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Im a first time Tivo Owner. My Tivo is recording shows I didnt tell it to record.

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by enzo thecat, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. enzo thecat

    enzo thecat New Member

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    Hi. This is my 3rd day with Tivo. The Roamio box started recording movies last night. They didnt appear in "My shows", but about 4 movies had the red recording label next to them on the guide. If I wanted to watch them from he beginning, I could. I came from Comcast DVRs so this is all new to me. Is the Tivo recording shows it thinks I might be interested in? If so, where is it storing them and how do I delete them? I dont want it recording anything I dont tell tell it to record because I have enough to manage without having to delete shows and movies all the time.

    If there are already threads on this matter, can someone post a link, please? Not really sure what to search for.


    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. Tico

    Tico Bear Down Cats!!!!!

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    Here you go.
    Tivo Suggestions

    They are stored at the bottom of your Now playing list in a Tivo Suggestions folder.

    http://support.tivo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/205
     
  3. kbmb

    kbmb Active Member

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    Your Tivo is likely recording suggestions. You can read about them here:
    http://support.tivo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/205

    Couple of quick points:

    - If you have folders turned on, they should all be within a Suggestions folder. They will also show up in a shows folder

    - Suggestions do not impact storage space. They don't make the storage meter go down and they will never stop your Tivo from recording actual shows that you schedule

    - You can turn them off if you want.

    -Kevin
     
  4. rad1701

    rad1701 Member

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    TIVO's default is to record things it thinks you might enjoy based on your recording habits, etc. You can just delete them and there is a setting to turn this off in the settings menu somewhere - just can't recall exactly where it is but it's there.
     
  5. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

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    In my opinion, the ability of the Tivo to record suggestions is one of its best features. Since it does not impact season passes, I would give it a try for a while and see how it captures items you may be interested in.
     
  6. enzo thecat

    enzo thecat New Member

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    Thank you so much, guys!!! I LOVE the Tivo system so far.

    My only complaint is that I can't find answers to questions such as these. There should be a user tutorial or help menu that explains these features. Its a little overwhelming right now, but over time and with help from friendly people here, I'm sure I'll get it all figured out.
     
  7. kbmb

    kbmb Active Member

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  8. enzo thecat

    enzo thecat New Member

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  9. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    The best advice I can give to a first time TiVo owner is,
    1) actually read your owners manual.
    2) Play around with TiVo, learn what it does and does not do.
    Goto the different sections on your TiVo, look up what they do, use your manual and the TiVo website, even this forum to learn all the cool stuff your TiVo will do, also it's limitations.
    TiVo's are the best DVR's out there IMO but like any other system you need to learn the software in order to make good use of it.
    Sent from my SPH-L720 using Tapatalk
     
  10. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    Make sure you use the 30 second skip code. It took me a couple of months before I found out about it.
     
  11. DeltaOne

    DeltaOne Mount Airy, MD

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    I think it's helpful to re-read the manual after you've used a device for a few weeks or so. I always learn or re-learn a few things that way.

    I've had my TiVo for about nine months and was looking at the manual this morning (someone posted the link). Just skimming the pages. Found a shortcut that'll be useful -- press the Tivo button twice to go right to My Shows. And I'm anxious to try the shortcut to jump right to the To Do list.
     
  12. rhettf

    rhettf R3T1CAL

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    Yeah there are lots of great shortcuts.

    Tivo then:

    1 - Season Pass
    2 - To Do List
    3 - Wishlist
    4 - search
    5 - Browse
    6 - History
    0 - TiVo Cartoon (the one that plays when you first boot).

    Another cool one is that you can manage channels you receive directly in the mini guide or grid guide (I prefer the TiVo guide). I find this really useful since I delete every non-HD channel since I don't care for them. Whenever there is a channel lineup or new channel change I can quickly delete the channel from my guide.

    to do this: Press Select while in Live TV to bring up the mini guide (or guide if you use the grid guide). Then select the channel name (push left). Press select again and you'll get a menu with three options: Watch Channel, Delete Channel from your Line Up, and something else I can't recall of the top of my head.
     
  13. BuffaloDenny

    BuffaloDenny New Member

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    Mine didn't come with a manual - where do you get one?
     
  14. tatergator1

    tatergator1 Active Member

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    The link in post #7 of this thread. For whatever reason, Tivo decided the cost savings of not including a printed manual were enough to justify leaving those new users that have never used a Tivo to fend for themselves in figuring out how it works.
     
  15. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Or try the default 30 second scan. I used the 30 second skip for a decade. When the 30 second scan came out I thought I would not like it. But I found that I loved it and had no desire to go back to using the 30 second skip.
     
  16. tarheelblue32

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    Really? After I inputted the code for the 30-second skip, I realized just how much I hated the default 30-second scan. I guess reasonable people can disagree.
     
  17. enzo thecat

    enzo thecat New Member

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    Thank you so much everyone. I went home at lunch and started reading the manual. Didnt have much time until I had to come back to the office. But already, I found a fix to a nuisance...the folders (or whatever they call them). I dont like my programs compartmentalized in folders. I like to see them all individually. Apparently hitting the red "C" button gets rid of the folders.
     
  18. ncfoster

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    I think it is going to depend on your viewing habits, and what you want to get out of your Tivo. Which model(s) you have, will also play a role.

    I came from a Premiere with only 2 tuners, and I HATED Suggestions, because I would find that the tuner that I "wasn't using" was constantly changed to channels I didn't want it on, making it nearly impossible to use tuner swapping without thinking ahead and recording everything.

    Even on my Roamio Pro, the 6 tuners haven't made me turn on Suggestions, because I am a seriously heavy user of tuner-swapping. I may be the exception, but I do a lot of live sports viewing, on top of the recordings that I do. There are many times that I am swapping between two or three live games, two or three other things are recording, and I have a kid channel queued up, in case I need to cede the TV to them for a few minutes to preserve sanity in the house. :)

    Also, add into the mix that we have a Mini, which could grab a tuner at any time.

    So, which is more useful to you? Having something pre-recorded that you might want to watch later? Or having instant access to your live tuners? To me, I am far more likely to use the live tuners. In this age of streaming, it is so uncommon that I miss something that I wish I had recorded that isn't easily available elsewhere for free, and I record enough as it is that I never want for anything to watch.
     
  19. skid71

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    That is ludicrous and unreasonable! I disagree!
    I keeeed....I keeeed. :D

    I thought I would like the skip better, but found that we actually see some stuff on scan, rewind and watch it. Who knew?
     
  20. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    I guess it depends on how you intend to use the 30-second button. I only use the 30-second scan/skip button on commercials, which I would rather not see at all, so the skip works better for me than the scan. When I want to scan through a program, I just use the FF button.
     

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