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Wife won't delete recordings

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

  1. Oct 16, 2007 #561 of 1216
    mearlus

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    A recent 'solution' occured for one of our Tivos a few months ago. The HD died ;) That sort of taught a lesson on archiving stuff for the sake of archiving it.

    What I've done to combat filling the Tivo's HD's up with 'stuff I want to keep forever' is have the wife go through the now playing and tell me what she wants kept. I think transfer it over to my desktop and once I have a bunch on their I transfer them over to my fileserver for archiving. At some point she says she'll sit down and edit/extract the clips from the videos and burn it to DVDs. (Generally Ice Skating/Sports are what she keeps)

    I'm assuming the editing will be a project for me in the future :p
     
  2. Oct 17, 2007 #562 of 1216
    barbeedoll

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    You're right. I must not know as much about Tim's family life style as some others.

    I saw the "VHS tape amassing problem" and recognized myself before I really understood all of my options with Tivo. Although it had not previously been part of my lifestyle (which was VHS tape amassing"), I now have found a solution by moving on to other viewing formats for my Tivo files. I'm only saying it is a possible answer to Tim's dilemma.

    Sorry if I put too much of myself in Tim's situation. It was only a suggestion.......(Grin)

    Barbeedoll
     
  3. Oct 17, 2007 #563 of 1216
    timckelley

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    Speaking of VHS, my wife just asked me other the weekend about the government mandated changed signals going to digital instead of analoge. She wants to know if her stockpile of VHS tapes will still work 20 years from now. I told her as long as we have a VCR in the house, and an old-style TV, they can be hooked up to play her tapes. For all I know, even the HDTV's might accept an analog input, but I don't really know the answer to that question.
     
  4. Oct 17, 2007 #564 of 1216
    headroll

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    Unless they have turned to dust by then.

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  5. Oct 17, 2007 #565 of 1216
    kiosan

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    My goodness. I just read this thread from beginning to end (how sad for me) while listening to a Tivoed film I've been waiting to watch for about a month because my husband wasn't interested (in the film).

    Tim, you're a good egg. Mythological even.

    I don't believe I've ever seen a thread go on for so long on any BB I've been involved in. Ever. Amazing.
     
  6. Oct 18, 2007 #566 of 1216
    RangersRBack

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    It defies belief, that's for sure. Tim may be a good egg, but Mrs. Tim not so much.
     
  7. Oct 18, 2007 #567 of 1216
    Polcamilla

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    There may not be a correlation between the size of the Now Playing and the number of SPs/WLs. We have around 70 on our bedroom TiVo, but that's because it's my 'Museum of Television' -- I refuse to delete shows from the Season Pass Manager that have been cancelled. About 1 in 5 list items is something that is actually still being aired (how sad is *that*?).

    How long until your TiVo is fixed? This can only end badly if it doesn't return to you soon!
     
  8. Oct 18, 2007 #568 of 1216
    timckelley

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    I'm expecting the new power supply tommorrow, so hopefully by tommorrow evening I can fix it. If for some reason (but recent posts in the Upgrade Forum seem to think this is unlikely) I find that my two drives are overwhelming the power supply, I'll cut back to one drive, but then I'll have to redo guided setup, which means it won't be until late Saturday before I can start recording things again on my TiVo.
     
  9. Oct 20, 2007 #569 of 1216
    JaneiR36

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    Why not take the opportunity to upgrade to Series 2? They've got some excellent prices out right now less than $100 on both Amazon & TiVo's websites. Not sure if those prices are for new subscribers only. Since you know how to change a hard drive, you can upgrade from the 80 hour Series 2 to 250 or whatever. You've mentioned you wish you could do home networking, throw the POS away and take the chance to upgrade your box, now! :)

    PS: First post here! New user, too. I mainly registered since I couldn't do an advanced search for one of my TiVo problems without registering. And now that I'm registered I feel the need to make pointless contributions. Wonder how many of your new members have the same problem. :p
     
  10. Oct 20, 2007 #570 of 1216
    timckelley

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    I'd consider the upgrade to series 2, but my series 1 is lifetime subscribed. Also, bad news: I put in the new power supply, and the exact same problems remain. :mad: This means the problem is not the power supply or the hard drive. :thumbsdown: I wonder if the motherboard is bad? I'm thinking of calling the manufacturer (Phillips) on Monday when they open to see if I can get some opinions on how I should proceed. :(
     
  11. Oct 21, 2007 #571 of 1216
    StanSimmons

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    I had Philips "repair" a HDR112 several years ago, they charged me $99 for a swap unit. It shipped from Waco, TX, and was a refurb. I don't know if they have any left these days.

    Check your PM's
     
  12. Oct 21, 2007 #572 of 1216
    timckelley

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    Thanks for the PM, I actually read it and replied to it before even seeing this post here in this thread.
     
  13. Oct 22, 2007 #573 of 1216
    timckelley

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    Wow, I have some excellent news. When I called Saturday, they told me I needed to call the manufacturer, Phillips to attempt to get the TiVo fixed, but that since it sounds a lot like my motherboard is kaput, Phillips will most likely replace my TiVo with a new unit, and then TiVo, inc will transfer my lifetime onto it.

    Then StanSimmons made the generous offer of gifting me one of his unsubbed Series ones, and I could see if they will transfer my lifetime onto it.

    I called Phillips, but they won't let you even talk to anybody about your problem, unless you first pay them $19.

    So I decided to call TiVo inc back, and I re-explained my situation. I remember them saying I should get the manufacturer to get me a working box, but I asked them if I got a box from a person (i.e. StanSimmons), instead, could I still transfer lifetime on it?
    She put me on hold because she said she wanted to see if I'm even allowed to transfer lifetime. She came back and said they will indeed grant me a one-time special transfer of my lifetime, but here comes the astounding part:

    She says it doesn't have to be series one! I can buy a series 2 or even a series 3, and she will transfer my lifetime onto it for free!
    :up: :up: :cool: :cool: WOW!

    I've come to sort of regret only getting a series 1, and my hindsight regret can now be erased! I made definitely sure to get a case number from her, so that when I call back to get my lifetime transferred, they will not forget the deal we made. :D

    My first thought is that a series 2 will do all the extra things I've been wanting to do, but can't currently do. My next thought is that series 2 DT might be nice for those cases where there are conflicts. Those situations don't happen very often at all, but I suppose if I'm ever going to upgrade, now's the time to do it. My final thought is: I wonder if I should get a series 3? I currently subscribe to analog cable, but I'm told there's a bit of HD programming available even with my analog cable (namely the local networks plus KLRU). So if I get a series 3 (correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't a series 3 the one that can record in HD quality?), then I will be underutilizing it's abilities, as the vast majority of my content is SD. Furthermore, I don't own an HD TV.

    However, about a week or two ago, I started considering purchasing an HD TV because my upstairs TV has such shoddy picture quality. I could just buy a brand-new SD TV, but I feel like HD is the way of the future, and if I'm going to shell out for a new TV, maybe I should go ahead and plan for the future, and get an HD TV.

    Also, I'm thinking that even though most of my content right now is SD (via analog cable from Time Warner), that doesn't mean it'll always be that way. If there's a chance I'll eventually get more HD content, I suppose it's possible that 3 or 5 years from now I might regret not having a series 3 TiVo. If I'm ever going to get a series 3, this is my one and only chance to load lifetime onto it for free. But aren't series 3 expensive? I see I need to give this some serious thought.
     
  14. Oct 22, 2007 #574 of 1216
    JustAllie

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    Tim, you'd be foolish to transfer that to anything other than a TiVoHD. Seriously -- you could turn around and resell it and still make out like a bandit. Or keep it and have the TiVoHD for many years without paying a monthly fee. :up:
     
  15. Oct 22, 2007 #575 of 1216
    timckelley

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    The other thing is, she said I have to buy retail, and not straight from TiVo, because if I buy from TiVo, it'll already be subscribed. The only retail place I know to buy from is Best Buy, so I guess I should go shopping soon. (By soon, I mean today or tommorrow. :) )

    BTW, this lifetime that I currently have on my broken S1 is something I only put there when I heard they were doing away with lifetime. Thanks to this forum, I was warned just in time before they abolished lifetime, and I subbed my S1 with only days to spare before it was too late. Now, because of that, I get to transfer it to a higher TiVo. :D
     
  16. Oct 22, 2007 #576 of 1216
    JustAllie

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    Don't open the box until the lifetime is transferred to the new TiVo, just in case you have trouble getting the next customer service rep to believe that you were offered this deal. :eek:
     
  17. Oct 22, 2007 #577 of 1216
    timckelley

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    That sounds like good advice, but the only risk is that what if the TiVo is defective and I have to take it back to Best Buy? It'd be less complicated to do this if the lifetime wasn't yet transferred. Hopefully they accept returns in the first month even if the box is opened, but I guess I better confirm that first.
     
  18. Oct 22, 2007 #578 of 1216
    JustAllie

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    Swapping lifetime service from a broken box to another box of the same type is not that hard to swing.

    But it does not hurt to verify BestBuy's return policy in any case.
     
  19. Oct 22, 2007 #579 of 1216
    timckelley

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    This is going to be so nice that for the first time in my life, I'll be able to move shows between our two TiVos. I suppose I should consider the possible drawback down the road, should my wife ever have space problems again, that might think of my TiVo as an overflow storage area. :eek: Hopefully that doesn't happen.

    Also, the room I'm thinking of putting my new TiVo in has a cat 5 outlet in it, so I should be able to hardwire it to our network. Unfortunately the other TiVo (an S2 single tuner) is not near a cat5 outlet, so I'd have connect it wirelessly. (It's currently not connected to our network at all.) Fortunately my router supports both wired and wireless connections.)

    (BTW, I'm open to negotiation with my wife on who gets which TiVo, but it make sense for mine to be the TiVo HD - which is the model I'm currently leaning towards - because if we get an HD TV, we can save money by letting the upstairs TV be the HD TV, the reason being that I only sit about 5-6 feet from it, which means it's makes sense to get a smaller size screen, which translates into a big $ savings.)

    Going from series 1 to HD, two tuners, networking, HMO, etc. This is going to be a huge leap in technology. :)

    I'm now leaning towards Amazon, because of their lower prices (around $250 for the TiVo HD)
     
  20. Oct 22, 2007 #580 of 1216
    mamosley

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    I had to go the second tivo route my self. Even though the Mrs. has seen every episode of will and grace, reba, mash and not to mention the rachel ray, montel williams, opra, and ellen degeneras wish lislts the tivo was always full. The tivo was in the bedroom and we had the cable comapany dvr in the living room on the hdtv (couldnt justify the price of the s3 even to myself). Or course she wouldnt watch her shows until I was in bed trying to go to sleep. So once I found out the multi room viewing was coming to the s3 and the tivo hd, out with the cable dvr. Now she wanted to try to set all the same stuff to record in the living room stating she shouldnt have to watch her shows in the bedroom which is funny because she wouldnt touch the cable dvr because it wasnt a tivo. So I got a little mean and deleted all her series recordings and wish lists off the tv hd the put a parental password and even set rated g shows to require pin. Now she cant set her shows when I'm not at home. She tried to complain but I told her she'll just have to wait for mvr feature because I am not about to have to filter thru all her shows.
     

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