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[MadisonWI] missing channel (signal lock=yes, program lock=no)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 12/27/2012 - 22:24
Approximately 2 weeks ago, my Tivo Premiere stopped being able to tune a set of local digital channels received over cable. DVR Diagnostics reports that it can get a signal lock, but no program lock. Channels not tuned are 607 (WKOWDT), 967 (WKOWDT2), 966 (WKOWDT3) in Madison Wisconsin over Charter Cable. These are the digital cable channels of the local ABC affiliate.

When trying to tune to any of these channels Tivo reports "Problem with the signal on this cable channel. Trying again." Have tried waiting, restarting Tivo, and restarting tuning adapter with no success.

All other channels are working fine, and I can receive these 3 channels directly on my TV, so the problem seems to be specific to the Tivo Premiere.

Can anyone else in Madison confirm a similar problem? Any ideas for a solution?

TiVo Premiere struggling to tune 2 channels simultaneously

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 12/27/2012 - 21:21
Hello All,

I had a TiVo Premiere (my first) installed last week and my experience has been a nightmare so far. After resolving some of my issues I'm left with the most puzzling one that no one can seem to resolve: my TiVo is struggling to tune 2 channels simultaneously. There is nothing wrong with the tuners or the channels because I can independently tune any channel on either tuner and it will work. However when I flip to the other tuner, the previously tuned channel is gone and I get either a "not authorized" or "signal problem" error. After flipping around a bit that channel will come in, but then when I flip to the other tuner I get the same message for that channel. Now here comes the real kicker: this problem appears to be dependent on what channels are tuned on each tuner. For example, I can have 623 (TNT) and 681 (ESPN) tuned on both with no issues, but if I flip either to 660 (Travel) and then swap tuners I get an error on both 623 and 681. I've discovered a number of different channel combinations that either work or don't work. As you can imagine, this creates a nightmare when trying to record shows.

Does anybody have any suggestions? I'm puzzled and my cable company is puzzled. I've done multiple restarts. I've had another installer come out and swap cable cards and TiVo's, test the signal, etc. I have RCN in Boston and I'm using a leased RCN-branded box.

TiVo Stream works now, but the streaming part doesn't...

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 12/27/2012 - 19:28
A while ago I posted this thread where I lamented my inability to get my Stream working on my network. Well, to make the long story short, I got bitten by the OpenWRT firmware I was using - I wasn't able to set up the DHCP server on my wireless router to send DHCP leases where the configured default gateway wasn't the router itself. I eventually gave up on that route and configured an ultralight DHCP server on my firewall, and after a few netfilter/iptables rules changes, the Stream grabbed a valid DHCP lease, connected to the TiVo Service and reported via the sysinfo page that it was working normally. A few pokes later and the TiVo apps on my iPhone and iPad were all set.

Now, the problem seems to be that the Stream can't actually stream anything to my iDevices - when I set up the apps the devices complained that the stream test wasn't working, and actually trying to stream something also failed with an error message. Since my original thread was sent I've since divided my LAN so that the wireless side is now isolated from the wired side with an additional NIC in my firewall. I placed the TiVo and the Stream on the wireless side to minimize the firewall changes that I would have to make, so the magical mDNS/multicast-foo that I wrestled with before should be flowing freely around the wireless network. Has anyone else run across this particular streaming problem yet, and if so, how did you fix it?

EDIT: The download functionality appears to be working a little bit, but it is EXTREMELY SLOW. I started a download of a one-hour show to the TiVo app on my iPad and the download is inching along at a snail's pace. I had expected the transcoding and download to go much faster than this; I knew it wouldn't be in one-quarter time, but it appears to be going slower than real-time. A portion of the details from the Clients page says:

Target Bitrate: 1240000
Encoding: 960x540 H.264 High Level 4.1

EDIT 2: Sorry for the forum spam - the problem was that the device's internal clock was wonky and it hadn't completed its first firmware update yet. After forcing a service call and restarting the Stream after it completed a firmware update, the Stream now works perfectly and will stream a 30min show at standard quality in less than 15 minutes!

Audio question: TV App vs. Tivo Audio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 12/27/2012 - 19:22
I have an audio question

I just bought a Panny TC-P65VT50 (awesome) which has built-in Netflix. My Tivo Premiere is connected via HDMI to a Pioneer VSX-820 AV receiver (no HDMI ARC).

I can use the TV's Netflix application and have it output audio to the AV receiver via optical audio, but Tivo audio keeps playing so I have two programs' audio at once coming out of the receiver. (Only solution - a hack - is to play a recording on Tivo and pause it. I don't want to spend 5 years having to do that.)

If I buy an HDMI ARC capable receiver, can I hook it up as shown and expect the sound problem to be solved?

TIVO -> HDMI -> ARC Receiver -> HDMI -> TV

Basically, will the HDMI ARC feature recognize that the TV is returning audio to the receiver when I use its Netflix app and cut off Tivo audio automatically?

Note: I know I could just use the Tivo Netflix app, instead of the TV's. I already am doing that - we have two Netflix accounts (adults vs. kids) and I want to access both - one via Tivo and one via TV app.

Stream Newbie: Unusable; constant buffering. Ideas?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 12/27/2012 - 19:07
My stream arrived today. Setup was straightforwarded. Every show on every device (2 iPhone 5's, 2 iPads) is plagued by constant buffering - like stopping every 5 secs for 3 secs or so. Premier XL4 is connected to router via CAT5; same for Stream. I don't know how to directly measure WIFI speed within my network, but all devices connect over WIFI to the internet and Speedtest reports 18-25Mbps, so doesn't seem to be a WIFI problem.

Have rebooted XL4 and Stream. Stream S/W version: 19.1.1-01-6.

What else to check?

Tivo Desktop and Windows 8

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 12/27/2012 - 18:00
I apologize if this question has already been dealt with, but I just installed Tivo desktop on my new computer with Windows 8 OS and it can't find my DVR's.

Does anyone know anything about this configuration? Is it a problem with the OS or have I missed a setting somewhere?

Thanks in advance,


TiVo Premiere TCD746320 DVR Lifetime, 2TB drive, and Wireless N Adapter

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 12/27/2012 - 16:53
I'm looking to sell my 2 tuner Premiere because I just got the 4 tuner version. This Tivo has been upgraded to a 2TB drive(WD20EURS) that was purchased on 12/6/2012.

I'm selling it with a wireless N adapter, the original 320G drive that came with the unit, as well as the original manuals, remote, and cables. Everything is in great condition, remote is basically unused.

I do not have the original box, but I will package it securely.

I'm looking to get 600 + shipping(based on where it's going).


Malware Warning

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 12/27/2012 - 15:55
I received a Malware warning clicking on page 3 of Arrested Development thread in TV Show Talk:


Here's the warning Chrome gives:

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The Sonos Home Theater Is Nearly Here?

Zatz Not Funny! - Thu, 12/27/2012 - 08:08
After two years of buildup, it seems a Sonos home theater solution is nearly upon us. The “Playbar”, as uncovered via a number of FCC filings, has been kicking around their labs since at least June. While it’s not entirely clear what the Playbar is, we’re hoping it’s more soundbar and less Jambox - to complement my [...]

Jawbone Jambox Wireless Speaker Joins the Christmas Stash

Zatz Not Funny! - Thu, 12/27/2012 - 06:05
It’s been a while since I bothered with any Bluetooth accessories, but this year’s Christmas gift of a Jawbone Jambox has me back on the bandwagon. The portable speaker pairs via Bluetooth or connector cable to any phone, computer, tablet, etc. I tried mine out this evening with my smartphone, and the wireless connection was [...]

Italian. It’s What’s For TV Dinner!

TiVo Blog - Wed, 12/26/2012 - 12:47
Who’s up for Italian tonight? If you’re thinking that is code for pepperoni pizza or a plate of spaghetti at your neighborhood Italian joint, you’re wrong. It’s okay, we love those dishes too, but it’s time to branch out and see what else Italian food has to offer. That is where we come in! Lidia’s Italy with Lidia Bastianich, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito and Everyday Italian with Giada De Laurentiis are shows that will get you questioning if you’re part Italian too. Lidia Bastianich shares recipes from all regions of Italy from Abruzzo to Veneto, Continue Reading

Add Gift Card To Starbucks App

Zatz Not Funny! - Tue, 12/25/2012 - 12:06
Like many this season, I’ve received a Starbucks gift card. Three to be exact. And instead of bothering with the Starbucks website, I figured there must be some way to add the balance to my existing virtual card/account via the Starbucks iPhone app. Indeed there is… From within the Starbucks app, bring up your current balance [...]

LG Optimus G versus… LG Optimus G

Zatz Not Funny! - Tue, 12/25/2012 - 09:15
After evaluating LG’s flagship Optimus G Android handset these last few weeks, we’re convinced the quad core, high res powerhouse should be on every smartphone shopper’s short list. Beyond the impressive specs, the Optimus G is a handsome device to behold that challenges the iPhone in build quality and design symmetry. And, unlike some of [...]

TV This Week! What to watch week of 12/24

TiVo Blog - Mon, 12/24/2012 - 11:52
MONDAY – 24 Hours of “A Christmas Story” – TBS – 8PM We “triple dog dare you” to tune into the 24 hour marathon of the American classic, “A Christmas Story.” Ring in Christmas Eve right by spending time with the Parker family. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the beloved marathon; audiences have 12 chances to TiVo this exciting event.         TUESDAY – “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (Animated/Live Action) – ABC – 8PM  A back-to-back event to celebrate an extravagant “Grinchmas”! Catch the animated Continue Reading

Best Buy Archives Your DVDs To The Cloud

Zatz Not Funny! - Sun, 12/23/2012 - 07:58
Best Buy subsidiary CinemaNow has opened the doors to their disc-to-digital program. Much like Walmart’s competing Vudu offering, BBY’s Ultraviolet service validates ownership of a Blu-ray or DVD and, for a few bucks, will “copy” it to your account for later playback. However, unlike Vudu which requires a trip to Walmart, CinemaNow is self service – via [...]

Oh What Fun It Is To See These Old Favorites On TV!

TiVo Blog - Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:48
Watch these old episodes of Christmas past to get in the holiday spirit. Seinfeld- “The Strike” This episode of Seinfeld is full of bizarre problems, which is nothing new. Jerry has an ever changing girlfriend who appears to be a different woman in different lighting, Kramer is on an unsuccessful strike at H&H bagels, and Elaine’s quest to get a free sub at a local deli is lost when she accidentally gives away her punch card. But the main point of this holiday episode of Seinfeld is to highlight Festivus, Continue Reading

Going, Going, Gone! Saying goodbye to some of our favorites…

TiVo Blog - Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:04
The 2012-2013 season has us saying goodbye to many of our favorite television series, but did any of us think goodbye would come so soon? This week kicked off the fond farewells with Monday night’s series finale of Gossip Girl. In case you haven’t watched, we won’t divulge exactly how or where our favorite East Siders end up, but the one SPOILER we will give is to warn you to be prepared…after all these years of Gossip, we finally find out who “she” is. You know you love her, XoXo! Continue Reading

Pairing old DVR Expander with new Premiere 4

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 21:52
I just upgraded my dead Tivo HD with a Premiere 4. I have been using a WD DVR Expander for a few years now and wanted to move it to my new Premiere 4. I transferred the shows I could from the old box to the new, and now I have unhooked the DVR Expander. I read that all I should have to do is hook it up to the Premiere, and it should recognize it and format it, but that didn't work. Is there something else I need to do to clear off the DVR Expander and have the new Tivo format and recognize it? Suggestions much appreciated.

BTW, I read about a kickstart 54, but couldn't get it to work. If I am able to get the kickstart to work, will that remove the recordings I transferred to the new Premiere? Thanks for the help.

PyTivo server appears grayed out in HDUI

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 16:19
I've just bought a new Premiere, and I notice that my PyTivo server appears grayed out and with an orange exclamation point icon in My Shows if I use the HDUI.

If I switch to the SDUI, it appears bright and with a PC icon, just as it does on my TiVo HD.

Regardless of which UI I use, I can access the PyTivo server, browse, and download content just fine, so obviously there's nothing actually wrong, but that display mode would suggest that not everything is quite right.

Has anyone else noticed this behavior? Is this something that has been addressed in a newer version of PyTivo? I haven't updated mine in several months, on the basis of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Homeland S02 - Who Done It? - Spoilers Likely

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 16:08
With the S02 finale behind us, who do you think was ultimately behind the explosive ending?


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