What's the D* equivalent of E*'s AutoTune?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by van_gogh, May 21, 2004.

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  1. van_gogh

    van_gogh Mentor

    Apr 8, 2004
    With my E* 501 I had one tuner and it was set to tune to TLC each mornining from 5:30am - 7:30am. That way when my 6-year-old or 4-year-old got up before me they could just turn on the TV and I was assurred they were watching something appropriate (and didn't have to wake Daddy). Man, I had it all figured out. ;)

    With 2 tuners and no AutoTune feature, I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for the DTiVo that could work similarly. I tried setting each tuner to children's programming before going to bed, but with Suggestions enabled the tuners channels' would get changed through the night. I'd rather not lose Suggestions if there's another solution.

    Currently I've set 2 manual timers to go on each morning from 5:30am - 7:30am (one for TLC and one for PBS Kids) and set the number of shows to keep at 1. But with this solution I still end up with 5 hours of programming recorded each day and I don't actually know which tuner the TV will be displaying.

    I don't want to teach the kids how to operate the remote and I don't want them playing with the DTiVo - I'm still learning about my new toy. And I certainly don't want to be waking up at 5:30am! Any suggestions?
  2. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    You've pretty much got the only solution. However, you could tweak it slightly.

    If you turn off suggestions so it won't change the channel on them, you could setup a manual recording of just 5 minutes at say 5:30 and that will switch the channels for you.

    If you need to leave suggestions on then the way you are doing it is about the only way I can think of other then to get a cheapo regular D* receiver that you can setup the autotune for and use that for the kids only.
  3. BobMurdoch

    BobMurdoch Hall Of Fame

    Apr 24, 2002
    Yeah, I speak from experience........ I got hammered by the missus when the 9 and 3 year old turned on the TV and ssaw some soft porn on. I had turned off the TV with SHO-W on teh night before and when they got up at 6:30 EST the 3:30 west coast feed was still playing a "boom chicka bow-wow" scene. She thought I had left "porn" on. Only thing that saved me was she remembered the channel name that was on.

    Since then I have AUTO-TUNE put on Cartoon Network at 5am every day and I'm safe......
  4. spanishannouncetable

    spanishannouncetable Icon

    Apr 23, 2002
    Teach the kids to go to the Now Playing list and watch something they like from there.

    Watching live TV. How quaint :p
  5. gglockner

    gglockner AllStar

    Mar 25, 2004
    And turn on the parental controls, if you like. TiVo will keep the kiddies from watching pr0n or violence or other adult material.
  6. rrbhokies

    rrbhokies Legend

    May 10, 2004
    That still doesn't stop the kids from seeing what's on Live TV when they first turn it on.
  7. Bardman

    Bardman AllStar

    Apr 23, 2002
    for only $99 (or better if you really search) get the kids their own Dtivo.

    My 6 year old Kindergartener know how to turn on my Yamaha RXV-1300 HT receiver, and the X1 projector, then scan the NPL to find Spongebob, or Simpsons, or whatever he and his 2 year old sister want to watch. I haven't gotten them their "own" Tivo yet 'cause I'm saving up to get me a HDTivo and they can have one of daddy's hand me downs. I have even caught him recording shows he wants to save when he's watching LiveTV.

    Definitely turn on the parental controls, though!!!
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