[mythtv-users] press a key to continue watching this channel

Greg greg12866 at nycap.rr.com
Wed Feb 9 19:25:15 UTC 2011

On 02/09/2011 12:13 PM, Marc Randolph wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 10:51 AM, Ryan Patterson<ryan.goat at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 10:34 AM, Johnny Walker<johnnyjboss at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> So I noticed this morning on a long news program, Morning Express with
>>> Robin Meade on HLNHD using TWC in Dallas, Tx
>>> After several hours the cable box popped up the message asking me to
>>> press any key to continue. I was watching the show time shifted about
>>> 2 hours but with commercial breaks I was catching up fast.
>>> Anyway I was still 45 mins behind so the channel went to black for a
>>> moment and then switched to showing SYFY channel and the recording
>>> continued.
>> The only time I've seen that happen is with an old cable box (ten
>> years ago?) that you could pre-program what shows you wanted to record
>> in the future.  Then when the time came it would ask you to press a
>> button to NOT change the channel.  This allowed the customer to
>> program the VCR to record at a certain time and not worry about using
>> an IR-blaster to change the channel on the cable box.
>> I don't know why a cable box would do this without being programed
>> that way.  Perhaps Sci-Fi channel (I can't type the new dumb name)
>> pays them money to switch the channel if you are not paying attention?
> The behavior Johnny describes is very bothersome.  I wonder if they
> ran out of switched digital video (SDV) channels and that is their
> method for reclaiming them.
>     Marc
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They (TWC) do the same thing here in Northern New York...They think if 
you sit on a channel too long it's idle,and it asks for confirmation.. 
Marc is right it's part SDV,It won't do that on channels that aren't SDV...

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