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2 Weeks of Tivo, Here's what were missing.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:44
So I got this great idea (which starts out slow, then turns into a burning desire and doesn't end until I've got every tool pulled into the house and I've made a mess in just about every room). Get the picture.

After I got into a huge fight with Verizon I got on a kick to send them back all of their STB's and use a Tivo Roamio and Mini's to replace all 7 STB's. Saving around 50 bucks a month. I bought a Roamio with loyalty lifetime svc for 500 bucks literally with rolled change (so to me, no real sunk cost). Then I grabbed 3 mini's with BB gift cards and 1 additional mini with amex gift points. Total real cash spent so far: 90 bucks. I now have 5 TV's of Tivo and need 2 additional mini's running on a cable card for 4.99 a month. To me that's a pretty big coup.

So far I've only set up the Roamio and set it lose on the family. I was surprised that they've picked it up pretty quickly. They can at least watch TV with it so I'm pretty happy. I did switch the guide over to "grid" as I really never like the traditional Tivo guide and really wanted it to look as close to what Verizon was providing.

So after about 2 weeks here is a very short list of what I think Tivo should add to improve their device.

1. Find a way, app etc to re-integrate FIOS caller ID on Tivo. This is something that my wife was not happy about losing. I would think it's just a matter of figuring it out and putting it into the code. Would be a great feature enhancement. Have to imagine there are a huge number of FIOS users out there on Tivo.

2. This is the biggie. Fix this one and your making the world a better place with regards to CATV. With FIOS you get all the channels as SD from 1-499 and then it starts all over again with the HD's at 500-1000. It's VERY annoying that you often wind up viewing a show in SD when it's available in HD. All the TV's in our house are now HD. FIOS handled this by providing the RED C button on the remote. If you tuned to a SD channel and there is an HD equivalent hitting RED C will take you there That's only slightly helpful. I use it, my wife never does. Very annoying to see them watching SD shows when HD is available. Especially when it's being displayed in 4:3 I often tell them to "use the entire tv" as I grab the remote and hit the RED C button. You don't want to know what they tell me. I've heard that some CATV companies will automatically switch you to the HD version if you select the SD version. I'd like to see Tivo do the exact same thing. Since my wife can only remember the 2,4,7,9,11 and lower channel numbers, I'd like Tivo to take her to 502 when she enters 2 so she can watch the channel in HD. I understand the argument about needing those for SD TV's, but Tivo know's it's outputing 1080 so any SD that has an HD should be the channel that gets tuned no matter what number is put in, 2 or 502. It's just logic and programming. Maybe you need to set up a mapping table to tell it how to respond, but it should be done. This is a big one and Tivo would be hailed as a hero as I have not really seen many STB's that do a good job of handling SD & HD programming. Like I said, I heard that CV boxes might autoswtich but I have not seen it in action. Now, it's not as easy as just remapping the entire lower end. Some channels are only available in SD and can't be remapped. Some are only available in HD so a user programmable map really is the way to go. I remember on the old SA boxes (pre HD) they would allow mapping so you could map a channel to another channel. This is basically what needs to happen on Tivo.

3. This one is really no big deal, but since I'm telling Tivo how they should fix their stuff (and of course they are going to get right one this! :D) I might as well add this one. On the bottom guide, I'm missing that stupid red line from the FIOS STB's which tells you how far along you are in the show you are watching. Sounds kind of stupid, but it was really something I started using after a while. You flip to a new channel, see a show you are watching and want to know, is it 5 minutes in or 50? I believe on Tivo you have to look at the data (start and finish times), look at the clock and start doing math. The Bar gives you a quick visual indicator. Something Tivo should do to enhance their product...

So that's really it for only using our Roamio for 2 weeks. Can someone get back to me with a date when these items will be available? You know I'm kidding, but it would be nice if Tivo would also see the value in these enhancements and consider implementing them. Could you imagine trying to convince someone at Verizon to make something better? Ha...

Anyway, feel free to critique my enhancements. There are probably better ways of doing what I am asking, or add UI enhancements that you'd like to see. Maybe I can bring it up with Tivo Margarette when I apply for a job as UI Experience Specialist, internet division. I always find myself trying to customize and enhance things. You should see my XBMC. It barely resembles a standard XBMC but everyone in the house, including my SD afflicted Spouse uses it with ease.



TiVo premiere and TiVo premiere 4 for sale.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:27
1x TiVo premiere 400hr for $70.00 plus $ 20 shipping(Tivo is Lifetime eligible)

1x TiVo premiere 4 with Tivo N adapter $130 plus $30 shipping(free shipping if both TiVos are purchase together)

I also have a 2TB hard drive I can upgrade either TiVo( or both) to for $30 so if you would like that let me know.

I take Paypal: Espinoza_lee at yahoo.com



tivo preview

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:12
Is the Tivo Preview still being produced, or is it considered a dead product?

I only see reference to it in the 2011 press release.

Can you turn the mini into a dongle?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:59
If you restrict the input to ethernet and output to HDMI and a power connection to USB and a remote control that doesn't need line of site could you reduce the mini to a dongle which fits nicely behind a TV?

Altnernatively can you make use of MHL (or is the base of TV's with MHL-HDMI ports too small)?

lifetime 1Tb Tivo HD for sale

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:50
After taking advantage of Tivo's 10-year loyalty deal and upgrading to a Roamio Plus, I now have a lifetimed Tivo HD (TCD 652) for sale. The unit has been upgraded with a Western Digital 1Tb drive (WD10EVCS) for 157 HD hours of recording. I purchased it new in 2007 and it has been operating flawlessly in a dry and cool basement of the same smoke- and pet-free home ever since. It includes the original packaging and comes with all the original accessories (in fact, the remote is unused because I use a universal remote). For shipping, I will place the original Tivo box in another box filled with padding such as packing peanuts, crumped newspaper, and/or air bags.

I'm asking $175, and I'll throw in free Fedex ground shipping to anywhere in the continental US. Payment must be via Paypal F&F.

Please PM me if interested.


Upgrade TiVo Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:45
I probably missed the answer to my question in one of the previous topic, went through several and did not see the answer.

I am considering getting a new basic Roamio and immediately upgrading the drive. I am going to be using OTA only and will have to redo my guided setup and season passes, so is the upgrade process as simple as putting a new 4TB drive in?

I have used MSF tools in the past on my series 3 and HD units but did not see where they supported Roamio units.


dinosaur 13 (cnn documentary) [spoilers]

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:01
dinosaur 13 premiered last night on cnn at 9/8c, it caught my eye as i was surfing the guide, so i recorded and watched the second airing (most current series are on mid-season hiatus).

i enjoyed this much more than i expected, a very interesting story that followed the 1990 south dakota chance discovery of the most complete t-rex fossil ever recovered, through the years long protracted legal battle surrounding the find, and the resulting federal trial.

it has all the players of a good drama - the small town paleontologists vs ownership claims by landowners, native americans, and the government - a davids vs goliaths story.

did anyone else catch it last night? it airs again twice on 12/14, and once more 12/20.

mini's first screen

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:40
I have 3 Minis working with a Tivo Roamio Plus.(all hard wired Ethernet)
Every day when using the Mini for the first time to watch live TV, the first screen when the TV starts is Tivo Central- My Shows.
Is this the normal behavior for the Mini?
Is there a setting I can change to make the Mini stay(overnight) on the last channel viewed?

Series with season long plot arcs

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:32
I've seen a thread on this, but would like to inquire regarding more recent series.

I'm looking for recommendations for a series with a compelling season long plot/arc. Something will want me to keep watching. It can be on DVD or On Demand or Netflix.....it doesn't matter.

Mostly, I'm looking for something to keep me engaged and wanting to come back to find out what will happen next. I'm not into sci fi/fantasy or real "period dramas" so much, but would consider them if they're really good.

Examples of series that fall into that category for me are:

Breaking Bad (saw them all over a six month period, then need to wait til the final season!). Best of this kind, for me, so far.

Homeland....another series that keeps you wanting more and has me saying "what do you mean it's over already?"...at the end of each episode.

Six Feet Under also falls into that category for me, even though it wasn't as dramatic/action/thriller oriented as the above, but I loved the series.

Sopranos, of course! Damages, which I've also seen.

Shameless, somewhat falls into that category. I love the show, but the episodes are as compelling as the ones above.

I've read the The Shield would be good, as well as The Wire.

I've also read that Veronica Mars is good, but I have absolutely no idea what that's about and, right or wrong, the title sort of turns me off. Is it worth watching? And, why?

I've heard that Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story might be good. Perhaps The Following? I'm not looking for anything with a lot of gratuitous violence, but I don't mind violence (given that I loved many of the shows above.

Any and all suggestions appreciated! Thanks.

New Tivo & Hard Drive - Setup Order

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:11
Couldn't find this in any existing thread.

I have a brand new Roamio Plus and 3TB hard drive sitting in their respective boxes. Should I swap the hard drive before even turning on the Tivo and doing setup or should I set it up 1st and do the upgrade as a 2nd step?

Not sure how much of the setup info is stored on the hard drive and would need to be redone with a new drive.

network adapter for Toshiba RSTX20?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:51
I have an old Toshiba RSTX20 that I reactivated for use in my guest bedroom. I previously had an old Belkin USB/wired ethernet adapter on it, but I can no longer find it and, of course, Belkin hasn't made that for years. The Tivo-branded wireless NICs are ludicrously expensive. Does anyone know of an inexpensive wired or wireless NIC that will work with Series 2/Toshiba RSTX20 Tivos?

new TV, old Toshiba Tivo

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:48
I have an old Toshiba RSTX20 still operational in my guest bedroom. The TV in there recently died and I replaced it with a new cheap 32" LCD from a Black Friday deal. Problem is, none of the remote codes work for that TV. In an effort to avoid using the TV remote for on/off/volume and the peanut for other functions, I have the following question:

If I buy a newer type remote with updated codes and/or learning capability, will it still be able to control my ancient Toshiba Tivo box? If so, suggestions on WHICH newer remote?

Tivo Premiere Livetime 2TB + Stream For Sale

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:35
After weighing the pros and cons of cutting the cord with Cable, I found a deal I couldn't pass up to renew my Verizon FiOS contract, so I am sticking with cable for the next 3 years.

That meant it was time to finally upgrade from Premieres to Roamio/Minis.

I am keeping one Premiere as a back-up device, but the second is up for sale.

It is a 2-tuner Premiere which was upgraded to 2TB with Lifetime service on the box.

I also have a Stream that I no longer need with the Roamio Pro on the network.

Original box, remote and HDMI cable included.

I'm looking to get enough to pay for two Minis out of this deal, so I'm asking $350 shipped to your door.

Thanks for your consideration.


DISH & Comcast DVRs Outpace TiVo

Zatz Not Funny! - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 06:25
While TiVo focuses their resources on serving smaller and international television providers, as retail customers defect, the larger US cable and satellite companies continue to crank away on their own compelling in-house DVR services. Although DISH may have given up some ground in the Hopper’s ability to, you know, actually hop (over commercials) they just completed a nationwide software […]

Can I transfer shows from my Series 1 to Roamio?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 01:18
I highly doubt it but I should ask anyway. I have quite a few shows I would like to transfer from my Phillips Series 1 to the new Romio Plus.

Big Bang Theory - The Clean Room Infiltration - S08E11 - OAD 12/11/14

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 21:14
Having worked in a clean room before, I was slightly annoyed by this episode. A few clear strips on the door like you are walking into a grocery store freezer doesn't make a room a clean room. Will have to rewatch and try to ignore that part.

Tivo Premiere (w/PLS), and a Tivo Stream for sale.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:17
I have a dual tuner Tivo Premiere DVR with Product Lifetime Service for sale. It is stock, no upgrades, and in perfect working order. Will include power cord and remote of course.

In addition, I am selling a Tivo Stream, box opened but never used. I purchased it thinking I would get an iOS device, or wait for Android support. Well, I didn't get the iOS device, and waited a year for Android support.. By that time though, I had a Roamio Plus. :)

Only $325 for the entire package, shipping included. Payment by Paypal. I have a double box, with original packaging, all ready to ship.

Let me know if you have any questions. I already have the reference number that can be given to Tivo to transfer the system to your account.

PM if you have any questions, need pictures, etc.


Roamio FF & Play Issues.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:01
One question:

Once a show is recorded, will a weaker signal (say around 65 to 75) and a 29SNR cause scrolling issues and playback issues?

Case in point: I recorded several shows and the Dolphins football game off the air last Sunday. Everything looks great. The picture is clear and locked. Supernatural never looked better.

Yet when I try to fast forward, I get most often, a frozen screen and something akin to the TiVo locking up. Can't go back, can't go forward. Less often, the screen will go black for 20 or so seconds, then start playing again. In all cases, I can hit the TiVo button to go back to the main screen. However, all shows do a little thinking before they start playing. As if the drive is not locked onto the data and is seeking.

The whole time the picture quality is the best ever. No visible digital noise. When compared to the Directv HR22 TiVo, the Roamio picture is far and away superior. All OTA no cable on the Roamio.

Who thinks it's the signal and who thinks it's the hard drive?

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Can't transfer copy protected shows?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 18:42
I am surprised to find that I can't offload copy protected shows from my Roamio to my new Premiere. Is there a work around or no?


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