If you could add a feature to TIVO what would it be?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by occraig, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. Nov 8, 2009 #161 of 279
    TexasGrillChef

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    I hope a consolidated NPL would be an option you could turn on or off. I know that I DON'T want all my TiVo's showing the same NPL. Different one should be shown for the "kids" TiVo as from the "Home Theater" room as from my bedroom as well.

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  2. Nov 8, 2009 #162 of 279
    magnus

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    Agree 100%.... this is the one feature I would want.

     
  3. Nov 8, 2009 #163 of 279
    Stormspace

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    how about MRV that works with a tuning adapter.
     
  4. Nov 8, 2009 #164 of 279
    westies-from-he

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    It would be nice to have a way to *tempoararily* disable Season Passes without having to delete them.

    If you go on vacation, somethings you don't care about ("Spongebob Squarepants" come to mind), but it's too much of a pain to delete and then have to re-add later. So it would be nice to have a "suspend" function.
     
  5. Nov 8, 2009 #165 of 279
    Adam1115

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    Oh right, speaking of season passes?

    It'd be nice to be able to set a pass based on year of episodes. Instead of either new or repeats? How about 'only episodes that aired in 2009'.
     
  6. Nov 9, 2009 #166 of 279
    Burrens

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    Not sure if this has been mentioned, but the UI needs a face lift. The menus and sub-menus are not organized very intuitively, and the guide needs to be updated for HD users. It was fine a few years ago, but now it seems outdated. Still wouldn't trade it it for the the cable co. DVR, but that doesn't mean it's fine the way it is.
     
  7. Nov 9, 2009 #167 of 279
    TexasGrillChef

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    Well thats not a new feature... thats just fixing one that is broken. Or maybe turned off because of Copy Protection flags. Although I wouldn't know. Currently I am lucky enough not to have to need a Tuning Adapter. Although I am unlucky enough to be wtih TWC and thus everything is copy protected except for the OTA broadcast channels equivelants.

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  8. Nov 9, 2009 #168 of 279
    retired_guy

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    I just figured what my TiVos are costing me in electricity charges, assuming 35 watts/hour per TiVo and my average cost per kilowatt hour of $.277 which I calculated from my last Sillicon Valley PG&E bill. It comes to $6.98/month for each of four TiVos. If I calculate using my highest marginal rate of $.40 to $.61 per kwh for over 300% of baseline, my cost/month/TiVo is really around $12/month. I know those rates are higher than what most see, but with the national emphasis on "green" energy, costs are probably going to go much higher for all.

    I'd like to see TiVo develop an energy saving "green" mode of operation in which the drive and other feasible components are shut down. For example, if the TiVo has not sensed a key press for thirty minutes and no programs are scheduled for recording, enter green mode. Any key press or need to record would return the TiVo to standard mode. There are some tricky issues regarding network activity, but in general, as long as network requests didn't require disk activity, the TiVo would stay in green mode. I suggest limiting green mode entry to only certain user provided schedules, such as during the work day or 11pm through 7am since green mode could result in irritating delays. It'd probably require new hardware to enable a good implementation of green mode but TiVo could benefit as well as users in that it'd be a great marketing tool to use against cable DVRs, many of which I suspect are even less energy efficient that today's TiVos.
     
  9. Nov 9, 2009 #169 of 279
    TexasGrillChef

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    I too would love to see a green mode. Not because I am concerned about the cost of my electricity bill. But because I need lower power devices.

    In the next couple of months, I will be installing Solar Panels and a windmill system to generate about 135% of my electricity needs. I am trying to go "OFF GRID". Thus you will be paying me for electricity.... Hopefully.

    So I would love more "green" appliances. Even though I won't be paying for electricty. The less I use the more I can sell to you! ;)

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    P.S. In case you want to know why I am going off grid. My Electric bill normally runs about $450 a month. I use about 3000 kw per month. I am installing a 5600 kw system. (3300kw solar, 3300kw wind). At a cost of just a little less than $17,000. Thats before Texas "Green" rebates, Federal "Green" rebates (From the stimulas package) and IRS tax deductions. Even before all of that. The system will pay for it self in 37 months. Less because of the rebates and Tax deductions. System is warrantied for 10 years, & should last 20. (I could get a 10 year extended warranty for another $1800 if I want giving a total 20 year warranty)

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  10. Nov 9, 2009 #170 of 279
    cheesesteak

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    This is what I was coming here to ask for.

    Oh, and a clock on the front panel. I've gotten rid of my Comcast cable boxes and have put my dvd players on a power strip that's only on when I need it on. Now I have no idea what time it is when I'm in my living room. :)
     
  11. Nov 9, 2009 #171 of 279
    JWThiers

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    Have you tried the SPS9S code (Select-Play-Select-9-Select)? It pust a clock in the lower right of the TV.
     
  12. Nov 9, 2009 #172 of 279
    morac

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    What cable/broadcast stations use DTS? As far as I'm aware none do so having DTS would be a waste since there would be nothing you could play that is DTS encoded.
     
  13. Nov 9, 2009 #173 of 279
    Stormspace

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    Precisely. I hate to be the guy that hates on new stuff, but you can look all over the forum to see where TiVo should be focusing. NPL Blanking, MRV issues, and Tuning Adapter issues to name a few. TiVo needs to straighten up.
     
  14. Nov 9, 2009 #174 of 279
    TexasGrillChef

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    TiVo's are MUCH more than just a DVR to record your favorite TV shows. They play movies that you can download/stream from the internet. As well as play movies you have ripped from DVD's AND Blu-ray discs that you own. Keep in mind that the TiVo allready supports Netflix streaming, as well as Amazon VOD, YouTube, as well as RSS feeds of video as well. You can create your "own" movie jukebox system as well that will work with your TiVo for a rather low price. Much much lower than the Kaleidascope Movie Jukebox system that runs at $10,000 or more.

    A good percentage of movies released on DVD in the last few years are now encoded with DTS Surround sound audio. About 60 to 65% of all the Blu-ray discs released now all have DTS-HD audio. (Which can be downconverted by pulling the core track out).

    You can easily store your ripped movies (DVD's and Blu-rays) on a USB drive that you can plug into your computer that runs pyTiVo &/or TD+, or what would be the best if you have a large number of movies is a NAS system. They are relatively inexpensive and can store up to about 8TB of space on a simple 4 drive NAS system.

    Storing your DVD's and Blu-rays is legal, because they are considered "Back-up's" which are legal. Even if you play your backup. This way you can STORE your DVD's and Blu-rays in a safe place so they don't get lost, broken, damaged or even stolen.

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    P.S..... however you are correct. If all you use your TiVo for is as a DVR to record your favorite shows & don't use it for anything else. Then your right DTS would not be a feature you would use.
     
  15. Nov 9, 2009 #175 of 279
    TexasGrillChef

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    Thats exactly why they have to split their energies. Many many of us are lucky enough to have a TiVo without issues, after a while if we don't get new features, we get antsy as well. Therefore TiVo has two teams. One working on fixing issues they choose to work on to fix. And another team to keep new developement going and to keep up with other systems being released as well.

    It's a never ending battle between the two sides of fix whats broken, & add new features/capabilities.

    Just curious. Does your MRV work with those network broadcast stations such as ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, PBS etc? The reason I ask, is that copy protection flags are something that TiVo is forced to honor. Not much we can do about that, except complain to the cable companies & networks that are being copy protected as well as complain to the FCC and congress.

    Some are out on the argument though about actual streaming versus moving versus copying from TiVo to TiVo. (Which is what MRV does now). Some say if that "moving" &/or streaming wouldn't break the "agreement" and would be legal. Some say it wouldn't. One thing is for sure. TiVo hasn't implemented it yet. So there is something holding them up on that issue.

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  16. Nov 9, 2009 #176 of 279
    mattack

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    Hmm, I just checked netflix, and for Mythbusters, there are 6 sets of DVDs, and none are full seasons as far as I can tell.. so you're missing a lot of episodes.
     
  17. Nov 9, 2009 #177 of 279
    JasonRossSmith

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    Has anyone said:

    Hulu

    Yet?

    I knew they had....
     
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    True.... but if I get really hard up for new stuff, my sister loves Mythbusters, too and has cable, so I hit her up to save a few episodes for me to get my fix.

    Let me put my vote in for being able to have complete control over another TiVo on the network. I use MRV every day and would love to be able to delete shows I've already seen from any TiVo, not just the one it's recorded on...:up:
     
  19. audiodane

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    I have two really simple requests...

    1) support sorting folder-grouped items alphabetically (currently only root NPL items can be sorted alphabetically)

    2) providing documentation on how to populate more metadata when pushing/pulling content from TD+, pyTivo, etc.

    Tivo, IMO, needs to embrace the idea more that their box is a media server, not a DVR. My kids are destroying our movie discs, so I've begun ripping them and pushing them to our Tivo (bought a brand new huge HDD just for this purpose), but there are subtle frustrations with missing metadata once push/pull'd, and items sorted by the date pushed rather than alphabetically.

    Two simple things-- and the Tivo would become an oh-so-better media center...

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  20. morac

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    The only download/stream that supports 5.1 audio is Amazon (Dolby), so DTS audio would be completely useless for any of the items listed above.

    Technically backing up Blu-ray and DVDs is illegal since in order to do so you must crack the encryption which is against the law (in the U.S.) thanks to the DMCA.

    In any case I highly doubt TiVo will add DTS-HD audio since it is only really useful in the one case you described above (ripped blu-rays). Plus decoding DTS requires special hardware otherwise it would need to be done by the CPU which isn't powerful enough on the current model TiVo DVRs. If TiVo ever puts out a TiVo with a built-in blu-ray drive it would be useful, but until then I don't seeing it happening because it isn't worth the added cost.
     

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