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5 Geeky Gifts Under $50

Zatz Not Funny! - Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:42
As the clock winds down on holiday shopping, here are a few more gift ideas for the geek in your life. And if your loved ones don’t like them, they can always take the return money and buy the latest whiz bang thing after CES in January. (Dave and I are both going, by the way.) [...]

Do TV Promo Commercials Actually Work?

TiVo Blog - Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:26
TiVo Research and Analytics, Inc. (TRA) wanted to see if commercials promoting new TV shows actually result in people watching the show. The findings are surprising: A large-reach promotional campaign before a show’s premiere does not guarantee success with viewers. How do we know? First, TRA ranked the 2012 Fall TV shows based on the audience reach of their promotional campaigns six weeks before they started. A month after the show started, each show was given a Promo Conversion score, which is calculated by determining if a viewer watched three Continue Reading

Redbox Instant Sets Rates

Zatz Not Funny! - Wed, 12/12/2012 - 17:15
While Verizon and Redbox’s joint venture may be running a bit behind schedule, the Netflix competitor teased us today with program details. As expected, Redbox Instant will stream video from a number of distributors to a variety of mobile and television devices —  including smartphones, tablets, connected Blu-ray players, and Google TV. The all-you-can-eat movie-centric [...]

Recognize These “New” TV Faces From Past Places?

TiVo Blog - Wed, 12/12/2012 - 12:38
Have you been watching new shows this fall and seeing some familiar faces? This season’s lineup has been filled with actors who starred in popular TV series from the past. We have all the details on their roles then and now. Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere Britton is known for her roles as Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights and Vivien Harmon on the first season of American Horror Story, while Panettiere’s claim to fame is the cheerleader everyone tried to save on Heroes. This season both actresses made the move Continue Reading

AOL On App Now on TiVo Interface

TiVo Blog - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 14:32
Early this fall, we informed you that we would be teaming up with The AOL On Network to bring quality video content from on.aol.com straight to your TiVo Premiere; as of today, TiVo Premiere DVR owners can stay current with entertainment, technology, news and culture through the AOL On app found on TiVo’s interface. This app brings videos from a range of premium content partners including Reuters, Entertainment Tonight, Gourmet TV and BBC and so many others! You can watch current event videos from the most trusted sources on your Continue Reading

Tivo Premier 30-day refund denied

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 17:04
I have had Tivo service for 7 years and have had the HD Tivo since it came out. I decided it was time for an upgrade and purchased a Tivo Premier with lifetime service (Wish I got that on my last Tivo, I would have saved hundreds).

When it arrived, the audio had issues, and I had Comcast issues. I spend 5 nights in the phone with both Tivo and Comcast. Comcast always said its Tivo’s problem, Tivo usually said it was Comcast’s problem, although Tivo finally said it was broken and I should exchange it or return it. It was only one week since I got it, and since there was a 30 days return policy I decided just to return it as I didn’t feel like wasting more time setting up a new one, and I would keep using my old one which still works fine.

I was transferred to Returns and told the address and RMA number etc. After Tivo got my unit back, they e-mailed me and said they will be refunding only the $63.90 purchase price. I called and asked why they are not refunding the full $463.89 I paid and they said the life time service is valid only for the lifetime of the box, and as that box is broken, the life time service has ended. They would not budge. I called back and asked the same question and mentioned that it was within the 30 day return period, this time they told me the refund of the service only applies to new customers, not existing ones, and that I am not eligible for a refund of the $399.99.

I am furious to say the least. I thought the 30 day return policy covered both the box and service. I am at my wits end and feel like I have just been scammed out of $399.99. I don’t know what to do.

considering XL4 vs Premiere 4

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 16:12
So the wife has green lighted a new tivo to replace our 5year old tivo HD. I'm trying to debate the pros and cons of getting a XL4 Vs a Premiere 4. As it stands right now, the Premiere 4 is 221 and the XL4 is 375. a 2tb drive is around 89.00 making the cost of a premiere 4 an 2Tb drive about 310.

I see the pros of getting the Premiere 4 and additional drive as saving 50 ish bucks and having the original drive to fall back on in case of any issues. I see the Pros of getting the XL4 as everything being done and not having to worry about it .

any one have insight into this?



Hard drive died.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 15:25
So it looks like my hard drive died in my Premiere. It's only been a little over 2 years, too. :(

Before sinking money into a new TiVo, should I call customer service and see if they'll help me out on replacing it? I mean, having been a loyal TiVo customer for 6 years has to amount to something, right? :)

so why would someone buy a used Tivo w/ lifetime and not transfer the sub?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 15:21
So back at the end of Oct, i sold on ebay my old TivoHD with lifetime on it. it had 1 bad tuner which was clearly disclosed on the ebay auction. It sold for just over $200. The buyer paid immediately, i shipped it out the next day. It got to him first week in November.

I called Tivo for them to put a note on the service # that it's to be transferred to this individual. Gave the guy the details on what he needed to do. No reply acknowledging anything. Ok, no problem...

I noticed after about a week he hadn't transferred yet, it's still showing on my account. So i sent the guy an email to see if he's run into any issue. No reply. Last week, still on my account, sent the guy another email. no reply still.

So i'm just curious, why would someone buy this and not transfer the lifetime? Can he still get the tivo working without transferring it? He'd have to run guided set up again once he puts in a new cablecard, but i don't know if there's anything preventing him from i guess using it while its still on my account. I can't figure out any reason why i should care either since there's nothing to pay for this box.

what am i missing?

Premiere Elite Network Issues

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 12:45
:D Hello fellow TiVo fans,

I started having some communications issues with my equipment, and I figured I'd ask here before dealing with the inevitable 2 hour phone call to tech support where they ask me to reboot everything and disable and enable things, of which I have already done to no avail. :eek:

I am using :up:FiOS:up: with a Verizon issued MI-424WR Rev. I wireless N router.
My Elite is connected via MOCA with an M-card in my family room.
I have an HDXL connected via wireless G adapter with an M-card in my master bedroom.
I have an HD connected via wireless G adapter with an M-card in one of my spare rooms.

The HD and the HDXL can see each other just fine, and can transfer shows between them just fine.

Just as of a few weeks ago(after the Fall Service Update?), the HD and HDXL do NOT see the Premiere in the Now Playing List. But, the Premiere CAN see the HD and HDXL in the Now Playing List. All DVRs connect just fine to the internet. There just seems to be a one-way communication issue. I have rebooted the router and restarted the DVRs multiple times. I disabled and re-enabled the Network Remote Control option on the DVR. I have disabled and re-enabled Home Network Applications. I made sure that Enable Video Downloads was selected. For some reason, the Premiere decided to stop playing nice with my other DVRs. It's worked fine for about 2 months, and just stopped communicating.

Just to reinforce my point, my Android app can see and control the HD and HDXL, but not the Premiere. It just says "Unavailable", and reinforces my thought that this is some kind of network communication error.

My initial thought is that the Premiere has stopped broadcasting its "Bonjour" discovery protocol for some reason, and thus cannot be discovered by the other 2 DVRs and the Android app. Since the HD and HDXL ARE broadcasting, they can be discovered by the Premiere and the Android app.

:confused:Anybody have any ideas on how I can straighten this out?:confused:

Premeir not seeing wireless hub

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 12:12
I am not sure where to place this question so here goes.
My old linksys "G" router died after the power surge from Superstorm Sandy. Before the storm I had the linksys router connected to my cable modem in another room. I purchased Netgear WN 2000RPT Universal Range Extender containing a 4 port hub as a wireless hub and wired my TiVo into that. Everything worked great. The Hub saw the wirelss router and the TiVo saw the hub.
Yesterday, I purchased a new Netgear Dual Band N600 WNDR 3400 router and set everything up. All of my wirelss devices see the new router and work great and according to the indicator lights on the hub it sees the wirelss router. The TiVoHD in the room with the new router is plugged in directly and works fine. I have used the same SSID and Password on both devices. All of my wirelss PC's and iPhones can access and log into the internet through the Extender. However the TiVo, even though it looks like it was assigned an IP address cannot access the internet. I contiue to get a message stating during configuring that the network cable is unplugged and I cannot access the internet. Also, the TiVo runs very slow now and trying to click through the menus can take minutes. I did not makes any changes to the new router and accepted all defaults including the SSID and password. I did change the SSID and password on the extender to match the router. The security protocol the SSID and the router use is WPA2 (I hope I am stating this correctly).

Have Series 3 - is the upgrade to Tivo Premiere XL4 DVR worth it?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:54
I have a series 3 and recently bought a Sony HX850 46 inch LED tv. I'm wondering whether a new Tivo is in order for a couple of reasons. First, the Netflix service through the Series 3 is quite bad. I did a comparison of Netflix on the new TV (it's an option) and the quality is much, much better.

Second, the new TV does 1080p, and I see that the Series 3 supports only 1080i. Would the new Tivo result in a better picture over the Series 3 with my television?

Are there other reasons to upgrade the Tivo other than the ones I've noted? Thanks.

No stream option for now playing list

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:35
Premier to premier doesn't have the stream option just transfer only. It had it the other day. There hasn't been any changes to my router or anything etc

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Stutter at start of uploaded movies (pyTivo)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:04
This isn't a big deal but I'm curious as to why when I upload a show via pyTivo it stutters at the very beginning of playback.

After a few seconds the stuttering stops.

Once it settles down I can rewind to the start and it will play perfectly.

This seems to happen mostly with avi's but I'm not sure about that.

The show's are completely transferred when this happens so it isn't due to a slowdown during transfer.

Any ideas?



Tivo cooling project / Quiet Tivo

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:35
I've just had my first noisy fan trouble after a little more than a year, and while the cooling threads here have been helpful, I need a bit more information for a cooling project I'm interested for my Premiere XL.

It was easy enough to remove the fan, blast it with compressed air and lubricate it from the access plug, but I know that one day it will be buzzing loudly again.

Fans in the 50x50x25 size are quite rare, and that thickness is important to generating the right static pressure for the case.

The stock fan is the COFAN F-5025L-12F, and for a fan that is so expensive, it REALLY sucks, and not just in terms of reliability. Here are the stats I found on one site:


I'm researching other fans that I've seen mentioned in various threads here, but for my cooling upgrade project, there is some other technical data I'd like to have.

When "system information" reports the temperature, exactly where is that measured?

Is it an ambient temperature?

Does it monitor the CPU temperature separately?

It says my case temp right now of 34c is "normal".

Has anyone seen the temperature response curve that the Tivo uses for spinning up the fan when things get warmer?

I have a lot of ideas about how to keep critical components cooler and happy, but don't know what the system monitors (S.M.A.R.T. for the drive?) and which are most failure prone over time as a result of high temperatures.

I'll share my cooling ideas later, but for now I'll just say they don't seem to have been contemplated much on the forum so far.

Got the fall update...bugs still there!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 08:47
Watching football yesterday. Switched between 2 recording games, switched back without pressing live TV in between and...Tivo forgot the progress again. I'm convinced that this will never be fixed. FAIL!

WANTED: Turbonet or Cachecard for S1 DirecTivo

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 01:48
have a cachecard or turbonet card for a series 1 directivo you no longer need?

Cachecard preferred, but will buy Turbonet card. PM me back if you have one; i'll post back if i've already found one....

How Do You Block Deleting From Other Tivos?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:40
I don't want other Tivos on my network to be able to delete my programs while looking at my stuff through the network, and vica versa. When I had a Tivo Series 2 & a Tivo Premiere it wouldn't allow us to delete each others programs. Now that I got a Tivo Elite XL4 hooked to my network it allows me to go into the other Tivo and delete their stuff.

I'm afraid I will delete their stuff by mistake, or they will delete my stuff by mistake. How do I turn this feature off?

Dexter S07E11 "Do You See What I See" 2012-Dec-09

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:35
I thought Dexter was extremely lucky that Estrada did not recognize Dexter from his parole hearing. Although (if the hearing was open to the public) Dexter could have claimed he was just checking Estrada out.

I believed Hannah when she told Dexter that she did not poison Deb. Which only leaves one person who could have drugged Deb's water -- Deb. I'm 90% sure that is what happened. I think Deb must have realized that the former junkie's testimony was not worth much, and so she decided to take drastic measures to split up Dexter and Hannah. She could not have anticipated Dexter coming forward with the pen, but I think Deb knew (or hoped?) Dexter would choose her over Hannah and that when Dexter takes a dislike to someone, bad things happen to them.

I wonder if Dexter left any hard evidence at the cargo container. Dexter was NOT wearing gloves when he first opened the door for Estrada. So even if Dexter takes care of Estrada before Estrada talks to the cops, LaGuerta may still be able to place Dexter at the cargo container. But even that is not proof that Dexter is a murderer.

I don't see how either Dexter or Deb can think arresting Hannah was a good idea. Did Deb think Dexter would kill Hannah? Besides the fact that the chain of custody of that pen is broken, why would Dexter believe that Hannah will not tell all she knows about the Bay Harbor Butcher?


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