Hope for Positive TiVo Improvements?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by atmuscarella, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. Hogues92

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    No, I'm lucky. Frankly, I hadn't thought of TA problems. Are there different TA problems with different platforms, or does the TA's have the same problem with, say, the Ceton card as they would Tivo?
     
  2. lrhorer

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    I don't really know. That's why I asked. Other than extended power outages or last minute schedule changes or over-runs, none of which the WMC system could avoid, either, the only reason my Series III class TiVos have ever missed a recording is a locked-up TA.

    Also, I'm not sure how "lucky" that is. Unless you are on an all-digital system, it means your channel line-up is quite limited.
     
  3. lrhorer

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    My first thought was Bill W, who founded Alcoholics Anonymous. By the reference to Texas, I'm guessing maybe it is George W. Bush? I certainly wish I didn't know who he is.
     
  4. lrhorer

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    I freely admit to having a limited knowledge of the Netflix interface. Since there doesn't seem to be a way to observe it without signining up for Netflix, I'm limited in my personal experience of the system. That said, what I have heard of the Netflix interface suggests it is vastly less sophisticated or flexible as the boolean expressions supported by the TiVo.

    That has been my (admittedly limited) experience, as well. Not only that, but the number of interesting offerings (especailly in HD streaming) seem to be minimal, at best.
     
  5. lrhorer

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    I would pay to have PIP removed from my TiVo. I have a TV that has PIP on it. It's exceedingly annoying.
     
  6. innocentfreak

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    As I have previously posted...http://instantwatcher.com

    No need to be a member.
     
  7. lrhorer

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    Is that the Netflix UI? The one that is supposed to have more filters than the TiVo? It's pathetic. I'll give it moderately high marks for displaying 30+ titles per page. TiVo's 8 per page is utterly horrible. Other than that, though, it's weak as water. It also doesn't help that the selection is downright dismal. According to the search, less than 2200 HD movies are available for streaming. Something like 90% of those are garbage, leaving maybe 300 - 300 interesting programs, most of which I already have. I continue to struggle to see the value, here.
     
  8. innocentfreak

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    No that isn't. It is a third party site using the API. It is merely a way to see some of what is available via Netflix. There may be better sites out there, this is just the one I know off hand.

    The rest is all your opinion on how it is all crap except what you watch so I will just once again ignore that part.
     
  9. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    The Tivo Netflix interface has a lot to be desired. You are presented with a list of movies (that you have to select online and add them to an instant watch folder) similar to the NPL only the background is red with the Netflix logo instead of the TiVo guy.
     
  10. shwru980r

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    This applies to any live programming that is time padded, not just football. You're in the minority, if you have never watched football. Football is extremely popular and I think this would be a great marketing tool. It would eliminate the need for manual intervention to avoid a missed recording when using a wish list search to record football. Using a second Tivo is just another workaround, because you still have to transfer the program or go in the other room to watch it. I suppose you could have two HD Tivos hooked to one TV, but that's kind of expensive just to watch football.

    Another option would be for the Tivo software to recognize back to back time padded recordings on the same channel keep recording the second program on the same tuner as the first program.
     
  11. unitron

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    I would have thought the mangling of the old saying would have given it away.:)
     
  12. innocentfreak

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    I wish TiVo could do this. I would even settle for the WMC method where you can have soft padding only when available so you can pad everything and it will never cause you to miss a show due to the padding.
     
  13. ShoutingMan

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    We agree on this: we'd like a Tivo solution that holistically manages more than two tuners. I'd be fine if I could receive a Tivo software update that brought centralized management of both my Tivos' schedules, as you prefer.

    As for reliability: it's all about degree. You consider four tuners in a single box too risky. Do you consider two-tuners in a single box too risky? What about four, single-tuner devices to record four channels? It seems you've got an arbitrary demarcation. In five years, you'll have 8-tuner boxes and argue that 16-tuner boxes are too risky :)

    I want a 4-tuner management system. I consider that concept superior to the current need to manually manage and de-conflict individual boxes. As it seems more likely for that to appear in a new four-tuner box than a through a multi-box management software update, and that will be fine for me.

     
  14. qunewsguy

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    I just got a new survey asking me about 3D TV and whether I'd be interested in a 3D TiVo.
     
  15. innocentfreak

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    Did you get the last survey also?
     
  16. TooMuchTime

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    I got the survey that the initial post was all about. As I recall, the question was to rate percentages on some TiVo improvements. I think I put 55% on a 4 tuner TiVo box and 45% on multi-room viewing without copying. Or it was the other way around. Either way, both were pretty close in my estimation.

    In the comments at the end I requested a feature to block programs by name. There's always hope...
     
  17. Stormspace

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    So. We frequently will collect and entire season of a show to watch during a down turn in new shows, does the on demand options on the cable system keep the old episodes indefinitely for people that do this, or is it like Hulu and they only keep the 3 or 4 newest ones?
     

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