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05/10/09

  10:33:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 169 words  
Categories: TV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Amazon Video on Demand in HD & L&O: Criminal Intent

I screwed up. Somehow I thought I already had a season's pass for Law & Order: Criminal Intent. But, I was looking around on my TiVo HD's...and found no recordings. Not sure why I didn't notice sooner, perhaps because I did have a season's pass for In Plain Sight and my check list for the day was for both these shows....

Anyways...I sadly missed the first 3 episodes of the season. After some thought, and not seeing it on Hulu...I decided to just go for it and order the episodes up using Amazon's Video on Demand service. I also got the HD versions.

I put the order in on my TiVo HD and there were there waiting for me this morning. Kind of sad that the episode information wasn't part of the info of the on demand download....but since I ordered them in order, I guess the bottom-up would be the right order.

Now I'm caught up. Haven't seen the 4th episode yet....but that'll be on my TiVo for later...

04/26/09

  06:54:36 pm, by The Dreamer   , 50 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Cox HSI, AT&T DSL

Netflix: Rumor Has It

Link: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Rumor_Has_It/70039168?trkid=226871

I rated this 3 stars.

:rs::rs::rs::ys::ys:

At first I was gonna watching it on my DSL connected TiVo HD, but saw that it was trying to stream in HD quality....but dropped down to not. So, I switched to my Cox HSI connected TiVo HD where I could get an HD stream.

03/21/09

  12:44:14 pm, by The Dreamer   , 248 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Cox automated system is pretty slick....

Last night, in the #k-slug channel I heard that a movie was playing on AMC. So, I popped over to my TiVo HD to see if I could record it, but it had already started (and no other airings in the immediate future)...so I tried to watch it live instead (more or less).

AMC-HD is available on Cox, but I couldn't watch it....just a black screen. >:XX There was a recording in progress, but I checked to see what the other cablecard was doing...and it was getting the HD show. So, I had to settle for watching the moving on the analog AMC channel.

After the recording finished, I rebooted the TiVo HD...but that didn't cure the problem. Checking around it seems just basic HD channels were working the rest weren't. (Later noticed that it had failed a while back...but only missed one other show....the latest HD episode of South Park.)

So, it would probably require them to hit the cards with a reset...so I called Cox. Working through the automated system, I eventually reached technical support for cable tv....and it immediately offered the option to send a reset to my cable boxes.

I had the TiVo HD tuned to TNT-HD....and almost instantly...video appeared on my TV.

Didn't need to talk to a person &#59;D

Maybe I'll dread calling Cox less when this problem happens....though it does make me wonder why the option was immediately presented...is it the simple fix or is it a common problem...or both.... :hmm:

02/16/09

  08:11:20 am, by The Dreamer   , 448 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, AppleTV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Boxee

Resorted to Amazon Video on Demand this weekend

For some reason NBC was on the fritz on Wednesday.....so all my TiVo HD recordings were bad/incomplete. So, I had to seek out alternative ways to get Knight Rider, Life and Law & Order.

The first two I tracked down using Boxee and Hulu, on my AppleTV. Things went okay, the only gripe is that if you hit the Menu button while watching a Hulu program, it goes back...but there's no button the on AppleTV remote to get back to the program (which is continuing to play in the background). Pressing play starts it all over again.

Menu is the button on the AppleTV remote that selects its input on my Zektor HDVI5 switcher. The other annoying problemhabit, of course, is that I keep picking up my TiVo remote and pressing the skip button and others while watching programming not on the TiVo. And, then had to pop over to the TiVo to make sure I didn't mess anything up.

Law & Order on the other hand wasn't available via Hulu (or on NBC's site). For this I resorted to using Amazon's Video on Demand service to download the show to my TiVo HD. After doing some fiddling to figure out why it wouldn't let me using my second TiVo HD, when it says I'm allowed up to 2 TiVo's to be associated with my account. But, it turned out that there was a sync problem between Amazon.com and TiVo.com, TiVo said both my TiVo's were enabled for Video on Demand, but Amazon.com was only seeing my first TiVo.....

Also the other day I had gotten my new Visa card, and going to various sites to update my information. Turns out you can only edit/update a credit card online, on numerous sites including Amazon.com, if the account number doesn't change...have to remove and then add new card. What then happens is that things that were associated with the card, just go away... IE: a subscription in my paypal account was canceled, instead of asking me to reassociate it or something. The "are you sure" dialog shouldn't count as the warning.

In Amazon.com's case it cleared my 1-click settings, which was minor....since I happened to have the issue where Amazon.com and TiVo.com were out of sync. I opted to associate my American Express card as my 1-click. Since, I had recently changed to associating my Visa card with Apple iTunes....

Later I saw that Law & Order is also available on iTunes...wonder if that would've been in HD? Evidently not.... L&O:SVU and L&O:CI are available as HD downloads, but not L&O....strange. Though I don't now if I would've spent the extra $1 for HD for L&O. L&O:CI yes, L&O probably not.

01/04/09

  09:00:51 pm, by The Dreamer   , 49 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Cox HSI, AT&T DSL

Netflix: Ratatouille

Link: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Ratatouille/70045269?trkid=226871

I rated this 4 stars.

:rs::rs::rs::rs::ys:

Used the Netflix Instant on my TiVo HD (connected to Cox HSI Preferred). Initially the quality was 9 bars, but it degraded quickly to only 6 bars.

Maybe I should've used the TiVo HD on my DSL connection? :??:

Speed testing seems to confirm that I should've.....

12/12/08

  09:54:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 183 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, AppleTV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Boxee

Boxee: CBS & CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Link: http://www.boxee.tv/

Following the replacement of batteries in my SmartUPS 1250VA UPS, my TiVo HD failed to boot properly...and I didn't notice until CSI was more than half over, that it wasn't recording.... >:XX

I thought to myself on how I might recover from this, and decided that Boxee would come to the rescue again.

So, I watched other shows last night and this evening I set out to watch the missed episode (19 Down).

Had some issues with the AppleTV. First the remote wasn't selecting the input on my Zektor DVI5. For some reason the remote changes its code now and then. This the second time this has happened. Then the AppleTV wasn't cooperating. Menu with no text. This has been happening on occasion since the update the 2.3 and the latest of the launcher & boxee.

I had to restart the AppleTV a few times, and I re-updated the software....even though the versions haven't changed.

That was enough to get into Boxee and make my way to watching CSI.

It went pretty good.

Now back to my TiVo HD for regular recordings....starting with Eleventh Hour

12/08/08

12/04/08

  08:42:25 pm, by The Dreamer   , 322 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, AppleTV, TV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Boxee

Hulu: AppleTV, Boxee and Life

Link: http://www.hulu.com

Today I tried out Hulu.

Because last night, the schedule bumped Life to about 3:40am. My TiVo HD didn't get it, because it apparently needed to do some kind of maintenance reboot around 3am....only it got stuck, at the just a few more moments or something like that screen.

I had to reboot it hard during lunch when I found it that way. (I was home at lunch today, because I was still un-numbing from a dentist appointment)

I noticed the absence of shows recorded last night, and eventually concluded that only one show was actually missed. Life.

So, I was thinking where can I find the missed episode... I suppose with patience, I could get somebody to send it to me on my ReplayTV. Though it would only be SD. But, then I was reading my twitter feed of the impending new release of Boxee. (It is hard to write this blog post with twitter [TwitterFox] updates popping up and stealing focus, and not giving it back)

The NetFlix feature sounds nice, but it isn't available in the AppleTV version....so I'll stick to waiting for that from TiVo.

But, it did talk of improvements with its Hulu support...and I decided it was time to check that out. First I quickly popped over to the site to see whether it would be possible to get the missed episode of Life. Then it was off to work, with it as something to try when I get back home.

Well, it turned out to be a reasonable experience. It was 16x9, not as good as HD. And, the commercials were tolerable (and interesting and relevance). It only paused once (not including when I hit pause to answer the door and get my food delivery (I think she was cute, but I just took my food....)

Now I know what to do the next time my TiVo or cable company let's me down, eh? :P

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