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S2DT lifetime .. sell w/ 80GB or upgrade to 1TB first?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:44
So I have an S2DT (w/ lifetime) that needs a new HDD.

I *have* a spare 80GB drive from an old S2 "nightlite" model that I have since sold..

  1. use the spare 80GB drive to repair, and sell w/ 80GB.
  2. buy a new 1TB drive w/ pata adapter to repair, and sell w/ 1TB.

Weird thing is, it doesn't seem like eBay prices right now have ANYTHING to do with the size HDD .. A 1TB HDD will cost me around $100 right now.. So to make it worth my time and effort of course I'd need to mark up the resale cost more than that.. say $125 ish .. but given that it's only an S2DT, not an HD model, I'm not sure the market would bear the price hike. Given that current eBay sales are ranging between $150 and $275 largely regardless of HDD size, I'm wondering if it really matters?

I'd love to gather some replies about what I should do (and why)..

And in case anyone's interested, I can have it ready to ship in a couple days using my spare 80GB drive (just say the word)..


"Up all night" Christina Applegate quit

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 15:26
"It’s been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors. Working with Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family. I will miss the cast, producers and crew, and wish them the best always."

NBC executives still won't give up the ghost, and are looking at other actresses like Lisa Kudrow to step in and play Reagan.


Tivo Requests FCC Waiver: New Devices!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 12:55

In a nutshell, they want to remove analog for the next generation, top to bottom. Unlike how they specifically named the Elite for the waiver last time, this time they are not indicating exactly what the devices are, but rather requesting a waiver for "upcoming DVR models."

They are retaining the Premiere brand and will have one model with OTA.

No release timeline is given.


Some snippets....

"In 2011, the Commission granted TiVo a waiver of the digital cable ready certification ... to permit TiVo to bring all-digital cable-only DVRs to the retail market for the first time. This petition requests an extension of that waiver to several new all-digital cable only devices and a slight extension of that waiver to cover devices that permit reception of digital broadcast ("DTV") signals."

"TiVo ... has two years of consumer data showing that its audience no longer needs or wants analog tuning functionality in TiVo DVRs. Following the Commission's previous waiver, TiVo ... found that only 0.2% of customers commented about the absence of analog tuning capability and only 0.05% of customers ceased subscribing to TiVo service as a result. TiVo's technologically savvy customer base simply no longer has any use for analog television service and saddling them with the cost ($100 to $150 per device) of analog equipment they do not need and will never use serves no rational policy goal."

" TiVo Inc. ... hereby petitions the Media Bureau for waiver. ... The waiver would permit TiVo to manufacture and sell new models of its innovative digital video recorders ("DVRs") without including vestigial analog tuners that increase costs and power consumption without providing any useful functionality for consumers."

"The devices subject to the requested waivers are part of the next generation of TiVo's all-digital "Premiere" line, for which the Commission previously granted TiVo waivers..."

"One model of TiVo' s new all-digital DVRs would include ATSC over-the-air reception capability"

"... the costs of including now unnecessary analog functionality in TiVo DVRs have only increased. TiVo's base cost is approximately $10 for each analog tuner included in each device... When design and production costs are factored in, including this analog functionality increases the retail price of each device by between $100 and $150 depending on the model."

Justin Timberlake is Bringing Sexy Back to the Grammy’s

TiVo Blog - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 12:12
Two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J hosts the 55th Annual Grammy Awards that honor the best in the recording industry.  The awards ceremony, which takes place on February 10th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, will include performances by Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, the Black Keys, Fun, the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Jack White. Elton John and current nominee Ed Sheeran will be performing live together for the first time.   Recently added to the festivities is a performance by six-time Grammy winner Continue Reading

On demand for Charter

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 10:56
So, even though the Charter/Tivo deal has been scuttled, or postponed, or whatever, can the rest of us get the software that allowed access to charter OnDemand content? Is there any technical reason (i.e., hardware required on Charter's end) that would be impossible to implement for existing Premieres?

[Let's ignore Charter's pervasive institutional cluelessness about TiVo, for the moment. They sent me a tech last week who had never seen a Tuning Adapter and didn't know what SDV is.]

Am I stuck forever?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 09:47
I have three Tivos (S3, HD, HD) all with LifeTime... been a subscriber since generation 1 Tivos. My problem is that I am on OLD hardware and would love to upgrade to current hardware and features... Tivo's problem is that they make no money from me at all. Will there every be a Tivo offer that allows me to get on the latest hardware and features, and helps Tivo generate some revenue form me, short of me spending $800 / unit to get an XL4 with lifetime, which would be crazy given the other low.no cost options out there today. This just seems like a no brainer for there to be some middle ground offer... likely or never?

New router Series 2 will not communicate

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 08:05
With a new Asus router (dual band), my Series 2 will not talk to the router - I get a communication error on the Tivo. Call to Asus was no help, they say to call Tivo. The router is downward compatible, and I know this because it is talking to every device in the house. Any ideas?

Week in Review: Liberty Global buys Virgin Media

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 07:09
Virgin Media accounts for over 1/3rd of TiVo's subscription base. I've received a number of questions on what Virgin Media's acquisition by Liberty Global means for TiVo's business. This article does a pretty good job of summarizing the near to medium term impact. Longer term we'll just have to wait and see if this is a good or bad thing for TiVo. Certainly, Virgin Media's departing CEO Neil Burkett was a strong TiVo Advocate.


Quote: The relationship between TiVo and Liberty Global is an interesting one. We know through the many conference appearances given by Liberty Global president Mike Fries in the run up to the launch of his own Horizon platform that TiVo had been considered before Horizon made its debut.
Both products are searching for the same end, to give ever so slightly more control to the consumer, while locking them in to an ever-increasing supply of content.

When Horizon was released we gained a list of 30 or so companies that had contributed to a greater or lesser extent. Virgin has also contributed its own skills to the development of TiVo and this has fed back into the pot with the experience no doubt being passed onto the likes of ONO and Com Hem as they get their own platforms up and running.

So it would seem logical at the very least there may be some pooling of resources and a roadmap, probably several years down the line, which brings Horizon and TiVo somewhere together. Virgin’s 1.33 million and growing TiVo installs make it somewhat impractical to consider anything else.

Tivo Mini available now with Suddenlink?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 06:49

We used to have SL but not any more (due to move) - but I wouldn't ever RENT a Mini when I can buy one....still waiting.

But hey - at least now someone is Beta testing it for the rest of us! :-)

The article wrote - "dynamic tuner allocation is on the hardware's roadmap, it doesn't appear to be switched on just yet"

That's one of the things we really want too - oh well.

parks/rec 2-9-13

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 06:40
april in the leslie suits was jarring. food poisoning was great, woosy men on the floor but at least they made it into work so from that aspect they are equal with women :) the sperm donor office visit made me wonder, do they take just anyone?

Does Welcome/Setup force a subscription?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 06:03
I've got an unsubscribed Premiere TCD746320 that has gone back to the Welcome screen and wants to run the setup. (This happened because we moved and the provider/channel lineup changed.)

If we connect it online - Is it going to force us to subscribe in order to just use it as a set top tuner without the features - Recording/Guide/Etc?

How to open a password protected PDF

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 02:55
PDF user passwords are not easily hacked but there are a few PDF password recovery tools that can do it.
Here you can just visit on How to open password protected PDF and just use one tool you could have the PDF password removed.

It enables you to remove the User Password in a 1-2-3 step and Get access to password-protected PDF files quickly and efficiently! Instantly unlock restricted PDF documents by removing printing, editing and copying restrictions!

S2 Timezones Broken?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 23:36
Today I noticed my S2 reporting the wrong time and date. It's currently reporting -25 days +6 hours from reality. The guide data is correct, but the displayed times are not. Current/live/recorded all have the dates and times offset. Rebooted and made a new connection with no change. Looking at the web interface on nowplaying/index.html the dates do look correct though.

The Big Bang Theory [02/07/2013] - "The Spoiler Alert Segmentation"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 23:35
Is this the first time we have seen Howard's mom? Granted it was just a fleeting glimpse of (a big) body and then 2 arms later on.

Community [02/07/2013] - "History 101"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 23:30
Weird Episode. It seemed very choppy.

Can someone explain Fred Willard playing Pierce Hawthorne in Abed's fantasy?

I know Chevy Chase is not supposed to be in the last few episodes, but those should be a ways down the road yet.

Does anyone with an XL4 and a TA have all features working?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 23:11
I have a Tivo XL4 on Time Warner and a Cisco Tuning Adapter. It has a few of the issues that many are running into, such as no suggestions and the black screen issue where channels won't tune and recordings are missed.

I have made a few posts in these threads about the problems I am seeing with my XL4, but I thought I would try something different and ask:

Is anyone running an XL4 with a Tuning Adapter is NOT seeing any problems and has ALL features running the way they should? Is it even possible for a 4tuner DVR using a TA to work properly and not run into the problems with tuning, no suggestions, etc?

A quick way to add time to a recording while it is live

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 22:18
A hotkey to add time to a recording would be nice. When I had a Dish DVR I could hit a button and add time to a recording if it was still being recorded.

I looked around and couldn't find a hotkey to do this, my apologies if there is and I missed it.


TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 21:01
test post


TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 19:47
It appears all recordings on all stations are cut of by about 10 seconds. When playing back a recording, the recording has about 10 seconds from the previous program. It is almost like my cable company is on a 10 second delay. Anyone having this problem? Comcast cable Naples Florida. XL4

BUG: Record show from guide sends show to beginning

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 19:25
Found a bug and reported it to Tivo Support... If you are watching a recorded show, and while it's playing you go to the guide and record something, upon setting up the recording the show you were watching goes back to the beginning...

Surprisingly the rep said they hadn't gotten a lot of calls about this, so please call and let them know so we can get this fixed asap.

Try it, you'll see what I'm talking about... It's very annoying, especially if you're watching a sporting event!



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