A Question about TIVO.... before I buy!

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  1. Confucius

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    OK, here's the situation.

    In a few weeks time I'm going to the middle east for 5 (possibly more) weeks. During my time away I should like to record a number of progs shown on television.

    Among these progs would be Enterprise.

    If I were to use TIVO's fuzzy logic I could well end up with multiple recordings of endless TOS, Next Generation, Voyager or even worse DS9 episodes; over the course of 5 weeks this will easily fill up the hard drive of TIVO (certainly at the quality level I require).

    Therefore, will I be able to program TIVO to specifically record a show on $ky One, Mondays, (whatever time it's on!) on a weekly repeat basis, without any extraneous nonsense? Not only this, but I would wish to set the timer to start recording a few minutes before each show starts, and end it several minutes after they end.

    These criteria would of course apply to other TV progs from several different TV chans.
     
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    No problem, there's a Manually Record Time/Channel facility. There are 6 fields.
    Recording Type- Record Once/Repeating
    Record On-Date (if Record Once)/EveryM-F,Every Day,Every Sun etc.(If Repeating)
    Channel
    Start Time-in 5 min intervals.
    Stop Time
    Quality

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    As MartinB states, what you require will not be a problem.

    Although TiVo is designed with the intention that you record from the Electronic Programme Guide, there is a manual recording facility identical to that which you would expect from a traditional VCR. Even when using the manual system the TiVo will stamp each programme with the EPG information so that you can see the date/time and description for each manual recording. Which is nice. ;)

    Of course, if you are worried about running out of space you can always upgrade your TiVo to a capacity of about 240 hours (Basic recording) / 70 hours (Best). :) The upgrade guide is here and is straight forward if you are competent with basic PC hardware (ie. you understand about Master/Slave IDE hard drive settings).
     
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    Thank you both for your help and advice, I am now (finally!) convinced that TIVO is 'for me'.

    I just need to wait for one of my VCRs to break to get 'er indoors to authorise purchase. Chucking it out of the window should work, though it's a shame we don't have kids yet as I would be more than happy to stick some jam covered toast in the slot - maybe next time I get in from the pub!!!
     
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    Confused...

    You could set up a season pass for Enterprise. Tivo will probably come up with the DS9/Voyager/TNG suggestions but:

    1) You can suppress Tivo recording suggestions.
    2) Suggestions are only recorded if you have the space - they will hang around until the space they takeup is required. They will NOT stop the machine recording something that you have requested.


    The problem I would see is the padding as you would have to do that manually and therefore doing the whole thing manually can sort that out, as previously mention.

    The Tivo isn't a dictator it tries to help but backs off graciously enough.
     

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