How do I do this on the tivo? flip between 2 channels or a recording and keep spot

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by Norman_Maclean, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. Norman_Maclean

    Norman_Maclean New Member

    Jul 30, 2001


    I read the FAQ and it states:

    "The TiVo always buffers both tuners, so one can pause a live TV channel at a commercial, switch to another channel to view for awhile, pause that, and then switch back to the first channel to resume from where they left off, skipping commercials as desired. This makes it possible to watch two concurrent live TV programs."

    I was trying to do this yesterday (I just got the Tivo Premiere box) and it would always go back to live when I flipped to a different channel. How can I watch 2 different channels that are not live, pause one, go to the other, and it is where I left off, then pause that, go back to the original, and have it be where I left off.

    Also is there an easy way to do this for a recorded show? Pause it, flip to a live channel, pause that, flip back to the recording, and then flip back to the channel I was watching at the spot it was paused at?
  2. chicagobrownblue

    chicagobrownblue Well-Known Member

    May 29, 2008
    Chicago, IL

    If you are watching a recorded show, then hit the Live button, you can go back to the recorded show by using the left arrow (next to the select button) twice, but you will have to click Select to resume the recorded program.

    I pause a live program and then wait a few seconds before hitting the left arrow twice. If I don't do this, frequently the live program will be at real time.
  3. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    New Jersey
    Tune to the channel you want to watch, press Pause, switch to the other tuner, tune to the second channel, Pause, switch back to the other tuner.
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    To switch between tuners in Live TV: Pause. Press Live TV button will switch between tuners.

    To switch between a recording and Live TV: from the recording just press Live TV, pause not required. To switch back to recording, just make sure the on-screen display is not up, but if it is, just press clear. Pause. Press Left arrow on the directional. The recording info should be displayed. Press Play.
  5. Norman_Maclean

    Norman_Maclean New Member

    Jul 30, 2001


    Thanks, I figured out the different tuners yesterday while playing around. Is there any difference between the live tv button for this or the last channel button? Last channel seemed to work fine as well when you had paused it first. The back arrow button I didn't know so thanks now I know how to do them both.
  6. jbernardis

    jbernardis Active Member

    Oct 21, 2003
    Princeton NJ
    In my experience, last channel doesn't switch tuners - it switches between the last two channels you had on this tuner and will wipe out the buffer. It is not the same as the live TV button.

    (I'm not sure what happens if the last channel also happens to be what is tuned in on the other tuner though - maybe it will work as desired)
  7. arw03

    arw03 Almost Customer

    Mar 31, 2011
    If you're on tuner 1 and try to change the channel to what tuner 2 is tuned to, TiVo will instead just switch tuners, and both channels will retain their buffer.

    Switching between tuners without losing progress, as everyone said, the "pause" part of that statement is the important part.

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