12-03-2013 6:07 AM
Can someone PLEASE tell me why this has changed? What's the point? Because there are only four feeds into a home and we have five boxes and there is always a conflict with recording and viewing, I use the On Demand free TV shows feature to view programmes that I can't record due to the four feed only issue. (That is a major pain.)
I don't have the time, most of the time to just sit and watch a full show, or... I fall asleep at night in the middle of one. I don't want to have to go back to the beginning just to be able to finish the programme that I had started previously, and this makes no sense to me at all. We could do it before, so why has this been stopped please? Geez - we are paying $294 a month for our U-Verse services (it keeps rising) and yet the features seem to be declining?
12-03-2013 6:23 AM
12-03-2013 6:28 AM - edited 12-03-2013 6:53 AM
kathmat - I believe there never was a fall asleep feature. The system relies on a stop signal form the remote to stop the recording or on-demand. If it does not receive that signal, it plays to the end & can only be restarted from the beginning. You need to FF to find the last place you can remember. Ask me how I know this.
I believe there is a safety invention for driving - an earpiece that detects the head roll of sleep. If this could be used as a switch to trigger the stop message to the DVR you would be able to resume watching at the appropriate location.
Better yet, have something attached to your eyelids to detect when they are in the 'down' postion for more than, let's say, 5 secs. The recording/OD program would stop so it could be resumed at a later time.
Now THAT would be "Rethink Possible"!
12-03-2013 7:29 AM
07-12-2015 5:41 PM - edited 07-12-2015 5:46 PM
I think you misunderstood. I set "sleep" on my TV using the TV remote nothing to do with U-Verse. It works perfectly and if I am watching a recorded show and it continues to the end after I have fallen
asleep, or to the point where the TV timer kicks in and the TV turns off, no problem. The following night I can go back to my recording and fast forward.
I have been unable to do this however with the On-Demand "free" TV shows, as it takes you back to the beginning and then tells you "Fast Forward or Rewind may not be available for this programme." That has applied to every show that I have ever tried to do either action on.
As stated in my post of today (12th July 2015) though, I have noticed that for the past week I have been able to do both fast forward and rewind to these shows. Hip Hip Hooray! I can only keep my fingers crossed that it continues.
07-12-2015 6:40 PM
OK - I see that you had this problem two years ago & now it has gone away. Good you have reported the change.
Back then , I think we did not have enough experience to explain it. My explanation now would be that the on-demand shows have diffferent contract criteria than recorded shows. The on-demand shows lean heavier towards requiring you to watch the ads. Hence, no FF. Your need to FF to where you stopped watching is blocked by this requirement.
Perhaps, the reason it has been lifted is that the contracts have lightened up.
Another thing that came to mind - There were a number of posts about how to find shows that had been partially watched. There is a program list above where the cursor is to access active programs. But, I believe programs need to be added to that list manually. Not sure if your active programs would be added automatically. And, if you restart from that list it would make any difference with how they behave.
Sounds like you need to escalate repair efforts to get your u-verse to work. A community mgr should jump in & offere help.
07-13-2015 5:01 AM
07-13-2015 7:31 AM
The following observation is somewhat limited but this might explain why you can FF some "free" shows and some you cannot:
If the OD series/program was on a 'premium' channel such as Showtime or Encore, FF/RW has always been available. Example: "Master of Sx*" (Showtime): FF is available
If the OD show was originally on a 'commercial' channel like ABC/NBC/ or even HGTV you cannot FF through these because, let's face it, there are limited commercials that they want you to watch. Example: "Flip or Flop" (HGTV). FF is not available.
Bottom line: If there were commercials originally, there will be commercials on OD version and you cannot FF. No commercials? FF to your hearts content.
07-13-2015 7:49 AM
07-13-2015 9:01 AM
@kathmat Fortunately, I can record those shows during prime time. But, if I could not, I would record them when they replay later in the wee hours.
I really like recording & cannot seem to get into on-demand. I know it is very popular, but it just is not the same to me & not yet reliable enough for me.
07-13-2015 10:08 AM