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TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 22:57
I hear a pop in audio sometimes when switching from show to commercial or other momentary black screens, the worst is before cable company inserted ads. only does this on analog channels (history channels the worst) never on clear QAM. I assume won't do this when I get cable card and everything will be digital. This is on 652 with audio directly to TV.

pyTivo - what video profiles will TiVoHD play without reencoding?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 19:43
My situation is that I've made some highlight "reels" from the NBCOlympics full event replays on my PC - raw feed videos that are only available for streaming from their website - devoid of all the repackaging, lol.

The program I used to make the recordings, Screen Recording Suite saves the file in .WMV format, but I was able to have it save at 10000 kbps, 29.97 fps, 48kHz mp2 audio to make it easiest to convert (they include a very robust conversion utility) into 720p mpeg-2 video for frame accurate editing with VideoRedo and Womble DVD Video Wizard.

Once the editing is complete, I hope to compress it further into h.264 format that I can push via pyTivo to our TiVoHD's without the Tivo having to re-encode.

Can someone please direct me to one of those pages that specify which video profiles meet that criteria?


BTW, I've found Screen Recording Suite to be one of the easiest and best ways to record full screen video of my PC display. It uses hotkeys to start, pause, screenshot, and save everything on the screen without getting in the way, which is very convenient.

The Newsroom - 8/19/2012 - The Blackout, Part 2: Mock Debate

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 18:34
I get what they were trying to show, that the political debates today are a sham, but who doesn't already know this? Even when they introduced this minor plot of them coming up with a new debate format I just kept thinking that none of the people running would show up, let alone the political party agreeing with this.
I agree with the fact our politicians aren't scrutinized enough, held accountable for their words while campaigning, and dodge any real issues and bring up the same tired points. The only saving grace about this plot was that hopefully someone out there who didn't already think the whole thing is a farse may now actually think so now.

The show gets a C+ for effort for trying to throw this idea in, but an F in making it me believe these characters actually believed that this would fly.

I was a little tired last night, but I didn't quite understand what the big deal was when Maggie's roommate was on the hot seat. Did she admit that she had an abortion, or was it just the fact that she was suggesting that the mom had an abortion?

Can Maggie & Don just end it once and for all please. I know he's being a jerk by seeing other women when Maggie decides to "go on a break", but he knows Maggie is infatuated with Jim but he still likes her so I don't even fault him that much anymore because Maggie controls the relationship, she breaks it then comes crawling back and it seems like their relationship was always like this even before Jim. I also think Jim just wanted to try the relationship with Lisa again because he felt guilty for ignoring her and pining for Maggie never gave Lisa a chance. Then at the end he just did the exact opposite of what he wanted to do and now he's probably in a relationship with her again after practically begging for another chance and regrets it. If he were George Constanza this would be funny and not painful to watch.

Also please derail the Sloan and Neal relationship train I sense being dumped on us.

TV This Week – 8-20

TiVo Blog - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 16:37
August ends with a week of premieres and finales, as summer shows end and major fall shows begin. Here are the four top picks to check out this week. MONDAY “The Inbetweeners” (Series Premiere) – MTV – 10:30PM EST From the creators of the original British series comes an American adaptation of “The Inbetweeners” developed by one of the head writers of “Arrested Development.”  It seems that the show will stay true to the original, but could also become the male version of the HBO show “Girls.” The UK version Continue Reading

1TB WesternDigital MyBook AV DVR expander

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 14:43
Just switched back to DirecTV and got the Whole Home DVR. Don't need this expansion Drive anymore and figured I'd throw it here before eBay.

Perfect condition and I'll include the eSATA cable. This is the 1TB version with the yellow circle power button.

$65 shipped in the US via priority mail flat rate box.

I also have a 750GB FreeAgent Pro eSATA that works with other DVRs but not Tivo. Including cable.

$40 Shipped in the US via Priority mail Flat Rate Box.

PM me if you're interested.

More things on your TiVo = slower downloading time with kmttg?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 13:25

if you have more things saved on your TiVo, do kmttg downloads take longer? I noticed that the file sizes of certain things are bigger when I have other things saved so I am thinking that causes the kmttg downloads to take longer, yes?

Is there anything one can do to speed up the time it takes other than clearing space on the TiVo?

Palette for TivoWeb icons?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 13:02
From what I can see, TivoWeb channel icons have this format:

256 (8-bit) color
name-p1 is 65x55 pixels
name-p2 is 100x35 pixels
PNG palette index 0 has an RGB value of 255,0,255 and is the "invisible color"

I've made PNG files of the appropriate dimensions, color depth and name which fail to upload. Perhaps the value of palette index 0 is the reason.

Modifying an existing bitmap to proper dimensions and reducing to 256 color values is easy. Reducing the palette to 255 colors and shifting so index 0 is available to be 255,0,255 is not so easy with general bitmap editors.

Would someone with experience making icons recommend Windows or Java apps to shift or remap the palette to accomdate index 0?

Strike Back, Season Premeir (Season 2 US, 3 UK) 8/17/12 (Spoilers Included)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 12:18
Pretty good way to jump start the new season. Nothing too earth shattering. They spent too much time and effort trying to make Mitra look bad ass. Don't get me wrong, I've always liked her but they just went a little overboard. I guess they felt like they had to build up her street cred before putting her in charge of Section 20. That was visible from miles away.

Looks like a big part of this season will be about trying to get the triggers back. The had the guy from Last Action Hero as the head bad guy trying to get them. He looks like the "take no excuses" kind of boss.

I still think this is one of the most realistic looking shows when it comes to gun fight scenes. Good action and good flow. A job well done.

The wife gave the OK to buy a Premiere

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 12:10
This is huge, she is sooooo cheap ;)

I want to put my Series 3 in the bed room and put the Premiere in the Den. The question I have is, the Series 3 has an external hard drive connected to it, that I wanted to put on the new Premiere, is this a problem? Not to concerned about loosing the shows, most of it is stuff my kids recorded.

Join the Stream Team

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 11:37
Tivo just tweeted this. Must be getting close now....


True Blood "Sunset" 8/19/2012 (S5E11)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 11:07
Must be coming to the end of a season, as the stories start to come together... :rolleyes:

First, a general complaint: I'm getting tired of the TB season formula. Starts strong for an ep or two, then meanders into "who gives a %@$#" territory for what seems like dozens of random story lines, then comes into focus towards the end, and then the last couple of eps finish strong. Does anyone care (or remember) Ifrit or the trip to Mexico? And has a character as strong as Lafayette ever been so misused?

Another complaint: Part of what has made this season difficult to buy into is the complete 180 of so many long-term characters. After five seasons, we know what Bill or Eric or Jason are like. Character growth is one thing, but this total change in personality makes me feel "disconnected". Like my investment in five seasons is pointless.

Having said that, Pam has certainly been a bright spot this season.:up:

Ok, back on track here...

A decent episode. Be interesting to see how Russell and the Fairies turn out. Seems like a waste to introduce the world's oldest fairy, and then have her turn to dust 30 minutes later. Ke$ha? Really?

I'm really really tired of the Authority. Talk about a plot-line that went nowhere. Bo-ring.

I'll finish out the season next week. And watch when it returns next June. But if the first 2-3 eps don't grab me, it's goodbye TB. Sadly.:(

Survivor Phillipines cast announced

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 11:05
'Survivor: Philippines' cast: 'Facts of Life' star Lisa Whelchel, MLB veteran Jeff Kent headline Season 25

Lisa Whelchel, who played wealthy diva Blair Warner in the '80s family sitcom "Facts of Life", is among the 15 "Survivor: Philippines" castmembers announced by CBS Monday (Aug. 20).

Another celebrity hoping to pad his bank account with another million bucks is retired Major League Baseball star Jeff Kent. Although he still holds a home run record for second basemen, most fans remember the National League All-Star and MVP, who retired from the Dodgers in 2009, for his fiery temper and clashes with management.

These aren't Season 25's only familiar faces. Three "Survivor" veterans, whose games ended when they were medically evacuated, will join one of the Philippines' trio of tribes: Kalabaw, Tandang and Matsing. (CBS will reveal the returnees later this week.)

"Survivor: Philippines'" new players, who range in age from 20 to 53, include two beauty pageant queens, a hunky bartender and the usual cast of quirky characters. Here's their breakdown by tribe:

Tandang Tribe

Lisa Whelchel; 49; Dallas; teen star of "The Facts of Life"
Abi-Maria Gomes, 32; Los Angeles; entrepreneur and business student
Roberta "RC" Saint-Amour, 27; New York City; investment banker
Artis Silvester, 53; Terry Town, La.; computer engineer
Pete Yurkowski, 24; Holmdel, N.J.; engineering graduate

Kalabaw Tribe

Jeff Kent, 44; Austin, Texas; retired MLB player
Sarah Dawson, 28; Silver Spring, Md.; insurance sales
Katie Hanson, 22; Newark, Del.; former Miss Delaware
Dana Lambert, 32; Winston-Salem, N.C.; cosmetologist
Carter Williams, 24; Shawnee, Kan.; track coach

Matsing Tribe

Malcolm Freberg, 25; Hermosa Beach, Calif.; bartender
Zane Knight, 28; Danville, Va.; tire repair
Angie Layton, 20; Provo, Utah; former Miss Utah Teen USA 2010
Roxanne "Roxy" Morris, 28; Brooklyn, N.Y.; seminary student
Denise Stapley, 41; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sex therapist

"Survivor: Philippines" premieres on CBS Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m., with a special 90-minute episode.

This is the link in case anyone wants to go there:


Falling Skies - 08.19.2012 "A More Perfect Union"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 08:56
What an epic ending - I'm on pins an needles until 2013.

My thought? The new players are friends - at first I thought it was the overlords armoured up, until he retracted his faceplate. A fishhead would have just attacked.

Do Capacitors Go Bad if Unused?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 08:54
I just ordered a new, never used S3 OLED. In reading up on this unit I now am concerned about this bad capacitor problem. Do the capacitors go bad just sitting in an unused Tivo, or do they only start to degrade once electrical current is applied?

Western Digital AV-GP WD10EUCX 1TB IntelliPower 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 08:40
Just in case someone is looking for a drive

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Soryy, I thought the URL was there . Here it is


Series 2 drive upgrade

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 08:40
As advised, I am starting a thread for my attempt to upgrade my S2. Although TCF search brought up some threads on this issue, the last post was from 2010, so hopefully this newer thread will help anyone who comes along after me seeking the same, but more current info. Any help would be very much appreciated.
I have to say I am completely in the dark about most of the terminology I am reading as I wade thru the threads. I am a completer novice on a task such as this, but am willing to try because of the obvious excellent guidance provided by the fine members of this community - thanks! I had considered buying a plugnplay drive from DVR_Dude (on EBay), but would like to preserve my recordings, so now I am not sure.

In answer to unitron's questions:
How many computers do you have? What kind? 3 PC's, 1 Mac What kind of TiVos do you have? Use the number on the sticker on the back that starts with TCD. Tivo Series 2: TCD240080 Have you ever opened up a computer or TiVo before? Yes. Ever do anything mechanical? No. Do you have any spare hard drives lying around? No. Is your S2 currently giving any trouble, or just running out of space? Just running out of space.

My first question is this:
If I have a drive ready to go and plug in, what is the recommended method of saving my recordings? I have been trying to transfer Tivo to Tivo via my network(wireless) and that seems like it would take virtually forever.

Any next steps would be appreciated.
Thanks, Jill

Tivo can't record mpeg4 until software upgrade is realeased in April or May 2013?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 08:36
I've read in other forums that some cable providers are starting to broadcast some channels in mpeg4 @ 1GHz. Apparently the latest Tivos can't record them without a software update and the update won't be rolling out until April or May of next year. Older S3 Tivos can't record them at all due to hardware incompatibilities.

I know that some FIOS channels are being broadcast in mpeg4, but apparently they're still compaible with current Tivo hardware and software. Cox Cable is reportedly broadcasting in the offensive format and I was curious if anyone heard of any other systems planning to do the same.

In any case, I'd be more than a little pissed to learn that my new Tivo would be usesless for recording certain channels for another 7 or 8 months.

Here's the thread I was talking about. It starts off talking about the Ceton InfiniTV4 cablecard tuner and then migrates into a Tivo discussion.

No signal, but recording anyway?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 07:42
My cable is literally broken, dangling in the wind at the top of the pole out back. The TiVo knows enough to say "searching for signal" on every channel, but I still see the red recording lights come on from time to time. Is it really recoding a few hours of no signal, or is it just telling me it is planning to record if the signal should happen to come back?

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TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 07:38
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Hell On Wheels - Durant, Nebraska - 8/19/2012

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 08/20/2012 - 06:44
Much better than week 1. Any idea why our hero now has his own rail car? What job comes with a rail car?


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