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Tivo Series III with Lifetime

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 06/07/2012 - 14:26
$300 shipped for series 3 with stock internal drive and 1tb external drive and lifetime subscription and harmony 880 remote.

shd400 image from mfstools to winmfs

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 06/07/2012 - 13:15
i have a sdh400 with a bad hard drive. well two really. i have one working sdh400 with an upgraded 160gb drive. i am trying to get the other two working again to sell them off. i had though i made an image of an original 80gb drive with mfs tools 2.0. it made a *.bak file that was just over a gig, which i thought was large. now i remember back to when i did this i remember reading that once you upgrade to, say, a 160gb drive, you cant then upgrade to any other drive. it is a one time only thing. is this still true, even with winmfs? i tried using what i thought was the .bak file from mfs tools to put the image on a 250gb drive i have with winmfs but that doesnt work. i tried making an image with winmfs of my working drive to the 250gb drive, and also a 80gb drive spare, but that doesnt work either. i only have a usc-pata connector. i tried to get my laptop to boot using mfstools2 and it hangs halfway through, even though i think it can do usb if it does boot into mfstools. maybe i will try my other laptop. any other suggestions? i dont wanna pay $40 for the sdh400 image, i'd rather just sell them as nonworking i suppose...

Considering Upgrade to Premiere XL4

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 06/07/2012 - 12:56
I am in the Boston market and given the update re: On Demand I am considering upgrading from my series 3 HD to the Premiere XL4.

I did have a question. I remember having a terrible time getting the cable card up and running and paired with Comcast way back when I first got the HD.

With the XL4 is it simply a matter of removing the cable card from the HD and plugging it into the XL4, or do you have to go through a whole set up process again?

Thanks for any help/advice!

External Hard Drive

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:41
I currently have Directv with an added external hard drive via an eSATA cable. Can I take that hard drive and use it in a Premiere Tivo so I can watch my pre-recorded shows on that?

Thanks for anyone's help in advance!

USB Cable for Tivo Wireless Adapter

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:00
Does any one know if the Tivo wireless G USB adapter uses a standard, commonly available USB cord? I saw one for sale that does not have a cable and don't want to end up not being able to find a workable cable for it.

Converting from Tivo to iTunes

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 06/07/2012 - 09:44
Hi Ya'll,

I have a collection of Tivo video's that I transferred to my PC using the Tivo Desktop software, one of them HD F1, however when I try to convert from that.tivo format to an iTunes compatible format using software such as Pavtube and Handbrake the picture is scrambled. Is this some kind of copyright protection? Is there a way around this?

My understand was that anything copyright would not transfer to the PC in the first place?

I have also tried the Desktop Plus software from Tivo to convert to iPad format but I frequently get video / audio sync problems with this software and so stopped using it.

Help appreciated!


RF Remote

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 06/07/2012 - 09:30

When setting the remote address for my new Elite, I noticed that the remote address box in the system info page now reads (from memory) "IR address=x, RF address=0"

What's this RF address and what RF remote does this work with?

Thanks. KEnt

Tivo HD and netflix, hanging?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 06/07/2012 - 09:20
I've got a Tivo HD that's been working great. Lately it's been hanging up but only after playing about 3 or 4 netflix streams. Basically, my son likes to watch a couple of episodes of Spiderman. Upon trying to watch a 3rd episode the stream never starts. If I back out and try another two the same thing happens, the stream doesn't start. If I back out and try to just play a recorded program (not netflix) then the whole Tivo hangs for about 5 minutes. After which it comes back to life normally (without having rebooted). I can even go back into the Netflix client and play one of the previously non-starting episodes.

It seems like the Netflix client is somehow causing a problem that takes a while for the Tivo to eliminate.

Anyone else had this problem?

Xfinity on Demand with an Xbox360 & Series 2 TiVo

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 06/06/2012 - 23:25
Ok, this might be EXTREME wishful thinking & really grasping at straws, but thought I would investigate. I was wondering if there could be a way to make a Series 2 (DT) work with an Xbox 360.

Here is my situation and why; I was looking to possibly get an Xbox360 for several main reasons; gaming machine, Netflix box and access to Xfinity OnDemand services with Comcast. I also have a Series 2 DT (lifetime) in my basement rec room that is basically hooked up to just an old school 36" Panasonic CRT screen and controlling a Comcast DTA box. This is probably the area where the Xbox 360 would go as well.

Now, since Comcast is about to require some sort of hardware (cable card, digital box, DTA) for all programming, I just went ahead & made my Series 2 a single tuner DVR (controlling a DTA). It works well for the most part, but it made me wonder if I could then somehow hook up the Xbox 360 RCA outputs to the Series 2 RCA inputs (currently turned off).

Go through the Guided setup again and then basically make the Xbox 360 the 2nd tuner for the Series 2. I could manually record OnDemand material from the Xbox360 to the Series 2. Then I could MRV its material to one of my main TiVos on the main level of the house (2 Premieres). Anybody ever try this?

I had sort of did something similar when I had a full digital box hooked up to this Series 2 (but have turned it back into Comcast). Was able to manually record OnDemand material to Series 2 and MRVed it to my S3 & S4 TiVos. It worked so wondering if it could work with a Xbox360. In theory, it seems like it should.

Xfinity On Demand now available in the greater Boston area for TiVo and Comcast customers!

TiVo Blog - Wed, 06/06/2012 - 22:55
Great news! Following a successful rollout in the SF Bay Area, customers in the greater Boston area can now enjoy Xfinity® On Demand and everything you love from the web – all through the easy-to-use and innovative TiVo interface. TiVo and Comcast have joined forces to deliver Boston area Xfinity TV subscribers, access to all [...]

The Power of the DVR Habit

TiVo Blog - Wed, 06/06/2012 - 22:49
I just finished reading The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. This fascinating and insightful book highlights several case studies from companies such as Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, and Target to Olympic medalists and NFL athletes. Mr. Duhigg describes how bad habits were broken by replacing them with healthier options, and thereby creating new habits [...]

Can I use a tivo 3 to mutltiroom view without services?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 06/06/2012 - 22:43
If I get myself a new Tivo Premiere with active service, can I use my current Tivo3 to do multi room viewing without having service on the Tivo3?

Does multi room viewing require that both boxes have active service?

Help! Tivo with no TV

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 06/06/2012 - 22:04
Hi guys, I bought a tivo in the UK when they first came out, I thought it was fantastic, then I moved to France so lost the tivo service and haven't touched it since.

My question: I see lots of tivo's for sale on ebay UK, I just wondered if there was a system to use tivi through the net? there is no UK TV here, well you can get it via satellite but officially you are not supposed to.

What other ways could I use a tivo? could I connect it to my TV and my PC network and watch things downloaded on my TV?

any help would be appreciated.

The Glee Project-Season 2-Spoilers to Date

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 06/06/2012 - 19:56
Anyone watching the new season?

I am sorry they sent Maxfield home-that Tyler kid has a bad attitude-"I'm slipping - I'm gonna fall - I don't like this song..." :rolleyes:
Some of the mentors see it as perfectionism but I don't! :mad:

I am bad with names but I am going to really try-the blind kid, Mario, I love him...what a great attitude he has...he was into the dancing, and you could tell he took all the feedback they gave him - and I think they were honest with him, they didn't sugarcoat anything - and he is going to use it and get better. :o

Do we all remember Dani from "America's Got Talent" last year? She was the one who sang the funny song about looking like Justin Bieber...:D Nice to see her in another element.

Blake is cute, and also a little goofy-cute like they said, I like him. He seems natural on camera, and at ease with the others. :up::up:

...What do others think??? :)

Is the New Satelite TiVo Machine Sold or Leased

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 06/06/2012 - 15:28
Is the new TiVo that supports DirecTV purchased or leased from DirecTV?

If it is purchased, what other fees must be paid to use it with the DirecTV service?

If it is leased, what are the total fees monthly/annually for usage?


pyTivo, mkv and subtitles

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 06/06/2012 - 15:06
I am trying to get some Japanese Anime onto my Tivo that has english subtitles.

When loading the mkv directly to the Tivo, it plays fine, albeit without subtitles.

I have carefuly followed the Kleiman's guide here:

I can play the mkv on my XP PC without issue, it shows subtitles. It plays via/invokes windows media player.

After installing ffdshow I was able to play the .avs file created per the guide. The .avs file in it's entirety contains:
DirectShowSource("T:\torrent-completed\test.mkv", convertfps=true)

When I try to play the avs file (also WMP) however, I do not get subtitles.

Per the guide I tried adding "eng" to the Haali Media Splitter options, but that didn't fix it.

Meanwhile, From the Tivo, I can see the share where the share where the .avs file is located, but it reports "no files".

How can I get the Tivo to "see" the .avs file? What am I missing? What other information can I provide to get help?


The Power of the DVR Habit

TiVo Blog - Wed, 06/06/2012 - 14:40
I just finished reading The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. This fascinating and insightful book highlights several case studies from companies such as Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, and Target to Olympic medalists and NFL athletes. Mr. Duhigg describes how bad habits were broken by replacing them with healthier options, and thereby creating new habits [...]

Is Anthony Bourdain selling out?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 06/06/2012 - 12:13
Looks like Anthony Bourdain is joining the ranks of the tv chefs that he mocks so much.

Quote: Some interesting news out of Anthony Bourdain's camp yesterday: The soon-to-be former host of Travel Channel's "No Reservations" is slated to host a reality cooking show with British food personality Nigella Lawson.

Eater reported and confirmed that the show, produced by ABC, will "pit America's most skilled cooks against one another in a show unlike any other." It's the second move of the sort for the acerbic writer and chef, who recently signed a deal for a travel show with CNN. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1573793.html

Trouble Getting Delete Confirmation Dialog

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 06/06/2012 - 12:08
Hi, all!
I'm a recently-returned TiVo user, having finally escaped from DirecTV. My new setup is a single Premiere XL with Comcast service. I switched to SD menus, mainly because I don't like live-tv-PiP, the HD menu clutter and the ads.

In my old Series 2 days, I got in the following habit. After watching a recording, I hit fast forward 2 or 3 times to zoom past credits/commercials to the actual end of the recording. When it hits the end, the video freezes and I get the delete confirmation dialog. I press arrow-up, select to delete the recording, and it returns me to the Now Playing list.

On my Premiere XL, I get the following behavior: FF 2 or 3 times, recording hits the end, the video freezes ... but I don't get the delete confirmation dialog. It sits at the video freeze and does nothing. I can go back into the list of recordings and delete the recording there, but, well, that's not a work-around I like.

I've found that I can get the desired delete confirmation dialog if I do the following: FF 2 or 3 times and hover over the fast-reverse button. When the recording hits the end and freezes, hit fast-reverse to 'slow to single FF'. I have to do that immediately after the video freezes, before the TiVo recognizes the end and switches from FF to pause. If I do that, the recording actually advances through another second or two of video, freezes again, and (tada!) gives me the delete confirmation dialog.

I've searched the board for this problem, but got only false-positives. I may not be using the right search terms. Is this a common problem? Is there a fix, or a better workaround than what I describe? Might this be related to my use of SD menus on top of HD recordings?



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