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BIG problems with Comcast! Need advice.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:41
Day 18... Have had Tivo since 2000 so I am pretty Tivo savy. Upgraded to 2 new Tivo premieres, 1 is XL4, after Tivo 3 HD froze. Since installing cable cards in the new Tivos I have been unable to get HBO on any of the channels. Called Comcast and had many technicians trouble shoot over the phone with no results. So far in the past 18 days I have made 23 phone calls, 5 tier 2 techs included, to Comcast and have had 5 different service techs in my house plus one supervisor. I have even returned the XL4 (premier elite) for a new one. Comcast finally has all channels including HBO working on the regular premier.

It gets worse... 4 days ago the XL4 has all channels black with no signal. Reran guided setup and got all channels back except HBO. 2 days ago lost all digital channels. Now I only receive NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX but no "extended basic" channels. 2 techs and a supervisor latter and still nothing. Tech just left after he had Comcast completely remove me as a customer and then add me as a new customer to wipe out all rate codes and the like and still only broadcast TV. TV upstairs still gets all channels just fine. I have gone through 6 cable cards including unpairing the one that works upstairs and repairing with the XL4 and no change. They say everything on their end is checking out fine. Only thing that is different since losing "extended basic" is that under the cable card menu under conditional access the Con used to say Yes and now is says No and the Val used to say V and now it says ?.

I live in the Chicagoland area. Does anyone else have cable cards that I can switch to and get rid of Comcast. Does AT&T?

Anyone else have this problem and know of a solution?

Tivo freezing on one channel

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:11

I'm having an odd issue. I have my TivoHD using OTA antenna and I get great signal, but when I watch the local CBS channel it begins to freeze and shudder. It will not allow me to do anyhting and i just have to wait it out, but on occasion it will freeze completely. I have tried a variable att. but it keeps doing it, I don't want to lower my signal too low to lose other channels, but even then it continues to do it. It is only on that channel and only since I changed antennas does it do it a lot. Before it would do it from time to time, but not as bad. It is still watchable, but is really annoying. I have avoided testing the HD since it is just on that channel. Is it possible that I need to filter something out to help?

Any Ideas?


Celebrity Apprentice 5/6/2012

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 05/07/2012 - 10:33
No thread for this one yet? I guess the episode played out pretty much as expected. Of course now that it's down to the end, Trump brings in last year's finalists to "help him decide". Not that he's already decided who the final 2 are or anything :rolleyes: And did Farouk have a Napoleon complex, or what? Could those boots have been any louder?

Tivo to Apple TV 3

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 05/07/2012 - 08:16
I just got an apple tv 3, and am trying to figure out the easiest way to get Tivo videos into itunes, without much interaction.

Tivo Desktop Plus seems to do the job. Is this what people use? Apple TV is not listed as a supported device within Tivo Desktop, but the iPad seems to work, and produces decent video quality. Is there a way to get HD quality from Tivo to the Apple TV ?

If there is already a thread on this, would appreciate a pointer to that as well.


Tivo rather than extra V+ Box?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 05/07/2012 - 04:29
I have a Tivo box on my main television and have subsribed to the Virgin package that gives you a seperate box in another room which is independent to the main box so therefore have on demand/catch up and watch a different channel at the same time, but they have supplied the V+ Box with no pause or record facility. if I buy another Tivo box will it all work? (I have the full package)


my tivo premieres think verizon fios deleted TNT HD!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 23:23
Actually i got a message on both my tivo premiere xls that verizon fios had deleted tnt hd AND tbs hd channels 551 and 552, then added TBS HDP back on channel 552,but DID NOT add back TNT HD channel 551 in my guide ,so to explain i DO RECEIVE channels 551 and 552, but i dont receive guide data for TNT HD channel 551 on my tivo, it only shows to be announced in guide, which makes it impossible to set up a recording for the NBA PLAYOFFS!!!
anyway i called verizon and tivo and tivo said they would contact tribune guide service about the mistake,i checked the zap2it website and i noticed they are also missing TNT HD channel 551 in their guide also. btw i do have guide info for the standard tnt channel 51 on my tivos. I am in vho3 southern california.

Sherlock season 2 episode 1: "A Scandal in Belgravia"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 23:12
The new season of Sherlock was a long time in coming to PBS, but this first episode was well worth the wait. (I guess a lot of people bootlegged the season earlier since it aired on the BBC some time ago, but I opted to wait for PBS to get around to it.) Really entertaining, with a great performance by the actress who played Irene -- she very believably captured Sherlock's attention. The episode had maybe a touch too much Mycroft for my taste, but that's a minor quibble. Happy to have the series back, even though it's another short, three-episode season.

(I was also happy to hear that stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman look forward to making more, given that both of them are on their way to becoming fairly big stars.)

The Killing | "Keylela" | Season 2 Ep 7 | 5-6-12

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 22:21
Holder is in trouble again! That guy.....you know trouble just follows him around.

Linden running away from Family Services? Really??? That one just didn't work for me.

It appeared to me that this episode was all about how the cops on the case are in trouble, not anyone else.

And the actor playing Stan Larson is yelling again. He needs to make other choices in his scenes. For me, that's getting old.

What did the rest of you think?

Game of Thrones - "The Old Gods and New" - S2E6 - 5/06/12 ***spoilers***

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 22:18
Now the Kahleesi is down to one Dothraki and one knight with no dragons.

Tyrion slapped the King!

"We have never had a king that is cruel AND an idiot!" Yeah, executing all of your subjects will really make them love you.

Breinne is only 6 foot 3. How do they make her tower so much over everybody? She's gotta be wearing elevator heels.

Methinks John Snow needed to sheath his second sword.

Was that the Mountain that Arya has offed?

I think Littlefinger IDd Arya and decided to hold that info for his own devious purposes.

Mad Men S05E08 "Lady Lazarus" 5/6/2012

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 21:34

I love Peggy. Also her line to Don, "I don't know where Meagan is do you know where Abe is?"

Did I just see Pete Campbell have sex with Rory Gilmore?

Amazing Race Finale - 5/6/12

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 21:03
I think it ended as it should, but I wish I hadn't known in advance about the mess-up at the finish line.

Once Upon a Time 5/6/12 "An Apple Red as Blood"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 19:59
Quote: Originally Posted by tiams (Post 9070055) FTL doesn't exist anymore, only Storybrooke. Quote: Originally Posted by Rob Helmerichs (Post 9070107) FTL didn't become Storybrooke; Storybrooke is where the FTL characters were transported. Told you so. :D

That has to be the dopiest invasion I've ever seen.

Not to mention the grumpiest. And the sneeziest.

bought on ebay

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 19:21
I 'won' a Series 2 Tivo on eBay and received it yesterday. I was surprised that it was shipped in the original box, but with NO packing!! I couldn't believe it. It was just rattling around the box with the cords and such. And it still works and doesn't seem to have any damage!! Fortunately I have other TiVos that I can change out the hard drive it decides to fail with the rough treatment.

Oh, if anyone is irritated that I am commenting on a eBay purchase rather than mentioning a Tivo for sale, I do have a bunch of Tivos and other DVRs for sale. Does not include packing or shipping. Free pickup or possible delivery in metro Denver area.

Tivo Wireless G USB Network Adapter brand new $25
used $20.
other wireless adapters that work with Tivo $10.

TiVo Series 2 TCD540040 41HRS (TIVO BRAND NAME)Evaluation type of lifetime $60

Premier with Evaluation (this is version of lifetime that gives you all the advantages of lifetime service, but Tivo can takes it away at anytime) $300

I also have lots of Series 2 tivos without lifetime that I will sell for cheap.

$10 Series 2 Tivo single tuner without power cord or remote(this is for people that have a bad Tivo and already have the power cord and remote control and can trade in a bad Tivo). Requires subscription. $25 trade in for dual tuner Series 2 without remote or power cord(see above). U could use one of these to fix a Tivo that U have too. Like if U needed a power supply, hard drive or front panel.

$25 for Series 2 single tuner Tivo that will work like a VCR without the TV guide. No monthly fee required.These Tivos can be used like a VCR, but you don't have to worry about changing tapes all the time, and you don't have to pay the monthly fee to TIVO. The TV shows are recorded on a hard drive like you have in your home computer and you can access any show in any order and keep it as long as you want to watch it again later. And you can also pause, rewind, fast forward any show. Depending on the Tivo, you can use it with a convert er box so you don't have to pay any fees, or connect it to some cable or other TV content providers.

$50 for Series 1 Tivo with lifetime (the lifetime service is not eligible for transfer to a newer series 2, 3 or 4 Tivo)

$30 for Series 1 Tivo without service, but still can be used to record and 'time slip'. No TV guide available except with monthly payment.

Tivo Series 2 Dual Tuner 180hr DVR $55
requires monthly fee if U want the TV guide and all functions. Can be used without monthly fee if U want to do manual recording.(I have another DT Tivo for $20 that you must pay a monthly fee to use. )

Toshiba RD-KX50 DVD-R/RAM Recorder with 80GB Hard Drive - $100
this is like a Tivo digital video recorder, without having to pay the monthly fees. It doesn't have have a digital tuner, so you have to use a conv erter box if you want to watch antenna TV. It does have a IR cable jack to control a cable or other boxes like Tivo does. It also has a built in DVD recorder. It doesn't have a TV program guide like TiVo.
has a picture of the unit. I am not selling them on overstock, I just am using their listing to show what it is like.

Sonic Blue Replay TV DVR with lifetime and Commercial Advance feature, so better than Tivo in this one feature. No fees to pay every month.
Model RTV 5160

These units are in excellent condition and works great. Many of them have lots of recorded shows on them already.

Tivo Series 2 Dual Tuner 180hr DVR $50
requires monthly fee if U want the TV guide and all functions. Can be used without monthly fee if U want to do manual recording.

$275 Philips HDD DVDR3576h/37 DVD/DVR recorder WITH digital tuner. You can use this like a T ivo but this doesn't have a program guide. Record TV to the hard drive or record shows on the hard drive to DVD. Fully functional and is in very good condition.
There are a few light scratches.
Best Features:
Ability to watch recorded video (on HDD or DVD) while recording another program.
Chase play -- ability to watch a program while it's recording. No need to wait until it's done
recording to start watching.
Set up to 36 timer rec. programs by date/daily/weekly/day-of-week.
Can set/change timer setting while it's recording.
Skip(>) and replay(<) buttons which you can preset (5sec 15sec 30sec 1min or 5 min)
(forget using fast forward/rewind. With these buttons you can skip through commercials in under 10 seconds every time). I set the skip at 1min and the replay at 15sec, works great!)
You can select multiple titles to copy/dub from HDD to DVD at a time.
Tuner can handle BOTH Analog NTSC and Digital ATSC (It's a QAM Tuner as well)
The analog NTSC tuner has the standard CATV channels 1-125. The digital ATSC/QAM tuner has channels
1-135 for both OTA (ATSC) and cable clear-QAM* (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) signals.
*QAM is not listed or promoted in the literature on DVDRs probably because the cable co's really don't
want people to know they can receive unscrambled digital channels in their basic analog cable subscriptions.
Also, cablecos are fond of MOVING their QAM channels around regularly and using other tricks to force you to rent their cable boxes on a monthly basis. DVDR mfgrs are probably sensitive to this and may not want users complaining to THEM every time cable companies play "hide-the-channel" games.
It stores the "resume" time for EACH recording on the hard drive! When you play a title from the HD you can choose to start from the beginning or from where you last stopped. GREAT!
Unit can be either on or off for timer recordings. No need to worry about when a program will start to be recorded.
You can be watching a pre-recorded program and it will record without you even knowing (a small rec HDD symbol
comes on the screen for 2 seconds, that's it).
You can copy a title that is larger than the DVD size from the hard drive. EXAMPLE You can copy a 3 hour recording
in SP mode to LP mode to fit on a DVD. No need for another player. (note: it will take 3 hours because it actually
re-records it).

Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully functional
Brand: TiVo
Hard Drive Capacity: 200 GB Model: TCD649080
HDD Capacity (GB): 200
Excellent condition Dual Tuner Series 2 Tivo with full lifetime service. Lifetime service can easily transferred to new owner with a simple quick call to Tivo. Includes Tivo wireless G adapter. This is a standard definition Tivo.

You MUST have a verified PayPal account to use PayPal to pay for this item if shipped If you don't know if your PayPal account is verified, log into your account and check to see if it says 'verified'. The item also must be mailed to a verified address, or picked up locally.

Please email with any questions or comments on how I might improve this listing.
included in the package:

Series 2 Tivo with Lifetime Subscription
A Tivo Remote
A Tivo Wireless USB G Network Adapter AGO100
A Power Cord
A Coaxial TV Cable
A Composite A/V Cable (Red, White, and Yellow)
Original Owner's Manuals

This Tivo is in great cosmetic and working condition. Comes from a non-smoking home environment.

Free pickup in Denver Colorado. (shipping fees waived) Possible delivery in same area.
This Tivo has been upgraded to a 200 gig hard drive. Which gives this Tivo 217 hours of maximum recording time.
I will mail the Tivo with US Post Office Priority mailing because I have had other packages damaged with UPS or regular Parcel Post. It is more expensive, but they seem to handle the Tivo better. And that is important when you are shipping a hard drive. I have had hard drives damaged when shipped by other methods. Insurance is included.

You can watch one program while another is being recorded! This is a great feature of dual tuners. Or watch a previously recorded program while recording two other shows. These features may be limited by your programing provider though.

Additional Information about TiVo Series 2 TCD649080 (200 GB) Receiver

The info below is provided by eBay. It is believed to be correct, but can't be guaranteed.

BBCODE being parsed inside [CODE] tags

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 16:51
Is it possible to disable the parsing of BBCode inside of [code] tags?

DVR Names suddenly revert back to service #'s

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 16:09
Anybody suddenly have their DVR's revert back to service numbers in account information on the boxes and also MyTivo online? Not exactly sure when this happened but both my Tivos have had names assigned for years. Today, I notice that names have been replaced.

Thanks in advance for responses!:)

DirecTiVo iPhone Remote?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 16:01
So I'm thinking of switching to DirecTV from my current cable provider. Since I will have to give up TiVo HD to do so, I am consider the new DirecTiVo they are offering. I was curious, is there any iPhone apps out there that will act like a remote control for it? I didn't see any support for it in the descriptions of the official iPhone TiVo app, but I wasn't sure if it just wasn't listed or if there was a 3rd party app that might support it instead. Thanks.

Forum confuses IE9 "Back" list

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 15:51
With Internet Explorer 9, the forum is consistently putting the urls for ads in the "Back" button list, meaning that it takes me 3 or 4 clicks on the Back button to go back one page. I've attached an image with what the list looks like.
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Old hughes SD-DVR40 advise needed

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 11:33
Original model SD-DVR40, which I upgraded with bigger HD back in the days, I forgot how, never skipped a beat till now, does not go pass 60% on acquiring Sat information. Tried everything even left it on for 48 hrs got up to 64%.

Newbie questions

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 09:35
I am currently paying $16.00/month through my cable company (Suddenlink) for my HD DVR service/box. I don't like Suddenlink and cringe when I think that I am renting a box from them. They told me the only way to get rid of the box and still use their service was to get a Tivo box. I know very little about Tivo and I looked on Tivo's website, and it seems that I can get a subscription for less than what I'm paying for the Suddenlink's box, so I now need to find a box. I'm looking for something I can replace my Suddelink box with and I need at a minimum HD and something that records at least 2 shows at a time.

I'm a little confused about what the lifetime option is. Does that mean you don't pay a monthly charge?

If so, I'm wondering if I should look for an older box with lifetime service that can be transferred to me (if that's possible)?

And, I'm thinking that you can upgrade after a while if you have an older box and Lifetime, is that correct and how does that work?

Or, am I better off just buying a new box, no lifetime, and now paying the service fee?

Also wondering how this works if I have 2 tv's. Do I need 2 Tivo boxes? The 2nd tv only needs to be able to watch, no recording functions needed.

Any help/advice/input would be appreciated, thanks in advance!

my.tivo.com missing Now Playing, Season Pass, guide info

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 08:54
I now have two Premieres in my house. One is an XL that's about a year old and the other is a new non-XL unit. I had this problem with just the XL before, but it wasn't as annoying as it is now that I have two Premieres. Both are broadband connected through ethernet, and both are on lifetime subscriptions.

Enough background--the problem.

About 9 times out of 10 when I visit my.tivo.com to see my todo list, search the guide or use the great my.tivo.com season pass manager, all that information is missing from the web site. Has anyone had this problem? Both are functioning properly except for this. Forcing connections doesn't correct it. It just seems to work randomly whenever it feels like working.

Has anyone seen this before? Any idea how to fix it?


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