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12/01/2003 Archived Entry: "I love TiVo"
Posted by CKL @ 06:49 PM PST

Earlier today, I went to TiVo Central Online and setup recording events for the new Battlestar Galactica miniseries airing next week. I have some complaints about the online request system-- mainly, that it's not real-time, so if the new request conflicts with previously scheduled recordings, I won't find out until I get the confirmation email. Which is exactly what happened:

Your online request for "Battlestar Galactica" has been received. This program has been scheduled to record, but scheduling it has CANCELLED other programs.

Will NOT record:
Celebrity Poker Showdown 12/9 6:00 pm-7:00 pm 129 BRAVO
overlaps with Battlestar Galactica 6:00 pm - 8:05 pm
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy 12/9 7:00 pm-8:00 pm 129 BRAVO
overlaps with Battlestar Galactica 6:00 pm - 8:05 pm

To change which programs will and won't record, go to the To Do List and Recording History. To get there:
- press the TiVo button to go to TiVo Central
- choose "Pick Programs to Record"
- choose "To Do List"

Best regards,


Great, I thought. I'll have to wander through TiVo's labyrinthine menus and re-enable those two cancelled recordings manually. But I was wrong.

I came home tonight, went into Tivo's To Do List, and was pleasantly surprised to find that, because I had created Season Passes for Celebrity Poker and Queer Eye, TiVo had automatically found later showings of both shows which didn't conflict with the new recording. They were even on the same night as before. I couldn't have done it better myself.

(Of course, this was only possible because they were both cable shows, and the same episode was being shown multiple times. I'd have been out of luck if they were broadcast network programs, because there would only have been one showing, and probably airing at the same time as another interesting show. But that's a rant for another day.)

The point is, TiVo was smart enough to failover automatically and correctly, saving me the effort of doing the work myself. Which is the whole point of the overall system, but I'm still impressed when a concept is actually engineered well.

I love TiVo.

Replies: 2 comments

Can't seem to record. Does TV have to be on to record, or will TiVo record just from cable input.
Installation is cable(no box) directly into TiVo then to TV. Please advise!!

Posted by Anne Berkenkamp @ 01/11/2004 04:03 PM PST

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