I'm a Time Warner Albany customer and have gone through a couple of generations of Scientific Atlanta boxes, most recently the 8300HD, which I'm retiring in favor of my brand new Tivo HD.
I've quickly gotten acclimated to the Tivo interface, it's everything I'd always heard, but there is one thing I could do on the SciAtlanta with Time Warner that I can't figure out how to do here. I have two big questions I hope someone can help with:
1) Scheduling the same show discretely on multiple channels
2) Automatically purging old episodes but always keeping the newest one
So, details for you kind and helpful folks!
1) Scheduling recordings on the SciAtlanta box was channel and (with one exception) timeslot specific. When you picked a show it would ask if you wanted to do a one-time recording or multiple, and if it was multiple you could pick that day/that timeslot, any day/that timeslot, or any day/any timeslot. Notice that it doesn't ask for channel, it is only talking about the one channel, and of course it wasn't smart like Tivo so it doesn't know about repeats vs. first run. It also asked how many episodes you wanted to keep, and I'll get to that in a minute.
Many channels are repeated in the Time Warner lineup. For instance, The Food Network is on 42 and 325 in SD and (finally!) 1842 in HD. So I figured out the main timeslot for Good Eats and had it record that weekly on channel 1842, saving 1 episode. That way I'd have one space-hogging HD episode on the box, and new episodes would get recorded when they aired. Like many basic cable channels Food Network shows repeats of Good Eats every day, so I had a daily recording on channel 325 and had it record 4 episodes. So all the time I'd have 4 SD episodes and 1 HD episode of Good Eats on my DVR.
So the question is, how do I do that on the Tivo? The same question for one of my Wife's shows. She watches the Vegas CSI and wants to have first-run episodes taped weekly from the main network station, but wants to grab reruns from TBS or wherever that run every day. How do we do that? And closely related, is there a way to tell it to make sure it records First Run (i.e. set the priority to cancel other programs if necessary) but have a lower priority for reruns?
And question 2) is involved here: as the Scientific Atlanta recorded new episodes, it would delete the old ones for me. Am I right that the Tivo will not do that? That I have to delete them manually and if I don't it actually won't record new episodes for me!? What's the relationship between "Keep Until" and "Keep At Most"?
Definitely appreciate any help you can provide!