Transfer of Lifetime from Series 2 or Series 3 TiVo for $99, with purchase of new Bolt

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Mikeguy, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    I also do not have this HDMI issue with my Bolt. However it seems that over time people have reported it or something similar with various Roamios and Bolts. I know at one point it was effecting certain TVs more than others. The randomness of this and other less critical HDMI problems seems to be more than difficult for Tivo to correct.
     
  2. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    The screen displays a no signal detected message.
     
  3. shwru980r

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    Interesting. My TV is a 9-year-old plasma. I had a Roamio OTA hooked up to it last year for a month and never had this issue. The HDMI issue was mentioned in other threads. That's where I found the standby workaround.
     
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    I also have a 9 year old Plasma (2008 Panasonic). My Bolt does go through an AV receiver right now along with a Roamio, Roku, Blu-ray player and a Premiere, perhaps if I connected the Bolt directly to my TV I would see the issue.

    I also have an older Win 10 PC attached directly to the TV via HDMI and I can have the problem you described with the PC under certain circumstances. I have found unplugging the HDMI cord (it is in a port on the center front of the TV) and then plugging it back in brings up the picture.

    I do have one issue with the Bolt that I do not have with the other devices running through the AV receiver. Every time I switch to the Bolt, the picture comes up fine but then about 3-5 seconds latter the screen goes black for about 2 seconds after which everything is fine.

    HDMI issues are not fun for anyone and are certainly a result of all the anti theft security embedded in HDMI.
     
  5. shwru980r

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    My bolt is connected directly to the TV. I tried unplugging the HDMI cable, a different HDMI port on the tv and a different HDMI cable and it didn't immediately resolve the issue. The standby workaround seems to consistently resolve the issue. Changing TV inputs and turning the TV on and off will eventually resolve the issue in a random pattern.

    I've read in other threads of people returning multiple Bolts because of the HDMI issue. This Bolt is a refurbished unit and I didn't run clear and delete everything before running guided setup. When I set up some recordings several of them didn't record because they were duplicates, so I'm thinking someone returned this Bolt because of the HDMI issue. It seems to be a compatibility issue with certain TVs as you suggested.

    I've got a couple other TVs that are newer than my Plasma TV, so I might try the bolt on one of those TVs to see if the issue reappears.
     
  6. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

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    I had no problem transferring one of the 2 Bolts I purchased during the first go round.
     
  7. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

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    Highly doubt this is TiVo doing this.

    CL might be doing it because people selling them as lifetime included, but they don't really or something like that. Or some other disgruntled CL user with a thing against TiVos.
     
  8. sfhub

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    Or some other CL user wanting less competition for selling a lifetime Bolt :)
     
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  9. DVR_Dave

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    The TV is probably switching resolution for the Bolt.

    With their TiVo HD, my parents TV would go black when changing between channels with different resolutions. That no longer happens with their Bolt. IIRC, the TiVo HD resolution was set to Automatically detect; I think the Bolt is set to always use 1080i.
     
  10. DVR_Dave

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    I get the HDMI no signal with my Roamio Plus on occasion. Cycling thru inputs fixes it.
     
  11. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    The Bolt is set to use 1080P unless you change it. You can also change the Tivo HD to a fixed resolution, but there are several options that are not fixed.
     
  12. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    So that must be the reason I have never run into the issue. All my TiVos are set for High Power Savings mode.

    SO once I turn off the TV. I am not accessing the TiVo and TV until the next day or much later the same day.

    Although I know there are times I turn off the TV, go out come back within an hour and turn the TV back on, and the Bolt or Roamio signal is always there. Maybe because I run my Bolts through a couple of HDMI switches, then through a receiver or speaker bar, before going to the TV?
     
  13. Steve-O

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    Same thing happened to me. Now I have a lifetime sub still active on a Series 2 which I brought to electronics recycling, and a TivoHD that they snatched the lifetime sub away from, still in use for OTA.
     
  14. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean you use the TivoHD as an OTA HD receiver for an analog TV? You can't record anything, can you?
     
  15. timckelley

    timckelley run of the mill TCFer

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    Why wouldn't he be able to?
     
  16. sfhub

    sfhub Well-Known Member

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    The transferred the lifetime out. It is an inactive unit. Either it will become inactive once he connects to network or it will inactivate on its own between 30-60 days of not connecting to TiVo.

    It doesn't get guide data nor does it let you manually record. When you try to set up manual recording, it just loops back to previous UI page.
     
  17. timckelley

    timckelley run of the mill TCFer

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    oops, I should have read more closely. Okay, the question to Steve-O remains.
     
  18. 10_pearljam

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    These idiots deactivated the wrong box on me...after endless number of phone calls and confirmations, filling out the online link and everything, they still deactivated the wrong box on me. Unbelievable.
     
  19. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    My S3 boxes are still on my account and I've had the replacement Bolts since the beginning of April.

    I keep wondering when my S3 boxes will actually be deactivated.
     
  20. Aug 6, 2017 #1560 of 1601
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    Do many of the community members find their S3's deactivated after transferring lifetime to Bolt, or heard anything official from Tivo?

    My TiVoHD is still active after quite some time. If TiVo's elected to keep them live, I'd prefer to share this unit with a family member... but a big nuisance if it goes dead afterward. I'm hesitant to call in because my past few experiences haven't been helpful.
     

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