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POLL: Losing all channels\blank recordings on Tivo Premiere

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 12:26
Guys, This poll is for trying to figure out just how widespread the pixelation leading to blank channels and recordings problem is. After voting please follow up with the model(s) that you have seen this behavior on.

Stopping video in background on menu?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 10:53
Can the video running in the back ground be changed? I have 2 Premiers set to SD menu and when I want to use tivo button for most options it has video running. Hard to see the menus.

Thanks in advance for the help.

videobruce's problems in just one thread

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 09:46
Let's consolidate, shall we?

XL4 Fails After 8 Days

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 23:48
I purchased a new Premiere XL4 and TiVo Mini on 3/11. Last night, after only 8 days of usage, we turn on the Mini in our master bedroom only to find that it can't locate the living room DVR.

So I go down to the living room, turn on the TV, and to my surprise I see a green screen that says TiVo has detected a serious problem and is working to fix the issue and it could take up to 3 hours. We had last watched TV about 3 hours earlier. After maybe 10-15 minutes, the TiVo reboots. An endless reboot cycle started where it would display the welcome, starting up screen followed by the "just a few more minutes" screen, only to restart back on the welcome screen.

After 10 or so cycles, I decided to unplug the unit, wait a few minutes, and then plug it back in hoping that would erase anything in memory that could be causing the problem. Nope. Same situation: endless reboot cycles.

So now I must drive to Best Buy, exchange it, download all the service updates, call TiVo to transfer the subscription, call Comcast to activate the CableCARD on the new device, and then wait for Comcast to send another refresh signal to get the channels. This should take a minimum of 3 hours of my time to do this.

I'm very tempted to take everything back and say the heck with it.

Is TiVo's quality control that bad that a device should fail in 8 days? I've never had a TiVo DVR last more than 3 years because of hard disk failures. I just had my original Premiere replaced by TiVo only a month earlier because of a hard drive failure after 3 years of use.

Does anyone know of any issues that I might can fix without exchanging the unit? I don't think the unit has overheated because the unit itself doesn't feel hot and it's in a well ventilated area. I don't hear any funny noises that is typical of a fan or hard drive failure (it sounds normal when it powers up).

Problems with TiVo mini through Gigabit switch

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 23:29

I just got a Tivo mini to connect to my XL4, but I ran into various issues with my networking setup. Originally I had the XL4 directly wired to a Netgear WNDR3700v2 router, which was wired to a Trendnet TEG-s50g Gigabit switch, which was wired to the Tivo mini. To emphasize, there is no Wifi in the mix. The mini worked immediately after first setup, but every day since then it stopped finding the XL4. The error is "The XL4 DVR cannot be found" with error codes C421 and C422. Each time the mini started working again after a wild combination of reboots and reconnects to Tivo service.
Today I got it to work again by removing the switch and directly connecting the mini to the router. This is not a permanent solution, I have other wired boxes next to the mini that need the connection.

Are there any known issues with the mini and wired switches? Everything is in the same subnet. Any recommended settings on router & switches?


Justified 3/19/13 "Decoy"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 21:47
I never thought I'd be saying this in a context that includes Raylan Givens, but...

Bob's the MAN!

Using 2 Tivos with a Slingbox

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 21:45
I have 2 Tivos in the same room and have been able to set the remote codes to 1 and 2, allowing to use separate remotes to control their own Tivo. Now i am trying to set up my Slingbox HD pro to be able to control them separately. Can anyone help me set this up. Or is possible?

Moving from TiVo HD to TiVo Premiere XL4

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 21:35
I bought a new TiVo Premiere XL4 and I am getting rid of my old TiVo HD. I had (1) M-Card in that TiVo HD from Comcast. I tried moving it to my new TiVo Premiere and it didn't work. I called Comcast to get them to pair it and they said that my M-Card was older technology and I needed a new one. It is a scientific atlanta PKM800. Is there any legitimacy to this? I'd hate to have to go to the Comcast office for an hour only to be in the same spot due to a rep who wasn't exactly sure.

HBO Cancels Enlightened

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 21:27
I didn't realize this show didn't even have a thread past the first episode.

It wasn't my favorite show but I still watched. I enjoyed the characters. Oh well. Maybe Laura Dern can get into something before pilot season is over.


The Following - Love Hurts - OAD 3/18/13

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 20:16
Pretty good episode.

The whole final scene between Paul and Joe caught me by surprise in a series of non-suprises on this show.

That was messed up.

I'm kinda likin how they are willing to introduce new characters and then off them :)

Unable to Delete Recording in Progress

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 19:55
Tivo was in the progress of recording a suggested show I didn't want, so I stopped the recording and tried to delete it. Tivo paused for a bit with a spinning blue circle and then acted like the recording was deleted. But when I checked recorded suggestion list, it was still there and no matter how many times I repeated the delete option it wouldn't actually delete. Any suggestions?

Grundle Wars

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 18:44
Has anyone else been watching this show? Can you believe what Hank pulled at the end of last week's episode?

"R U Faster Than a Redneck" whole season spoilers

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 18:34
Show has Rednecks in hotrods racing Tuner cars on a 1 mile road course.

If you can get past the really bad comedy there is some great door to door racing in this show.

Some really good driving, and some really bad driving. Worth a look.

Thinkng of deactivating my Mini's

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 17:07
I was thinking of taking the service off of my Mini's. I thought that it would be enough to have HuluPlus and I did want to try them out. It is not going to get it, in my household.

I called Tivo, to ask what my options were. I told the CSR that I really needed Netflix and that I just wanted to hold onto the boxes, and reactivate if/when it shows up with an update.

1: He said that I could pay $50 extra, for each box and that there would be no commitment.... No way, I could just buy them at BestBuy.

2: I could return them and pay for return shipping. He said that when I call back, they will work something out with me on the cost... Probably the route that I will take.

3: He could give me 60 days to try them out. That would give me 60 days instead of 30, to see if Netflix will appear.

The CSR said that was an update coming, in a couple of weeks.
It WILL NOT include Netflix, but will have MLB and NASA TV??? He said that they are still working on Netflix.

Now I know that this is just a CSR, so this may mean nothing. I asked him about the two-tuner/Mini no deal. I did not mention the "Buy the four tuner, activate Mini, return four-tuner" deal, He did. He said that his friend just did this and he can see that it was going to be a problem. (The returns to retail stores.) I asked him if Tivo could do a check, when the four-tuner doesn't call in, and he didn't really reply.

I did know, before I ordered, that Netflix was not included. I'm trying to figure out my next step. The Mini's are cool but I don't really need them without Netflix.

What do you guys think? option#2

March Madness, Movies and Mayhem Game!

TiVo Blog - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 16:30
Like any highly-anticipated event, March Madness always seems as though it takes eons to get here; what’s worse is that it’s over before you can say NCAA. Worry not! There are a number of basketball-friendly movies and a game brought to you by TiVo that we think can help calm your nerves during the Big Dance. Between the catchy theme song and the (very literally) animated characters, Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny made Space Jam the light-hearted movie that doesn’t get old. On the same light note, Woody Harrelson’s character, Continue Reading

Transfer failure on specific videos from TiVo Desktop (PC) to Premiere

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 13:32
I am finding that I am not able to transfer some videos from TiVo Desktop to my TiVo DVR, while others transfer without incident. This issue seems to be repeatable - i.e., videos that transfer on the first attempt will also transfer on the second attempt, and videos that do not transfer on the first attempt do not transfer on the second attempt either. When "pulling" to the DVR, I generally do not see an error or know where to look for an error message. When "pushing" (sharing videos) from the PC, I was able to find an error on the TiVo DVR Download History. "Not Transferred: This show was not downloaded onto this DVR because it exceeded the expected size." Not much else to go on. No immediately obvious differences between the videos that will transfer and those that will not (file size, video resolution).

Any ideas?

Live TV using one of Tivo tuners on other networked devices

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 13:12
Supposedly I can use one of my 4 Tivo tuners to watch live TV on another networked device. The TiVo menus let me dedicate one of the tuners and just says on another networked device. It doesn't say "TiVo Stream" or "Tivo Mini" or "TiVo" anything, just "Other Devices". Is this feature only reserved for "TiVo" devices or can I use it as a Windows Media Center tuner? If I can use it as a Media Center tuner how do I do that? Any Help or info would be appreciated.

Is Survivor broken beyond repair?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 12:06
Excellent article discussing this at Clique Clack.


I was a life-long Survivor fan, never missed an episode, until a couple seasons ago I finally got tired and left. This article says much better than I could exactly how I felt. It's not too long an article, and well written.

One excerpt:
Quote: Let me preface this with the statement that I am a Survivor fan. I have watched every season from the beginning, I’ve seen the good and the bad, and I’ve stuck with it hoping that somehow, some way it can have a season that lives up to the best of the best. What I’ve seen over the past couple of year, though, is a downward spiral that is taking a great game dangerously into the realm of conflict reality TV (i.e. the Real Housewives franchise), putting the personality clashes among the tribe members above the actual game.

It also doesn’t help that a majority of the players are now cast — off the street, in a club, from a modeling agency — for “types” (or stereotypes) instead of being culled from viewer submissions (I personally know a couple of people who have applied several times and have never been contacted). What’s worse, the producers then reinforce the stereotype by selecting what that person wears on the island! If you’ve ever wondered why someone would wear a suit, high heels, or a sweater vest to a tropical island knowing that they’re about to play the game of Survivor, now you know (even Phillip’s awful pink underwear were selected by the producers). The show has gotten so enamored with the “conflicts” between the tribe members that they’ve forgotten about the challenges, most of the time combining a reward and immunity challenge just to give the “story” more screen time.

30 Second Skip

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 11:08
Can the Mini be reprogrammed to do a 30 second?


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