DIRECTV Wireless Genie Mini (C41W Genie Client) and Wireless Video Bridge (WVB) In Stock

Posted on March 6th, 2014, by Jeff

After a very long wait, we are finally shipping the new DIRECTV C41W wireless Genie Mini (C41W) and the required DIRECTV Wireless Video Bridge (WVB). The Wireless Genie Mini will allow you to get DIRECTV satellite signal to a TV in your home that does not have a coaxial connection to the dish or to a single-wire multiswitch (SWM). The WVB, sold separately from the C41, gets connected to an open port on a SWM splitter and provides DIRECTV signal wirelessly, up to 80 ft, to the C41W. The C41W can be connected to your TV via HDMI (cable included), component (cable sold separately) or composite (sold separately). The C41W comes with an IR/RF remote (RC71), so you can mount the C41W behind a TV or in a cabinet. Together, the C41W and WVB work over a network entirely separate from your home Internet/broadband network, so the video traffic has minimal or no impact on your standard Internet traffic. In fact, no actual connection to the Internet is required for the C41W/WVB to function.

You can have up to 8 Genie Minis (combination of C31, C41, C41W) on your account, but only 3 can be active simultaneously. The C41W, like the C31/C41, require a DIRECTV Genie (HR34, HR44) to function.

If you have a large home, you can use multiple WVBs to connect to multiple C41Ws. The C41W and the WVB require an open port on a SWM or SWM splitter, but neither takes up a SWM tuner allocation.

We will be adding additional information on our website as it becomes available, but in the meantime, feel free to email any questions.

Side of DIRECTV Wireless Video Bridge (WVB)

Side of DIRECTV Wireless Video Bridge (WVB)

Back of DIRECTV Wireless Video Bridge (WVB)

Back of DIRECTV Wireless Video Bridge (WVB)

Back of C41W

Back of C41W

Front of C41W

Front of C41W

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TiVo DVRs for OTA (Over The Air) Recording – Perfect for Cord-Cutters!

Posted on February 21st, 2014, by Michael

If you like the idea of reducing your monthly costs, but still getting TV from the major broadcast networks, and still being able to record it, we’ve got some great solutions.

We’ve started carrying the Mohu Leaf antenna. This is a very easy to install, indoor HDTV OTA unit. It’s shaped basically like a piece of paper, and it’s white on one side and black on the other to blend in with most rooms.

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Pair that with a TiVo DVR that receives OTA and has lifetime service, and you’ve got a great HD DVR that can record broadcast networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, and tons more – with no monthly fees!

See our website for more details about TiVo DVRs for cord-cutters.

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More Issues with Series1 TiVo DVRs (HDR- and SVR- series)

Posted on February 5th, 2014, by Jeff

Series1 TiVo units are getting the error “Failed while Loading Series” when making the first call during setup. We have informed TiVo engineers of the problem and have provided them with information that we hope will enable them to fix the problem quickly.

If you are experiencing this problem, the only solution, unfortunately, is to wait it out.

Until the problem is resolved, if you have a Series1 TiVo (Philips HDR-series or Sony SVR-2000), we suggest that you do not enter the Guided Setup process unless/until the issue is resolved.

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TiVo Roamio Remote In Stock (RF and IR)

Posted on January 29th, 2014, by Michael

At WeaKnees, we try to have just about every TiVo remote in stock. We’ve got all of the regular remotes and lots of oddball ones also (for TiVo DVD burners, the old Toshiba TiVo, etc.).

We now have stock of the TiVo Roamio remote. This is the remote that ships with the Roamio and it does IR and RF with the Roamio line. It’ll also work in IR with older TiVos. It’s on the right side of our TiVo Remote page.

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If you’re looking for the new keyboard remote for the Roamio, we also stock and sell the new TiVo Slide Pro.

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Series1 TiVo DVRs getting “Failed. Call Interrupted.” — FIXED!

Posted on December 23rd, 2013, by Jeff

Update #4: Although TiVo engineering is out on vacation this week, someone stepped up to the plate and fixed the problem. Thank you, TiVo, on behalf of customers who were impacted and on behalf of weaKnees customer support reps, who were being bombarded with calls, emails and chats!

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If you have an old Series1 TiVo (Philips HDR-series or Sony SVR2000), you might have discovered that the unit has not dialed in for the last week or so, so you are suddenly getting a warning about guide data expiring soon.

Most likely, when you make a test connection, it works fine. However, when you force a connection to the TiVo service, the call connects and then fails with the error “Failed. Call Interrupted.” No need to yell at the kids for picking up the phone during a TiVo call at 3am. It’s not your family’s fault and it’s likely not a broken TiVo, either.

Given the number of phone calls and emails we have received recently regarding this problem, we believe there is a problem on TiVo’s side.

We have provided TiVo engineers with log files and information about the problem and we hope they will address the issue quickly…but the timing isn’t great. TiVo’s engineering staff is likely pretty short-handed over the holidays.

It might take TiVo Customer Service reps time to figure out that this is an issue, so if you call in with the problem, you’re likely to hear that you need a new TiVo or that you need the TiVo repaired. Don’t believe it.

UPDATE #1: We have received a call from someone with a first-generation Series2 TiVo (TCD140040) with the same problem, so if it’s related, the issue might be impacting more than just Series1 TiVos.

UPDATE #2: A representative from TiVo let us know that the Engineering department is out on vacation until Monday. If you have a Series1 TiVo that will run out of guide data before then, you’ll want to set up some manual recordings. If you have a Series2 with this problem or you are stuck in Guided Setup, I’m afraid there won’t be a solution for you until TiVo resolves the problem. It won’t hurt to keep trying to dial, but I don’t think this will resolve itself. It’s going to take TiVo’s intervention. For what it’s worth, similar issues have arisen with other TiVo models recently and, most recently, the fixes have been quick to come. We are optimistic!

Update #3: We just got a call from a customer with an early-model Series2 DIRECTV TiVo (HDVR2) who reported the same issue.

 

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