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How are older SD TV series being up converted to HD

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 07/04/2013 - 06:00
I have notice several older SD shows are being broadcast in 1080i without any boxing; they fill the entire HDTV screen. I can't detect any cropping that might explain how the show would easily be up converted to HD. Clearly all the shows were recorded in SD 480 format, yet somehow the shows are have been converted to HD 1080i without distoring the image or quality (BTW, I have seen some very bad conversions, which is not what I am referencing here)

Some shows I have noticed that have up converted without loosing quality:

Friends
Seinfeld
Charlies Angles
TJ Hooker
Hogan's Hereos

Not a big list, and other then Friends and Seinfeld, the others aren't really that compelling as classic show.

Big Brother 7.3.13

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 20:33
Personal pet peeve - I cannot stand what a plastic personality Julie Chen is in the eviction episodes. Good grief. She is painful to watch.

Anoher peeve - what is the deal with all the hair extensions? Who pays to make their hair long? It grows for free.

These people are annoying and not smart. And it scares me because I'm thinking this is our public school system showing their average "consumer."

Big Brother 15 - 7.3.13

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 20:28
The sound cut out while Julie was explaining the game. If they're set up in teams, are there then two HOHs? :confused:


That worked out really well for the MC. Why didn't Jeremy vote with them?
Funny that he, Nick, and Spencer all seem to think they're the mastermind of the MC. Should be a fun implosion when that happens. Hope Jeremy is the first of them to go.

I agree with the last ep comment/concern about Elissa winning MVP multiple weeks in a row. Especially after seeing how many twitterers follow Rachel.
McRae needs to somehow show her that he was involved in saving her this week. She's ticked at him! :)

From DSL to Cable Modem & No Now Playing List

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 19:03
I just went from DSL to Cox Cable Modem (Motorola SB6121) and I can't see my PC recordings under Now Playing List.

When I click on No Playing on BRENTS is says, "The Now Playing on BRENTS PC has no recordings." but I can see them on my PC using Tivo Desktop software and the recordings work.

HR10 WinMFS restore woes

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 18:49
Has anyone on this thread successfully restored an HR10 with WinMFS?

I have two HR10s and the following winmfs3f backups.

- HR10#1 Original before Guided Setup
- HR10#1 500MB PTVnet/Instant Cake 6.4a after Guided Setup
- HR10#2 Original before Guided Setup
- HR10#2 1TB PTVnet/Instant Cake 6.4a after Guided Setup

None of the restores worked.

a) Restore HR10#2 1TB to 1TB drive: PowerOn-AlmostThere-PowerOn loop.
b) Restore HR10#2 Original to 300MB drive: PowerOn-AlmostThere-PowerOn loop.
c) Restore HR10#2 1TB to 500MB drive: PowerOn-AlmostThere-PowerOn loop.
d) Restore HR10#1 Original to 300MB drive: PowerOn-AlmostThere-PowerOn loop.
e) Restore HR10#1 1TB to 1TB drive: PowerOn-AlmostThere-PowerOn loop.

Gave up at this point, and did a PRVnet/Instant Cake install to a 1TB drive.

1) Backed up PTVnet/Instant Cake
2) Installed PTVnet/Instant Cake and did Guided Setup/Season Passes
3) Backed up PTVnet/Instant Cake w/Guided Setup/Season Passes

Attempts to restore these failed too.

MFSrestores were made to:
- 300MB IDE
- 500MB IDE
- two 500MB SATA
- three 1TB SATA

Many of the restores were done twice, one pass replying to "Expand" with Y and the other with N. Made no difference, still went into the power on loop.

Since the failing drive could still boot, did an MFScopy but that did not help, the copy took 7 hours, and went into the power on loop too.

To verify that there were no drive issues, did PTVnet/Instant Cake 6.4a installs to 500MB IDE, 500MB SATA and 1TB SATA drives and all of them booted up fine.

If there are any success stories out there with using WinMFS to backup/restore HR10s I'd like to hear about them, otherwise it looks like WinMFS backup/restore is not functional.

If backup/restore did not work at all I'd expect Search to have turned up some complaints, but maybe it works fine on Series 3 and later, just not the HR10.

Do You Love Fashion?

TiVo Blog - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 18:21
In a few short weeks, 12 new designers from all over the U.S. are hitting the television screen when Project Runway returns to Lifetime for its 12th season. We are excited to see some familiar faces with Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Tim Gunn gracing the judge’s table. There are also a lot of well-known guest judges who will be making appearances, including Kate Bosworth, Kaley Cuoco, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Stacy Keibler, Michael Kors, Kelly Osbourne, Sigourney Weaver and Allison Williams. It appears that clothes aren’t being the Continue Reading

Dolby Audio Setting

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 16:03
I'm using a 5.1 Sound Bar so I would think I should set the Audio setting on my Premiere to Dolby Audio correct? But notice when changing channels the audio takes a few seconds longer to come through the speakers. Is this normal???

Samsung Bought out BOXEE 30million!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 13:13
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57592174-93/samsung-buys-boxee-for-about-$30-million-reports-says/

Guess those Samsung TV's will be getting some serious updates shortly.

Best Slingbox player/client to connect to TV

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 12:24
I have a Premiere and record in HD. I want to use a Slingbox to access my Premiere over the internet and watch TV/recordings on another TV. What is the best player/client for this? An android phone, tablet, laptop, another Slingbox? I don't really want to tie up my laptop while watching TV (someone else may want to watch TV, but I need the laptop).

Big Brother 7.2.2013

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 11:35
Am I missing something but how is Rachel's sister the MVP? I'm guessing it's because she's the only one people recognize. It can't be because Rachel was popular? Can it?

I thought I might like the MVP, but now that it's in play, I'm not sure I do. First of all, I don't like that the viewers could effect the game like this. Second, it means a 50/50 chance the nominates will get changed through veto. Maybe that's a good thing, I don't know, but I'm not sure I like it.

I loved how pizza boy tried to "throw" the veto competition and then won. First of all, you need to spell a SHORT word, or just do what surfer dude did and not spell one at all, and pretend you were trying to make a longer word. Also, can NOBODY keep a secret?

I'm still trying to figure out how the alliance has numbers to vote out surfer dude. If they try and recruit someone to vote with them, then they risk exposing their alliance.

And, I still can't remember anyone's names!!

Kitchen Nightmares Vs Restaurant:Impossible.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 10:39
I've been watching some RI episodes recently and they have the (annoying) habit of sending you to the website to see how the restaurants are doing. So, it made me wonder how the two shows compared and which was more successful.

We all know that there is a certain amount (a LOT) of drama with these shows and KN seems to be a lot worse than RI. It was interesting to see that they have aired a similar amount of shows and the closure rate for KN is almost double that of RI, despite a longer visit and much higher budget!

Kitchen Nightmares


Restaurant:Impossible


What's even more interesting is the fact that, out of 22 UK restaurants, only three are still open with their original owners!

I like Ramsay and we're planning on trying to eat at one of his London restaurants when we go there in September, but this makes interesting reading.

tivo website sux?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 10:08
I want to record walking dead season 3 which seems to be in some marathon july 6th. it's too slow to do episode by episode on the tivo (I don't want a season pass because if I choose first run only, it will not record since season 3 is not new, and if I pick new and repeat, it will also get season 1 and 2 episodes also playing. I don't have enough space for all that.).
Anyway, I thought it would be fast on the website with point and click, but has the website always sucked, or it is just now? I get error on too many links. I search for walking dead, click it and then click on the "more" button because the episodes I want are not on the first page.

Technical Difficulties.
We're sorry
We are having technical difficulties. Please try one of the following:...

I have had this for the past few days.

Boy, does their website suck.

Fanhattan’s UI Lands at Cox

Zatz Not Funny! - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 10:02

Cox Communications is piloting an IPTV service in Orange County, California that combines cable television with Fanhattan’s Fan TV set-top and user interface. Todd Spangler at Variety broke the news about flareWatch late last week, and Cox has since confirmed the trial and Fanhattan partnership. Spokesperson Todd Smith says: Cox is testing a video service with a unique [...]

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Anybody watching Inside Man with Morgan Spurlock on CNN?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 09:33
I've always really liked Morgan Spurlock and came across a new show of his on CNN. So far he has discussed Marijuana and Gun control. Of course he is somewhat biased but I find he does a pretty good job of covering all sides of a story.

I recommend checking it out:

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/us/morga...man/index.html

Mini USB Port / Bluetooth

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 08:40
I'm curious about what functionality can be gained from the Mini's USB port. The little info I have read states that it is only useful for the slide remote.

It stems from a friend who was looking at getting the Roku 3 because of the headphone jack that is attached to the remote. I was wondering if any one here has tried to use a usb bluetooth headset with the mini. The goal is for her to watch shows at night without waking her husband up.

I figured the port was strictly for playing media files off of but the one engadget review i saw mentioned the bluetooth remote.. so in theory i would suspect that another blue tooth device would work?

Static/Popping on Channel Change with New Sanyo TV

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 08:27
I just got a new Sanyo FVN4612 TV and am using with my HD Tivo with cable and over the air channels. Now when I change to an ota station on the Tivo there is a breif static/popping sound. Also sometimes when the Tivo is paused the sound is constant. The problem goes away when tv volume is low and gets worse when tv volume is up.

I tried a new hdmi cable and calling Sanyo customer service but no help from either. Sounds like an incompatibility issue that I will have to live with or get a different tv. Any advice? thanks

Deadliest Catch - OAD 7/2/2013

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 08:07
No thread yet? Wow! Elliot is a bigger idiot that I ever imagined!! His romantic life completely baffles me. I mean, your true love won't have you back, mainly because you're screwing around with someone else, so you tack and ask the other woman (who is stepping out on you in your own home/bed) to marry you??? Your engagement planning is to invite the woman to meet you at an airport (will she bring her boyfriend?) and also call someone to make a ring for you and meet you at the same time??? Of course all this is predicated on his incompetence not sinking the boat. Fortunately, his crew has a stronger will to live than Elliot and decide on their own to work to save the boat...and Elliot apparently plans to fire them for that indiscretion. Basically, unless this was totally staged and manufactured by Tom Beers, if I were on the camera crew on that boat, once it touched land I'd jump off and refuse to ever get back on board. The job is dangerous enough, but adding gross incompetence puts it over the top. Either Elliot looses the boat to a bank, or he sinks it and kills everyone on board!

Oh, and another wizard "horn" bites the dust.....yawn.....

Audio Sync Issues - Premier with Analog

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 07:13
I've had my Premier 2 tuner unit installed for a little over a week now using analog cable. There is a problem with the audio sync while watching live TV. I went through all kinds of troubleshooting myself to be sure it wasn't my cable provider, HDMI cable, etc. Then after some searching, found a couple forum threads about this exact issue:

http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=496574

http://forums.tivo.com/pe/action/for...1204#e11051204

What happens is after watching a channel for ~20 minutes, the sound gets ahead of the picture by quite a bit - very annoying! I can get it to stop doing this if I change channels, or quickly hit the stop then play button. But, it will eventually come back.

The first thread I posted above is a couple years old so I would think the issue would have been resolved by now. The second thread is fairly current.

Armed with this information, I opened a ticket via email with Tivo support. The first response was to change the audio properties to PCM and was told that would fix it - which of course it didn't - had already tried that. Then in response, I sent a link to the second thread and said this is my exact issue which is being talked about on their own forum. I said that I find this issue unacceptable and want a software update or a new unit.

Their response was that the software engineers are working on it. The thread on their forum is now 7 months old and there seems to be no fix. I was offered to exchange my unit since it is under warranty. I responded saying how is this going to fix the issue if the same software is running on the new unit - was told that it is very likely that the new unit will do the same thing.

Now I don't know what to do. 7 months of the software engineers working on this doesn't sound too good. A unit exchange will not fix it either. I'm pretty upset about this - my old series 2 unit worked perfectly for years but I really don't want to go back to that box unless I really have to. I seem to have 2 options here - keep doing my work around by pausing/starting live TV every so often, or return the unit and go back to my series 2.

Pretty frustrated - since it has been 7 months that they've known about this issue, I don't feel that they find it a priority and wonder if a fix will ever come.

Premier 2 tuner software v20.3.1
Analog cable
1 HDTV hooked up with HDMI cable
No external audio system
Only happens when watching live TV

TivoHD Sound/Video stuttering - apparently not HD

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/02/2013 - 21:24
I have had Series 2 and TivoHD devices, upgraded them all to 1TB and therefore know a little about disks and Tivo.

I've searched here, but did not find clues - just the statement this is drive 99% of the time ... seems like I might be in the 1% - but what causes the 1%, can't find clues - anyone have ideas ?

Symptoms/Steps so far

Current TivoHD started 'glitching' yesterday - recordings and Live. Appears to be read as glitch position is inconsistent. So, ordered a new drive (on it's way) and swapped original 160GB drive in tonight to try to ensure current drive does not fail completely before I can save the content.

Boots up, updates the software to the latest version. Boots and I switch it to Live TV. It's glitching - same symptoms which are very short video freezez accompanied by an audio buzz (like the sound is stretched) ... as well as occasional audio buzz (sounds exactly like Americas Got Talent 'X' sound) but no visible video glitch.

Original drive has been on shelf for probably 3-4 years, but seems rather remarkable that both drives would behave the same ...

So - anyone have clues as to what else might be failing ?

I have a totally unused 652160 on the shelf, so have all replacement parts - of course I can't just swap mobo in as the crypt id will be different - so Lifetime will be lost, as well as all current recordings.

Any ideas from the bright folks here ???

Any heat issues with mounting the Mini?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 07/02/2013 - 16:44
I am currently propping it on top of a TV wall mount but against the wall.
Noticed that the wall behind the Mini is warm.

Any heat issues with mounting the Mini - whether to wall or on TV itself?

Also as an add on question: any issue with heat when placing a TiVo DVR on hardwood floor?

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