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Wife won't delete recordings

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by timckelley, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. Feb 8, 2007 #501 of 1228

    RangersRBack Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Future post by Tim, June 22, 2013:

    Even though all television is now watched through broadband connection and there is no longer any such thing as network broadcasts, my wife for some reason feels it necessary to steal my cell phone at night so she can download every episode of that long-running spinoff hit, 'Mars Idol', featuring those wacky colonists.
  2. Feb 9, 2007 #502 of 1228
    Havana Brown

    Havana Brown Ring Turner

    Feb 3, 2005
    This is the thread that never ends . . .
  3. Feb 9, 2007 #503 of 1228

    JustAllie Number crunchin'

    Jan 4, 2002
    Arlington, VA
    If it ever reaches 1000 posts and has to be closed, we can call the follow-on thread(s) "What Is Your Wife Still Not Deleting," or WIYWSND. ;)
  4. Feb 9, 2007 #504 of 1228

    Leila New Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Question: "Wife won't delete recordings"

    Answer: "Delete wife"
  5. Feb 9, 2007 #505 of 1228

    RangersRBack Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Oh man Allie you got to have the 500th post! No fair, I NEVER get to have the 500th post!!!

    :D :D :D
  6. Feb 10, 2007 #506 of 1228

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    Yes, it goes on and on, my friend
    Some people started writing it not knowing what it was,
    And they'll continue writing it forever just becauseĀ—

    Jan (with apologies to Shari Lewis)
  7. Feb 10, 2007 #507 of 1228

    wmorrison27 New Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    If you network your TiVo to your home computer, you can send some of the programs that may not be watched for a while to cold storage if you have room on your computer's hard drive. Computer storage is cheap and you can easily add more storage to a computer by plugging in an external hard drive.

    I have a computer with a large drive that I use for storing classic movies captured when they did appear on cable (like Disney flicks for the kids) that we plan to watch once in a while, but don't want to keep around plugging up limited space on my TiVo box. With Ethernet networking, I can watch a movie from the computer in real time on my TiVo. We even watch the movie ON the computer screen sometimes - which can be nice if the TiVo TV is busy.

    You can even get fancy and copy the files to a DVD - which we sometimes do in preparation for a long car trip with the kids and load up with their favorite TiVo'ed shows for the car DVD player.
  8. Feb 10, 2007 #508 of 1228

    kirbinster New Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    I was going to suggest the exact same thing that the previous poster suggested - as I do that all the time.

    Another thing I do is use the dual tuner pvr that is built into my computer to record shows and then send them to the TiVo so that I can watch them on my 65" HD TV rather than on the PC. I also use a program called VideoRedo to strip out all commercials before I send the stuff to the TiVo to make it a more enjoyable viewing experience.
  9. Feb 10, 2007 #509 of 1228

    grizel New Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    Okay. sound sliek you dont need two tivos' you just need the one cleaned off. in our house we agreed day one that if you watch it it dies. we have very few things saved for a rainy da, just got a dvd burner so those we have held (music and comedy concerts mostly) are going to be gone soon. We're very strict about the running of the tivo, (When you have 60+ season passes on a 80 hour tivo, you have to be) suggestions are sorted every day and those we dont care about are killed instantly. We're just watchers not archivers anyway.

    being I'm female myself I have to say the "get a new wife" jokes don't fly, I thought I'd chime in... here we go...


    1: get a DVD burner (I got a Lite On for $99 on pricegrabber last week - email me I'll tell you where) and start burning. or make her do it. bad thing is you kinda have to monitor it while it records (since swithcing to live is right out), so you might as well sit down and watch it. it's good to do when you are multi tasking and running around. I find a egg timer is great for next to the remote. Set it minute or two early. os you have the time to get there and are ready to hit STOP.

    2: tell her the oldest stuff is dying first. No ifs and or butts. OR
    every three or so days ask which SERIES saved can be killed off. She gets to choose which she really cares about.

    3: send the kids to grandmas for a weekend, or you take them away on a trip, and tell her this is her ONE chance to watch/record off all her shows or they die a harsh death. Also tell her that she has to delete them when done. If she screws her chance and goes shopping witht he girls, she has to personally delete X number of hours.

    4: kill everything. Even your stuff in a drastic "salting of the earth" maneuver. Say the machine was too full and it locked up so you pulled the plug and had to kill everything off in a fit of angry depseration because there was no room. lay on the guilt.

    5: you *COULD* get her her own tivo - valentine's day is coming up after all, not hign says love like "Keep your **** on your own machine biatch"... just put it where ever she spends the most time in the house (office, kitchen etc...), so a new tv might be in order too. I agree though that getting her her own tivo will just encourage her to squirrel away shows for winter and you will get the above "i'm full, tivo for me" scenario. It's the "hold my handbag" of the tivo she-crowd. Is there a way to set tivo to ask for a passcode before recording (on yours?)

    6: second/larger hard drive i hear is the easiest thing in the world to do almost... cheaper than buying a new one... just gives her more room to fill up though.
  10. Feb 10, 2007 #510 of 1228

    JustAllie Number crunchin'

    Jan 4, 2002
    Arlington, VA
    There ought to be a requirement to read the whole thread before posting. ;)
  11. Feb 10, 2007 #511 of 1228

    RandyDtg New Member

    Apr 16, 2005
    You can also transfer to a PC or Laptop, then even burn the files to DVD's. And then later retrieve them back to the TiVo for watching.

    or get a TiVo with a big hard drive:

    My 750 gig TiVo holds over 900 hours.
  12. Feb 10, 2007 #512 of 1228

    hoboknj New Member

    Nov 15, 2002
    Don't ever set anything to "save until I delete". Record everything as "keep until space needed" and you will never run into this problem. Save until I delete anticipates all future programs being recorded and saved until manually deleted and therefore blocks out more time than actually needed. We had this problem with an old 30 hour box, changed all the options to delete as needed and NEVER lost a program. It makes a huge difference and is a very simple solution to free up hours of available time on your hard drive that no longer is reserved for future programs on your season pass selections.
  13. Feb 10, 2007 #513 of 1228

    photokev New Member

    Sep 24, 2003
    The cheapest option may be to install a second hard drive. You could triple your storage for less than buying a second Tivo.
  14. Feb 10, 2007 #514 of 1228

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    I had basically the same predicament with my kid's shows. They want to keep them forever and watch each one 137 times. So I got them their own TiVo and I use it to put my overflow on. Season passes that are causing a conflict on Tivo1 get moved to TiVo2. So it helps the kids while at the same time helping me. Win-win. Except for the extra money it all costs of course. The kids win that one. :p
  15. Feb 10, 2007 #515 of 1228

    timckelley TCFer

    Oct 15, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I refer you post 403 of this thread. I've already upgraded her TiVo, which solved our problems. She still has lots of available space on her upgraded TiVo.

    The 'wife won't delete' problem, for now, has been solved.
  16. Feb 10, 2007 #516 of 1228

    TivoFan New Member

    Feb 22, 2000
    Northampton, MA
    And it only took 3 years 8 months! :)
  17. Feb 10, 2007 #517 of 1228

    timckelley TCFer

    Oct 15, 2002
    Austin, TX
    To be fair, most of that time there wasn't a problem. Buying a second TiVo less than a year after the first, solved the problem, but then it resurfaced last year, so then I upgraded her TiVo. I always suspected I'd need to to that.

    I also talked to my wife today about her TiVoing. She still has the General Hospital SP on her TiVo, and we have the American Idol SP on my TiVo, but there are no other shows she regularly watches. She has cut way down on the swamping of her To Do List she once did. So this is why she's not backlogging anymore - she simply doesn't schedule as much stuff to watch. She claims that she's caught up on General Hospital, and also caught up on American Idol.

    I asked her how she can do this. I made the analogy with other forms of addiction, like alcoholism. Normally, when an alcholic breaks the habit they must become a Tee-totaler. Imagine an alcoholic having a sip of alcohol each day, but not plunging back into their addiction. Here's my wife having her daily sips of her TiVo, but she is not plunging back into the mad swamping of her To Do List that she once did. I'm still wondering how she's doing it.

    It'd be funny if one day she registers with TCF and reads this thread, and then decides to post her side of all this. :eek: (She has still never seen this thread.)
  18. Feb 10, 2007 #518 of 1228

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

    Jan 2, 2004
    did all these kind people who posted all these helpful tips really think that none of them came up in the 3 years this thread has been around :rolleyes:
  19. Feb 11, 2007 #519 of 1228

    Stalyn New Member

    Feb 21, 2005
    Well i solved that problem by getting 3 total tivos in my house. My youngest daughter (28) is like your wife. I got a 250 in my front room, a 40 in my daughters room and another 40 for my wife. Now everyone is happy and i can watch what i want on my tivo.
  20. Feb 11, 2007 #520 of 1228

    steves1010 New Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    I had a similar issue only our tivo is 40 hour. Since I was purchasing a new computer for my wife I did so with a multimedia package added a wireless router and tivo card then set up auto transfers to her computer from tivo. Now I'm downloading her programs that have to be saved to DVD's. I admit it's a little extreme but since I was already getting her the computer it made more sense that upgrading. Good luck.

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