Don’t mess with my TiVo!


I read this article recently discussing the fact that some recent TV shows are scheduled,
not exactly on the hour or half-hour, but off by a minute or three.  Apparently
this really hoses TiVo, because that extra three minutes at the end keeps it from
recording the next show, which started three minutes ago.  The thread includes
various conspiracy theories about how the networks could be doing this deliberately,
to block shows on other channels, or just to screw with TiVo owners.

Now, I don’t buy the conspiracy theory, but this still just pisses me off!  I,
like many others, have developed quite an addiction to the time-shifting power that
the TiVo gives me; anything that reduces that power makes me see red.  If the
networks cared about me, their customer, they would schedule their shows in a sane
and orderly manner.  (Reminds me about how the WWF kept making me miss the last
five minutes of CSI – GRRRR!)

Ultimately, I believe there are technological solutions, if the networks fail to act. 
I’m already eager to get a TiVo that will let me record multiple shows simultaneously,
so I don’t have to see one show at the expense of another.  That technology would
also solve this overlap issue.

(Actually recording simultaneous shows isn’t that trivial – in addition to needing
multiple tuners, decoders, and encoders, you might also need multiple hard drives;
I’m not sure a single hard drive can successfully handle two write-streams at video
speed.) 


Comments (5)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Does Tivo work with High Definition programming?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Nope, not yet. I’m hoping we’ll see some HD support this Christmas season.

  3. Anonymous says:

    DirectTivo has two tuners however it gets to cheat by not having to digitize the signal before writing to disk. It just writes the already encoded directtv signal to disk. As it turns out the default configuration is only one disk to support both tuners…

  4. Anonymous says:

    The funnier (but apparently much more annoying) side of TiVo is when it tries to guess things about your lifestyle… Google for "TiVo thinks I’m gay" if you haven’t heard the stories.

  5. Anonymous says:

    That somehow reminds me of an e-mail thread I was on a couple months ago, which touched on the topic of agent technology. It was a pretty long thread, so I’ll post it as a blog entry instead of trying to type it here in the comment box.