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To Standby or Not to Standby?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by JfNebraska, May 2, 2012.

  1. Stevesreed

    Stevesreed New Member

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    The hex codes I use for my MX-700 remote ( I believe they are actually Pronto codes) are:

    0000 006D 0022 0002 0155 00AA 0016 003F 0016 0015 0016 003F 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 003F 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 003F 0016 0015 0016 003F 0016 0015 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 0015 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 06AB 0155 0055 0016 0E95

    This used to work perfectly, but since the last big update, it now only works in SD mode ;(
     
  2. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    How do they avoid taking at least one tuner?
     
  3. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    It has a blue banner across the top 10-15% of the screen, with big red letters announcing the reason (test, alert, whatever). On the bottom is a notice to press clear to remove the alert. Behind it the show from the visible tuner continues to run, live. The TiVo itself is non-responsive to the remote, and will not do anything until you press clear (on the remote). Any shows being recorded or scheduled to record will do so.

    It's the best possible way to implement EAS.
     
  4. ronsch

    ronsch Active Member

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    I guess it's showing my age but I remember the same debate regarding the Series 1 Tivos. To standby or not to standby, that is the question?;)
     
  5. Stevesreed

    Stevesreed New Member

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    I found out the standby IR code works in Live mode even when using HD menus, so I added button presses for Tivo Live+Tivo Standby to my remote's "turn off everything" macro. That way it stays in standby until I specifically pick the Tivo to watch again.

    Even if it only saves 2W of electricity, since it's in standby for more than 20+ hours a day, it adds up to more the 15kwh per year wasted for no reason.

    I guess the question is why would you not put it in standby?
     
  6. jrtroo

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    Is there an energy savings claim someplace?
     
  7. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I used to always use standby when I had my Series 3 boxes with the OLED screen. But that was only to save the screen.
    Since I stopped using those I never use standby. My girlfriend has two of my old S3 boxes and she always uses standby.
     
  8. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    There was an EAS alert overnight. Snapped a quick pic of the TiVo. The picture was live in the background, audio and all, with the banner you see overlayed.

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  9. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    And that banner does not get recorded, even if you are recording on all of the available tuners? Or, if it does, it gets recorded even if the TiVo is in standby?
     
  10. MeInDallas

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    This is how mine looks here in Dallas. The Tivo will record about 2 seconds of it and then starts recording again once it goes off, so we know why if we have a gap in the program. It used to just reset all tuners to the same channel and recording would not start again, but I guess they worked on that.
     

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  11. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Recordings are like normal, and unlike MeinD, there is no banner recorded, and no start/stop gap.

    IOW, there is -zero- effect on the TiVo recordings. It's only the live video display that has the banner overlayed, and it disappears with a click of a button.

    :up:
     
  12. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Forgot to add, I have no idea what standby would do to this. I don't ever put my units in standby.
     
  13. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    What kind of TiVo?
     
  14. aaronwt

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    I had an EAS test last week when I was home in the middle of the day. I know my program kept recording without issue but I never went back to the recording to see what it looked like. The banner I had was similar to what astrohip posted.
    I wish now I would have checked it but those recordings get deleted every day since I only keep five shows. The show was CNN newsroom which comes on many times during the day.
     
  15. Stevesreed

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    I have not run mine on a Kill-A-Watt yet, but at least according to item #10 here: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=7805472#post7805472, it saves 3 watts in standyby.

    Since it turns off the live buffer recording, it's probably just do to a little less drive activity. I don't think they actually spin down or anything.
     
  16. ltxi

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    Where I live that would save me twenty four cents per unit per month. Can't believe I've been missing out on this!
     
  17. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    It doesn't turn off the live buffer recording, at least not on a non DirecTiVo.
     
  18. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I have two S3s and an Elite running. All three react identically.

    It must be a function of the local broadcasters, since it seems to be different from area to area.
     
  19. mattack

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    You want to send me that 24 cents/month? Guess you don't care about money..

    but even more than money, if a million people save a little bit of energy, it can prevent pollution or the need for more power plants, etc..
     
  20. lpwcomp

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    They're must be multiple EAS protocols implemented on the TiVo and Comcast has switched to one that is less annoying, at least for test purposes. Doesn't mean they won't use a different one under other circumstances. I think I'll continue to put my TiVos in stby. Doesn't hurt anything and it isn't all that much effort.
     

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