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Additional HD3 or trade up to Roamio Plus

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:29
Should I replace my TiVo 3 HD with a Roamio Plus or just get add another TiVo HD3?

I am a two TV house for two people. In the living room area I have a TiVo HD3, Dell Zinio w/ Blu-ray for a dumb TV. In the other room I have a Xbox 360, MacMini 2012, and smart TV. I have the full Xfinity package. I travel a lot so do a high amount binge TV. Both rooms have Cat5E wiring. I do Amazon Prime movie and I subscribe to indieflix

The TiVo HD lifetime box has a 1TB hard drive but because it only has two tuners I occasionally miss recording a show. Finally got the money to purchase a Roamio Plus with lifetime and was planning on selling my TiVo on eBay.

After thinking about I think I just need an extra tuner. Getting another TiVo HD3 with lifetime is 1/3 the price of a Roamio Plus. Given that I have PC’s what is the upside of having 1 Roamio Plus over two TiVo HD3?


Mini output to 2 TV's - HDMI or Coax run?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 18:44
I have a mini in my spare bedroom connected to my HD TV via a HDMI cable.
I also have a RCA -> coax adapter that sends the mini's video/audio over coax to my TV in the study (next room over). With the slide pro in the study, it works great EXCEPT now I bought a HDTV for the study and the signal coming over the coax is only 480i, so I need to find a way to use what I have and/or minimize buying stuff so I get a 1080 HD picture in my study.

What I"ve discovered is that I can buy 50' (guessing the run would be around 37') HDMI cable and a $29 HDMI splitter and split the HDMI coming out of the mini (on to the guest bd TV, one to the study TV)

I think there are also adapters/converters that I might use on both ends of the existing coax run to send HDMI signal over them but everything I've seen in that area is very expensive.

Has anyone tried anything like this? The HDMI splitter and 50' of HDMI cable should run me around $60 total, so far that's the most inexpensive route.

TiVo iOS App -- Metadata Issue(s)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 15:46
Anyone else seeing this bug when using the iOS app? I was looking at one of my Season Passes - Two and a Half Men. Highlighted in the pic below you can see that Season 11, Episode 1 is a recording that exists in My Shows.

However, if I explore the show and look at the list of episodes and select the same show (season 11, Ep 1), the show is only available to watch now from Amazon.

I don't really have a good way to report this bug to TiVo so I thought I would post it here.

Troubleshooting - No Channels

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 15:45
Roamio Plus. In operation for approximately 2 months. Suddenly stopped working on all channels. Tivo suggest try new Cable card. Tried two different cable cards. Both pair correctly, but still no channels.

The CC conditional access screen shows correct info for:
CON: Yes EBCP: Yes VAL: V 0x*

Here is the interesting thing. there is no further data on the Conditional access screen. Tivo support says there should be additional info. Indeed , on my series three I do get a lot more info on that conditional access screen.

DVR diags show all tuners have tuned to proper channel number but there is no signal data - Freq, SN etc.

I have a truck roll for Sunday AM, but I am thinking I have a bad Tivo.

Any ideas?

“What to Watch” Dashboard Now Includes Metacritic Ratings for Movies!

TiVo Blog - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 14:39
If you’re an iOS user we’ve just added Metacritic to “What to Watch,” your personalized dashboard that combines recommendations and personal preferences to serve up what you will want to watch instantaneously. Metacritic’s proprietary Metascore distills the opinions of the most respected critics writing online and in print to a single number, color coded by green, yellow and red, making it really easy for you to decide on what to watch. We launched “What to Watch” last year with columns including Popular TV (based on what is popular in your Continue Reading

Cisco Demos New “Proof-of-Concept” TV App

Zatz Not Funny! - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 14:21

Cisco hosted tech reporters at its annual CES press reception last week and took us through a whirlwind of company news, vision-speak, and proof-of-concept demos. The best of the demos was an app giving users the ability not only to control TV from a mobile device, but also to share related secondary content between different [...]

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Community - Cooperative Polygraphy - 1/16/14

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:42
I thought this was a great episode with some very funny lines! You could definitely feel the Harmon influence.

Netflix on RCN cable

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:23
is there any work around to get the netflix app on TIVO premiere on RCN cable?

Tivo Cable box?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:06
My Cable/Internet provider is RCN. It is great because they are a Tivo shop internally (the only DVR's they offer are Tivos), so they don't do things that fork over customer owned Tivo (no tuning adapters!!). What I didn't know until today is that even their non recorders are made by Tivo. I just got rid of my last SD TV and needed to upgrade the box so I called RCN and asked them to change it over. Imagine my surprise when the tech shows up with a little box (maybe 6" X12" X 2"--is that the Tivo Mini form factor?) with the Tivo logo on it, and a Tivo peanut remote to control it. The downside of this was that the box uses ethernet to connect to RCN so the tech had to install a MOCA bridge on my router (which meant I needed to shuffle the connections on my Router).

I'm trying to figure out how hackable this box is, does anyone else have one? I was able to turn on "network remote control", but of course the Tivo app won't control it without a different login. It has a USB port on the back, I'm wondering if I can get it to see a keyboard (although there isn't going to be a lot of text input to that box).

Ideas, suggestions are welcome -- this is mostly an academic project for me (there was a reason why that was the last SD TV in the house, it isn't watched all that much).

Start Your Winter TV Collections!

TiVo Blog - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:00
The start of the year means you’re busy with a lot of time-consuming resolutions – recording new and returning shows as Winter TV rolls around shouldn’t have to be another task to add to the list! We want you to be excited about Pretty Little Liars, Parks and Recreation, White Collar, The Big Bang Theory and all of the other shows we look forward to returning, as well as the new ones that we’ll probably test via the triple T treatment: TiVo, Try and Talk about. This means a variety Continue Reading

Mini Network Activity Lights

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 10:28
Got my Tivo Mini hooked up without a hitch last night. I have mine in the bedroom. All was well till it was lights out for the night. The connect and activity lights for the network connection are bright! Looked like lightning flashing in the dark against the wall....A couple of pieces of tape this morning fixed that problem! Otherwise no compaints at all. I think I'm gonna love the Mini!!! :up::up:

TiVo Roamio Pro with Lifetime for $699.99

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 10:23
I was recently given the opportunity to buy a Roamio for $699.99 with lifetime which was delivered and set up a few days ago.

I'm now selling Premiere and Stream with the hopes of paying for my new Roamio.

http://ebay.com/itm/321298323965 (Premiere XL4 with Lifetime)
http://ebay.com/itm/321294672163 (Stream)

I was given 3 codes and have so far only used one for the Roamio, but given I already have 2 mini's I doubt I'll need them. The codes are similar to those I have read about before (employee/retail discount) which seem to allow you to buy as many 4 minis at the lower price

TiVo Roamio DVR
$149.99 + $9.99/mo. service, 1-year commitment required
$499.99 (includes one-time service payment)
TiVo Roamio Plus DVR
$299.99 + $9.99/mo. service, 1-year commitment required
$599.99 (includes one-time service payment)
TiVo Roamio Pro DVR
$399.99 + $9.99/mo. service, 1-year commitment required
$699.99 (includes one-time service payment)
TiVo Mini
$49.99 + $5.99/mo. service, 1-year commitment required
$174.00 (includes one-time service payment)
TiVo Stream

By my calculations the Pro is the best choice as the Plus + harddrive option break even with the discount and I'd rather have the warranty intact (still $29.99 for 3-years)

So if you bought a Roamio Pro and 4 minis with lifetime from Tivo you would normally pay

Pro - $599.99
Service - $499.99
4 x Mini with lifetime (@249.98) - $999.92
Total = $2099.90 + Tax

With the code I used you would save $703.91

Pro - $399.99
Service - $300.00
4 x Mini with lifetime (@174.00) - $696.00
Total = $1395.99 + Tax

Even shopping around you save $473.91

Pro - $523.95 (amazon)
Service - $399.99 (existing user discount)
4 x mini with lifettime (@86 + 149.99) - $943.96
Total = $1867.90 + Tax

Right now I'm thinking I may give these codes to some family who have expressed an interest, but if there is legitimate interest here I may auction them off. I'm reluctant to put them on eBay as I don't think the average eBay buyer understands the value.

If anyone has a suggestion of how best to use them please feel free to comment. Obviously I don't want a hundred posts all saying "I'll take them off your hands" as I have family already lined up in that spot.

CES 2014: Oh, The Miles

Zatz Not Funny! - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 08:40

While I mostly classify activity trackers as novelties, with limited actionable intelligence, CES the absolute best place to put them through their paces (ha, punny). With my buddies Brad Linder of Liliputing and Kevin Tofel of GigaOm each stepping up to the plate. Kevin sports a Fitbit Force wristband and Brad rolls with a Withings Pulse puck – so the [...]

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The Following Season 2 Premiere question

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 08:17
I just noticed on my TiVo that The Following Season 2 is premiering on Sunday the 19th at 10:30 with a 90 minute episode called Resurrection.

It returns to its regular Monday night slot on the 27th at 9 pm, but they are re-running the first episode at 8 and there - it's only 60 minutes.

Surely this can't be an additional 30 minutes of commercials on the 18th. Can it?
Or is this just a Sunday Night football thing?

Sherlock-Streaming from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 06:23
I watched "Unlocking Sherlock" on PBS the other night and it got me interested in the show. I looked and it was available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon streaming.

I watched the first Episode and loved it. I did some research and there seems to be only 3 episodes per season and the episodes are 1.5 to 2 hours long. I'm thinking I want to see the 3rd season so I was hoping it was on PBS. I found it on Masterpiece Mystery!. But it says "Sherlock, Series III: The empty (Sea 6 Ep14). Season 6? 14 episodes. I set it to record but not sure if I'm getting season 3 of Sherlock or not.

Saving a Tivo disk

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 00:28
Hi, I have an SD-DVR40 Series 2 Tivo. Never had a problem with the Tivo receiver until today. Came home from work and I noticed that the Tivo was stuck on a particular frame of the temporary 30 window.

I thought it was because perhaps the Pause button was clicked. But it wasn't. Playing Play did nothing. Pressing the DirecTV button did nothing. Tried the buttons on the box, rather than using the remote. Nothing.

So I rebooted it. When it came up, it got stuck at the "Welcome Powering Up..." stage. Left it for 30 minutes, nothing.

I rebooted it again, and again, stuck at "Welcome Powering Up...." stage.

So I took apart the box and checked the disk. I have an MFSLive 4.1 disk and I booted up a PC from that. Trying to see if there's a problem with the boot partition of the disk.

I have two questions:

1) Is there any tools/SW on MFSLive that allows me to check and fix bad superblock sectors? FSCK is disabled on MFSLive. And pdisk is limited. It only showed all the partitions but did not display anything that said that the disk had a bad sector

2) I can live with a bad disk. I have spare Western Digital PATA drives. MFSLive has the dd_rescue tool that allows me to copy the contents of the original disk to a new disk. My question is, if I was to copy to a new disk, does the new disk have to be baked with InstantCake first? Or can I copy to it in virgin form?


Series 2 with lifetime?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 23:47
I have a single tuner series 2 Tivo with lifetime that I haven't used in years but have moved more than once. I'm moving again, and it's time for it to go.

I am using it for MSD, but that's it. Doesn't look like it's worth much, so might just take it to the electronics recycler.

One question is this: I like my Tivo HD, but I'm tired for paying for it. I made the mistake of being month to month on it this whole time which is my fault, but I don't really think it's worth the $12/mo any more, given how much streaming you can buy for the same amount.

Is there anyway that I could get tivo to roll my life time from my s2 to this old Tivo HD? Or if I bought a new tivo, would there be any opportunity to add a cheap lifetime to it given my long time loyalty?

Remote Sending RF and IR Signals

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 22:58
My roamio is tucked away and needs an RF signal to operate. My remote MOSTLY send RF signals (green light on top of remote) but every once in awhile will send an IR signal (red light at top of remote) which doesn't work for my setup. I have to push the buttons a few times then all of a sudden it switches back to RF. Has anyone else experienced this? I went thru the pairing process and thought it was RF only. Is there a way to turn off IR altogether?

Need to upgrade original storage got some questions please help!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 22:05
Got the 500GB Roamio 3+ months ago and I only record things in standard definition but I almost run out of room. Just curious if I remove the original HDD, put a new HDD then maybe 6 months from now I wanted to view an old show again on the original HDD, can I take out the replacement HDD, put back the original and the shows will be there to watch again? Also which HDDs would you guys recommend? I want at least a 3TB drive that is on sale/good price right now. And is there a video on other instructions on how to take the HDD out? Thanks!

Hart of Dixie Season 3

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 20:45
Any still watching besides me? Season 2 thread only had 8 posts, so not expecting much traffic, but thought I'd give it a shot.

I am not liking Joel at all. I want Zoe and Wade back together.

Still liking Levon and Annabeth. Can't stand George, so don't care who he is with...actually, I'd like for him to move out of town.

Really glad Brick took Zoe back and they've dropped the friction between them. I do wish there was more focus on the Doctor story lines and less on the dating stuff.

And more Rose story lines. She is just too cute!


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