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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. Jan 29, 2003 #61 of 233
    deniseg

    deniseg New Member

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    Hi,
    You said:
    Use Standby to record a show and still watch live tv on another station. Put TiVo in standby, hide the remote, and use your old TV remote to watch what ever you want.

    I tried this and when I went back to see what I had recorded, the parts where I watched regular TV were taped. (What I mean is that I had Tivo-ed channel 11, put it on standby, used my cable remote to switch to and watch channel 5 and when I went back to watch the recorded channel 11, the parts of channel 5 that I watched were recorded on Tivo.) Am I explaining this well?

    Newbie Denise
     
  2. Jan 30, 2003 #62 of 233
    Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Did you use your cable box to change channels? If you did, that was your mistake. You can't change the channel on your cable box. Only on your TV.

    And if you have a cable box, the standby trick won't work without a splitter.
     
  3. Jan 30, 2003 #63 of 233
    Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    No, you have to skip the cable box too, and just watch through the TV tuner. You won't be able to watch the channels that the cable box decodes though.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2003 #64 of 233
    MiamiRay

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    But there is another answer!

    Im a newbie, got Tivo a week ago. I had that same problem. Like you guys I had nothing to watch and not wanting to screw up Tivo's recording activity by watching live TV.

    So I got a cable splitter and connected a separate line direct to the TV from BEFORE the cable box and Tivo. Then I was able to watch live TV on all but the premium channels, without bothering the TIVO by using my TV tuner.

    There is a help on doing that in the Tivo manual and on the official Tivo site.

    Of course this advice is for Tivo with cable. If you have DirectTV you dont have the problem, because you get two tuners.

    ... hope that helps someone.
     
  5. Jan 30, 2003 #65 of 233
    deniseg

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    Oh! I get it now! I knew it sounded too easy!! Thanks!

    Denise
     
  6. Feb 3, 2003 #66 of 233
    jhimmel

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    In the case of the HDVR2 (DerecTiVo series-2), the live buffer stops while in "Standby".

    Jim H
     
  7. Feb 3, 2003 #67 of 233
    GaScott

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    ...or who simply don't want to fool with getting a phone line just for the Tivo, like myself.

    Scott
     
  8. Feb 3, 2003 #68 of 233
    GaScott

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    ha! I didn't have that problem. I spent an hour and a half after I set up my Tivo entering programs to record. The next night after I got home from work, I had four Seinfelds, five Roseannes, two In the Heat of the Nights, and one Sabrina waiting for me. That's been two months ago and I'm still trying to catch up!

    Scott
     
  9. Feb 6, 2003 #69 of 233
    Blitzburgh

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    Do these "codes" work on the 3.2 version?
     
  10. Feb 6, 2003 #70 of 233
    BrettStah

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  11. Mar 4, 2003 #71 of 233
    2mrchio

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    Thanks to all who have contributed to this thread. Very useful information.
     
  12. Mar 25, 2003 #72 of 233
    beetle_boy

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    I am newbie .. I enjoyed being able to rewind a speech on the Academy Awards for a joke I missed and waking up to a bunch of car programs.. my problem is I didn't understand the inability to watch live tv while recording .. I have no cable box cable with a splitter that sends second cable to tv in bedroom .. is there such a thing as a three way splitter or does that degrade signal too much?

    My wife hates the TiVo sound (when FF'ing, chanigng channels, navigating menus) is there a way to turn the blink blink sound off?

    thanks
     
  13. Mar 27, 2003 #73 of 233
    bluemidnight

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    Yes you can get a three way splitter and it shouldn't decrease the signal THAT bad. To turn off volume in the Tivo just go into the menus and turn volume off. I beleive it's in the personal reference menu.
     
  14. Mar 30, 2003 #74 of 233
    Rose4uKY

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    I am so new to Tivo that I have so much to learn. I just got my 80 hour box hooked up last night? I picked out a show and hit record and just got home from work and haven'[t checked it yet. Thing is I have digital cable before the actual digital cable box had to be on the exact channel you were recording TV & VCR stayed on 4. Tonight my digital cable box was on 43 when I left and I was recording something on 7. Doesn't Tivo change the digital box? Mine is still on 43 but maybe it still recorded 7 and is on 43 I haven't checked yet. I am so amazed as to what this can do..

    My other thing is it asked me if my cable number had 2 or 3 digits I have digital 150 plus so I have 3 numbers. Well when changing the channels of the digital box cause your tv stays on 4 it would change 02 03 and so forth. Now it goes 002 003 and for some reason when I take my digital cable remote and change the channels it takes a long time now. It used to change right away. Why is that? You push up on the channel button once and it takes 10 seconds or more before it even changes. And when I do the channel button on the Tivo remote which I wish controlled the cable box also it brings up Tivos info and sometimes the digital cables info pops up. I just go it going last night late so I am going to sit down now read the book and play with it. I want to know exactally how to set it tape all my shows and to set it to delete stuff after so long. Rose
     
  15. Apr 1, 2003 #75 of 233
    Rose4uKY

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    Ok I am replying to my own post. I am starting to really figure out Tivo. I set it to record several season passes. Haven't tried a wish list yet or anything else. This thing amazes me and is so awesome. I have just a couple more quick questions. Ok when I am watching a show and a commercial comes on I usually hit the FF button twice but then I have to hit play for it to come back on is that how its suppose to work? On my VCR I could hit this commercial skip button up to 3 times and usually 3 times did it but it stopped on its own. On Tivo when your FF throguh commercials can it not stop on it's own? I still don't understand the

    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.
    Exactally what does that do and what screen do I need to be at to do that? Sorry i read it but still don't understand it.

    I also don't understand If you set it to tape an awards show like someone said does it go by its own guide? Like if it says 9-11 and it was to go over are you saying Tivo wouldn't catch that and pick it up? I thought like if a ballgame was on and it went over and friends for instance started 10 minutes late Tivo would catch that and you would get your whole episode of Friends.

    And last question? I did set up seasons passes of several shows. My TV is an old 25 inch Maganvox TV about 12 years old. But it works. I read that the higher the quality you record in the less hours you have on your hard drive. Whats the normal quality to record? If I am just taping soaps and some nightly sitcoms that I will delete in a few days whats best for me? I want to have a decent quality show and get the most hours out of my hard drive. Thanks, Rose
     
  16. Apr 1, 2003 #76 of 233
    DancnDude

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    Basically, you have 2 options:
    1) Use the fast forward like normal. If you do 2 or 3 fast-forward presses, when you see the show come on you can hit play and Tivo will jump back a little bit so you don't miss the start of the show.
    2) Turn on 30-sec skip like you mentioned above. All this does is causes the skip-to-tick button automatically jump ahead 30 seconds. Because most commercial breaks are in exact minute or half-minute increments, a lot of people find that pressing the skip button a couple times will whizz through the commercials.

    I personally really like the way fast forward works. There is no commercial skip on TiVo and likely won't be one for awhile due to legal reasons.
    TiVo will only record what it is scheduled to in the guide.....no more and no less. If for instance the guide contains information that says Friends will be "Supersized" and runs for 40 minutes, then TiVo will correctly catch this. The thing with this is the extra 10 minutes may cause you to either miss another lower-priority season pass or cause you to miss Friends if a higher-priority season pass is overlapping that 10 minutes.

    Any shows that you expect might go over their allotted time slot, like award shows, sporting events or things like that you may want to pad. Since TiVo only records whatever is in the timeslot, you might miss the end of when it really ended as opposed to when it was supposed to end. You can pad the end of a recording to record 15 minutes, 1 hour, etc longer. Keep in mind that this also could conflict with other season passes.
    Basically whatever size box you have is the minimum number of hours. So if you have a 60 hour TiVo, that is 60 hours in Basic (lowest) quality. It is really up to you to decided if that quality is too bad for you to watch, or if you want to put it at a higher one. I personally think that if you watch shows that you delete in a couple nights, you could record in a higher quality and just make sure you delete things as you watch. I also highly recommend that if you are technologically inclined, you look into upgrading your TiVo. Then you can record in Best quality without worrying about space.

    I hope this helps!
     
  17. Apr 1, 2003 #77 of 233
    Rose4uKY

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    Thanks for helping me. I do have the 80 hour Tivo the highest one best buy had. They don't make a bigger one do they? I need to read my book more and look into my season passes. Where is it that it has lowest priority and Highest for recording? One of the Tivo tech support guys that I had spoke to on the phone prior to buying had sent me some upgrade thing in my e-mail. I e-mailed him back telling him everything was working so did I need this upgrade and he said no. He also explained some more about the 30 second skip I was confused last night but now I got it to work. I love it now. It's juts like my VCR was I would hit the button 3 times and it would usually be just the right amount of time or it would be just a second or two into my show. So this 30 secind skip works great for me. I didn't know what that button did and last night I hit it and it went to back to the beginning or ended my show forget which one. So I had to start the show over and FF back to where I was thats where this FF comes in handy. And I love how when I press play at my spot it backs up a few seconds.

    Tivo is too cool!!! As for quality I recorded ( I want to still say taped hee hee) a few shows last night in Medium and Basic just to see how they came out. Mostly I tape soaps and delete them within a day or 2 so I guess I will be alright doing the high quality. I think it defaults to the one underneath the super high quality. And it says with that you still get 35 hours I think. But I do have the 80 hour Tivo. I need to send in my rebate. Thanks so much for helping me.
     
  18. Apr 25, 2003 #78 of 233
    marjoriep

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    Nice report and suggestions. Keep em comin.
     
  19. Jun 12, 2003 #79 of 233
    birdboy

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    I hope this is in the right section..How do I set up a SP for Sports. I want to catch all the SF Giants and 49ers games but because these teams play home and away , the PG lists change depending on venue making it difficult for Tivo to hone in on something constant. For example, Giants@ xx when visiting then xx @ Giants. Also there's pregame and dated programs that it will record that I don't watch. I hope this made sence... :) thanks
     
  20. Jun 12, 2003 #80 of 233
    gleffler

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    Set up an ARWL with title of GIANTS AT and category "Sports/Football".

    That should do it, methinks.

    Oh, and Welcome to the TiVolution! :)

    /gleffler
     

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