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Can DirecTivo or Tivo wait and watch?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Randy_B, Apr 4, 2003.

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  1. Randy_B

    Randy_B Icon/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Can either of the Tivo supported products be programmed to wait and watch for a show or movie that is supposed to air but the date is unknown.

    Example, SciFi is 'sposed to be have a new miniseries of Battlestar Galactica, but the air date is unknown. Can you program Tivo with the title and channel and then wait for Tivo to find it and then record it without needing user intervention again? Or say you want to see the Daredevil movie when it eventually comes to TV, but have no idea what channel or when it will air, can you program Tivo to always check for the title and then schedule a recording when it finally shows up? If so, say it is scheduled for HBO but you don't subscribe, will it notify you that the progam is on the schedule but you do not get the channel?

    It would be great if before the new fall season if you could take the TV guide issue and just program in all the new shows that sound worthwhile and then wait for Tivo to find their individual start dates.
  2. Karl Foster

    Karl Foster Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    Yes, both DirecTivo (HDVR2) and Ultimatetv can be programmed to keep looking for a show no matter what channel or time it is on. I have programmed in mine a bunch of movie titles and when they are on, they magically appear on my "My Shows" screen. An example is that I wanted to see the movie "Philadelphia." I set up an "Auto-Record" to record the movie exactly titled "Philadelphia." I did this about three months ago. Well, the movie was on TCM last week, and it is now available to be viewed on my hard drive.

    The joys of name-based recording!

    ..edited to fix a very bad typo..
  3. TerryC

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    Jul 18, 2002
    With Tivo it's called "Wishlists". For example, being a big Beatles fan, I set up an auto record wishlist for Beatles, Lennon, McCartney and Ringo. Any broadcast with any of those words in the title or description will be recorded. I was surprised by how much Beatles related stuff there is to see. The reason why I don't have a wishlist for Harrison is because it catches too much that I don't want, ie movies with Harrison Ford, so that is one drawback.

    But if you know the exact name of a show, you can just set up a wishlist for it and it will record, no matter how far in the future it will appear.
  4. gcutler

    gcutler Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    Most Recently Did it with a show called "Doorways", it was a pilot similar to the Sci-Fi Series "Sliders". Of course the show was not worth the attempt to record it. :D

    I also wanted to see "The Ipcress File" but can't spell it (still don't know how to spell it), but did a wishlist for action movies and "Michael Caine" and it eventually poped up one day (as well as many other very good Michael Caine action movies).
  5. spanishannouncetable

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    Apr 23, 2002
    I'll go you one better. Before this last season started, I set-up 2 non-recording Wishlists on my DirecTiVos - one searching for "Season Premieres" to find all returning shows, and one which searched descriptions for the word "PILOT" to find new shows.

    The results were impressive. The "Season Premiere" search found every single returning show's premiere, on network TV and cable channels alike. The "PILOT" search worked equally well, finding all new series plus any movie or show concerning flying that had the word "pilot" in it :) I just went through the lists' findings and set-up Season Passes for all the shows that sounded interesting and ignored the rest, and without even needing to look at TV Guide :D
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