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WDTV Play “SlingCatcher” On Sale For $50.

Zatz Not Funny! - Wed, 08/14/2013 - 18:09

We quite liked the WDTV Play when we reviewed it back in February. The streamer is a step (or three) slower than the Roku and with far fewer apps, but brings several nifty tricks of its own including a fresh, customizable UI with Android-esque widgets. After receiving Sling’s monthly email blast, featuring promotional WDTV Play [...]

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CBS Blackout Should Ignite Free TV Debate

Zatz Not Funny! - Wed, 08/14/2013 - 10:40

The retransmission fight between CBS and Time Warner cable shows no sign of abating, but it is triggering some interesting discussions over how consumers and regulators should handle the standoff. Dave suggests that Time Warner subscribers pick up a Mohu Leaf antenna to amplify over-the-air CBS signals while cable access is cut off. On the [...]

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Breaking Bad

TiVo Blog - Tue, 08/13/2013 - 12:24
        It was the beginning of the end. On Sunday night, AMC’s Breaking Bad returned for the second half of the fifth and final season, and it brought the chills and excitement that we have grown to expect from Vince Gilligan’s Emmy award-winning show. Fans are rampant with theories about how the final episodes will play out after the premiere. It’s clear that Walter White is hardly finished with his bad side. This episode opening showed a flash-forward of his return to his now-iconic home to retrieve Continue Reading

Spurned TWC Customers Pick Up Antennas For CBS OTA

Zatz Not Funny! - Mon, 08/12/2013 - 13:25

As the Time Warner Cable CBS retransmission spat drags on, impacted cable subscribers (or is that former subscribers?) have resorted to HDTV antennas and free OTA broadcasts, if RadioShack’s surge in sales is any indication. And, should you find yourself in a similar situation, let me recommend the amazing Mohu Leaf (~$40). We tend to shy [...]

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Football is back on TV This Week

TiVo Blog - Mon, 08/12/2013 - 12:00
MONDAY – CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock– ABC 7PM ET The Bachelorette is over, but our Monday line up got a little more interesting. Tune in to see names like Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift as ABC recaps the four day music festival. Like Country singer Kip Moore would say “It’s about as close to being perfect, it’s got everything but you.”   TUESDAY – Extreme Weight Loss – CW 8PM ET Turning 50 and having your 20th anniversary is enough work to take on Continue Reading

Charter Retires TiVo Premiere Hardware. Pace or ActiveVideo on Deck?

Zatz Not Funny! - Mon, 08/12/2013 - 11:29

Charter continues to spin down their TiVo Premiere leasing program with a request that all remaining units be returned: On September 10, 2013, TiVo Premiere service from Charter will no longer be available. To avoid interruption in your service, please visit a Charter Store before September 10, 2013 to exchange your current TiVo equipment and [...]

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TiVo Mini Now Streaming Netflix; Amazon Next

Zatz Not Funny! - Sat, 08/10/2013 - 18:41

While I’ve been quite satisfied with my TiVo Mini as a DVR extender, it shipped crippled in terms of third-party streaming apps. And, after 6 months with no movement, I picked up another Roku today. Perhaps ironically, Sam Biller just discovered TiVo has (accidentally?) published Netflix and Amazon Instant icons to our Minis. Netflix appears to be [...]

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When the curtain comes down, what will Breaking Bad fans watch next?

TiVo Blog - Fri, 08/09/2013 - 16:47
Like other fans of AMC’s Breaking Bad, the folks here at TRA are waiting in painstaking anticipation to see what devilish plots Walter White has in store for his Car Wash and “other” business in the final 8 episodes beginning on Sunday, August 11th. But soon enough, the Emmy winning series that put Albuquerque on the map as the home of Heisenberg will meet its final end. So what will Breaking Bad fans be left to binge view next? TRA has some big data driven suggestions that will help to comfort Mr. Continue Reading

Error installing tivo Desktop 2.8.3

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 12:55
I had a Win XP Netbook and successfully been using the free edition of Tivo Desktop with no problems. I just lost that notebook hard drive and bought a newer netbook with Win 7 Professional.

When ever I try and install using the Tivo Desktop Installer, I get error "Error opening installation log file. Verify that the specified log file location exists and is writqble." I cannot get past this.

I found on Microsoft webssite that it loses the location where to write log file and thinks \windows\system32 if the file. Their work around is to close Explorer and restart it. I tried running the installer program from Desktop and from within Explorer with no luck. Not sure what problem is. This is on a brand new Win 7 computer and the Desktop installer I think is Win 7 compatable. Has anyone else had this?

Bachelorette Finale: All the Right Reasons

TiVo Blog - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 11:41
After weeks of requisite crying, gushy poetry and unexpected goodbyes, it’s hard to believe this season’s Bachelorette began in the most unexpected of ways: with an original music video featuring international rap sensation, Soulja Boy. Needless to say, Desiree’s quest for love has been a total bell curve. What started as a strong season (remember Jonathan “I take everything too far” Vollinger from night one?) quickly became one of the most underwhelming runs in show history. It’s unclear why fans weren’t as jazzed about Des and her suitors as they’ve Continue Reading

why no more 4-tuner Premieres at Best Buy?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 08:21
Anybody know why Best Buy is no longer listing 4-tuner TiVo premieres on their website? I was looking into possibly getting one from them. They have the mini and the 2-tuner Premiere, but a simple search for "tivo" brings up no listings of 4-tuner Premieres. Also doesn't make sense if they are offering the mini (that only works with 4-tuner TiVos). They don't even have them listed as "out of stock". Could they be getting ready for the new line of TiVos? Or maybe its for another reason

Rca scenium TiVo won't receive signals from antenna

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 08:21
Can anyone tell me why my drs7000n won't receive signals from antenna

TiVo HD booting issue

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 08:02
I have a TiVO HD (TCD652160) that seems to have an issue when booting up. Basically, it had 1 S-card cable card in it for a few months now and all worked good. It was in a basement bedroom that wasn't used much so I didn't worry about it being a single tuner DVR. I then got a hold of another S-card from Comcast and put it in this TiVo HD. It recognized it, I called Comcast and had it paired and all went well with that. It then became a 2-tuner DVR.

Now, when I reboot it with these two S cable cards, it just seems to get hung up on the "Welcome, powering up" screen. However, if I take the 2nd cable card out and reboot it, it boots up just fine (as a single tuner DVR). I can then re-insert the 2nd cable card and it recognizes it again and functions fine as a 2-tuner DVR.

Is this the way it normally works? Or what else could this be? My series 3 OLED doesn't seem to do this, but maybe these models do.

Also, I realize I could probably just get a single M-card and use this instead, but my local Comcast office has apparently been all out of M-cards for 3 different trips I have made to it over the last 3 months. Due to possible billing issues that may get messed up with my account, I don't want to call them and have them mail me an M-card either so I am just gonna stick with these S-cards for now.

So, do these Series 3 TiVo HDs sometimes work like this? Is there maybe something I am not doing correctly here? Just curious.

My TiVo died - What to do next?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 05:39
My TiVo just died. :( Sniff. Since the new models are reportedly about to come out, what would you smart TiVo aficionados advise? I had been hoping to wait until the new models came out to buy a new unit, but now I'm stuck both without a TiVo and without reception (no cable box and absolutely no reception out here without cable). The first one being the bigger problem obviously. Unfortunately, I don't have the technical proficiency many of you here do. Nor the time right now to do a bunch of tests. I'm just interested in a new unit. Wondering what my best option is. Wait for the new units? Order a Premiere (I understand there are performance complaints)? Other options? It's a TiVo HD with lifetime.

What are the chances WeaKnees or some other place can salvage my recordings? Since I'm stuck at the powering up screen, it could very well be a bad HD. I had tried and tried to transfer the recordings, but had some unresolved tech issues with certain recordings although the recordings weren't copyright-protected. Are there other places besides WeaKnees that do this kind of work? I'm clear across the country...

Advice would be so very much appreciated.

P4 resetting itself

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 03:45
This is an odd one - every once in a while - averaging about once every 4-6 weeks - our P4 will be working fine and then just freeze, and usually slowly die and ultimately go into a reboot....or we will have to unplug it.

I think I've read on here before that manually rebooting occasionally is a good idea - though I never remember to do this. We keep ours on a UPS since our area has daily storms and tiny power outages almost as frequently.

Guess if I'm wondering if this is an ominous sign? We bought the extended warranty FWIW.

Comcast hell (Boston) - ALL broadcast TV marked as copy protected

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 01:50
All Boston local broadcast stations are all marked as "copy protected" on my TiVo series 2. This prevents you from saving programs for more than a week.

My Tivo Series two controls the Comcast Set Tob Box using an IR blaster, of course this already means my Second tuner is useless.
And now this "new" problem comes up, I can't save a program for > 24 hours after I start watching, and this most restrictive "copy control" setting
deletes the programs after 7 days.

This has been going on since 8/6/2013, (or possibly after midnight on 8/6) roughly. And it violates the FCC "Plug and Play" agreement - Google it - EFF has a copy

How can I get through to the right person at comcast to get their engineers in Boston to fix this? They keep giving me the number for Tivo, and of course it's outside their support hours.:mad:

You have to wonder if a MythTV box would be easier.

Big Brother 8/7/2013

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 00:17
Wow. Amanda is certainly self destructing. :)

colbert report - tuesday 8.6.2013 [spoilers]

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 08/07/2013 - 20:30
last night, daft punk no-showed the colbert report's summer concert series, colbchella 2013, and stephen turned it into comedy gold! i immediately replayed the ep after watching - it was classic colbert.

the link to the story from the hollywood reporter includes hulu video of the show and montage embedded:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ear...-report-600618 Quote: Daft Punk Cancels 'Colbert Report' Appearance for MTV VMAs (Video)

The TV-shy French duo was set to appear on the Comedy Central program, but due to contractual obligations to the MTV Video Music Awards later this month, they canceled their scheduled performance. Both MTV and Comedy Central are owned by Viacom.

"We booked Click and Clack over here about a month ago," host Stephen Colbert said during Tuesday's broadcast.

"Apparently, Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards. Don’t tell anyone, because, fun fact: No one told me until two hours ago.”

Still, Colbert managed to lure bold-faced names like Hugh Laurie, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Fallon and Jon Stewart to take part in a "Get Lucky" dance party.

Streaming between TiVos

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 08/07/2013 - 17:38
I have two Premieres in my house. When I stream between TiVos, I can't ff, rw, pause or stop. Is this normal?


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