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Need feedback on newest DTV Tivo Units

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 10/08/2013 - 00:09
So I'm in the market for new service and after a few years away from DTV I'm considering them again; however, probably the only reason I would go with them again is that they are once again in league with TiVo.

My only concern is that as they have been trying to market their own (use to be $#!ttier receivers) for years now, they purposely use substandard components for their TiVo units.

I'm speaking specifically about the new TiVo® HD DVR vs. their Genie offering.

Forget the size difference in the drives, what I'm most concerned with is:

1. Number of tuners for simultaneous recording

2. Interface...Is it the true TiVo interface from the HR250/SD-DVR40 days or some mashup of TiVo/Cable stuff like they tried to do on those cable boxes a few years back?

3. Is it fast enough to be useful?

4. Same old features or does it have some of the newer features on the standalone TiVo units?


Just for good measure, anyone that has the Genie chime in and let me know if it's worth it...

Thanks,
Mike

Hello Ladies - Full Season 1 Thread

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 23:08
Anyone else watching this GREAT show? I was skeptical of Stephen Merchant pulling off a show without Ricky Gervais, but this is terrific.

Newbie HD Upgrade question for Premier 4

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 18:20
Y'all - thank you for fielding this.
I realize there is ton's written about HD upgrades.
(That's actually the problem - way too much to wade through, and I want to make sure I'm doing this right.)

THE SCOOP:
About the pull the trigger on Tivo's current sale for a factory-renewed TiVo Premiere 4.
I'd like to upgrade to a 2TB drive straight away.
I do not need to save anything from my existing Tivo. <<<
Fine to start from scratch.

NEW HD SETUP:
I've heard legend that you can swap in the new HD, and Tivo takes care of the rest automatically (eg, formats the drive and sets it up for use.)

(I've also seen deeply involved articles/videos of needing to do a lot of manual setup to the new HD using a PC, boot disks, etc.)

HELP:
Can someone confirm what I need to do here?
(Please help! Sale ends in a couple hours!)

Top Chef - New Orleans - season thread (spoilers)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 17:30
So Top Chef has returned. Yay for not having the competition to get the coats, although it looks like there was some sort of sous chef competition or something, as Padma said that a few of them had immunity.

First challenge off the bat was an elimination challenge. No big surprise since there were so many of them. Nice to see that some people who didn't make it last season got a second chance at making it back in.

You'd expect that the chefs would be aware that they'd have the opportunity to cook frog legs, alligator, and turtle (although turtle not so much). Those are definitely foods that are region specific and you'd have to know that that would happen. Now, how often do you come across those foods elsewhere? Probably not as much. But if you have time to prepare, I'd imagine that you'd try and prepare regional items, including crayfish. Those are probably going to show up at some point.

As far as the new contestants - much will be made of the "good looking chef dude". They're already portraying him as the ego. Of course this means that he will make it through at least half of the season, or we'll lose some of our manufactured drama. :) We also have "Pretty chef girl in short shorts and flip flops in the kitchen". That's going to get on people's nerves as well. She will probably make it halfway as well. :p

How to extract a portion of show

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 15:38
We have a number of shows that I only want to save 5 minutes or so.
Mainly segments of animal shows my daughter wants to keep.

What is an easy way to extract just the segment of a show I want to keep?

I loaded kmttg on computer, but couldn't figure out the best way to do it.

bdog

Ncis 10/01/13 - Spoilers

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 14:52
I'm sorry but Ziva's reason for leaving was ridulously lame. And she "loves" Tony??? Give me a break! He may have a heart of gold, but he stands for everything she hates in a man. They managed to turn a strong character into a sniveling mess. Id rather they'd killed her off like Kate.

If my husband didn't still like this show, I'd be canceling the Season Pass after that absurd storyline.

Cheryl

Roamio Fails To Take Remote Commands

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 13:37
I have had an issue I have not seen here before. My Roamio just decided it wouldn't accept remote commands. I use a Harmony and thought it might be that so I dug up the OEM remote and it still wouldn't accept a command. None. I think I pushed all of the buttons. After a reboot everything went back to normal and has worked fine for the last day or so.

Is this common? This is my first Tivo so I am not sure if this happens a lot.

Walking Dead S4 starts Oct. 13

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 12:55
Your SPs should have this for Sunday, but just a heads up. Here's a preview article with very minor spoilers featuring Norman Reedus (Daryl)...

HD TiVo s3 won't boot

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 12:25
I'm sure this has been discussed to death but every "tivo won't boot" thread I come across is about being stuck on the "Welcome..." screen. Mine won't even get that far.

The TiVo has power, but no lights. If I unplug and reseat the power cord (from either end) the lights on the front of the unit flash briefly and then go out again. Nothing ever comes up on the TV itself.

Suggestions? My first thought is a bad power supply but I don't have another one here so I wanted to ask for advice here before buying one to try.

Fall Features On TV This Week

TiVo Blog - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 12:00
MONDAY – Sleepy Hollow – FOX 9PM ET Ichabod and Abbie will finally learn the name of the evil force that has been terrorizing them and others, but what else might they find? Abbie’s sister escapes the psychiatric ward and the Ichabod and Abbie must venture out to find her. Ichabod unveils he created the Boston Tea Party in order to steal a certain item from the British.   TUESDAY – MARVEL Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ABC 8PM ET The enemies of S.H.I.E.L.D. are never an easy obstacle to overcome, Continue Reading

Homeland 10/6/2013

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 11:28
Did Saul's wife not know why Carrie might be upset? Did Saul think showing up and saying he was sorry was going to make it all better? Um, he sold her out on national TV in front of Congress. Did he not expect fallout?

And how exactly do you get someone committed without revealing who you are?

This storyline with the bank is boring me.

The new analyst said she had nothing, and only when Saul was about to leave the room revealed she had a plan? That conversation made no sense. Neither did Saul all of a sudden deciding Muslim religious garb was a middle finger to victims of Islamist terrorism. Seems out of character for him.

So far I'm not sure where any of it is going.

Won a "victory" over TWC

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 10:53
I went on Time Warner's website today to see what my first billing cycle with a TiVo in lieu of their DVR would look like. I knew they'd get it wrong and fail to discount me as the FCC mandates, but even after a lifetime of experience, I somehow still managed to underestimate Time Warner Cable's incompetence and/or corruption.

I had expected my bill to stay the same instead of being discounted, but nope. It increased about $110! They removed me from my package, unbundled my services, and charged me for each item individually. So I braced myself for hold music and called TWC.

After a 15 minute hold, I played dumb with the first rep and let him root around to try to figure out why my bill rocketed up. Surely he would not tell me because I changed my equipment to my own in blatant violation of federal law, right? Thankfully, he did not. Instead he informed me that my previous package had simply ended. I read him last month's statement that indicated I had this package through next April. He checked again and somehow managed to come back with the same answer. Somewhere between amused and annoyed, I asked him how I managed to miss winter coming and going and he decided to check with his supervisor.

20 minutes on hold this time. Finally, with the help from his supervisor, he figured it out. It was because I moved to my own equipment and the package required me to use their equipment. In the immortal syllable of Homer Simpson, "Doh!" I quickly explained that that was a FCC violation, and therefore illegal, and said I may as well just speak to his supervisor now since that is where we were heading anyway. He, probably happily, obliged.

25 more minutes of hold music!

The supervisor started by asking me if I was told I needed to use that particular equipment with the package I had. I said no, I wasn't told that, and that that was a good thing as that would be illegal. I then read him the law verbatim with little explanatory additions sprinkled in (i.e. "That means your DVR!" "That means your bundling services!"). He sounded annoyed and for a minute I thought this was going to turn into a serious headache. After all, the FCC is currently shut down until either the Dems cave on Obamacare or the Reps stop using the same hissy fit tactic my three year old uses when he doesn't get his way. But, despite his tone, he said the right things. Yes, this was illegal. It definitely shouldn't have happened. He'll look into it and get a fix. He said he'd call me back in 10-15 minutes with a solution.

The biggest surprise of the whole interaction was not that I ended up not needing the FCC, but that he actually called me back in 10-15 minutes. Someone at TWC who provides customer service! A rare man indeed. He said he couldn't reinstate my exact package due to the system insisting I have their equipment for it, but that he found a way to price match and give me a ten dollar discount in lieu of their equipment. As an apology for the inconvenience, he extended my discounted rate for another 12 months. I accepted this.

But let us think about that for a second. Their entire computer processing system does not have the capability to follow the law. It is literally incapable. No fact has ever encapsulated the Time Warner Cable experience better than that one right there.

I lost almost two hours of my life to get what I was entitled to all along. Time Warner is no longer attempting to steal from me. What a victory.

Witches of East End "Pilot" 10/6

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 10:42
Who else watched? What did you think?

I tuned it because I love a good witch centric drama. I thought the premiere was decent enough, but I really hope the story focuses more on the elder set of sisters because I don't know how much of Jenna Dewan's "acting" I can stomach.

Plenty of repeat airings coming up.

TiVo Guide and Search updates

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 10:25
It's now less than 4 hours before the next Pirates/Cards game on TBS at 3pm EDT and the TiVo schedule still has not been updated. I manually connected to the service an hour ago but neither the web or Roamio guide and search function and schedule the game. I've resorted to a manual recording but it's annoying that these sports shows aren't updated more quickly.
My Charter web page guide correctly shows the game so why can't TiVo get their act together?

Amazing Race : OAD 10/6/2013

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 10:07
This is shaping up to be a really good season of TAR. IMO the first 2 legs have sent home what seemed to clearly be the 2 weakest teams, which is good. We've also had 2 legs in a row where the first team didn't get #1, which keeps things interesting.

I was surprised at how many teams opted for the needle in a haystack challenge. You'd think they would know better by now. That salty water sure looked nasty, though. I'm sure everyone who was in it wanted nothing more than a clean water shower after that!

The guy who punted the shoeshine challenge was cracking me up the whole time he was trying convince the vendor to let him do the work, to let him pack the cart, etc. Then when the bitchy girl was trying to tell him he was doing it wrong and him calling her the devil for her trouble. Hilarious. :)

The Mentalist: Season Six "Red John: The Final Chapter"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 09:46
Since this is the season we will discover who Red John is, I thought we should have a thread to discuss it as the episodes unfold.

** Spoilers allowed up to the most recently aired episode **

BTW, there was already one thread on the season premiere (S6E1) located here.

Removing CableCard

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 09:14
I am getting a new RoamioPro this week and will be moving my cablecard from my XL2 to the Roamio.
I was told in another thread that the recordings I already have on my XL2 will still be accessable when I remove the cablecard except for protected content.
I have Lifetime on the XL2.

Is there a way to tell if the content is protected and will not be accessible when I remove the card?

Is there a way to transfer recordings from the XL2 to the Roamio without going thru PC?

bdog

Season 3 Walking Dead on Netflix Streaming

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 07:25
I wasn't sure if I was the only one waiting for the 3rd season of the walking dead to show up on Netflix, but it now available. This was one of the shows I gave up by cutting the cord.

I just saw the first episode and I forgot how much I missed it. But now I have 16 "new" episodes to watch.

Stuck in guided setup

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 06:33
My Series 3HD is stuck in guided setup with a S03 error. I have tried kickstart 57, numerous restarts, and unplugging the internet for 3 days. Nothing works.

In another thread I noticed mention of also disconnecting my TA, which is something I had not tested.

At this point is there any way to get out of the guided set up?
Is replacing the hard drive my only solution?

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