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How Best to Identify a Network Problem

My Tivo frequently loses connection to the network, which creates substantial problems. Since there are a lot of expensive wires and devices that could be the cause of the issue, it's not cost effective to start replacing components until the issue is fixed. Is there a better way to pinpoint the source of a problem on a home network? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Oct 7, 2015 - 6 answers

How is the channel quality & user experience on the Tablo DVR?

I had a Simple.tv, but it stunk. Channel quality was terrbile with my Mohu Leaf - when I plug the Leaf directly into my TV I received more channels, and in better quality. With Simple.tv not only did I not get all of the channels, but it was also terrible to use, constant freezing, needing to reboot, stuttering picture. I'm considering the Tablo or the Roamio OTA, but the monthly sub for the Roamio is $10 more than Tablo's.... are there any satisfied Tablo owners that can give me the green light?
posted by fumbducker on Jul 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me fix my entertainment system.

AV experts, can you help me? I set up my current home entertainment system 11 years ago, and it's worked well for me. Now it is failing, and consumer electronics have moved on. I can't just replace the failing component with a new one because it is not being manufactured any longer, and I only need some parts of it. I'm having trouble integrating new things into the old setup. I need to upgrade/reconfigure my AV, and possibly wireless. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Dec 30, 2014 - 9 answers

What is the current best method for getting DVR content to multiple sets

Moving from a situation where I have 1 TV to one where I will have multiple TVs. What is the high-quality budget alternative to get DVR content to multiple sets? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Jun 22, 2014 - 3 answers

What is the best cord cutting setup?

I'm considering finally dropping cable and implementing a home DVR solution that captures over-the-air channels. I'm in the Phoenix metro area so will have no problems picking up the basic channels. I'm leaning toward the Simple.TV (the new one with two tuners) setup but wanted to see what other options might be out there. I subscribe to Netflix and have an Apple TV but don't want to pay for other subscriptions - which eliminates the Tivo. I also want everything to run off a dedicated "box" so I don't have to use a computer to manage things. So - in your experience, what works well? What doesn't? Is the Simple.TV 2 decent... or junky? I know this question has been addressed before but don't know what might be new in the last year-ish.
posted by whatisish on Jun 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Cutting the Cable

I have a Series 2 Tivo (dual tuner, with a 542 serial number if it matters), with the old lifetime subscription (so we don't pay monthly for the Tivo service). We would like to ditch our cable and get a Mohu Leaf Ultimate HDTV Antenna. Is there any way to keep our ability Tivo things without replacing the Tivo (and thereby losing our lifetime Tivo service?). Tivo says, officially, "no", but I'm thinking there must be something.....
posted by anastasiav on Feb 11, 2014 - 15 answers

CableCard needed. Difficulty: Comcast

So, through a series of unfortunate events we've made the switch to Comcast for tv & internet. In conjunction with the switch, we got a new Tivo Roamio. In order to make it work, we need a CableCard. How can I get one as painlessly as possible? [more inside]
posted by kyleg on Jan 24, 2014 - 9 answers

DVR/PVR options without a cable box?

Living in on-campus housing for the next 3 years, and have school provided cable and no cable box. There is no dvr that I could get through the university. What are my best options for dvr-like service? [more inside]
posted by rmless on Jul 8, 2013 - 12 answers

No More Cable ... TiVo? Roku? Boxee? AppleTV? Something Else?

We're ditching our cable and researching alternatives. We have two HD TiVo Series 3 boxes that we're not using (because the cable cards provided by Comcast would not work). We're thinking of a set-up involving OTA television (we live in Atlanta, so reception should not be a problem) + something streaming, but we're not sure if we want to keep the TiVos or invest in something else -- Roku? Boxee? AppleTV? And here's one major issue for me -- live sports (mainly the NFL and college football)?
posted by tmharris65 on May 13, 2013 - 29 answers

How to get Comcast and Tivo to work together?

I have a Tivo Premiere. I have Comcast. How do I avoid throwing my TV out the window in frustration? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Epguides as a todo list?

Is there a website to help me keep track of which episodes of a TV series I've watched? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Mar 8, 2013 - 10 answers

Wireless router is back up and running after password change...but now TiVo won't connect. I'm sure there's a simple fix. Please tell me what it is!

Changing wireless router password was predictably a mess, but got that fixed and now the TiVo isn't connected. Need help with something that surely is simple...just not to me. [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Sep 4, 2012 - 15 answers

Send to Tivo. Simple as that.

Is there a Readability-like app for video that will send YouTube videos to my Tivo or Apple TV with one or two mouse clicks? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jun 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Tivo Replacement options

My TiVo Series 2 has finally died. The hard drive has failed. I could replace the hard drive, but I'd like to upgrade my general environment. What are my options if I still want to be able to watch live TV with PVR functions? [more inside]
posted by idb on Jun 6, 2012 - 12 answers

No cable but need to watch TNT

I do not have cable or satellite and I need to watch a program on TNT. I have a TiVo DVR; PS3; Netflix streaming; ethernet connection to iMac. I am willing to spend a little money for the show. What's my best hope? (If the answer includes the ethernet connection to the computer, please explain clearly -- I'm not very computer savvy).
posted by rexknobus on May 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Where's the best place to buy home electronics in the Twin Cities?

Where should I go in the Twin Cities to buy an audio-video setup to fit a somewhat specific situation? [more inside]
posted by nickmark on May 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Why are certain Netflix shows jittery on certain devices and not others?

Why are certain Netflix shows jittery on certain devices, while other combinations of devices/shows are not? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut on Feb 28, 2012 - 7 answers

What should I do with my old Tivo Series 2?

What should I do with my old SD Tivo Series 2 box now that I've gone to HD DirecTV? I miss pyTivoX! [more inside]
posted by Ergolad on Jan 31, 2012 - 4 answers

Stream PC -> Tivo

How can I stream video from a PC to a Tivo cable box? [more inside]
posted by mad bomber what bombs at midnight on Jan 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Movie Download Formats

When I purchase an on-demand movie from Blockbuster on Tivo, why do I receive only the "letterboxed" (480i) version instead of the "full-screen" 1080 HD? I understand the ratio/aspect reasoning behind letterboxing but I find it hard to watch at my viewing distance from the screen. Is there a way to change the settings to receive full-screen HD or are only "letterboxed" versions available from Blockbuster on Tivo? My search for an answer has been fruitless. I have a 46" Sharp 1080P HDTV and use RCN cable. Thanks.
posted by mbx on Jan 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Tivo and Video Streaming

Tivo and streaming local video files? [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on Oct 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Just like Chancey Gardener, we like to watch

Please recommend a specific vendor for a Series 2 Tivo replacement hard drive kit, or some other way to revive the ancient but beloved machine. [more inside]
posted by acorncup on Aug 22, 2011 - 5 answers

FiOS DVR choice paralysis

FiOS DVR options - should we take the standard FiOS DVR or get a TiVo? Something else? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Jul 10, 2011 - 6 answers

TiVo to iPad via Mac?

Has anyone copied TiVo's recorded shows to their Mac and, if so, how? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian on Feb 17, 2011 - 11 answers

TiVo and Charter?

Do we need Charter to install cable cards in a TiVo Premier XL? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 on Jan 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Is there no way to get Tivo to work with a Cable box?

Does Tivo removing the IR output from series 3 machines upwards leave us screwed to use a cable box? Is there any way for a series 3/4 Tivo to control a digital cable box, and if not, what are our options? [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Dec 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Tivo 2 Hell

I have a Series 2 Tivo and yesterday, inexplicably, most of the buttons have stopped working. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Dec 3, 2010 - 21 answers

How do I update a TiVo's schedule without local phone OR wifi?

I have a TiVo, but I'm currently temporarily between internet providers. The TiVo programming data has just run out, and it looks like it's going to be at least another week before I have internet at the apartment. Any ideas on how I can get it updated? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Sep 25, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me reduce the footprint of my home theater components.

Help me reduce the footprint of my home theater components. Any and all options welcome. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Time Shift me, please

I want to record TV. I’ve thought about too many options – exhaustively - from old school VCR to Mac Mini/HTPC setups. I don’t care about HD, I just want basic recording, and not to pay more for cable. My head is full of options and I need perspective. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2010 - 8 answers

How to get a TiVo remote to work with a new Mac Mini?

How can I use a TiVo remote with my new Mac Mini? [more inside]
posted by mlaaker on Jul 5, 2010 - 3 answers


I now have a TIVO and a DirecTV antenna. Can I connect them together to do anything cool? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Apr 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Lowest price for: Comedy Central + ISP = ATT U-Verse, Comcast, Dish+DSL, or ???

TV + ISP filter: Which is the cheapest way to get Comedy Central and a reasonably fast internet connection in Benicia, CA (Bay Area): Comcast??? ATT U-Verse??? DishNetwork/DirectTV + DSL??? Something else??? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb on Mar 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Sort order in Tivo Desktop

Change sort order for PC folders accessed through TiVo? [more inside]
posted by Jim T on Mar 1, 2010 - 0 answers

Possible fixes for DVR error

When fast-forwarding, my DVR jumps to the end of a show. Any solutions besides taking it back to Time Warner? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Jan 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Ready for CableCards?

What is the current state of CableCards? Is it worth adding to my HTPC? [more inside]
posted by medarby on Oct 1, 2009 - 11 answers

How to get this new stupid Comcast box to work with my Tivo?

Comcast filter: Will the new Comcast adapter box work with my Series 2 Tivo? If not (or if its a hassle), should I change cable/internet providers (and what's a good alternative in the Bay Area)? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Sep 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Budget home theater

Help me design a budget HD home theater. [more inside]
posted by bove on Sep 9, 2009 - 17 answers

Don't burn books, burn TV shows!

I want to preferably burn some shows I recorded from TV and are stored on my TiVo. Please hope me or show me how I can better google a solution. [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Jul 29, 2009 - 11 answers

Devices can't access Internet

My Tivo and 360 can no longer access the internet because my provider has set up a Terms of Service page that you have to click on through a web browser before it will let you access the internet. What can I do to get internet for my browser less devices? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Jun 2, 2009 - 14 answers

Which PVR application is the best for me?

I'm looking for an open source PVR-like application for my vista computer (which is dedicated solely to playing downloaded videos). [more inside]
posted by nitor on May 25, 2009 - 9 answers

Is my TiVO modem fried?

Is my TiVO modem fried? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on May 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Is the Blue Screen of TiVo fixable?

Does my TiVo Series 1's "Blue Screen of TiVo" mean that it is dead, or do I have my settings messed up? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Mar 4, 2009 - 5 answers

I'm a Comcast customer is looking to expand my TV horizons.

I'm a Comcast customer is looking to expand my TV horizons. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Jan 5, 2009 - 10 answers

One DVR to two TVs?

Is it possible to have just one DVR (Comcast Motorola, FWIW) and run it to two different TVs, with all functionality intact and accessible from either set? If not, what's a good set-up for what I'd like to accomplish? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Dec 30, 2008 - 11 answers

My Tivo has gone blind!!

Last night my brother in law installed our new router. This morning my Tivo can't see either of the two computers on the network, and they can't see the Tivo either. Help?! [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Dec 28, 2008 - 9 answers

Pimp My Wireless Network

WirelessNeworkFilter: Please help me set up my home wireless network using two routers. Despite all the particulars of my situation, there must be an easy solution. [more inside]
posted by billtron on Dec 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Tivo vs. Time-Warner DVR

I have a Series 2 Tivo. After 5 months of no TV at all, I have TimeWarner cable again. In my area, T-W uses the Sci. Atlanta DVR tuner. It's less expensive than Tivo, by several $ a month. Is Tivo worth the extra $ and hassle? [more inside]
posted by theora55 on Sep 29, 2008 - 16 answers

Backup Tivo Drive

Backup a Tivo drive: Is there a way (ie windows or linux software) to clone a series 2 Tivo hard drive using only an XP laptop and a couple of external usb hard drive enclosures? ( I don't have a desktop pc into which I would put the Tivo drive and a second, to be cloned, drive.)
posted by bbranden1 on Aug 6, 2008 - 3 answers

tale of two tivos

Tivo question about 2 boxes in same house, sucking off the same cable line teat, but 1 is getting some channels that the other doesn't. [more inside]
posted by ducktape on Jul 19, 2008 - 6 answers

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