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Too many timer events!

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by genegraham, Mar 18, 2007.

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  1. genegraham

    genegraham New Member

    Mar 12, 2007

    I'm new to the wonderful world of the 622, having only had it for just over a week. And in that time I've already hit the dreaded timer event limit.

    One of the problems is that I have so many duplicates of the local stations. For example, I get NBC on three separate channels: One SD, one HD, and one OTA HD. So when I want to record a program with a Dish Pass, I get three events for the price of one.

    Besides going to straight Timers (in other words, only considering programming from one channel instead of all), is there a way one can limit the effect this channel redundancy has on timer event proliferation? It's killing me!

  2. Ken Green

    Ken Green Hall Of Fame

    Oct 6, 2005
    Try using the options selection prior to creating the timer when using Dish Pass. There you can tell the 622 which channel to record your event(s) from. :)
  3. genegraham

    genegraham New Member

    Mar 12, 2007
    I appreciate the advice, but doesn't that effectively turn a Dish Pass into a Timer? If so, then what's the point of making a Dish Pass...I'd just create a simple timer for the program I'm interested in. Problem is, it doen't only play on one local, it plays elsewhere too. Hence my desire to create a Dish Pass.

    I know that the forum has been all over E* regarding the timer event limit. It's arbitrary (and tiny). Dare I say...stupid :eek:? The problem is non-existant in the TiVO world. All the work arounds I can think of, such as creating a Dish Pass for a specific channel, or perhaps even multiple Timers (for the same program on specific channels) are work-arounds for bad programming, and shouldn't be necessary. But...I'm preaching to the choir, I know :) .

    Again, thanks for trying, I really do appreciate the attempt to help!
  4. n0qcu

    n0qcu Legend/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 23, 2002
  5. Ron Barry

    Ron Barry 622 Tips & Trick Keeper

    Dec 10, 2002

    :welcome_s to the forum.. Based on your comments you have obviously done some searching. I think there is a thread link on the tips and trick sticky where users have discussed various way of minimizing Timer events. Perhaps you already looked at it.

    As n0qcu indicated. It has been indicated these will be increased on the next release, but I am sure there still will be a limit so it is always good to use a new or all show timer when you are not searching for a particular thing. To me, Dish Pass is more of a I am interested in Harrison Ford movies while New timers are more for catching Survivor or Amazing Race shows.

    As for the discussion on limits, you can also find a thread on the sticky. If you read the sticky you will find that not a lot of people run into this limitation. Most of the people that do are folks creating timers for shows that have a lot of re-runs or they create a lot of Dish Pass events looking for a specific movie. Yes all valid use cases but definitely not one I would say is in the majority. Based on my experiencing reading the boards since the 622 was released, though the limit may seem tiny to you it does seem to be adequate for a large percentage of users here.

    Yes I am glad to see it increased because I know it effects some users, but I would not consider it inadequate for the majority of 622 users based on my sample here. Is it bad programming? well that can be discussed in the General forum if you want, but since this is a no bash forum we keep from those type of judgments.

    As for when the next release will be out... Well hopefully soon... It sounds like it is close based on reports floating around, but we all know how software patches can go ..
  6. Hall

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    Mar 4, 2004
    If the next software release ever makes it out, there's supposedly an option to tell your Dish Pass which channel to use as your preference. That is, if a program is on the OTA HD/digital channel, satellite-HD channel, and satellite-SD channel, you can tell it which to use. For example, you can tell it to use the OTA-HD if available and it will not record the other two.
  7. genegraham

    genegraham New Member

    Mar 12, 2007
    If that's the case, that would be a wonderful change. I've wondered what logic the 622 uses to choose between the same programs offered on SD and HD channels.

    Thanks everyone!
  8. Hall

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    Mar 4, 2004
    DishPass doesn't use very much logic. It simply tags *everything* it finds, does it not ?? Sure sounds like it from your experience. I don't use DishPass myself though I understand some of it's benefits.
  9. pcstuff

    pcstuff AllStar

    Jan 22, 2007
    Have had a 625 for almost two years and the 622 for about a month. I have NEVER run into a timer problem and we have a ton of shows scheduled on the 625 and I mean a TON.

    What I would much rather see is something along the lines of TIVO's suggestions, my daughter and I loved that feature.
  10. lakebum431

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    Jun 30, 2005
    Blah, Tivo can keep their suggestions. I didn't like them when I had a Tivo and don't want them anywhere near my 622.
  11. patmurphey

    patmurphey Godfather

    Dec 21, 2006
    Use DishPass to avoid missing a program to record. Once the Timer shows up in your list (and therefore in your guide) delete the DishPass timer and create a new one from the Guide with all of the timer options now available. Then if there is a hiatus in the program's schedule, the timer will be there for a reappearance.

  12. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    Up date L4.01 will increase that number ffrom 288 to 576.
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