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Please help me decide which Tivo

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/30/2012 - 11:18
Background: Had DirectTV with Tivo SAT-T60 from ~2001 to May 2012. LOVED IT. Had lifetime TIVO which was good, but also golden handcuffs
Went to FIOS May 2012 because of lack of DirectTV support for my box.

Appears my choices are Premiere XL versus XL 4 ?

I have a STB that is free for me to keep forever as I want, and a FIOS DVR that I am eager to return (they said it would be free for three months, but then changed their minds)

I keep stopping by on my way home to make sure that the new boxes have all the features I loved in my old series 1 box (not sure if some features were DirectTV versus TIVO since they were combined). So far it all seems good.

We only have one TV (and are okay with that). It is in a location that does not have phone or ethernet access. I could run an ethernet cat 5/6 cable if i need to.

Q1: the stb and dvr seem to have FIOS specific features such as PPV, Games, media manager, record remotely (from office, friends house, iphone), homecontrol, widgets. Does the Tivo have these? Would I use the STB in parallel with the Tivo to have these? Do I even care if I have these?

Q2: It seems if I get the XL4, then I just plug the coax with the TV channels and MOCA ethernet into the box so that I don't need to plug in the CAT 5/6 RJ45 connector in at all. Is that right? Thus, that would save me from buying the MOCA adapter or running more cable?

Q3: The XL4 on the Tivo site warns me that I won't be able to record over the air. That does not seem to be an issue now, but if I lost the FIOS, then it would be....??

Q4: The Tivo site also warns that the box will only accept digital channels. I am guessing that is all FIOS does, so not an issues, but...??

Q5: Any general advice on which box to get....We tried liking the DVR, but it seems to just not be as much fun as the old TIVO we had. I don't want to spend money on the box, but.....


S3 Power Supply Repair

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/30/2012 - 10:14
Have an original S3 power supply in need of repair, several domed capacitors. Weaknees isn't interested in just a straight repair. Anyone know of someone or a company that will repair a Tivo power supply? Thanks

DSR708 "Failed while loading data"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/30/2012 - 09:21
I have one DSR708 that never received the 6.4 update and so lost local channels a few weeks ago. I submitted the TSN over on the DirecTV forums but it still hadn't received the update after a couple weeks.

Lately, I have changed the dial-in number every other day to see if it made a difference, and yesterday the download took more than usual 15 seconds. I checked back over the next hour, but it eventually wound up with a "call interrupted" status.

I tried the call again, and this time it wound up taking over an hour but ended with "Failed while loading data". I restarted the unit (three thumbs down + enter) and tried another call but get the same results.

Any tips on what to try next would be greatly appreciated.

TCD 649080: service number problem (numbers don't match)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/30/2012 - 09:14
I got a series2 from ebay. Model number as above TCD649080. The seller says the HDD was upgraded using InstantCake (yes I'm familiar with the software, used it myself in the past on a different TiVo).

The problem I have is that the service number shown in Account Status does not match the one printed on the back of the box. I did a clear and delete everything twice, the service number in Account Status did not change, so it still doesn't match the printed one. And when I try to activate the TiVo box using the service number as shown in Account Status, the TiVo website says the number is invalid.

edit: doing a kickstart 52- doesn't work; the unit continues booting as if nothing happened, and at the end displays the same unmatching service number

kickstart 56 - reboots, gives a black screen, with "connecting to the server" then after a while "error: bad connection" (despite the TiVo being connected to my home network, and the network activity light blinks - and I've tested the connection by running guided setup, it connects and downloads guide data just fine) Then it just hangs there.

Time Warner Cable Box and Tivo's DVR feature?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/30/2012 - 02:30
following dilemma and pardon the question (woman at work!)

I moved from NYC to Hawaii, where unfortunately the tivo culture isn't that developed. In New York it was a blast but now...
I got the cable card + tuner through time warner. Disaster. Few channels supported by the card, not worth it. :(
I had to get a time warner cable box (no DVR), and I still have my Tivo lying around.

Can I connect the time warner cable box to the tivo, so that I can record something? The box is a receiver, so theoretically it should be able to pass the signal to the tivo, which in return can record?

Mahalo to all the boys out there... :o

Netflix app causing reboots?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/30/2012 - 01:02

I started using the NetFlix app after joining Netflix while I was in the hospital.

Out of the 6 or 10 times I have used it, the app caused the Tivo Premier XL to reboot.

Tonight, when I selected Netflix. the Netflix screen did not come up and it just rebooted.

Any idea what could be causing this?

Also, the app is very slow...


Signal Amplifier

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/29/2012 - 23:36
I recently hooked up a 15db Motorolla Signal Amp that I purchased on Amazon in order to fix ongoing pixelation issues on my Tivo XL.

In the first 2 days since installing the signal amp, the cablecard has unbinded from the tivo several times. Am I doing something wrong...the signal amp is bi-directional, so if the cablecard should be able to talk to cablevision no problem.

Could the amp be too powerful?

I called cablevision (didn't tell them about the amp) and they rebinded it no problem

Anyone have any advice?

Install file for tivo for tablets for hp touchpad

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/29/2012 - 23:10
I couldn't download the new TiVo for tablets file because it said it was incompatible. I found this online and it was ripped from play store. I installed it on my touchpad running android and it runs great. No closes and both premieres detected. Works REALLY well on cm9.


Interview with Cox COO not good for TiVo

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/29/2012 - 20:32
This interview with Cox COO did not sound very promising for TiVo:


I have to add the interviewer did not ask any REAL questions regarding the use of TiVo in light of TiVo success with VM and RCN. Which is the type of questions I would have ask. It did touch on using larger hard drive 1TB or more, which the stupid women “blew off” saying customer are happy with 500GB, really? Oh and looking at six-tuner DVR from…wait for it…Motorola. :p

Hope TiVo win the lawsuit against Cissco and then move over seas look like that the only why TiVo going to make money.

Anyone get ReelZ channel looking for XIII

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:33
Looking for the show XIII, but it only on a channel no one get, will I don’t receive it.


Network: Incoming connections go down

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:26
Am I the only one with this problem?

I can reboot the TiVo, and then I am able to ping it, connect to the web interface, use KTTMG, and use the Android apps with the Premiere.

But in less than 24 hours, I lose all incoming connections to the Premiere. No ping response, no tablet/phone access, etc. The TiVo still operates normally- can still see TiVo's servers, can talk with PyTiVo running on my Linux desktop, and shows no network errors. Same IP address, same network, nothing wrong with my router, no problems with any other device (and no, I am not connected using stupid wifi).

I am not sure I understand what is going on. I don't remember this being a problem in the past, but it seems like the TiVo is just shutting down all incoming ports after a [short] while.

Just in time for the fourth: Grill it!

TiVo Blog - Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:13
Fourth of July is right around the corner and we don’t know about you, but we’re going to start celebrating this weekend by getting the grill going. Where to begin? Queue up Hulu on your TiVo box and start watching every mouth-watering episode of Grill it! With Bobby Flay . You’re sure to please a crowd with these summery, finger-lickin’ recipes. Grill it! With Bobby Flay won an Emmy for Best Culinary Program in 2009 and if anyone needs more proof that this is a great grilling source, tell them Continue Reading

Hard Drive Upgrade for TCD 540040

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:51
My TCD540040 freezes shortly after I restart. I think it's a hard drive failure or not please tell me so. I want to replace the hard drive to fix the problem and would a Western Digital Performer Tivo 60GB 5400 RPM ATA IDE hard drive WD600AW-00DDK1 work in my TiVo if I flash the image to it? Thanks!

Dates! Gotta have dates!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/29/2012 - 14:10
I don't see any dates in thread replies. So, I've no idea how old a message might be and could be quoting and replying to someone's message that is years old.

Is there any way to turn on dates for thread messages/replies?

For Sale: TiVo S2 TCD649080 (750gb) & TCD540080 (80gb) BOTH w/ Lifetime & wireless

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/29/2012 - 11:30
I have 2 working TiVo units both with Lifetime & Wireless USB for sale on eBay. Please have a look if you're interested.

TiVo Series 2 TCD649080 DT Dual Tuner (750 GB/849 Hrs) Lifetime & Wireless

TiVo Series 2 TCD540080 (80 GB) with Lifetime & Wireless


PyTiVo as a Service

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/29/2012 - 11:24
I am running PyTivo on WIN7 64Bit Home Premium. I can get it working as a command window and it works well, except the darn window is always open on the launch bar.

Is there anyway to run this as a Service instead of a command window?

Thanks in Advance

New added channels not populating the GUIDE !!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/29/2012 - 10:10
OK, this morning I realized that Comcast had added HD channels to our channel lineup which is included in our HD package so I went into settings and added a check mark to those new channels, I then did an online update to get the guide to update. I still do not see any guide info, either online from my TIVO account listing, nor on the premiere unit either, I do have a cable card and the channels do come in, it has been about 1 1/2 hours now, still says no guide info, is this normal ?? I know with my series 2 unit, it says housekeeping when I am updating channels, this unit does not say that, so I am not sure it is updating or not. I can always manually record a show my wife wants for now, but just want to make sure it will populate sooner or later, any info on this would be greatly appreciated TIA ;)


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