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Hints & Tips

Discussion in 'VirginMedia TV with TiVo - UK' started by mikerr, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Zaichik

    Zaichik New Member

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    Mine only thumbs up some series links. I've also noticed that, if I use the thumb buttons when I am playing back a recording, the thumbs don't appear unless I exit and restart the recording.
     
  2. Brangdon

    Brangdon New Member

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    Series 1 TiVos did that, but my VM TiVo hasn't on any of the series links I've checked. Maybe it depends on how they get added; I've been doing it from the search menu. Anyway, if it works sometimes and not other times then the tip remains. Something that worked for s1 shouldn't be relied upon for VM.
     
  3. richw

    richw New Member

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    Pressing Up whilst watching a recording pops up a box telling you the video format. However it seems to be the output format rather than source format as it says 1080i for a SD recording.
     
  4. Technix

    Technix New Member

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    This one may be obvious one: pressing channel up or down when in a menu with a list takes you to the top or bottom option.
     
  5. Brangdon

    Brangdon New Member

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    If you press Play on a folder in My Recordings, it will play everything in the folder. This can save you going into the folder if it only contains one item.
     
  6. woobag

    woobag New Member

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    Bump.

    Lots of useful info here, thanks everyone.
     
  7. Fatbloke

    Fatbloke New Member

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    One nice addition that doesn't appear to be on here - if you reorganise your Season Passes, you can use channel up/down to leap to the next page. No need to scroll one at a time through 30-odd other season passes.
     
  8. Brangdon

    Brangdon New Member

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    My Planned Recordings does not include Suggestions. If you want to see what programmes TiVo intends to record on its own, look in Search & Browse/Browse All TV/TV/Suggestions. You can use this to check how TiVo is getting on (especially in the early days when few Suggestions have been recorded), and you can use the Thumbs buttons to approve or disapprove of what it is doing.

    In My Shows and Recordings/My Shows/Suggestions/Improve My Suggestions there is a list of every Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down. This can also help diagnose problems with too few (or unwanted) Suggestions. (With s1 TiVo, Thumbs Down could easily kill off broad swatches of programme, and it was best to use it sparingly. TiVo responded better to the carrot than the stick. I don't know if this is still true for VM TiVo.)
     
  9. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Another tip... I see that, at the bottom of this page is says 'Press Enter to review thumbs'. "Uh-oh!" I thought, "there's no 'enter' button." Then I remembered where i was on the S1 peanut and just pressed what is now labeled 'last channel'; and it worked :D

    I'm not seeing this screen, but perhaps that's because I don't have 'auto-record suggestions' switched on.
     
  10. cyril

    cyril New Member

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    Just like the series one, don't press right while re-prioritizing a big series link list in series link manager screen until you are 100% sure you are done. Otherwise it takes ages.

    Best practice is to leave re-prioritizing to the last action of the day, as a 200 long list will probably take 15 minutes or more until Virgin and TiVo get round to speeding this up by making it a background task.
     
  11. Royalflush

    Royalflush New Member

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    Pressing OK while watching Live TV or a recorded program brings up a small 3 line TV listing guide.
    Use the directional buttons to navigate or type a channel number to jump to a different channel.
    Press Clear to remove.
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    There seems to be a 24-48 hour delay before suggestions start recording, dont panic if they dont kick in straight away (as long as enabled)
     
  12. Brangdon

    Brangdon New Member

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    Auto-record Wish List searches appear in My Recordings as a folder for items which match the search. This works even for recordings which weren't recorded by the Wish List itself.

    For example, you can create a simple Category Wish List for Comedy, set it to auto-record, and then My Recordings will contain a Comedy folder that will hold all the comedies regardless of where they came from. You can use this to help organise your recordings. If you set "Record at most" to 1, and "Keep until I delete", then the Wish List itself will only add one item to the folder and the rest will be other stuff.

    Programmes can appear in more than one folder. In particular, Series Links create folders of their own, which will still appear at the top level in My Recordings, so you can't get rid of the clutter completely. I think one-off recordings don't, though. For example, I have some films that only appear in my Films folder, and that does reduce the top-level list. The folders aren't retrospective: only programmes recorded after the Wish List was created go into its folder.
     
  13. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Just accidentally found this one:

    Pressing "Last Channel" (aka Enter) whilst in the full EPG will take you to the "Search All TV" page.
     
  14. Technix

    Technix New Member

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    EDIT - already reported.
     
  15. Brangdon

    Brangdon New Member

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    Pressing Up (ie the key above OK) while watching a recording, cycles the output through all the available video formats. Currently this only seems to work for recordings, not for live TV, and it doesn't work if the mini-guide or info screen are visible. The setting isn't very "sticky" and may revert to the highest format if you switch to HD content.

    You can use this while playing SD, to see which format is better for your TV. I am finding 576p works best for me, because my TV is better at upscaling than TiVo.

    [Edit:] To put this another way, currently the only reliable ways to get 576p output are:
    • Disable 1080i and everything else (thus degrading HD content if you have an HD TV).
    • Check that 576p is active whenever you switch to an SD channel:
      • For SD recordings, you can use Up directly (wait for the initial info banner to clear first).
      • For live SD, first watch an SD recording and adjust the output as above, then switch to the live channel, being careful not to hit any HD content on the way.
    The good news is that the HD menus don't seem to force 1080i; only actual video content do that. (I've not tested YouTube et al.) Hopefully this mess will be sorted out by a future update.
     
  16. John McE

    John McE New Member

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    I've tried this and it doesn't work for me. Maybe it only works if you have all the various formats ticked?
     
  17. dwarfofpoison

    dwarfofpoison dwarfofpoison

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    Yep, for Brangdons's tip (quality tip!) to work another output has to be ticked in video output settings.
     
  18. Brangdon

    Brangdon New Member

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    It cycles through available video formats. Formats that aren't ticked, aren't available. (Convenient as it saves time cycling through formats that don't make sense for your TV.)

    It also shows the format on the screen, in a brownish box in the lower right. The box appears even if you have only one format ticked.
     
  19. Tony Hoyle

    Tony Hoyle Geek

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    That's interesting.. can compare 576i vs 1080i directly that way. Have to say I prefer the tivo doing the upscaling, having seen it, as the picture is slightly softer which hides the ugly mpeg artefacts you get on SD these days.
     
  20. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Updated first post (and a little thread bump!)
     

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