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Are Tivo products getting worse with each new model?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 06:02
I have three series 2s that I never had a problem with. At that time I was always telling people how good they where. I got a series 3 and had alot of problems with it getting stuck on start up. Thinking that it might just be that machine, I then got a Premium and have had more problems with it getting stuck than the series 3. I am now thinking if I where to get a Roamio it would probably never even turn on or blow up upon plugging it in. Because of these problems my opinion of Tivo has really soured. I never tell people about Tivo anymore. I fell Tivo dose not stand by it's product and is getting worse with each model. What is your opinion and how widespread do you think some of these problems are with some of the series 3s and Premiums? I would think a least they would offer a trade in on the lemon machines. It's not if we want something for free but only what we pay for.

tivo desktop error when trying to install.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 04:45
I'm trying to put tivo desktop software on my my new ssd hardrive windows 8.1 install. I tried redownloading the TiVoDesktop2.8.3 software from 2 different places. same result as seen in screenshot. i assume once i do get it installed ill hav eto apply the patch for it that tivo released for it after they broke it
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Roamio Plus - Tuners go dark.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 00:49
New roamio arrived but I appear to be having a little trouble with the unit itself. On Frontier Fios, called and received the newest cable card. I thought that everything was going great after the first day but all of a sudden, I lost all audio and video. Went into the DVR diagnostics, and all tuners are between 80-84% signal strength, and SNR is 31-33db for all 6 tuners. Nothing I do can bring the stations back. Restarting the box brings all tuners back to normal.

Ok, small glitch I thought, it happened once, but then it did it another two times a little over an hour apart. Same black screen, no audio but with all signals in the recommended range under the diag screen. Restarted and all was working.

Called Frontier. They rolled a tech out to replace the cable card with another one. A day passed and I thought it was fixed, bad cable card I thought. Then low and behold, it did it again this evening. Of course this messes up the scheduled recordings that are trying to record.

Has anyone else had this trouble? Should I be thinking this is a hardware thing and should I be getting this unit replaced?


Multiple output resolution

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 21:08
Premier XL. I'd like to use the 1080p output of the HDMI and 720p on the component at the same time. Is this possible?

Upgraded to Romio, ipad app stopped working

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 21:04
Recently added a new Roamio today to my existing two Premieres. I had a stream, which I unplugged.

When I try to use the ipad app, I get the login screen asking for a media access key. I check the DVRs and the key is the same key that it has always been.

I enter the key, and I'm immediately punted back to the login screen.

Roamio Pro at $399 on Amazon

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 20:57
As of this moment, Amazon is showing the TiVo Roamio Pro at $399. Don't know how long it will last as Amazon prices can change anytime:


Alticast HDMI Stick Shown Running Cox UI and Android

Zatz Not Funny! - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 18:17

HDMI streaming sticks are everywhere now, but a new one powered by Alticast, and shown for the first time at CES, comes with an interesting twist. The HDMI Media Express Stick includes both the Reference Design Kit (RDK) software bundle developed by Comcast (and now jointly managed with Time Warner), and Android support. That means it [...]

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Roamio Upgrade Offer

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 15:38
I received a Roamio upgrade offer, back in November, which I recently took advantage of, and am setting up today.

It was for a Roamio Plus for $749 with lifetime service ($150 off the regular price).

What I can't figure out anywhere is whether or not activating this Roamio will deactivate service on one of my lifetime Premieres. The offer does list the TSN of one of my Premieres, but doesn't say anything about deactivating service on that Premiere.

(It's particularly important to me, as I'd really rather 'replace' the other Premiere, since the one with the TSN listed in the letter has a bunch of programming that would need to be transferred)

Transfere Lifetime Service from Elite Premiere to Roamio Plus (Yes! Tivo did it)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 15:11
The last December bought a Tivo Roamio Plus from ABT.com with the offer $339.99, expecting sell my Tivo Elite Premiere aka 4XL wiht LTS and purchase a Lifetime Service for $399 for the new Tivo Roamio Plus.

I realized later that my account doesn't shows the Multi-Service Discount (MSD) the first month of service for the Tivo Roamio Plus, I chat today with Tivo via online and the represent told me that I don't qualify for MSD monthly or lifetime so I was decided to cancel my service and return my brand new Tivo Roamio Plus.

I called to Tivo Customer Service and request cancel the service and they asked me why, I explained that I did not get any discount anyways being a loyal customer for years and several Tivos in my account. The represent inquiry me if I got the discount in the Lifetime Service $100 I would get, I answered NO, so he put me on hold for a while and comeback with this offer.

Tivo will transfer my actual Lifetime Service from the Elite Premiere to my Roamio Plus, and I will pay $199 for get a Lifetime Service for the old Elite Premiere. I will save $200 or $100 depending if you qualify or not for the MSD.

The Elite Premiere I will sell on Ebay to recover the cost of my $199 LTS and the new Roamio Plus, so I can ask more to Tivo. ;) :up:

The represent name is Victor, kudos for him and Tivo.

"Orange County Choppers" on CMT? Anyone?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 15:10
Been on for a while now.

I keep missing it, trying to do some catch-up On Demand.

Same guys, naturally, same show as American Chopper, but it centers only on Senior's shop, with a new guy (Evan) doing some fabrication and some managing. Sort of a replacement for Paulie.

One I'm watching right now-
For some reason Evan keeps his RV-type trailer on the OCC property. They prank him by tipping it over using a forklift.

Hillarious. :rolleyes:

He finds out and tries to get out of Sr.'s office to stop what's going on. Christian blocks him and Evan ends up putting his fist thru a wall.


OCC at its best, whatever that is.

Anyone else even trying to keep up?

SPIKE's “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.”

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 15:00
Starts tonight, This show be a real show stopper, or Stomper?


Can Tivo Premiere run Streambaby WITHOUT a subscription?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 14:15
I'm possibly about to upgrade to a Roamio, and I'm wondering what to do with my current Premiere. I use Streambaby all the time and love it. Does anyone know if Streambaby would still work on the Premiere, even if I remove it from my account so I don't have to pay the monthly fee?

I know that the Premiere won't work with live TV any more, and I assume it also won't work with MRV (so no pushing shows from another Tivo, to the Premiere), but I'm unclear about Streambaby.

Thanks for any insights!

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.


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