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Marking a show to just "Switch" to it when it is time

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by halfgreek, Mar 14, 2006.

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  1. Earl Bonovich

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    One of the arguments... and it is a good one.

    Is some people simply like the channel to be there when they wake up.
    Yes, I know there are some DVRing techniques to get that to happen, but...

    A "scheduled" recording for the primary tuner, that doesn't record... could work for some people.

    Morning News/Sports programs I see as the main attraction, as those things are usually "background" noise in the morning... and wouldn't be worth watching if it was recorded (as in watching it later), as anything they covered would be "old" news with the way the internet is now adays.
     
  2. cabanaboy1977

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    The best use for autotune on DVR (UTV had it), if your a power user like I am and don't want to waste the space it's nice. You could do a manual record for a min but that won't find the show if it moves and the other nice thing about manual record is that you never have to worry about it conflicting with a recording, the recordings take priority.
     
  3. Nosey

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    would't setting up a 1 minute record to change the channel only work if something else was recording, so if nothing is set to record, then you have to make sure that you setup 2-1 minute recordings..

    and then what if you have something recording and you want to watch part of it until say the news comes on cause something happened in your area, then it won't auto-switch..
     
  4. halfgreek

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    Here is my reasoning as to why this is a good feature (atleast this is how I used it on my old receiver before I had DVR):

    I'm watching TV at about 7:30 at night. The show I'm on has a commercial. I turn on the guide and start browsing to see what is on at 8pm. I see a show I want to watch, I click "auto-tune" on that show. Then I go back to watching my 7:30 show. Then when 8pm rolls around it just automatically switches to the show I had previously selected and I can continue watching.


    It sounds like the "just set it up to record for 1min & then delete" idea is a possible workaround for this. However, it is just that, a workaround. This would definitely be a nice feature to have.
     
  5. Clint Lamor

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    Could you just not flat out record this show? Hit the R one time and it records only that show. Then if you want you can walk away and come back at any point or you can watch something else. I agree there is probably a reason to have the auto tune, I have just gotten used to recording anything I may want to watch. Started with my TiVos and the behaviour continures today. Guess it's all in what we get used to doing. :)
     
  6. Bud33

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    It seems like this was all hashed out before... I know I mentioned Auto Tune back in Dec. when I first got the r-15.
    I guess I can see both sides to this.
    For those of us who are use to the Standard receivers and got use to auto tune, it is a nice feature to have. For those who are die-hard DVR users, they can not see any particular use in auto tune.
    I have to vote for Auto tune. I don't particularly want to record all those programs and then have to delete them.
     
  7. CCarncross

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    DO any Direct DVRs support an autotune? Or is it strictly receivers that have it? None of the Directivos have it either, do they? If none of the DVR's have had it, then I dont think its necessarily a unreasonable request, but why do they need to include it now....you went with a DVR, get used to how they work....roll with the punches....

    I have noticed autotune on the newest receivers(D10/D11/H20) doesnt seem to work like the timer function used to work on the older boxes though. On an older box, a timer would work whether the box was on or not, now, if the box isnt on, it doesnt autotune to that station, and they also dont shut themselves off when the autotune is over, like the older boxes did with timers.....I used to put my older Sony on a music channel for say 90 minutes, set a 90 minute timer on my av receiver and go to sleep, everything would be off in the morning, now with my H20 or D11 they are still still on when I wake up....
     
  8. Earl Bonovich

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    Unless UTV has it... then none of the DVRs have it.
     
  9. cabanaboy1977

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    YES the UTV did have it. My wife and I miss it, her more than me.
     
  10. carl6

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    The 1 minute record probably won't work because of the dual tuner capability. That would also complicate putting in an auto-tune - it would have to be able to recognize which tuner was being watched and change that specific tuner.

    Carl
     
  11. morgantown

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    Yea, I was thinking about that before. With The DirecTiVo (and we do a manual record for the morning news/today show) we still end up having to switch tuners about half of the time. On the R15...not so simple.

    Anyone actually tried it -- OP?
     
  12. hiker

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    Don't have a R15 but I have HR10 and to autotune I set 2 manual records for the same time for 5 mins. TiVo allows 2 concurrent manual recordings and this provides the channel being viewed to change. A channel change warning message appears about 1 min before and the recording can be cancelled with the remote. I do this for repeating daily channel changes. To prevent excessive unwanted recording buildup set the keep no more than 1 option. For a one time autotune it might be more trouble than it's worth.

    Maybe something similar can be done with the R15?
     
  13. morgantown

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    Gotcha.

    No reason the same thing will not work with the R15. Just do it earlier than you actually want to watch as two manual records (while actually recording) won't let you watch live TV on the R15.
     
  14. Nosey

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    it already knows which tuner is being watched, it has to, otherwise how would it know that you were watching something else when it was time to change the channel to do a 2nd recording.. which it doesn't do if you are already watching that channel, so it has to know what tuner is being watched live

    all they have to do is the same code as the recording a 2nd show, but just change the channel and not turn on the recorder..

    hmm how hard of a programming is that:

    code to record:

    see if tuner is in use
    post message
    change channel
    start recording

    code to change channel:

    see if tuner is in use
    post message
    change channel


    hehe, should be simple
     
  15. cabanaboy1977

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    That only works if the program is always on at the same time every day/week. I doesn't work so well for programs that change. We also use it on the UTV it for the kids, we'd setup a autotune for a couple of shows and that way we didn't have to come in change the channel for them. And it's more of a convenience then anything else (simply hit the auto tune) and it also doesn't waste space. The setting of the 1 or 2 mins recordings is more of a hassle.
     
  16. cobaltblue

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    I might be getting off track here but have a question regarding channel switching when you are about to record two programs. Can the R-15 be upgraded so it will change the tuner closer to the start of the upcoming recordings? I think it's about five minutes before, if they can get it down to a minute that would be great. Is this an item that will be addressed in future upgrades???
     
  17. cabanaboy1977

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    There is no way to change it now, but our understanding is that they will hopefully change this in the future.
     
  18. ApK

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    This is among the most visible annoyances. And it seems like it would be an easy one to correct. I was hoping it would be slipped quietly into this latest update. Both tuners are frequently busy on ours, so we have to watch the last 5 minutes of a lot of shows with a blue box in the way.

    And it's it obviously SUPPOSED to work like the Tivo does, 'cuz the message SAYS 'needs to change channels at x o'clock", not 'needs to change channels RIGHT NOW!" Oh well.
     
  19. wohlfie

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    Its MUCH MUCH worse for those of us with only one tuner connected!!!

    This is by far by biggest complaint...other than actually recording when it says it will :)
     
  20. Earl Bonovich

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    Well that is the penalty for watching TV Live.... that and having to watch commercials... :D

    On a serious note... it will be corrected.
     
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