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How Do You Use The To Do Button?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Milominderbinder2, Dec 31, 2007.

How Do You Use The To Do Button (LIST>Yellow)? Check all that apply.

  1. See what new recordings I have coming up

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  2. Check for recording conflicts

  3. See if I will have a free tuner

  4. Check the Prioritizer

  5. Set up a Manual Recording

  6. Check the VOD Download Que

  7. Help me decide if I want to watch (use up) recordings or live

  8. I never use To Do, Prioritizer, etc.

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  1. Milominderbinder2

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Oct 8, 2006
    How do use you the To Do Button (LIST>Yellow)?

    Please also take the companion poll:

    How Often Do You Use Your To Do Button? (It turns out that 2/3's of us use To Do every day)

    Take a look at the poll from a month before this went national:

    11% Felt The To Do Button Change Was "Fine"

    Page 20 and again on page 21 of both the old HR20 Manual and the new HR21 Manual cleary state that you can get to the To Do Button by pressing LIST>YELLOW.

    page 20: "...the To Do List (press LIST, then YELLOW)..."
    page 21: "Press LIST, then press YELLOW to display the To Do List."

    To reach the To Do List, try these key sequences:


    The question now is this:

    Why doesn't DIRECTV use one line of the new List Options Menu (old To Do Button) to just offer To Do as an option instead of taking two lines to say To Do is not there?

    This is not the first time DIRECTV has made some decisions that were not very popular with users:

    2% Preferred the Guide Button Not to be the Guide Button

    8% Preferred Slow Menus (Animations)

    35% Never Want to Toggel Closed Captioing On/Off

    - Craig

    Click on a poll result number to see WHO is voting for what!
  2. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    I also use it for other things.

    As an example I have a couple of SLs that are for both new and repeats. If it's one I've seen then I remove it from the To-Do list.

    Conflict resolution...


    Most of the things you have on your poll.

    I voted for the one I use it the most.

    It's a pretty versitile list. My wife or I look at it every day or two.

  3. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Great poll!

    For those who may wonder, the "To Do Button" is the YELLOW button when the Playlist is open.

    I go to the To Do List daily for the first four reasons in the poll:

    - See what new recordings I have coming up
    - Check for recording conflicts
    - See if I will have a free tuner
    - Check the Prioritizer

    And I also go there daily to see if there is anything that ...

    - I want to cancel, because I may be recording it on another HR20/HR21
    - I want to pad, to either start early or late, depending on the channel/timeslot
  4. shendley

    shendley Hall Of Fame

    Nov 27, 2005
    The top three reasons mostly for me. For instance, every Sunday night I check the to do list to make sure I'll have a free tuner to watch Sunday Night football.
  5. akula169

    akula169 Cool Member

    Nov 3, 2007
    ....and also to make sure it is getting the correct Center Ice feed for the game I want to watch. It never seems to get it right. It likes to pick the FoxSports channels instead of the CenterIce channels - and that leaves me with blacked out broadcasts sometimes...

  6. rcoleman111

    rcoleman111 Guest

    Same here. There needs to be an easier way than choosing Menu, scrolling down on the popup menu to Manage Recordings, then selecting To Do List. Way too many clicks for something I use all the time.
  7. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    I use it as a quick reference to see what is on for the evening as we record most everything we watch anyway.
  8. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    The question being is asked...

    Is not what you use ToDo list for...
    But what you use the Key Combination LIST->Yellow

    Your answer CAN be.... To get to the To-Do list....

    But as for WHY you want to get to the To-Do list... that is different for each user.
  9. Milominderbinder2

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Oct 8, 2006
    It turns out that how we use the To Do Button is as different as we all are.

    The only thing we really have in common is we do use the To Do Button.

    EDIT: 5% say never.

    The companion poll takes it from another perspective:

    How Often Do You Use Your To Do Button?

    - Craig
  10. houskamp

    houskamp Active Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    I set SLs for any program I am interested in (covers me if I fall asleep) so I commonly check the list for what new programs are on that night..
  11. Milominderbinder2

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Oct 8, 2006
    OK, we do use the To Do button for all of those things too!

    - Craig
  12. Castlebill

    Castlebill Legend

    Jul 25, 2006
    Did I miss a secret code to activate this shortcut?


    Dec 11, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    The TODO LIST I probably use the second most next to viewing the guide. I am always checking it
  14. Milominderbinder2

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Oct 8, 2006
    In the National Release press LIST > Yellow for the To Do Button.

    There are a zillion others.

    From the HD DVR FAQ:

    ‚óŹ Undocumented HD DVR PLUS Tips & Tricks

    Wait until you see!

    - Craig
  15. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    I use the "to do button" mostly to get to the todo list. I like to know if an upcoming marathon is going to wipe out the 5 recordings I might have of a show; I like to get rid of the late-nite, weekend reruns of CSI:...; and I like to see what other things are on the todo list.

    At a much less frequency I do check for conflicts or go to the prioritizer or manual records. And as they are so infrequent compared to the Todo list viewing, I do not feel voting for them is appropriate.

    Happy New Year!
  16. Smuuth

    Smuuth Well-Known Member

    Oct 4, 2005
    I didn't vote here because you lumped prioritizer in with to do. I use prioritizer, but I do not use to do.
  17. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Do you use the "To do button" to get to the prioritizer? Or do you go thru the menus to get to the prioritizer?

    Happy New Year!
  18. Milominderbinder2

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Oct 8, 2006
    Many use the To Do Button to get to the Prioritizer.

    That is why it is listed here.

    - Craig
  19. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Great poll, Craig! Our friends at DIRECTV need to know how we use this critical tool.
  20. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    1. See what new recordings I have coming up.

    Almost everything I record is via series recordings. Since I know what my series are, I know what I have coming up (and if I didn't, I'm patient).

    2. Check for recording conflicts.

    When I'm scheduling my programs it tells me if there's a conflict. On the rare occasions that a show gets moved to a different time or channel, I usually know about that ahead of time via various TV forums.

    3. See if I will have a free tuner.

    I have no interest in this information. If it doesn't let me schedule something, I know I don't have a free tuner. If it does, I do.

    4. Check the prioritizer.

    Every time I add a new series to be recorded, I check the order of the prioritizer.

    5. Set up a manual recording.

    Have never done this.

    6. Check the VOD Download Queue.

    Well, obviously I haven't had DOD very long, but I've never done this. I select something in DOD to record and it starts right away and is done pretty soon after that. Rarely actually have something in my queue.

    7. Help me decide if I want to watch (use up) recordings or live.

    Don't even understand this one. Most of the time I'm watching recordings. If I'm not, it doesn't have anything to do with what's about to be recorded.

    8. I never use todo.

    Guess which I picked?

    Well, it's been obvious for the last several months that I'm in the vast minority on this issue, but I still don't understand why people check the todo list. Now, if I had problems with things recording properly all the time, I could understand it. And maybe somehow that developed into a habit for a lot of people. Luckily, I've never had a problem with missed recordings on any of the DVR's I've had from D*, so I've never checked the todo list. As I mentioned in the other poll, I'd be surprised if I've looked at the todo list more than 25 times in the last 7 years (a couple of times per year).

    I set up things to record, I let the DVR record them and then I watch them. Pretty simple.
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