SERIES 3 & Beyond NEED The Following Features .....

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by crmlht, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. shanew1289

    shanew1289 New Member

    May 6, 2004


    How about getting a "service" for the fee you pay. you know, when the game goes long and The Amazing Race is delayed to start by 20 or so minutes, that their is some TIVO God (Getting paid by his monthly dues) to AUTOMATTICALLY send out commands via ethernet to add xxx number of minutes to anyone recording CBS till 12 midnight.

    Or when the last episode of Friends is extended 5-10 minutes w/o notice (not in the guide)

    Now that would be cool.

    Hard to guarantee, implement, etc. What if the tivo needs to record another or 2 channels at 8, but now you extended it to 9.... so what will it do, I dont know. :)

    anyways. so many ideas. 4 tuners, yea I think 2 tivos is better. 1 power supply down = 4 dead tuners? YIKES!

    Conflict resolution by sending your conflict to another tivo to automatically record over there preventing you from completely missing the show.
  2. mikebridge

    mikebridge Member

    Sep 18, 2000
    Plainfield, IL
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  3. m_jonis

    m_jonis Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Albany, NY
    For me, "advance choice conflict resolution" isn't quite covered by Season Pass. I've had numerous times where I've setup my season passes, and the shows get changed mid-season. Now, while the Tivo will follow the shows, it doesn't tell you that now it's not going to be able to record X because now that show moved to the same night that some other thing was on.

    Only by manually (and constantly--like on a weekly/daily basis) of checking the To Do list, do you see this.

    (although this isn't a Series 3 "only" issue).

    IMO, it would be nice (even as an OPTION) to turn on notifications when season passes will stomp on each other.
  4. infinitespecter

    infinitespecter Member

    Jul 22, 2004
    My Sony has it and I LOVE it. Makes the TiVo system seem out of date without it. It cannot be that hard to implement.
  5. Leo_N

    Leo_N Lucky 200 member

    Nov 12, 2003
    Wisconsin, USA


    Probably not that hard to implement. And I wouldn't mind it... as long as it has the option to turn it off as Dan203 said. The one thing I would also like is to have access to the guide without live tv playing in the background also. Maybe a menu option where you can just see the guide with one of the regular backgrounds behind it.
  6. MickeS

    MickeS Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Why do you guys need PIP? I just hit pause and then resume after I'm done in the menus. Are you guys so short on time you can't do that? I guess it would be nice, but I don't really get the constant requests for it.
  7. crmlht

    crmlht New Member

    Aug 25, 2006
  8. lgerbarg

    lgerbarg New Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Troy, NY, USA
    Why? The highest source they will get is 1080i, so there is scaling going on somwhere. I bet most people have better scalers in their TVs.

    Nope. The multistream cards are cable of decoding 5 streams. Only one card is necessary. They would still need to add extra tuning hardware though.

    I would almost never use it, but I can see how some people might like it

    It can't be done. A show on a digital channel can be anywhere from 3MBps to 18MBps, and TiVo won't know until it records its. So however much space it has left vary by around 600% depending on what you are going to watch

    Not sure what you mean by these.

    Coming in a software update

    Yes, that would be very nice!

    Wishlists are close... I can see the desire, but adding an extra option when you have something almost the same tends to just cause support issues.

    Who cares how much ram or how fast the processor is. All I care about is how fast the interface is, which is somewhat, though not entirely dependent on those factors.

  9. charlesdf22

    charlesdf22 New Member

    Jun 14, 2003
    Someday, yes, but at this current time, I think it woud unnecessarily jack the price too high.

    That is one hell of a buffer

    Definately. Or some sort of warning that pops up when you hit the Tivo button. Similar to what they do about the annoying channel add and channel delete messages that come up daily.

    This can actually prove quite handy. Several of our friends have this with their TWC DVR and it's nice.

    Faster is always better, however, it would be nicer to have larger drives instead or some sort of cache for the drives.

    Definately. This was one of the reason's that I stuck with Tivo instead of going with the cable companies DVR. At this present moment, what is the advantage over almost a $1000 investment for a Tivo HD DVR or a cable provided one?

    My big question is this. Since the Series 3 is obviously crippled and since Lifetime service only takes effect 60 days after registration. Is it worth buying a Tivo in December, transferring service and await the "holy gail" service update?
  10. rodalpho

    rodalpho New Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    I really want a "native" mode that outputs 480i as 480p. Surprised they left this out, actually.
  11. snathanb

    snathanb New Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    How could that be considered native? Seems the whole point of native is to output it as received.
  12. Maeglin

    Maeglin New Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    Norcross, GA
    It would take a god to pull that off, as well, as there are two things working against you...

    1) Shows/games going long will not be in the guide data, which is all TiVo (the servers or the boxes) have to go on.

    2) Best case, if you have the box connected via broadband, it only checks the servers once an hour for any pending scheduling commands. Good luck trying to get an immediate response out of that.
  13. rodalpho

    rodalpho New Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    That's why I put it in quotes. Call it "Hybrid Native" mode. Many TVs including mine won't accept 480i over DVI or HDMI.
  14. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    And TiVo can't send out overrun notices to the various TiVos because:
    1) They don't keep a record of the IP address for your TiVo
    2) The IP address is likely to change anyway; most people with broadband have residential class service which doesn't offer static (unchanging) IP addresses
    3) Most people have NAT routers or firewalls which would block incoming connections from TiVo to your TiVo.

    So TiVo doesn't know where to send a message, the address would likely be wrong, and the message would be blocked anyway.

    Individual TiVos could poll a TiVo server (much more frequently than the current approximately every 15 minutes) but that increases TiVo's network traffic, and their internet connection costs.
  15. snathanb

    snathanb New Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    But even if it would do it on the 15 minute or so update, that would be a vast improvement. If a football game scheduled to end at 5:00 ends at 5:15, then yes, it is probably too late to fix a scheduled 5:00 recording. But that's plenty of time to fix the 6, 7, 8, and 9 pm recordings.
  16. crmlht

    crmlht New Member

    Aug 25, 2006
  17. timdorr

    timdorr New Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
  18. rodalpho

    rodalpho New Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    I don't think that page has been updated in years. Check out the features checkboxes. They include such things as HD, a 30 second skip (which worked on my s1 in 1999), undelete, dual tuners, etc.
  19. doubting

    doubting New Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I'd like to have Closed Captioning toggled each time I hit the mute button on the remote. This could be configured in the CC UI as an additional option to "On", "Off" such as "On when muted"
  20. jeffrypennock

    jeffrypennock Member

    May 18, 2006
    New York
    There are only 2.5 things I miss from my SA 8300HD DVR from TWC.
    -Closed Captioning on when muted
    -Disk space meter (I understand why this cannot be reported in hours; % drive space is FINE). I understand why they're hesitant to enable this (because people will call, complaining their programs were deleted when the meter said they had plenty of space, failing to understand that a 2 hour HD recording they had scheduled quickly ate that space up) BUT this doesn't seem to a problem big enough to disable the feature on cable company DVRs and I think TiVo users would be even better at understanding this concept than the avg cable company DVR user because TiVo users are used to making recording quality/disk space budgeting decisions from the S1/2 TiVos and on analog channels on their S3.
    -PIP functions. I liked having TV showing in DVR menu screens but it's not a huge thing for me. The PIP functions as in having two channels showing at once was a huge disappointment because I could never get that window where I wanted it...I would have preferred to have it in the corner - ALL THE WAY IN THE CORNER not hovering several inches away from the corner and top of the faces in the main window. If we get PIP, I would want it to be all the way in the corner, at the edges of my screen...or maybe split-screen, as was previously suggested, is a better solution.

    The PIP isn't a big deal to me. But the caption when muted and the disk space meter is a huge deal. (Obviously not big enough to send me back to the SA 8300...I'm so glad to be rid of that piece of crap.)

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