What do you hate about your THD or Tivo in general?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mikesown, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. SGR215

    SGR215 Member

    Jan 20, 2004


    I'm probably too in love with my TivoHD right now to properly answer this question after being without it for several weeks due to a cable card fiasco but I'll give it a go. (I actually had to use the Comcast DVR [​IMG])

    One thing constantly annoys me about the Tivo. Even the FiOS DVR's have this option:

    1. The ability to select which recording to cancel out when you've got a conflict. I hate how it'll automatically select the one lowest in your season pass list. I don't know about anyone else but keeping my season pass list updated is a major pain. For us lazy individuals it'd be great to just always select what we want canceled when needed.

    That's it. I love my TivoHD and even that one complaint isn't that big of one.
  2. TexasGrillChef

    TexasGrillChef New Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    In 9.4 I can't get the "play group" to play the shows in that group in the order that I wish. Unless I just play one show at a time. When I do that, what good is play group!

  3. pomerlp

    pomerlp New Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    It would be like playing an album of music and all the songs rearranged, only worst. That's disappointing, I was actually thinking of using grouping for some of the series I've downloaded.

    When you open the folder does it have it in order then?
  4. dig_duggler

    dig_duggler Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
    Let's wait until the dongle is:

    a). in the wild
    b). working for a majority of people
    c). has been troubleshot a couple of times

    and we see how much different providers are going to charge for the thing.

    Let me put it a different way - After what many here have been through, would anyone here be as optimistic if this was the initial roll-out of cablecards as a technology?
  5. Krandor

    Krandor Active Member

    Jun 9, 2004


    I have 3 TiVos and love the units, but the things i would like to see them do that they do not currently do.

    1. More integration in a multi-TiVo household.
    a.I would like to have a master schedule of what i want to record and let TiVo figure out a TiVo with available tuners to record it and if there is a conflict in the future (a show goes 2 hours that normally is 1 and now there are 3 things schduled for the same time slot) then switch the recording to another TiVo.
    b. Ability to delete shows on another tivo.

    2. Improvements to online scheduling. I would love to have the ability not just to schedule a new show, but to see what I currently am recording so I can figure out which TiVo has an available tuner I can use. I may know I am already recording programs A and B at 8pm, but without knowing which TiVo they are recording on it makes using the online scheduler very hard.

    3. Losing groupings when transferring shows if the show is not currently playing. I am currently catching up on the end of a few shows from last season that are not currently playing so when I transfer them they do not regroup which is very annoying.
  6. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Hit the info button and the banner goes away. If it's already disappeared, and reappears when you hit the info button, just hit it again to make it disappear.

    I also use the info button to see what channel I'm on. A channel number would do me no good since I have no idea what channel number anything is on. I only know them by name, unless it is a channel from OTA.
  7. opus472

    opus472 Member

    Jul 4, 2007
    Wasted screen real estate on the front of the Tivo box. Why not at least have the option of showing a clock and an elapsed program timer...
  8. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Member

    Jul 13, 2004
    I'm surprised that no one's mentioned this but what I want most is an "off" button to put it in Standby mode the same as my Toshiba TiVo has. I have an amplifier with no remote off capability (yes it's old but it still works fine and has 5.1) which I usually leave on. Thus to prevent the TiVo from playing sound all the time I need to navigate to the "Standby" option each time I want to stop watching something. Quite irritating IMHO, how hard would it to be to put one more button on the remote?
  9. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Good point, but just so you know there are various workarounds to this issue using a non-Tivo remote as the advanced code for Standby still works and can be programmed in to a Universal remote. If you have the Tivo Glo remote you could even have it learn the Standby from your universal remote to the Input button of the Glo remote. Or if you stick to using universal remote you can even have an Off macro that includes sending Tivo into Standby mode as well as turning off TV, amp, etc. if you wish.
  10. drew00001

    drew00001 New Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Why not catch up with the Comcast box and add . . . . MULTIPLE FAVORITES.
  11. mikesown

    mikesown New Member

    Nov 14, 2005

    This is COMPLETELY untrue. The MRV stream IS available from the web server and you CAN download it to your PC(though no utility is available to decode this yet). All you do is append &Format=video%2Fx-tivo-raw-tts to the end of the "normal" transfer URL.
  12. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2002
    The hive mind thing is an old idea, and, I think, a great one. But it is much more complicated now that there are recordings that cannot be transferred from one TiVo to another because of copy protection. If I like to watch a show or movie from HBO in my living room, I'd be annoyed if the hive mind recorded it in my bedroom and I couldn't transfer it to my living room. They could handle that in the interface (settings for each SP on whether you care which DVR records the show), but it might make the interface too complicated to deal with.
  13. Burdy

    Burdy Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    Sorry, but I'm feeling a little bit dense now.. is this an undocumented setting I haven't heard of? In my typical scenario, movie ends, credits roll, something I want to see again appears, then blam 'Delete now?'. How/when would I do what you suggest to prevent his from happening?
  14. tommy275

    tommy275 New Member

    Jun 8, 2003
    while I love much of it, I think it's perfectly reasonable to hate the slowness of the units and the fact that Rhapsody is as unstable as a hippo balancing on a dradle.
  15. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003

    Were they worried about the width of the remote, or the weight? If the former, I think they could have worked out some way to fit AA batteries in the existing case, or at worst only a very slightly wider case. If it's the weight about which they were concerned, I can take it.
  16. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    This is 100% correct, but the way you expressed it might mislead the uninitiated. The MRV protocol has no encryption, but this does not mean MRV transfers are unencrypted. Rather MRV transfers the already encrypted files directly from one hard drive to the other without an intermediate encryption. That's why it is much faster. On the other hand, TTG decrypts the data stored on the hard drive before sending it out to the client at the other end. Similarly, TTCB takes the unencrypted data stream coming in from the Go Back server and encrypts it as it is spooled onto the hard drive. That's why the PC transfer protocols are slower.

    Also, the raw MRV stream can be transferred from the secure web server, but only another TiVo can make any use of it, so once can "get" the MRV stream via the web server, but one cannot "access" it, is what I believe your intent was.
  17. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    HD real-time via MRV is no problem. As you can see below, this unhacked TiVo readily transfers in excess of 30 Mbps via MRV, which is much better than required for even the highest bit rate MPEG-2 1080i video. OTOH, as you can also see, transferring from the PC manages less than half that. I have any number of high quality 1080i recordings which cannot be transferred in real time from the Video Server. Typically I must allow about 5 minutes per hour of program length to transfer before starting to watch the downloading video in order to not encounter pause during playback, and that is if I set both tuners to a blank channel. It's even worse if the TiVo is recording something, especially a couple of 1080i programs.

  18. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    I vote for 4 AA.
  19. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I interpreted the original request as wanting a way to set the 'save point' of a recording within the last 5 minutes. Now it sounds like you're actually letting the recording play all the way to the end?
  20. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    1. One cannot hack rented equipment. An unhacked DVR isn't worth the price at any cost.

    2. Cost. While purchasing equipment costs more up front, it can cost much less over the life of the equipment. I used my Series I for nearly 8 years. The total cost of ownership, including the lifetime sub, a TurboNet card, and a 160G hard drive was just under $550. That's $9.36 a month. Here locally, the TWC DVR goes for $19.95 a month for the first DVR. That puts the TiVo at less than half the cost, and I still have the S1 which can be sold or used for other purposes. (I use it to record from old video sources, like tapes, LASERDisc recordings and CED Disk recordings.)

    3. Quality. The Scientific Atlanta 8300HD runing SARA software is an aggravating, useless piece of crap. You could not pay me enough to keep that hunk of junk instead of a TiVo.

    4. Some people dislike paying any more to the CATV company than they must.

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