My biggest pet peeve with the S3.

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by tep47, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. tep47

    tep47 New Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    This problem has been really bothering me lately. I'm watching live TV on one tuner, while the other is recording a show. Let's say the recorded show ends at 9. Another show is to be recorded (from 9 to 10). These are the only two shows being recorded (I don't record auto-suggestions). I should be able to watch live TV on one tuner, and the other tuner can be used for the recorded shows. However, what happens is at 9, Tivo wants to use the tuner I'm watching live TV on. This effectively gets rid of my buffer, and I have to switch tuners to keep watching my live TV. Of course, I could cancel the recording, pause my live TV, then at 9, switch tuners and manually record the program I wanted to record any way. This seems like a poor workaround, and Tivo should be smart enough to use the other tuner.

    Am I the only one who's experiencing this? Or does this piss other people off too?
  2. jeffster

    jeffster Member

    Feb 18, 2001
    Southlake, TX
    I think it's because the Tivo is going to need to start the one recording before the other one has finished.
  3. zaknafein

    zaknafein Shorthanded

    Jul 17, 2001
    Kansas City, MO
    I've noticed this behavior with TiVo software back all the way to version 1. I agree it is frustrating.
  4. tep47

    tep47 New Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    I'm not really sure that's the case. Tivo has no problem switching channels when two shows are being recorded, then two other shows need to be recorded right after the first two end. It's not an issue of when the shows end.
  5. PopcornGuy

    PopcornGuy New Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    I agree. If there is one program from 8:00-9:00 and another from 9:00-10:00 (no overlap) then all the recording should go through one tuner by default. If you have not pressed pause/fast forward/rewind in 10-15 minutes while on "live TV" I believe Tivo thinks you are not watching and don't care about the buffer.

    You could just press record for everything your watching and Tivo will adjust tuners or tell you if there is a conflict coming up. But then this makes it harder to change channels to something else.
  6. vstone

    vstone Active Member

    May 11, 2002
    What are your other pet peeves?
  7. bdraw

    bdraw Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    This bothers me as well. The other thing I've noticed lately is I'll be watching a football game (my only live programming) and the channel will change to record without warning. In the past I figured I miss the warning, but Popcornguy's comment makes sense, maybe I haven't hit any buttons in the past 10-15 minutes.
  8. tep47

    tep47 New Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    Hmm. Don't really have that many others. I'm very pleased with the unit. Haven't experienced any of the 9.1 bugs others have had. I'll be glad to see eSATA, and TivoToGo support.

    The remote pisses me off - it seems to eat through batteries. I leave the "glow" feature off at all times. Will the old, Series 2 remote work with the Series 3?
  9. Jerry_K

    Jerry_K Don't know much

    Feb 7, 2002
    Series 2 remotes work with Series 3 Tivo.
  10. legalaliens

    legalaliens New Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Fairfax, VA
    Technically, there may be an overlap of one second. The first program (in the guide) ends at 9:00:00 and the second program begins at 9:00:00. If the first program ended (in the guide) at 8:59:59, there probably wouldn't be a problem. I know this is silly, but maybe the software isn't smart enough to record the first program from 8:00:00 to 8:59:59 and the second one from 9:00:00 to 9:59:59. The software detects an overlap and therefore uses the other tuner to record the second program.
  11. Moebius

    Moebius Member

    Nov 25, 2002
    Not there...
    No matter how long the innactivity, TiVo should still prompt that it wants to change channels, so that shouldn't be you're problem.

    Personally, I think it'd be nice if we could customize the innactivity timer. A menu option under suggestions that asks how much time before TiVo should start recording suggestions or something along that line. Definately seems, especially during things like games and such that it wants to change channels too much. I'd rather it wait 90 minutes or so instead of 30.

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled thread.

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