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Wife won't delete recordings

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

  1. Feb 11, 2007 #521 of 1216
    dalgar

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    I've just been reading through this and was having a great laugh. I can't wait until the warranty runs out on my tivo so I can start working with it. But, by that time someone will have already figured out how to make Tivo recognize external HD's on the USB. Then I can stick my terrabyte station on it! LOL.

    Seriously though if I can get this PC to Tivo xfer rate issue licked I will have TONS of space. I have 2 terrabyte NAT servers and one I wanted to fill with all our old VHS movies and DVD's so we can simply pcik from a menu.

    If I can't get that working I will look into the sling system or some such.
     
  2. Feb 11, 2007 #522 of 1216
    timckelley

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    Wow! I just got a copy of the latest issue of the TiVoCommunity newsletter. (It's emailed to all us TCFers), and this thread is second on the list of 'hot topics'. :eek:
     
  3. Feb 11, 2007 #523 of 1216
    murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    Don't be so harsh, Tim.

    After all, MANY people get TiVos, fill up their To-Do Lists, and go crazy because they feel they must watch/save everything.

    Most people do learn, eventually, that they don't have to watch everything and its okay to let some shows go. You learn which shows are important to you and which are not so important.

    And we all have seasonal variations of too many shows to watch / nothing on the Now Playing List (or in your case, 'I've already seen all those Suggestions'). As you have explained, it was just that kind of seasonal variation that caused your space crunch.

    This is just part of owning a TiVo. Maybe your family's case is extreme when compared to others, but I've never thought your situation was as dysfunctional as everyone else is making it out to be.

    Jan
     
  4. Feb 11, 2007 #524 of 1216
    timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    Oh, I have retract a false statement I made earlier, and I just apologized to my wife today for making a false assumption. It turns out she never did put an American Idol SP on my TiVo. She's been scheduling each ep as it appears in the guide data and putting them in my To Do List, but she has not put in an SP. She apparently is at least respecting the ground rule against her putting SPs onto my TiVo.

    But she smiled and said if I'd like the SP there, she'll put it there. Well, since we're watching the show together, and we're watching it upstairs in my TiVo room, I think it should go on my TiVo. But I think it should be 'first runs only'.

    She also said she's got a bunch of movies sitting on her TiVo right now. (Remember I said there are only two shows she regularly watches now, but movies are not shows.) She knows I sometimes look for good movies and welcomed me to watch anything I see interesting on her TiVo.

    It sounds like she's thinking the best use of our TiVos is not to split them into a his and hers TiVo, but instead for us to share both TiVos. I suppose I wouldn't mind that unless hers started filling up again. That's why we got two to begin with.

    I'm starting to regret getting a series 1 TiVo. If the second TiVo had been series 2 like the first, I could be using HMO to move shows between TiVos. Then everybody would be happy. We could have a his and hers TiVo, but if there's something she wants to watch upstairs, she could move it to my TiVo just prior to watching it. Darn... I should have had better foresight.
     
  5. Feb 11, 2007 #525 of 1216
    jdventer

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    Record programs as Keep Until Space Needed and ask you wife to add time to recorded programs she has not watched (you can add up to 6 days) when they show up with an (!) indicating TiVo will delete them soon. This will allow you to schedule more programs to record because the TiVo will not reserve the space forever.
     
  6. Feb 12, 2007 #526 of 1216
    johnscott99

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    My wife recorded a radio show about dodgy songs in the 1930s.

    She won't delete it because she wants to write down the names of the songs and singers.

    I have done this 3 times now. She keeps losing the piece of paper.

    It was broadcast in October 2003.

    It's harder to lose a TiVo than a piece of paper.

    Tattoo?
     
  7. Feb 12, 2007 #527 of 1216
    RangersRBack

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    Yeah it's pretty funny, most of these helpful suggestions have been made in one form or another sometime in this thread in the last three years and eight months. Apparently people don't want to read 500+ posts...can't imagine why!

    Can you believe people are still coming up with suggestions???

    Folks, it's all been done...it's all been suggested...it doesn't help.

    Tim's problem CANNOT be solved electronically!!!
     
  8. Feb 12, 2007 #528 of 1216
    donutsdad

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    I moved all of the exercise equipment and my wifes other "hobbies" all into the room where the tivo is....that way she is simply "there" more hours than before....

    ergo..more opportunity to watch and delete...

    the problem for me is that for the shows that we both watch...i have to wait till her "schedule" permits for even ME to watch those.....
     
  9. Feb 12, 2007 #529 of 1216
    maximumtwo

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    I know some people have already given this as an answer.

    I have some what the same problem. You need to use TIVO Desktop. It is a free program that you down load to your computer. Your tivo and your computer become a network. By doing this you can move programs over to your computer and back again. It will explain how to do it on the TIVO website. I did it and it works great. I finally got the second TIVO with the dual tuner. Now I have them all link together and it is wonderful.

    Good Luck. I hope this helps some.

    Max
     
  10. Feb 12, 2007 #530 of 1216
    timckelley

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    That's a nifty solution, and I might look into this if it becomes a problem again, but as I've said later in this thread, our problem is solved for now. My wife has scads of empty space on her upgraded series 2, and right now, my TiVo's NP is 100% my stuff, and 0% my wife's. Yes, we now have one joint show we watch together, but we're 100% caught up on that show.

    Actually, there's really more than just that one show we watch together. There's a couple of SP's of mine I have on my TiVo, such that when I watch them, sometimes my wife is there watching it with me, but not always.
     
  11. Feb 12, 2007 #531 of 1216
    Sniffy69

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    She'll NEVER get around to watching them, guaranteed. Just delete them all and go to marriage counseling about that decision later.
     
  12. Feb 12, 2007 #532 of 1216
    timckelley

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    Which post is that in reply too? I'm starting to get a little astonished at how many comments I'm seeing that are outdated based on more recent posts. :)
     
  13. Feb 12, 2007 #533 of 1216
    RangersRBack

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    OK we can all rest easy now, Tim's problem has been solved. No need for any more solutions or suggestions. Tim and Mrs. Tim are good to go.

    Here's the funny part. Read the above paragraph, and look what Tim said:

    "Our problem is solved...for now".

    Which means even Tim knows it's only a matter of time before he's back saying my wife did so and so and it's a problem because of so and so. I'm telling you, this thread has at least a ten year shelf life, maybe longer. The funny thing is EVERY possible solution has been proposed, but people aren't crazy enough to go back and read this entire thread, so every three months we get back on the same merry go round and throw around the same theories, and solutions.

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Put me on that lise, because I keep expecting this thread to go away...and it never does!
     
  14. Feb 12, 2007 #534 of 1216
    RangersRBack

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    Tim....newsflash:

    PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO GO BACK AND READ 500+ POSTS GOING BACK ALMOST FOUR YEARS!!!

    This is why thread shouldn't be four years old, and why this thread is bordering on insane. WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE SAME BASIC THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

    And you're surprised people are rehashing old comments?
     
  15. Feb 12, 2007 #535 of 1216
    timckelley

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    Frankly, yes. Whenever I see a long thread, I either do the work and read before posting, or I don't post. There are many, many threads longer than this at TCF.

    I am making an effort, by the way, of not talking about the same thing over and over again. So far, your the only one calling for the closing of this thread. I will indeed stop posting if (a), people stop asking me questions, and (b) there is a general agreement this thread should end.

    Yes, it is indeed solved for now. The first time I did a TiVo upgrade (actually it was buying a new TiVo, not really an upgrade), I got 2 1/2 years of TiVo happiness out of it. The second time I did an upgrade (last year), will hopefully get me another 2 1/2 years of happiness. Or maybe, my wife is cured of her problem now.
     
  16. Feb 12, 2007 #536 of 1216
    DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    This thread should definitely NOT end. It's hilarious every time I open my e-mail and there are new replies.
     
  17. Feb 12, 2007 #537 of 1216
    RangersRBack

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    Dude I'm not asking for the thread to be closed...I never said that. I think it's pointless and ridiculous to talk about your wife and Tivo capacity issues over and over and over again for four years, but I'm not the forum police.

    Besides, I get a kick out of this thread, why would I want it to be closed?

    However, this thread doesn't go on and on and on because people ask you questions. You bring up your issues, we discuss them and then the thread goes away for 2-3 months...and then YOU start it up again. With a different problem regarding your wife and Tivo capacity issues.

    Do you listen to the same CD over and over and over again too?
     
  18. Feb 12, 2007 #538 of 1216
    RangersRBack

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    Oh it's not solved...no way it's solved.

    Was it solved when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? I don't THINK so!

    Solved would mean this thread would go away because there is nothing further to discuss. Believe me, this thread is JUST GETTING STARTED!
     
  19. Feb 12, 2007 #539 of 1216
    timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    That sounded like a recommendation for closure to me.

    I admit that sometimes I do start it back up again, when I have an update to the situation, because I've gotten impressions that many people would like updates. TCF is filled with threads where the OP comes back with updates, and it's generally welcomed.

    There are plenty of other times though, that this thread has continued because somebody else has posted to it and/or asked me questions.

    I'm really not sure how much salt I should put in your critique of the worthiness of this thread, because you seem to be almost alone in your criticism.

    Plus the TCF newletter has declared this the second hottest thread, so who am I to argue with that? :D
     
  20. Feb 12, 2007 #540 of 1216
    supersleeper

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    I have three TiVo's and have NEVER had this problem, but I only save the "Save to I delete" option only for my MUST SEE's. I think it is a matter of prioritization. two of our TiVo's are networked and they sometimes offset each other to record programming that the other cannot because it is busy. One series 2 is in our bedroom (Networked) the other is in our living room (networked) and the last series 1 (not networked) is in the kids playroom and records nothing but cartoons. This setup works perfectly for us.

    Another thing you can do is delete programs that she won't notice :eek: . Believe me, she won't notice. Not many of our programs are set to "Save until I delete" but my wife too does not delete recordings. I've tried to tell her to delete the recordings after I have marked them as "save until..." but she doesn't grasp it.

    Also, at some point she has to realize that she is going to miss programming just the same as if it were not deleted, because the maximum amount of programs you can save a "Save until I delete". This is actually worse, because she will miss the NEW episodes.
     

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