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

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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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Turn off to resume a playback

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.

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ACE - Master

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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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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 Smiley Very 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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Re: Can the Whole Home DVR Do This?


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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Re: Can the Whole Home DVR Do This?

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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