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Is the ATT DVR really this stupid, or am I?

I simply want to pause a show and then watch the rest of it later. As far as I can tell, the stupid dvr goes to sleep after 6 hours and then you have to start the show over, no option to resume. With Directv I could pause a show and anytime, from anywhere, even if the dvr lost power and restarted, resume and pick up where I left off.

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dhascall - I was going to go in that direction next. I use the last button. Either entering the chan number or last button leaves the recording. Another last button resumes the recording where left off.

I use the channel number entry when the FF IR was corrupted to either chan up or chan down & last will not take me where I want to go.

Chan up chan down also "pauses" the recording. The only fragile one is the pause button.
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FYI a huge dumb limitation of the ATT DVR is that you can't pause a recording and resume if it goes to sleep in between, and it goes to sleep after 6 hours of inactivity (no way to disable this). Pause a show before you go to bed and finish tomorrow? You better plan on watching the show again or searching around trying to find where you were. 

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kbathsinc - Just use the stop button instead of the pause button. Turn off the TV & STB.

When you are ready to resume = find the show on the recording list and select resume play & it will start up where you left off.
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kbathsinc - DVR does that when you find it in the recording list and select resume play.

In fact if you loose power during a recording & get it back it will record a second segment when the signal is available.
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The problem I am having is that resume doesn't show up. I can only start over. I see you said I have to press stop instead of pause in order to be able to resume, which is silly but I'll try that. I don't plan out whether I'm going to start watching again in 10 minutes or not. Anyway I will play with it.

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kbathsinc - Think of pause as for only a few minutes.

Your last post reminds me - if you let a show play to the end when you see it on the recording list it does not include resume as a selection.

Stopping at any intermediate location will allow you to resume at that location.
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If you hit record while watching a show, then turn the system off, and find the recording later, there is no resume, because you haven't been watching the recording, but the live stream.  One way to work around this (assuming you haven't been pausing or rewinding) is to change the channel away from what you're watching, then back, and THEN press the record button.

 

Or, if you know it's likely you're going to step away, record it to begin with, select the recording from the recording list and watch the recording as it is recording.  Then you can resume where you stopped it.

 

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So I came home today, try to continue watching, and sure enough, the only option is to start over. This has nothing to do with watching live, I didn't watch any of this show when it was live on Sunday. As far as I can tell the problem is related to the fact that the receiver goes into power save mode and loses the data or place to resume.

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kbathsinc - Can you very carefully reproduce the following steps to verify your theory ??

You are watching a recording.
You hit the stop button (square icon on button)
The TV shows a menu - Resume play, start over, erase, recordings, watch live.

You go on with your life.

The next day you go to recordings, click ok on the show listing - What does the menu say?
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Edited by dhascall on Jan 18, 2013 at 6:43:58 AM

aviewer wrote:
kbathsinc - Can you very carefully reproduce the following steps to verify your theory ??

You are watching a recording.
You hit the stop button (square icon on button)
The TV shows a menu - Resume play, start over, erase, recordings, watch live.

You go on with your life.

The next day you go to recordings, click ok on the show listing - What does the menu say?

Pressing the stop button on a Recorded TV show, will allow you to do "resume play" later.  I think that the pause keypress on a recorded program, will pause it but then it starts back up after a few minutes.  I bet he is doing that, after he leaves, the program is playing by itself, to the end and then it would not give a resume option.

 

It;s his technique, lol.

 

I wonder if this silly trick might work?  Lets say you are watching a Recorded program and you wish to leave.  You should be able to change channels (and not press stop or pause, or any other key).  You press 6-0-2, which changes it to ESPN.  When you are ready to resume the recorded program, you press 9-9-9-9 which should bring you back to the recorded program that you were watching, at the point, when you changed channels, since you did not exit the program.  I can't test it now but is that possible?  My wife, all of the time, shuts down the TV while watching a recording and it starts where she turned it off.

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dhascall - I was going to go in that direction next. I use the last button. Either entering the chan number or last button leaves the recording. Another last button resumes the recording where left off.

I use the channel number entry when the FF IR was corrupted to either chan up or chan down & last will not take me where I want to go.

Chan up chan down also "pauses" the recording. The only fragile one is the pause button.
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So the answer to the OP's question is...

:smileywink:

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RCSMG - You missed it? or you want the OP to say what they got out of the discussion?

I believe the answer is -
The pause button will stop a recording and leave it vulnerable to loosing its place. You can only restart by coming back & un-pause. If the pause is lost you can only start again from the beginning. THe menu on the recording list does not include the resume play option.

The stop button, last button,chan up, chan down or direct entry of a channel number will all stop the recording and save the place in the recordings vault. If you jump back to the channel 9999 with a last button, & probably the other buttons, the recording will continue from where it stopped. If you look it up in the recordings list it will include the resume play option.
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So today it did work, although yesterday I pressed stop too. I'm thinking my kids watched some of it yesterday while I was out, paused it and it it shut down and lost its place. So my idea to remove the pause button may be a good one unless, for some crazy reason, I want to watch and pause live tv. Although I have a hunch that stop would work there too. Maybe I'll watch something with commercials and find out.

 

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Edited by skeeterintexas on Jan 18, 2013 at 9:28:13 PM

kbathsinc wrote:

So today it did work, although yesterday I pressed stop too. I'm thinking my kids watched some of it yesterday while I was out, paused it and it it shut down and lost its place. So my idea to remove the pause button may be a good one unless, for some crazy reason, I want to watch and pause live tv. Although I have a hunch that stop would work there too. Maybe I'll watch something with commercials and find out.

 


The stop button won't do anything during live TV.  Only the pause button.

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If I am watching a recorded program, I can turn off the DVR, then when I turn it back on, it resumes play from the same spot -- without any other button pushing -- it is just there, playing.

Turn off to resume a playback

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rithomas_1 wrote:

If I am watching a recorded program, I can turn off the DVR, then when I turn it back on, it resumes play from the same spot -- without any other button pushing -- it is just there, playing.


Yep - that is what I and aviewer mentioned a few posts, up.   My wife found that out by going to bed and turning the box off, while playing a recorded show and wondering why "her show" started playing again, the next day.

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Here is another little tidbit - If you make channel 9999 a favorite, when you call up the favorites guide, the listing for 9999 shows the name of the show that is holding.
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Edited by Tom22 on Aug 28, 2013 at 6:05:31 PM

edit I'm going to check facts again just incase I read wrong.. I can't believe that what people are talking about could be true either... pause and holding a place is a core DVR function

 

I heard from my kids that they couldn't just push pause when the phone rang or they got distacted (might be a 20 minute phone call might be2 minute but regardless the hole point of a DVR is to have control of your entire timing of video experience.

 

But.. are people saying that if I watch 20 minutes of pre-recorded NOVA, then swtich for a while and watch another recorded show,  have a few other people use the DVR the next day in various ways, when I come back to my NOVA 3 days later it will forget where I left off?  I can't imagine that... that was there 13 years ago when DVRs first came out.

 

PS  I'm going to keep up to tabs with the changes going on and will switch to ATT once they get a decent DVR or they find a way to let people have access with a TIVO box . I really don't  like giving money to Comcast with it's huge role in creating content.  I don't like that conflict of interest from my carrier.

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Tom22 - There are two cases - You mention watching a recording - If you leave the recording before it ends - regardless of how you leave it - pause, stop, last, direct chan number - you can get back to where you were by last (unless another replaces it) or resume play on the recorded menu. You can get back to it from any TV. So can anyone else & then leave it at another place. If the recording completes playing you can only restart from the beginning.

The second case is watching live - If you press pause you can restart at the same place by pressing pause again or play. You can rewind. But, if you change channel it is gone. If you want to pause live TV it is safer to hit record. It will record from when you started watching the show. If you want to record drom the current point - chan up, chan down, record.
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aviewer wrote:
Tom22 - There are two cases - You mention watching a recording - If you leave the recording before it ends - regardless of how you leave it - pause, stop, last, direct chan number - you can get back to where you were by last (unless another replaces it) or resume play on the recorded menu. You can get back to it from any TV. So can anyone else & then leave it at another place. If the recording completes playing you can only restart from the beginning.

The second case is watching live - If you press pause you can restart at the same place by pressing pause again or play. You can rewind. But, if you change channel it is gone. If you want to pause live TV it is safer to hit record. It will record from when you started watching the show. If you want to record drom the current point - chan up, chan down, record.

aviewer: If someone had unlimited time and no life :smileyvery-happy:, an interesting project would be to do a matrix describing what the DVR does in each case, i.e. pausing a DVR'd program as opposed to pressing stop or what happens after the program ends.  I tried the last one three times and got three different behaviors.  This DVR is odd and somewhat unpredictable.

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aviewer wrote:
kbathsinc - Just use the stop button instead of the pause button. Turn off the TV & STB.

When you are ready to resume = find the show on the recording list and select resume play & it will start up where you left off.

I tried this twice, just to be sure I had not fat fingered something on the remote. When I cam back to watch the show, the show was gone. Not only that all prior episodes of the series were gone.

 

I know this is not the automatice delete due to running low on memory. There are a lot of shows on the machine that are a lot older.

 

DO NOT DO THIS if you want to keep your recordings.

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dossin - Sorry you lost recordings, but it was not from doing these steps on a working DVR. Yours must be faulty.

Same with fat fingers - very difficult to do without intending to - requires an addl click to OK.

To erase a whole series involves the delete button {bottom left). Also requires a click to OK.
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dossin wrote:

aviewer wrote:
kbathsinc - Just use the stop button instead of the pause button. Turn off the TV & STB.

When you are ready to resume = find the show on the recording list and select resume play & it will start up where you left off.

I tried this twice, just to be sure I had not fat fingered something on the remote. When I cam back to watch the show, the show was gone. Not only that all prior episodes of the series were gone.

 

I know this is not the automatice delete due to running low on memory. There are a lot of shows on the machine that are a lot older.

 

DO NOT DO THIS if you want to keep your recordings.


 

I've had UV for almost 6 years and I've not experienced what you describe nor have I ever heard of this behaviour.

 

What happened in your situation is HIGHLY unusual and certainly not the norm. 

 

 

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It looks like your DVR is in the early stages of failure.  If you continue to lose recorded programs call TS at the phone number below.  Ask them to run a test on your service and let them know what is going on with the DVR.  They will send you a new one.  Unfortunately, you will lose all of the recorded programs.  I have experienced this several times.

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