Poll: Standby or leave running?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by MrTangent, Oct 11, 2007.

Do you usually just leave your TiVo running or put it in standby mode?

  1. I leave my TiVo running.

    84.1%
  2. I put my TiVo on standby mode.

    15.9%
  1. dwit

    dwit Active Member

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    Like I said, some sort of O/C habit.

    Most things that you are going to unplug, you want to properly power off.
     
  2. robm15

    robm15 New Member

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  3. Dennis Wilkinson

    Dennis Wilkinson Active Member

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    I put my S3 into standby when I'm not using it (well, my Harmony 880 does, anyway) for one reason only - my cableco (Comcast) tests the emergency broadcast system nightly with a force-tune alert, which interrupts recordings in progress unless the box is in standby, since there's no reason to force-tune if no one is watching. This is usually early AM (between 1 and 2), so I'm not usually watching, but my TiVo often is recording something then.

    It's worth noting that there's a discrete code for putting TiVos into standby, so if you have a universal remote, it's just a button press and not a bunch of menu navigation to do it. The Harmony and UEI folks have it in their database, and Pronto users can find it someplace like remotecentral.com.
     
  4. wolflord11

    wolflord11 Lord of Darkness

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    Leave my Tivo's running and switch off the TV's.
     
  5. etz

    etz New Member

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    It was a 540 model with a second harddrive installed. I unfortunately don't remember the watts exactly, but I seem to think it may have been something like 70.

    I also tried to see if there was any difference if it was recording or not (none), or whether the front panel illumination was on or off (none).
     
  6. robm15

    robm15 New Member

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    Thank you!

    Doing some simple math, assuming the cost per KW is $0.068 ( that is the rate in my area), then it costs about $3.42 a month to run my TiVo. That is a little more than I expected, but not bad.
     
  7. bmgoodman

    bmgoodman Member

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    IIRC, transfers using TivoToGo are a bit faster when the Tivo is in Standby, but I cannot remember the specifics. I use standby all the time--my universal remote gives me a one-button method, so it's simple. If I had to go through the menus every time, I probably wouldn't bother.
     
  8. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    I put mine in standby most of the time because it supposedly makes suggestions able to be recorded immediately, rather than after a delay of non-use.

    Since I use suggestions as the only workaround(*) for no free space meter, I want them to record right away to give me a more accurate gauge of how much free space there really is.

    (*) Well, on my S3 there's the deleted folder. I should probably just use that as the FSI gauge, but I've turned off then back on suggestions a few times even though I've watched a suggestion only a few times ever. But on my S1s, suggestions are the poor man's FSI.
     
  9. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    There is a very good reason to put an CableCARD TiVo into StandBy mode when not using it - look for past threads on it and 'EAS'. ;-)

    I also put my S2s into standby as it turns off the displays - they're DVD units.
     
  10. MrTangent

    MrTangent *insert title here*

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    Very cool. I didn't know about the EAS (emergency alert system). Thanks for that info, Megazone! I'm amazed at how much you know about DVRs, my friend. :)
     
  11. ronsch

    ronsch Active Member

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    I put mine into Standby because I have three TiVos!

    Also, even with different addresses for the remotes, the two Phillips TiVos have common remote codes so if both are on the actions of one remote can affect both TiVos for certain functions.
     
  12. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    huh what? Why don't you set them to different remote codes?
     
  13. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    standby mode leaves the TiVo running.. The poll should allow people to vote for both.
     
  14. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    When I only had the S2, I was under the impression the designers wouldn't have put in that option if it didn't do anything, so I put it in standby.

    DirecTiVo's don't buffer whilst in standby, therefore they are much quieter in standby,
    they even have a standby button on the front, why go to trouble of putting it there if it was useless.

    Got in the habit of putting them in standby, and that carried over to my S3.

    Everything seems quiter in standby, even the S3.


    phox
     
  15. SPOOTBOY

    SPOOTBOY New Member

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    LONG BEACH,...
    I HAVE A TiVo Series 2 Single Tuner DVR 80 Hours. BUT IT KEEPS FREEZING ON ME. OH YEAH. I'M WITH CHARTER, LLONG BEACH AND MY CAABLE BOX IS SCIENTIFIC ATLANTA.
    ANY FIXES?



    BRYAN
     
  16. fotoryder

    fotoryder Member

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    I always set the Tivo to Standby mode when I'm not watching.

    My understanding is that the Tivo scores upcoming programs for the Suggestions list by your viewing habits. If you watch a lot of science fiction, you'll see more science fiction in Suggestions, if you watch a lot of drama, you'll see more dramas in Suggestions.

    Turning the Tivo to Standby tells the Tivo "no one's watching, don't score the currently playing shows as being watched". I believe that the Tivo continues to score the 4 hours since the last key press on the remote as being watched, unless it changes channels itself for a scheduled recording.
     
  17. zuddal002

    zuddal002 New Member

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    PLEASE NO EXCUSE ABOUT Ur view...............................
     
  18. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ruthless

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    I think it's based on your recordings and SPs, not what you casually watch live.
     
  19. janry

    janry New Member

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    If I didn't put TiVo in standby, my wife would be totally discombobulated when she turned the TV on.
     

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