Absolutely the most needed improvement

Discussion in 'TiVo Suggestion Avenue' started by lillevig, May 7, 2011.

  1. May 7, 2011 #1 of 39
    lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

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    Ok, so maybe the title of this post is a bit of hyperbole but the one thing that really drives me crazy is that there is no button on the remote for putting the Tivo into Standby mode. We watch a lot of TV without turning on the Tivo so it's a pain to have to step through the Tivo menus to get it into Standby before switching back to the TV tuner. I'm still relatively new to Tivo but have accumulated two Series 1's and an HD (all with lifetime sub) so I don't know if this is a feature on the Premiere.
     
  2. May 7, 2011 #2 of 39
    Playloud

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    I thought I read one time that standby mode didn't save hardly a lick of power. If that is the case, there is really no point.
     
  3. May 7, 2011 #3 of 39
    wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    Although there's no "Standby" button on TiVo Inc.'s own remotes, there is a discrete Standby code which you can program into a universal remote. I used to do this with my URC-6131. I also included a Standby button in my network remote program, if you're interested in that. (It only works with Series 3 or later.) But now that I have a Slide, I mostly just use the menus... it's not that big a deal.

    Playloud, first of all, it does save power. Second, even if it didn't, there are other reasons to use Standby mode: On Series 1/2, it allows RF passthrough. On Series 3+, it keeps the Emergency Alert System from interrupting recordings.
     
  4. May 8, 2011 #4 of 39
    Playloud

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    Ah! I didn't know that. That actually does sound pretty useful. Nothing more frustrating than an emergency alert interruption.
     
  5. ct1

    ct1 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Well, perhaps a real emergency would be somewhat more frustrating...
     
  6. jakerock

    jakerock Hey ho howdy!

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    I don't understand why you watch TV with out using the TiVo. I haven't watched TV with out the TiVO in years. On the rare occasion when I am watching something that is actually on at the moment, I still like that I can pause it. Frankly if something is 'live' I'll wait before starting to watch it just so I can skip past commercials. I think you're sort of missing much of what makes using the TiVo a great thing.
     
  7. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    Yikes- you don't turn on the TiVo? Why do you have it then?

    Anytime I just happen to like a live program, yes even sports, I'll go ahead and record it while I pick something else to watch (or do). With 20 minutes of commercials per hour, at least, it is an investment in my own time.

    If you look around, I seem to remember that power savings is nearly non-existent on the Premiere, but that on older units there is a bit more of a difference, though still minimal.
     
  8. Wislander

    Wislander New Member

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    I can't imagine watching TV without using my TiVo; that being said, if it truly went into a stand-by/sleep mode, it would have to still be running in part to come back on-line to record your programs. So it would never really ever go into a full power saving mode. I think it would also require a heavy redesign of the system itself.
     
  9. gcristof

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    I's be happy if they just stopped the Tivo Main Menu from timing out and suddenly going to Live TV. Sucks when you have to run from the dinner table to quickly lower the volume as it starts blasting through your surround sound system!
     
  10. shwru980r

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    External e-sata disk array with RAID 1 and tivo able to warn when a disk fails.
     
  11. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

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    I should have responded to these earlier but forgot about this post. Here's the deal: I do not really care much about being able to pause live TV so I use my Tivos mostly for recording stuff. One of the Tivos is a Series2 DT so when watching live TV I need to turn on the cable box if I want to get the HD channels. On the main Tivo (living room) I have a cablecard installed but I can still get all of the local channels in HD on my TV without turning on the Tivo. Most of the shows we watch live are on the local channels so why turn on one more piece of equipment?
     
  12. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    threads like these are why I do not come around the forum much anymore
     
  13. lpwcomp

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    John's...
    On the older TiVos, standby mode turned off the RF modulator so that the RF out acted as a pass-through, thus enabling you to record something on the TiVo and use the TV's tuner to watch something else w/o splitting the cable. The newer TiVos have no RF out. On any standalone TiVo, you get some minimal power savings by not producing any output. I believe DirecTiVos, at least the older ones, actually spin down the drive and stop recording.

    I did not know about the non-recording of Emergency Alert System notices. Good to know. Of course now I have to get into the habit of putting it in standby mode.
     
  14. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    John's...
    And yet you still felt it necessary to post something.
     
  15. TiVo Mel

    TiVo Mel King of TiVo Nation

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    Vegas?
    WTF?
     
  16. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    John's...
    "Can I have the Spam, eggs, bacon, and Spam without the Spam?"
    "EEEWW!"
     
  17. magnus

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    Seriously? If there were only one thing Tivo would work on ever.... this would not be it. Suspend has no value at all. It just shuts off the display to the screen.

    Let's ask Tivo for something that really has meaning: DLNA or Whole Home DVR Support (Single NPL for all Tivos on your Network).
     
  18. smbaker

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    Add a button to the remote, call it "green mode", and have it suspend. Rebrand as the "Premiere Green" with a big "green mode" sticker on the box. Add an asterisk about micrograms of CO2 saved by using green mode. Profit.
     
  19. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

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    Now that's the spirit! :D
     
  20. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    I guess you really don't see the point of your Tivo, do you? The suspend button would do nothing more than not display to the screen. If it went into a true suspend mode then it would not record anything and it would not buffer anything. Just shutting off the display to the TV would not be enough to call it "green".
     

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