Can't play some recorded programs

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by bobfrank, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Sorry, but as Sgt. Schulz said: "I know nothing!". (Ironically) I don't do many PC-to-TiVo transfers.
     
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  2. ZobVA

    ZobVA New Member

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    I just started having this exact same issue with my Tivo Bolt. It only began a month or so after I upgraded the box to Hydra. I strongly suspect it's a Tivo software glitch that has to do with the ads that Tivo has inserted at the beginning of all its recorded shows. Live TV plays fine, but when I try to play certain recorded shows the circle just spins and then... nothing happens. Very frustrating. I've been a Tivo owner and strong advocate of Tivo for more than 16 years and have stuck with it through all sorts of things. But this might be the one thing that finally pushes me to cut the cord. What good is Tivo if I can't watch recorded shows? They need to get this fixed NOW. I'm seeing more and more complaints about the same thing on Reddit and other places on the internet; it's widespread.
     
  3. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

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    Is there no chance that the computers of those with this problem are causing the problem? There are many many folks here who transfer shows back and forth from Tivo to computer and vice versa. If this issue only happens to a select few, might their own equipment be the cause? Why arent we seeing this happen on all boxes that are involved with transfers??
     
  4. bobfrank

    bobfrank Active Member

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    Your problem is totally unrelated to the trouble discussed in this thread. As the OP I can tell you that I don't use Hydra and the problem occurred long before Tivo started wlith the pre-roll ads.

    Hopefully someone can help you with a solution. The only suggestion I would have is to upgrade to TE3 and not worry about the pre-roll commercials.
     
  5. bobfrank

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    Anything is possible, but I consider this to be highly unlikely. With the trouble shooting that has been done I, and others, have concluded that the problem is not with transferring video from the PC to the Tivo, but is caused by user created folders.

    For most of the past year I have been uploading video to my Tivo with no problems. The difference is I no longer put them into user created folders on the Tivo.

    Are you creating your own folders on the Tivo to upload your shows into? If not, this is why you're not having the problems. If you are, I'd like to hear more about how long you've been doing that and your procedure to create those folders.

    As mentioned above, I am the OP in this thread.
     
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  6. RedMan8

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    Just a couple days ago - I have started having this same issue on my TiVo Premiere. Like the OP, I have had hard drive failures in the past and this doesn't "feel" like it's the hard drive.
    I used to transfer shows back and forth all the time with PyTiVo, but a couple years ago the "push" stopped working so I started using Plex for almost everything. Now I only use the TiVo for live TV and I cut commercials out of the local news with KMTTG and VideoRedo. KMTTG uses the new comskip, so the video file never gets transferred back to the TiVo.
    I used to create my own folders on the TiVo, and I'll bet there are still a couple in the list, but again I haven't done that in several years.
    I have not hit Clear and Delete Everything yet but I was hoping that would be the solution. After reading this thread I'm worried the problem will just come back.
    I'm going to watch this thread for any advice, and I'll post my results after C&DE.
     
  7. RedMan8

    RedMan8 Member

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    C&DE never finished. I let it run for over 6 hours and I also pulled the plug and let it run for ANOTHER 6 hours before I gave up.
    So I got a new image file and used DVRBars to restore the drive.
    I'm up and running again but it doesn't have all my recording capacity yet. Does anyone have a link to WinMFS I could "borrow"?
    ;)
     
  8. bobfrank

    bobfrank Active Member

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    It sounds like your problem was different than mine. Like you I went for years creating folders with no problem. When I started having the problem C&DE solved the problem, but it came back after about 6 to 8 weeks. I don't know if it was creating the folders or just having folders on the drive that caused the problem. Since I've completely quick using self created folders I have not had the problem return even though I continue uploading videos to the Tivo.

    I hope the new image you're installing does the job for you. Just don't ever set up user created folders again.
     

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