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Time to reschedule your TiVo Series1 manual recordings

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 9th 2007 10:00AM
TiVoSure, TiVo hasn't sold Series1 boxes for a while. But there's still plenty of people out there who bought the original TiVo and never saw a reason to upgrade it.

Well, this weekend you're about to see your first major glitch. TiVo's official Daylight Saving Time page is up. Like we told you earlier this week, Series3 units will handle the earlier Daylight Saving Time change just fine. Series2 units will not miss any recordings, but may display the wrong time for a while.

But TiVo Series1 units will do more than just show the wrong time on the clock. Your Series1 unit will properly record Season Pass, Wish List, and pretty much anything you schedule through the program guide. But manual recordings on these older boxes rely on local time.

That means for the three weeks between March 11th and April 1st, any manually scheduled recordings will start an hour late. So you'll have to schedule them to record an hour early. The easy solution is to schedule all of your recordings through the program guide, but if you have a channel that doesn't show up properly in the guide, or some other reason for scheduling manual recordings, maybe you should keep a clock set to the wrong time by your TiVo as a reminder.

[via TiVo Lovers]

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Hack your way to near-unlimited Netflix Watch Now Nirvana

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 5th 2007 12:25PM
Netflix Watch NowSo you know how Netflix is rolling out a service that lets you download some of the movies in your queue? And you know how the service only lets you watch a limited number of movies per month? Yeah, apparently it's not that hard to cheat the system.

Engadget reports that some users have essentially rolled back the clock to make Netflix think they've only spent a few minutes watching a film, when in fact they've spent two hours. So while an $18/month Netflix subscription is supposed to net you 18 hours of play time (in addition to DVD rentals), you can pretty much get unlimited views. It's probably only a matter of time before Netflix "fixes" this glitch.

Here's how it works:
  1. Wait for the movie to finish downloading, and then disconnect your network adapter.
  2. Clear your browser cache and cookies.
  3. Reconnect your network adapter after you've finished watching the movie.
  4. Netflix will subtract a few minutes from your clock, allowing you to watch dozens of additional movies this month.

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TiVo Daylight Saving Time updates

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 4th 2007 10:30AM
Clocks at Grennwhich Market (Flickr photo from Beachy)In case you've been hiding under a rock, let me take this time to inform you that Daylight Saving Time starts next week in the US. Yes, this is about three weeks earlier than usual, but you can thank Congress for that.

Of course this means every device in your house with a clock that automatically accounts for Daylight Saving Time is wrong. Odds are if your computer is connected to the internet, it's already downloaded an update. If you've got a PDA, you might want to look for an update online. And if you've got a VCR, good luck.

Since TiVo units need to connect to a central server for program guide updates, it's likely that your TiVo is also hooked up to the internet, either via a broadband connection or a telephone line. And according to several posts at the TiVo Community Forums, it looks like TiVo's sending out software updates to make sure you don't miss any recordings.

If you've got a Series3 unit, you probably won't notice a thing. Series2 owners may notice that the clock on your TiVo appears to be off, but your programs should still record at their scheduled times, although it looks like that problem may have been fixed. And while Series1 units should also record programs at the correct time, it looks like the display problem may not be fixable, so your clock could be off for a while.

Updates for DirecTV TiVo units are also on their way, but those updates are being sent out by the satellite provider, not TiVo.

[via TiVo Lovers]

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Your Web clip of Web clips

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 10th 2006 8:03AM
your show of showsHey, how's your weekend going? Pretty good? Got any plans? Did you say just say "yes?" Why did you answer me out loud? It's not like I can hear you. Anyway, I like to occasional toss random tidbits your way on these lazy weekends, so I invite you to click over to News from me, which has a very funny clip from Sid Caesar's seminal comedy variety series, Your Show of Shows. This was the serious that featured the talents of some of the greatest actors and writers in the business such as Carl Reiner, Woody Allen, and Neil Simon. In this clip, Caesar, Reiner, Howie Morris and Imogene Coca play mechanical figures on a town clock that slowly begins to go haywire. Sit back, laugh, and watch how the pros used to do it.

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Chat live as the clock winds down for Jack Bauer

by Ryan j Budke, posted May 15th 2006 8:00PM
24; jack bauer; kiefer sutherland; foxTwo episodes and three hours, that's all that stands in the way of Jack and a much deserved nap. Join me and all the other 24 fanatics as we chat live along with the show tonight. Don't forget to the get to the room early so you can get your Jack "kill-count" guesses in. As with all of our chats, you must have AIM or a compatible client. Once you have that, make sure you check back to this very post at 8pm ET, and that's when I'll unveil the location for the super secret chat room. Until then, gravitas!


UPDATE:
Come one, come all;  here is the secret location for our 24 Chat! See you inside.

Disclaimer: All or parts of the discussion in this chatroom may be posted in a later column on this site.

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