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

Greg greg12866 at nycap.rr.com
Thu Feb 10 00:24:47 UTC 2011

On 02/09/2011 04:42 PM, Mike Perkins wrote:
> On 09/02/11 19:25, Greg wrote:
>> 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.
>> 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...
> Aaaaand is the Superbowl program two hours long? Any others? What 
> happens when you get a news special and you just get rolling news all 
> day? I've seen this on some of the international news channels with 
> regard to the current Egypt crisis.
It only does it on channels that have SDV,like TBS,TNT,etc...They don't 
do it on popular channels or network broadcast from what I have read on 
the subject...
Here is site that explains it:

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