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davo is offline Old Post 03-10-2002 05:08 AM
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"Alternate" option for season pass conflicts

When two or more shows conflict in season pass (a common issue for prime-time shows) there should be an option to alternate between each show. I would prefer that over getting 5 shows per week of one program and none of the other. Random choice would also be fine and probably easier to implement. There are some shows I may not want to miss (like Survivor first runs) and others I'm happy to watch occasionally (Letterman/Leno).

This seems like an obvious feature but I didn't see it in the FAQ. Sorry if it has been covered.

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Interesting idea!

For now, you could try this (I'll use your Leno and Letterman example):

Set up a season pass for each show. For Leno, set the Keep at Most to = 2, and for Letterman set the Keep at Most to = 3. Set both of them to "Save Until I Delete".

Set the priorities of Leno to be one spot higher than Letterman.

Now, let's assume you have no current episodes of Leno or Letterman recorded.

Monday - Leno
Tuesday - Leno
Wednesday - Letterman
Thursday - Letterman
Friday - Letterman

Just make sure to delete them before the next Monday rolls around.

Of course, NBC plays a rerun of Leno a few hours after the regular one, and often doesn't provide enough guide data for the season pass to realize it's a rerun. So you might have to double up on your Leno season pass... set it to keep 4 episodes.

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Another solution

I think you can just go into 'Season Pass Manager' and 'View Upcoming Episodes' and select which ones you want to record and which ones you don't. If you do this for one SP then the other lower priority SP should kick in and record the show since there isn't a scheduling conflict anymore.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try the "season pass + keep until I delete" trick first and see how that goes.

I'm looking for a set and forget option. I don't want to have to manually set anything. My favorite feature of Tivo so far is it doesn't need daily or weekly care and feeding for what it does (except to thumbs down down down the jerry springer it kept trying to record when I first got it).

- David

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Originally posted by BrettStah
Of course, NBC plays a rerun of Leno a few hours after the regular one, and often doesn't provide enough guide data for the season pass to realize it's a rerun. So you might have to double up on your Leno season pass... set it to keep 4 episodes.


You could just set the first showing of Leno as a repeated manaul recording and then set the options...this way you won't get the second rerun...

Also, when there is a conflict in shows with the DTivo (2 tuners) I would like the DTivo of giving me the option of which of the 2 previously scheduled recordings to cancel...currently it only lets me cancel the recording with a lower priority...

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You could just set the first showing of Leno as a repeated manaul recording and then set the options...this way you won't get the second rerun...

True... of course, if you're going to go with Manual Recordings then you could pick which specific days to record which channel at the timeslot... works fine for some shows that rarely, if ever, change timeslots.

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Actually, it's difficult to pick specific days for a manual recording. In fact, it's quite impossible to pick "Mon-Thurs" (like for the Daily Show). You'd have to set a different manual recording for each day of the week.

Bob

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Actually, it's difficult to pick specific days for a manual recording. In fact, it's quite impossible to pick "Mon-Thurs" (like for the Daily Show). You'd have to set a different manual recording for each day of the week.

Bob

Yep... that's what I was getting at... you can pick to record the normal Leno timeslot on Monday with one manual recording, Letterman's timeslot on Tuesday with another one, etc. Ugly, but workable...

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Actually, it's difficult to pick specific days for a manual recording. In fact, it's quite impossible to pick "Mon-Thurs" (like for the Daily Show). You'd have to set a different manual recording for each day of the week.

Bob



Not if you do the "keep until I delete" thing we were talking about above...

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quote:
Originally posted by BrettStah
For now, you could try this (I'll use your Leno and Letterman example):

Set up a season pass for each show. For Leno, set the Keep at Most to = 2, and for Letterman set the Keep at Most to = 3. Set both of them to "Save Until I Delete".

Set the priorities of Leno to be one spot higher than Letterman.

Now, let's assume you have no current episodes of Leno or Letterman recorded.

Monday - Leno
Tuesday - Leno
Wednesday - Letterman
Thursday - Letterman
Friday - Letterman

Just make sure to delete them before the next Monday rolls around.




My understanding about the TiVo "keep at most" setting was that it will delete the oldest automatically to record a new episode. Using your example above...

if the 2 Leno's were first recorded on Mon and Tue, if they were not watched or deleted when Wed show was on it would still record Leno on Wed, and automatically delete the Mon episode.

I am a faily new user to my DirecTiVo but I am quite sure this is how it is stated in the manual.

Anyone else?

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if the 2 Leno's were first recorded on Mon and Tue, if they were not watched or deleted when Wed show was on it would still record Leno on Wed, and automatically delete the Mon episode.


Anyone else?



If you look above it states that you set it to keep at most 2, but also set it for "Save Until I delete" and don't delete them until the end of the week. Once it records two, it won't pick up anymore until the first two were deleted.

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Sorting out conflicts is too basic

The options for sorting out conflicts is just too basic at present.

For one thing, you cannot view the details of programs that might be removed from the recording schedule. There should be a way of viewing those programs details. The name (if a film for example) many not be know but once you see the details at least you can decide.

You should be able to select individual conflicting programs to record or remove.

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Better yet- having two tuners in my DirecTivo is great, but how about 3 or 4? Goodbye season pass conflicts and extended middle finger to the prime time hogging networks.

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