Ron has a Channel Master Play Plus DVR and he notices that his voice-activated remote will cause popups of suggestions. What's going on? Leo says that the remote has Bluetooth LE (low energy) and it's possible it's picking up errant Bluetooth signals if around 30 feet. He can maybe dumb down the Bluetooth by turning off scanning.
Kevin wants to know how he can update the firmware on his old TIVo Roamio. Is there a way to put a new OS on it, like KODI? Leo says that would be difficult, it was designed to be a streaming media player. TIVOCommunity.com is a good place to go to see if anyone is doing that. Another good source is WeakKnees.com since they resell hardware.
Ed is going to cut the cable. He installed an antenna and now, he can't seem to get a signal because his old TV is analog. Leo says you can get a digital adapter that will bring in the digital signal and convert it to an analog signal. Is there a portable one? Walmart sells them for around $10-30 dollars. There's even one that records. Any DVR that has an analog out will do it as well.
Two good sites to help you - TVFool.com and AntennaWeb.org. You'll be able to enter your address and it will give you a list of channels you can get and what antenna would be best for you.
Michelle has finally cut the cable and wants to know how to stream her movies and TV shows from the internet. Does she need special equipment? Leo says maybe. If she has a smartTV, then she might not. But Leo recommends getting a streaming device anyway and he recommends the Roku. Streaming services include Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. But there's also new services coming from Disney and many others. How does she pay for them? Leo says she would have to give them a credit card.
Larry has to find a way to cut the cable and save money. His cable DVR service is over $200 a month now. Leo says that's ridiculous. He can go over-the-air with an antenna and get a TiVo. As long as he gets clear reception. Then anything he doesn't get he can stream online.
Austin's TIVO DVR isn't working, except for flashing lights. Leo says there's a place in LA called WeakKnees, which can replace his hard drive. There's also FixMyTIVO.com, which says it could be a bad hard drive or a bad motherboard. If it's a bad hard drive, he can get a hard drive kit to replace it. But if it's a bad motherboard, then he'll have to buy a new device.
Jerry has a Dish DVR which can receive over the air signals. He saves the channels and gets no information on programming. Leo says that's because the DVR isn't getting a channel guide in the over the air signal. Channels used to include that data on side ban channels, but they may have stopped doing that and as a result, his DVR can't get the channel guide data. That's why TIVO charges a monthly fee, for a channel guide.
Kevin wants to know if he can turn his Xbox into a DVR. Leo says that he'd need to get a TV connection and a program that could do it, and the Xbox Store only allows for recording video game moments. Plex is in the Microsoft store and may work. But Leo isn't sure what the recording capability is. Microsoft was going to do it back in 2015, but cancelled the feature.
Eric cut the cable and wants to know if he can get programs off his old TiVo. Leo says in the first generation TiVos, he would be able to. But copy protection has locked down and encrypted that data. TIVO to Go was an option, but it was a very poor solution. There is one way to do it still, and that's the analog hole. Eric can connect his TIVO using the analog component jacks (red, white and yellow), but it will be standard definition.
David wants to be able to copy TV programs from his DVR satellite, but he can't do it. Leo says that DirecTV and Dish all have proprietary copy protection to prevent it, due to piracy. But Linux boxes will see the hard drives on the DVRs. It's worth a try.