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Thread: Make high def Tivo prefer to record high def programs?

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    Make high def Tivo prefer to record high def programs?

    Hi all. I checked the high def Tivo faq and didn't see this question, apologies if this question has been asked before...

    I just got a high def DirecTivo unit and it works well, I like it very much. However, it doesn't seem to be giving high def shows any special preference over standard def shows.

    Example:

    It suggestion-taped a movie on HBO, I think that's channel 501, right? I know it was the main HBO channel, not one of the secondary channels like HBO2 or HBO Family. I know that the same movie was playing in high-def on HBOHD at the same exact time. Yet the player chose to tape the standard-def movie instead of the high-def one.

    Is there any way for me to tell the player "if you've got a choice, always go for the high def choice"?

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    I'm sure it would be possible to write a script that could check scheduled suggestions on SD HBO and record HD HBO instead. Having said that, I have no idea how one would go about that, other than perhaps peeking at EndPadPlus and how it goes about checking things.

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    But no built-in hidden feature for it, though? I was hoping there would be something along the lines of the secret handshake for enabling the 30-second-skip, or sorting the Now Playing list. Not quite ready to begin hacking this box in earnest.

    Someone else suggested that I add all the HD stations to my "Favorite Channels" list, do you think that would do any good?

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    maybe, not too sure about that though. I dont have an hdtivo, nor do I use suggestions so I couldn't really tell you. But good luck with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfabris
    It suggestion-taped a movie on HBO, I think that's channel 501, right? I know it was the main HBO channel, not one of the secondary channels like HBO2 or HBO Family. I know that the same movie was playing in high-def on HBOHD at the same exact time. Yet the player chose to tape the standard-def movie instead of the high-def one.

    Is there any way for me to tell the player "if you've got a choice, always go for the high def choice"?
    Why not just remove 501 from the "Channels You Receive" list?

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    That's a great idea. Although if it didn't suggestion-tape HBOhd, then I'd worry that it'd suggestion-tape nothing at all if I did that.

    My fear is that the thing is deliberately only suggestion-taping the standard-def shows to save disk space. Anyone know if that's the way they programmed it?

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    is the programming on HDHBO exactly the same as SD HBO? if so, then cheezmo is right, just remove 501 and see what happens....

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