Emergency Alerts - Nanny State

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by CJLinst, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Sep 11, 2011 #1 of 130

    CJLinst New Member

    Mar 13, 2005
    How far we have fallen. How did the human race survive for eons without interrupting TV? How did we survive without the 911 system?

    All hail big, intrusive government. It should be a system preference to disable this crap. The big thinkers in DC obviously know what's best for me in all circumstances. They should reimburse the money I put into my pair of Premiere XLs and Lifetime service since the boxes are basically useless for anything other than their purposes any time the weather gets interesting.

    Given CHOICE, you people in Tornado Alley could leave it enabled.

    And don't even get me started on Amber alerts.

    We should all just get mandatory government digital receivers implanted into our central nervous systems at birth and be done with it.
  2. Sep 11, 2011 #2 of 130

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    Seriously? This is what you complain about on 9/11? How quickly we forget.......

    The current system is a HUGE upgrade from the old system. Your TV show used to be interrupted completely. Now it just kicks you out of the show you are watching but the content of the show is not interrupted.

    I for one am thankful that I live in country that has technology like this. It might save my life one day.
  3. Sep 11, 2011 #3 of 130

    JoeTaxpayer Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    I couldn't have said it better, aadam.
  4. Sep 11, 2011 #4 of 130
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Yeah, it is an ironic day to complain that we get too much warning of potential disasters...
  5. Sep 11, 2011 #5 of 130

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member

    Dec 15, 2003
    Denver ish
    Huh? I can't remember the last time directv has interrupted my programming....
  6. Sep 11, 2011 #6 of 130

    Wil Unknown Member

    Sep 26, 2002
    If you are against government doing these things, you are honor-bound to ignore the government warnings. Ride it out.
  7. Sep 11, 2011 #7 of 130

    TWinbrook46636 Member

    Feb 8, 2008
    Did you misplace your tin foil hat?
  8. Sep 11, 2011 #8 of 130

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

    Aug 2, 2003
    I have no sympathy for anyone who uses the term "nanny state". But yeah, these things are annoying. Not so much the actual alerts, as the endless damn "tests". I finally got my first real alert the other day, but I've seen dozens (hundreds?) of tests.
  9. Sep 12, 2011 #9 of 130

    Tobashadow Read over there --->

    Nov 11, 2006
    I don't get the Series 3 style alerts only the cable system ones and Charter here has only interrupted once for a thunderstorm in the last 5+ but tests the damn system 15+ times a day.
  10. Sep 12, 2011 #10 of 130

    jfh3 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area
    Unplug TiVo and/or your TV. No more warnings until you want them. When you do, plug back in whatever devices you unplugged.

    You do ultimately MAKE the choice ...
  11. Sep 12, 2011 #11 of 130

    CJLinst New Member

    Mar 13, 2005
    @jfh3 A simple preference checkbox would be much more convenient.
  12. Sep 12, 2011 #12 of 130

    smbaker Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2003
    Sue the federal goverment? good luck with that...

    I'm with the OP. These emergency alert nuisances are unnecessary. My Bluray player doesn't know about the EAS. My Playstation 3 doesn't know about the EAS. My computer doesn't know about the EAS. My toaster doesn't know about the EAS. Why does my DVR suddenly need to know about it? and to forcibly change the channel? What's next? Should my TV turn itself on when there's an EAS signal and ramp up my volume?

    Even if it is necessary to display an EAS banner, why can I not make the choice myself on whether I want to change stations?

    It's technological overkill. We don't need it.
  13. Sep 12, 2011 #13 of 130

    CJLinst New Member

    Mar 13, 2005
    @shadowplay0918 I didn't say "democrats" I said "liberals." Plenty of nanny state liberals in the GOP. But they're usually better classified as police state liberals.
  14. Sep 12, 2011 #14 of 130

    Millionaire2K Active Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    There should be an option to disable. The end.
  15. Sep 12, 2011 #15 of 130

    aridon Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Well instead of interrupting the recorded show they could just overlay it on whatever you are watching. Unfortunately its mostly half ass with everything else so its not surprising.
  16. Sep 12, 2011 #16 of 130

    tomhorsley Well-Known Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    The alerts aren't that bad of an idea (although getting incessant weather alerts with the advice to stay inside when I'm already inside watching TV is annoying). The bigger problem is tivo's implementation of the alerts. Things like getting yanked out of a recorded show you are watching, then not being put back into that recording at the place you left when the alert is done, so you have to play from the beginning again and fast forward till you see something you don't recognize. Tivo could make these things a lot less irritating without violating any nanny state regulations.
  17. Sep 12, 2011 #17 of 130
    Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    I agree with this. Of all the things I could find to complain about when we look at what our government does and how it spends our money, this isn't one I would even find the slightest bit annoying.
  18. Sep 12, 2011 #18 of 130

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    The alert isn't just for people directly affected. Imagine sitting home on 9/11 and watching only recorded shows while a loved one is in the WTC. You could very well have missed the entire thing and not found out until the towers had fallen.

    That is of course an extreme case, I think it gets more usage for things like tornadoes. I don't live in a tornado area but I think every second counts and I would want to know as soon as humanly possible.

    I am far from a liberal. I don't know how often they test the system but I only see the alerts in the middle of the night if I happen to be up. I very rarely see them during the day and never during prime time.
  19. Sep 12, 2011 #19 of 130

    CJLinst New Member

    Mar 13, 2005
    I can imagine lots of things. Unfortunately, so can politicians.

    As the system is right now, it would yank me off CNN, where I might have been already watching said event getting important information, and put me on whatever channel it deems appropriate with no way to cancel even if I ALREADY KNOW what the message is telling me. And God only knows how many times an hour they would broadcast something like 9/11.

    If I want to watch the news, I'll turn on the news.

    If I want to watch live TV, I'll turn on live TV.
  20. Sep 12, 2011 #20 of 130

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

    Aug 2, 2003
    Time to exercise my option to disable CJLinst. *plonk*

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