DVRs

Why don't I have a channel guide with an over the air DVR?

Episode 1531

Jerry from Hatfield, PA

Jerry has a DISH DVR which can receive over the air signals. He saves the channels, and he gets no information on programming. Leo says that's because the DVR isn't getting a channel guide in the over the air signal. Channels used to include that data on side ban channels, but they may have stopped doing that and as a result, your DVR can't get the channel guide data. That's why TIVO charges a monthly fee, for a channel guide.

Can I get my old programs off my DVR?

TiVo BOLT VOX

Episode 1514

Eric from Orange County, CA

Eric cut the cable and wants to know if he can get programs off his old TiVo. Leo says in the first generation TiVos, he would be able to. But copy protection has locked down and encrypted that data. TIVO to Go was an option, but it was a very poor solution. There is one way to do it still, and that's the analog hole. Eric can connect his TIVO using the analog component jacks (red, white and yellow), but it will be standard definition.

Do I have to record every episode on my TiVo Bolt?

TiVo Bolt

Episode 1491

Scott from Dallas, TX

Scott has a 500GB TiVo Bolt and wants to set it up to just save the recent week's worth of recordings, not every single recording forever. Leo says it's in the settings. He can set it to just keep a week's worth and delete the rest, as well as to delete when it starts to run out of space. Can he upgrade the hard drive? Leo says yes. He will also probably have to "bless" the hard drive so that TiVo will read it. Leo recommends contacting Weaknees.com.

How can I record a month's worth of security video?

Swann Security Camera

Episode 1410

Mike from Fremont, CA

Mike has a Swan surveillance camera with a hard drive recording option that archives for seven days before it loops around. He'd like to expand that to a month. Can he? Leo says he might be able to with a larger hard drive, but it may be specially locked down to prevent upgrading or hacking it to his liking. It largely depends on the DVR.

What's a good alternative DVR to TIVO?

ChannelMaster DVR

Episode 1407

Lott from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Lot has a TIVO Series 3 and he did a a required update, but now it won't work when rescanning. So he's in a constant reboot loop. Leo says he can try going back to factory settings, but if that doesn't work, then the update is incompatible with that TIVO and it's more or less bricked his device. Leo would advise contacting TIVO and demanding they fix it or replace it.