Category: "TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite"

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08/01/09

  01:01:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 534 words  
Categories: Stuff, ReplayTV, Home Theatre, Computer, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

The UPS and HT shuffle

Even though I was up before noon and could do something dangerous, I got lazy and procrastinated the morning away. Continuing the lack of motivation and go out and do stuff, I jumped into the latest equipment shuffle.

I started by turning off the UPS on the left side of my HT rack and seeing what went off. And, then started removing cables and stuff, making sure I knew things were going as expected. Plus there were other cables to nowhere or longer loops caused by the removal of some ReplayTVs and related components.

Then, I moved my 2 TiVo HDs to occupy the void that was once 4 ReplayTVs (at one time 5, but I had removed the dead one some time ago). And, then I swapped the GeekSquad 1285 UPS for the PowerSource 400.

With things powered up, the guage is reading 120W for load. That's pretty good, guess the numbers I pulled off online were a bit too conservative. Means there'll be ample capacity to add another TiVo HD + expander when that time comes. Though alternatively, there is the new void on the right side caused by the movement of a TiVo HD. And, I'm sure the SmartUPS on the right side can handle having a TiVo on it again.

So, it was time to go put the GeekSquad 1285 back into service.

The first plan was to put 'box' on it. And, maybe the monitor. There's an APC BackUPS 1500VA that is powering 'box' and the monitor along with my Windows stack. So, 'box' and monitor needed to move. Ideally, 'box' would go on a PowerSource 400, but that one hasn't been purchased yet. But, once I traced out the cables and discovered some quirks (by accidentally pulling the plug on 'orac'.) I got 'box' and monitor onto the GeekSquad 1285.

Then I noticed the annoyance. The 'silent' icon was no longer lit. Guess that explains why it was making a racket last power outage. Apparently it needs utility power to remember its settings, seems kind of lame. So I got my laptop and set about to reprogram it.

While I was connected I saw that runtime was shorter than I expected the move would get me. Guess 'box' draws quite a lot of power, and the UPS isn't really up to that kind of task. Even though it would also be bad, I ended up putting 'box' onto the PowerSource 400 that backs up the network switch and 'lhaven'. Guess at a future date, I'll move 'box' and switch to a separate PowerSource 400. That'll be fun.

I put the GeekSquad 1285 to back up 'orac' and monitor instead. Interesting that Gnome Power Manager saw the UPS, and seemed to indicate that it knew what to do now. Guess we'll find out next outage. Not sure if that means I should be looking at a UPS other than another PowerSource 400 to protect 'box'. Its a trade off....I would rather 'box' never go down in an extended outage, though it is also modern enough now that it should detect and handle modern UPSs as well.

I guess we'll see when the next impulse hits.

Of course, there's the question of what to do with the now retired CPS1500AVR-HO and CPS700AVR. :hmm:

07/09/09

  06:44:55 pm, by The Dreamer   , 447 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Home, Appliances, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Healthcare

Another Fan

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Lasko-52-Oscillating-Pedestal-Fan/dp/B000RMJANY

I got the Lasko 52" Oscillating Pedestal Fan that I had talked about earlier. I was on Amazon.com yesterday, when I discovered that something I had been waiting weeks to hear about was on its way by UPS. And, UPS tracking showed that it would arrive today. Plus I had a Physical Therapy appointment. So, after some thought, I decided to pull the trigger on it.

I paid an extra $3.99 for the 1 day delivery upgrade from Amazon Prime, to make it arrive today.

Nothing really much to say about the fan, except that it looks like it will definitely work much better, than the 42" one, next to my bed. So far it hasn't been uncomfortable enough to resort to using an additional fan to be comfortable with my CPAP setup to use the 42" fan...so in actual use I don't know how either compare.

Assembly was its usual snap, noticed the base is a bit more weighted. Which I guess is necessary due to the pole and increased concentration of mass at the top. The remote looks very much like the Lasko 42", except instead of an ION button, it has a moon (sleep button). Most of the codes are the same, but the sleep button doesn't seem to do anything to the Lasko 42" while the ION button toggles the sleep light, but doesn't actually seem to do anything, on the 52".

The remotes don't affect the Lasko 3540 Floor Fan, which is good since that's the main fan helping to make things comfortable in my bedroom.

Some quirks...well, there's the usual Lasko makes lots of beeping. But, what threw me at first was this fan didn't include batteries for the remote. Also interesting is that 'sleep' mode, sets the timer to 6 hours. And, it can't be changed. The fan also seems to be in a lower mode than low. I would've preferred the whole 7.5 hour maximum countdown if it was going to force a timer setting. Since when I do use timer, that's usually what I set....

So, the Lasko 42" has moved into my livingroom. It is currently up front, hopefully the TiVo remote conflict with Honeywell fan is just a quirk of the Honeywell and things will work. ... even though they both fans uses a subset of the same codes. I'm leaving the Honeywell at the back of the room, mainly because I haven't yet decided where I'm going to move it. I guess if the conflict problem comes true...the Lasko will move to the back...and I'll have to find a new home for the Honeywell sooner than I intend to.

I kind of have an idea of where it could go, but I need to rearrange/dispose of some clutter.

07/05/09

  09:34:14 pm, by The Dreamer   , 69 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Home, Appliances, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Fan Troubles

Well, I've discovered a problem. The remote codes for my TiVo HD seem to conflict with the Honeywell fan.

And, if it conflicts with that fan it'll probably conflict with other fans....such as the Lasko tower fan that bumped this fan to the livingroom. Wonder if I can find a different fan that will work without conflict with the many IR controlled devices in my Home Theatre setup.

:hmm:

07/04/09

  01:55:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 274 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix, Networking, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Cox HSI, AT&T DSL, Doctor Who

How was the Picture Quality of "Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet?"

Yeah, NetFlix asked me about this. :cool:

I was looking around on NetFlix website trying to figure out how to report video problems of instant viewed material. But, couldn't find anything.

At one point during the play back the video broke up and was green...and somewhere after that the audio/video sync was off. Tried pause, ff, rev, stop and restart, but it stayed out of sync.

The only thing I didn't try was switching broadband service. I stayed on Cox for the 3 that I watched yesterday. Even though I have a TiVo HD on Cox and the other TiVo HD on DSL, so it would've been a simple move.

Though both TiVo HDs are direct attached to the cablemodem router...there are two gigabit switches between the cable modem router and the dslmodem router, but wouldn't expect that to have much impact.

Cox should be the faster...pretty I'm supposed to be getting 7Mbps with up to 12Mbps with PowerBoost....though speedtests seem to indicate I get faster speed with my 6MBps DSL service (a fairly consistent 5Mbps). Haven't watched an HD stream on NetFlix, but those had worked better on Cox than DSL. DSL on the other hand is much more reliable. Last lights storm, Cox was out for a few hours. DSL never went down, in fact I managed to stay online during it as well (though I had to make various network configuration tweaks, since most of my home network has Cox as the default gateway)...and had to work fast, since DHCP server has no redundancy and that machine's UPS has short life.

Probably next on my list to get a big UPS for...

06/14/09

  11:49:58 am, by The Dreamer   , 839 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, OTA HDTV, DVDs / NetFlix, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Missed an anniversary

Link: http://www.netflix.com

I was writing a comment on the NetFlix blog (about when captions won't appear in Instant....and that one of the reasons I prefer DVDs to watching in a theater is that I can have english subtitles to follow along with all the dialog. I also often turn on closed captions on my TV.....)

Anyways...I then realized I've been a NetFlix subscriber for more than 10 years now.

I rented my first DVD's on in January 1999 (shortly after the purchase of my first DVD player -- a post Xmas clearance). This was back when it was pretty expensive to rent a DVD by mail by the week, there was reasonable grace time around the rental period to allow for the post office to misplace the DVD for a week (a problem to continues to happen). Though NetFlix offered value packs to bring the average cost down. Used to be that you told Netflix when you had mailed it back, and you didn't have to wait so long before reporting a problem had happened somewhere in the return trip...or occasionally on getting the selection.

Only once did I get the wrong selection in the mail from them. Which was bad, because I didn't get the usual confirmation that I had returned that wrong selection and had to declare the correct selection as being lost. Even though I emailed them explaining what had happened. I think they have the ability to report that online now though.

Anyways, after my first two trial selections, for $7....I got a 30 pack for $141 and then a 40 pack for $162.55. During the 40 pack, NetFlix switched to its Marquee program. Which I transitioned to in November of 1999. Back then it wasn't unlimited, so I did have to pay overage fees for the first few months.

I've stayed with the same plan all this time....it did become an unlimited plan and allows instant (something I didn't get to trying until the feature appeared on my TiVo HD's

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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.

01/25/09

  08:48:58 pm, by The Dreamer   , 19 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Netflix: College Road Trip

Link: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/College_Road_Trip/70090307?trkid=226871

I rated this 3 stars

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

Must remember that >| on TiVo remote jumps to end of movie when watching NetFlix.

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