Originally Posted by Jets
Consider this a feature request if it cant currently be done. I would like to "reserve" a tuner to watch live tv so that the Tivo does not tie up all the tuners recording programs.
For example, suppose Sunday nights are loaded with programming and 5 shows are scheduled at 9pm. The tivo will manage those programs and use the existing tuners and my ranking order to record the shows as they become available. Meanwhile, I want to watch the Sunday night football game and would like to be able to channel surf while doing it. So what I want to do is force the tivo to NOT use one of my tuners, rather than having to reschedule programs that are "conflicting" with my Live TV surfing.
Hope I explained that well...
You can do this, kind of, right now. If you're already watching Live TV it will prompt you as to whether or not it's OK to change the channel a few minutes before the program is scheduled to record. If you say no the program will be canceled and rescheduled if available. If you're not watching Live TV already you can switch to live TV and change the channel on any tuner you want and it will simply prompt you with an "Are you sure you want to cancel the current recording". If you say yes then the recording will be canceled and the tuner will be freed up for live TV.
Couple of tips...
1) You can cycle through the tuners using the live TV button to pick the one you want to use.
2) If you used any of the trickplay buttons in the last 15 minutes it will not bug you about changing the channel for suggestions. However it will still prompt you if it needs the tuner to record a scheduled recording.