what happened to Rocketboom?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jim_h, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. jim_h

    jim_h New Member

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    No new episodes since early this month.
     
  2. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    Yeah, I saw "Stare, Think", the other day, but that was a duplicate from March 10th. Checking on Rocketboom.com, they do have new eps since then.

    http://www.rocketboom.com/rss/hd.xml
     
  3. taronga

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    I noticed in the history that my Tivo has been trying to download Rocketboom, but it says "This program was not downloaded onto this DVR because it was not found on the source."
     
  4. sieglinde

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    After I got an HD TV and started using an HDMI cable on my HD Tivo, i found that Rocketboom and a few other of the digital downloads have no audio. The New York Times stuff works beautifully.
    Therefore, I canceled my SP to everything but the New York Times stuff. (Apple Byte didn't work either.)
     
  5. TiVoStephen

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    We're working with Rocketboom to restore the feed; they were having some issues hosting the file on their side. Sorry for the problem!
     
  6. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    The Apple Byte has been OK for me. It's WSJ/Walt Mossberg that doesn't know how to set the proper bit rates for audio encoding so the audio is unusable. I dropped him.
     
  7. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    The NYT stuff bothers me, because they can't get the aspect ratio right. At least this is the case with David Pogue's show. But, I digress.

    I'm not seeing the failed Rocketboom transfers in my history.

    The link I posted above works as a Custom Feed, but the videos don't quite come out right on my S3 -- they appear as 4:3 with the right side cropped. This is how they used to appear with the regular TiVo feed, back when it first went HD, before they were fixed. None of the other feeds I can find on the site work. So, it may be that they had a special feed for TiVo which is now broken or discontinued.

    Edit: OK, a new ep showed up on my TiVo while I was typing that. Also, I found the "tivo-hd" link under Downloads on Rocketboom.com. (No RSS for it, though; just the current episode.)

    I don't know why they need a separate feed for TiVo vs. their regular 720p h264. I think they're doing something wrong in their encoding.

    Edit 2: Ah -- their so-called HD feed is 960x540. And their "tivo-hd" feed is 960x720! Their "hd-720p" version is a full 1280x720, but it's in a MOV container, so it won't play on the TiVo without remuxing. Lame.
     
  8. Apr 1, 2011 #8 of 18
    jim_h

    jim_h New Member

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    Thanks TivoStephen. A new one came through yesterday.
     
  9. stegers

    stegers New Member

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    April 18, and I haven't seen a new Rocketboom downloaded for about a month. I am still getting a couple other videoblogs, but the frequency seems diminished.

    I went searching to see how to get a Season's Pass for videoblogs and I can't even find that on my TiVo menu anymore. Can anyone give me step-by-step instructions?
     
  10. jrm01

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    TiVo with HD menus: Go to TiVo Central > Find TV, Movies, & Videos > Browse Web Videos
    TiVo with SD menus: Go to TiVo Central > Video On Demand > Free VOD and Web Videos

    Select the podcast that you want and you will have the option to set up the season pass
     
  11. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    I've been getting a couple new ones a week.
    I haven't looked at their website though to see how many I'm not getting.
     
  12. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member

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    I didn't know anyone watched it since Amanda Congdon got fired...
     
  13. stegers

    stegers New Member

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    jrm01, thanks for that. Video On Demand it is.
     
  14. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Now you do.
     
  15. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    I've only seen it since it's been on TiVo, and Joanne Colan was the host when that started.
     
  16. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Amanda was still doing Rocketboom when I started watching it and I have only ever watched it on Tivo.
     
  17. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    Ah... for me, she wasn't, since TiVoCast came late to the Series 3 (and the S3 itself post-dates her). But I see now that she was on the S2 for about six months.
     
  18. Schmye Bubbula

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