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Program Reminder

I use to be on Time Warner Cable and one thing I liked was that they had Program Reminder where you can be reminded of a program you want to watch. I used it all the time. Now I find myself forgetting a program I want to watch. Will Uverse be coming up with something like that?

 

I use to be on Time Warner Cable and one thing I liked was that they had Program Reminder where you can be reminded of a program you want to watch. I used it all the time. Now I find myself forgetting a program I want to watch. Will Uverse be coming up with something like that?

 

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chris195811 - When you want to see a show, set your reminder by setting a recording. Set a series for regularly scheduled shows. You will be able to watch that show any time after it starts. You will not get a notice to watch it, but you will not miss it if you are not there to see the notice. For the shows you really want to see each week at the regular time, you will start viewing 15 minutes after the show begins & you will finish when the show ends.
chris195811 - When you want to see a show, set your reminder by setting a recording. Set a series for regularly scheduled shows. You will be able to watch that show any time after it starts. You will not get a notice to watch it, but you will not miss it if you are not there to see the notice. For the shows you really want to see each week at the regular time, you will start viewing 15 minutes after the show begins & you will finish when the show ends.
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Dish had/has that feature also.  I think Direct does also.  I was surprised that Uverse doesn't.

 

Recording is not a practical alternative, at least in my case.  I don't want to record it to watch it.  I want a little reminder to pop and give me an option to switch to the program live.  I can't think of a time that I have ever watched a recorded sporting event with the exception of Super Bowl Commercials when they were really creative.

Dish had/has that feature also.  I think Direct does also.  I was surprised that Uverse doesn't.

 

Recording is not a practical alternative, at least in my case.  I don't want to record it to watch it.  I want a little reminder to pop and give me an option to switch to the program live.  I can't think of a time that I have ever watched a recorded sporting event with the exception of Super Bowl Commercials when they were really creative.

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jpinsticks wrote:

 

Dish had/has that feature also.  I think Direct does also.  I was surprised that Uverse doesn't.

 

Recording is not a practical alternative, at least in my case.  I don't want to record it to watch it.  I want a little reminder to pop and give me an option to switch to the program live.  I can't think of a time that I have ever watched a recorded sporting event with the exception of Super Bowl Commercials when they were really creative.


Why is recording not practical?  I frequently begin recording a program, whether it be a sporting event or not, and begin watching the recording while it is still recording.  If I delay watching the recording several minutes after it has begun, I can skip through the commericals and watch the program in less than I would if I were watching it live.  This saves me tons of time!


jpinsticks wrote:

 

Dish had/has that feature also.  I think Direct does also.  I was surprised that Uverse doesn't.

 

Recording is not a practical alternative, at least in my case.  I don't want to record it to watch it.  I want a little reminder to pop and give me an option to switch to the program live.  I can't think of a time that I have ever watched a recorded sporting event with the exception of Super Bowl Commercials when they were really creative.


Why is recording not practical?  I frequently begin recording a program, whether it be a sporting event or not, and begin watching the recording while it is still recording.  If I delay watching the recording several minutes after it has begun, I can skip through the commericals and watch the program in less than I would if I were watching it live.  This saves me tons of time!

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jpinsticks - I understand that it is not what you are used to, but it is not all that different. Recording is no more difficult than setting a reminder. It is integral to the system - No overhead. Just try it/ You'll like it.

jpinsticks - I understand that it is not what you are used to, but it is not all that different. Recording is no more difficult than setting a reminder. It is integral to the system - No overhead. Just try it/ You'll like it.

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jpinsticks - I understand that it is not what you are used to, but it is not all that different. Recording is no more difficult than setting a reminder. It is integral to the system - No overhead. Just try it/ You'll like it.


I hear what you and are saying.  I am one of the laziest people I know.  I let my cell phone memorize all my friends phone numbers; I let my computer do a lot of work for me; I would like my TV to do most of my work for me ... and it does a lot of it--it will watch a program for me when I'm not around or watching something else.  It just seems that Program Reminder is such a basic concept with, IMO, such little overhead that I thought it would have been included... like a CC button.  I'm certainly glad that uniblurb3 didn't decide to settle for something he wasn't used to.

 

Don't get me wrong, guys.  None of these little issues I post about are deal killers .. just aggravations.

 

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jpinsticks - I understand that it is not what you are used to, but it is not all that different. Recording is no more difficult than setting a reminder. It is integral to the system - No overhead. Just try it/ You'll like it.


I hear what you and are saying.  I am one of the laziest people I know.  I let my cell phone memorize all my friends phone numbers; I let my computer do a lot of work for me; I would like my TV to do most of my work for me ... and it does a lot of it--it will watch a program for me when I'm not around or watching something else.  It just seems that Program Reminder is such a basic concept with, IMO, such little overhead that I thought it would have been included... like a CC button.  I'm certainly glad that uniblurb3 didn't decide to settle for something he wasn't used to.

 

Don't get me wrong, guys.  None of these little issues I post about are deal killers .. just aggravations.

 

Cheers.

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jpinsticks - OK, everyone comes from a different place. I would not pay for a DVR, so I had no experience when I came to U-verse. Also, no reminder experience. So, Recording was just there to do. I liked it so much that I had to pay extra for the DVR for the short time I had FIOS.
jpinsticks - OK, everyone comes from a different place. I would not pay for a DVR, so I had no experience when I came to U-verse. Also, no reminder experience. So, Recording was just there to do. I liked it so much that I had to pay extra for the DVR for the short time I had FIOS.
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I think  ATT should consider the reminder popup.  I agree with all the posters who state they appreciated the reminder service because not everything should be recorded.  Our recordings are not stored in the cloud and take up space while we watch live or not.   It's great to know that while you are watching a program onDemand or watching a recorded program a popup saying that something is about to start is more helpful that having to go back and remember what was recorded or when and whether it was the latest episode.  Just help your customers be happy.

I think  ATT should consider the reminder popup.  I agree with all the posters who state they appreciated the reminder service because not everything should be recorded.  Our recordings are not stored in the cloud and take up space while we watch live or not.   It's great to know that while you are watching a program onDemand or watching a recorded program a popup saying that something is about to start is more helpful that having to go back and remember what was recorded or when and whether it was the latest episode.  Just help your customers be happy.

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jpinsticks wrote:

Dish had/has that feature also.  I think Direct does also.  I was surprised that Uverse doesn't.

 

Recording is not a practical alternative, at least in my case.  I don't want to record it to watch it.  I want a little reminder to pop and give me an option to switch to the program live.  I can't think of a time that I have ever watched a recorded sporting event with the exception of Super Bowl Commercials when they were really creative.


You'll get used to recording programs and forget you ever had a reminder with other service. 

 

I HATE 90% of the commercials out there and avoid them at all costs.  As stated, start watching a recorded program just a little ways into it (10 mins. for a 30 min. program and 20 mins. for a 60 min. program) and you can FAST FORWARD through all those nasty little buggers!

 

I've gotten very good at the timing and very spoiled about not watching commercials.


jpinsticks wrote:

Dish had/has that feature also.  I think Direct does also.  I was surprised that Uverse doesn't.

 

Recording is not a practical alternative, at least in my case.  I don't want to record it to watch it.  I want a little reminder to pop and give me an option to switch to the program live.  I can't think of a time that I have ever watched a recorded sporting event with the exception of Super Bowl Commercials when they were really creative.


You'll get used to recording programs and forget you ever had a reminder with other service. 

 

I HATE 90% of the commercials out there and avoid them at all costs.  As stated, start watching a recorded program just a little ways into it (10 mins. for a 30 min. program and 20 mins. for a 60 min. program) and you can FAST FORWARD through all those nasty little buggers!

 

I've gotten very good at the timing and very spoiled about not watching commercials.

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chanels wrote:

 

I think  ATT should consider the reminder popup.  I agree with all the posters who state they appreciated the reminder service because not everything should be recorded.  Our recordings are not stored in the cloud and take up space while we watch live or not.   It's great to know that while you are watching a program onDemand or watching a recorded program a popup saying that something is about to start is more helpful that having to go back and remember what was recorded or when and whether it was the latest episode.  Just help your customers be happy.


Does your DVR not allow you to delete recordings?

 

Also, your comments seem to support a reason for recording the program as opposed to interrupting something else that you are watching to watch another program during it's scheduled time slot.


chanels wrote:

 

I think  ATT should consider the reminder popup.  I agree with all the posters who state they appreciated the reminder service because not everything should be recorded.  Our recordings are not stored in the cloud and take up space while we watch live or not.   It's great to know that while you are watching a program onDemand or watching a recorded program a popup saying that something is about to start is more helpful that having to go back and remember what was recorded or when and whether it was the latest episode.  Just help your customers be happy.


Does your DVR not allow you to delete recordings?

 

Also, your comments seem to support a reason for recording the program as opposed to interrupting something else that you are watching to watch another program during it's scheduled time slot.

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texasguy37 wrote:
Does your DVR not allow you to delete recordings?

 

Also, your comments seem to support a reason for recording the program as opposed to interrupting something else that you are watching to watch another program during it's scheduled time slot.


What texasguy said..... ↑  Smiley Wink


texasguy37 wrote:
Does your DVR not allow you to delete recordings?

 

Also, your comments seem to support a reason for recording the program as opposed to interrupting something else that you are watching to watch another program during it's scheduled time slot.


What texasguy said..... ↑  Smiley Wink

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While there are a lot of U-Verse fan types that seem to pooh-pooh the folks that are requesting this feature - this feature seems to be one of the most requested that I have seen in the 5 years that I've been on here.  

 

I would be willing to bet that the folks who want it outnumber the louder ones that kind of brush the suggestion aside.  Just my two cents.

 

I  personally would like to see it or some kind of a note that a show is about to be recorded.  Sometimes I  lose tracjk of time and the only note that you will get is a tiny red light on the STB or an all streams error if they are all in use.  If it were the latter, you get NO warning.  Comcast gave you a two minute warning before all streams (ie both, lol) were to be in use.

While there are a lot of U-Verse fan types that seem to pooh-pooh the folks that are requesting this feature - this feature seems to be one of the most requested that I have seen in the 5 years that I've been on here.  

 

I would be willing to bet that the folks who want it outnumber the louder ones that kind of brush the suggestion aside.  Just my two cents.

 

I  personally would like to see it or some kind of a note that a show is about to be recorded.  Sometimes I  lose tracjk of time and the only note that you will get is a tiny red light on the STB or an all streams error if they are all in use.  If it were the latter, you get NO warning.  Comcast gave you a two minute warning before all streams (ie both, lol) were to be in use.

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While there are a lot of U-Verse fan types that seem to pooh-pooh the folks that are requesting this feature - this feature seems to be one of the most requested that I have seen in the 5 years that I've been on here.  

 

I would be willing to bet that the folks who want it outnumber the louder ones that kind of brush the suggestion aside.  Just my two cents.

 

 


I doubt it. Unlike the masses who just want their H*llm*rk channel back.  Smiley Wink

 


dhascall wrote:

While there are a lot of U-Verse fan types that seem to pooh-pooh the folks that are requesting this feature - this feature seems to be one of the most requested that I have seen in the 5 years that I've been on here.  

 

I would be willing to bet that the folks who want it outnumber the louder ones that kind of brush the suggestion aside.  Just my two cents.

 

 


I doubt it. Unlike the masses who just want their H*llm*rk channel back.  Smiley Wink

 

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dhascall wrote:

While there are a lot of U-Verse fan types that seem to pooh-pooh the folks that are requesting this feature - this feature seems to be one of the most requested that I have seen in the 5 years that I've been on here.  

 

I would be willing to bet that the folks who want it outnumber the louder ones that kind of brush the suggestion aside.  Just my two cents.

 

 


I doubt it. Unlike the masses who just want their H*llm*rk channel back.  Smiley Wink

 


H*llm*rk, lol.  I don't know about the reminders - I kind of think that it would be cool and I kind of like my "two minute warning" about the all streams are in use feature.  At any rate, the reason that I mention the number of reminder fans outnumbering the fanboys, is that each month it seems at least two folks request it but it's always the same 2 or 3 fans that downplay the other's requests. Smiley Wink


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dhascall wrote:

While there are a lot of U-Verse fan types that seem to pooh-pooh the folks that are requesting this feature - this feature seems to be one of the most requested that I have seen in the 5 years that I've been on here.  

 

I would be willing to bet that the folks who want it outnumber the louder ones that kind of brush the suggestion aside.  Just my two cents.

 

 


I doubt it. Unlike the masses who just want their H*llm*rk channel back.  Smiley Wink

 


H*llm*rk, lol.  I don't know about the reminders - I kind of think that it would be cool and I kind of like my "two minute warning" about the all streams are in use feature.  At any rate, the reason that I mention the number of reminder fans outnumbering the fanboys, is that each month it seems at least two folks request it but it's always the same 2 or 3 fans that downplay the other's requests. Smiley Wink

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I hadn't seen a reminder request in a long time, but two new ones this month.  It comes and goes.  When I miss the start of a show on TV, it's not because I'm watching something else on TV, it's because I'm doing something else entirely, so the reminder feature is not of any importance to me.

 

I can see that others might want it.  It's just not important to me, and seems anachronistic given the DVR's recording functionality, kind of like the crank handle for your automobile.  You still use one of those, don't you?

 

I hadn't seen a reminder request in a long time, but two new ones this month.  It comes and goes.  When I miss the start of a show on TV, it's not because I'm watching something else on TV, it's because I'm doing something else entirely, so the reminder feature is not of any importance to me.

 

I can see that others might want it.  It's just not important to me, and seems anachronistic given the DVR's recording functionality, kind of like the crank handle for your automobile.  You still use one of those, don't you?

 

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JefferMC wrote:

I hadn't seen a reminder request in a long time, but two new ones this month.  It comes and goes.  When I miss the start of a show on TV, it's not because I'm watching something else on TV, it's because I'm doing something else entirely, so the reminder feature is not of any importance to me.

 

I can see that others might want it.  It's just not important to me, and seems anachronistic given the DVR's recording functionality, kind of like the crank handle for your automobile.  You still use one of those, don't you?

 


Touche.  But when most other DVR's have reminders, two minute warnings and such maybe the U-Verse DVR is the automobile with the hand crank.....  All that I'm saying is that I would love the two minute warning or at least have the TV jump to the first recorded channel., instead of simply sticking a warning up there and leaving it there.  Reminders easily could be part of that.

 

In fact this was my suggestion a few years back, that would pop up before all streams would be in use.  You are all welcome, lol.

 

 


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I hadn't seen a reminder request in a long time, but two new ones this month.  It comes and goes.  When I miss the start of a show on TV, it's not because I'm watching something else on TV, it's because I'm doing something else entirely, so the reminder feature is not of any importance to me.

 

I can see that others might want it.  It's just not important to me, and seems anachronistic given the DVR's recording functionality, kind of like the crank handle for your automobile.  You still use one of those, don't you?

 


Touche.  But when most other DVR's have reminders, two minute warnings and such maybe the U-Verse DVR is the automobile with the hand crank.....  All that I'm saying is that I would love the two minute warning or at least have the TV jump to the first recorded channel., instead of simply sticking a warning up there and leaving it there.  Reminders easily could be part of that.

 

In fact this was my suggestion a few years back, that would pop up before all streams would be in use.  You are all welcome, lol.

 

 

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dhascall - You have many very good suggestions here -

Presenting the warning a couple of minutes before the problem will occur is fabulous.

Listing ALL the possibilities is critical.

Providing show info to aid the decision process is a great help.

One click from the single screen - Yes.

 

I think another item needed is the name of the STB tuned to the selection to assist the decision making.

dhascall - You have many very good suggestions here -

Presenting the warning a couple of minutes before the problem will occur is fabulous.

Listing ALL the possibilities is critical.

Providing show info to aid the decision process is a great help.

One click from the single screen - Yes.

 

I think another item needed is the name of the STB tuned to the selection to assist the decision making.

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dhascall - You have many very good suggestions here -

Presenting the warning a couple of minutes before the problem will occur is fabulous.

Listing ALL the possibilities is critical.

Providing show info to aid the decision process is a great help.

One click from the single screen - Yes.

 

I think another item needed is the name of the STB tuned to the selection to assist the decision making.


Thanks - glad that you liked that.  One issue that we have is that (most of you know) my wife is disabled and has issues running the remote.  Sometimes I get the all streams are in use error when I think that there shouldn't be.  I go to the other STB's and see that one never got shut down.  The TV is off but not the box.  It would be nice if it would say "STB 4 is on but is not enaged" (ie. the TV is off, as it would be showing the press okay to watch TV would be displaying)..


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dhascall - You have many very good suggestions here -

Presenting the warning a couple of minutes before the problem will occur is fabulous.

Listing ALL the possibilities is critical.

Providing show info to aid the decision process is a great help.

One click from the single screen - Yes.

 

I think another item needed is the name of the STB tuned to the selection to assist the decision making.


Thanks - glad that you liked that.  One issue that we have is that (most of you know) my wife is disabled and has issues running the remote.  Sometimes I get the all streams are in use error when I think that there shouldn't be.  I go to the other STB's and see that one never got shut down.  The TV is off but not the box.  It would be nice if it would say "STB 4 is on but is not enaged" (ie. the TV is off, as it would be showing the press okay to watch TV would be displaying)..

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dhascall - Yes, the display of the STB name is needed to identify that the unused box is on. You got it right up to the last comma. The "press ok" would not be displayed. The box is on, but cannot be seen because the TV is off. See if you can catch it and edit for future reference.
dhascall - Yes, the display of the STB name is needed to identify that the unused box is on. You got it right up to the last comma. The "press ok" would not be displayed. The box is on, but cannot be seen because the TV is off. See if you can catch it and edit for future reference.
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dhascall - Yes, the display of the STB name is needed to identify that the unused box is on. You got it right up to the last comma. The "press ok" would not be displayed. The box is on, but cannot be seen because the TV is off. See if you can catch it and edit for future reference.

No - what I meant was if the TV was actually on, the "Press OK" would be visible.  Since it's not, the only way that you would know is by the glowing green STB light.  AND some folks put the STB in cabinets behind doors or with smoked doors and you may not even know that the box is on, even when the TV is off.  Clear as mud, I know.


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dhascall - Yes, the display of the STB name is needed to identify that the unused box is on. You got it right up to the last comma. The "press ok" would not be displayed. The box is on, but cannot be seen because the TV is off. See if you can catch it and edit for future reference.

No - what I meant was if the TV was actually on, the "Press OK" would be visible.  Since it's not, the only way that you would know is by the glowing green STB light.  AND some folks put the STB in cabinets behind doors or with smoked doors and you may not even know that the box is on, even when the TV is off.  Clear as mud, I know.

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I read through this whole topic.  There is  a simple request for one to be reminded when a program they want to watch is going to be on in a few minutes.  That is not a major thing to do.  And avoiding the fact that U-verse has not done this simple task by refering people to record the program is NOT a solution, it is a way to avoid the fact that they haven't done it, and/or don't plan on doing it.  It is so simple, I just wonder why it isn't done already.  Telling me to record it in lieu of getting a reminder, is like telling me to gargle instead of brushing my teeth.  It just isn't the same thing at all.  And however many people tell you to suck it up and just record it instead of wanting a reminder, are justifying U-verse not dealing with a low tech issue. 

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I read through this whole topic.  There is  a simple request for one to be reminded when a program they want to watch is going to be on in a few minutes.  That is not a major thing to do.  And avoiding the fact that U-verse has not done this simple task by refering people to record the program is NOT a solution, it is a way to avoid the fact that they haven't done it, and/or don't plan on doing it.  It is so simple, I just wonder why it isn't done already.  Telling me to record it in lieu of getting a reminder, is like telling me to gargle instead of brushing my teeth.  It just isn't the same thing at all.  And however many people tell you to suck it up and just record it instead of wanting a reminder, are justifying U-verse not dealing with a low tech issue. 

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Perhaps they have not done it for the same reason there is no longer a place in your refrigerator to place the large block of ice, nor a hand crank on the front of your car.

 

Perhaps they have not done it for the same reason there is no longer a place in your refrigerator to place the large block of ice, nor a hand crank on the front of your car.

 

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I'm not a programmer, I don't play one on TV, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but all these folks who claim it's an easy fix need to do the programming for Microsoft CE and see if they can come up with a better solution.

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I'm not a programmer, I don't play one on TV, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but all these folks who claim it's an easy fix need to do the programming for Microsoft CE and see if they can come up with a better solution.

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oufanindallas wrote:

I'm not a programmer, I don't play one on TV, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but all these folks who claim it's an easy fix need to do the programming for Microsoft CE and see if they can come up with a better solution.


 

Good point. If it was an easy fix, wouldn't it have been implemented years ago?

 

Here's my  thought: A standard box from Time Warner, Dish, Comcast, whoever, has tuner cards in it that "tune" to the channel when the appropriate button is pressed, right? This means that the channels are sent to the box all at once. It's my belief that AT&T works in the exact opposite way, that the channels are "stored" somewhere else and the box sends a signal to "call" for the channel once the buttons are pressed.

 

 

As others have said, with four HD streams, just record stuff and watch it via channel 9999 or the "Recorded TV" button 10-15 minutes after it started recording.


oufanindallas wrote:

I'm not a programmer, I don't play one on TV, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but all these folks who claim it's an easy fix need to do the programming for Microsoft CE and see if they can come up with a better solution.


 

Good point. If it was an easy fix, wouldn't it have been implemented years ago?

 

Here's my  thought: A standard box from Time Warner, Dish, Comcast, whoever, has tuner cards in it that "tune" to the channel when the appropriate button is pressed, right? This means that the channels are sent to the box all at once. It's my belief that AT&T works in the exact opposite way, that the channels are "stored" somewhere else and the box sends a signal to "call" for the channel once the buttons are pressed.

 

 

As others have said, with four HD streams, just record stuff and watch it via channel 9999 or the "Recorded TV" button 10-15 minutes after it started recording.

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baseballisback wrote:

oufanindallas wrote:

I'm not a programmer, I don't play one on TV, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but all these folks who claim it's an easy fix need to do the programming for Microsoft CE and see if they can come up with a better solution.


 

Good point. If it was an easy fix, wouldn't it have been implemented years ago?

 

Here's my  thought: A standard box from Time Warner, Dish, Comcast, whoever, has tuner cards in it that "tune" to the channel when the appropriate button is pressed, right? This means that the channels are sent to the box all at once. It's my belief that AT&T works in the exact opposite way, that the channels are "stored" somewhere else and the box sends a signal to "call" for the channel once the buttons are pressed.

 

 

As others have said, with four HD streams, just record stuff and watch it via channel 9999 or the "Recorded TV" button 10-15 minutes after it started recording.


That's a pretty good description of how it works.  The box knows what channels are available and when you attempt to tune one it starts a process to have that channel stream sent to the box.  When it no longer wants that channel, it cancels the stream.

 

However, this is more like a guide feature; the box has the program guide; you'd have to set the reminder on a program in the guide and the box would then have to store an time-based event to trigger when the time arrived.  I'm guessing that, other than the DVR, there's no provision in the box architecture to do anything on a prescribed time.

 

Added to this, would the event be only for the box that set the request, or all boxes?  If all boxes, would it not annoy other users?  If only one box, what happens if you move to another box after setting the event?

 

In any case, even the UX design is more complicated than most requesters have thought about.  And, again, is contrary to the freedom from apointment TV that the DVR grants you.

 

 


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oufanindallas wrote:

I'm not a programmer, I don't play one on TV, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but all these folks who claim it's an easy fix need to do the programming for Microsoft CE and see if they can come up with a better solution.


 

Good point. If it was an easy fix, wouldn't it have been implemented years ago?

 

Here's my  thought: A standard box from Time Warner, Dish, Comcast, whoever, has tuner cards in it that "tune" to the channel when the appropriate button is pressed, right? This means that the channels are sent to the box all at once. It's my belief that AT&T works in the exact opposite way, that the channels are "stored" somewhere else and the box sends a signal to "call" for the channel once the buttons are pressed.

 

 

As others have said, with four HD streams, just record stuff and watch it via channel 9999 or the "Recorded TV" button 10-15 minutes after it started recording.


That's a pretty good description of how it works.  The box knows what channels are available and when you attempt to tune one it starts a process to have that channel stream sent to the box.  When it no longer wants that channel, it cancels the stream.

 

However, this is more like a guide feature; the box has the program guide; you'd have to set the reminder on a program in the guide and the box would then have to store an time-based event to trigger when the time arrived.  I'm guessing that, other than the DVR, there's no provision in the box architecture to do anything on a prescribed time.

 

Added to this, would the event be only for the box that set the request, or all boxes?  If all boxes, would it not annoy other users?  If only one box, what happens if you move to another box after setting the event?

 

In any case, even the UX design is more complicated than most requesters have thought about.  And, again, is contrary to the freedom from apointment TV that the DVR grants you.

 

 

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I was only looking for how to set a reminder for a show on Uverse and came accross this. I can't believe how, what appears to be the regulars that post here, think that recording a show is a solution and for one to think otherwise signifies that they are somehow behind the times or thier way of thinking is warped.

 

I was just going to come to the conclusion that you can't set a reminder and go on my way like probably thousands have but decided to post my veiw.

 

Recording a show is not even a remote solution or acceptable work around. The reminder is a convenience and from having service from 3 other cable providers and reading through the post,it appears that all other cable companies seem to see the value in this convenience.

 

If recording is a solution then so is watching it on the on demand portion of Uverse or looking for it on the internet and watching it there. If that is the case then why even have the guide button. I can just do everything on demand at my own time and convnience.

 

OH, I get it!!! Thanks for setting me straight. I now see that what I really need to do us dump Uverse and cable altogether get Netflix etc. then I won't need those reminders. I can just watch it on my own terms. I guess you are right, I am behind the times.

 

 

I was only looking for how to set a reminder for a show on Uverse and came accross this. I can't believe how, what appears to be the regulars that post here, think that recording a show is a solution and for one to think otherwise signifies that they are somehow behind the times or thier way of thinking is warped.

 

I was just going to come to the conclusion that you can't set a reminder and go on my way like probably thousands have but decided to post my veiw.

 

Recording a show is not even a remote solution or acceptable work around. The reminder is a convenience and from having service from 3 other cable providers and reading through the post,it appears that all other cable companies seem to see the value in this convenience.

 

If recording is a solution then so is watching it on the on demand portion of Uverse or looking for it on the internet and watching it there. If that is the case then why even have the guide button. I can just do everything on demand at my own time and convnience.

 

OH, I get it!!! Thanks for setting me straight. I now see that what I really need to do us dump Uverse and cable altogether get Netflix etc. then I won't need those reminders. I can just watch it on my own terms. I guess you are right, I am behind the times.

 

 

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I don't understand the following statement:  "Recording a show is not even a remote solution or acceptable work around" UNLESS you don't have a DVR. 

 

While I loved the 'reminder' feature of Comcast, it is certainly not a dealbreaker with Uverse.  Setting a recording neither indicates warped thinking or being behind the times (albeit I am old).

 

Let me offer a scenario:  DH finds that the movie "Bullitt" is on TCM at 3:00pm on a Thursday but he's at work.  It's not available On Demand and you can only watch TCM online live so we're back to square one.  Besides, why watch a movie on a computer moniter if you have a 60" HDTV?  Even if a reminder was an option, it would be useless.  The logical solution is to DVR it.

 

Reminders have their place and use and I do miss that feature but you can't say recording is useless.  That's crazy talk.

I don't understand the following statement:  "Recording a show is not even a remote solution or acceptable work around" UNLESS you don't have a DVR. 

 

While I loved the 'reminder' feature of Comcast, it is certainly not a dealbreaker with Uverse.  Setting a recording neither indicates warped thinking or being behind the times (albeit I am old).

 

Let me offer a scenario:  DH finds that the movie "Bullitt" is on TCM at 3:00pm on a Thursday but he's at work.  It's not available On Demand and you can only watch TCM online live so we're back to square one.  Besides, why watch a movie on a computer moniter if you have a 60" HDTV?  Even if a reminder was an option, it would be useless.  The logical solution is to DVR it.

 

Reminders have their place and use and I do miss that feature but you can't say recording is useless.  That's crazy talk.

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@Marlinmo   Guess you don't get it that if you record something, you can start watching an hour program about 20 mins in and zip thru all commerccials/promos.  You'll end just about the time the show ends that way too.

 

I abolutely hate watching anything live due to the commercials.  Love my DVR. Smiley Very Happy

 

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@Marlinmo   Guess you don't get it that if you record something, you can start watching an hour program about 20 mins in and zip thru all commerccials/promos.  You'll end just about the time the show ends that way too.

 

I abolutely hate watching anything live due to the commercials.  Love my DVR. Smiley Very Happy

 

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mibrnsurg wrote:

@Marlinmo   Guess you don't get it that if you record something, you can start watching an hour program about 20 mins in and zip thru all commerccials/promos.  You'll end just about the time the show ends that way too.

 

I abolutely hate watching anything live due to the commercials.  Love my DVR. Smiley Very Happy

 

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That too!  It took one football season for DH to become a believer.  He sets the DVR, delays the start of his viewing and FFs thru the commercials. And what if there are 2 games on at the same time?  Reminders would prove useless.

 

Another perk of using the DVR, if you (or the cat) accidently changes the channel, you don't miss any of the programming.


mibrnsurg wrote:

@Marlinmo   Guess you don't get it that if you record something, you can start watching an hour program about 20 mins in and zip thru all commerccials/promos.  You'll end just about the time the show ends that way too.

 

I abolutely hate watching anything live due to the commercials.  Love my DVR. Smiley Very Happy

 

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That too!  It took one football season for DH to become a believer.  He sets the DVR, delays the start of his viewing and FFs thru the commercials. And what if there are 2 games on at the same time?  Reminders would prove useless.

 

Another perk of using the DVR, if you (or the cat) accidently changes the channel, you don't miss any of the programming.

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I record everything, I watch very little live TV but sometimes I do want a reminder that something is on so I don't forget to go to my DVR and watch it later. There are also some shows that even though I'm recording I like to live tweet...starting 20 minutes late doesn't exactly work for that. Not to mention when I have family visiting it's nice to have the reminder so that whomever has to go in the other room knows their show is starting. I've had pretty much every single cable company that's out there and every one had a reminder option except ATT. Uverse needs to add this feature!
I record everything, I watch very little live TV but sometimes I do want a reminder that something is on so I don't forget to go to my DVR and watch it later. There are also some shows that even though I'm recording I like to live tweet...starting 20 minutes late doesn't exactly work for that. Not to mention when I have family visiting it's nice to have the reminder so that whomever has to go in the other room knows their show is starting. I've had pretty much every single cable company that's out there and every one had a reminder option except ATT. Uverse needs to add this feature!

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