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Premiere questions after reading FAQ

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by videobruce, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    With the Premiere and OTA TiVo auto populates a list of channels based on your zip code and if you do a mannual scan any channels found not already on the auto populated list can be added to the list (you may need to contact TiVo to get guide data if you actually found channels not on the auto populated channel list). Then you can select or de-select channels based on which ones you want. I am not sure what you would do if you wanted a channel added to the list not auto populated or found by a scan. But like I said TiVo seems to way over auto populate the channel list.
     
  2. videobruce

    videobruce OTA is still alive

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    Is it a "add scan" option (a full scan) or a "add channel" option where one can add a single channel?
    As in too many channels?

    Another major issue is compatibility with SDV on a TWC CATV system. Further searching tells me it isn't working.
     
  3. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    I'll try and explain it another way.

    With OTA TiVos provide you with a list of channels to select from based on your zip code along with a channel scan during setup. I don't know what metrics TiVo is using to decide what channels to put on this list, but it isn't based on what TV market you are in.

    My list contains channels from the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse & Elmira/Corning NY markets along with some Canadian channels.

    If at any time you do a manual scan and find additional channels not on the list TiVo has provided you can add them all to the list.

    It is then up to you to select the channels from the list that you can actually receive and that you want to be on your actual/personal list.

    When I say "over populate" I mean I believe TiVo is likely using a metric that makes some unrealistic assumptions about reception to assure they have all possible channels on the list. So many of the channels on the list are actually not receivable.

    I have no experience with Time Warner Cable so I can not speak to that.
     
  4. videobruce

    videobruce OTA is still alive

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    Actually, I did understand this part you explained.
    Could/would you (or anyone else) post a screen shot of the menu portion(s) for the channel scan or whatever they call it? That would answer my question easier.

    CATV example from a VXP Tuner/DVR. It may say "add channel", "find channel" or may just allow typing in a physical channel number outside the menu and if found, the device automatically adds the channel to the channel list;

    [​IMG]
     
  5. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

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    You'll read stories of pain for TW with TAs, but many others have no issues. Those without issues do not often post about the lack of issues, as it should be a given. Same logic as with cablecards- some installations give problems, others do not (for all systems).
     
  6. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    I don't have away to post a screen shot. I must not understand what you are asking - go ahead and repost your question.
     
  7. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    TiVo's guided setup scans all antenna channels and activates any in the predefined list for your zip code that it is able to tune. If it can tune channels or subchannels that aren't even in the list, those are added to your channel list also. The channel scanning part can be repeated anytime to try to find more channels, I think. The user can manually activate or deactivate any channel desired. Some people deactivate all SD channels so they don't have to see them when channel-surfing. You can also completely delete an added-in channel, but you can only deactivate one from the predefined list (I think). All selected channels from the predefined list for your zip code will have guide data, but the channels added in later will not. You can tune them and record them manually, but to get guide data for them you have to report to TiVo or to Tribune Media (from whom TiVo gets its guide data) that they are in fact receivable in your zip code. They should then be added to the guide.
     
  8. videobruce

    videobruce OTA is still alive

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    How responsive are they?
     
  9. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    Very....especially if you provide then with documentation that you should be receiving channels that you are not currently getting. Our CableCo provides an up-to-date channel listing on its Web site generated by plugging in your zip code. I always include that when I send info to TiVo; usually it's updated inside the week. If it's OTA, then you might run into more of a delay...
     
  10. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Ok I think your are asking me how channels can be added.

    You can manually tune a channel not on the channel list however you can not manually add a channel to the channel list by just tuning to the channel. You have to do a channel scan, if the scan finds a new channel then you can add it.

    Also whenever TiVo becomes aware of a new/removed/moved channel they will automatically add/delete/move the channel in the channel list and send you a note (on your TiVo) about it.
     

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