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Advice from a veteran to a newbie (consolidated)

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by DMHinCO, Aug 10, 2002.

  1. Dec 14, 2002 #41 of 233
    MLAKE1

    MLAKE1 New Member

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    Don't see why that should be an issue. Think of the TiVo as a VCR of sorts, so it will run in the chain, and does not *need* a secondary input on your TV to use (unless you want to watch one channel live while recording another live -- you can watch a recorded show while something else is recording).

    For the phone line, you'll just need a $2 phone jack splitter that plugs into your wall jack ... one line to the phone, one line to the TiVo.

    No ... again, in this instance, you need to think of TiVo more as a VCR than as a cable box or receiver. TiVo has *much* more functionality than your average VCR, so I apologize for having to make that analogy, but it's much more accurate in comparison to a cable box or receiver.

    Correct. You can watch a prerecorded show from your TiVo while your TiVo records something else live ... that's how most people would be doing it since that's pretty much the point. If you wanted to be able to watch one channel live while recording another channel live, then you would either have to have the second input on your TV ... OR ... get DirecTV satellite service with a DirecTiVo.

    I believe if you figure it out, lifetime membership works out to be paying 19 months on the monthly $12.95/month plan. TiVos probably average 3-5 year lifespan, though I don't have any hard numbers on that ... it can vary widely. I say get it, go with the monthly plan to start out for a couple months, and then make the decision from then, once it has truly become an integral part of your TV viewing.

    Many will obviously tell you that we'll all be pretty biased in asking this question ... do a search on the forum for ReplayTV (that's the other main competitor) and you should be land several threads posted earlier that cover these issues. My own opinion ... TiVo wins out for both ease of use and functionality (conflict handling, re-scheduling, etc.)

    I think you answered your own question. :) And I think your answer is absolutely correct. TiVo definitely sounds like it's for you.

    Don't forget that, to take advantage of the $50 mail-in rebate promotion on a TiVo purchase, you have to buy by December 31.
     
  2. Dec 16, 2002 #42 of 233
    mizterd99

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    Hello. I posted 'Answers to my newbie questions' ( http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=90558 ) in the TiVo Help Center and someone suggested that I add it to this thread. Hope you find it useful!


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    I've had my TiVo for just under two weeks and I took a few minutes to compile the more pressing questions I've had as a newbie. Hopefully other people will find this useful. I got most (probably all) of the answers by searching the TiVo Community forums so it should be accurate. If there's something wrong please reply with the correct information to set the record straight.


    1. Is the ‘To Do List’ updated if an overriding conflict is removed?
    2. Is there some kind of notification of WishList matches if the WishList is not set to auto-record?
    3. Is there any way to tell how much space is available for recording?
    4. If a show has multiple time slots and one time slot is pre-empted by higher priority recording, will the next time slot be recorded automatically?
    5. Ad hoc recording always best quality (since from buffer)?
    6. What's the deal with standby (TiVo Central -> Messages & Setup -> Standby)?
    7. My TiVo (Series 2 40hr) lists ATT as the manufacturer but I bought it from tivo.com?
    8. For (un)-supported internet update, series 2 <---> USB to ethernet adapter <---> cat5 cable <---> (DHCP server) is the cat5 cable a crossover or straight through?
    9. Is it possible to organize 'Now Playing' display, maybe subfolders or something?
    10. Are thumbs up applied automatically to anything (like a Season Pass or WishList item)?
    11. Mapping the skip to end button to skip 30 seconds.
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    1. 1. Is the ‘To Do List’ updated if an overriding conflict is removed?
      Yes, very definitely. If you've got a big list of Season Passes you can look forward to a several minute wait after leaving the Season Pass Manager after making even the smallest change (like moving #29 down to #30) while it recalculates what it'll be recording.

      2. Is there some kind of notification of WishList matches if the WishList is not set to auto-record?
      Nothing automatic, but there is a list of upcoming WishList matches that can be browsed (TiVo Central -> Pick Programs to Record -> Search Using WishLists -> View all upcoming Wishlist programs)

      3. Is there any way to tell how much space is available for recording?
      There is no way to tell exactly how much space is available, however, there’s one trick that will give a rough idea: allow suggestions to accumulate. Since suggestions are always deleted first, you can equate a shrinking number of suggestions to a decreasing amount of free space (bear in mind that this is far from accurate).

      4. If a show has multiple time slots and one time slot is pre-empted by higher priority recording, will the next time slot be recorded automatically?
      • If you have multiple airings of a show (which is not that uncommon) and one of them displaces another, TiVo will try to find an alternate airing of the second one and record that (the ‘second one’ in this case is the one that is lower on the list of Season Passes).
      • What it won't do is consider rescheduling the first show to an alternate airing, if the first has alternates and the second doesn't. That's one of the reasons it's a good idea to glance over your To Do List every so often.
      • Hint: When setting up your season pass manager, put shows that repeat often (usually cable channels) at a lower priority. This way if it conflicts with a non-repeating (network) show TiVo will record the show that doesn't repeat and automatically set up a later recording for the repeating show.

      5. Ad hoc recording always best quality (since from buffer)?
      The buffer is always recording in Best quality (series 1 or 2). On a Series 1 machine, if you select to record during Live TV, you are prompted to choose best quality (with the buffer portion included in the recording) or default quality (without the buffer portion). On a Series 2 machine, if you hit select to record during Live TV it records in Best Quality. However, if you are browsing the Guide and press record, it records at the default setting.

      6. What's the deal with standby (TiVo Central -> Messages & Setup -> Standby)?
      Standby works like so:
      • Reinstates parental controls (if you have them on).
      • Mutes the audio/video from the TiVo, and acts as a "pass through" if you have a coax signal going IN and a coax cable coming OUT (allows you to switch to an alternate input on your TV and watch live while TiVo is recording).
      • The live buffer will remain on unless you have a Series 1 DirecTiVo.
      • Scheduled recordings still get recorded, as well as suggestions (if turned on).

      7. My TiVo (Series 2 40hr) lists ATT as the manufacturer but I bought it from tivo.com?
      All of the 40 hour units are the same now. They don’t have buttons on the front, look just like all the other S2's but say ATT for manufacturer under System Information.

      8. For (un)-supported internet update, series 2 <---> USB to ethernet adapter <---> cat5 cable <---> (DHCP server) is the cat5 cable a crossover or straight through?
      Straight through. Turns out the only reason I had this question was due to a faulty cat5 cable. :)

      9. Is it possible to organize 'Now Playing' display, maybe subfolders or something?
      The list can be sorted using a code on the remote:
      1. Be in the 'Now Playing' screen.
      2. Enter the following on the remote: (S)low (0)Zero (R)ecord (T)humbsUp.
      3. Press enter to switch sorting options (short cut keys are 1 for normal, 2 for expiration date, and 3 for alphabetical).
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        Notes:
        • It's a toggle and can be turned back off by repeating the steps.
        • Back doors are not required to be on.
        • Doesn't persist after reboot.

        10. Are thumbs up applied automatically to anything (like a Season Pass or WishList item)?
        TiVo will automatically give a Thumbs Up to anything you choose to record.
        (EDIT: This does not apply to auto-recording WishLists.)

        11. Mapping the skip to end button to skip 30 seconds:
        Just hit S-P-S-3-0-S (where 'S' = Select, 'P' = Play) on your remote. The 'skip-to-end' button on your remote will now do a 30-skip. If you hit FF, then skip, you will skip to the next white tick (RW->Skip works same, but in reverse). You will need to reapply this code if you reboot.
     
  3. Dec 16, 2002 #43 of 233
    DMHinCO

    DMHinCO Blithering Idiot

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    Cool. Thanks for the additions.
     
  4. Dec 26, 2002 #44 of 233
    Laura H

    Laura H New Member

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    I just hooked up my new Tivo yesterday. I was assuming I could record shows while watching live TV. I found the article from DMHinCO very helpful. You mention using the standby to record a show and watch another. I have no standby button on my remote. I hope this is not a dumb question. I just don't understand everything yet.:confused:
     
  5. Dec 26, 2002 #45 of 233
    Hunter Green

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    You'll find Standby in the Messages and Setup menu somewhere.
     
  6. Dec 27, 2002 #46 of 233
    jhimmel

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    Did you ever check the following? -
    My RCA DirecTV receiver used to do the same thing. You would delete unwanted channels, but some would pop back up again becasue DTV was doing something to push the linup. HOWEVER, I found that if I chose DESELECT ALL, and then added my wanted channels back in one at a time, new/unwanted channels never showed up again.

    I'm wondering if my new DirecTiVo (HDVR2) works this way. In any case, instead of just de-selecting unwanted channels on this new machine, I went ahead and chose unselect ALL, and then added my wanted channels back in one at a time to see if it works. If you have not already tried this, I'll let you know how it goes. It's the difference between and "opt-in" format and an "opt-out" format if you know what I mean.

    Jim
     
  7. Dec 28, 2002 #47 of 233
    Tivo4life4me

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    Some very good advice indeed.

    TIVO has changed the way I watch TV forever for the better!
     
  8. Jan 1, 2003 #48 of 233
    murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    Well, it depends on what your setup is.

    The answer is YES for standalones if you want to have trick play available (pausing Live TV, FF and reverse) on the program you are watching.

    If you don't care about that and are content to watch TV the ordinary way, use Standby mode. This allow the cable signal to go through to your TV, and you can then watch regular TV via your TV's tuner.

    Sony TiVo users have a button on the remote to put TiVo into Standby (it's the round green button misleadingly labelled as a 'power' button). As noted elsewhere in this thread, with any TiVo you can put it into standby via the messages & setup functions off the TiVo Central Menu.

    Jan
     
  9. Jan 2, 2003 #49 of 233
    edrock200

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    Wow! Great post. I just skimmed through it so I apologize if this has been mentioned but one, the SORT code is very useful.

    Two, I didn't know about this until I saw it on these forums, but when in the now playing list, open a show to see it's description then hit "Display" for even more info such as directors, more actors, etc.
     
  10. Jan 4, 2003 #50 of 233
    shnozyee

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    great tips!

    question: is it possible to lock a particular recording (i.e. with a password, so it isn't accidentally erased)?
     
  11. Jan 6, 2003 #51 of 233
    jradi

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    can someone add all the s-p-s features to this sticky? Everytime my tivo reboots I spend forever searching this board for the commands to put my tivo back like I like it.

    I know, I should write the s-p-s things down or save them somewhere (which I'll do THIS time)...

    I do searches for "select play select," "S-P-S" (which turns into a search of SPS - worthless) and "backdoor" all of which end up with too many threads to search through.

    Help!
     
  12. Jan 7, 2003 #52 of 233
    David Platt

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    No need to write them all down; it's already been done for you. Just take a look at this thread.
     
  13. Jan 7, 2003 #53 of 233
    sneakers22

    sneakers22 New Member

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    when recording awards shows, such as the emmys or oscars, how can we manipulate tivo to record the whole program, when it runs over the end time? these always go past 11:00 est yet tivo stops recording....can anyone help?
     
  14. Jan 7, 2003 #54 of 233
    DancnDude

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    sneakers22,
    The best you can do is add padding to the recording. In the recording options, you can tell it to pad the recording, say 30 mins or an hour and TiVo will treat this extra time as part of the program.
     
  15. Jan 7, 2003 #55 of 233
    sneakers22

    sneakers22 New Member

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    thanks for responding, does the option actually say "padding"?
     
  16. Jan 7, 2003 #56 of 233
    DancnDude

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

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    I am pretty sure it does say padding or something very similar.
     
  17. Jan 21, 2003 #57 of 233
    jlb

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    In recording options for the program, there is a field "Stop Time". Just edit that field.
     
  18. Jan 24, 2003 #58 of 233
    msacks

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    I've read the Tivo documentation but can't figure out why anybody would want to use standby mode. Comments?
     
  19. Jan 25, 2003 #59 of 233
    proepke

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    >>>I've read the Tivo documentation but can't figure out why anybody would want to use standby mode. Comments?


    I thought the same thing at first....the instructions tell you about it but don't tell you what the point is. The point is that it can be used if you want to continue to record what the Tivo is recording but watch another channel. In the standby mode the Tivo continues to do it's thing and then you use your regular TV remote to control the TV. You lose the ability to use the special Tivo features such as instant replay, pause, etc.
     
  20. Jan 26, 2003 #60 of 233
    msacks

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    I think I see. To do this I would need to go directly from my cable box into my TV bypassing TiVo altogether, right? :confused:
     

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