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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. ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    TMS is Tribune Media Services. They and TV Guide are the two major (and pretty much only) sources of TV listings in the United States. TMS provides TV listings and other content for the Zap2It web site (which they run), TiVo, ReplayTV, many cable companies, and the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Denver Post and hundreds of other newspapers.
    On the main page, enter your ZIP code in the upper right and click for listings. On the next page, select your lineup and See Listings. On the page after that, press Search (just above the listings, next to Sports Search).
     
  2. nicolekeating

    nicolekeating New Member

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    I really appreciate how helpful you are. I found 41 listings (including some duplications) for "cancer" (partial match option) and it appears that TMS lists only summary highlights of a program/movie. This summary isn't very detailed or nuanced. In contrast, a much more thorough listing would be found if there was a way to search closed captioning for any mention of "cancer." Is there a more precise option such as this?
     
  3. ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    The summaries TMS makes available for anyone to see for free at that web site are indeed rather short. The summaries TMS sells TiVo are more detailed.
    No one searches closed captioning at this time. Google recently talk about adding such a capability (a long time from now), but there are legal issues involved.
     
  4. nicolekeating

    nicolekeating New Member

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    Charles,
    I just wanted to thank you again. You know a great deal and I appreciate your willingness to share. Cheers!
     
  5. TIV0addict

    TIV0addict New Member

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    Just did the 30 sec skip thing and it rocks. Now I can blow through commercials in a jiffy! :D
     
  6. catsinavalon

    catsinavalon New Member

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    :confused:

    I asked for tivo for xmas and now i've got it and I think I want to give it back. It seems a bit overwhelming. I only have 3 shows I watch. I really wanted it so I could record for my kids and bypass the advertising, and so I wouldn't have to remember to change the channel and record the motorcycle races for my husband. I'd like to stay married. We don't watch a ton of tv but all my friend swear they can't live without it. Can you help me and my tivo (i named it harmony) bond.
     
  7. ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    Well, the biggest piece of advice is "Don't Panic". (Pretend I wrote that in big friendly letters.) A thirty day money-back guarantee is standard with just about all TiVo models (doesn't apply if you bought from eBay or some such), so relax and try it out for a while.
     
  8. TallGuy

    TallGuy TiVo TiVo TiVo TiVo

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    You will love it, just give it a month. There are probably a lot more interesting shows on at odd times that you would enjoy but would never try to match up your life with the show's schedule. You may want to have a friend help you set it up unless you're familiar with all the cabling. Live TV is terrible compared to TiVo!
     
  9. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

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  10. Jasoco

    Jasoco New Member

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    I've always loved that video.
     
  11. blogman42

    blogman42 New Member

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    I'm new here, great place to be
     
  12. May 6, 2005 #152 of 233
    mikekox

    mikekox New Member

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    I tried this link but it doesn't work. I tried to cut and paste it but that didn't work either. The other links do work.

    BTW I tried "Select Play Select 3 0 Select" while watching a recording but can't get it to work. It's the first time I've tried a shortcut so maybe I'm doing something wrong? :(
     
  13. May 6, 2005 #153 of 233
    Jasoco

    Jasoco New Member

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    At one point, I couldn't get the shortcut to work either. Later it worked fine again. I would try later. It was weird because I was doing it right. But it just did not want to accept the code.
     
  14. May 6, 2005 #154 of 233
    mikekox

    mikekox New Member

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    Ok, I'll try it again but I'm not even sure I'm even doing it right; the place it says to start at just seem to be a logical starting place.
     
  15. May 7, 2005 #155 of 233
    Jasoco

    Jasoco New Member

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    If the show is playing. It should work if you go fast enough. Select Play Select 3 0 Select. I can do it without looking now. But that one time, it just didn't want to work at all.
     
  16. mikekox

    mikekox New Member

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    Boy! I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but it still doesn't work for me.

    I am watching a recorded program, I hit Select-Play-Select but when I hit 3 I get a "thunk" sound. Sometimes when I hit Select again I get 3 high tones; but I can't figure out what steps cause that to happen.

    I've tried hitting Select-Play-Select VERY fast; using both hands, but that doesn't make any difference.
     
  17. ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    Please folks. This is not meant to be a Q&A thread but rather a thread with useful advice. Just start additional threads if you wish to discuss the advice here (preferably in the Help Center area if you wish to ask for help).

    Ignore the thunk after the 3 and just keep going with the 0 and Select. Don't worry about keying in the sequence very fast; you don't need to do it quickly at all.
     
  18. gcsheph

    gcsheph New Member

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    What are some recommendatiions for these 'lower cost ups units'? APC's and such used for computers are much more expensive than the $ values you all have cited. Thank you.
     
  19. pacoymedia

    pacoymedia Jimmy F

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    I'm thinking about buying a TIVO machine off of Ebay.
    Or I could get one through Direct TV. My wife wants to switch from Satellite to Cable because of the weather disturbances that a satellite gets.

    My primary question to all of you experienced TIVO users is this: why do I need to pay 5$ a month to Direct TV or the cable company? Can't I just hook up my TIVO and go?
     
  20. TallGuy

    TallGuy TiVo TiVo TiVo TiVo

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    If you use an analog TiVo (i.e. with a tuner in it), it can bring in a signal from analog cable or from a digital cable/sat box, but you lose more picture quality in the decoding/re-encoding done by your standalone TiVo box. The picture difference is noticeable on mid-size TV sets, I'd say. Plus the delay to change channels on two boxes can be longer. But if you have a box with a lifetime subscription, it would save you the $5 per month.
     

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