Amazon Unbox from your TiVo receiver...

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by dswallow, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. ebeckhusen

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    Well, my online order went through perfectly, in the "normal" way. For some reason I could not order through the app until I had placed an online order, though, despite the fact that one-click was turned on. I'm not sure if this is only a problem with me or not, though, so I guess unless you see someone else with this problem, forget I said anything :)
     
  2. BlackBetty

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    doug will you have a version that runs in the system tray instead of a dos window that is open?
     
  3. hornblowercat

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    Stupid here. I can't get this thing to work. I have one click with Amazon set up. I ran both the update and the full app. No changes on my menu (Music photos extras etc).

    What am I not understanding? :eek: Oh I have the S3.
     
  4. dswallow

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    Did you run the program after unzipping it? There's a "run.bat" file in the "bin" subdirectory that you should run, either double-click on it or run it from a command prompt window by going to that directory and typing "run".

    It'll display in the window what IP address it is binding to. That IP address needs to be on the same network as your TiVo receivers. If it isn't, you'll need to add a couple things to the command line that's running the program. Some people configure their system with more than one IP address, or have different physical networks and multiple network adapters. Buit if you could at least check that the IP address it grabs and the IP address of your TiVo receiver(s) are on the same subnet that'd be the first step. (Well, the second step after making sure you're actually running the program. :))
     
  5. dswallow

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    That's the plan. But there is a batch file provided that'll at least get it running completely in the background for now. It's the "run_background.bat" that's in the same directory as "run.bat". No system tray icon with it -- you'd have to find it in Task Manager and kill it directly to stop it, but at least it's not a window.
     
  6. hornblowercat

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    I'm still stupid. But it's working. :)

    I noticed everytime I clicked on the run_background.bat a dos screen was popping up with nothing on it.

    So I just tried it again and this time I see the ip address. I go out to check TiVo. Nothing there for Amazon.

    I come back here. I look at the IP address. I see an extra ip address that's on the TiVo and I said remove. I do that then I see Amazon Unbox. :confused:

    Bottom line now is appears to be working. Thanks Doug.
     
  7. hornblowercat

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    Well...I don't quite have it. I'm getting a message saying it doesn't have my amazon info. I see somewhere in the install notes that may be needed to be put in there but I'm not sure how to go about doing that.
     
  8. cwoody222

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    Read the readme file. You have to edit one of the files in a text editor and insert your email address and password that Amazon has on file.
     
  9. hornblowercat

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    Yep, I got that one now. But I still have one problem. In playing around with this thing trying to get it to stay on the menu I have somehow succeded but now I have two Amazon unbox on my menu. :eek: :confused:

    I couldn't get one to stay. Then I had three. Now I have two. What the heck did I do?

    By the way both are working perfectly. I just don't need two on the menu. :)
     
  10. dswallow

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    Were you playing around with the "run_background" batch file to start them? If so, you'll find there's multiple copies running now. To stop one or more of them you need to use Task Manager and kill the occurrences of "javaw.exe" among the process list. If you have other java programs running, there may be other entries and there's not really an easy way to tell them apart with Task Manager.

    If you reboot your computer and make sure you run "run_background" only once, you should then only have a single occurrence in the TiVo menu.

    I'm trying to find a solution to make this process easier, so hopefully in the near future i t won't be such a pain.
     
  11. hornblowercat

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    Yep, that's what I ended up doing and I only have one running now. Mission accomplished. Yeah, it would be nice if it was a bit easier to use but if I had followed instructions from the start I wouldn't have had half the problems. I don't think the "run_background" was easy to understand, I kind of figured it out on my own. I don't recall anything specific to that in the readme instructions.

    Still thanks for your hard work on this Doug. I'm sure this will make using Amazon Unbox for me much nicer.
     
  12. andyf

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    Just tried it. It's fantastic and looks great in HD. If you're looking for suggestions I'd like to see a rental filter.

    So View All and sub-category of rental. I'm really not going to purchase anything unless it's a TV show I missed.
     
  13. Apr 1, 2007 #173 of 185
    morac

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    I just tried this and I have a few issues on my S3 (running on the S2 looks fine):

    1. In the Main Menu I can't page down and the text goes off the bottom of the screen.
    2. Most of the text is fuzzy, jagged and hard to read. It's really bad in show description pages where the text is impossible to read.

    This is probably because I don't have my S3 hooked up to a HDTV at the moment and it isn't widescreen either. There should be an option for S3's not hooked up to a HDTV.

    3. When going to try to download past programs I've downloaded, when I get to the download screen I get the message, "This TiVo receiver, [name], was not found among the selectable destinations in your Amazon account...."
    It then says it will queue it on the first TiVo receiver listed. It does this for all my TiVos, including the first one listed, which is somewhat strange since it said it couldn't find it. This also shows up in some show title names. See attachments (unbox 001.jpg from S2 and unbox 003.jpg from S3); sorry for the glare.

    The possible reason for this is that there is a rectangular box character at the end of the name of the TiVo it says it will download to. Ie: My TiVo's name is "Living Room S2" and it says it will download to "Living Room S2"

    If I go to actually rent/purchase a program for the first time, it correctly identifies my TiVo without issue. It's only when looking in the Media Library that this is an issue. See unbox 002.jpg.

    4. When I downloaded and installed version 0.5 just now, it said version 0.4a on start up and the unboxOnDemand.jar file is dated 3/29/07. Is this actually 0.5?
     

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  14. Apr 1, 2007 #174 of 185
    dswallow

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    Oops. I forgot to actually put the new jar file into the proper place before creating the distribution zip file. :) It's fixed now. Everybody, if you downloaded 0.05 before this posting, go do it again. You only got a 0.04a version which was pretty old in the scheme of what I added -- 0.04a was just a private release to one person to test a fix.

    That's a good find with the S3 on a non-HD device; I didn't anticipate that. It must be running in the higher resolution mode and down-ressing to SD, and I can see that'd be a problem. I'll work out a fix.

    I've been trying to get someone reporting the square-box problem on TiVo names to send me a copy of their log file.

    If you could close the program, delete the log files, then run the program, go to a TiVo and open the app, then from the main menu pres 5 5 6 9 ENTER. Then zip up the unboxLog.txt file you have and email that to me, I should be able to fix it. It's also possible the 5569-ENTER process will fix it if it is somehow related to corrupted display data info on the Amazon side (5569 ENTER refreshes Amazon's connection with your TiVo account and retrieves the names again).
     
  15. Apr 1, 2007 #175 of 185
    dswallow

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    For those with a Series 3 hooked up to a non-HD display, check out version 0.06 of Unbox On Demand... from the main menu, press 4 2 0 1 ENTER. This will toggle the configuration between the normal high resolution mode and forcing it to be 640x480. You have to exit the app and reenter it from the TiVo receiver for it to take effect. The setting is stored per-receiver, so it'll only affect those receivers you perform this step from.
     
  16. Apr 1, 2007 #176 of 185
    hornblowercat

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    I misread what you said about for Non HD displays only and entered thr 4 2 0 1 enter. Now I can't see anything when I pull up an item, like "the illustionist" I don't have any buttons to select or purchase or even a cover.

    I tried to remove the app and re install but it still is not working. Anything I can do to reverse this?
     
  17. Apr 1, 2007 #177 of 185
    davew723

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    How can I specify the interface to be used for the HME Unbox application. I have multiple interfaces on my system and the first one is not the right one. Typically this is done by specifying -intf <interface> although that doesn't seem to work in this case. Ideas?
     
  18. Apr 1, 2007 #178 of 185
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    Nevermind. I was missint a -. Its --intf
     
  19. Apr 1, 2007 #179 of 185
    dswallow

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    The 4201 ENTER process affects one line that's stored in the unboxOnDemand.properties file. Just open it with a text editor and remove the line that includes the words ".resolutionPreferred". It'll begin with the name you gave your receiver. Then restart the application on your computer.

    But that really shouldn't have caused what you describe. It'd just be formatted for the smaller SD display layout, with large fonts. Even on an HD display it'd just be a coarser looking version of the HD menus.

    If it persists, zip up the unboxLog.txt file and email it to me so I can see what else is going on.
     
  20. Apr 1, 2007 #180 of 185
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    Okay I ran with 0.7 and entered the 4201 enter command and exited and went back into the application, but the text was still all weird on my S3. I even tried restarting the application. I also tried increasing the FONT size. This worked for "itemSynopsisFontSize=larger", but not for itemDetailsFontSize=larger. I'm not sure the 4201 fix took since the screen doesn't look any different at all (buttons still kind of go off the right side of the screen). The images I attach really were pretty poor so it's hard to see, but the S3's text just looks weird, as if it isn't being anti-aliased or something. The text on the menu buttons looks okay though.

    I also did the 5569 and got log data for you regarding the box issue. This issue only affects the "Your Media Library" when trying to redownload an already downloaded program. Browsing for a new download works so I think the TiVo names are correct, but something is being appended to them in the YML screen. I think I found the problem in the log file. It looks like there is a "&nbsp;" at the end of my TiVo's name in certain places. Since "&nbsp;" is just a space, you might want to trim all spaces from the end of TiVo Names since I don't think a TiVo name can end in a space anyway.

    I'm sending you my log files.
     

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