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Comcast ups data caps, adds tiered pricing

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 14:09

Quote: Comcast - the nation's biggest broadband provider - is announcing a big shift in the way it sells the service.

The company's adding tiered pricing for customers that exceed their monthly data allotment, an approach similar to that taken by wireless phone companies as they grapple with huge increases in data traffic.

Don't Trust The B in Apt 23 "It's Just Sex" OAD 5/16/12

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 13:08
The man in the rowboat made me LOL! Very sly joke.

"clawed rainbow" was also good.

Was it Dean Cain that JVDB was gunning for on DWTS?

Revenge "Grief" S1E21 OAD 5/16/12

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 12:56
We find out there is a bigger conspiracy at work, The Initiative.

Is Emily going to finally have something with Jack? She seemed to be saying so.

Poor Sammy. I cried when Jack was telling him all the things he had taught him, and that he was a good friend.

Why so many clocks in dude's house?

Charlotte sure was buying a large amount of coke.

"Demonic Succubus"

I like how this show makes soap opera fun. I need for Smash to take notes.

No My Book AV DVR Expanders available

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 12:09
I just received 2 Tivo Premiers (refurbs) from woot.com, and am going to use them to replace 2 Tivo HD boxes.

I started looking for 2 of the WD My Book AV 1TB external drives as I'm using 2 of the older 500GB versions (1 on each of my Tivo HDs).

Well surprise, the My Book Av 1TB expander is out of stock everywhere at this time.

Here we are currently, almost 1/2 way through 2012, and no availability? Wow.

I s'pose I'll use my old 500GB units in the meantime w/ the new (refurb) Premiers, but I know I'll lose any programs recorded and stored on those, which is why I wanted to get the new storage now.

-Gary K

Comcast Pricing Help

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 12:04
I have two tivo premieres.

I previously had Comcast two years ago and did not pay for either cable card. I switched to FIOS, and I got the first free, and the second for $2.50. I just bought a new home and FIOS is not available in the area. So... I'm going back to comcast.

I was ordering a double play, digital preferred and performance internet. They want to charge me a $9.95 HD Service Fee. They also want to charge $9.95 for the second cable card. I complained, and they lowered it to $7.45. However, that is just the $2.50 set-top box discount I should get anyways.

So my questions are:

First, Do I need the HD service fee if I am not using their boxes? or is it required to pay that fee in order to receive HD channles on my tivo.

Second, Really???? $7.45 for a cable card! Should it be cheaper? Are they trying to snake me?

I searched the forums for answers... but I couldn't find anything that specifically answered my questions.

iPad/iPhone app not working completely

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 11:12
I've noticed lately that the iPad/iPhone app isn't working like it used to. For basic stuff, it's fine, but for searching for programs, it's gotten very flakey. It seems to only search for 7 days. Searching on the TiVo itself will return results for the full length of the guide data. Also, the iPad/iPhone app seems to only show about 10 days of guide data whereas the TiVo still shows 14 days.

Just now, I tried to schedule one of my TiVo's to record the History channel Hatfield and McCoy series. It doesn't show up at all in the search results in the iPad app. I browsed the guide data inside the app and the series does show up now, though the guide doesn't show results beyond the following day (10 days from now). However, when trying to schedule a season pass, the iPad app pulls the channel as 'null' and won't schedule the season pass.

I get similar results on my iPhone app. These problems seemed to start a few weeks ago (version 20, maybe?). Previously, the iPad/iPhone app would properly show all 14 days of guide data and search results.

This is very frustrating since I use the app for searching far more often than I use it for viewing recorded content. I never use it for showing details of the show currently playing and think that default page in the app is a waste of space (though that's another thread). It's just so much easier to pull out the app to search for a particular upcoming show than it is to type out text on the onscreen search box on my TiVo.

Anyone else having this issue?

TiVo Premiere XL4 now available for pre-order at Solid Signal

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 10:51
Hey, I just saw that the Premiere XL4 is on pre-order at Solid Signal. These guys are pretty good, might be worth a try.


One basic service (NBC) HD channel not working.gett

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 09:51
I have a Tivo HD on Atlanta area Comcast cable. It has one Motorola-M, Dual tuner, CableCard installed for the past two years w/o any problems. Starting a month ago one channel 806 , NBC part of the HD basic service started getting checkerboard and no signal message about 90% of the time, works on and off 10% of time.. Fails only one channel on tuner 0 or 1 within the card. Pulled the card and reseated it a couple of times, powered off the Tivo, symptoms are still the same. Is there anything I can do prior to last resort of calling Comcast, is it a bad CableCard or a week signal just showing on one channel. Is there anything I can check.. Help would be appreciated !!

Will Premiere play nicely with my S3?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 09:49
Curious to know how the Premiere will interact with my S3.

I presume I would need to maintain my S3 sub to take advantage of functionality, beyond OTA. Correct?

What about the S3 cable cards, can I dump these in lieu of an antenna, and still play with the Premiere??


IR emitter no longer changing Scientific Atlantic channels

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 09:10
I've had the same setup - Tivo Series 2 and Cabelvision Scientific Atlantic 4200 - for 7 years. Tivo set up to change channels on SA 4200 via IR emitters. They stopped communicating 2 days ago. The IR emitters are on and firing (used digital camera phone to confirm this), nothing has physically been moved (dust lines to prove it) but Tivo can no longer change the SA 4200's channels. The SA 4200 does, however, respond to the cable provided remote. I've tried all three sets of IR codes for SA 4200 that I have (00018, 00048, 00049 - and A,B, & C for all) but nothing. I even switched to a new pair of IR emitters just to confirm the original ones were not the culprits despite them lighting and firing. Any ideas I haven't thought of to get these two communicating again?? Appreciate the feedback...

American Diggers

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 09:02
Anyone watching?

The premise is a group of guys with metal detectors go to historic US locations and dig for artifacts. They are typically on private property so will split the proceeds with the land owners.

I have found the show to be pretty interesting, but after the 3rd episode started fast-forwarding the first few minutes. Every episode seems to be the same in this regard. They will show up in the area, get turned down by the first 2 people they talk to, then will negotiate a split with the 3rd.

They have found some interesting items and have made some decent money from them.

New Elite User, Worried about No Signal Error

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 07:43
Been browsing this forum for a few months now and finally pulled the trigger on an Elite last weekend to replace a very old Series 2 that was just used to record overflow since it wasn’t HD and finally kill the hated TWC DVR. Shockingly the install went smoothly (self-installed) and we thought we were in the clear but the last few days a few issues have me worried.

Primarily when switching channels on a rare occasion we’ll hit a “No Signal”, often just switching back and forth will force the channel in. Yesterday this happened in the afternoon on MSNBC and the channel didn’t come back quickly. Later in the evening a recording scheduled on MSNBC did not record due to “No Signal” (other recordings at the same time occurred.) Checking the DVR Diag. we’re finding signal strength to be north of 90 with a SnR of 35-37; one possible concern is unresolved errors show in the 4,000 – 5,000 range but are not growing and overall picture quality once tuned is as good as with the TWC box. I’m not sure if this is “typical” but it does feel channels take longer to “tune” than with the TWC box (black screen delay of 2-3 seconds before tuning.) Also had 2 “lock-ups” that I’ve shrugged off as being on the Tivo side (these don’t worry me as much.)

I’m not ready to panic yet, but would really prefer not to have to set up a redundant DVR out of fear that signal drops will continue to cause recording failures (that would be a deal-breaker.) I’m also going to “simplify” my cable routing to the DVR tonight as there is an amplifier and a splitter involved currently. Anything else I should keep an eye out on or try? Should that unresolved error count worry me? Been hesitant to reseat the cable card or call support yet as it’s been pretty isolated.

Finally haven’t seen the Spring update push yet despite forcing back-to-back connects to the service and rebooting – is the roll-out just staged such that I may not be in que yet?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Series 1 DirecTiVo Upgraded drive to an even more upgraded drive

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 00:22
After looking for the latest, up-to-date information, I'm still quite stumped. I have a Philips DSR6000 with an upgraded 160GB drive from the stock 40GB Maxtor. I used 25xtreme and superzap's 2.5.2 upgrade and I use a cachecard. It does not have a lba48 aware kernel, just the one that came with 2.5.2. I did this in 2009. Now I want to upgrade it to a 750GB or larger drive. The question is, do I use a Seagate DB35 750GB PATA drive or a larger SATA drive with PATA to SATA adapter, and what would be the largest drive I could use and what would be a proper swap partition size?

Secondly, I will be using MFSLive 1.4 CD. I want to take the 160GB drive and copy everything, including season passes and recordings to the new drive and expand it to the largest it could be. On the MFSLive tutorial under Series 1 single drive to single drive, it says for an already upgraded drive:

Quote: Option 1.3 To copy everything from expanded Tivo drive to another bigger drive. If you get "Backup target not large enough" error, chances are, you need this option. It redirects to the forum which you need an account, and registration is disabled. So what is this option?

And thirdly, once I figure out this option and copy the drive, I just use tpip to insert the 2.5.2 LBA48 aware kernel and things should magically work when I power up my DSR6000? I found a place that offers such a kernel that has the PC IDE controller drivers removed, prints dmesg bootup to the serial port (probably at 9600 baud, even though 25xtreme sets it to 115200), and a few other neat things.

And, to resurrect my Philips HDR112 Series 1 Standalone, I want to upgrade it to the 160GB I'll take out of my DirecTiVo. It's stock Maxtor drive is still working well, but it's loud, and low capacity. I assume I should just use option 1.2 on the MFSLive tutorial:

Quote: Option 1.2 To copy everything from original size Tivo drive to another and expand capacity:

backup -qTao - /dev/hdc | restore -s 128 -r 4 -xzpi - /dev/hdd It's hacked, and I've found a way to remultiplex mpeg2 video into what can be transferred to the Series 1 SA. It must be mpeg2 video at NTSC framerate (film framerate makes the picture "jump" on my DSR6000) and the audio must be in mp2. This isn't "extracting" which isn't allowed on this forum, so I would assume talk about this is not against the rules. I can do this on the DirecTiVo as well, and store movies and documentaries that I like to watch in Now Playing. What else can you use a Series 1 SA for if you don't have analog cable and no analog over-the-air?


Premiere lost signal - reboot fixed

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 23:53
I went upstairs tonight to watch Smash and found that my Premiere hadn't recording anything since Friday. No channels would tune, hence no recordings. A reboot fixed it, but it really sucks that none of our shows recorded for four days.

To top it all off, my Series 3 downstairs has now locked up while recording two shows and downloading the Smash season finale from Amazon. My wife just flagged a show to not delete and it has been stuck on the Please Wait screen for over half an hour now. I don't want to reboot it yet just in case it is still actually recording.

This and all the guide data problems I've had in the last year (new episodes flagged as repeats, incorrect recording length, etc) I just want to throw them out the top floor window. Why am I paying for this?

End rant.

Unable to cancel a Video Podcast

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 23:33
I have a Series 3 HD dual Tuner on Brighthouse. I had subscribed to Scam School Video Podcast but decided that I don't want it any longer. I unsubscribed to the podcast but it keeps downloading. I tried subscribing and unsubscribing to no avail. I have done the usual diag, power down, remove from network and restart system, still no luck.

Any suggestions?
Thank you.

American Idol "Top 3 performance show" 5/16/2012 *spoilers*

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:24
The Joshua love fest continues from the judges.. BARF!

HR10-250 - all terrestrial HD shows now partial

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:05
Starting May 3rd, my HR10-250 started cutting off terrestrial HD recordings at random times. Last night's 2-hour Glee stopped after 50 mins, House at 45, AI at 20, etc... Occasionally it manages to get a whole show, but not often.

I can't find a reason for this happening. It's not happening with any shows recorded off the dish. Ideas?


Search upcoming listings by genre?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:54
I recently subscribed to HBO and got Showtime and TMC for a limited time, too, so I now have about a dozen new movie channels. Instead of trying to browse them all I'm wondering if there's a way to search by genre? For instance, I would like to be able see all upcoming sci-fi or action/adventure movies.

I know there's a Browse option on the main menu but it searches Netflix etc rather than the local/upcoming listings.

Any suggestions are appreciated!

New slide out remote has saved Tivo for me

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:34
I got the Premiere XL as soon as it released, and like many others here was severely disappointed in its sluggish performance. When the 2.x update finally came out it seemed to be a big improvement for the speed of the menus, but that speed didn't seem to last. Starting some months after I got the 2.x update I started noticing long delays again, and this time it also impacted SD menus as well as HD menus.

My frustration had been building when I got my new iPad 3 and decided to try the Tivo remote program that was in the iPad app store: no delays or slowness at all. I was stunned, so I tried replacing the batteries in the remote to see if that helped, but it didn't seem to. I started to pay attention to what was going on with the remote and noticed that quite a few times I had to press the buttons just a certain way for them to work, or repeatedly press them. I decided to try the slide out qwerty keyboard remote so I picked one up from Best Buy and hooked up the blue tooth connection on it. The performance is a complete 180, my Tivo is now snappy even in HD menus and the entire thing is now performing as I would expect a $500 appliance to perform.

Besides the obvious thought that the remote that came with the Premiere had started to die (my old S2 remote lasted 6 years without any problems so I never suspected this new standard remote), I also wonder if it isn't related to using infrared for control. I'm going to remove the USB blue tooth connector and try the new remote in infrared mode to see if I notice a difference.

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TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:30
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