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No Usage Meter

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/16/2012 - 14:00
I just got a Premiere XL this week, and was excited to see in the literature that there would be a usage meter to see my hard-drive space. Problem is, in my "Shows" menu, there is no usage meter. The spot which is supposed to have this info is only a blank space. I'm wondering if I need a certain percentage of the hard drive to be full to use this feature? I have about 20 shows recorded and several "suggestions". Or maybe it doesn't exist if using SD menus? Any thoughts are welcome.

Do the newer Tivos work with analog cable?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/16/2012 - 13:50
I'm way in over my head technically on all this stuff, but was trying to figure out which of the newer Tivos would work with our cable arrangement.

We're on basic cable, which is only analog. I'm assuming that all the programming is SD, too.

We're currently using Series 2 Tivos (great products but energy hogs).

So key question:

Do any of the newer Tivos work with analog cable?

Alternative solution:

Switching to over-the-air

One alternative is to switch everything to over-the-air HD antennas (we have one Tivo set up with that), but that's flakey where we are--intermittent reception, incredible sensitivity to orientation of antenna, etc.

Plus, and this is key, Tivo does not provide programming information for NBC in our area. That's been true for 3 years now and continues in spite of my repeated requests for them to fix it!

Tivo energy consumption--what should we do?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/16/2012 - 13:42
We're doing a home energy audit and discovered to our shock that our two Tivos were consuming more power than anything else in our house, including our furnace!

They are two Series 2 DVD units (Humax and Toshiba) and both draw 60 watts! That's equivalent to a 120w light bulb running 24-7. While at first glance that doesn't seem like much it works to 3 kwh in a day, 90 in a month, and over 1,000 in a year! At 16 cents/kwh, it turns out to be about $170 a year!

I hope my calculations are wrong (they certainly could be :))!

Both machines are on lifetime (fortunately), but it was a major surprise to realize that we're paying roughly $15 a month just to run them and that they are the biggest energy hog in the house!

Looking for advice on possible solutions on how to save energy

1. Live with it.

2. Put them each on a timer that shuts them off 16 hours a day.

3. Replace both with a newer Tivo.

4. ???

#1 keeps hitting the pocket book.

#2 according to many puts wear and tear on the Tivos.

#3 would lose the DVD capability. In addition, we're on basic cable, meaning analog land-- no digital cable. So, getting a new Tivo may not even be an option.

Any advice appreciated!

Flying Wild Alaska Season 3 2012

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/16/2012 - 11:53
Glad to see the show back. I really enjoy the scenery and the characters. Ariel just cracks me up.

A Greek Tragedy

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/16/2012 - 10:51
CNBC is showing A Greek Tragedy about the economic problems in Greece at 8 PM Sunday. But it's only showing a duration of 30 minutes. I thought I heard them say that the duration would be two hours, when it was announced Friday. So think about padding your show by an hour and a half.

New DVR showing up in Now Playing

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/16/2012 - 09:59
I have 2 premier's, and an older series 2, all connected to my network. My series 2 dvr is named "Series 2", and shows up in the Now playing list on both my premier's. I just installed KMTTG, and and have upoloaded a few recordings from the series 2, to my pc. Now, on both my premier's, in addition to the "series 2" dvr showing in my now playing list, there is also a "DVR-4298" which has all the same shows, that my series 2 does. Is this normal?

HBO's Girls Series ID

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/16/2012 - 07:16
Can anyone tell me the series id for the HBO series Girls? There is nothing showing up in MetaGenerator and I have tried every number I can find. Thanks.

"Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1" (formerly ATHF) is now "Aqua Something You Know Whatever"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/16/2012 - 06:48
You know, someone needs to head down to Williams Street and tell the guys at what was Aqua Teen Hunger Force that changing their titles every year is annoying to their audience (though they know it and do it on purpose).

Again, needed to set up a new season pass on this show because the AUPS1 pass wouldn't switch over at all, but thankfully I had to anyways since my system just got Cartoon Network/Adult Swim in HD. Fair warning for next Sunday night.

mfs_ftp.tcl -A Successor to this Venerable Program

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/16/2012 - 03:02
One of the seminal programs in Tivo and DVR history, mfs_ftp.tcl, has gotten a little long in the tooth. Complexities in updating/patching because much of its power comes from previous work and there are some sensitivities from both the pioneers and the author.

90%+ of Tivo and DTivo users have probably moved on and don't care

But for those who might care, a recent attempt to take a new look at the functionality is a program called tyftpd.tcl, a very nice piece of work that is worth a look if you'd like to have that functionality.

Attempts are being made to smooth its interface with another program called MovieLoader. A successful result here would be a huge step forward for those of us who are using older Tivos, for examples the HR10-250 or older DTivos or SA Tivos.

I can't point you specifically to where this is being discussed, but a search on tyftpd.tcl might be productive

I get daily messages from Tivo that my lineup has changed.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/16/2012 - 00:04
No joke I get a TiVo message everyday that my Comcast line up has changed. Often is keeps changing the same channels. It has been going in for at least 6 months going back into 2011. Example
HBO --> HBOHDthen the next day will be:
HB0HD --> HBOThen day after that.
HBO --> HBOHDAnd keeps going, except maybe it will switch from HBO to TNT and keep changing TNT for a while.

I called TiVo and asked 2-3 times, and get same response "Its not TiVo's fault because we simply issue changes that are given to us by Comcast". When I call Comcast, they point the finger at TiVo saying that Comcast is not changing the lineup, and say HBO (or whatever) has not changed, thus its a TiVo problem.

Clearly this an automated process, which is failing, but both sides deny that there is a problem, or that if there is a problem, its not their problem to fix.

Sounds like a sequel to the very funny movie: "Office Space".

Any ideas what is really going on?

Cannot Create Season Pass for ABC Final Witness

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/15/2012 - 23:34
Final Witness
ABC June 27th 10pm

The option to create the Season Pass is there but...

Trying to make a season pass using Tivo remote. When I go to edit pass options, the little spinning circle center of Tv screen spins for 5 seconds then it dumps me back to the show's details. Won't schedule the pass.

Trying to make a season pass using iPad app. I notice in the options it says channel "null". When I press Ok, I get Error 0x30046 and won't confirm that it's scheduled. Just makes me press Ok to exit the error message.

I can create a pass for the show(s) that air right before/after on that same channel just fine. I can create passes for this time slot on other channels just fine. It's just this show this channel.

I'll do a reboot tonight. Then try again in the morning...

Longer Buffer

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/15/2012 - 23:28
Does anyone know if TiVo ever plans to have a buffer longer than 30 minutes? The HR24 I had from DTV had something like 90 minutes. Heck, even the Series 2 DVR40 I had years ago could be "adjusted" to 90 minutes with no issues.

The Dream Team (NBA TV documentary)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/15/2012 - 22:49
Did anyone watch this? (It first aired Wednesday, June 13 on NBA TV.)

I just watched it tonight. As an NBA fan (and Chicago Bulls fan) since the late 80's, of course I was all over the Dream Team when they were playing, so I thought this was a real treat. And it was good simply as a documentary work, with a lot of great behind-the-scenes footage, and participation from many of the athletes including Jordan, Bird, and Johnson. They were fascinatingly candid, from Jordan and Pippen even today talking with dislike about Isiah Thomas, to most of them still carrying the competitive spirit that refuses to acknowledge that another player is better than them. And it was a thrill to see some of the footage of the legendary Monte Carlo scrimmage from right before the Games started. That game has been the stuff of legends for 20 years and we finally got to see a little bit of it.

Some of my other favorite parts:
  • John Stockton strolling with his family through Barcelona, introducing himself to American tourists who never recognized him.
  • Mike Krzyzewski revealing that Chuck Daly threw the inital scrimmage that the Dream Team lost to the US college players -- a brilliant strategy.
  • As a Bulls fan, Jordan and Pippen destroying Toni Kukoc. I liked him as a Bulls player, but this was prior to then and I remember their vendetta (really against GM Jerry Krause, as Jordan said in this movie) distinctly.
  • The players agog at the topless beaches in Monte Carlo.
  • Seeing footage of vintage Jordan. Ah, memories.

Good stuff.

Space Conflict When Trying to Record a Show

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/15/2012 - 21:36
Hello all.
I am new here and new to TiVo (have had it for 2 weeks now). I have done quite a search on this site for the answer to my question about space conflicts. I have also done a Google search, so I know what the answer was (mostly from 2010 and back); I just don't know if this is still the case (with this new tivo premiere in 2012).

That being said:
I have an RCN Tivo Quad (as they call it); it is a Premiere with 4 tuners (that's all I know so far).

I watch a lot of recorded tv (prior dvr; now tivo). I have tons of shows set on Series Manager. I also set single shows/episodes/movies; and other random things.

Wednesday night (june 13) I tried to set some single episodes of a show. After the 2nd single episode record attempt I got the message of a Conflict and that because of my space some of the episodes on a Season Pass show (totally diff. show) may not record on June 25th. Mind you, my tivo space was only 22/23% full.

Google search told me that there is no way around this :down: and my further interpretation was that even though the message will continue to annoyingly pop up, as long as I truly have space everything will record as scheduled.

Is this true?? Is there no way around the message?? Am I all good as long as, regardless of the forever message, I have enough actual space??

Any answers as soon as possible will be helpful so that I can call RCN back immediately and tell them not to bother sending out a tech, who is actually scheduled to come out this Sunday. Should he still come? or is it not necessary? :confused:

By the way, i did not know whether I should post this here or in the Premiere subforum.


Thought TiVo was a great product & service ...

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/15/2012 - 17:44
Hope it is ok to post this here ...

I have had TiVos since 2002 and loved the service and products ... well, until today. I bought an Elite (XL-4) 93 days ago and have had a couple of problems (disk glitch and audio issues I am still testing) and on advice of TiVo support, held off on purchasing the extended service (they thought sending it in under initial 90 warranty better than extended warranty).

I set a reminder to order the warranty no later than 90 days after purchase but missed it and when I called today (93 days) was told no exceptions. Bad policy, bad business. I have a faulty TiVo and no warranty! Can't share any love today! Partly my fault but still...

Color me displeased!

Burn Notice 6/14/12 "Scorched Earth"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/15/2012 - 17:15
Jeez, it is SO BORING watching Michael get outwitted every step of the way by every Big Bad he ever meets, year in, year out. When is going to learn to just pick a moment when the BB isn't threatening his family and friends, put a bullet in his brain, and deal with the consequences as they occur? It CAN'T be as bad as bending over for the BB, year in, year out.

Premiere spontaneously restarting itself

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/15/2012 - 11:31
Has anybody else had this happen? Does it indicate a problem?

Yesterday, while I was watching tv in my living room, I went to click back into the recorded show I was watching before and suddenly all the colored lights on the front of the Tivo blinked on and then off, then it restarted itself.

That went without incident and, fortunately, I was not recording at the time so nothing was interrupted except the 30 minute buffer on both tuners. It did change the channel on one tuner so that both tuners were on the same channel when I was back up. That seemed kind of odd.

My Premieres are only about 3 months old. The living room one (same one) was having problems getting stuck at first (to the extent that I would have to restart it, or sometimes it ended up restarting itself) but nothing major and it seemed to work itself out and hasn't happened since the beginning.

Spike TV almost got me..or..Is anybody watching World's Worst Tenants?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:28
A friend turned me onto this show and said I just HAD to watch it.

Here is a link: www.spike.com/shows/worlds-worst-tenants

They basically follow around these 3 people who work for a property management company and evict people from residential and commercial properties.

Almost immediately my "spidey senses" were going off as it reminded me of Operation Repo on TrueTV and how that is fake.

The only thing that almost had me convinced was the ever presence of police, so I went internet searching and of course found out it's just as fake as Operation Repo. Nothing but reinactments of actual stories.

I found this post about the latest episode with the guy shooting the automatic weapons and the police: Quote: OK if your going to fake a show do it right. First off “AR 15″ or “M4″ do not have on and off switches on the magazines. “TOY GUN” When the bolt action is back the dust cover for the ejection port will be open. Two, La county sheriff’s and all law enforcement ” C H P ” must have identifying patches on there Uniforms. ” C H P ” badges are seven points not six. As for la county sherriff’s are sex point whit small ball’s on the tip’s of the star. You will not have dispatch get a hold of dispatch if that is how you are talking too??????????? So I guess even the "cops" are actors!

SP deleted!

Father’s Day Face-Off – We have a winner!

TiVo Blog - Fri, 06/15/2012 - 08:50
Drumroll please…and the winner of the “Father’s Day Face-Off” is… Mr. Phil Dunphy! We had an inkling when he blew all the other comedy Dads out of the water in the first round of the Father’s Day Face-Off, but who could predict that Mr. Dunphy would also leave cutthroat (literally) competitors Dexter Morgan and Eddard [...]

season pass new only recording old episodes

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 06/15/2012 - 07:17
Transferred my season passes from my tivohd via the online season pass manager to my new elite. Season passes set up as new only. Now I am getting old episodes along with the new ones. Also, I am getting multiple versions of the old version.

Example: -Fairly legal recording episode right now called shattered - first air date 5/18/12. Weird thing is that it recorded it on 5/18. So not only is the new not working but the same episode in 30 days isn't either.

Is this a bug from the online season pass manager? Does the elite look at the new flag or the first air date? Any one else have this happen?


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