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Roamio Plus Power Cycles Cable Modem?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 15:12
I'm starting to think Obama might have better luck with Syria than me with my Roamio and Comcast. Anyways, I had a premiere and have not been able to get any channels to show up. Comcast said it was the box. So I got a Roamio Plus. Same problem. The root of the problem with the box is that the cable card has never been able to validate on my end. Comcast says it is validated on their end, but my conditional access screen shows a ? Next to val. So that is that problem.

Additionally, another odd issue is that any time the Roamio does a connect to the TiVo service, it power cycles my cable modem. I have an older Motorola Surfboard modem that works fine for internet and do not have this problem at all the premiere. I was able to do guided setup fine initially but as Comcast and I were playing with issues yesterday, when we tried to connect to the service this happened every time. Anyone else seen this?

Back to back recording same shows glitch

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 15:11
I recorded five back to back episodes of Pawn Stars. I set up my shows to record 1 minute early and two minutes after. The four shows after watching the first show would show a small scrambled picture and audio lasting about one to two seconds, like there was a freeze, three minutes into the recording, which would correspond to the show that was recording prior to the current show stop recording. I don't know if this is just a problem on the Roamio or not, as I don't recall that problem on my Premiere XL. I'm going to setup the Premiere XL to see if I can duplicate the problem. It's more of an annoyance.

Manual Recording locked up my Roamio Pro

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 14:47
I went to setup a manual recording and it locked up my Pro. I got the popup for recording conflicts and then it stopped responding.

I tried switching the remote to IR. I also tried using the iPad app's remote and also selecting a show in My Shows to Play on TV. Nothing is working.

Has anyone else had issues with Manual Recordings?

It almost reminds me of the old Elite lockups where the TiVo would just stop responding to the remote. I can still browse my shows via the iPad app, and it still shows something recording. I just can't do anything.

Of course as soon as I typed this up it recovered a few minutes later.

Can't get new Roamio to connect to Mac

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 13:43
I purchased a new Roamio Pro system a few days ago and it's basically been working well, but I can't get it to share shows with my Mac over my network.

I have Roxio Toast 11 Titanium software and have been using the included utilities Mac2TiVo and TiVo Transfer to transfer video files between my Mac and my old TiVo Series 3 HD unit. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to work with the Roamio.

I have Mac2TiVo running on my Mac Pro, and it is currently sharing several files which worked fine on the old TiVo Series 3.

To attempt to access these files on the Roamio, I go to "My Shows". I see "Mac Pro (DVR)" at the bottom of the source list, with an exclamation mark icon. However, when I select that, I just get a screen with the message "The Mac Pro PC's Now Playing List could not be displayed because it is unavailable. Press LEFT to return to the My Shows List."

When I try to go the other way using the TiVo Transfer program on my Mac, it does not see my new Roamio on the network at all. I've verified that the media key is still correct.

Both my Mac and the TiVo Roamio are connected by Ethernet to the same router, so it seems like they should be able to communicate fine. I've verified that I can "ping" my Roamio's IP address from my Mac.

The TiVo network diagnostics show that my Roamio is connecting to the Internet fine. My Mac is also having no problems connecting to the Internet. I've tried resetting both my TiVo Roamio and my Mac but that made no difference.

Is this a compatibility issue? I've noticed that on the TiVo help pages, the Roamio is not listed as a model compatible with TiVo desktop or the Roxio software, but I don't know if that's because it genuinely isn't compatible or if the pages just haven't been updated yet.

Being able to transfer videos from my Mac to my TiVo is extremely valuable for me. If this is something that is supposed to work, then I'd greatly appreciate any advice or help.

Roamio and MOCA and Tuning Adapter

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 13:35
Hi.

I need some help.

I hooked up my Roamio six tuner and the MOCA adapter that TiVo sent with it. The MOCA is connected to my router directly in my library and the TiVo is in the living room. I used to use a wireless network connection before this.

I could NOT get the COAX light on the MOCA to light up. I found out that the POE filter was stopping the MOCA connection. Removing the filter results in MOCA working, but only a workaround.

He's the problem. I have a tuning adapter. I coudn't get MOCA working so I read on the community forum that I needed to split the signal to the tuning adapter for MOCA to work. Sure enough that fixed things. But it broke things, too. I lose about 30 channels on the tuning adapter. I called Cox and they said my signal was too low because of the split into in the tuning adapter. They have a cutoff of -10 and I was -10. Sure enough going directly into the tuning adapter then into the TiVo fixes the 30 missing channels. But now the MOCA won't work.

I also tried a powered signal booster right before the split into the tuning adapter and TiVo and stops the MOCA from working.

Suggestions? I want both MOCA and my missing 30 channels.

Don

Web videos

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 13:24
I think I saw it somewhere but can't seem to find it. I had some shows from tho web video area set to dl automatically on the roamio can't find them used search and told it to set up season passbut they all show as old

Any help would be great

TiVo Peanut Remote Comparisons

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 12:02
Is there anyone here who has enough old TiVo models to have the various peanut remotes and can take a comparison picture of all of them side by side?

Off the top of my head I can think of the Roamio remote (which I don't have - yet) which is smaller than...

The one that came with the Premiere which I do have.

The Glo Remote

The slideout keyboard remote

The older Series 1/2 remote that is supposed to be physically like the Roamio from what I read.

I'm sure there's more than that. What am I missing? What did Series 3 have, I don't remember.

Selling my premiere

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 11:30
I'm buying a roamio and am going to sell my premiere XL4 with lifetime subscription. Is there anything i need to do to delete stuff on hard drive or just leave it as is? Also can anyone get my account info from tivo if they have the unit? Do I deactivate it from my account or does it need to stay on it for lifetime to work with new owner? Sorry for all the questions. Never did this before and usually just pass my old electronics to my kids but they both have directv.

Thanks for your help. Have learned a lot of stuff on this site.

Cable Card Worked w/o Call

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 10:18
I just took my cable card out of my TiVo Premiere XL and put it into my new Roamio Basic. I got the normal black screen saying to call to activate. Was finishing up some things and came back to the TiVo to make the call about 10 minutes later and miraculously my CC was activated and all my channels are as they should be. No call required.

That's a first for me since getting my first CC TiVo way back when. I'm beyond thrilled with how easy everything has been with the Roamio.

Series2 Tivo not showing programs after 9/18

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 10:13
I always thought Tivo downloaded two weeks worth of schedules, but I tried to set my Series 2 to record Survivor, which starts Sept. 18 and it doesn't find it. I also tried searching by time and see that no programs are in the schedule after 7:45 PM on Sept. 18. Is anyone else having the same problem finding programming after Sept. 17, or is it just me? If just me, any suggestions on how to fix it? I already manually connected to tivo and it connected and downloaded just fine, but still only goes out to Sept. 18 at 7:45.

Best Buy - Streams on Clearance

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 09:11
Yesterday when I went to pick up my Roamio I noticed my Best Buy was out of TiVo Streams. The tag said clearance and had them at $119. I was told they had no more streams on order and would not be getting any in.

Does anyone know if TiVo is getting rid of the Streams?

Find my remote?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 08:08
Just got my new Roamio Pro and back in the Tivo family after many years away. So far, so good, but one question at this point.

On their blog, Weaknees says "The Plus comes with an RF/IR remote, and unlike the Roamio, the Plus has a “Remote Finder.” If you misplace your TiVo remote, just press a button on the Roamio Plus’ front panel and the remote will emit a signal to help you locate it. "

What button is this? I can't find anything on Tivo's website that describes the butttons / lights on the front panel. The included owner's manual says...oh wait, there's no included owner's manual.

Series 3 lifetime and Stream for sale

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 07:18
Original OLED Series 3 with lifetime service and new hard drive $350 plus shipping OBO

TiVo Stream $75 plus shipping

Moca off on Verizon Router

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 07:14
I have A Verizon Router and a linksys EA 4500. I have the linksys functioning as my primary router in the house. When I Hooked up my Roamio and tried to use moca on it to connect my mini upstairs it screwed everything up with my Linksys. It looks like the Roamio was picking up the ip from the verizon Router. I have the Roamio connecting to the linksys with moca turned off and as soon as I turn moca on it jumps ship.

What can I do to keep the moca running on my Linksys network and not verizons? Will a filter somewhere work? How can I keep the Roamio from straying onto the Verizon? Drove me crazy all night trying to fix this. Thanks for any i put.

tivo clock time base ac line or crystal osc

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 09/07/2013 - 02:13
i was wondering where does the tivo box get it's time base for the clock?

i am talking about the time of day clock used to record by not the logic clock used by the cpu and other chips.

i know some clocks use the hum of the ac line and counts the waves that's why take that clock and use it over seas or connect to an inverter or ups it can tell the wrong time.

does tivo use the ac line or a crystal oscillator or divide the cpu logic clock?

i notice shows getting cut off so i wonder if there is a time drift.

has anyone reverse engineered or tore down a tivo 4 power supply and seen anything that connects the ac line to the mother board.


i have the tivo along with other stuff on a cyber power 1000 va ups witch has frequency matching that will maintain a constant 60 hz up to 5 hz on both sides of a frequency drift and line conditioner that will maintain constant voltage even when other items on the same line sags or surges the voltage like air conditioner or refrigerator

kmttg & Tivo Desktop

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 09/06/2013 - 23:55
Some n00b kmttg questions here, so please forgive if they seem green.

For ages I've been a user (if not a proponent) of TiVo Desktop. Even paid for it many years ago. It's been what I've needed to use simply because I used it almost exclusively for just transferring programs back and forth from my TiVos to my desktop where I have quite a truckload of saved stuff.

Anyways, tonight I looked at kmttg, and have to say it's much improved over the last time I used it. I'm considering using just that for my transfers over desktop, because of the radically larger amount of info and options available to me. There's one other beef with TiVo Desktop is that some shows that we keep on the TiVo's (mostly kids shows like Dinosaur Train, stuff like that) have a habit of just being transferred again for no apparent reason, I'd like to stop that.

To that, if I go that route, what do I need to do in terms of uninstalling Tivo Desktop? If I just uninstall TiVo Desktop, will that leave my computer in a state where I can watch the .tivo files on my desktop, and also leave it where I can see what's on my desktop from the TiVo's elsewhere in the house?

Or if I uninstall TiVo Desktop, is there something I need to add on to kmttg to replicate the "server" function? (again sorry if I'm not using the terms right).

I suppose the other option would be to disable all auto transfers in TiVo Desktop, and then just leave it alone, never running desktop, but I suspect that's not the recommended way of doing this.

Tkx for any info.

Purpose of TiVo stream

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 09/06/2013 - 22:51
I actually have tried to read up on this, but I'm still a little confused. I live in an apartment and it's just me, so I'm fine always watching TiVo on my TV when I'm at home. I don't ever feel the need to wander around in my tiny apartment watching TiVo on my iPad.

What I'd want to use the TiVo stream for is when I'm away from home. What exactly can you do with the TiVo stream when you're out and about? From what I can tell, it looks like you need to download programs to your iPad when you're at home, and then they take up space on your iPad, and then you can watch them while you're away. Is this it? Do things sync, so that I can delete a show I've watched on my iPad and don't need to remember to also delete it to free up space when I'm back home from my TiVo? Roughly, what percentage of programs are 'locked' and don't allow you to transfer them? (I have Comcast, if that matters.)

Any insight would be very appreciated...thanks!!!

TiVo Noob - Signal Strength / Tuning Adapter Issue

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 09/06/2013 - 22:35
I'm brand new to the Tivo world, and hooked up my Roamio Plus tonight. We are with Time Warner in Dallas, so I have the Motorola cable card and tuning adapter.

The guided set-up for the Tivo went fine and pairing the cable card went smoothly when I called TWC's cable card line. The one hiccup that has come up is with the tuning adapter. The tech sent a couple hits to the TA which did not seem to help as the light is still blinking. The tech suggested that the signal strength to the TA was low and was keeping the TA from picking up the signal. He suggested getting a cable signal amplifier from radio shack first before rolling a truck to our home to check the signal from the outside box.

I have seen other posts related to signal boosters to help with picture quality, but didn't see anything related to helping the TA directly. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this that they could share?

Also, we are currently only able to get 4 of the tuners to record. The tech felt that once the TA was working the other two tuners would work as expected. I was also wondering if this is accurate.

I will say I have really liked what I have seen so far in playing with the channels we do have. I'm just hoping this hiccup can be resolved otherwise it'll be a deal breaker for us.

Thanks in advance for any information.

Obama speech Tuesday night

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 09/06/2013 - 22:12
President Obama will be speaking on Tuesday night. It is not known yet at what time it will happen, but if it is at 9 PM Eastern, it could throw a major monkey wrench into NBC's and Fox's schedules, as NBC has a live episode of America's Got Talent scheduled (and they can't fit 12 acts into either the hour before a 9:00 speech or the 90 minutes after it), and Fox has the So You Think You Can Dance? finale.

It's not so bad if the speech is at 8:00; Fox can squeeze the SYTYCD finale into 90 minutes if necessary, and NBC can extend AGT out to 10:30. Note that a shortened SYTYCD episode would affect the west as well.

There is also the possibility that Fox will not air the speech, but will air a graphic saying that the speech is on Fox News.

Roamio Review - Let Down

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 09/06/2013 - 21:21
I'm a longtime tivo customer who was very excited when the Roamio Tivo Plus was announced. Sorry to say I've been very disappointed in the tivo Roamio plus. I currently have a very reliable Tivo Premier XL with 2 Tuners. Picture Quality has always been great and the user interface, while slow, has always been reliable. I was excited for the Roamio due to its faster interface, built in wireless ability. and promise of 6 tuners.

Boy was I wrong...while the user interface was slick and looks great. the Roamio's tv picture quality was degraded compared to my old XL Premier. The live tv and recorded shows appear darker then the old unit and colors either washed out or bleeding, particularly the premium channels were bad. In addition some channels are more pixelated than I have noticed in the past. My theory is the cable signal being split 6 ways leaves less signal for each of the 6 tuners.
Also the Roamio sporadically and unpredictably will completely loose signal on one or more tuners, causing one or more programs to not record. If I have to be in the room to make sure my favorite shows are actually recording it kinda defeats the purpose.
In addition, the new internal wireless connection is WEAK! My new Roamio sat in the same location as the old XL but struggled to find a wireless signal. My tivo wireless adapter for the old unit never had any trouble. Roamio frequently looses Internet while I'm in the middle of searching for programs, so u can imagine how we'll Netflix or Hulu streaming work....or don't.

Just so your all aware, I didn't plug one Roamio box in for 10 minutes and give up, I actually exchanged the Roamio twice and spent days between tivo and the cable company troubleshooting. Tivo has worked great for me for years, the only thing that changed is the Roamio so I'm doubtful it's something I've hooked up wrong or my cable company did.

At the end of the day the faster user interface lives up to the hype, but the bottom line is I love tv and the Roamio needs to reliably record what I want with a great quality picture...if it can't do that then what's the faster interface worth.

So I'm going back to my reliable Tivo Premier XL...hopefully it has another year or 2 left in it and I can only hope tivo can work out the bugs by the time I have no choice but to get another one.

Hope this honest review helps
Joe

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