Anything to help read the recording titles from across the room ?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by RandyDtg, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. RandyDtg

    RandyDtg Member

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    Has anyone found something to help read the two recording titles on the front panel from across the room ? Its a great feature, especially when the tv is not running. But I'd like to be able to read the titles from 15 feet away. I tried a bar magnifier, nope, no chance. Maybe I'll get a monocular for my TV seat.....

    BTW I really love my 750 gig TiVo S3, second best thing I ever got, my S2 was the first!!


    Although, I can't imagine scrolling thru hundreds of recorded shows......
     
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  5. boywaja

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    even the clock is a little tough. much easier to read the clock on the SA8300.
     
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    hookbill Feathered Member

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    Yeah your right! Wow. I remember that now. Well, that decides it I guess I'll return my S3 now despite all the other things such as reliable recording, better pq on all types of display, easier program search. What was I thinking buying this thing! :rolleyes:

    Please see signature. ;)
     
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  9. RandyDtg

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    I tried the binoculars, that doesnt work. I also tried attaching a bar magnet (one for reading), nope that didnt work. If I could put my TiVo S3 up higher, that might, but the HDTV is too big, I have to keep the TiVo under it. This is not a complaint, although this is a funny string..
    Man o Man, I love my TiVo, the people so worried over costs, TiVo saves me TIME, and is a pleasure, and dependable. I had to use the HD SA(monster) for almost a year. Cant tell you how many times I had to flip over to my TiVo S2 to get a better program description.

    Oh well, this may sound minor, but when I'm watching a recording, I'll still have to get up or lean way forward when my curiousty about what its recording gets to me (I know, I could pause and go to now playing...) If I could figure out how to get the display to stay brite longer, that would help....

    Could be my failed LASIK, which really dammaged my dominant eye, but thats another story...

    Thanks for your comments.
     
  10. mbernste

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    If you press the info button on your remote, the OLED will light up, thus making it easier to read what's recording (not to mention the clock).
     
  11. Spiff

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    Of course, if you press the info button on the remote, it's also a little easier to see the clock that shows up on the screen. :D
     
  12. JohnBrowning

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    The OLED is really a wasted "feature". I can't see it either. Perhaps a piece of black electrical tape is the right answer!!
     
  13. ruc2827

    ruc2827 New Member

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    Under Messages & Settings > Settings > Displays > Displays on the Front of the DVR > Clock, change the setting to Bright (note this is for all information displayed on the front of the DVR, not just the clock).

    Once this is set, clicking Info on the remote will change the OLED display to bright settings allowing you to see it more easily.
     
  14. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    And you win the award for being the third person to post this info, in a thread that only has 13 entries! :D :confused:
     
  15. yunlin12

    yunlin12 Tivonation Citizen

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    How about setting up a webcam pointed at the S3 front panel display, and have it streamed to your cell phone?
     
  16. Jiffylush

    Jiffylush New Member

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    now that is ingenuity ;)

    Mine sits in a closet, but I do occasionally walk by and sneak a peak.
     
  17. ruc2827

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    You missed the point, which is that pressing Info in and of itself isn't the optimal solution to the stated problem. Instead, you first have to change the brightness setting (which isn't that intuitive since it is called the "clock brightness") then press Info.
     
  18. Fletcher13

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    Yes, when you're making that setting change, it says right there, "Note: The display will automatically dim when inactive. Pressing the INFO button will temporarily activate the display."

    Does anyone know how to disable the "feature" of it dimming when inactive? I want the front panel display to be at its bright setting 24/7.
     
  19. ruc2827

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    Even better would be to have the option for it to be bright during the day and dim late at night, which is what the the Pioneer Series2 does.
     
  20. JohnBrowning

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    That's correct. And it does nothing to help my 50 year old eyes! It ain't about brightness, for me at least. The characters are simply too small!
     

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