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Tivo Premiere XL4 Restarting by Itself

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/02/2013 - 12:34
I got a new Tivo Premiere XL4 and it restarts on its own, randomly as far as I can tell, at least once a day. I notice it once a day anyway. It could be happening more.

Can anyone give me an idea as to what the problem might be and if there is a fix? I know I could return it but I'd rather not if I don't have to.

I saw an older thread on this topic that seemed to be related to an update causing the restarts. My XL4 is newer and up to date on updates. Also, I have another not-quite-as-new XL4 that doesn't do this.

Also, the internet connection is good and working, so I don't think a problem with the connection is causing the reboots. An HD tivo was using that same connection for years and didn't have that problem.


Transfer to TivoDesktop faster on Premiere?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/02/2013 - 11:54
Hi! Just joined, never posted before. I've been using Tivo since 2001. I currently have a TivoHD as my main machine. I had a Tivo Expander for a few months, but I guess it died as I could no longer boot up my Tivo. So I disconnected it (Lost all my new shows, boo) and now since I'm having reboot issues, I'm thinking it's the hard drive, and thinking of getting a new one, with higher capacity. So before I do that, I want to transfer my saved shows onto the computer. It took 1 and 1/2 hours to transfer 1 hour of an HD show. Is this normal? Is it faster using a Premiere? That would be my other option, to just get a Premiere rather than a new hard drive on the TivoHD. I also have a Humax DVD Tivo and use the Multi Room Viewing, would I no longer be able to do that if I got the Premiere? Thanks for any help!

Only the bottom Left LED

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/02/2013 - 11:14
I have 2 S3 (oled 648250B), one works, one not; both have lifetime.
I tried swapping the HD and PS, still only the single LED.

So guessing it's the last part, the motherboard.
Unless someone else has any other ideas ??

If I buy a ebay/craigslist S3 to swap parts can I retain my lifetime ?

TIA ...


Can time shifting be turned off?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/02/2013 - 08:43
Unless I misunderstand, my TIVO is always buffering about 30 minutes of data even when I am watching live.
  1. Is it true that my TIVO is always buffering ?
  2. Can I turn that feature off when I want to ?

According to the Google study, there is a positive correlation between hard drive usage and drive failure (highly dependent on drive age). I have no reason to live buffer shows like, e.g. Seinfeld, so I could save some wear and tear if I could turn time shifting off. I use my TIVO as my only source of HD (I have no set top box), so I watch shows live using the TIVO tuner very often.


Optical out on Series 3, HD & Premier; only PCM?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/02/2013 - 07:42
Using just the optical out into a A/V receiver with no HDMI, is the optical audio only 2 channel PCM or is there a selection of DD 5.1? This reviews states it is only PCM;
http://www.amazon.com/review/R1CQDDJ...wasThisHelpful Quote: 10. Toslink cable and audio problems: Dolby digital and surround sound does not work through optical audio toslink cable. This problem started after one of their software updates. When I called TiVo about issue #10, they told me that they could do nothing about the issue, it probably was a hardware issue, Question applies to the Series 3, the 'HD' & the current Premier.

Considering a ReadyNAS need some info

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/02/2013 - 07:10
Considering setting up a readyNAS for use with my XL4. I was wondering what it will and won't do as far as storage and playback.

1. will it preserve the metadata such as show info, original air date, etc.

2. is there a way to stream movies to the tivo that were loaded to the NAS via PC?

3. is it possible to set the Tivo to Go folder, to a folder on the NAS?

and tips as to which ReadyNAS model to go with? I plan on using WD Red 3tb drives in RAID0

TiVO without cable, as a "movie" box?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/02/2013 - 06:39
I'm thinking of dropping cable. Would it still be possible to use my TiVO for access to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Spotify, etc.?

Largest drive possible in an eSATA enclosure?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/02/2013 - 05:38
I was originally told back on my Series3 that 1tb was the largest recognized by the Tivo. I now have a Premiere XL4 and I see weaknees offers a 2tb external drive. Is there anything special that has to be done to use a 2tb external drive? And is 2tb the maximum external size for the XL4?

Also, is there a compiled list of working external enclosures for the Tivos?

Inappropriate advertisements

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 01/02/2013 - 01:13
I understand the need to run ads on the site, but I don't think ads like the one I just saw are appropriate. Here's a screen grab:


Trade your S3OLED w/ 2TB & PLS for my THD w/ 2TB & PLS?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/01/2013 - 21:23
I have a TivoHD w/ 2TB HDD & lifetime service. I've tried improving my wireless link and then converted it to a (very stable) MOCA connection to my other S3OLED Tivo, but the TivoHD continually "drops" the S3OLED from its NPL. Apparently this is a common issue that Tivo has not yet fixed, that the S3OLED does not suffer from.

We don't use cablecards, so I don't mind that the S3OLED versions need to S-cards rather than a single M-card. We just get the free HD channels (nbc, cbs, abc, ..) and deal with analog for the rest. We also do not use Netflix, so that feature of the TivoHD will not be missed.

Long story short- I'm heavily considering finding someone with a S3OLED, 2TB, PLS that might be interested in a straight swap for my THD, 2TB, PLS..

Any interest out there?


New 'Dual Survivor' season 3 starts today 1/1/13

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/01/2013 - 19:14
If you haven't seen it, it is a series similar to Man Vs Wild and Survivor Man, but they have 2 people trying to survive instead of just 1.

Season 1 and 2 stars Cody Lundin (a naturist who doesn't usually wear shoes) and Dave Canterbury (a military-trained survival instructor).

This season Canterbury is being replaced by Joseph Teti, a former Green Beret. Not sure why Canterbury is out, I liked how he offset Lundin.

Anyways the first two episodes air back-to-back tonight on Discovery:

The season opener, a one-hour special entitled “Unbraided”, features never-before season footage of Lundin, who introduces audiences to his new cohort, and gives fans a glimpse into what to expect from the pair.

The premiere is followed by “Mars on Earth,” which takes the two to the driest place on earth. Chile’s Atacama desert, which NASA uses as a testing ground for its Martian rovers.

Jumps to another show when ending reached

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/01/2013 - 18:31
Select a show from the My Shows list, watch it to very near the end (all but the ads, etc), give it a <- to get the save or delete - and it jumps to the next higher show in the My Shows list. If you're not careful, you'll delete the next higher show from My Shows. It doesn't happen every time, but mostly it seems to. If its already the top show in the list, no problem, and it never jumps to a lower show. :confused: on an XL4.

Top Gear UK - New Season starting January 27th!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/01/2013 - 16:37
Final Gear reports that according to the ticketing people, they will be filming new episodes on January 23rd. As they usually film on the Wednesday before, this means a new episode will air in the UK on Sunday, 27th with four more to follow.

I'm sure it will air on BBCA very soon after the UK showing. Those of us that use *alternative* means, probably won't even wait that long!! ;)

HD TiVo - "Forgot" its Lifetime Subscription / Account Status

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/01/2013 - 16:04
A couple days ago I experienced a problem with my five-year old HD TiVo with Lifetime subscription. I went to watch something I'd expected it to record that morning, only to find that it hadn't been recorded. So I clicked around the TiVo menus and saw that my TiVo seemed to have forgotten it was a "lifetime" device. I saw a message saying that my account was expired or cancelled (I forget the exact terminology). I also saw that the menus shown to be were limited to a very restricted set of options. I'm assuming this is what people see when they don't have a paid subscription for their device or lifetime service on their device.

So I tested my network connectivity. The test was successful. I tried a service-connection to refresh my program data, and this failed. I logged into the website, and the website showed my device as correctly having lifetime service. So I rebooted my device completely - and only then did it register as having service. Again, I forced a connection to download the program data - and when I did that, it correctly downloaded the new data.

Next, I checked my season passes. Every one of them showed up as "None Scheduled". Apparently when my device lost track of its subscription, it stopped checking when to record season passes. I re-ordered the list by moving one item higher in priority assuming this would force the TiVo to re-schedule everything - and this worked as I'd hoped.

If I look back at the Recording History I see a number of items listed as "Not Recorded" or "Won't Record" and when I check the details the TiVo says these items weren't recorded because "it was scheduled with a TiVo Plus service feature." with instructions on how to upgrade to TiVo Plus via their website.

From what I can tell - I'm back to normal, but I've never had a TiVo lose track of its subscription/lifetime service before. Has anyone experienced this before? Is it indicative of a one-time bad download, or a larger warning that this device may be near its end-of-life?

TiVo Series 1 160GB w/ Lifetime

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/01/2013 - 15:43
I am giving away my TiVo Philips Series 1 - originally 14GB upgraded to 160GB. Fully functional with cables, remote, and original manual.

It has Lifetime Service activated on 3/28/2000.

It is free, I will only ask you to pay for shipping.

PM me if interested.
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Does anyone here use Charter?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/01/2013 - 14:51
First a little backstory:
I know Charter has their own DVR, however, at the time I ordered my first Series 2 TiVo, Charter did not have DVRs available in my area. Since then I have also purchased a TiVoHD. Both have been working just fine, Series 2 with cable box to tune in premiums/digital stations and the HD with cable card and tuning adapter.

However, on 12/21 I added Charter Internet and did a self install. At that time, they change my package from Digital Home/Digital View/Charter Premium (Showtime & Movie Channel, HBO & Cinemax) to Charter TV Select/Silver Package. While I lost TMC and the Encore stations, I gained back stations that were in the Digital View Plus group (BBC America, Sundance, IFC, etc.) To me this was an even trade as the faster internet connection would enable better streaming via Netflix, Amazon, Epix, etc.

Here is the issue:
I seem to have lost many of the "basic" cable stations, such as the local stations. The HD versions in the "hundreds" range come in just fine.

A tech was called out on 12/22 to troubleshoot the lost channels issue. While working on the issue, he noted that mine was one of a couple of cable card calls he had. He called the next job to see if they were having the same issues and they were...using TiVo and HD comes in fine but not locals.

It should be noted that the channels come in just fine on the Series 2 as well as a direct connection to the TV.

At that point, the tech said it was most likely a larger problem on Charter's end and left. However, that call was after he did a lot of troubleshooting inside and outside the house. He was here for what seemed like a couple hours.

Here is the question:
I did not know if anyone here was having any issues like this and/or what my next course of action should be? The channels are still out and while most of the ones out are available in HD, not all of them are.

(sorry if this is the wrong forum to post a question like this)

Flashpoint January 8, 2013 (ION, United States)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/01/2013 - 13:12
ION TV made a last-minute switch of Flashpoint episodes on December 18, 2012, replacing #510 "Lawmen" with #512 "Fit for Duty". My TiVo recorded "Fit For Duty" twice, on December 18 and 21, but incorrectly labelled the earlier recording as "Lawmen". "Lawmen" will air for real on January 8. Your SP probably won't pick it up, so check your To Do List and do a Manual Recording if necessary.

How much can I get for my Humax DVD writer 40 HR

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/01/2013 - 10:59
I was going to recycle my Humax DVD writer 40 HR because I bought a Premiere and the DVD part doesn't work. The TIVO rep told me I might consider selling it because there is a big following for them. Where would i sell it and how much do they go for? I have the option of adding lifetime service for $99. Would that add alot of value to it?

Are these still "leased", not owned?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/01/2013 - 10:36
The following was quoted form this review on Amazon;
Quote: As I wrote to Erik, I suppose my biggest beef with TiVo (and other DVR services) is that, ten years ago, I paid $400 for a DirecTV/TiVo DVR and I OWNED the machine. I did not have to return it to TiVo, because it was COMPLETELY MY OWN PROPERTY. Now, one still has to fork over roughly the same amount, but the machines are leased (i.e. NOT owned) by the consumer. And although Erik has assured me that, if the machine is replaced and I fulfilled the 1 year service agreement on it, I can "do whatever (I) want with it", he "would like it back" after it is deactivated. I was under the impression that wasn't the case anymore.
Are these still "leased"? If you buy a used 'lifetime' unit, how does that play out?

HD mean time to failure ?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 01/01/2013 - 09:46
Are there any stats or any ideas on what the average lifetime of a TIVO HD is?

It seems to me that the drive is working extremely hard even when you are just watching a Hi Def channel - given the repeat function.

I know there is a large disparity in lifetimes even for the same model drive, but I am looking for expectations (such as mean time before failure).



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