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Wife won't delete recordings

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

  1. Aug 31, 2003 #121 of 1216
    Raspewtin

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    Jeez I have to deal with this also. The get a 2nd Tivo thing is a great idea, unless she thinks that's too much stuff for just watching TV and the better soln is to watch less television and be more productive (as in my case). It's working bit by bit though for me (the muscle atrophy seems to have slowed), so perhaps you'll benefit from this whole thing.
     
  2. Sep 1, 2003 #122 of 1216
    macmedic

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    The only problem I have now that we bought a second TiVo is that I'm stuck in the bedroom watching my shows!!!
    Yes I have HMO but it doesn't help when hers is FULL of KUID shows.

    To add insult to injury she has also claimed ownership of MY MX-700!

    I guess that's the price you pay when you have a tech-savy wife...
     
  3. Sep 1, 2003 #123 of 1216
    ThreeSoFar

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    Then make her upgrade hers so it doesn't fill as easily. And make sure she's using basic quality for shows where that makes sense (talk shows, etc.)
     
  4. Sep 1, 2003 #124 of 1216
    Dajad

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    Suggestion 1: Get her to read this thread and then talk about it like adults!

    Suggestion 2: Take the total amount of time you TiVo records ... agree that she can use 50% of that time for whatever she wants and nothing more ... if she uses 50% of the space, you have a right to delete the bottom shows in Now Playing until her used space is back to 50%.

    Suggestion 3. Go back to Suggestion 1 and follow it over and over until this is worked out! The most basic skill of any relationship is communication! Great communication takes plenty of practice. It sounds like the you are going to get lots of practice on this topic!

    ...Dale

    P.S. Suggestion 4: If all of the above fail ... ask for a TiVo (for your own personal use) for your next birthday present ... in other words, let her pay for the second TiVo it if she's not willing to be reasonable.
     
  5. Sep 11, 2003 #125 of 1216
    timckelley

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    Well, I suppose I should update my status. I still think I'll get a 2nd TiVo but haven't gotten around to it. For the last couple of months, I haven't had much of a problem, because my wife has finally deleted a lot of her stuff! But the way she did this is by offloading to VCR, rather than to watch it. She buys VHS tapes like crazy these days, and it's starting to take up a lot of room in our TV room. The good news, is the TiVo has lots of space on it now.

    But as we speak, the new season has just started, and many, many of our season passes are about to commence finding and recording new shows. The next month will be definitely be a good test of our TiVo watching strategy/ability. Wish us luck!

    For the last few months, I suppose I haven't been terribly bothered by the prospect of losing shows because the TV season was in it's dormant state. But now that September is here, I'll be ticked if one of my shows doesn't get recorded.

    As usual, I have no backlog... i.e., there are no shows of mine on the Now Playing that I haven't already watched. I do a lot of late night TiVo watching as my wife sleeps, and so I do a good job of keeping up with it.
     
  6. Sep 12, 2003 #126 of 1216
    ThreeSoFar

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    You need another one.

    And you probably need at least one of them to be upgraded to 100+ hours.
     
  7. Sep 12, 2003 #127 of 1216
    timckelley

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    3 Tivos? Out of curiosity, I wonder if there's any 2 person households out there with 3 Tivos.
     
  8. Sep 12, 2003 #128 of 1216
    LiveBlues

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    It's just me and my wife at home and we have 4.
     
  9. Sep 12, 2003 #129 of 1216
    Mchero

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    Just got an email from Tivo, They are dropping the price thru December!

    http://www.tivo.com/2.0.asp

    :up:
     
  10. Dec 15, 2003 #130 of 1216
    timckelley

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    Oh no!!! I thought we had it under control. My wife had totally caught up and emptied Now Playing. Now she's gone mad and recorded every Xmas special (including cooking shows that cook Xmas dishes) she could get her hands on, and now Suggestions = 0! Much of our Now Playing is 'Keep Until I Delete', but not all, thankfully. She says she's going to make an effort to clean out this stuff, but I worry that the To Do List may add new Xmas stuff as fast as she can clear it out. Am I doomed?
     
  11. Dec 15, 2003 #131 of 1216
    allan

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    Yes!
     
  12. Dec 15, 2003 #132 of 1216
    martinp13

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    Hey, it's Xmas time... time to buy her a TiVo of her own. Maybe even the Pioneer so she can record and burn stuff to DVD. :) You could leave it with TiVo Basic and use non-recording Wishlists on your other TiVo to alert you to things to manually record on the Pioneer.
     
  13. Dec 15, 2003 #133 of 1216
    djbrown

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    Tell her you are Jewish and the Christmas programming offends you.
     
  14. Dec 15, 2003 #134 of 1216
    machem

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    Have you bought another one yet! Isn't it worth $300 not to have this hanging over your head? We broke down and bought one (our first) this weekend, and even though we can't afford it (like anything else), we did it, and we're excited.

    It is true I just sat down and read this whole thread, but I have to say that if it has been going on for this long, and you are still stressed about it, the additional time you will add to your life by not being stressed will be well worth it.
     
  15. Dec 15, 2003 #135 of 1216
    JYoung

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    You're still dealing with this???? :eek:

    It's been six months!!!!

    The way I look at this, here are your choices:
    1. Get another TiVo.
    2. Upgrade your current one.
    3. See a marriage counselor as you and your wife have communication issues.
    4. File for divorce and sue for custody of the TiVo.
     
  16. Dec 15, 2003 #136 of 1216
    BadTVAddict

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    Not more Tivo time, but more time to watch it!

    Reading the comments, it's so obvious how male dominated this forum is. Why is your wife so far behind? And why are you so caught up? Perhaps if you could take care of some of the kid duties, or even maybe clean up a bit and give her say an hour or two a day to catch up on her Tivo, then this issue would magically evaporate.

    And you might even discover that since she's less stressed AND you're helping out, she might be much nicer person to live with and there might be some additional rewards for you.

    Just a female perspective.
     
  17. Dec 16, 2003 #137 of 1216
    timckelley

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    That's not the case here. Just about all the time I spend at home during the day (when I'm not at work) is either playing with my son or doing housework. (Since he's only 4 and autistic, it's best that we not let him play by himself for too long.) The only time I get to watch TV is late at night after everybody's asleep. Sometimes I even wake up at 3:00 am, watch TiVo for an hour or two, then go back to sleep. My wife doesn't have a job, and the main times she gets to watch TiVo are while my son is in school, or for the couple of hours or so in the evening starting with my son's bath time (I give him his bath, and continue to play with him until bedtime).

    Now admittedly, while my son is in school, my wife is mostly cleaning the house - that's part of the problem of her lack of time. Howver, a *big* problem is that her list of SPs is way, way bigger than mine.
     
  18. Dec 16, 2003 #138 of 1216
    timckelley

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    Here's why it's drug on for so long. My wife finally get aggressive and over time I saw Now Playing shrinking and shrinking. At one point, it actually became empty. For quite awhile, our available unused space was quite large. So it appeared everything was under control. We also had been buying and/or wanting to buy several other items, so an upgrade was never high on the priority list for the last 6 months. It's just in the last couple of weeks our space has gotten dangerously low, and for the last few days, we've actually hit the end: i.e., all space is used up.

    Now, I feel kind of sorry for her because she's being impacted by this more than I, because after our talk a half a year ago, she seems to realize the importance of not making everything KUID. We still have a lot of KUID, but there's also a certain amount of KU <date> and KUSN. She's living right on the edge right now, because for the last couple of days, she's been deleting/watching at exactly the same pace as the To Do List has been been recording new stuff. She's in imminent danger of having her shows deleted. I'm staying on top of my stuff, and there is absolutely none of my shows sitting there because I try to watch them very quickly after they record. The good news is that TiVO will delete the oldest stuff first, so as long as I watch my stuff within a couple of days after recording, I'm fine - I won't lose anything. But my wife has a lot of old stuff on Now Playing... so this means that she is the one at risk of losing shows. This is why I feel sorry for her. We're starting to talk about upgrading again, but she wants to make it past Xmas season first because of all our Xmas expenses we're incurring at the moment.

    Last night I just watched a one hour show of mine and deleted, and as an extra help, I deleted one episode of SouthPark from the To Do list, because it's an episode I've already seen.
     
  19. Dec 16, 2003 #139 of 1216
    Marco

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    Wow. Just like the 'what the neighbor said to my wife' thread in Happy Hour. It is amazing what people will presume to know about a stranger, and the advice they will proffer, completely unasked.

    Like I said in that thread, I suspect the speaker is projecting her own issues.
     
  20. Dec 16, 2003 #140 of 1216
    JYoung

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    I'm sorry, Tim.
    I didn't realize that your son is autistic so that does put a slightly different spin on your wife's behavior. I see more as to why she is saving shows for your son.
    So strike option 3 for now. Number 4 was only made in jest anyways......
     

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