Tivo auto-tuning shopping channels

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by BigHat, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. BigHat

    BigHat Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    Arlington VA


    Seems that my Tivos are defaulting to a shopping network I never watch when I turn on the TV in the morning. Anyone experience this?

    Thank you
  2. pfiagra

    pfiagra Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2014

    Have you unchecked these channels from your channel list?

    Once they are unchecked, change each of your tuners to channels that you do watch, and the problem should go away.
  3. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 1999
    Buffalo, NY
    TiVo only changes channels when recording something. Is it recording something on those channels?

    If your TiVo reboots, it will tune to the lowest channel number on every tuner.
  4. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    has this changed? You mean if I reboot every tuner would be on channel 2? I guess I'll have to do it on purpose, but I've had enough random reboots that it sure didn't seem to be the case.

    Also, does the originator have suggestions turned on? It could be tuning there to record suggestions?
  5. cannonz

    cannonz Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2011


    I don't know about newer models, with my 652's both tuners go to whatever channel was on the tuner being viewed at boot.
  6. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    I suspect this is caused by an EAS (Emergency Alert System) alert or test on your cable system.

    The EAS encoder/decoder (ENDEC) at your cable company can receive the EAS data - what the alert is, what areas are affected, etc. - and generate a basic video graphic using what's called a "character generator" to accompany the audio alert message.

    This video graphic and audio message are then injected onto a cable channel, replacing the normal programming usually found on that channel. I've found that cable systems will often hijack a shopping channel for this function.

    Finally, one of the things that came about with digital cable was the ability to force a cable receiver like your TiVo to change channel to the channel broadcasting the EAS message. So, not only might your TiVo display the EAS alert in scrolling text across your screen, but it might also change channel to whatever channel the cable company has decided to insert the EAS audio and video from the character generator on.
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