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Everytime I consider TIVO the Monthly sub Fee stops me.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 05/07/2012 - 19:12
Several years ago I had a TIVO on Direct TV and liked it much better than the DTV DVR Boxes at the time. I am not longer on DTV as have move onto Verizon Fios. I have used Sage TV with extenders but it has never been fully trouble free so I also have a Fios Motorola DVR to keep my wife happy. I still use Sage for my personal use though.
Recently I have been re-evaluating all my options and have considered moving to either MediaCenter & Xbox360 extenders or Possibly TIVO. The problem I have with TIVO is I hate paying monthly Sub of Rental fees for a guide and or the DVR. I am very interested in the new XL4 Tuner TIVO and the rumored New IP TV extender Boxes. But I would be totally against paying another Sub Fee for the extenders I would be willing to pay up to $150.00 apiece for the Boxes if they were fee free.
On the other hand I can completely build a Media Center Box for about 1/2 of the cost of a new xl4 tuner TIVO & and the Lifetime Sub. So once again I get stuck on the Tivo Sub fees ??

Edited: I already own a Silicon Dust HDHR(2 tuner clear Qam) & HDHR-Prime(3 tuner cable card) thus the cost difference between TIVO & MCE build.

Wireless 802.11n Adpater - Netgear WNCE2001

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 05/07/2012 - 18:53
Anyone have any experiences with this device? I have a TiVo Elite in one room and a Premiere in the other and sometimes the playback isn't as smooth as I want it to be. I am currently using it now with a TiVo Wireless G adapter.

The Netgear WNCE2001 seems like a good option. I am thinking about this for a coupe of reasons:

802.11n versus 802.11g speeds
USB Powered and doesn't have a power adapter like the Tivo Wireless N
Cheap $18-$25 on eBay versus $55 - $60

I guess the main reason is mostly not trying to have a lot of things plugged into the wall.

Anyone have any recent experiences with this? I saw this thread but that is back in 2007.


Jesse James Outlaw Garage

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:51
What happened to this show? I know they ran 1 episode, but then it disappeared. Was that just a teaser episode, or was the show killed already?

Touch - No threads- so what do you think?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:50
I have not seen a thread about Touch - anyone enjoying it?
If I saw this series before seeing 24, there is no way I would watch Kiefer Sutherland (SP) ever again. I realize that its not fair to compare the two but Touch is a snoozefest (IMHO).
Most of the hour is spent whisper(YELLING) Jake, JaKE, JAKE.
Am I the only one who feels this way? Is this the new Ghost Whisperer?

Wanted, TiVo with two HD TVs: DirecTV or Comcast?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:10
Now that DirecTV is on friendly terms again with TiVo, that's good news but I'm thoroughly confused.

We are moving to a new home, and I would like to provide TiVo capabilities for both of two HD TVs in two rooms, with HD basic cable channels. But getting a clear answer from either DirecTV or Comcast on just what is needed or how much it costs is worse than pulling teeth.

I think the channel package would be Choice Xtra on DirecTV or "HD Preferred XF" on Comcast. But the sales reps on the phone are terribly confused (and thus confusing) about the specific costs and the features available when using TiVo-brand DVRs instead of their normal DVRs.

Any advice is welcomed ... but in particular:
- Do I buy a TiVo Premiere, or take whatever HD TiVo DirecTV gives me?
- Do I need two TiVo boxes to support two TVs?
- Sharing programs a la "Whole Home" is not supported in either DirecTV or Comcast, right?
- Does it make any sense (cheaper or better) to talk about one TV with TiVo and the other with the stock DVR?

Help, I'm bewildered!

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!:)


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