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XL4 -> Roamio Mini Migration - lessons learned

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 15:20
So I got my Roamio Sunday night and got it set up and going on Monday. I did run into some interesting hiccups with the Minis so thought I would share the experience.

My Mini setup is pretty typical, I am using MoCA hosted by the main TiVo, which has ethernet connectivity directly to the rest of my home network.

So, here's how things went down.

I got my Roamio setup and activated service on it, and I then disconnected the XL4 and put the Roamio Plus in its place. I connected Coax and tried to connect the Minis.

The Minis could see the Roamio on the home network but could not connect to it (infamous V70 unauthorized message). I suspected that the Minis needed to phone home in order to determine that the new Roamio was authorized for service. When I tried to do a "force connection to TiVo" in the settings menu of the Minis, they had no gateway to the outside world as the host XL4 (which acts as their gateway) was disconnected.

I re-connected the XL4 to coax, disabled MoCA on the Roamio, had the Minis phone home, this time they recognized that the Roamio was authorized on the account. I was then able to re-enable MoCA on the Roamio and connect the Minis.

So, these might be the easiest steps to perform if you are swapping out your XL4 for a Roamio and you use MoCA with your Minis;

1. Activate service on the Roamio and make sure it has performed all updates and phoned home. Make sure it shows authorized for service in the status screen. Do not activate MoCA on the Roamio at this time.

2. With the host XL4 still connected, initiate a connection from each Mini to the TiVo mothership to get account info that shows the new Roamio.

3. Disconnect Coax from the XL4 and/or turn off the MoCA bridge function.

4. Turn on the MoCA bridge on the Roamio.

5. On each Mini go into settings -> cable cards -> TiVo setup and choose the new Roamio as the connected DVR.

You might want to verify it's working with the new TiVo before wiping out the settings on your old one. Another option I suppose would be to reset everything on each Mini and simply set them up from scratch with the new Roamio.

Problems Streaming Netflix: House of Cards Trilogy (BBC)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 15:03
I have a consistent problem streaming certain Netflix shows. These shows include House of Cards Trilogy (BBC), Lilyhammer, and later episodes of Doc Martin. The problem is: repeated frequent buffering and sound but no picture. When I fast forward I see the picture in the small central box (picture in picture during fast forward), but I do not see it on the main screen and when I stop fast forwarding I do not see it at all. This problem has been going on for months. I have upgraded my Time Warner Cable modem and TWC plan. I have upgraded my Linksys router and, anyway, my Tivo connects to my computer with an Ethernet cable. In general my Netflix streaming works fine but certain shows (mainly BBC) are a problem. Does anyone else have this problem?

For Sale - New In Box Tivo Stream

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 14:54
I have one new in box (sealed) TiVO Stream available for sale. $95 shipped. Message me if interested & Thanks for looking!

Does the Roamio have a new startup video?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 14:31
No one has posted one on Youtube yet.

Is there a problem with Tivo right now or is it just me?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 14:30
My Elite is displaying a C133 error and the iPad app won't work. Is it just me or is Tivo having issues?

Wifi and Ethernet?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 13:56
Can I set up my Roavio to get guide data by wifi, and simultaneously use ethernet to connect my Roavio to my HD/XL to transfer recordings?

No Suggestions?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 13:20
I had to replace my old Series 3 back in April because the hard drive failed.

After rebuilding my season passes and giving various thumbs up and thumbs down to shows that we were interested in, it took about six weeks before my Tivo started to record any suggestions, and boy did it. Over the course of two days, I got about 43 suggestions.

But since that day, I haven't gotten a single new suggestion. It is not an issue of disk space, because the capacity bar is always around 45%, and I have the option turned on to record new suggestions.

With the new tv season starting, I''m curious to find out what Tivo thinks we should be interested in.

Any ideas?

replacing bad caps on a Series 3

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 12:59
OK, I have a lifetime Series 3 (OLED/250GB) that is now in the dreaded reboot loop. I had this happen on another lifetime Series 3 (500GB), but it turned out to be the hard drive. Once it was replaced (& reimaged), it worked fine & is still going. Not on this one though.

I removed its hard drive & ran the WD extended test. Everything came back clean. I even slipped this hard drive into the (previously mentioned) working series 3 & it worked fine so I know its not the hard drive & that is good.

Now, I did notice a cap was bulging so I took it to a local shop that wound up charging me about $18 to fix it. However, after re-installing the power supply, its still rebooting. Even tried the working Series 3's (500GB) hard drive in it and no luck as it still reboots. So apparently that is not the only cap that is bad. I probably should have stressed checking ALL the caps the first time around, but I don't think I did and simply pointed out the bulging one. Live & learn.

I might take it back to my repair shop and see if they can replace the needed caps? Are there specific ones that go bad? If so, which ones? Is there maybe some online tutorial or picture of the ones that tend to be bad so I knwo the location of them (since there are numerous ones on it). Or are they all pretty much going to go bad at some point?

I thought about trying to do it myself as I have heard its not hard at all. Have never really worked too much with soldering so this is why I have just had a local place do it. They give free estimates so it might just be easier to see if they can do it, but wondering if I should point out certain ones to them that might be bad.

You can steam from iDevice to TV

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 12:46
Wow. just noticed this that if you are watching a video on the YouTube iphone or Ipad app you can stream it directly to a Roamio or Mini. Works great, just like Apple TV. Never noticed this before. Sorry for the post if its been around for a while.

TiVo.com crazy slow

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 12:36
Just want to make sure it's not just my account, anyone else experiencing really slow loading (minutes or time out) browsing through TiVo.com (to do, season pass, web videos etc.)? It's been like this for weeks it seems like so not temporary web/server maintenance by them etc.

Teach me about Dr Who

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 12:08
Ok, so I've ignored Dr Who for most of my life. I tried to watch it on PBS in the 1970s when it was first being imported and it was simply too cheesy for my tastes. Now, 40 years later, it seems like it would be impossible to find a decent jumping on point.

And yet.. at this years Hugos there were no less than THREE episodes nominated for a Hugo. Three. That's a very impressive statistic, and indicates that this is a much better show than the cardboard thing I saw way back when. And I love Steven Moffats writing on other things.

So.... is there a jumping on point for someone who really didn't like the early stuff? Is there a legitimate way to watch these episodes from this jumping on point (Netflix, Hulu, whatever)?

What can you tell a Dr Who novice?

The Stream built in the pro.. is this active ?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 11:46
Hey All... I know I read this on here somewhere. But I thought I saw that the stream built inside the pro would not be activated until this fall update they say will be released.

Is this true? Or does the stream inside the pro work out of the box?

Or perhaps, they were referring to the streaming outside the home?

My Shows recording showing on the website from last year

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 11:40
So, my "My Shows" is correct on the website except for some reason one recording from 11/15/12 last year "The League" TV show has an episode that is showing on the website - but that is not in My Shows. Anyone have this happen, ever? Seems like it got "stuck" on the site somehow and won't remove. :confused:

TiVo suggestions algorithim

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 11:27
Roamio's initial suggestions over our first week have been a bit odd to say the least. A lot of what I'd call the lowest common denominator stuff like reality wedding shows and Kardashian nonsense is what it thinks we're into. But I think that makes sense to a point because it hasn't had time to learn so why not suggest stuff that is likely the most popular overall?

Questions:
1) The Algorithm - How exactly does it come up with the suggestions? Does it exclusively pay attention to the thumbs system, or does it also pay attention to what you watch and/or set to record?

2) Performance - For those who have been diligent in reacting to its suggestions in the past with the thumb system over an extended period of time, do you find the suggestions to a reasonable job grabbing things you are likely to enjoy?

3) Priority - Am I correct in assuming the suggestive recordings will always have the lowest priority on the Roamio? Meaning that one will NEVER attempt use a tuner that is either being used with live tv or for a user generated recording?

4) DVR space -- Am I also correct in assuming that Roamio will ALWAYS clear space for your recordings by deleting suggestions? If so, how does it determine the order of deletion? By age, the thumbs system, or a game of TiVo suggestions roulette?

Thanks a ton.

Manually Sort Programs in Groups

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 11:20
I would love to be able to manually sort programs contained in a Groups folder. It would work just like the sort function in the Season Pass Manager.
It would be great to be able to move episode 1 to the top instead of having to play programs from the bottom of the list to the top.

Sorting manually would also allow programs that are recorded out of order to be arranged correctly.

The option to sort alphabetically, by date, or manually, should be options within the group. I want the ability to see my shows the way that works best for individual groups, not simply sort all groups one way or the other.

Transfer Monthly Service to a new owner's account (selling TiVoHD)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 11:04
Hey all, i've seen some posts about transferring service on the same account to a new roamio, but my question is different.

I have replaced the 2 TiVoHD setup in my house with a new Roamio and Mini. For one of the boxes, i paid the standard $12.99. But for the second, i was grandfathered into the cheaper MSD rate of $6.95 a month.

I called to cancel service on my TiVoHDs (yes, yes, i know i should have gotten lifetime. I've learned my lesson), and the CSR said that I can actually transfer that $6.95 rate to the account ot whoever i give or sell my TiVoHD box to. Even if it ends up being the only TiVo that person owns.

Is that accurate? Has anyone else run into this?

It seems weird that I could sell a box i am getting MSD on to someone where it would be their only TiVo, and they would get the MSD discount.

If it is accurate, that could be a small bonus to someone buying on ebay (not lifetime, but better that $14.99 a month). TiVo gave me 2 free months of service on that box as I attempt to sell it.

Thanks in advance!

KUID bug on Roamio Plus?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 10:17
I have several recordings dating back to 2005 that I always transfer when I buy a new Tivo, and I routinely set these to KUID.

On my Roamio Plus, I am unable to set about half of these copied recordings to KUID. No matter how many times I select KUID, their icons remain blue and refuse to change to green.

Has anyone else noticed a failure of the Roamio Plus/Pro to set KUID?

Does your Mini keep rebooting? If so, try using an HDMI switch ...

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 09:58
I recently bought 2 Minis. One of them worked fine right off the bat, but the other one kept rebooting, or would boot to a blank screen. At first I thought there was something wrong with the unit, but when I hooked the other Mini up to the same TV, it exhibited the same behavior. This led me to the conclusion that there was some type of incompatibility between the Mini and my older Pioneer Elite plasma. I assumed it was an HDCP issue, so I stuck a Monoprice HDMI switch that I had lying around in between the Mini and the TV. Voila! Problem solved!

The weird thing is that I had an old S3 hooked up to the same TV via HDMI for years and never had a problem. I don't get it, but at least I found a solution that appears to work. Just thought I'd pass along the info in case others are experiencing the same problem. :)

Networking Issue With Menus - Help!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 09:48
My Roamio Plus is my first Tivo so I need a little help with a menu issue I am having.

I am getting both the C113 and C501 networking errors when accessing menus on regular basis. If I give it a minute it always comes back and everything is fine for a while. I thought it might be my network so I have spent the last two weeks trying to improve it but I have come to the realization that my network is fine.

I am running the Tivo on Wi-Fi but have an ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 and the Tivo is on the 5GHz side with 80% signal strength. I have tested the connection with several other devices and everything is supper fast. Also, when using Netflix the system is very fast and stable - no issues. So I know the network is fine.

Spoke with support and they wanted to blame the network but I am beginning to believe there might be a bigger issue.

What I need to know is if this is a common problem or if everyone else has really fast menus with no network issues?

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