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So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 some pre-airing thoughts

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 16:15
I thought we had a thread talking about some of the changes for the upcoming season, but I can't find it, so thought I'd post a couple of things here. I don't really consider anything I'm saying to be a true spoiler, but if you're overly sensitive, stop reading and move on (I'm posting some thoughts on the auditions that I watched).

I went to yesterday's taping of the first (sorta) day of auditions in Detroit. Some of you might recall that back in Season 9(?) when they last visited Detroit I posted some thoughts on what I saw there.

They did do things a little different this time around. First off, last time I'd seen auditions, they'd done the initial round of cuts on the same day as they did the solos, with most of the morning being taken up by group of 10's where they'd cut them with no feedback. This time around, they'd actually done the group of 10s on Sunday. Supposedly they started with around 300-400 dancers and passed 70 on to the solos in front of the judges. (When I saw it previously, the main judges were doing that initial cut, the impression I got this time was that they didn't, and it was done by the guy that seems to be stage manager/in charge of the dancers, I never caught his name, but it was the same guy that had the same role 3 years ago.) On monday, they did 35 of those dancers doing their solos.

Ultimately, for the in-person audience I think this is ultimately better, because what we watched was all solos. I'd say it probably took roughly 10 minutes for each dancer with the intro, solo and then critique afterwards. Some took a little longer because of other things that came up.

The judges were Nigel, Paula, and Jason Derulo (who I've honestly never heard of, although most of the contestants seemed to know who he is, so this is showing something of a generational gap now for me). I actually found Paula to be surprisingly decent with her comments to the dancers, and Jason also seemed to make pretty relevant comments. I'd been a little worried about Paula.

It really kinda surprised me just how far some of the contestants had come to audition here. The number from the Detroit area itself was actually surprisingly small (although I have no idea what the percentage might have been before that initial cut), a pretty significant number had come in from various places in Ohio, and then there were those that came in from much further, like Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, Arizona and California. Some of those I would think that some of the other locations would have been better choices for them to audition at, but maybe they felt Detroit wouldn't have as many applicants as a place like New York or LA so they'd have a better chance here.

In the auditions, they've changed things a little. It's now just a yes to Vegas or no, with no come back for choreography. That kinda plays into this whole street/stage dance theme they have going on for the season, but I wonder if it's ultimately going to hurt the street dancers. Sounds kinda like when they go to vegas, the street dancers are still not going to be doing the "stage" style of dances unlike how they used to do it. But then, when they make their cuts to 10 of each group and do the shows, then they could be having to do the stage type dances at that point. Seems to me that that could hurt them some in the long run. With the no choreography test, also meant that there was less opportunity for the judges to do something with people that they were borderline on. In fact, at one point Paula wanted to have someone come back a little later and do something different, which ultimately ended up with them deciding they'd have to run that by the standards and practices people for the show (so for anyone that always thought they might be making some of these rules up as they go, that kinda implies that it's not neccessarily true, and that they do have some standards that they need to adhere to). FWIW, I never did see that girl again that day, so I have a feeling that judgement might have gone against her.

Of the 35 that they auditioned yesterday, 15 got tickets to vegas. They'd given us the number of people that they'd sent on from the two cities they'd been at before detroit and a breakdown of male/female and stage/street, but I can't remember what the numbers were (I want to say it was something like 120 people before detroit). About all I remember is that they did say the street side was pretty heavily biased towards guys. Since they're supposedly going to stick with 10 guys and 10 gals, I suspect it's not unlikely that the stage side is going to have more gals than guys (they did say there was no guarantee that the guys/gals ratio would be even on the two sides, but that there would be 10 of each across the two styles).

There were a number of moments that I could see making the television broadcast. It's hard to say though. I wouldn't want to be the person that has to edit things down to make the television program. Figure they have 2 days of auditions that will be somewhere between 14 and 16 hours of taping that they need to cut down to a single 2 hours episode, which really probably means about 90 minutes of actual content.

They do kick the audience out of the theater for the lunch break (and tell you if you're coming back for the afternoon session to come back in about 35 minutes, so not a great amount of time to find lunch). We ended up hitting a nearby subway restaurant, and found that several of the dancers also ended up there for lunch.

Did feel a little sorry for the dancers that had to do outside shots. I saw one returning to the theater when we were lined up in the morning to get in. Windchill at that point was probably around -10 at the highest. Also after taping ran into (almost literally) the group that had gotten vegas tickets coming back to the theater after doing some shooting in the grand circus park area. At that point, the temperature might have been around 10, maybe.

All in all, once again a fascinating process to watch. The real problem for me is that it's so long until the episode airs that it's hard for me to remember a lot of the details of what I saw to match up with what airs. But it'll definitely be interesting to see what I can remember at the time.

Netflix Account sign-in

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:36
Why do I have to keep signing into Netflix on my Tivo Mini after a reboot? Why can't it just remember my username and password?

Confusion on Roamio / CableCARD requirement

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:06
So,

I've searched the forums and can't seem to find any solid answers.

What I have at home is basic cable (Suddenlink -- they simulcast analog/digital down the line). No CableCARD, no set-top box required currently for me to view the digital channels. (And, if I read correctly, FCC only requires cable providers to provide CableCARDs if they require a cable box for their service? Correct me if I'm wrong)

The TiVo site, of course, says that CableCARDs are required for use with the Roamio series DVRs. But, elsewhere on the TiVo site, it also says that the CableCARDs are used for decrypting digital cable streams. My channels, which come in digitally, do not require decryption.

I also saw a thread on here (http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...ital+simulcast) and it seemed like the OP was able to make it work by bypassing the CC setup screen, then rescanning manually later.

Does anyone have any ideas whether or not my setup will work? The Roamio is a neat addition to the lineup and I'd love to be able to get my hands on one.

Let me know if you need any more info. Slow day at work, so I should be able to answer quickly.

Power supply issue?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:51
I have a TiVo HD that just got a new hard drive (TCD652160). It wouldn't boot and was stuck on "Powering up... " Tested the hard drive and it was bad. New drive went in fine.

However, now when I reboot I am getting stuck a "Powering up" again. If I let it sit for a few minutes with a hard restart it will boot. Given that the drive is new it seems like a power supply issue.

Does this sound right? All the caps in the PS section look fine. Is this common? Anything else I should look at?

Roamio & Slide Remote NOT Syncing

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:23
I can't seem to get my new Roamio and Slide remote (Roamio Version) to sync over RF. IR works fine but no go on RF.

Had remote within 3 feet.
Took out batteries and put back in.


Anyone got any ideas how to resolve?

Going OTA->TWC w/ CableCard & TA

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:36
Switching from DSL for faster Internet, digital cable is a bonus.

Any tips for success with my base Roamio w/ TWC, CableCard, & tuning adapter?

CableCard/TA issues

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:03
I posted this in the Tivo Support forums but haven't seen any bites yet. Most of what I'm finding by searching is either several years old or is from last year with the big firmware issue on Moto Ta's. I'm in a fairly recent build out so the lines leading up to me should all still be good. As usual they are insisting on a truck roll but I don't see how that is going to help anything. Are there any obvious troubleshooting steps I might be able to take to try and resolve this issue. Also as aside from what's posted below do I even need a TA if I won't watch those channels? From what little I can find it seems now that Cox only uses SDV on lesser used channels which we won't look at anyways. As it is now though I'm getting very few at all. I'm up for any suggestions you guys might have to offer...

Quote: We just connected a new Tivo Roamio on Cox network yesterday and we're hitting some issues. I haven't had Tivo for about 10 years but with Cox increasing their rates yearly we decided to come back as it is getting to be too much. Based on information I found it said to go through the guided setup before connecting the tuning adapter. So that's what we did. We connected the cable card when prompted and called to activate it. They got the card, host, and data ID #'s to activate and pair them. Of course once that was done I couldn't see anything on SDV channels. At that point we unplugged everything and set it back up with the tuning adapter. Because the firmware had to update we started seeing the message about the TA not accepting the security certificate. I knew this was an issue and that the firmware would have to update. It did that within about an hour but now on any of these channels it says the channel is not authorized. I called Cox and they double checked the card and TA and sent new refresh hits to both. I know the TA got it because it reset and went back to a solid light after a few minutes. The Tivo recognize the tuning adapter and it appears to not give any errors, other than saying the channel isn't authorized. It's on every channel over the basic lineup, which I believe with Cox coincides with which channels use SDV, although the tech couldn't really tell me which channels use this.

We initially hooked up the tuning adapter with an inline setup going to the TA and from the TA to the Tivo. Cox said not to do this and to use a splitter to go to the Tuning adapter with a MoCa filter, even though we don't use a moca network, and the other split to the Tivo. And then of course connect the USB cable. We got the same result with either setup. It's frustrating because the info from either company seems to contradict the other and it's hard to know which is correct.

Is it possible that Tivo thinks these channels aren't authorized because the TA wasn't connected when I went through the initial guided setup? If I run guided setup again, do I need to remove the cable card and wait for it to tell me to put it in or just leave it and run the setup again. I'm really trying to avoid a series of tech visits so any advice that anyone can offer is appreciated. If I can't get it up and running soon I'm going to have to decide between returning the tivo and continuing to get gouged on equipment and service fees from Cox, or keep the tivo and deal with the headaches of going OTA only.

question on lifetime transfer

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:00
If I purchase a used Tivo with lifetime, am I able to transfer that lifetime to someone else after I activated it on my account? In other words, is there a limit to the number of times a lifetime tivo can be transferred?

I've read the roamio lifetimes are no longer transferable. Is this true?

TiVo Roamio (T6) no MoCA what am I missing?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:33
Hello all. I have searched and can't find the answer I am looking for. I have Atlantic Broadband (ABB) Cable and want to add TiVo T6. I currently own my Surfboard Modem non-MoCA. I called and wanted to get just the TiVo box and not rent their subpar MoCA Modem. They told me I can't I had to use their MoCA Modem. Here is the twist.

My boss has the ABB TiVo and connected straight to Ethernet Zero MoCA and has been running it 1.5 years this way zero issues and can broadcast to iPads and what not.

Another friend has the same setup Zero MoCA modem/Adapter and has been running the T6 this way for 6-8 months.

I have asked 7 different people in support and sales as to why I need MoCA and what am I missing. Each person gives different answer from Ethernet port is not soldiered in to ABB sends out a signal to kill non-MoCA connections to you can't use iPads with it if you don't use MoCA. Well so far we have proved all the answers wrong.

Is it just a sales pitch and they have to sell it as a package bundle? I just feel if you have run it with zero MoCA for over a year with zero issues then MoCA is not a must. So if it is not a must does it gain me anything.

Thanks for your help in advance!

Anyone seen the Mini mounting bracket anywhere?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:23
Looking for the Mini mounting bracket. I tried using command adhesive to stick my mini to my TV, and it isn't holding.

If you have a better way, I'm all ears...

Problem Getting Tuner

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:19
I recently received the 20.4.6 update on both a Tivo Roamio and an older Tivo Premiere. Immediately after receiving this upgrade, both of these boxes began missing recordings. When looking through the history on the boxes in an effort to determine the cause both showed problem getting tuner. I immediately assumed this was software related as both boxes had been great up until this upgrade rolled out. After a discussion with Tivo they suggested I replace the Roamio as it was under warranty. I was not convinced this was a box problem as it appeared on both units. I called Time Warner Cable and had the tuning adaptors and cablecards hit and re-paired in both boxes and have seen no further issues. I had never seen this issue before in any Tivos despite having run cable card Tivos for more than 7 years. I believe that some portion of the new software caused the cablecard/tuning adapter issues. I post this only to help someone who may find themselves in a similar situation. Call your cable company first and try reactivating your equipment if you are seeing this issue.

Better Call Saul -- 2.23.15 S01E04 "Hero"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:01
My initial reaction to this ep was "meh" but the more I chewed on it, the more I liked it. We see Chuck learning about Jimmy's billboard exploits, and I look forward to the continuing dynamic between the brothers. And just loved the Chicago con with the money and the "Rolex"... Funny thing with the billboard guy, as soon as I saw him removing it, I was thinking "I hope he has a harness....that's along way down".

"Wake Up" goes to Live TV

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:21
I have a Harmony One remote and I *always* use Standby when I'm finished watching Tivo. I do not like the change that the Tivo now wakes directly to Live TV, rather than going to Tivo Central as it used to do. If it "wakes" directly to a live football game I'm planning to start watching, I'm NOT going to be happy! (Yes, I'm sure I can reprogram my remote and I will, but I have about 6 months to do it and it seemed I should complain instead.:D)

Forum Themes Colors - My eyes, they burn :)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:47
I notice a small change in my browser with PURPLE theme turned on:

ORANGE is bleeding thru on the menu bar:



And WHITE text YELLOW background in footer:

Sleepy Hollow S02E18 Tempus Fugit

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:20
Now THAT's the batsh*t Sleepy Hollow we all know and love!

They've managed to fix almost all of what was wrong with this season and gotten back to their root of sheer "is this logical and sane? no? we're doing it anyway", they got the band back together, Katrina is gone, Abbie saved herself!

This was a great way to go out and set up for season 3, now they just need to get renewed :(

EW did a great recap that hit almost every scene I loved
http://www.ew.com/recap/sleepy-hollow-season-2-finale

The last handful of episodes really picked up the pace and were more like those wonderful episodes of S01 containing things like zombie George Washington, I mean holographic Thomas Jefferson was a jerk, but he was so awesome.

A New NBCHD picture issue...Jumpy Stuttering

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 23:43
So many of us have noted the issue with NBC's HD broadcasts of sports and the 1x FF issue...which also plagues me on Fios in massachusetts...

Well of late, since around the superbowl all NBC channels (NBC, NBCSN, CNBC) broadcasting sports have this weird stuttering of the frame rate that is more pronounced on the lower 3rd of the screen..Almost like the entire 1/3 of the bottom of the image is shifting a fraction to the side and the entire picture is jumping...
Like when your horizontal or vertical hold was off whack on a old tube tv
It's horrible when watching Hockey on NBCSN....

And the stuttering/frame shifting doesn't occur in slow motion...

Gotham S01E17: 2/23/15 "Under the Red Hood"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 22:04
Fsh Mooney is now getting ridiculous. I'm not sure what Fsh is trying to prove there. Is she going to be wearing an eyepatch for the rest of the series, or will they give Fsh her eye back?

Is Butch really brainwashed?

After coming out of pause, there is no sound

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 20:42
I'm having a strange problem I'm hoping you guys can help me with. I have searched these forums but have not found a thread addressing this, so here I am.

Whenever I pause my Tivo (Roamio +), there is no sound upon coming out of pause. It's never happened before, and it appears to have coincided with the "One Pass" update. Not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. I am not using any external speakers of any sort - just HDMI from the Tivo to the TV. It has worked perfectly since the day I bought it, but now I lose sound every time I pause the unit. This has been going on for a week or so now. I have to go back to Tivo Central, play live TV, then go back again and replay my recorded show. What a pain! I can't figure out what is going on and the problem does not go away. I have reset the Tivo twice, but no change. Would love some help on this one!

Thanks,
Ben

Video issue

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 19:55
I have a Roamio, and am having a random video issue. The bottom 25% of the screen is scrambled. It actually looks like it blending a previous feed. For example. I am watching a recorded basketball game on from ESPN. The bottom 25%, basically just above where the score is displayed, has an image from "the studio" update. It is a split screen of two people talking.

However, if I fast forward it, I get a clear image, while fast forwarding. I jumped to live TV, on the same channel, and the feed is clear on there.

Amazon app

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 18:07
Was updated today.

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