVo stream in order to be able to stream live channels from one of my Tivo Premieres to outside my home. From my understanding, this out-of-home streaming isn't real great right now though.

Another option I could do is hook up a slingbox to a unsubscribed Series 3 TiVo HD or Series 2 I have. Until I return it, I put an extra S-card in the TiVo HD. Called Comcast and paired it and it works great as a basic cable box. No real recording and/or guide data available, but it made me think I could essentially hook it up to a slingbox and get pretty good out-of-home live streaming capabilities. Anybody ever try this? I realize I would also not really be able to access ANY recordings in my network so no need to bring up this point either. Was just wondering about this scenario.

Would I maybe be better off doing this with a Series 2 (if possible) though as it could use less bandwidth for the upload (since its SD only)?

Just wondering


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