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Sufrace scan tests on hard drives

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 18:56
I have a Series 3 (OLED) that needs a new hard drive. The current ones failed the WD extended test so I'm looking to simply get another 250GB one since this is not a heavily used unit. Its used in a basement rec room and more or less a cable box for down there (with occasional MRV to Premieres upstairs).

While I am not sure I would do this & its really out of curiosity, I searched ebay for some 250GB Western Digital drives since this size doesn't seem to be available in new units. Came across one that said the drives have "been wiped and passed a surface scan"

Is a "surface scan" thorough enough? Or can there still possibly be problems similar to what was detected on my current TiVo hard drive (via an extended test only).

Alternatives to pyTivo?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 17:41
Currently I am using gPodder to grab video podcasts to a directory on my server, then use pyTivo (which uses ffmpeg) to convert and push them to my Tivo Premiere XL4. gPodder wouldn't launch without installing Python (even though it was already installed) and it installed a 64-bit version. This overwrote the 32-bit version of Python (2.7) that I originally installed for pyTivo and broke it. I installed autopush for pyTivo as a service which requires Java 32-bit, and if you let Java update itself it installs 64-bit over 32-bit which breaks autopush. I have scripts that run on the Task Scheduler to clean up old downloaded files.

You see the problem? Yes it works, kind of, but maintenance is a PITA! It's like a Rube Goldberg mouse-trap puzzle.

Are there any native Windows alternatives to pyTivo to push these videos to the Tivo? Are there any .NET libraries that I can build on? What's the future of pyTivo as technology moves on?

Once automated the system provides a slick, albeit complicated solution but I wonder if other people are going through all these hassles to get their video podcasts to their Tivo? FYI I've used the built-in podcast functionality of Tivo in the past, but many podcasts aren't on there and I can't remember if I can successfully input custom feeds. I'm pretty sure YouTube feeds aren't handled, and gPodder handles them perfectly.

Thanks for any info.:confused:

Multi Room Question

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 17:15
I have 2 Premieres, an XL that is not currently being used and has no current subscription attached to it, and a Premiere 4 that has an active subscription and is in use as the only DVR in the house. My question is this. Can I use the XL as a second unit in a multi room setup, if I connect it to my network, without a subscription? I realize that if this works it will never be a tuner but just a "slave" unit that allows playback only in another room. Thanks for any info.

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 15:21
Did anybody else watch this BBC America special on the first Doctor, William Hartnell? From what I watched, it was pretty interesting but I didn't know it was three hours long when I started. I fell asleep on it twice last night. I'll see if I can get through the rest of it today now that I know how long it is.

New Cox/Cisco Guide Shows Promise; Little Magic

Zatz Not Funny! - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 14:05
While CES now feels like forever ago, we’re still catching up on some of our notes and leftover photos. Among them are scrawled observations and camera shots covering the ”magical” new TV interface introduced by Cisco and Cox. (Yes, someone actually used that word.) I was struck by two things during the presentation that Dave and [...]

Selling Series 3 HD (OLED) with lifetime, 1TB internal drive

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 14:00
I just upgraded to a Premiere 4, so box is extra for me.

Model TCD648250, Series 3 HD with the OLED display. Lifetime service included. Internal drive is upgraded to 1TB (performed about 2 years ago). Everything works fine, I opened the box recently and the caps all look good, no bulging. Will include power cord, standard peanut remote, original 250GB drive, and a copy of instant cake in case the drive goes bad. The original drive does not have an image on it anymore. It was giving trouble, so I cleared and wrote zeros. After I wrote zeros, it tested fine, but no guarantees.

$350 shipped to CONUS.

XL4 Still Rebooting

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 13:53
My XL4 has spontaneously rebooted 4 times in the last six weeks and under the exact same conditions. On a Sunday I will be recording an early NFL game on one tuner and a second and later NFL game on second tuner and a different channel. While watching the first game I press the left arrow on the Select Pad to go back to the menu and the screen goes black and the TiVo XL4 reboots and then resumes recording the two games.

I was using the SD menu during above incidents, which brings me to another problem I encountered. Again using the SD menu I was watching a show I had recorded a few days earlier when I began to get artifacts, pixilation and sound distortion. I’ve encounter this before but it only lasted for a few seconds, but this time it continued for several minutes until I gave up on the recording. Out of curiosity I changed to the HD menu interface and went back to the supposedly corrupted recording and now it played perfectly. One of the things I checked when I encountered these problems was to see if the TiVo was perhaps recording 4 things and was overloaded, but in each case there was never more that 2 red lights indicating a recording in progress.

I’ve owned TiVo’s for about 12 years and I was pleased that TiVo gave me the option to use the SD menu as I found the HD menu to be some what sluggish while responding to the remote. I am starting wonder if using the SD menu contributing to my problems.

Say Goodbye to 30 Rock and Hello to New Shows This Week on TV!

TiVo Blog - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 13:37
MONDAY – Dallas (Season Premiere) – TNT – 9PM The lying, deception, blackmail and backstabbing all returns in the two-hour season premiere of Dallas. The late and great Larry Hagman (J.R.), who passed away last November, will be featured in the first six episodes of the season. Rather than recycling the classic “Who Shot J.R.?” scenario, the producers have a new twist planned that is guaranteed to keep viewers watching. TUESDAY – The Mindy Project – FOX – 9:30PM BJ Novak (The Office) guest stars as Mindy’s ideal guy, but Continue Reading

TiVo Mini - Dynamic Tuner Allocation

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 10:49

Since I have been feeling in a contrary mood lately - and aparently haven't already stirred the pot enough... I have another thought.

I was reading this article on Engadget for the TiVo Mini. I do love the idea of the Mini and I think we will all agree that dynamic tuner allocation is going to be the driving feature.

And according the the article it is coming:

At launch, the Mini will take over one of the four tuners of the XL4 if you want to watch live TV on it, but dynamic tuner allocation is on the road map

But I had a sinking feeling as I was answering another post this morning. Is it possible that the road map for dynamic tuner allocation exists only in the next platform upgrade?

Is that an S5 feature only? Dave Z brought up an interesting thought about the current sales and what could easily be inventory reduction strategies...

What do you guys think?

Converting video...madness

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 10:47
I forgot how mad the topic of video conversion makes me sometimes. I am new to TiVo and want to be able to stream all of my home videos and ripped movies from my Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 6 but they are currently all in a WMV format...which won't work with TiVo. How can I convert these to a format that TiVo can play and also be playable via Windows Media Player and Xboxes? I tried converting a movie in Handbrake but it converted the movie to an M4V file which won't play in Windows Media Player...so I am assuming it won't play on Xbox.

Adding a GLOBAL Time Offset

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 10:35
I've noticed, for the last years or so, that all my recordings start about 20 seconds before the previous show ends. I noticed this on ALL channels, so I was assuming the TIVO time is off by some seconds. Also noticed they seem to cut off about 20 seconds early too.

Way back, I took my hacked series 2 and have a script that ran to move the clock in the tivo ahead 15 seconds right after it calls out to Tivo, which seemed to have worked fine.

Now, Looking at my tivohd and premiere tivo, I think I'd suggest to tivo people a Global time offset value a user can set in this situation. Meaning after the time is network time set, the offset it applied, in my case 15 seconds or so.

Anyone else seeing this issue? You think this would help? It would be alot cleaner that trying to pad and unpad every recorded show :)

AirPlay, Sllingbox & TiVo

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 09:31
I was wondering if I could use AirPlay, Slingbox & TiVo to watch my TiVo recordings away from home on a TV?

CNN Money article

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 09:31
This just showed up in my twitter feed -


Looks like I came back to TiVo at just the right time:)

Should I buy a XL4?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 08:35
If I have multiple Premiers, and they are all networked with wired Ethernet, can I stream from each one to the others? I currently have 2 Premiers (bought 1 off of eBay and the other off of Craigslist) but only 1 is currently activated. My intention is to eventually have a total of 5 TiVo's which if they were all Premier's would in effect give me a total of 10 tuners to record things on. I had originally thought about buying 1 XL4 to get a box that has 4 tuners but if I am able to record against all 10 tuners and watch any of the content on any of the other TiVos...not sure it would be cost effective to buy an XL4. I am currently upgrading the 1 activated Premier I have with a new 3TB hard drive and would do the same for the other TiVos so space would not be an issue.

Can't see movies on ReadyNAS

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 04:35
I have just switched to Comcast and TiVo from DirecTV and was excited to learn about the value add I was getting because of the partnership formed between TiVo and Netgear to integrate TiVo with ReadyDLNA devices. I enabled the TiVo feature on my ReadyNAS Pro and entered my TiVo Media Access Key. I now see the ReadyNAS as an option on the TiVo and can see the folders for each movie on the ReadyNAS but I don't see any files in the folders. Based on past experiences, I believe it is something to do with permissions...just not sure where to change that or what to change it to.

WTB: Repair & Upgrade service for Series 3 oled NYC Area

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 04:35
Is there anyone in the NYC/Brooklyn area that can replace the capicitators, as well as perform a 2TB drive upgrade on my Series 3 oled? If so, please PM me.
Thanks much!

Transfer Video to Tivo without subscription

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 03:50
Does anyone know if I can use one of my old Tivos, which are no longer subscribed, to transfer and watch videos from my subscribed Tivo?


Woot TiVo Premiere 4/XL4 & Stream Bundles

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 00:07

Refurbished Premiere XL4 & Stream Bundle - $399.99

New Premiere 4 & Stream Bundle - $299.99

Wish they were just selling the Refurbished XL4 for $299 or $250.

TiVo Premiere DVR & Stream Bundle $299.99–$399.99 On Woot!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 01/27/2013 - 23:59
Premiere4 New for $299

And premiere4XL for $399 Refurb.

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