help! tivo bolt a disaster-

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by Carnuba, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. Carnuba

    Carnuba New Member

    Oct 23, 2017


    2 nasty discoveries:
    1. Went to tape baseball playoff series and was blocked on TIVO but I could watch it on regular cable. Went to tape a film on Spike and ,once again, BLOCKED! This is the first time I have used TIVO and I am wondering why I paid $200 for the curved (?????) WHITE BOX IF IT "FILTERS OUT" REGULAR CABLE STATIONS! Am I better off without it? Is there anything worth watching that can be taped on TIVO?
    2. Tape of NFL games on sunday were grainy and hazy. Why wouldn't they be as sharp as my large picture samsung?
    I must be 3 years old; I am trusting a large company! Anyway, returned the TIVO and cancelled the annual contract.
    P.s. Tivo website took 40 minutes of my time, gave me numbers and when I called customer service I was told that somehow I had no info in their system and so had to start all over again.
    It got so confused that the customer service rep. had to enter my info manually! How could TIVO sell a product with inferior picture quality? Checked cable hookup for loose wires-nothing!
  2. Fant

    Fant Member

    Aug 31, 2016
    Whatever the TiVo receives you should be able to record. Also it records the raw stream so it should be the exact same quality live or recorded.
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  3. sfhub

    sfhub Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    If you already returned the unit, there isn't much folks can do to help you resolve your issues. Perhaps it would have been better to ask first before returning the unit?
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  4. compnurd

    compnurd Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2011
    Easier to join and troll a forum
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  5. Carnuba

    Carnuba New Member

    Oct 23, 2017


    I guess if no one has a usable suggestion that it is a good thing I got rid of it.
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  6. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Southern CT
    Here let me just put my cart in front of my horse.... Afterward I will close the barn door after said horse is gone.
  7. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    Regarding "blocked" channels, it sounds like your CableCARD wasn't properly paired with your cable provider, or your provider may also require a Tuning Adapter for SDV (Switched Digital Video) paired with the CableCARD-equipped DVR -- but that's just a guess since you didn't mention your provider or whether you'd done anything more than physically connect the BOLT to the cable coax.

    As for picture quality, you said nothing about the signal source for the "large picture Samsung" against which you're comparing the BOLT. Was the Samsung also fed a direct cable TV signal, fed via a cable provider set-top box, or was it connected to an OTA antenna?

    There could be much that people here might offer as suggestions, but everything in your post following the "help!" in the subject line reads as a rant, not a request for assistance -- nor did you indicate any interest in giving the technology another try.
  8. pgoelz

    pgoelz Active Member

    May 1, 2005
    As others have said, a properly configured Tivo will record anything and everything included in your particular cable service, without restriction. The playback quality is identical to the original. If either of those were not true in your case, something was mis-configured..... on the Tivo, your TV or at your cable provider.... or all three.

    Did you obtain, install and configure a cable card from your cable provider? Most cable providers these days require a cable card (obtained from the cable company and installed in the Tivo) in order to properly receive and decode encrypted cable channels. If you did not install a cable card, you would not be able to receive some or all of your channel lineup on most cable systems.

    Tivo is not a perfect company and their support is less than stellar these days. As far as troubleshooting is concerned, many inhabitants of this forum provide better support than Tivo ;) But your particular issues should have been easily resolvable, even by Tivo support.

    My suggestion would be to figure out what went wrong and then try again if you really want a great DVR. If you can't get anywhere with Tivo support, give this forum (and a dose of patience) a try before you give up. But we will need more detailed information from you before we can figure out what went wrong.

  9. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    No wonder it didn't work. You can't "tape" anything with a TiVo. Since there is no slot for a tape to be inserted.:D
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  10. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

    Feb 8, 2009
    Reads like the op "obtained" a TiVo and connected it without reading up on it.
    "I called customer service I was told that somehow I had no info in their system and so had to start all over again."
    Sounds like he didn't have TiVo service in which case he didn't get as far as he is suggesting, reads like B/S to me.
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  11. m.s

    m.s Active Member

    Mar 8, 2007
    The troll went back under his bridge long ago.
  12. Carnuba

    Carnuba New Member

    Oct 23, 2017
  13. Carnuba

    Carnuba New Member

    Oct 23, 2017
    Thanks for your reply. I don't understand what has to be"configured" but I got the card (Optimum installed it) took it home and connected the cable wire input and the hdmi cable from my samsung monitor to the Tivo. My cable box is out of the loop and just reads 'err". If anything else was needed you would think Optimum would say something when they installed the card! I am not going to buy another tivo until I find out what the problem is. I thought the one I bought was surely defective.
    Sorry for not providing enough info. Thanks again.
  14. chazas

    chazas Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    They installed it somewhere other than your house? Sounds like they didn't know what they were doing. Tivo has very clear instructions on how to install and configure cablecards here.
  15. sfhub

    sfhub Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    Do you mean you took your TiVo to Optimum and they installed it there or do you mean you took the card home and the installed it for you?

    If they installed at the store, it is possible it was a different head-end from the one in your house. Normally you would install at your home and have them verify the channels work.

    Your additional descriptions make it likely the CableCARD was not paired properly, which means certain high value content with copy protection flags set might not view or record properly. It won't be immediately obvious because most channels will not require proper pairing to work, only some movie and maybe sports channels.

    As to why your picture looks fuzzy, Optimum (and most cable companies) send out SD and HD versions of the same channel. Optimum set top boxes will automatically tune to the HD channel even if you tune to the SD channel. One TiVo's when you type the same channel # as the Optimum box it might go to the SD version. You should be able to press the Green D button to switch to the HD version, or you can type the HD channel directly, which is usually in the 7xx range. For example if 5 is Fox, 705 would be HD Fox.
  16. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
  17. Gold51

    Gold51 The slow road, has the most adventure.

    Apr 19, 2017
    Cape Coral
    I hate to hear stories like this.
    The other day, my wife's Roamio had a different channel lineup on 22-1 to 22-7. The game show was on the channel that was supposed to be Walker-Texas Ranger- my Bolt was OK- hmm?. I unplugged her Tivo and rebooted it- the channel line up issue was fixed. That said, the new Tivos are not plug and forget boxes, unlike my original Series 2 box. I have no idea what caused the Roamio to have channel issues.

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