Simple features TiVo should have, but doesn't

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Dan203, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Oct 3, 2011 #81 of 122
    lrhorer

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    From the original post:

    I suppose you might be distinguising between the complexity of using the feature vs. implementing it, but that is specious. No matter how complex or simple the feature is to implement, it should be simple for the user. Not only that, but I would argue the entire notion of "...TiVo should have..." is predicated upon the idea that it would be easy for TiVo to implement. Finally, the fact the OP is a developer would suggest his focus would tend to be on low hanging fruit from a programming perspective.
     
  2. Oct 3, 2011 #82 of 122
    innocentfreak

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    Yeah under adjust date/time on Win 7 you can pick other servers to sync with. Most don't realize it until it happens. I have just heard it mentioned on several Media Center podcasts which is the only reason I knew about it.
     
  3. Oct 3, 2011 #83 of 122
    JSearfoss

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    I'll second this one !!! This seams like it would be a simple change and make it so much easier to scan the list and see what's happening.
     
  4. Oct 3, 2011 #84 of 122
    ort

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    When I choose to stop recording something that is currently being taped I want three options.

    Right now there is...
    STOP RECORDING
    CANCEL

    I want
    STOP RECORDING AND DELETE
    STOP RECORDING
    CANCEL

    I watch a lot of sports and I always add an hour to the end. I've got it down to where I generally start watching an hour late but by the end of the game, I'm pretty close to live. Every single time, you have to hit STOP RECORDING and then go back into the item and choose delete. It's annoying.

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    I know people have been bickering about the TiVo being able to store more than 28 days of data, but lets be realistic here. How much memory can this really take up? Especially if it only happens on shows you flag.

    Going back on this, I want the ability for you to be able to setup a season pass that will record your shows in proper sequential order. Even older shows. It would just know what the next episode should be and would only tape that one. Nothing else.

    I'm sure this would be fairly complicated to figure out, but whatever. We pay them $19.95 a month for practically nothing right now, so why not actually do something interesting with the guide data.

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    I want to be able to put to put labels on shows, and then sort my shows by label. All of my wife's shows would be in a folder, All of my kids shows would be in a folder... etc...

    You could make your own custom tags and apply them to individual shows or seasons passes.

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    I want to be able to record "suggestions PLUS". I don't know what you would call them, but it would work like this. Let's take a show like the Family Guy. I like the show, but I don't feel the need to watch it all the time. I like it, but it's not that important. A whole lot of shows I like fall into this category. I want to be able to setup "soft" season passes for dozens of these shows and have the TiVo tape them whenever it can and put them into a special folder right above the SUGGESTIONS.

    When it comes time to delete shows, suggestions will go first, THEN the shows in my "soft" season pass folder, THEN the rest of the shows.

    This will allow me to have 50 episodes of dozens of shows like the Family Guy without worrying about anything important getting deleted because they are on there.

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  5. Oct 3, 2011 #85 of 122
    Dan203

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    That's exactly what I meant. Features that would, seemingly be easy for TiVo to add without extensive overhaul to the whole system. Things like soft padding and global SP options are minor logic issues that "should" be relatively easy to add. Things like user profiles and streaming would require major system wide changes and would not be something I'd consider easy.

    Dan
     
  6. Oct 3, 2011 #86 of 122
    Fofer

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    Certainly putting a little blue dot in the guide next to shows that are scheduled to record (and in the "To Do list" already) should be relatively easy to add.
     
  7. Oct 3, 2011 #87 of 122
    BigJimOutlaw

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    But it's funny to watch relatively benign wishlist threads almost always turn into debates. :)

    Like back before the Premiere, self-elected experts said "no" to almost every idea and insisted Tivo would implode under a barrage of customer service calls if they included Hulu or a free space meter. That was awesome.
     
  8. Oct 3, 2011 #88 of 122
    jfh3

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    +1. For some reason, in the Mountain time zone, the major networks all start their prime time programming 2 minutes early, so I have to manually edit every season pass or I miss the start of every program.
     
  9. Oct 3, 2011 #89 of 122
    Soapm

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    So the change should be Tivo sync'ing it's time with the cable company or network. I am sure they thought the show started on time but your clock appears to be different...
     
  10. Oct 3, 2011 #90 of 122
    steve614

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    :up: This feature alone would up my Tivo experience to 90% (I don't use many extras :p ). :)
     
  11. Oct 3, 2011 #91 of 122
    jfh3

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    It's not the cable company. Same problem out here with OTA broadcasts. I read somewhere the local networks do it on purpose, but don't remember the source.
     
  12. Oct 3, 2011 #92 of 122
    jfh3

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    Another easy thing -

    Have an option to sort items in a folder by episode number.
     
  13. Oct 3, 2011 #93 of 122
    Soapm

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    I live in Aurora by Fitz and haven't noticed the problem which is why I suggested the time on your Tivo might be off...
     
  14. Oct 3, 2011 #94 of 122
    Soapm

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    I'll second this one and original air date. Nothing like a bunch of episodes all out of sequence...
     
  15. Oct 4, 2011 #95 of 122
    Fofer

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    How about just finishing the HD UI? It's beyond embarrassing at the point. Like, did they just give up, or what?
     
  16. Oct 4, 2011 #96 of 122
    lrhorer

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    Please provide a reference for this. I am the furthest thing on Earth from being a Microsoft fan, but NTP is a fully mature protocol, and Stratum I time servers are off-the-shelf devices. I find it highly unlikely a company the size of MS cannot afford a couple of $30,000 time servers, and an NTP server is too simple a device for even MS to screw up.
     
  17. Oct 4, 2011 #97 of 122
    mr.unnatural

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    I haven't actually checked the accuracy of my HTPC's clock in several months. I just recall that the last time I set it I was able to FF to exactly the amount of padding I had specified at the beginning of each recording (10 minutes) to get to the start of the program. There's an issue with WMC that requires you to specify a padding of 10 minutes before and after to prevent back-to-back recordings getting truncated. Current recordings seem to be starting about a minute later than what I remember.
     
  18. Oct 4, 2011 #98 of 122
    mr.unnatural

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    Ellicott...
    This would be a completely useless feature (except for the original air date, which is displayed in WMC for every recording), unless you like seeing shows out of sequence. Episodes of TV shows are not always aired in sequence by episode number. Check out any given TV show listing at epguides.com and you'll see what I mean. They list each episode of every show by the date they originally aired. The episode numbers tend to be all over the place.
     
  19. Oct 4, 2011 #99 of 122
    innocentfreak

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    http://www.pcworld.com/article/76744/is_microsofts_time_warped.html

    http://thedigitalmediazone.com/2011/07/22/media-center-quick-tip-fix-record-startstop-time-problems/

    http://www.hack7mc.com/2010/03/changing-microsoft-time-synchronization-settings.html

    Just to link a few.
     
  20. Oct 4, 2011 #100 of 122
    Fofer

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    I pretty much only record new shows, first run only. They air in order.
     

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