BOKKMARKS Don't Record, But They Should.

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Furmaniac, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. Furmaniac

    Furmaniac Active Member

    Apr 3, 2018


    I think it's crazy that when you "Bookmark a show or an episode, and that show or episode is later broadcast, the DVR does not record it for you. That's absolutely nuts!

    Sometimes I want to just select certain episodes to watch and not make a One Pass. It's easy to select episodes to bookmark for streaming, but if you want to select them for future recording, you need to create a WishList with the program name followed by list of (optional) episode titles. Crazy!
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  2. chiguy50

    chiguy50 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    I believe that bookmarking is a separate action from recording. You can mark a program for one or the other or both (these are separate actions).

    What irks me is when the bookmarking does not result in the program showing up as available until days after it has aired (in my experience, typically three to four days or more). TiVo (even in the pre-Rovi days) was never very efficient in tracking streaming programming, and I have no real expectation that this feature will improve on the DVR system (maybe the Android-based TiVo Stream 4K will operate better in this tracking feature).

    The current status, however, is better than nothing, but it is still annoying to see bookmarked programs parked in the Not Currently Available folder as much as a week after they have been shown/dropped on HBO/HBO Go, for example.
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  3. Furmaniac

    Furmaniac Active Member

    Apr 3, 2018
    I personally cannot defend the fact that put bookmarks and wishlists are completely separate.
    It's so easy to bookmark 10 episodes of a series but theoretically you should also create a wishlist with those 10 episodes on it as well. For the latter that's a lot of typing.
    Let's say you bookmark some movies, shows or episodes for which you have to pay to watch on a streaming service.
    If that show is later broadcast while the bookmark is still in effect, TiVo will not alert you or automatically record the show ... which would otherwise be viewed for free.
    Very poor programming in my opinion
  4. kdmorse

    kdmorse Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jan 29, 2001
    Germantown, MD
    Well, it's not so much programming, as it is poor design. The programming does exactly what it's supposed to do.

    Bookmarks were born of the idea that you should *not* be recording shows, you should be streaming them. In fact, they exist partly so that once a show is available to stream, you can delete shows from your hard disk, and replace those recorded shows with bookmarks so that you can still watch the shows, from the same folder, even though you no longer have a local copy. It would be entirely counterproductive if the recording engine spent time, disk space, and tuners rerecording such shows. The assumption was of course that over time *everything* would be available via streaming from one service or another, and that would be *more* convenient than a local recording.

    It was a daft idea. But don't blame the programmers for implementing the daft idea to spec. ;)
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  5. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL


    I never had a problem with marketing's idea that a Tivo could've been the One Box to handle everything. But then Tivo did what they always do and dropped the ball.
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