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S3 - noisy hard drive

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:51
I have a lifetime S3 that has an upgraded 1TB drive that I bought about 6 months ago, formatted from an eBay seller.

I just moved the unit from our home gym to the master bedroom and it gets REALLY noisy within a few hours of every re-boot. Not grinding, more like clunking - so I expect it's head seek noise. It's far too noisy to sleep in the same room with it.

The seller I bought the drive from doesn't respond to emails and doesn't seem to sell drives any more. Grrrr.

Anyway, do I have any alternatives other than to replace this drive AGAIN? This would be the third drive replacement on this unit (first was a $149 "out of warranty repair" directly with TiVo) - lifetime is starting to get pretty expensive.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Comcast - SDV - Premier Elite

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:59
Last two months Comcast is dropping HD channels at random. Couple days later, the channels reappear. Comcast claims we cant get HD on our TIVO Premier Elite with M-card. - yet we have been getting it all year. I'm wondering if Comcast in North GA. is now trying to use SDV - and we dont have a tuning adaptor or box of any kind. The dropped channels are still available in SD. Sometimes the DVR diag. screen shows signal levels at 93 - and other values also OK - yet screen is blank. Other times, DVR diag. show blank values and Current Tuning State = Not Tuned: Wrong Card State.

No one at Comcast seems to know anything at all. Again, could it be Comcast is now trying to use SDV in North Georgia. Anyone know?

Used TiVo with active subscription

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:11
OK, so here's a little morality play for you. A friend of mine recently picked up a used Humax TiVo / DVD combo unit to put in his kids' room. He took it home, did a Clear and Delete All, ran Guided Setup, and it's working perfectly.

Too perfectly, in fact - it seems that it still has an active subscription! He initially assumed that the service would expire within a month, but it's continued for several months now.

He bought the unit from his local Goodwill store, so there is no way for him to directly contact the previous owner, nor does there appear to be any way to tell if it's on a 12-month prepay or if the PO is unwittingly continuing to pay on a monthly basis.

I've suggested to him that he should call TiVo and explain the situation to them, but he sees this as a fortuitous freebie and is loathe to lose it.

What do y'all think he should do? What would you do if you were in his situation, or mine for that matter?

TiVo HD with 1TB and Lifetime Service (SF Bay Area)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/17/2012 - 09:32
Hope it's OK to post a craigslist listing (for those of you in the SF Bay Area who may be interested). I'm planning to move it onto eBay (or Amazon) later this week.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/ele/3482115375.html

save recorded programs ??

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/17/2012 - 08:19
I have in the past restored a non booting drive. Apparently the drive was not completely bad, but good enough to re-rwite the operating system & boot. I am now in the same situation but wanting to save the data, any way to re-write the o/s & save the data?

Any way to put things in a new folder in "my shows"?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/17/2012 - 08:08
not sure the right place to ask this and sorry if it is a dumb question but is there a way you could create a new folder and place recordings in that folder to make browsing through your shows list easier?

Homeland S02E02 "The Choice" 12/16/2012

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 12/16/2012 - 23:38
Sooooo.. That happened. No thread yet, figure I'd make one.

So Carrie thinks she can just come back after helping him flee?

Dexter S07E12 "Surprise, Motherfckr!" 2012-Dec-16

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 12/16/2012 - 23:36
Well, at first I thought I was wrong about Deb dosing herself with the Xanax, since Hannah sort of admitted it to Dexter. But then when Deb told Hannah, "confess what you've done" and Hannah responded, "I will if you will" and then "all that Xanax, my how you must have trouble sleeping at night". That sounds like Hannah saying she suspects that Deb did it to herself. But Hannah could just have meant that Deb had a big bottle of Xanax that came in handy when Hannah dosed her. But the part about Deb needing to confess what she has done fits better with Deb dosing herself rather than with Deb knowing Dexter is a killer and not turning him in. I guess I now have no idea who did it.

The part about the warrants to "track the GPS" on Dexter and Deb's phone was hard to believe. I have never heard that the cell phone companies keep records of everywhere that the cell phones have been. Sure, they can probably locate a powered-on cell phone NOW if they needed to, but to keep complete records of everywhere someone has been? I don't think so. I could accept that it is routine for police to wear something that allows their position to be tracked (and have something in their car), but that does not apply here since (1) no warrant would be needed and (2) Dexter would definitely not have anything like that (not sure about Deb).

That was a highly unsatisfying way to end the season. Dexter's plan for LaGuerta was okay (although he should have stabbed Estrada with something like an icepick), except that she had to be shot with Estrada's gun. Now that LaGuerta was shot with Deb's gun, that plan is...well...shot to hell. It would hardly be credible for Deb to claim that she found LaGuerta just after she shot Estrada and then when LaGuerta began to point her gun at Deb, then Deb shot LaGuerta. Since that story cannot work, the only thing I can think of is that both bodies need to disappear in Dexter's usual manner. Except that takes time, and we saw Dexter and Deb returning to the party at a not unreasonable hour. And when LaGuerta disappears, with her car known to have been at the port, and Deb having just called in for that information, and the conflict between LaGuerta and Dexter....LaGuerta's disappearance bodes ill for the Morgans.

On second thought, maybe Deb could claim exactly what I just wrote. The story could be that LaGuerta was obsessed and wanted to frame Dexter for killing Estrada, so she shot Estrada just as Deb came in, and Deb shot LaGuerta in self-defense.

Survivor Finale & Reunion show 12/16/12 SPOILERS

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 12/16/2012 - 23:33
Can't believe I'm the first to post about the show? Does anyone care anymore? :p

I thought it was a decent finale. Not too exciting, but entertaining. I would have been content with any of the final 4 winning, but was rooting for Malcolm.

Looking forward to next season already.

Limit on TiVo HD Upgrades

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 12/16/2012 - 19:20
Is there a limit on how many Lifetime transfers you can do to a new Premiere as an existing TiVo customer? I tried to do my 2nd today, and the TiVo rep said is was limited to one per customer.

WeaKnees offer to recycle old TiVo boxes

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 12/16/2012 - 19:05
I got an advert from WeaKnees that had information about their buyback program for old TiVo boxes that have lifetime service. That piqued my interest, since I have several Series2 boxes lying around, but I am worrying about inadvertently giving up a box that qualifies me for a future multi-user discount (such as a discount on lifetime). It is not entirely clear for me which of my "lifetime" boxes are qualifying me for future multi-user discounts, and which are not since they themselves were bought at a discount.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Next Gen TiVo Remote To Feature Audible Alerts

Zatz Not Funny! - Sun, 12/16/2012 - 18:16
TiVo’s soliciting feedback on the various ways they might implement sound within their next generation remote control. Of course, the obvious usage scenario is being able trigger an audible alarm when you’ve misplaced that iconic peanut under a couch cushion. But TiVo’s applied for some pretty crazy patents over the years, including the one for [...]

5 Geeky Gifts Under $50

Zatz Not Funny! - Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:42
As the clock winds down on holiday shopping, here are a few more gift ideas for the geek in your life. And if your loved ones don’t like them, they can always take the return money and buy the latest whiz bang thing after CES in January. (Dave and I are both going, by the way.) [...]

Do TV Promo Commercials Actually Work?

TiVo Blog - Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:26
TiVo Research and Analytics, Inc. (TRA) wanted to see if commercials promoting new TV shows actually result in people watching the show. The findings are surprising: A large-reach promotional campaign before a show’s premiere does not guarantee success with viewers. How do we know? First, TRA ranked the 2012 Fall TV shows based on the audience reach of their promotional campaigns six weeks before they started. A month after the show started, each show was given a Promo Conversion score, which is calculated by determining if a viewer watched three Continue Reading

Redbox Instant Sets Rates

Zatz Not Funny! - Wed, 12/12/2012 - 17:15
While Verizon and Redbox’s joint venture may be running a bit behind schedule, the Netflix competitor teased us today with program details. As expected, Redbox Instant will stream video from a number of distributors to a variety of mobile and television devices —  including smartphones, tablets, connected Blu-ray players, and Google TV. The all-you-can-eat movie-centric [...]

Recognize These “New” TV Faces From Past Places?

TiVo Blog - Wed, 12/12/2012 - 12:38
Have you been watching new shows this fall and seeing some familiar faces? This season’s lineup has been filled with actors who starred in popular TV series from the past. We have all the details on their roles then and now. Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere Britton is known for her roles as Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights and Vivien Harmon on the first season of American Horror Story, while Panettiere’s claim to fame is the cheerleader everyone tried to save on Heroes. This season both actresses made the move Continue Reading

AOL On App Now on TiVo Interface

TiVo Blog - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 14:32
Early this fall, we informed you that we would be teaming up with The AOL On Network to bring quality video content from on.aol.com straight to your TiVo Premiere; as of today, TiVo Premiere DVR owners can stay current with entertainment, technology, news and culture through the AOL On app found on TiVo’s interface. This app brings videos from a range of premium content partners including Reuters, Entertainment Tonight, Gourmet TV and BBC and so many others! You can watch current event videos from the most trusted sources on your Continue Reading

Tivo Premier 30-day refund denied

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 17:04
I have had Tivo service for 7 years and have had the HD Tivo since it came out. I decided it was time for an upgrade and purchased a Tivo Premier with lifetime service (Wish I got that on my last Tivo, I would have saved hundreds).

When it arrived, the audio had issues, and I had Comcast issues. I spend 5 nights in the phone with both Tivo and Comcast. Comcast always said its Tivo’s problem, Tivo usually said it was Comcast’s problem, although Tivo finally said it was broken and I should exchange it or return it. It was only one week since I got it, and since there was a 30 days return policy I decided just to return it as I didn’t feel like wasting more time setting up a new one, and I would keep using my old one which still works fine.

I was transferred to Returns and told the address and RMA number etc. After Tivo got my unit back, they e-mailed me and said they will be refunding only the $63.90 purchase price. I called and asked why they are not refunding the full $463.89 I paid and they said the life time service is valid only for the lifetime of the box, and as that box is broken, the life time service has ended. They would not budge. I called back and asked the same question and mentioned that it was within the 30 day return period, this time they told me the refund of the service only applies to new customers, not existing ones, and that I am not eligible for a refund of the $399.99.

I am furious to say the least. I thought the 30 day return policy covered both the box and service. I am at my wits end and feel like I have just been scammed out of $399.99. I don’t know what to do.

considering XL4 vs Premiere 4

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 16:12
So the wife has green lighted a new tivo to replace our 5year old tivo HD. I'm trying to debate the pros and cons of getting a XL4 Vs a Premiere 4. As it stands right now, the Premiere 4 is 221 and the XL4 is 375. a 2tb drive is around 89.00 making the cost of a premiere 4 an 2Tb drive about 310.

I see the pros of getting the Premiere 4 and additional drive as saving 50 ish bucks and having the original drive to fall back on in case of any issues. I see the Pros of getting the XL4 as everything being done and not having to worry about it .

any one have insight into this?

thanks!

-Quietfly

Hard drive died.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 15:25
So it looks like my hard drive died in my Premiere. It's only been a little over 2 years, too. :(

Before sinking money into a new TiVo, should I call customer service and see if they'll help me out on replacing it? I mean, having been a loyal TiVo customer for 6 years has to amount to something, right? :)

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