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PTAT Survey

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by Marlin Guy, Jun 12, 2012.

To what if any degree do you use PTAT?

  1. PTAT is enabled and I use Auto-Hop

    0 vote(s)
  2. PTAT is enabled, but I don't use Auto-Hop

    53 vote(s)
  3. PTAT is enabled and I sometimes use Auto-Hop

    2 vote(s)
  4. PTAT is disabled

    6 vote(s)
  1. Marlin Guy

    Marlin Guy Hall Of Fame

    Apr 8, 2009
    Curious as to how many have PTAT enabled and how many of those use Auto-Hop.
  2. Marlin Guy

    Marlin Guy Hall Of Fame

    Apr 8, 2009
    While I like the option of having the features of PTAT and Auto-Hop, I found it to be in conflict with other scheduled recordings, so I disabled it and setup all of my recordings the old fashioned way.
  3. AZ.

    AZ. Legend

    Mar 27, 2011
    Not one thing I watch on prime time network TV...Maybe NFL, on NBC thats only on station. lol
  4. GeeWhiz1

    GeeWhiz1 Legend

    Dec 6, 2005
    I have PTAT enabled and we have loved it. But I haven't used AutoHop yet.

    That is not to say that we won't use AutoHop, but so far we have watched shows on the same night that they air. Since we don't watch that much network programming, I don't know how often we would watch something a day or two later.
  5. crabtrp

    crabtrp Legend

    Sep 23, 2006
    PTAT has been surprisingly useful in catching shows I would have otherwise missed. I use it more than I thought I would. The Auto-Hop feature is the cherry on top.
  6. Ray C@DISH Network

    Ray C@DISH Network DISH Representative DISH Representative

    Dec 28, 2010
    If I watched local channels, other than during sports, I would used the Auto Hop feature. I do not watch commercials!

  7. domingos35

    domingos35 Icon

    Jan 11, 2006
    my wife records a lot but i have not seen the Auto Hop feature.
  8. strikes2k

    strikes2k AllStar

    Dec 9, 2008
    Disabled since the only things on network tv are reruns. We had it on for a month or so before the summer programming started. Will turn it back on in the fall.
  9. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    I'm surprised by the results thus far. I figured a lot more people would use it...it's an amazing feature, IMO.
  10. StringFellow

    StringFellow AllStar

    Jan 5, 2012
    Used PTAT for a while but decided to turn it off. Great for finding shows you didn't know about, but just isn't worth to possibility of recording conflicts. I might turn it back on when the 2012/2013 season starts, but for now timers work the best for me.
  11. hasbeen29650

    hasbeen29650 Cool Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    Turned it off. Only watch a couple of network shows so it is not worth tying up a tuner at prime time for that purpose. My wife and I are the dreaded older demographic so none of the networks are interested in putting shows on for us and when we find one we like they usually cancel it. Most of our stuff is off the "cable" channels and PTAT does not help for that.
  12. depoteet

    depoteet Cool Member

    May 24, 2006
    Like many others here I don't watch a lot of network programming, but I do like the PTAT feature as there are times when someone recommends something that WAS on and then I can go back and take a look. I've used it 3 times in the first month I've had it. As for AutoHop, I love it! Just wish it worked for everything.
  13. sregener

    sregener Godfather

    Apr 17, 2012
    Once an OTA tuner comes out, I will have less use for PTAT. And with it, Auto-Hop. But I don't know that I'll disable it, as it is a rarity that I have more than 1 show on I need to record.

    PTAT would be far more useful to me if they added PBS to the mix.
  14. Marlin Guy

    Marlin Guy Hall Of Fame

    Apr 8, 2009
    I agree about PBS.
    Interesting results here. Perhaps more people will implement the feature once the new Fall seasons begin.
  15. gatorbait2

    gatorbait2 Mentor

    Sep 3, 2007
    Hey Marlin Guy,

    Thanks for all your work on this forum. I am thinking about joining dish. Is it still possible to use autohop on a primetime network show if I disable PTAT.

    For example, if I set an old school recording for Survivor would I be able to use the autohop feature on that recording?

    Also are the remotes RF on both the hopper and joey?

    Appreciate it
  16. Marlin Guy

    Marlin Guy Hall Of Fame

    Apr 8, 2009
    No. Auto-Hop only works with programs recorded through PTAT, and it's only available the next day (after midnight).

    Yes, remotes can be setup in RF for all receivers and are married to that receiver.
  17. Marlin Guy

    Marlin Guy Hall Of Fame

    Apr 8, 2009
    Someone wanted to see a poll.
    With new users and the Fall season approaching, this thread has new relevance.
  18. gtal98

    gtal98 Godfather

    Jan 30, 2011
    PTAT is the #1 reason I switched to the Hopper. My wife was always complaining during the fall that she could never record things as we had constant timer conflicts. PTAT completely alleviated that. She loves it as well, because if we forget to set a timer for a new show that looks like it could be interesting - it's no big deal because we got it automatically anyway.
  19. Jaspear

    Jaspear Godfather

    May 16, 2004
    I watch "Bones" last night for the first time because of PTAT. I'll be watching next week for the season premiere. Last month, I turned on PTAT on Monday nights for "Grimm" and ended up watching all four episodes of "Stars Earn Stripes" as a result. I watched "Grimm" without waiting for the auto-hop.
  20. moman19

    moman19 Icon

    Oct 22, 2004
    I would like to see the feature of simultaneously recording the BIG 4 networks during other time periods when all four are broadcasting similar events. This would sure reduce the number of timers and tuners needed. Think the morning news shows (Today, GMA, etc.) as well at Leno, Letterman & Kimmel.

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