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I scheduled a recording online, received confirmation(!), but it wasn't scheduled ???

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jeffw_00, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. jeffw_00

    jeffw_00 Member

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    Hi - I have a TiVoHD DVR on a wired network. Signal strength is fine (99/100). I'm on FiOS, and never any network issues (we run a business at home so would notice if network was down).

    On 1/30 (2 days before the event) I used the web interface to schedule a recording of the superbowl. I received the two Emails (request received, recording confirmed), but in fact nothing was ever scheduled on my TiVo. At 6:40 on Sunday, neither tuner was recording, and nothing was mentioned in the ToDo list or recording history, and there was nothing in the Messages list. In the previous week I had scheduled 2 other recordings in the same manner successfully (i.e., they WE'RE on the Todo list and there WAS a message).

    I contacted TiVo by chat, and all they could do is scratch their head, and suggest that if I tried it again and it worked, then it was fixed. Oddly, they had no way (or no interest in) tracing the request through their servers.

    Point is, if you can't trust the confirmation Email, what good is the online interface?

    I was wondering if others had experienced this - or if there was a resolution/workaround?

    Thanks!
    /j
     
  2. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    I have used the TiVo web schedule many times without any problems, when I do use it I have left at least 2 hours window.
     
  3. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    What you do when a recording is important to you is you check your your TDL to make sure it was scheduled especially when you get the email confirmation but not a message on the Tivo stating that the recording has been scheduled.
     
  4. jeffw_00

    jeffw_00 Member

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    Ok - Thanks! But that's disappointing. I had assumed that after I received the 2ND message (confirming the programming) that I was good. If I have to write myself a note to remember to check the TiVo to be sure, then, well, I might as well just write a note to program the TiVo when I get home. I guess that demotes remote scheduling to "last resort when you can't get to the TiVo in time, and hope for the best". :-(

    /j
     
  5. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    The older HD units used a IRC type protocol to communicate between the servers and the website, it was never very reliable. Although I agree that if you got the confirmation it should have worked.

    If you upgrade to a Premiere or Roamio you could use the iOS or Android app to schedule a recording instead. It's more like a direct connection to the TiVo so the show is scheduled immediately and you can even check your To Do list right in the app.
     
  6. jeffw_00

    jeffw_00 Member

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    oh my - Hi Dan203! I remember you! (I was much more active in this forum, like, a decade ago 8-}). I appreciate the explanation, and a call-back from a supervisor said essentially the same thing (there's no actual "handshake' from the TiVo so you can't totally trust the comfirmation messages). I'll keep your suggestion in mind, but for now I think I'll just write myself notes.

    best!
    /j
     
  7. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    The Roamio is awesome! I highly recommend upgrading if you can swing the cost.
     

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