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Syfy's Bitten returning tonight, 4/17

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:50
Season 2 of Syfy's Bitten returns tonight at 8ET and 9ET, but a SP/1P set for new episodes only would miss them because their original air dates are from February.

Lip Sync Battle

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:24
If anyone is a fan of the lip sync battles on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show like I am, they have now been super-sized into an actual show on Spike TV (produced by Fallon, John Krasinski, and Stephen Merchant). The basic premise is that two celebs get to perform 2 songs - one normal lip sync like on Fallon's show, and then one when they go all out with props/costumes/backup dancers/etc.

For some reason, I find these highly entertaining. I like the "they're just like us!" current celebrity trend, largely started by late night hosts Fallon and Kimmel (and now including James Corden), and this just furthers it. Added to that, they pair up celebs that are friends (or at least friendly) in real life, so there's some teasing and trash talking that goes on (Emily Blunt vs Anne Hathaway was great in this regard).

Of the four that I watched last night, this was my favorite:

John Krasinski vs. Anna Kendrick

No audio when connected to ancient TV

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:24
I've got an ancient Sharp Aquos that has a single HDMI input which is likely a very early revision of HDMI. I also have an ancient AVR that has no HDMI inputs at all. I replaced a Premiere that I had connected to the TV with an HDMI cable and to the AVR with a digital optical audio cable with a mini. Since the mini doesn't have an optical audio out, I got a JTech HDMI audio extractor and connected the HDMI out of the mini to its HDMI in and its HDMI out to the TV. Then I connected the JTech's optical audio out to my AVR's optical audio in in the same manner as I had done with the Premiere. I ended up with picture but no sound. To verify the JTech wasn't the problem I took it to another TV with a working mini and tried the same sort of audio connection to that TV's AVR (which is quite a bit newer and does have HDMI inputs). That worked fine. So the JTech works, just not when used with the ancient TV and AVR. So I thought maybe the mini had a problem. So I moved my Roamio Pro to the old TV/AVR and this time I got audio but no video!

So I am thinking there's some kind of HDCP negotiation failure going on that is preventing the JTech from working with the old TV and AVR. Is that plausible?

Replacing the TV is not an option, but I thought maybe replacing the AVR with something more modern that does have HDMI inputs would solve the problem (as it would eliminate the need for the JTech altogether). I worry a bit that maybe it won't be able to pass the video along to the TV. Could that happen? It seems to work OK with the old Premiere. Is there a different level of HDMI/HDCP in the Premiere than in the mini that is more fussy somehow?

Thanks for any insights.
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Can I have 3tb internal and 3tb external?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:23
Sorry if this has been asked before but I'm coming from Windows Media Center where I have approximately 4tb of recorded TV shows. I'm going to replace my internal drive on my new Roamio Plus with a 3tb drive this weekend. But I know that won't be enough so I was wondering if I could later add a 3tb external drive onto the same unit.

Test

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:03
Trying something.

Any way to play recorded shows automatically, consecutively?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:45
I doubt this is possible but just in case: I sometimes want to play a number of shows, e.g. episodes of a series, in a row, without having to load each new show every time the previous one ends. Is there any way to do this? Admittedly I'd like to do this when I'm trying to fall asleep and would like to queue up a few 1/2 hour shows in a row.

thanks

BT

Sort options in the show group

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:39
Is there a way to set the sort option default inside of a group for shows? The default is by season when you include streaming. That ends up starting at season one and the new recordings are all over the place or at the bottom. I can press the C button and sort by date, but I would prefer that was the default.

Thanks
Warner

One Pass Question

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:25
I realized that I was paying for a bunch of channels on FIOS and only recording two of the shows. I decided to drop the extra channels and just buy the two shows on Amazon.

I created a one pass for the shows and set them to include rentals, but they are not showing the new shows. They only show the older ones. Does it take a few days for them to show up under "my shows"? Ideally, I would like for them to just show up as soon as they are on Amazon. ( I can see them on Amazon, but not on the Tivo).

Thanks

Fios quantum gateway router and roamio plus

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:04
I'm thinking of changing my current fios router to the quantum gateway router - i currently have a Roamio Plus using coax cable for MOCA. Does anyone know if i switch routers will i have any issues or is there any other equipment i need to get? I read something ( but can't find the link) that Roamio Plus uses moca 1.0 and the new router uses moca 2.0 and may not be compatible ? Apologies if any of this doesn't make sense - i'm not very tech savvy :)

The Big Bang Theory [04/16/2015] - "The Communication Deterioration"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:21
Penny: [knock, knock, knock] Sheldon! [knock, knock, knock] Sheldon! [knock, knock, knock] Sheldon!
Sheldon: I bet that started off as a joke, but by the third one, you realized there was something strangely enjoyable about it.
Penny: Yeah, I kind of want to do it again.
Sheldon: I don't recommend it, you'll be doing it the rest of your life.

:D So, how many of you have started doing the Sheldon knock?

Madam Secretary

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 02:54
Anyone (still) watching? This is becoming must watch for me. It's sort of a lesser West Wing.

"The Necessary Art" (4/12/15) even played out like an ep of WW: cold war almost turns hot, plenty of military action, back channel conferences, good stuff.

Unfortunately, I had to buy this ep on Amazon, cuz I didn't pad enough last Sunday night.

Create Xfinity App vs requiring CableCard

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 02:44
Suggestion:
Create an Xfinity APP (that's also integrated into One Pass) for Roamio OTA vs requiring a physical cablecard to unscramble/access channels.

Reason:
1. Many customers have online and mobile access to Xfinity via family member's subaccounts; especially those away at college in other states.

2. Using an app vs a cablecard is a more efficient use of resources. There's no need for cablecard to unscramble channels (extra step and hardware) when the user can be verified via the Xfinity TV GO app sign in.

Background:
I'm a college student who's family member created an Xfinity subaccount for me to be able to watch live and on demand programming online/via phone from another state.

I bought the Roamio OTA because of One Pass and Xfinity On Demand. Unfortunately, after signing up I found out that there isn't an Xfinity app and that I'd need a cablecard.

I was under the impression that you simply had integrated Xfinity app along with Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Hulu Plus into the One Pass search feature. That and the tv guide feature would've justified the $15 monthly fee especially since I don't record broadcast tv because of commercials (no need for DVR).


Many channel apps (Showtime, HBO, etc.) are blocked for Comcast customers. I'd hoped, because of your partnership with Comcast/Xfinity, that I would finally have a streaming device that would integrate everything in one.


Note: I already own an Amazon Fire TV with Xfinity TV Go sideloaded. Unfortunately, Amazon has not done what it promised - to integrate it's search engine with results from Netflix and Hulu Plus or I would not have been looking for a solution.

Here's a quandry - movie or channel?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 02:37
Suggestions recently recorded Animal House on IFC. I love the movie, hate the channel. I don't want to watch a film that's all chopped up and especially in SD.

How can I use Suggestions to let TiVo know that I like a show or movie, but I don't want to watch it on a particular channel.

I assume the easiest thing to do would be removing the station from the channel list. But, I was hoping for something more elegant.

And, yes, I mistyped quandary.

Hitting clear on program and then MRV freezes box

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:50
Been happening for awhile now. I hit Clear to delete a recording and before it's done clearing I go to MRV - the whole box becomes unresponsive. The light on the front flashes like it's receiving the command, but I can't do anything and I can't connect with my phone either through the network.

Really weird bug that I hope gets fixed since I do it accidentally and it could kill a recording.

Anyone else?:mad:

Mini performance with Premiere units

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 23:25
How is the performance of the mini's with the premiere units? My Premiere is really responsive with the later software versions.

I've thought about upgrading to a roamio, but the cost is pushing me away from it. I've found some lifetime Premiere XL4 units on craigslist for 150ish that has me interesting in just sticking with this platform for a little while.


Thoughts?

Adjusting the Tivo clock manually

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 23:15
Back in 2013 there was a thread with the same title. Unfortunately the tread went terribly off topic and it really got confusing trying to identify the possible fixes.

First, let's review the problem... Everybody involved with delivering TV content uses the same time standards using NTP that is traceable all the way back to the atomic clocks at the Naval Observatory. Everybody's equipment is within a couple of milliseconds of the standard. This includes the TiVo time adjustment pushed out to your DVR, the television networks, and the cable companies. BUT there is a delay in the time that actual programming gets from the TV network, through the cable company, all the way out to you. There are a number of valid technical reasons why this takes place but this is really out of scope for this discussion. The fact is that it happens with virtually all cable carriers and typically causes the TiVo DVR's to startup some number of SECONDS BEFORE the TV signal is available for the programming desired.

OK, you may say that skipping through a few seconds of content from the previous show may be a nuisance, but it's something that most of us can deal with. The real problem is at the other end of the recording. The TiVo not only starts up early but it also stops early. So you certainly can't view content that isn't recorded. In the old days this wasn't much of a problem where most of the content at the end of a show was advertising. But the networks have gotten smart and are now avoiding ads at the end of their programs with the hope that you will not switch when you get a taste of the next program that is starting.

Now this delay is pretty much repeatable on all channels and I have yet to experience any drift over many years on a few different TiVos. But not every cable system has the same delay, so it really needs to be adjustable at the end user location. As of today, there is still no configurable way of compensating for this delay in the TiVo settings that I'm aware of. So what are the alternatives?...

1. Add and extra minute or so to the stop time of all your recordings and OnePasses. This sort of works OK for a while until you run out of tuners on your TiVo. I have an Elite with four (4) tuners and I must say that I end up with a fair amount of recordings that end up being clipped due to not enough tuners being available. The bottom line is that this would almost never happen if the need to add extra time to every recording was not necessary. The bottom line is that this is a poor solution that fails often and one we shouldn't really be required to deal with.

2. Get our good friends at TiVo to add a new configuration setting to allow adjustment of the local TiVo time. Well I've certainly suggested this to TiVo support but so far they are reluctant to even admit there is an issue. When you are lucky enough to get somebody that understands the issue (and is probably familiar with it anyway); they point you to item #1 to 'solve' your problem. It seems to me that the good folks at TiVo are probably well aware with this issue and have been reluctant to provide any 'fix' for this other than what we have already because of the support issues it could potentially generate. Some users would not necessarily understand the configurable and would call support to ask questions regarding what it for. BUT... I suspect TiVo management would be much more inclined to do something about it if enough people contacted them and complained. So what is the threshold of 'enough'?... Good question. I suspect that this could be bandied about pretty good in this thread.

3. Come up with a reliable hack to fix it for ourselves. This obviously requires varying levels of expertise but it seems doable. But there are a variety of issues that come up surrounding this. Any hardware modifications should be avoided so that warranties don't get impacted and to generally reduce the need of acquiring parts and/or costly hardware modification equipment. But if a software fix is in order, then it needs to be as easy and semi-permanent as possible. What I mean by this is that it would be best if we we could get by with some sort of key combination on the remote, but I suspect that this is unavailable currently. I've read about old hacks involving removing the drive and booting it up on a linux based pc. Not necessarily a bad way to go, but difficult for most users who don't know what linux is let alone any knowledge of it, and most don't have a clue how to remove a hard drive and connect it let alone configure it to be accessed on another machine. Not an out of the question modification for some of us though BUT, BUT, BUT... we certainly don't want to do this every time that TiVo sends out a service update!

I can't think of any other potential fixes but I certainly don't know everything. Lets see what the masses here think...

Noob Question regarding copy freely

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 21:56
I've been using Windows Media Center with a cable card tuner for about 7 years now. My cable company is Verison FIOS. On FIOS almost everything is marked as copy freely (except for a few things on FOX including NFL football). This means I can copy it to other drives, upload it to my cloud backup service and convert them to MP4 files to play on other devices.

I'm moving to a Tivo and want to know if I'll have the same liberties with all of the content on Tivo? Can I backup Tivo files to a PC drive, cloud backup service and convert them all to MP4 files for playing on other devices?

Just to reiterate there is no "Copy Once" flag on 99.99% of Verizon FIOS content so it should be able to be copied freely. I just want to make sure.

Humax DRT800 component outs always active?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 20:26
There were some VCR/DVD combos where the component outs were only active for DVD playback, not analog TV tuning or VCR playback.

I'm trying to help someone long distance and need to know if the component video outs on a Humax DRT800 can serve as its only video out to the TV even if the DVD part is never used.

How do we deactivate YouTube AutoPlay?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 18:58
Hello, all. Please forgive if this has been answered (I did search, but came up with nothing to help), but I would really appreciate if someone out there has the answer to this:

How do I deactivate the AutoPlay feature in YouTube on my TiVo Roamio/Premiere? In one room my TiVo is my only access to YouTube, but sometimes I fall asleep and the AutoPlay (meaning that at the end of one video, another will automatically start playing) will continue to load and play videos for hours, and I don't want my ISP on my back.

I know how to do it on the PC, but not on TiVo.

I did go to the SETTINGS on YouTube on TiVo, but I found no way to deactivate AutoPlay.

I should add that I do NOT sign in on my YouTube account on TiVo, I just load YouTube on TiVo and enjoy. Let me know the answer, and if I must sign in to my account or if AutoPlay can be deactivated without signing on to an account. Thanks.

Advice on New Configuration

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 18:10
I have three Tivo Premiers attached to FIOS via separate Moca boxes on each device connected to house via coax. Thus I pay for 3 Tivo connections and 3 cable cards monthly. We have 4 tv's in the house, 2 used frequently, 2 not. I moved 2 Tivo boxes and assorted gear to Florida for the winter and now back here. We don't stream anything using the tv's.

Is there an alternative configuration I should investigate that saves money and allows me to move all to Florida for the winter again? We used Brighthouse tuning adapters and cable cards down there although all Brighthouse techs were clueless on Tivo. One guardian angel in the Tampa area saved us there!

Thanks.

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