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TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 16:20
I've only had Cozitv channel for a few weeks, anybody that has had it longer know if they show the color avengers? I did not know there even was B/W ones before getting Cozitv.

N Adapter...or the end of the world?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 14:36
Comcast changed out my router/modem.

Now, my N Adapter doesn't work.

My family is now freaking out that the Tivo is not updating the schedule LOL

After hours with Tivo and Comcast troubleshooting, no solution has been found.

The N Adapter is not showing any wireless bars and locating the router/modem.

Tivo recommended replacing the adapter, as "that must be the problem."
Too coincidental for me that it stopped working when Comcast replaced the router.

I've tried everything.

Possible suggestions:

1. Replace the router (expensive) (not even sure that is the problem)
2. Just use a very long Ethernet cord since my router is on the other side of the room and update it every few days.
3. Buy an old G adapter used and cheap

Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Jesse james
TiVo Premiere XL

Roamio first impressions - its okay

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 13:48
I'll admit up front that I'm not much of a Tivo fan anymore, so don't read this if that bias upsets you!!

In the early 1980's I lived out in the country in NH and discovered satellite tv. We had a big dish (I think it was 12 feet) and could get hundreds of stations. We moved to Indiana to a new house in 1994/95 timeframe and signed up for Directv which was brand new. Our account number was in the 6000 range. I think they have around 20 million now. We stayed with Direct for 13 years.

I was a true fanboy of Direct - small dish, hundreds of channels, plus I had a small antenna, so I could get the locals. Then around 2000 I got a Tivo. I started with the series 1 and soon moved to the series 2. I had 3 of them in my living room and could record 6 NFL football games at a time because I had the Sunday ticket package. I never looked at the crawler bar at the bottom and was careful to not look for scores, so I would watch football games during the week, since I didn't know who had won the game.

I absolutely loved the Tivo. It gave me the chance to watch the games when I wanted to, and more importantly, I could skip the commercials and other timeouts. I am a computer programmer and one of the biggest things that impressed me was the absolute ease of use that Tivo had put together. I remember thinking how simple it was to operate. It was a computer, but who could tell that? There was a manual with it, but who needed it? I found this forum sometime around 2000 or so, and it gave me the 30-second skip. What more could I want?

Then Direct was sold and the new owner soon ditched Tivo for a dvr that couldn't come close to the Tivo. I was an avid reader of one of the Direct forums and could tell that their dvr was designed by people who never considered the client.

I held on to my series 2's and badgered Direct with threats about leaving and even canceled premium services in protest making sure they knew why. I did relent with Sunday ticket and kept it when they reduced the price to $100 from 400.

I finally came to a crossroads Direct and the Sunday Ticket or Comcast and the new Series 3 I had been reading about? I couldn't part with the Tivo so in 2008, I made the switch - got new Tivo dvr's and was absolutely amazed at the quality of the picture from Comcast. I could record two NFL games at a time using the antenna and another two using the cable. I bought the external hard drive and could record 150 hours of HD.

I then switched to the XL4 Premiere. I could record 4 games at a time and didn’t need the external drive. I had lots of issues with the xl4. For one thing, I hated the new menus, but I could ignore them by switching back to the easy-to-use original format. I couldn't get some of the new features to work like the Comcast VOD, but that was okay, because there was plenty of other stuff.

I also had other issues with the xl4. I moved the m-card from my series 3 to my xl4, and every so often, the Tivo would change the picture to an m-card screen with Comcast's phone number. Checking the forum here, I decided that it had something to do with Comcast not getting everything connected for premium services. The only extra service I had was the sports package, which worked fine.

The real issue I had was that Tivo would nag me about the issue. They couldn't create a message that I could view once like they do when a channel has been added or removed. That message is shown once when I start watching something. No, Tivo has to stop what I'm watching and nag me about m-card issue. We like background music and listen to one of the Comcast music channels. I can always tell when the m-card nag has come up, because the music stops, and will stay that way for 15 or 20 minutes.

Another big issue I had with the xl4 was performance. I started watching college basketball and decided to record every game of March Madness. I soon discovered that my Tivo could not record 4 HD channels and show another one from my playing list.

Then Tivo came out with the Roamio. I figured that for one thing, they must have put a faster engine in it. But what irritated me was that I had spent all that money for what I thought was the inferior xl4 and Tivo wanted me to do it again. So, for several months, I'd get upset when Tivo would send me an email with a measley offer of $50 or $100. I felt they had given me an inferior box, and now they wanted to give me a few bucks off to entice me to give them yet more money.

In the meantime, I bought a mini for a bedroom tv. It doesn't have the old menus, but I can get to my playing list easy, so I don't have to use the HD menu much. But it couldn't get the shows from the series 3. So, I decided to get another mini to replace the series 3.

I came back to this forum to see what kind of offers were available and discovered there were some for 10-year customers. So, I decided I would get the Roamio basic and a mini. I wanted the basic because my hope is to leave Comcast in the future and I will need the antenna.

Since I've been a Tivo customer since 2000, I could get the best deal and that made the package attractive for me. Hold on - not so fast!! Yes Tivo could see that I had been a customer for all of those years, but it didn't count since I was a Direct customer for 8 of those years. Sorry bud - in our book, you don't count. Okay, give me your next-best offer. She enticed me when I found out I would only need to pay $12.95 a month service for the three boxes. Plus the Roamio still had some kind of discount. So, I took that offer.

After getting the Roamio, I found out it's either antenna or cable, but not both. That's not a big issue, since we have 4 tuners. Then too, the basic does not have much capacity, but that's okay because I can use the WD/Tivo external box. I had used the box on the series 3, so I hooked it up, but for the life of me, Tivo will not recognize the darn thing. I've rebooted and had it call home any number of times, but no luck. So, I got the hard drive that was at the end of the list on that message list here. I ordered the Tork bits and replaced the drive. The biggest issue I had was trying to get the cover off. I would never have attempted the replacement if not for the picture at the beginning of that thread. Thanks for doing that. Because of that, I now have gone from 45 hours of HD to 480.

But the real issue I have with the Roamio is the menu system. The only benefit I see is an indicator of how much space is being used. Outside of that, in my opinion, the menu is ugly. Bring back the simplicity.

At least on the xl4, I could turn off the live tv in the upper right corner. I've tried to turn it off on the Roamio, but if I press the button on the remote to show me the guide, it brings up live picture. So, if I'm recording a game while watching another game, and want to set up another recording, Tivo has decided that I need to watch the game in progress. That blows my mind. Why do I want to know the score ahead of time – ruins watching the recording if I know the score ahead of time.

I had a wishlist on my xl4 for Notre Dame football. I would check the list and find the Saturday game and record it. Once I had set up the recording, I could select the option for viewing upcoming recordings, and Tivo would show me all college football games on Saturday, going forward. I could then select the other college games I wanted to watch that day.

The Roamio list does not do that. If I record the game and click on the link to show me upcoming shows, it only shows the same game in SD. So I created a list to show football. The issue is that there is no college option under the sports. I now get a huge list of all kinds of football games in the list. I can't even filter the list to HD only. I can filter the recording list to HD, but not the viewing list. The HD wishlist shows 4.5 entries on a page. I think the other system had 8 in it's list - a big difference.

The wishlist will automatically start recording things once the list is built. Do you know how many football shows it can put in your to-do list in about 20 minutes? I think I must have cleared out at least 50 shows in that list. The option should be to not automatically record stuff until you've decided to do it.

Try searching the list using amer as the search term. I was looking for America's. I found American and America's and some other stuff all mixed together. It wasn't everything with American and then America's, so I had to look at several pages beyond the norm to make sure I could find all entries.

I created a list, moved the cursor to the done item and pressed select. The list was not saved. I discovered that I had to press the right-arrow on the done item in order for the list to be saved. That is user ugly.

I hate all of those icons on the menus displaying the shows. I found an item to turn them off. I removed everything in that menu list, but I still see all of them across the top. What a waste of space.

I still use my old remote from one of the early Tivo's. It's much less complicated and seems to have bigger buttons.

All in all, I think the operation is much more complex. As a programmer, I know that if you develop a feature, you have to be able to turn it off if possible, because someone is not going to want to use it. I yearn for the old Tivo because it was simplicity at its best. Yes, new things were added, but I could maneuver through a series of menus, and left-arrow back out all the way to live tv if I wanted that. Now, there is so much activity on the menu and it actually displays less information, so I have much more paging to do.

I used to think Tivo and Direct were two of the most innovative companies. Direct had a technology that would allow me to see hundreds of channels. But they kept squeezing the quality out of their HD picture. And for all practical purposes, they abandoned their Tivo clients with a poor imitation. Now I find Comcast offers both great SD and HD pictures. We watch most things in SD and sports in HD.

But my biggest disappointment has been the change in Tivo. Yes, they've add new things, but they've also increased the complexity. I will stay with Tivo because I don't think any other dvr will be easier to use. I've got the new smart tv's. I watch netflix from them instead of Tivo, because the last time I tried it on Tivo, it was too complex.

I’m sure most people like the bells and whistles, but a lot of folks also appreciate simplicity. There are ways to keep both, but I think Tivo has forgotten that.

CES 2015 rumors

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 13:11
Are there any rumors about what we might see from Tivo this CES? It's just three and a half weeks away.

OTA Workaround for Roamio Pro?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 11:35
Hi guys!

I have a Roamio Pro with Lifetime Subscription which I have been using with my cable company. I am planning to finally cut the cord, but before I do I need to figure things out - like how I can still hopefully use Tivo without Cable.

Are there any workarounds that you guys know of to get this to work? Thanks in advance! :)

SlingPlayer Hits Fire TV! Pre-roll Ads To Follow?

Zatz Not Funny! - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:54
Without a hint of marketing muscle, SlingPlayer for Amazon Fire TV was quietly introduced a day or so ago. As you’d expect, the app allows you to pipe Slingbox video to another television in the home or really anywhere in the world. Or so their new TV Everywhere campaign proclaims. While I’m not prepared to pass judgement […]

Plex coming to Opera Store

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:48
I really hope this works well. I use both Tivo and Plex and having them work together more effectively will be awesome!



I need a new remote

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:43
I have a Roamio Plus with the original remote. Unfortunately, I dropped it like a few zillion times and the last drop did it in. I'm happy with the remote even though it's not drop proof -) ... I don't see anything else available except the slide remote, which I don't care about.

My question is if I have a choice in remotes, though, as I said, I've always been content with my remote. [I don't know if they're different now, but I bought the Roamio Plus when it first came out.] And secondly, where is the best place to buy? I assumed Weaknees would be the place. But unless I misunderstand, the basic peanut remote is $10 more at Weaknees than TiVo. Thanks.

Wink Relay, Another Flawed Quirky Product

Zatz Not Funny! - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 07:36
  Back in September, Wink announced the addition of Relay to their ever growing lineup of home automation products. The Relay is a wall mounted touch screen device that connects to your Wink home automation system and is powered by an Android variant. It features Wifi, Zigbee, and Bluetooth communication protocols, but missing are the Z-Wave and Lutron ClearConnect capabilities […]

The Amazing Race: OAD 12-12-2014: "Hooping It Up"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:28
Well, ain't that something. I can't say I'm crazy about cramming a final 4 into a 1 hour episode, but there it is. It will be very disappointing if the candy girls win the race.

How funny was it when the dentists and candy girls were in the cab together congratulating themselves on their superior intellects when they were going the wrong direction? :)

And surfer dude losing that clue when it was in his bag the whole time? Madness. How could he not have torn into the bag sooner if there was a hint it was there? I did love him running away from Jim when they were both carrying the heavy load of coconuts. That was fitness versus gym muscles right there, although in fairness he's also got some youth on Jim.

Hopefully we'll get a strong finish next week. It's been a fun season considering the lack of villains.

Series 2 Tivo ST will not transfer to tivo Premiere

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 03:30
Ok, I am looking for suggestions. I have a series 2 ST TiVo and a newer Premier XL. I have them both hooked up to a wireless network via TiVo wireless g adapters. They both see each other and allow me to view programming on the other one. I can even select to start a transfer and it will let me start to view it but it only transfers about 1 second of the show. Then it just sits their and eventually it will cancel because it says my connection is to slow. However I am able to stream on demand and Netflix on the premier with no problem. So I finally got annoyed and went and bought power line adapters, but when tested there speed was slower than my wifi. I have an asus rt66 gigabit router. So I returned the power line and purchased 2 wireless bridges. When I connect my notebook computer to the bridges and test them on speed test.net I get download speeds around 40 Mbps and upload speeds around 10 mbps...however the tivos still will not transfer more than 1 second of a program. I checked all my settings and they seem to be right. Sharing is enabled etc, I have done numerous boots and reboots of my whole wireless network, but I can't figure out for the life of me why they will not transfer shows from one another. Please help!!!!! This is driving me nuts...

Premiere 4 freezes trying to record specific channel

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 01:58
Premiere 4 has scheduled recording of Comcast programs, and fails to record. Other channels being recorded on other tuners on same DVR at same time without problems.

Sometimes get a V53 error, sometimes recording history says it didn't record because it couldn't get a signal, but most of time it looks like it is recording with no problem. When I look at the recording, it shows the timer stuck at 0, but the red light on as if it is recording. I can see the program which looks fine, but the DVR is stuck trying to record. Only way out I've found is to restart Tivo. Signal looks fine thru Tivo and also looking at Comcast without Tivo. Signal strength is fine, and close to 0 errors reported. Other TV on Premiere can record same channel without problem, with about the same signal strength, so it doesn't look like a Comcast signal strength problem.

Happened a few weeks ago and spent a few hours online with Tivo help, who looked at a bunch of stuff with no problems, and then had me do a Smart disk test for some 9 hours, which turned out fine.

Any thoughts?

Premiere 4 out of warranty. If an actual Tivo hardware problem, 1st time any problem but disks over many years through 3 Series 1, 2 HDs with new disks, and now a Premiere and Premiere 4.

Next software update features revealed already?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 00:50
It sounds like the VirginMedia Tivos just got a new Netflix update. I don't know if it's a different version than we currently have. However, the article that mentions the update also states that these features are rolling out along with it:

1. profiles, which support up to five individual users - Finally!!!
2. recommendations from your Facebook friends - Yawn
3. the ability to play a previously-watched film or TV episode from the beginning (instead of just resuming) - don't we have this already?
4. an option to view all episodes from all seasons of your favorite programmers in a single list. - Someone was just complaining about Tivo not having this on Zatz's site.

I hope we get a little more than this in the next update but we will probably just get some bugs fixes along with it.

2 Weeks of Tivo, Here's what were missing.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:44
So I got this great idea (which starts out slow, then turns into a burning desire and doesn't end until I've got every tool pulled into the house and I've made a mess in just about every room). Get the picture.

After I got into a huge fight with Verizon I got on a kick to send them back all of their STB's and use a Tivo Roamio and Mini's to replace all 7 STB's. Saving around 50 bucks a month. I bought a Roamio with loyalty lifetime svc for 500 bucks literally with rolled change (so to me, no real sunk cost). Then I grabbed 3 mini's with BB gift cards and 1 additional mini with amex gift points. Total real cash spent so far: 90 bucks. I now have 5 TV's of Tivo and need 2 additional mini's running on a cable card for 4.99 a month. To me that's a pretty big coup.

So far I've only set up the Roamio and set it lose on the family. I was surprised that they've picked it up pretty quickly. They can at least watch TV with it so I'm pretty happy. I did switch the guide over to "grid" as I really never like the traditional Tivo guide and really wanted it to look as close to what Verizon was providing.

So after about 2 weeks here is a very short list of what I think Tivo should add to improve their device.

1. Find a way, app etc to re-integrate FIOS caller ID on Tivo. This is something that my wife was not happy about losing. I would think it's just a matter of figuring it out and putting it into the code. Would be a great feature enhancement. Have to imagine there are a huge number of FIOS users out there on Tivo.

2. This is the biggie. Fix this one and your making the world a better place with regards to CATV. With FIOS you get all the channels as SD from 1-499 and then it starts all over again with the HD's at 500-1000. It's VERY annoying that you often wind up viewing a show in SD when it's available in HD. All the TV's in our house are now HD. FIOS handled this by providing the RED C button on the remote. If you tuned to a SD channel and there is an HD equivalent hitting RED C will take you there That's only slightly helpful. I use it, my wife never does. Very annoying to see them watching SD shows when HD is available. Especially when it's being displayed in 4:3 I often tell them to "use the entire tv" as I grab the remote and hit the RED C button. You don't want to know what they tell me. I've heard that some CATV companies will automatically switch you to the HD version if you select the SD version. I'd like to see Tivo do the exact same thing. Since my wife can only remember the 2,4,7,9,11 and lower channel numbers, I'd like Tivo to take her to 502 when she enters 2 so she can watch the channel in HD. I understand the argument about needing those for SD TV's, but Tivo know's it's outputing 1080 so any SD that has an HD should be the channel that gets tuned no matter what number is put in, 2 or 502. It's just logic and programming. Maybe you need to set up a mapping table to tell it how to respond, but it should be done. This is a big one and Tivo would be hailed as a hero as I have not really seen many STB's that do a good job of handling SD & HD programming. Like I said, I heard that CV boxes might autoswtich but I have not seen it in action. Now, it's not as easy as just remapping the entire lower end. Some channels are only available in SD and can't be remapped. Some are only available in HD so a user programmable map really is the way to go. I remember on the old SA boxes (pre HD) they would allow mapping so you could map a channel to another channel. This is basically what needs to happen on Tivo.

3. This one is really no big deal, but since I'm telling Tivo how they should fix their stuff (and of course they are going to get right one this! :D) I might as well add this one. On the bottom guide, I'm missing that stupid red line from the FIOS STB's which tells you how far along you are in the show you are watching. Sounds kind of stupid, but it was really something I started using after a while. You flip to a new channel, see a show you are watching and want to know, is it 5 minutes in or 50? I believe on Tivo you have to look at the data (start and finish times), look at the clock and start doing math. The Bar gives you a quick visual indicator. Something Tivo should do to enhance their product...

So that's really it for only using our Roamio for 2 weeks. Can someone get back to me with a date when these items will be available? You know I'm kidding, but it would be nice if Tivo would also see the value in these enhancements and consider implementing them. Could you imagine trying to convince someone at Verizon to make something better? Ha...

Anyway, feel free to critique my enhancements. There are probably better ways of doing what I am asking, or add UI enhancements that you'd like to see. Maybe I can bring it up with Tivo Margarette when I apply for a job as UI Experience Specialist, internet division. I always find myself trying to customize and enhance things. You should see my XBMC. It barely resembles a standard XBMC but everyone in the house, including my SD afflicted Spouse uses it with ease.



TiVo premiere and TiVo premiere 4 for sale.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:27
1x TiVo premiere 400hr for $70.00 plus $ 20 shipping(Tivo is Lifetime eligible)

1x TiVo premiere 4 with Tivo N adapter $130 plus $30 shipping(free shipping if both TiVos are purchase together)

I also have a 2TB hard drive I can upgrade either TiVo( or both) to for $30 so if you would like that let me know.

I take Paypal: Espinoza_lee at yahoo.com



tivo preview

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:12
Is the Tivo Preview still being produced, or is it considered a dead product?

I only see reference to it in the 2011 press release.

Can you turn the mini into a dongle?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:59
If you restrict the input to ethernet and output to HDMI and a power connection to USB and a remote control that doesn't need line of site could you reduce the mini to a dongle which fits nicely behind a TV?

Altnernatively can you make use of MHL (or is the base of TV's with MHL-HDMI ports too small)?

lifetime 1Tb Tivo HD for sale

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:50
After taking advantage of Tivo's 10-year loyalty deal and upgrading to a Roamio Plus, I now have a lifetimed Tivo HD (TCD 652) for sale. The unit has been upgraded with a Western Digital 1Tb drive (WD10EVCS) for 157 HD hours of recording. I purchased it new in 2007 and it has been operating flawlessly in a dry and cool basement of the same smoke- and pet-free home ever since. It includes the original packaging and comes with all the original accessories (in fact, the remote is unused because I use a universal remote). For shipping, I will place the original Tivo box in another box filled with padding such as packing peanuts, crumped newspaper, and/or air bags.

I'm asking $175, and I'll throw in free Fedex ground shipping to anywhere in the continental US. Payment must be via Paypal F&F.

Please PM me if interested.


Upgrade TiVo Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:45
I probably missed the answer to my question in one of the previous topic, went through several and did not see the answer.

I am considering getting a new basic Roamio and immediately upgrading the drive. I am going to be using OTA only and will have to redo my guided setup and season passes, so is the upgrade process as simple as putting a new 4TB drive in?

I have used MSF tools in the past on my series 3 and HD units but did not see where they supported Roamio units.


dinosaur 13 (cnn documentary) [spoilers]

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:01
dinosaur 13 premiered last night on cnn at 9/8c, it caught my eye as i was surfing the guide, so i recorded and watched the second airing (most current series are on mid-season hiatus).

i enjoyed this much more than i expected, a very interesting story that followed the 1990 south dakota chance discovery of the most complete t-rex fossil ever recovered, through the years long protracted legal battle surrounding the find, and the resulting federal trial.

it has all the players of a good drama - the small town paleontologists vs ownership claims by landowners, native americans, and the government - a davids vs goliaths story.

did anyone else catch it last night? it airs again twice on 12/14, and once more 12/20.


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