Add a digital clock to the Roamio (and mini?)

Discussion in 'TiVo Suggestion Avenue' started by ajfjc, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. OrangeCrush

    OrangeCrush Active Member

    Feb 18, 2016
    Having just switched over to Tivo, the clock was the first thing my SO complained about, so I'm looking for a solution. Setting a regular clock-radio in the entertainment center will probably get scoffed at.

    Has anyone found a small, unobtrusive LED clock that I can set in there? It needs to be visible in the dark without pushing a button or making a noise or anything silly. Essentially.. a standalone clock to set in front of the TIVO to silence a complaint. :)

    I've had a surprisingly difficult time finding one.
  2. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    I have a smallish timex alarm clock (not clock radio) that can tuck into almost any gap in a home theater set up (used to sit under the gap in my rear projection tv when I had that). It is old but a search on Amazon for timex alarm clock shows a lot of small clocks.
  3. dmurphy

    dmurphy Home Again

    Jan 16, 2002
    Was a DirecTV customer for 15+ years before switching to FiOS. D* doesn't do the clock thing. Thought it looked so weird on the FiOS boxes that I electrical-taped over them.

    Glad the TiVo's don't have it. One less light to annoy me. :)
  4. RoamioJeff

    RoamioJeff Unregistered User

    May 8, 2014
    And the clock should have a 12:00 flashing mode for nostalgic value. :D
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  5. Sam Ray

    Sam Ray Member

    Jul 29, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    A clock and a timer are different. A clock needs to know what the current time is; either by us entering it or by it getting from a source such as the internet (NTP) or a satellite signal. A timer does not need to know what time it is.

    A Tivo is a computer capable of many things. People typically personalize computers for use the way they want to use them; that is what the term "Personal Computer" means. One person's preferences is not everyone's preferences.
  6. adessmith

    adessmith Active Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    It would cost a lot more than simply "adding a clock" for tivo to add a screen that shows time. It wouldn't make any sense for the time on the front of the device to be independent of the time the box already keeps... so its not just a matter of building a clock into the box, its adding a screen that interfaces with the computer inside of the tivo to display the system time.
    I know people want to think "LCD Clocks are cheap, it wouldn't cost but a few dollars to add"... but then remember the tivo is just a computer that the clock would need to interface with.
    See if you can find a device to put in a computers drive bay that pulls the time from the system and displays it on the front of the computer? Usually it's going to be something like a fan controller that would do that... you can't really find an add-on display that does nothing except display your systems time.
    It's fine if the device needs a display already, the clock is usually a secondary function on a screen that is needed for something else, but to add a display simply for displaying the system time would be a huge waste of money.
    Besides, a lot of people put their components in cabinets or closets these days and never look at them.
  7. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    A TiVo is a dedicated Consumer Electronic device, not a personal computer.

    Let us think about this, does Roku have a clock? No. Does Apple TV have a clock? No. Does Tablo or any of the other modern streaming / recording devices have a clock? No...

    These devices are investing in RF remotes to allow them to be hidden from view, not used as a clock. Just because VCR's of the past had (Much Maligned) clocks to support timing functionality - does not mean it fits a modern design scheme. And that isn't just TiVo's interpretation, it is the same design decision made by every modern CE device.

    So, stop being stuck in the '80s...
  8. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Hey, don't knock the 80s. ;)
  9. sfhub

    sfhub Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2007
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  10. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Active Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Select play select 9 select....Voila! Digital click on your TiVo.
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  11. PSU_Sudzi

    PSU_Sudzi Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Philly suburbs
    Or you could hang a clock on a wall or near the TV.
  12. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    Yep, we have one of the atomic clock/temp/humidity units on our TV stand. We can see the time and the temperature outside. :)

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  13. wpatters1229

    wpatters1229 web Guy

    Nov 11, 2003
    I just wish they would add showing the clocking as an option in the setup section so you can always have it showing even after a por. BUT if the clock goes away I at least know that the device has a por happen.
  14. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    I have a cheap Radio Shack digital clock on top of my home entertainment system below my TV.
  15. aphoid

    aphoid Member

    Jul 7, 2013
    I got a bolt last year and miss the OLED screen from my Series3 that had a clock and, more importantly, told me what was being recorded at the moment. That lack of screen kept me from buying a Series4 or Series5, but the Bolt finally offered enough. To replace the clock functionality, we ended up taking an ancient iPad, installing a free clock app on it, and putting that on the entertainment console.
  16. PSU_Sudzi

    PSU_Sudzi Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Philly suburbs
    This setup works for me.

    Last edited: Nov 11, 2017
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  17. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Active Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    But it's not hi tech o cool. And go bout daylight savings? TiVo took care of all that. Now you have to get up twice a year. No way, man!
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  18. Bsteenson

    Bsteenson TiVo is no BS

    Jul 30, 2000
    Always had the screen clock on (select-play-select-9-select) in previous models and software, but on new hydra software it has to be reactivated every time you switch to a new program. Anyone found a solution?
  19. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    I think they have been discussed. A small digital clock next to the tv.
  20. rucka

    rucka Member

    May 14, 2007
    I just wish Hydra didn't kill the Select Play 9 Select code that allowed for a clock on the upper right hand screen of the TV

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