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Using Series 3 at Extended Stay Hotel

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 13:52
I am relocating for work and living in an extended stay type hotel for a couple months so I brought an old Series 2 unit with me hoping to be able to record shows but it wasn’t HD compatible. A friend a work gave me his old Series 3 and I have it hooked up now but something is odd.

When I run the cable from the hotel wall outlet to the TiVo unit the channels are not the same numbers as on the hotel TV. There was no box or anything the hotel is using, just straight regular cable from wall to the back of the TV.

Basically the local channels listed as “HD” specifically on the hotel line-up card now are showing up as 4-1, 5-1, 8-1, etc. instead of just 4, 5, 8 etc. The non HD cable channels are in the same order but different channel numbers and the HD cable channels are totally missing.

Any ideas how to get the TiVo channels to sink to hotel channels? I’m only missing a couple HD cable channels but it just seems odd that the hotel was running a straight cable to the TV and when I run the same cable to the TiVo the channels don’t match up

Love the new Mini

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 12:58
Just bought a TCDA93000 for $146 on Amazon. It's so nice to be able operate the remote from under the covers in bed!

Was previously using an old TiVoHD along with several Minis and a Roamio. Comcast charged $8 month for the second cable card, so I sold the TiVoHD with Lifetime for $175. A great deal! :D


TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 12:58
I fired up MLB.tv on the Roamio today for the first time since I got my TiVo a few weeks ago. The video looks great, but anytime I rewind/pause/ff the video, I can't get it to resume playing without backing out of the stream and starting it over. I've used MLB.tv on several other devices I own in previous years without this issue. Has anyone else experienced something similar on their TiVo?

TiVoHD Series 3 TCD652160 Upgraded with Lifetime

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 12:49
TiVoHD with Lifetime, upgraded with internal 1TB WD Hardrive. Perfect condition. Make an offer.

Update: Sold through Craigslist for $175

New TiVo Logo?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 12:10
While browsing another site, I noticed this ad showing a diffent TiVo logo. Is TiVo rebranding?
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HD menus on an SD TV

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 12:07
So, I have a Roamio Pro, and Premier XL4, a Mini and an HD. Everything is working great, though I’m not really using the HD anymore.

I still have on Standard Definition TV. It is the least used TV and right now it has the Premier on it. The issue is that it uses the SD menus, so the nice new features like One Pass and Amazon Prime are not available.

From what I have read and tried, it looks like the Roamio and the Mini do not have the SD menus and will just scale the HD menus.

First, is it true that they will output the HD menus scaled to SD?

Second, what would you do? Move things around? Leave it alone?

Thanks for your input.

OnePass issues or features

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 12:04
I just programed 21 programs into OnePass on my new Roamio and saw a problem. I selected the Option Get in HD to Always. When I looked at my ToDo list there were no shows listed. I had to go back to the OnePass and change the Get HD only to If Possible in order to see any shows in my ToDo list. Has anyone seen this and is it normal? I am also not able to select a specific station from which to record from. Since all my stations are in HD I guess this is not a major issue but it is extremely annoying. Again, is this normal for OnePass?

KS 54 SMART test taking 21+ hours for 1TB HD?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 10:27
I'm a Tivo newbie (4 months). My second-hand Tivo Series3 started hanging and rebooting during video playback more frequently (now once a day). I can FF skip over most stutter issues, but every so often it'll hang and reboot.

Since I suspect a HD issue, I started a Kickstart 54 S.M.A.R.T test yesterday.

It is still running the off-line scan for 21 hours - is this normal? Or does this long time itself indicate a problem or bad disk?

Test time (estimated) = 167:27
Test time (elapsed) = 1312:06

The fact KS54 doesn't even correct any bad sectors - am I just wasting my time?

I ran KS 57 the prior weekend - of course w/o any report of bad sectors found or any report at all - I have no idea what KS 57 might have found or fixed. It did not seem to change or correct the playback stutter and reboot issues.

Using Several Mini's

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 09:49
I have 2 Mini's both connected to the R-Plus using Moca. On the R-Plus, TiVo support had me set it up using both Ethernet and Moca. My question: I want to add a 3rd Mini, the room where I would like to put the new Mini does not have an RG-6 cable. Can I use Ethernet on that 1 mini to make the connection to the R-Plus?


About that Wayward Pines thread...

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 09:40
I found the original post very rude, and the replies even ruder. I hope you're all happy with yourselves...


Using DECA for Tivo Roamio/Mini

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 00:24
I am hoping to get some help on using my old DirecTV whole-home DECA parts (for HR22s) to connect a Mini to my Roamio OTA (rather than purchasing MoCHA adapters). My setup is straightforward. The Roamio connects via ethernet to my router. I have coax plugs available for both units. These are the same plugs DirecTV used. I have the following DECA parts to work with...

#1 - SWIM unit (Model: PI21R1-03)

#2 - Connected Home Adapter (Model: DECA1MRO-01)

#3 - Connected Home Adapter (Model: DCA2SRO-18)

#1 and #2 were previously in the location where the Mini is now. #3 was where the Roamio is now. I attempted to mirror the old whole-home setup to with no success. What am I missing here? Do I possibly need different parts? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am obviously green when it comes to this. Thanks!

Can't delete folder

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 00:10
I think this has come up before and was answered, but I didn't pay attention because it didn't affect me until today. Sorry. I deleted all the eps from a series folder but the folder remains on the playlist. Note, I was deleting them using my iPad, so I couldn't just delete the folder. Any way to get rid of it? It doesn't show on KMTTG.

OnePass Question

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 23:49
I'm really liking the idea of OnePass. Is there any way to limit which streaming services OnePass makes available? I just set up a OnePass for Arrow. It showed me that Season 1, 2 and most of Season 3 was available for streaming. Season 1 and 2 is available on Netflix. Season 3 is available on Amazon. I don't have Amazon.

Is there a way to tell OnePass not to show services you don't have access to?

Transferring tivo to another owner

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 23:42
I sold my Tivo XL4. what best way of transferring it to another owner?

Help me understand MOCA: what is the purpose of a router in a MOCA setup?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 22:26
Am trying to get my head around MOCA setups, but I keep on coming back to a question (and I apologize in advance for the simple-minded nature of this): what is the purpose of a network router in a MOCA setup?

Does the router serve to direct the signal over the MOCA network, between, for example, a TiVo Roamio and a Mini in the network? Does that apply only to Internet/cable content coming from outside? Or does it also apply to content being sent directly from a Roamio base station to a Mini?

Most specifically, could a MOCA network be maintained without a router connection, where the only desired effect is to transmit content already on a Roamio (standard) base station, or being received by the Roamio (standard) base station via an OTA antenna attached to the Roamio, to a Mini, where both the Roamio base station and the Mini are connected to the MOCA network (the Roamio standard base station connected to the MOCA network via a MOCA adapter)? I could swear that I saw some discussion here along those lines, but perhaps I misunderstood (and, hence, the reason for my asking here).

Thanks in advance--

What the most easy way to move a MP4 movie to a Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 21:59
I have never moved anything to my Roamio from my PC, but I would like to know if there is a simple way to move a movie in MP4 1080p format to my Roamio from my Windows 7 64 bit computer.

Thanks for any help you people can give me (I want the easiest way as I am only going to do this a few times a year).

HULU V131 Error

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 21:05
I am getting a V131 error when I launch HULU Plus in any of my Tivo Minis. The application works perfectly on the Roamio. All network applications work fine on the minis, Netflix, Amazon Prime, VUDU, and I can perfectly watch anything on the roamio and get information from the internet so it is not a connection problem.

I have seen other posts like this one, but they are all about the problem in non Mini devices. Is anybody having the same issue with HULU on the Mini?

OTA DVR Comparisons (Tivo, Tablo & Channel Master)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 18:53
My mega DVR review. (long - long - long)

If you don't like OTA or if you think it's a waste then please breeze right on past this thread. It's not intended to solicit 'cord cutter math' type responses. Thanks :)

In the past few months I’ve used the following 3 DVR’s. These are probably not only the most popular but are the best of what’s available for cord cutters.

Tivo Romaio:

The Tivo is # 1 on my list and is ultimately the one I ended up keeping.

The Roamio was purchased direct from Tivo using a discount code that was purchased on eBay. The Romaio with lifetime service was $450 using the discount code and I paid $30 for the discount code. Total spent $480.

This is by far the best option for cord cutters. The Tivo has 4 tuners and comes with a 500GB hard drive inside. The hard drive allows about 75 hours of HD recordings. The internal hard drive is easily up-gradable using up to a 3TB sata drive.

There are 4 tuners in the Tivo and they are rock solid. The unit pulled in all my channels and they all come in crisp and clear with no issues whatsoever.

The guide correctly listed all my channels (47 OTA total) and provided accurate guide data. The Tivo also has built in apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime and Vudu. The beauty of this is that they are not just a clickable apps. These apps are tied into the main Tivo ‘My Shows’ feature and into the ‘Tivo Find TV, Movies, & Video’ search feature. TV shows that you choose from say Netflix (or any app) are added to your watch list. It is a killer feature.

The Tivo can also automatically download web streams. For instance I watch All About Android. I search for it and it is listed on the Tivo. Selecting a One Pass for it gives me the option to auto download new episodes as they are available and also lets me choose the number of downloaded episodes to keep on the DVR. This is a very nice feature!

The Tivo will also add a One Pass for shows on Netflix ect. I have a One Pass created for Orange is the new black and House of cards. Again, this is another killer feature of the Tivo.

The Tivo has cover art and full descriptions available for all shows and movies be they from the OTA guide or from an app. You can also Thumb Up or Down items and over time the Tivo will build suggestions based on you history. This could be a nice way to find new content.

The Tivo is fast and responsive and I have not had a single issue with it. None, zero, nadda, zilch! All of my recordings scheduled just fine and they recorded without incident.

The lifetime subscription is tied to the life of the box however.

Channel Master DVR+:

This one ranks # 2 on my list.

I had a Channel Master DVR+ about a year ago when it was 1st released. I had several issues with it and ended up returning it. I decided to try it again and some of the issues I previously had have been resolved.

The Channel Master DVR+ is $250 and you may also need a WiFi adapter that Channel Master sells for an additional $40. You will also need an external usb hard drive. I will compare it to the 500GB drive that comes in the Tivo. A WD 500GB hard drive sells for about $50. Total for the Channel Master DVR+ would be about $340.

The guide data is free for life! The down side is that Channel Master only sells a 2 Tuner DVR and there is no option for a 4 tuner version.

The tuners are weaker than those found on the Tivo. The DVR+ pulled in all 47 of my channels but 4 of these are very weak and pixelate quite a bit.

The guide data is still a bit wonky. I have 2 channels where the guide data was not listed at all and 4 other channels listed incorrect data. I can’t find any way to notify Rovi (the EPG provider) about the errors / non data. Overall the EPG data is fine but it’s not perfect like the Tivo EPG data is.

Scheduling recordings is a bit hit and miss. I setup all my shows and the Channel Master correctly scheduled most of them. I am not real sure why it decided to skip some episodes though. This could and probably is an issue with how the EPG data is listed. I only want to record new episodes so perhaps the EPG data was not listing some as new? No clue but this can be easily overcome by simply checking your scheduled recordings once a day. If you know a show airs on Monday night and it’s not listed as scheduled then you can simply go to the guide, select the missing show and record it that way.

The guide is simple and does display some information about shows but it does not include the season and episode # which is a bummer!

The DVR+ does come with apps installed like Netflix but it does not display any info other than the app name. There is no way to include your Netflix shows (like House of cards ect) into the data like the Tivo can. Again a bummer. It is nice to have access to these apps however and Channel Master has said more apps will be added over time.


The 4 tuner Tablo sells for $300 and a lifetime subscription is $150. You will also need a hard drive so again the WD 500GB hard drive sells for about $50. Total for the Tablo setup comes to $500

The Tablo operates differently than the other 2 DVR’s listed above. The Tivo and the CM plug into your TV via a HDMI cable whereas the Tablo operates over your internet connection and is accessed via an app.

The tuners were strong and pulled in all my channels. The guide also correctly listed all information and data for these channels. There are no apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus ect on the Tablo nor is the information from any apps available in the guide data.

Initial load times once you open the Tablo app are slow. This is mainly because the Tablo need to buffer the channel so you can pause and RW. Changing channels acts in the same manner and they buffer as well. Again, it needs to buffer the channel before tuning to it so you can pause and RW..

A massive bummer is that I got some buffering on live TV from time to time. This was the ultimate deal breaker for me and was the main reason that I decided to sell it.. Changing channels takes about 10 seconds per and can be a bit aggravating..

A massive bonus of the Tablo is that you can watch TV anywhere and on any device. That’s the beauty of it. It runs over your internet connection and is accessed via an app. No need for extra gear to do this like you would need with the Tivo and I don’t believe the CM can do it at all unless you added something like a SlingBox.

To summarize, here are my choices in order along with their prices for the gear and lifetime EPG data.

1. Tivo $480
2. CM DVR+ $340
3. Tablo $500

So why did I chose the Tivo as # 1? The EPG much is better than the others. The ability to add House of Cards (or any apps TV show & movie) directly to the Tivo system is pure awesome and it has the ability to automatically download web streams.. Add all these together and it’s in my opinion, the ultimate DVR for a cord cutter.

I’ve had all 3 of these within the last few months so feel free to ask any questions you may have and I’ll try my best to answer them.

If you are looking for an OTA DVR you can't really go wrong with the Tivo Roamio..

Oh NBC Nightly News...You've done it again.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 17:40
Wasn't sure if this belonged here or in "General Chit Chat".

Remember not that many weeks back they aired a shot of a guy wearing a t-shirt that had something not quite air-worthy, and failed to blur it out?

This is almost as good.

Talking about the machete attack at the New Orleans airport, the reporter said that as the guy went after a grandmother who was working as a TSA agent with the machete, "an unarmed deputy pulled a gun".

If you didn't get it the first time, read that quote again. :rolleyes:

Can we have shows grouped by different "users"?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 16:51
I do not see this but wonder if there is any way to do what we want. My wife has a few series (one pass) recordings that are on our now playing list. They are usually at the top but not always. Is there any way to have a "folder" perhaps with her name that ONLY has her shows so that when we look at Now Playing we do not see her shows? I believe that our old ReplayTV's had this.


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