Emergency broadcast behavior

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Spiff72, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. Spiff72

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    I have NEVER seen this happen before...

    I was watching a recorded program on my Sony HDD250 a few minutes ago, and it stopped playing the program, and switched to CSPAN2, which was showing some sort of emergency broadcast (white text superimposed over the program that was airing on CSPAN2). There is a tornado warning in a neighboring county.

    I have NEVER seen this happen before! It switched back to the channel that the DVR had been tuned to previously, but didn't go back to the recorded show I was watching.

    I figured that I would switch over to my Series 3 Tivo and check the weather report - they had broken into the football game on my ABC affiliate. I noticed that it wasn't recording a program that was set to record at 6:00 pm. I went to the recording history for the Tivo, and it said it wasn't recorded because the tuner wasn't available. I switched to the show that should be recording, and started a manual record, and then my Tivo did EXACTLY the same thing that the Sony had just done a few moments earlier (went to CSPAN2). It has been doing this every 5 minutes now. The recording stopped when it did it again, but it does go back to the correct channel after the alert and doesnt continue to record.

    Is this something that the cableco is doing with the cablecard? I am watching cable via the cablecard in my TV to see if it does the same thing...
     
  2. Gregor

    Gregor Wear Your Mask! TCF Club

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    I've seen the emergency weather broadcast on digital cable. Sounds like a bug where the Tivo doesn't restart recording.
     
  3. jmoak

    jmoak Beware of Conky!

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    Welcome to the new EAS rules. (Emergency Alert System)
    When any cablelabs certified box gets the eas message, it has to effectively cease whatever it's doing and switch to whatever channel has been designated as the eas channel.

    If tivo can figure out how to make the box resume recording after a eas interuption it would be pretty cool, as no other digital cable dvr does that so far.

    (well, sa and motorola, anyway.:eek:)
     
  4. Spiff72

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    Sheesh. Can this be turned off??? I am trying to watch a movie here on my Sony DVR, and every 5 minutes it stops playback. This is irritating for a tornado warning that is about 3 counties away. I realize it is a safety thing, but it is the middle of September, for crying out loud.
     
  5. Spiff72

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    Hopefully they only do this for the actual emergencies (like tornado warnings). Hopefully they don't do this for TS warnings and winter storm warnings.
     
  6. Gregor

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    I've only seen it for severe weather emergencies, ie flash flood, or severe thunderstorm warning.

    BTW they test it once a week, at varying times.
     
  7. jmoak

    jmoak Beware of Conky!

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    Can you still watch a recorded program with the cable input disconnected?
    :)
     
  8. Spiff72

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    Hmmm. Hadn't thought of that! I suppose that would work... :D
     
  9. Subversive

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    ...when I get my new box. Fire drills are supid enough, I really don't need this *********. Hopefully I will be able to resist sending threatening letters to the bastard EAS authorities that get me in legal trouble.

    Well at least I don't have to deal with it yet.
     
  10. MikeO

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    This sucks!

    For the 2nd week in a row I get the Emergency Banner on my Series3. It appears to be a weekly test ( weekly??? argh!)


    after I hit <CLEAR> as it instructs ( the tivo ) to clear the banner it is on a channel. The screen was totally blank, no video or audio. When I pressed LiveTV both tuners were on the same channel (blank). I changed channels then went back to the channel that was blank and the video / audio came back..

    sounds like another s3 bug?

    I hope this doesn't happen when my tivo is actually recording something..

    mike
     
  11. Subversive

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    Hey Tivo,

    I don't know whether you do this already or not, but since the Tivo has two tuners, the way this should work--see if you can get the software to do this-- is that the primary tuner should continue recording whatever uninterupted, and only the second tuner should respond the EAS signal, possibly switching it on temporarily for live viewing.

    Or better yet, just assume--and I know might be a small leap--that nobody with a Tivo ever watches TV live anymore, so if both tuners are actively recording, it is pointless to even bother with the EAS signals.
     
  12. Subversive

    Subversive New Member

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    Failing that, maybe we could get some home numbers of EAS officials, call them in the middle of the night and start screaming into the phone, and then just say "this was just a test" and hang up. See how those bastards like it!

    But hopefully Tivo will fine-tune their software to save us from having to deal with these frustrations.
     
  13. Spiff72

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    That sounds different than what I saw. I had no instruction from the Tivo telling me how to clear the message. The only text I saw (every 5 minutes) appeared to be generated externally in the video feed. I wonder if I had pressed "clear", it would have stopped changing channels every 5 minutes.
     
  14. ytsemike

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    My Motorola DCT6412 III will do it (HD on Insight Comm.). Matter of fact, it did it just now recording Bones on Fox. It will interrupt recording, but then go back to the channel and continue recording, breaking the program up into two sections.
     
  15. KenW

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    Did anyone call Tivo and ask them?
     
  16. pinballfan

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    Get a grip!
     
  17. Agent86

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    My CableCard TV does this. I used to be playing an Xbox game on my TV and it would jump back to the TV's tuner and display the EAS testing message.

    Its annoying, but hopefully TiVo can work around it somehow so it does not interrupt recordings too badly.

    The thing is, assuming something really bad was going down, I have to admit I would want to know about it if I was otherwise completely oblivious to the situation.

    It might be nicer if TiVo popped a message on the screen instead of changing to the channel, but I don't know if that is possible given that its part of the CableCard too.
     

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