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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. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    That is the same reason I like the scan better.
  2. caughey

    caughey Member

    May 26, 2007
    Orange County
    Hey, that's awesome! I prefer the Live Guide to the grid guide, but have been switching to the grid guide when it's time to clean house. I've only "used" the mini-guide before when I push the wrong button (or catch a falling remote) so I didn't know you could delete channels from there too. I'll be deleting even more channels now.
  3. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    It's been a few years since my last new tivo, so I'm not sure if this is still done, but my recollection is that over the first week or so you'll start to see a few short tutorial videos covering different aspects of the system pop up in your Now Playing list. I think the first one doesn't appear for the first few days.

    Also, regarding Suggestions, you can train tivo so it records better suggestions by giving shows thumbs ups or thumbs downs (up to three).
  4. Tico

    Tico Bear Down Cats!!!!!

    Dec 9, 2002
    Man, I wish I never showed my kids this one.

  5. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    If you read the !@$# manual, it's covered in there!
  6. vurbano

    vurbano New Member

    Apr 20, 2004
  7. bbrown9

    bbrown9 Member

    Mar 12, 2011
    I think it's the worst feature. I'm really glad I can turn it off. I don't like having it record things that I didn't tell it to record. I have plenty of content without having stuff I'll never watch stored on my disk. Yeah, I know it will get deleted first if space becomes an issue, but why put it there in the first place?
  8. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Because it may be something you or other folks in teh household will enjoy. Otherwise, IMO, its wasted space on the drive that could have something for you. Instead of surfing live tv, surf suggestions that were recorded based upon your feedback.
  9. Sportsnut

    Sportsnut New Member

    Apr 11, 2014
    I'm a first time owner for a couple weeks now and noticed the suggestions after a couple of days. I recorded the news the first night I had it set up. The next few days it recorded every local news show that was on those days. It recorded other shows based on other shows I recorded. However, it didn't decrease the available space on the hard drive. I guess it does that because it will delete the suggestions as soon as space is needed but it is actually recording the suggestions on the hard drive and temporarily taking up more space isn't it?

    By the way, as the OP stated the Roamio didn't come with an owner's manual, not even a cd version. I know the trend is to not include hard copy owner's manuals anymore with most electronics but with something like a Tivo it should be included. It only came with a basic setup guide. I had to search the website the first night to figure out how to get to the "Menu" since I've never seen a remote control without a Menu button before. I got the answer very quickly thanks to an instant chat session with Tivo but an owner's manual would have answered that. Other than that I'm very happy so far with my new Roamio.
  10. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Suggestions take no space as they are meant to not impact your assigned TO DO items. You can easily move something of interested into the My Shows list if you want to view it later.
  11. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

    Nov 9, 2002
    You also affect what suggestions are recorded with the thumbs up and thumbs down buttons.
  12. midas

    midas I heard that

    Jun 1, 2000
    Suggestions have always been my main attraction to Tivo. A few weeks to training a new unit and I pretty much never have to watch anything live except for news.
  13. swerver

    swerver Member

    May 18, 2012
    TiVo is recording on all six tuners at all times, regardless of suggestions. So if you are turning off suggestions to "keep your drive clear" then don't bother.
  14. c133roamioerrors

    c133roamioerrors New Member

    Dec 28, 2013
    When I got my xl4, there were some surprising and unattractive defaults. I learned how to turn them off. First thing I did when I set up my roamio pro was turn off the defaults. My wife will record anything that moves and then delete later if she isn't interested. There are a lot of recorded shows to go through and having a bunch of recorded suggestions mucks things up. The default should be record what you want. If you want suggestions, you should have to set the option. On the xl4, I had to delete about 50 shows that were recorded as suggestions. It's not a space issue. My shows should be my shows not my shows and suggested recordings.

    My wife has an issue with the Netflix interface. You can't clean up the previously watched. Some shows have multiple seasons and you want to keep them to resume at next episode. Who wants to have to wade through a bunch of crap to get where you want to be. Nevermind.....the Roamio pro is perfect the way it is.
  15. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    After reading this thread the other day I input the 30-second skip on my Roamio Pro. I tried it for a few hours but I just couldn't stand it anymore. I went back to the 30 second scan. And I had really enjoyed the 30 second skip for around ten years. But now I can't seem to stand using it.
  16. hasbeen

    hasbeen New Member

    Feb 21, 2015
    Where is the 30 second skip code? I am a new user. All I can find in settings is either the 30 sec scan or advance to next tick mark. I come from DVRs that did 30 second skip and I would like to continue to use that. Thanks.
  17. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    While playing back a recorded show enter: Select-Play-Select-3-0-Select
  18. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Thank you for your welcome, on-point sarcasm. What I further find "odd" is that the e-manual is almost hidden--as far as I recall, its website location (or even availability) is not even mentioned in the Roamio "quick-start guide" and I really had to search for it online, not finding it through the TiVo website. Would seem to make sense to me: if you're not going to include a manual with your product, telling the consumer how to use the product that the consumer has just shelled out a lot of money for, at least include a separate, apparent, brightly-colored information sheet telling the consumer where to find the manual online. Or hey, even include a reference at the end of the TiVo startup cartoon.

    Coming to a new Roamio, I'm also actually preferring, I think, the 30-second scan over the skip, as I sometimes see something during a commercial break that I even want to watch (a promo for a new show, etc.).
  19. passname22

    passname22 New Member

    Feb 17, 2015
    nice, this is going to be so useful to me

    I don't care about the manual but give us a tour on-screen. I can figure out how to use it but the short cuts isn't something I'll know about. on screen they advertise one-pass(swear to god one pass ad is ON EVERY PAGE ON MY TIVO), THUMPS to RECORD, lame tv shows when u hit pause, but god damn they never tell us anything useful.
    my tivo is already default to scan. checked the setting and I don't see 30 skip.

    god damn it, why are these settings hidden? I gotta go and check this when I get home. Although I don't use 30second skip/scan. I just press fast forward 3 times till my show comes back on and press 10sec rewind if I go too far. I love the 10sec rewind especially watching golf.
  20. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    The 30-second skip has never been publicized by TiVo, seemingly out of deference to the broadcasters (and possibly for fear of a lawsuit over the feature, as the broadcasters did earlier with a TiVo competitor which openly marketed the feature). It's always been a tip/hack easy to find on forums, articles about TiVo, or otherwise. As versus the now built-in 30-second scan.

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