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Old 08-10-2002, 10:08 PM   #1
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Advice from a veteran to a newbie (consolidated)

If you have two shows that are on simultaneously that you want to record, try to figure out whether one of them is on a cable channel that reruns their shows multiple times during the day. If so, put that show LOWER in your season pass manager. This usually happens in the evening with Prime time shows. The prime-time episodes will conflict, so it will record the one that is on only once during the primetime hours. Then, while you are asleep, it will find a rerun of the repeated show.

For the nightly news, set your recording options as follows: Keep At Most=1 Episode. That way, each day it will delete yesterday's news and record today's. You might also try watching the news with closed captioning turned on and one fast-forward.

For shows that you don't care WHICH episode you have, but you always want one available (e.g., Jeopardy), set your recording options as follows: Keep at Most = 1 Episode and Save Until I Delete. That way, when you watch the episode and delete it, you'll get a new one the next time the show is on. I am using this more and more. Cooking shows, home improvement shows, just about any kid's show that our three-year-old likes, etc.

Experiment with auto-recording wishlists. Two things about them that I'd like to highlight.
a) A regular season pass is channel-dependent. For shows you love that are on multiple networks, don't create a season pass, use an auto-recording wishlist. For example, if you love Law and Order and want to get not only the new episodes but also the reruns on cable, an autorecording wishlist will do it. (However, with this particular show being ubiquitous, you'll have more L&O than anyone could watch.)
b) Create autorecording wishlists for each of the following words: Premiere, Pilot, Finale, and set it to record first run only. That way, when a new show comes out, your TiVo will often catch it. Not always, but often. You can leave it there for a few days and see if any of your friends say "hey that new show x was really good." Then you can watch it. This is particularly effective during the times of the year when new shows are being introduced. Remember if you find one you like, create a season pass for it.

The View Upcoming Episodes is really effective for cooking shows, home improvement shows, shows that have a different musical performer each episode like Sessions at West 54th, etc. For example, if you like Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay, you probably won't bother recording it when he is cooking calfbrains, but when he's got a vegetarian quesadilla with your favorite vegetable, you can grab it. Similarly, when Megadeth is on Sessions at West 54th, you can give them the swerve but you'll notice that [insert your favorite performer here] is coming up next week and you can set TiVo to record just that episode.

If you see an ad for a show coming up in the future but it isn't in your program guide since it is more than 12 days in the future, create an autorecording wishlist.

Shortcut keys I find the most convenient: TiVo + 2 takes you to the To Do List. TiVo + 4 takes you to Pick Programs By Title. TiVo + 8 takes you to suggestions. Northrk created a nice cheat sheet at http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...&postid=523557

If TiVo keeps telling you that it needs to change the channel to record something, you're watching too much live TV. I suggest you adopt my habit of hitting the TiVo button twice before you turn the TV on. That way, you're looking at the list of things you want to watch, not what the network happens to be (in the middle of) showing at the time. It also dramatically reduces your advertisement intake.

If you have a good, clear signal coming into the TV, you can probably record almost everything except sports on Basic quality.

Try a season pass for Sports Night on Comedy Central. They are all reruns since it was on for only two seasons. I think it is one of the best shows on TV. If you don't like the style (regardless of the politics) of West Wing, you probably won't like Sports Night, which by the way is not about sports. Or politics.

Don't feel compelled to watch everything on your TiVo before it gets deleted. For awhile, I did. It didn't really subside until I upgraded my space and now I have about 100 hours. Before that, I felt like I had to hurry to watch something before it went away. Sometimes things will get deleted without you watching them. Hey, big deal. At least when you were watching TV, it was something you wanted to see rather than whatever drivel was on at the time. Also, just because it says it CAN be deleted doesn’t mean it WILL be deleted. It stays until TiVo needs the space for another show (not a suggestion).

Be careful in setting an autorecord wishlist for popular directors like Alfred Hitchcock. Those movies are on quite a bit and will overwhelm you. Make sure you set “Keep At Most” wisely. One shortcoming in the TiVo is that you can't include the restriction "only record if it is 3.5 or 4 stars." Same advice for actors who have a large body of work.

The Keep At Most setting is really your friend when some station decides to run a dozen episodes of the same show back to back in a marathon. Keeping this set to 3 or 4 episodes for most shows keeps these marathons from consuming too much of your precious hard drive space. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it can be infuriating.

The Channel Up / Down button is quite useful when you are in the TiVo menus. If you are looking at a list, the channel down button acts as a page down button. If you are looking at a single episode description, the channel down takes you to the next show.

The eight second rewind button is excellent for those of us with bad hearing.

Quick! Give three thumbs down to Paid Programming. Also, remove HSN and other shopping channels from your Channels You Receive list. There, I just saved you much more than the TiVo service fee. :^)

If you remember an old episode of a show that you saw once that you'd like to see again or someone tells you of a movie they liked, create an autorecord wishlist that is specific enough to catch it.

If you're halfway through watching a recorded program, hit left-arrow or TiVo before you turn off the tube. That way, TiVo will know where you left off. Otherwise it will just play to the end of the show and lose your spot.

Put your TiVo on a surge supressor or UPS. Make sure it protects the telephone line as well. Also, if you are using plain cable or antenna, put that through the surge suppressor as well. Search the forum for recommendations. They aren’t very expensive.

Add Wishlists for your favorite performers. That’s my excuse for having “BARENAKED” in my wishlists. Honestly.

Select Play Select 3 0 Select while you are watching a recording toggles on and off the 30-second skip. It replaces the normal function of the skip to end button. ->| It resets each time you reboot or the power fails.

Especially if you have subscriptions to HBO/Showtime/Stars/Encore/Cinemax or whatever, go WILD with creating wishlists by using these fabulous resources:
http://us.imdb.com/top_250_films and http://us.imdb.com/Charts/Votes/ and http://www.afi.com/tv/lists.asp.

Don't forget the wildcard character when creating a wishlist. It is the SLOW button. Example, a wishlist for Muppet* catches the Muppet Movie and the Muppet Show since they are singular. It also catches Muppets Take Manhattan since Muppets is plural.

If space is at a premium, consider using manual recordings to catch just the portion that you like of a particular show. Some examples:
o If you only watch the monologue (Dave, Jay, Craig, whoever), consider recording just the first 20 minutes or so.
o If you only want the weather, figure out what time your local news slots their weather into. Record a short block that includes that time. Don't forget KAM=1. Seeing yesterday's weather forecast would just reduce your faith in today's.
o If you only want the top stories without the human-interest fluff, pick a good time each day and grab the first 10 minutes of Headline News or one of the other news programs. Again, KAM=1.
o Some shows save the best for last, or recap the whole episode at the end. A couple examples might be America's Funniest Home Videos (with the top three repeated at the end) or some of the home improvement DIY shows where they recap the project at the end. Consider recording just the last ten minutes.
o Some home improvement shows have a segment at the end with how to use a particular tool. Other shows have specific segments like this. If you find yourself FFing to get to those spots and you never watch the other parts of the show, consider recording just the good parts.

If space is at a premium on your recorder (as it is on most unhacked standalones), consider instructing TiVo to make a 5-minute manual recording at 7:00 AM on, say, your NBC local affiliate. That way, when you awaken, TiVo will have stored in its buffer up-to 30 minutes of your favorite morning show, without having to record the entire 2 or 3 hours of the show.

Even if you live alone, you should set a parental controls password. If you don't care to prevent anything from being accessible, then set it to allow all ratings. This is important when you have a guest who picks up your remote and accidentally gets into parental controls. If that guest sets your password and forgets it, you will need to jump through some hoops with the customer service reps. So set your password yourself, or someone else may.

If you want to *keep* a particular segment on the Today show, you can watch live until the part you want comes up and then hit record. TiVo saves the 30-minute segment in the buffer. Stop recording right after your segment is over. This saves the interesting part in a 30 minute block rather than the whole length of the show.

Be careful with "padding." That is, setting your TiVo to start recording a bit early and/or end recording a bit late. This is less of a problem with the DirecTiVo with dual tuners, but it can still happen. If you ask for a 7:00 half-hour show to end 1 minute late, it will not be able to schedule another show starting at 7:30. The dual-tuner DirecTiVo runs into this same problem only if the other tuner is busy at that time also. Having said that, if you do choose to pad (NBC on Wednesdays and Thursdays is notoriously bad about starting early) because you don't want to miss any of your favorite show, two minutes padding (or for that matter, 15 minutes) is usually no more of a problem than one minute padding in the above case.

Friends don’t let friends watch Live TV! Become an evangelist by running to any local retailer with a 30-day return policy. Take a brand new TiVo over to your friend's house and set it up for her. Better yet, set it up at your house and then take it over and install it. Pay the first month's service. Tell her it is your "loaner machine" and she can keep it for three weeks. Call a couple days later to see if there are any tips you can give. Then call two weeks later and announce you are going to pick it back up. In my experience, if you have set it up for your friend, she'll want to keep it because she loves it. If she doesn't want it, the retailer will still take it back until 30 days has passed. And you can get your TiVo subscription fee for the first month refunded. But again, I think she's keeping it. The times my friends have chosen NOT to keep it were times when I didn't hook it up to their TV and therefore they just let it sit in the box for two weeks.

This applies to DirecTiVos primarily since lineup changes are forced on us with DirecTiVo. Set your Channels You Receive exactly the way you want it. Then go into favorite channel setup and "Add ALL." Then in the live guide select to display favorites only. From that point on, if DTV adds channels, you will not see them in the live guide. Favorites only update when you tell them to. Of course this does not prevent TiVo from trying to use those channels to record suggestions or wishlists from or remove them from Search By Title. Nonetheless, for most of the channels that get added, like MLB, most people do not have auto-record wishlists that would find shows there.

Before you go out to buy an A/V sound system or a TV, do a search through this forum to make sure you don't buy one of the (few) receivers or TVs that can't be controlled by a TiVo remote. I believe this is less of a problem with the Sony units. I have a cheap AIWA receiver and my Philips remote won't talk to it.

If you have a standalone TiVo, there are occasionally problems with your cable company changing its lineup or Tribune thinking it did. This will result in your TiVo deleting all of your season passes. It hasn't happened to me, but if it happens to you, it will be painful. So take a spare VCR tape, start recording, and then go into your Season Pass Manager and scroll through the entire list, nice and slow. Then do the same thing for your list of WishLists (Tivo+3). You may even want to take the time to go into the recording details of some or all of your season passes and auto-record wishlists."

Use Standby to record a show and still watch live tv on another station. Put TiVo in standby, hide the remote, and use your old TV remote to watch what ever you want. You might also use this with babysitters or house sitters so they can just use the standard clicker and not mess up your TIVO recordings. This is dependent on how you have wired up your TiVo. Do a search in the forum for advice.

Two viewers in your house? My wife and I have a system so we don't delete shows that the other may still want to watch. We got this idea from someone smart on this forum, but I forgot whom. After I watch something, I start back at the beginning and FF to 5 minutes into the show (and hit Pause to avoid the autocorrect). I leave it there. When my wife scrolls through and sees the show says "resume playing," she knows if it is at the 5 minute mark, she can safely watch it and delete it (or delete it if she isn't interested). If it is anywhere else in the show, she knows I am still watching it and not to delete it. It works the same with the shows she watches first.

Tivolution Magazine and Showcases are fine, but if you want to see what movies are upcoming on YOUR channels, go to "record by title" and select the category "movies" and select a subcategory (such as action, comedy, etc.) if you want to. Then when it asks for a title enter a numeral zero to start at the beginning and you will get an alphabetical list of all movies (or all movies in that subcategory) that are scheduled on your channel lineup. It may be a lot of movies (esp. if you do have pay movie channels or you don't use a subcategory), but it's not too hard to skim the 8 or so titles per screen, and page through the list with "channel down."

Special thanks to contributions from Gfb107, Philosofy, Joey303, murgatroyd, OldDog, BrettStah, budgetcomputers, and Doh
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Old 08-11-2002, 01:37 AM   #2
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Nice post. Very helpful.
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Old 08-11-2002, 02:36 AM   #3
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Making this a sticky since it's valuable info that keeps dropping down, but then everybody searches for or refers to later.

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Old 08-11-2002, 12:09 PM   #4
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I'll add this: sometimes you will want to record all shows during a marathon. If so, set your "Keep at most" setting to "All Episodes".
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Old 08-14-2002, 01:41 AM   #5
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I'm glad to see this was finally made as a note. Hunter Green had a good one about new features in 3.0 which should certainly be considered as a sticky. (in this thread or another)

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Old 08-14-2002, 09:25 AM   #6
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I think the time for that has passed... very few inquiries about "what's new in v3.0" anymore.
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Old 08-14-2002, 09:49 AM   #7
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I would add:

If you have small children in the house (or visiting), HIDE THE REMOTE. While it is cute that my 3.5 yr old and 1.5 yr old can pause & play tv by themselves, finding that they've given some random show 3 Thumbs Down (I guess they like the red button better than the green one) makes me wonder what other "enhancements" they've made by pressing the buttons w/o the tv even being on...
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Old 08-14-2002, 09:57 AM   #8
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Might wanna link to the broadband setup threads for people that don't have free local calls or don't have a local POP.

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Old 08-15-2002, 10:15 AM   #9
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I'm not a newbie, but I still learned a few things from this excellent post. The only thing I would disagree with is this statement: "If you have a good, clear signal coming into the TV, you can probably record almost everything except sports on Basic quality." I have discovered that even with a good signal, most "Scifi" shows don't handle special effects very well at the basic setting.
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I'm not a newbie, but I still learned a few things from this excellent post. The only thing I would disagree with is this statement: "If you have a good, clear signal coming into the TV, you can probably record almost everything except sports on Basic quality." I have discovered that even with a good signal, most "Scifi" shows don't handle special effects very well at the basic setting.
Couldn't agree more mayberry - I do alot of archiving off TiVo and for those purposes I would disagree completely with the newbie post. I state that Best quality is required as even though there seems to be little visual difference off the TiVo, the end result from the capture card [S-Video] is markedly different.

Aside from that I found the post quite informative!
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Old 08-15-2002, 02:07 PM   #11
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Great consolidation.

A tip for recording just a portion of a show showed up in another forum and will fit right in here.

+ Watch the show until you get to the point you want to start recording
+ Change channels (this clears the 30-minute buffer)
+ Change back to the original channel
+ Start recording

This captures just the portion you want without wasting disk space on the preceding X minutes that you don't want to record.
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Old 08-15-2002, 03:09 PM   #12
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You might also try watching the news with closed captioning turned on and one fast-forward.
I'm not sure I get the point of this but am interested. I use closed captioning a lot due to my bad hearing but, as I recal, the closed captioning goes off when in fast forward. Is there a trick I have missed?
By the way, one feature which TiVo has over a VCR is that the closed captioning can be toggled on/off on the recording. This is a great feature in my family since I use the closed captioning when viewing alone but turn it off otherwise since it drives my wife and kids crazy.
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To view CC while fast forwarding, just use one level of ff- it won't work with 2 ff or 3 ff.
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Old 08-17-2002, 03:32 PM   #14
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The only thing I would disagree with is this statement: "If you have a good, clear signal coming into the TV, you can probably record almost everything except sports on Basic quality." I have discovered that even with a good signal, most "Scifi" shows don't handle special effects very well at the basic setting.
I think a big factor on using basic quality is the size of the viewing TV. For example, on my RPTV, I couldn't handle anything below High most of the time - Best for anything with lots of motion.

On the other hand, on my little 13" set, I can watch virtually anything in basic.
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on my 27, medium works fine.....

But one word of caution regarding the use of Auto-record wish lists....You may get tons of stuff you don't want. For instance, I have a Jonathan Frakes wishlist to catch shows that he appeared on (I don't have TNN, so I don't get the TNG episodes). However, I had neglected to realize that he hosted "Beyond Belief". I don't want those all the time. And 3 Thumbs down won't stop it since I had auto-record set. So now what I do is I don't autorecord and every week or so I do a search using the wishlist and see if there is anything coming up I want, then I record that particular show.....works well.
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Another tip about Closed Captioning that I use...
If I can't understand what was said by someone on TV, turn on CC on your TV and then do an instant replay. Often times it will be typed out so you can read was was said I have my TV set to CC on Mute, so I just hit the mute button and then instant replay to read what was said.
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Another tip about Closed Captioning that I use...
If I can't understand what was said by someone on TV, turn on CC on your TV and then do an instant replay. Often times it will be typed out so you can read was was said I have my TV set to CC on Mute, so I just hit the mute button and then instant replay to read what was said.
That's exactly what I do (except I usually have to IR 3-4 times to give the CC enough time to process the section I want). I also use Mute on the TV to turn CC on/off, and I was confused by the previous poster that said TiVo made it easier to turn CC on/off. How so?
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Major newbie tip!
If you live in an area where the daily phone update is a long distance call..........by all means pick a number out of state. I reduced monthly long distance from $16.00+ down to $4.95 by doing so.
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Great post. I have one more tip to add.

Do you have one favorite channel above all others? Mine is the Discovery Channel. They're great about repeating their prime time content over and over again thru the wee hours. So I setup four manual recordings, from 4am-5am, 5am-6am, 6am-7am, and 7am-8am. Make sure you set "Keep at Most" to just one episode. Then you always have four hours of your favorite channel.

Note: you could use just one manual recording for four hours, but then you only get the first episode description. With four separate ones, you get episode info for each hour.
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Question Cheat sheet

DMHinCO -

Could you please tell me where to find the cheat sheet that you put up a link for in your post? When I save the file from the link, it says it's a Brouderbund file. I have Print Shop, but, it's still says it unrecognizable when I open Print Shop.

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Old 09-14-2002, 02:02 PM   #21
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Thanks again to northrk

Mike, it is much prettier in its MS Word format, which is zipped in the link above, but here it is pasted.

TiVo Central
TiVo - Now Playing
1 - Season Pass Manager
2 - To Do List
3 - Search Using WishLists
4 - Search By Title
5 - Browse By Channel
6 - Browse By Time
7 - Record Time/Channel
8 - TiVo's Suggestions
9 - Showcases
0 - Play the cartoon intro sequence

Program List Screens
CHAN UP/DOWN - Page Up/Down. Look for up and/or down arrows with underline along the right of screen.
PLAY - Starts highlighted recording. (Now Playing only)
CLEAR - Jumps to delete confirmation panel. (Now Playing, To Do List, Season Pass, and WishLists)

Program Information Screens
CHAN UP/DOWN - Shows previous/next program title. Look for up and/or down arrows with underline along the right of screen.
DISPLAY - Shows more detailed program information, such as bit actors, Original Air Date.
PLAY - Starts recording. (Now Playing only)
CLEAR - Jumps to delete confirmation panel. (Now Playing, To Do List, Season Pass, and WishLists)

Text Input Screens
0 - Starts at the top of the list. (Search by Title and Actor/Director WishLists only)
FWD - Inserts a space.
BACK - Backspace
CLEAR - Clear the entire field.
SLOW - Enter the wild card symbol (*), means it will match any word that starts with the previous letters. (Keyword and Title WishLists only)
PAUSE - Quotes (") to limit search results to explicit word combinations.
Special Characters - Hyphens (-), slashes (/) and periods (.) should be replaced by spaces. Any other marks, such as apostrophes ('), asterisks (*) and ampersands (&), are ignored.

Live TV
LIVE TV/GUIDE - Press once to enter Live TV from Tivo menus and again to bring up Program Guide, once again to return to Live TV.
DISPLAY - Press once to display the Channel Banner in its large version. Press again to remove. RIGHT ARROW also works when no banner is visible.
RIGHT ARROW - Pressing RIGHT arrow while the banner is visible cycles between a small, medium and large version of the banner, each with a different amount of information. This sets the size of banner displayed while changing channels.
CLEAR - hides graphics that aren't part of the program (status bar, channel banner, Tivomatic). Helpful when picture is paused to see entire screen.
FWD - Fast Forward with three speeds (3x, 20x, 60x). Acts as single frame forward when pause or slow in effect.
BACK - Rewind with three speeds (3x, 20x, 60x). Acts as single frame back when pause or slow in effect.
RECORD - To record the program you're watching. This will also include any earlier part of the program that is in the Live TV buffer. The recording will stop automatically when the program ends. You can stop it before that by pressing the RECORD button.
ENTER/JUMP - jump back to the last channel you were on, same tuner.
DOWN ARROW - Jump to alternate tuner. Also available from the large channel banner.

Live TV Program Guide
DISPLAY - Shows panel to change guide attributes, including guide style to DirecTV Grid or Tivo Live Guide.
BACK/FWD - DirecTV Grid Only: Page Left/Right to view past/future program schedule in 1-˝ hour increments. Tivo Live Guide Only: When cursor is on the right side panel, listing programs for a specific channel, use as single channel up/down.
UP ARROW - Tivo Live Guide Only: On the right side panel, listing programs for a specific channel, use UP ARROW to view past program schedule, as much as remains in the guide database.

Tivomatic
This Icon appears during a commercial for upcoming programs. Also works in recorded programs.
THUMBS UP or SELECT - Will bring up Program Information Panel for upcoming program in ad.

Music Channels
DISPLAY or RIGHT ARROW - brings back song information after screen saver kicks in after 5 minutes of no remote activity.
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Old 09-21-2002, 10:58 AM   #22
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shows running over when space is tight

Just wanted to post about my experience on Fox last night in case no one else has posted this tip before.

I had SPs for both Firefly (Fox) at 8:00 pm and Monk (USA) at 10:00 pm. I was tight on space, so I was planning to come home and catch up to Live TV so I could also watch John Doe (following Firefly) before TiVo had to switch channels to record Monk at 10 PM.

Came home and discovered the Giants game was running over. What could I do to keep from missing some of Firefly?

I could have dumped the partial recording with the Giants game, but I didn't want to risk it in case the game ended suddenly while I was in the TiVo Menus and I missed the beginning of Firefly. So I went into the 'change recording options' and extended the time by a half-hour, but then I re-checked the time. Still not enough time since the game had run over by about 32 minutes.

So I went into the Now Playing List, dumped some stuff, and tried again. Nope, it still wanted to delete shows to make room for Monk at 10:00 pm.

So Monk had to go. Since there are tons of repeats, it was easy to find another one. Took the 10:00 pm out of the Now Playing list.

Then I was able to:

1) pad the still-recording Firefly by a full hour
2) save Firefly to VCR while watching it so I could delete it immediately afterwards
3) watch the beginning of John Doe on the recording
4) switch to the buffer to watch the end of John Doe

I may have lost a second or so in the transition from the end of the recorder to watching in the buffer, but the transition seemed pretty seamless.

Edited to fix a sentence where I left out some words.

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Old 09-24-2002, 08:29 PM   #23
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I have just come aboard. Very pleased with the help afforded via yur insight into the inner workings of TIVO. Thank you
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Old 09-25-2002, 09:48 AM   #24
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One additional tip for the last section of the original post. When searching for upcoming movies, I have made only the premium movie channels (501 - 550 on DTV) my "favorites" so I can search for movies that haven't been hacked to death to add commercials and take out "objectionable" scenes.
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Old 09-29-2002, 10:18 PM   #25
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We have a 35 hour Phillips and my wife has season passes for HGTV this, and HGTV that, she can use up 35 hours in less than two days! Now my daughter is starting to record "the worlds most eligible bachelor," big brother throws out little brother and girlfriends, MTV, blah, blah.

What do I do? We've got three tvs, all hooked up to the satellite; one DIRTVO, one sat receiver, and one that's ready to hook up to the sat.

Do I need 3 TIVO's or a Divorce Lawer?
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Old 09-30-2002, 10:19 AM   #26
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Well, unless you're going to divorce your daughter too, you definitely need 3 TiVos, and some expansion hard disks!
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Old 10-07-2002, 09:04 AM   #27
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Thumbs up excellent post!!

what an excellent post DMHinCO! thanks!

this was printed immediately and was invaluable in my getting acquainted with my new S2 80 hour TIVO. I LOVE IT!

thanks again!

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Old 10-14-2002, 09:49 AM   #28
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More newbie advise - just wait!

I just purchased a Tivo this past Saturday morning. As this was the first time I had ever used a Tivo (I didn't even test drive one, I was just told about it and I was hooked) the newbie excitement alone drove me throughout the weekend. However, I wish someone had told me this one bit of information:

The first couple days are hard because you have close to nothing in your "Now Playing" list to watch.

Every now and then while watching live TV I would go to Now Playing to see if anything magically appeared - and of course it had not. The upside is that at least one night had transpired and I had some things waiting for me on Sunday morning, and even one that Tivo recorded without me asking (which is AWESOME).

So newbies, the hard lesson is: Be patient while your Tivo acquires your likes and in at least 3 days time (technically even shorter depending on your TV watching style) you'll no longer have to watch Live TV.

I hope this is useful, it was hard learning it!
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Old 10-25-2002, 10:32 PM   #29
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great ideas! Thanks!
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Old 11-03-2002, 10:24 AM   #30
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WOW, a great post and very informative. Thanks for taking the time to do all that work. I have had my Two DirecTiVos for 3 years now and feel like I am pretty profficient with them. I leared a a few things from reading this the first time. I am going to readi it again and I bet I find something else I didnt know......Thanks Again


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