How can I rely on pausing live TV?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by coryb891, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. coryb891

    coryb891 New Member

    Nov 4, 2005


    So I was watching a football game today and needed to go out to get food at halftime. I paused the live TV to be sure I could get back in time. When I got back, the game was paused, but the feed ended right after the hour. It had switched channels to do a recording.

    The recording on the current tuner was a scheduled recording, but the other tuner was recording a TiVo suggestion. Why does it decide to do this when it knows I've paused the thing because I'm away, and I'm not there to respond to the change channel prompt. Why can't it just cancel the suggestion and do the scheduled recording on that tuner instead? I understand if it had to perform two scheduled recordings, but it really made me angry that it caused me to miss a significant portion of the game to record some show I probably will never watch.

    How can I rely on pausing live TV when it is going to do this to me? I do watch a suggestion every now and then so I don't want to totally turn them off.
  2. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    In that case, I would have just recorded the second half of the game. That way you would have had your scheduled recording on one tuner and your game recording on the other, and the suggestion wouldn't have recorded.
  3. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

    Feb 22, 2001
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Yep. Just press record. Don't depend on pause.

    Most of us TiVo users never watch live TV anymore but I can see sports as being the exception (even though I don't watch them at all).
  4. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 24, 2001
    Ft. Lauderdale
    How does it know that?
  5. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002


    Any program that I want to watch I ALWAYS hit the record button. That way if I'm interrupted or start doing something else I will not miss anything. I've been doing that for decades and it prevents me from missing anything on a show on the TiVo as well as when I used VCRs in the 80's and 90's.
  6. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    In addition, with a sports event, the TiVo will ask if you want to add any time to cover OTs or a slow game. It will cancel any suggestions and prompt you in the event that you have other conflicts such as season passes or wish lists.

    To Pause is to pee, but a sandwich needs a Record.
  7. tiassa

    tiassa Me --Avatar

    Jul 2, 2008
    not to mention the fact that you could inadvertently change channels on the which would cause you to lose the buffer.

    You could also turn of suggestions.
  8. allan

    allan Just someone TCF Club

    Oct 13, 2002
    Yup! It's not unusual for me to be away from the TV longer than I planned. Maybe I can get away with just Pausing, but the only way to be SURE that I don't miss the show is to Record it.
  9. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    I also agree with "press record" crowd.

    I used to rewind the buffer to watch some news shows - just ended up dumping the buffer too many times. Know I just hit record and never have any problems.
  10. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    Add my vote to the "record it" crowd. Turning off suggestions only solves one problem.

    FWIW, I do turn off suggestions, second thing I do on a new TiVo once I have control. (The first thing is to turn of sound effects). I get enough backed up on my own w/o the TiVo adding to it. But if you want to keep them on, by all means do so. Just record anything you really want to watch.
  11. tenthplanet

    tenthplanet Well-Known Member

    Mar 5, 2004
    Go with record, I have more than once bumped channels and lost buffers as is stated above. I also have suggestions off.
  12. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

    Oct 15, 2003

    I hate it when that happens!!!
  13. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    So YOU'RE the one who's been using my brain when I'm not looking! :D
  14. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 24, 2001
    Ft. Lauderdale
    I've inadvertently left my Tivo paused for days.
  15. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    That's not normally possible in the live buffer. Once you hit the back of the 30 minute buffer it'll unpause and just keep playing 30 minutes behind.

    The one time I think you could get a buffer paused indefinatly is if you paused it less than 30 minutes before a recording started on that same tuner. Then you sit in the odd "orphaned" buffer that would let you watch up to the time the scheduled recording started. (But if you ever leave that buffer there's no way to get back to it).
    That buffer might remain orphaned even after the tuner is done recording (but I don't know for sure).

    And of course a show from Now Playing can be paused forever.
  16. pdhenry

    pdhenry Oh, my aching back

    Feb 27, 2005
    TB would like to record suggestions while his TiVo is in infinite pause...
  17. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    There's an extremely simple solution. Don't watch live TV. There is no point in doing so. I haven't watched live TV once in over 11 years.
  18. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    He He! You must have to be very careful where you look in Airport waiting areas and some eating places! :D
  19. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

    Feb 20, 2011
    Denver ish...
    I think Shakespeare said that "Better three hours too soon than a minute too late." or maybe it was " 'Pause' to pee, but 'record' to replenish thy larder"

  20. TolloNodre

    TolloNodre En Fuego

    Nov 3, 2007
    I always get a chuckle when I read stuff like that.

    Thanks. :up:

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