Adjusting QuickMode speed via SPS codes

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by krkaufman, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. TKnight206

    TKnight206 Active Member

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    Does anyone know the exact runtime of The Big Bang Theory? Without commercials (SkipMode), with the theme song and credits cut, set on 1.9x QuickMode? Because I really want to make a joke about it being "42" hours. But sadly, I think it's going to be longer than that.
     
  2. slowbiscuit

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    Makes you wonder how many more hidden SPS number codes there are. Also why only the 30-sec skip code is sticky where clearly this should be as well.
     
  3. trailmix

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    I know this only works on TE3, but can someone with a TE3 Bolt Vox confirm it works please? I went through the posts in the thread and didn't see that configuration mentioned. Thanks
     
  4. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    I wonder too how long this has been available, but since it seems to only be on TE3 and not yet on TE4, I would guess that it is relatively recent, perhaps the last major software update for TE3.
     
  5. trailmix

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    For the record, and to answer my own question, I did confirm on a TE3 Bolt Vox that this works just like all the other TE3 boxes that have been confirmed.
     
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  6. mattack

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    I ended up using this a lot over the weekend.

    I admit I make this sound like work, but some of these shows with lots of fluff, or reality shows that I enjoy but are still too slow.. are ones that I have been piling up (in SD.. I watch Survivor & Amazing Race in HD soon after they air)..

    But I watched a couple of 5 year old episodes of King of the Nerds at 1.5x, and an ep of America's Got Talent at 1.9x for the NON competition parts and the competition parts at 1x speed.. (and basically FFed through the following results episode, except watched the first few minutes which had the recap intermixed with the other competitors' comments.).

    So I think 1.5x is my new 'minimum' quickplay speed, with 1.9x being the common use for the (as I've said a million times) documentary, news, fluff parts of shows. 1.5x for SNL or reality/game shows I want to "pay attention to" (but still sped up).. and 1x for scripted stuff besides SNL.

    Being able to 30 second skip or Skip Mode through commercials with this (faster) QuickPlay is much easier to use than VLC.... even if I end up changing speeds (as mentioned above) for different shows.
     
  7. trailmix

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    Not sure if this is obvious to everyone, but I discovered that if you use a TE3 Bolt to access a recording on a home network TE4 Roamio they will play back at the adjusted QM speed of the TE3 device.
     
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  8. mattack

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    yeah, same with roamio to P4. The VERY first time(s) I tried it, it seemed not to work (seemed like it was still at the 30% faster).. But I must have been imagining it.

    I still think there's something slightly subtle about making the keypress sequence work.. Though also it seems to NOT show the on screen speed logo if you try to "change" it to the same speed. (As I said above, I'm already switching between 1.5 and 1.9x fairly often.. but sometimes try to "sanity check" that I'm really at 1.9.. since I really do get used to it often, for some kinds of programming..)

    But even without accidentally trying to set the same speed.. sometimes I have to do it multiple times for it to work.. But less often than I used to.. and I still haven't figured out what I'm doing differently.
     
  9. collin

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    I'm having a hard time getting this to apply consistently. Most of the time it just turns quickmode on or off and the "7" and "boost" keys end up giving the BONG sound. Other times, it does show the updated speed onscreen.

    What state should you start on? and how fast should the sequence be pressed?

    honestly, i don't know how the tivo distinguishes it from regular quickmode change since the play and select portion of it is a valid quickmode change: select [does nothing] - Play (pops up status bar) - Select [enters quickmode] - 7 [bong] - (1-9) [bong].
     
  10. Mikeguy

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    Missing the final Select at the end, after the 2 numbers?
     
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  11. kpeters59

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    Are you attempting this while playing back a recorded show?

    That's mostly a requirement...

    -KP
     
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  12. justen_m

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    Also, I've found the first Select-Play combo needs to be hit in fairly quick succession, otherwise it just brings up the QuickMode on/off menu.
     
  13. collin

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    i am starting the sequence while playing a recorded show (that's why it just keeps turning quickmode on/off). i'm trying to press it as fast as i can, but can only get it to "take" like 1 out of 10 tries. even then i can't tell what i did right.
     
  14. mattack

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    I'm way more than 1 out of 10.. I think more than 50/50, but yeah, I think there's some sort of modal issue in the sequence that's necessary. (It doesn't SEEM to be starting with quickmode on or off..)
     
  15. justen_m

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    I figured it out. At least for me. I am now 100% on my TE3 Bolt and Roamio. Maybe 90%. I was aborting early, thinking things failed! They weren't! Now, however... e.g.

    While playing a recording at normal[QM] speed
    Hit S, then P,
    up pops the window, "...Press Select to turn it on[off]."
    Hit S. It'll turn QuickMode on[off]. Ignore it. Continue the sequence, ignoring any BONG sounds.
    Hit 7, [1..9], S. Bingo! You'll get a message showing the new multiplier.

    Sometimes after I complete the sequence, it reverts to the playmode it was in, sometimes it toggles it. I haven't figured out what determines that. Seems fairly random. Maybe the last S toggles it back, but it is timing dependent? And to be clear, it works starting from both normal playback and QuickMode playback, and, if you're curious, with the remote in RF and IR mode.

    [edit] One other thing. If you set the multiplier to what it is already set to, nothing happens. No "FastPlay: 1.MultiplierX" message.
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2019
  16. mattack

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    yeah, I knew that part. Slightly annoying.. since I *do* get used to whatever speed I'm at most of the time, but DO switch between 1.5 and 1.9x fairly often.. So sometimes I have to switch back to the other speed and back to make sure I'm at the 'right' speed, and it's not just missing my entry. (You could argue that if I can't tell, then what does it matter? Well, it will matter when I then start missing something if I'm really at 1.9x.)
     
  17. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Yeah, I don’t see the harm in displaying the “current QuickMode speed” dialog on every execution of the SPS sequence, even if no change in speed resulted.
     
  18. collin

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    ok, that's what I was missing: the select at the end. I guess the times it worked, was because I was hitting select again at the beginning of another try of the sequence.

    now that I've added the select at the end, I can consistently change the speed. Thanks.
     
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  19. trailmix

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    If I hit the TiVo button to go to the menu while watching something in QuickMode, I've noticed sometimes the Picture In Picture window will revert to regular 1x speed. Interestingly if I go back to full screen video and hit play it will still show QuickMode being active even though it is clearly still at regular 1x speed, but I have to turn it off and back on to get it to function properly. I'm not sure if this is a known issue that I never noticed before using 1.9x all the time where the difference in speed from regular 1x is more obvious.
     
  20. Furmaniac

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    I haven't gotten this to work on my Romeo Pro running Hydra te4. Are you all saying that it doesn't work on Hydra?
     

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