This morning I went through and changed most shows to save only three items. A few, like the wife’s Oprah and Dr. Phil, I set to save five items. This new functionality allowed me to add the NBC Nightly News (save 1 copy), Jimmy Fallon (1), Letterman (2), etc. I dumbed The Soup and Attack of the Show down to 1 or 2 copies, etc.
This will allow us to re-add shows, that my kids like, but rarely watched, which I deleted because they ended up with 12 or 13 copies a piece.
We finally have the ability to perform the functions that we had on our ReplayTV DVR back in 2004.
I checked them out and they work as advertised.
Unfortunately, the online interface is still rudimentary and does not let one edit existing recordings so nicely. Some day… .
Anyway, we can now keep a “scrolling” number of ‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’ without having to continually add and remove it from the line-up, as episodes build up. I’ve set it to keep 5 of the most recent, and be done with it.
Also, just like in the old days, we can set which series will “win” in a scheduling conflict fight.
It’s about time.
New upgrades for U-verse Total Home DVR (from a message from U-verse received in my inbox):
AT&T is rolling out automated upgrades to the Total Home DVR experience for all U-verse TV subscribers on a market-by-market basis. With this rollout, U-verse subscribers will have new and more robust DVR capabilities, including the ability to do the following:
* Rank the priority of scheduled programs (Series Priority).
* Determine how many episodes of a series to keep stored on disk
(Keep at Most).
* Delete all recordings of a series with a single click (Bucket
* Add channels to the Favorites listing while tuned to TV
(Favorites Panel), and more.
U-verse TV subscribers will automatically get the upgrades by the end of July. Each of the new enhancements are described below.
1. *Series Priority* – Subscribers can now manage the priority of
their household’s scheduled series recordings using the Series
Priority feature. When subscribers access this feature they are
presented with a listing of all the series recordings which are
scheduled in the home, and subscribers can rank the series
priority to more effectively manage recording conflicts when
they occur. Previously, the last subscriber-scheduled recording
was considered the highest priority in case of recording conflict.
2. *Keep at Most* – When subscribers set up a series recording,
they will have additional record setting options to dictate how
many episodes of the series are kept on disk. In addition,
subscribers can also have the option of setting the “Series Keep
Until” option for the recording while setting up the recording.
Series recordings recycle based upon this setting. The older
episodes are deleted to make room for new episodes.
3. *Bucket Delete* – Subscribers will have the ability to delete
all recordings of a series with one button click from the
Recorded TV: Series menu, instead of deleting individual
episodes. Previously, subscribers had to delete individual
episodes one at a time.
4. *Favorites Panel* – Favorites is a sub-panel to the options
panel that allows subscribers to easily add channels to their
favorite listing while tuned to full-screen TV.
*Additional Total Home DVR improvements:*
Easier ways to access and use the DVR features from your Remote Control, including the following:
* The ability to delete letters using the Remote control Back button.
* More prominent Clock display.
* New order of presentation for recorded programs, by date
Recorded, date Scheduled, and Settings.
Ability to playback recordings even after you lose rights to a channel. For example:
* If you record a program on HBO during a “free HBO weekend,” you
will still be able to view the recording after the free weekend
* Or, if you record a program on a channel that is later removed
from your channel lineup, you will still able to view the recording.