TiVo Premiere FAQ: Overview, What's New?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by bkdtv, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. JARNJ3

    JARNJ3 New Member

    Sep 23, 2004
    Thanks so much for the info. The S2 did fix it itself - but the recorded video now freezes sporadically - it seems to be prevalent on almost every other recording. And you can't fast forward through it..... that gets stuck as well.

    I don't use VOD or PPV on this television - so it sound like premiere may be the way to go - and I will have HD recording available if I ever get an HD TV for this room.
  2. angel35

    angel35 New Member

    Nov 5, 2004
    Any one get this in the music & photosWhen you hit on it sometimes you will get a error and you have to change to Tivo beacon or Bonjour to get it to work.any one know why it will not stay fixed. The error ## is 3-43-100 any one what that # is???
  3. epstewart

    epstewart Member

    Mar 1, 2003

    I'd like to know more about how to make use of TS files (transport stream files) downloaded using kmttg from my Premiere to my iMac.

    After downloading several TS files of programs that were not copy protected, I tried playing one in Toast Video Player, and it played fine.

    Then I tried opening the same one in MPEG Streamclip 1.9.2 and got "File open error: unsupported file type." I clicked the "Open Anyway" button, and got "File open error: first part of file not valid."

    I tried using tivodecode to decrypt the file, but it only gave me "Bus error."

    So I'm at a loss. Exactly how was the "once the TS file was remuxed into MPG format with Streamclip" actually done?

    Thanks in advance for any useful tips or help ...
  4. Jun 2, 2010 #184 of 239

    innocentfreak Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2001
    Is it possible to make it so that only broadcasts show up in the new search on the Premiere? I know you can turn off Netflix and Amazon, but I can't remember if you can also disable the rest so you never see broadband results. Unfortunately I am still waiting for my HDTV so I can't check.

    I know on the HD under Swivel Search you can filter Broadband/Broadcast.

    Also, are there any features on the Classic UI that aren't on the new HD UI? I can't imagine there are, but you never know if a feature gets removed.
  5. snakejames

    snakejames New Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    # Is the new HD interface as slow as reviews suggest?

    The current 14.1c version of the HD interface is sluggish. The My Shows menu is brutally slow. The company expects to improve HDUI performance with an update in May.

    For now, many will prefer to use the "classic" interface. The older "classic" interface remains available and is much more responsive. As with all TiVos, performance is slower than usual for the first 24-48 hours after initial setup, while guide data is indexed in the background.

    # Why is the new interface so slow?

    The Broadcom BCM7413 chip inside the TiVo Premiere features a dual-core 400MHz processor, meaning it combines two 400MHz processors with some shared resources. In order to realize full performance, the software must be written to take advantage of both processor cores.

    The Premiere’s underlying operating system – Linux 2.6.18—is able to support both processor cores, but in testing, TiVo found the current version of its DVR software was not stable with both cores enabled. Rather than further delay release to address the issue with dual-core support, TiVo opted to temporarily disable the second core under the operating system (Linux). This is a software setting, not a hardware setting, so it is something the company can change in a software update. TiVo expects to re-enable the second core later this year after it modifies the software to correctly function with both cores enabled.
  6. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

    Apr 19, 2004
    East Moline, IL
    What's with the information regurgitation? Aren't those exact phrases found on the very first page?
  7. stujac

    stujac Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Thinking of getting a Premier to replace my *C* dvr. I also run a TivoHd with m-card and an extender drive. I'm thinking of taking the m-card from the TivoHd and putting it in the new Premier. I'll then use ota antenna only for the TivoHd. I may add another m-card later, but, can I just pop out the cable card from one unit and plug it into the new one? Will I need a signal sent by the cable co? Any other ramifications?

    Thanks in advance.
  8. MichaelK

    MichaelK Active Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    In a few cases the provider doesn't marry (not sure if that's the correct term) the card to the box to enable encryption/copy protection. But it doesn't seem to be the norm where most of us can just move cards around at will.

    Generally you need to find someone who understands such things at the cable company (slim to none)- to read all your numbers to over the phone so they can properly marry the card to the new box in their system. In many cases that requires a truck roll (which you may be expected to pay for) so the clueless tech can then call into some magic phone number and try to do the same.
  9. stujac

    stujac Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Thanks. First I realized I should have posted this question in the dedicated thread for cable card issues with the Premier. I've decided to keep the cc in the TivoHd and start the Premier off with ota and add a 2nd cc later. Thanks.
  10. back2future

    back2future New Member

    Sep 30, 2002
    This type of behavior is usually an indication that the disk drive is failing. It is likely that in short order, the unit won't boot at all. So, I'd plan on getting a new unit soon. Or if you aren't ready to make the jump, get a replacement drive from Weaknees. They are really easy to install if you have basic computer hardware knowledge.
  11. tivotex

    tivotex New Member

    Oct 11, 2004
    I'm having the same issue with my Series 2 as JarnJ3. I'm also using a SD TV.

    So if I get the new Premiere, can I hook it up with a phone line for now like I do my Series 2? Or do I need some kind of adapter? How much is that?

    Then I need the cable card too, right? How much does that run you guys who have Time Warner?

    This seems like such a pain to switch right now; I wanted to wait until we had moved from our temp living arrangements into a house and were using HD TVs.

    Any other issues I should be aware of before buying? Should I get the $399 box if I plan on going all HD within the year?

    Any help is appreciated...thanks.
  12. lindenmeng

    lindenmeng New Member

    Jun 30, 2010
    There are many producs in the market ,but according to the use frequency,this

    product is the best choice, I bet you will have a suprising result,just have a try!
  13. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    If you want to use a telephone line with the Premiere, you need to get the TiVo USB Phone Line Adapter.


    TiVo sells it for $29.99

  14. Mr. Ected

    Mr. Ected New Member

    Jul 29, 2010
    I have been a FIOS customer for a long time, but recently moved up to HD, and noticed how quickly the HD shows ate up the room on the FIOS DVR. Verizon has been saying for years that they are close to opening the eSATA port for an external drive, but their lack of action has lead me to look elsewhere.

    So I have a couple of questions, forgive my ignorance!

    1) Do the Premiere DVRs communicate with other TiVo from other "generations?" Sharing recorded shows, etc?

    2) Does FIOS allow for VOD over TiVo?

    3) If I have multiple TiVO (2 or 3), do I need to have a subscription for each device?

    4) Can the older generation TiVo get media from either your home network or the internet (netflix, etc.) if you have a premiere?

    I ask about the older generation TiVo, because I hope to be cheap ;) and maybe get those (eBay, Craigslist) for my non-HD TV, but I would like to be able to share the recorded shows.

    Thanks in advance!!
  15. news4me2

    news4me2 Member

    Jul 10, 2010
    I recently switched 1 FIOS HD DVR and 1 SD Box over to 2 TIVO Premieres. During installation of the FIOS Cablecards, the FIOS Tech had the TIVO and the FIOS HD DVR hooked up to the TV, so we could toggle between them using the TV INPUT button... It turned out that the TIVO HD Picture is slightly better than the FIOS HD DVR- (The FIOS TECH admitted it!).

    Here are answers to your questions-

    1) Do the Premiere DVRs communicate with other TiVo from other "generations?" Sharing recorded shows, etc?

    Answer- YES - Multi-Room Viewing (MRV) is supported between devices. Read this: http://support.tivo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/161

    2) Does FIOS allow for VOD over TiVo?

    Answer- NO - VOD is no longer available from FIOS when you use a TIVO. However, newer TIVO's offer an impressive selection of VOD Alternatives, including:
    - Blockbuster OnDemand - Pricing for Brand New Movies is 25% cheaper than FIOS (and most other VOD sources);
    - Amazon offers a great assortment of Movies with varied pricing tiers;
    - Netflix streams older movies for no additional cost if you are a current Netflix Subscriber.

    For more TIVO DVR comparisons, read here- http://www.tivo.com/products/tivo-premiere/premiere-compare.html

    3) If I have multiple TiVO (2 or 3), do I need to have a subscription for each device?

    Answer- Yes, you will need a separate subscription for each TIVO DVR. There is a small discount when you have multiple subscriptions:

    First Tivo DVR Service Plan= $12.95 per month or $129 Annually
    Second TIVO Service Plan = $9.95 per month or $99 Annually

    Don't forget that you will also have a monthly charge from FIOS for the CableCard that goes into each TIVO.

    4) Can the older generation TiVo get media from either your home network or the internet (netflix, etc.) if you have a premiere?

    Answer- Check out this link to see the comparison between boxes:

    Additional Points:

    The High Definition TIVO DVR's will work with a Standard Definition TV's as long as you have the right connections on the TV. (I have a TIVO Premiere connected to an old SD TV using Component Cables and it works very well!).
    Before deciding which TIVO to buy- check your available TV INPUT connections and compare that to the desired TIVO's OUTPUT connections, .

    I feel that I got a great deal by buying 2 TIVO Premiere's on eBay. However, the sale shown on the TIVO.COM home page (today) is very competitive to what I was able to save with my eBay purchases. If I was buying today, I would probably opt toward the TIVO.com sale instead.

    Good Luck!
  16. Aug 1, 2010 #196 of 239

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    That looks like a very good deal for the regular Premiere. For the Premiere XL, it's still the same thing. So it ends up being like the upgrade deal, only with that you got $100 off the XL and $60 off the Premiere.
  17. PedjaR

    PedjaR Member

    Jan 4, 2010
    Cary, NC
    If, while I am watching a previously recorded show, I pause it and go into some menus (for example, to turn Closed Captioning on/off), is there any way to dismiss all menus and go back to watching the show (other than going to Now Playing/My Shows and finding the show again)?
  18. JayJayTen

    JayJayTen New Member

    Feb 11, 2008
    If I am understanding you correct all you have to do to turn captions on and off in to select "INFO" button on remote while video is playing. Move up and down the right hand menu and move down to the "CC" icon and push "SELECT". That will toggle "CC" on and off.
  19. PedjaR

    PedjaR Member

    Jan 4, 2010
    Cary, NC
    Nice, thanks. I did not notice that menu, I was going into the Settings/Display/... menus.
  20. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    An even easier method is to simply hit "right arrow" on the thumb wheel and that will bring up the INFO screen as well.

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