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John_Wayne
04-06-2005, 11:32 AM
When setting up a season pass I get three options:
1. first run and repeats
2. first run only
3. All w/duplicates

I need to know what these mean specifically. I think one of these options is the answer to my TiVo question.

Q: On the Military channel, there isn't much programming. Therefore, they run the same show(s) over and over again. The same show is run 4 times a day and may be run on different days of the same week. Here's the scenerio: I want to record a show called Battlefront. There are many episodes of this show. It is a weekly program. One episode will typically run at 4 different times on the same day. It might even run on a different day of the same week. Other episodes will also run on the same day. Therefore, there might be an episode of Battlefront called "seige" that runs at 11am, 4pm, 8pm and 1am. Also, there might be another episode of Battlefront called "counter attack" that runs at 12pm, 5pm, 9pm and 2am. Many times I like to record programs in the middle of the night. That way I can watch live TV during the day. This is a perfect example. I want to set up a season pass to record the 1am episode and the 2am episode on a regular basis. I don't want the other times to be recorded. So far, it wants to record the first showing of Battlefront. It won't record duplicates, which is good. And it will record 1 copy of each episode, which is good. But I want it to record a 1am and 2am, not 11am or 5pm or 8pm and etc.

OK. That's a bunch to think about. Did I explain it correctly? Do you get what I'm asking? Can you help?

|Zach|
04-06-2005, 11:38 AM
I think there is a guy named Kris Kringle who should be along to help you out.

Phobia
04-06-2005, 11:40 AM
I think you're screwed. It's going to want to record the first airing of the show unless it interferes with some other, higher priority season pass you have.

I'm not sure a season pass is the right answer for you. If the show airs frequently on Tuesdays at 3:00 AM, I think you may be able to setup a recurring recording session for that time. But if they're splattered all over, you're screwed, IMO.

All that said, my wife is the queen of TiVo in our house. I have an advanced understanding of the product, but she is the one who knows the nitty gritty details.

Herzig
04-06-2005, 11:41 AM
I think that "first run only"/#2 should do it as long as those show are first runs themselves and repeats.

seclark
04-06-2005, 11:42 AM
I think there is a guy named Kris Kringle who should be along to help you out.
you're kidding me...that dumb b@stard works for tivo tech support?
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jcroft
04-06-2005, 11:42 AM
If you specifically want it to record the 1am and 2am episodes, I'm not sure you have a choice other than to set up a manual recording by date/time.

Herzig
04-06-2005, 11:42 AM
I think you're screwed. It's going to want to record the first airing of the show unless it interferes with some other, higher priority season pass you have.

I'm not sure a season pass is the right answer for you. If the show airs frequently on Tuesdays at 3:00 AM, I think you may be able to setup a recurring recording session for that time. But if they're splattered all over, you're screwed, IMO.

All that said, my wife is the queen of TiVo in our house. I have an advanced understanding of the product, but she is the one who knows the nitty gritty details.

Yep. He could set it to record by time and channel too. Or you could just record all episodes and delete frequently.

jarjar
04-06-2005, 11:43 AM
If there is a way to make Season Pass do what you're asking, I don't know it. None of those first 3 options you listed have anything to do with that though.
You might check the Tivo customer support page

http://customersupport.tivo.com/userWelcome.asp

John_Wayne
04-06-2005, 11:46 AM
I think there is a guy named Kris Kringle who should be along to help you out. Right. He put my TiVo under my Christmas tree. But he's of little help in this situation. :rolleyes:

John_Wayne
04-06-2005, 12:06 PM
This all has become a problem because 2 weeks ago I set up a season pass for Battlefront to record at 1am, or so I thought, but last night, without my knowledge, it recorded at 8pm and my wife's recording of American Idol was cancelled. Neither of us were home to catch the problem. Now I'm in big trouble and my wife thinks that I did this on purpose. She's MAD!!!!! Now, I have to find the answer to this question to show her that I didn't sabotage her American Idol. It was truely a mistake of ignorance on my part. Then, I need to know the answer to this so that it doesn't happen again.

Lastly, I think Phob might be right. I'm probably screwed. I asked a friend of mine who has TiVo. He also thinks that the only solution is to set a manual repeating manual recording. I guess I could do that, but that sucks in my view. I'll probably have to get on the horn to TiVo customer service.

Calcountry
04-06-2005, 12:18 PM
Yep. He could set it to record by time and channel too. Or you could just record all episodes and delete frequently.Thats what I do.

Gaz
04-06-2005, 12:43 PM
Recording by time and channel defeats the whole purpose of a Season Pass. There is a much simpler solution:

Move your wife’s Season Passes above yours in the Season Pass Manager. TiVo will record a higher-priority SP [higher on the list] before a lower priority. You can also set her shows to “Save Until I Delete” in the SP Manager. That way, your crappy shows will slide off the To Do List and her programs will remain until she manually deletes them.

xoxo~
Gaz
Occupies the lower tier of the Season Pass Manager.