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Suggestions for improving the new TIVO interface

Discussion in 'VirginMedia TV with TiVo - UK' started by John McE, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. cyril

    cyril New Member

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    Even though it's extremely rare for me to use it, it is nice to have an unlimited buffer.
    If replaytv could do it in 1998, I don't see a reason for having any limits if there isn't a hardware limitation reason for it.

    I guess it's handy if you were watching something live that's very long e.g. A marathon , Le Man 24 or olympics or that 4 day tennis match!
     
  2. Ianl

    Ianl New Member

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    not got my new tivo yet so i may have missed something, however one of te few things i find anoying on the s1 is..........

    i'm watching live tv because i've run out of recorded programs and an advert break comes on, i switch to another channel for a while and when i switch back i've missed a bit of the program.

    if the new tivo lets you easily switch to another live channel but continues to buffer the first channel this would be great, i could watch something else for a while and then switch back with some program in the buffer

    hang on, lightbulb smilie moment. on the new tivo i could just hit record on the first program and then switch to another live channel??
     
  3. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Yes.
     
  4. TCM2007

    TCM2007 New Member

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    As I understand it it's written in Java, so don't hold your breath.
     
  5. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Flash, not Java - but your point stands.

    Flash should make time from design to development quicker (in theory),
    its not a speed performer though.
     
  6. Brangdon

    Brangdon New Member

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    I agree, and that's why I posted #34 about providing an easier way to switch between tuners. I've since largely solved it for myself by setting a macro to do "Info, down, down, down, down, OK" which does it with a single press. This relies on me using a smarter remote than the standard peanut.

    Yes. Although I don't always want to commit to recording a channel.

    To me yerksha puddin's post seems entirely reasonable. Why not preserve the buffer as much as possible, if there's a tuner free? The only drawback I can see to switching tuners, is that it destroys the buffer of the other tuner. But since that channel wasn't being actively watched, it seems better to kill that one than the channel I was watching. If I specifically wanted to preserve what the other tuner was doing, I'd set it to record.
     
  7. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Logically, this is exactly what the last channel button (bottom right) would do,
    alternating tuners.

    Unfortunately it currently flips channels on a single tuner - wiping out the buffer each time.
     
  8. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    No. What is does is goes back to the last thing you were watching, whether it be the previous channel on the current tuner, or the other tuner itself.
     
  9. TCM2007

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    Even worse!
     
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    Technix

    Technix New Member

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    This is from the offical VM forum:

     
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    sjp

    sjp Active Member

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    with the only thing that Sky+ had over Tivo being Soft Padding I hope that the mention of padding above means it's coming to VTivo
     
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    cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Hmmm... I seem to recall that excessive thumbing (ie more than one either way) was not a good thing; on the S1 at least. Oh well! It's certainly looking good.
     
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    TCM2007

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    I wouldn't assume it will be "soft" padding - although with three tuners that's not usually an issue.

    No mention of the PIN problems.
     
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    Brangdon

    Brangdon New Member

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    It sounds like we can expect 2 updates this year, one in April and one in September.

    That's more or less what I'd expect. Someone mentioned monthly or even weekly updates, but they need to keep it more stable than that.

    I wonder whether we lucky few who already have it, will continue to get releases ahead of the crowd. As I recall, that's what happened with s1 TiVo, and it makes sense to release updates to 200 people, then 2000, and only if those work out let everyone have it.
     
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    TCM2007

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    With the S1 there was a beta test group for the software upgrade, but it was a major upgrade not maintenance stuff like this. I don't think it was chosen by longevity, we applied.
     
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    cyril

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    You are confusing these with the green and yellow expiration icons that tell you something only has about a day before expiring.
    I wouldn't mind these coming back to VM TiVo, as it's slightly less obvious in the new GUI.
     
  17. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Grr - hope it doesn't replace the ouji board - multitap entry is something I hate on V+
    the current tivo twitter app uses multitap and it's truly awful - it would be much better with the ouji board entry system.
     
  18. yerksha puddin

    yerksha puddin New Member

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    Sorry, Carl. I hadn't thought this through. Having all those extra tuners must have gone to my head. I guess what I'd really like is a quick tuner cycle like others have suggested.
     
  19. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    I don't understand this :confused: <- see! ;)

    Well, Sky have recently swapped the SD and HD channel numbers around; but such detail are pretty-much irrelevant to using a Tivo.
     
  20. OzSat

    OzSat Very Nice Moderator

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    The picture quality is still better from an HD channel even for non-HD material.
     

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