I know I'm not the only one who has a broken Tivo. Over the last few months there's been a problem where Tivo will fail to properly change the channel by a digit (for instance heading for 218 and ending up on 21) and basically making it useless as a recording device since to make sure you don't miss your show you have to stand and watch it.
Tivo has not acknowledged it as a problem yet, though there are plenty of people in the forums who would beg to differ. Some are suggesting fixes, like using the Advanced Setup to switch from fast channel changing speed (A) to medium or slow (B or C). I tried switching to B, but still had the problem.
I'm currently trying a new idea. No matter what channel we're heading for, Tivo can be configured to send 2 digits, or 3, or even 1. Should Tivo send just the channel number, or should it pad with zeroes? I switched my configuration over to "send 1 digit", in other words don't send any leading zeroes. It's important to couple this approach with the "press enter to change channel" mode, so that nothing tries to parse a single digit while you're typing it.
I just tried this tonight, and the first season pass I had went through fine . I'm curious to see tomorrow night, after a few more have kicked in, if I'll still be as pleased.
Update: Well, it didn't completely work. Twice last night it failed - once when changing to channel 61 it went to "6-enter" and I got channel 6. A second time when changing to channel 12 it did "1-2" but then did not do the enter, so it stayed on the channel it was. so I think I've improved my odds, at least, since Tivo does not have to execute 4 keystrokes every time (3 digits plus enter), so there's less opportunity for it to fail. But unfortunately I think we've reached the point where Tivo is just unable to faithfully execute even a 3-key sequence to change the channel every time. That's sad. I wish they'd at least acknowledge it as a problem and tell us that a fix is in the works, because it's pretty obviously on their end at this point. I wonder if it will fail to change to a single digit channel properly? Can you imagine that? Go to channel 7, please. Nope, can't do it. Not even gonna try.
Maybe somebody with more time on their hands can start up the class action paperwork and get all of us subscribers some money back, since really, what are we paying for if we can't sign up for shows in advance? That is the major difference between the device and the subscription, right? The device can do all the smart digital recording we want, but we subscribe so that we can get the guide, so that we can do season passes and wishlists. Well, that part's failing ,so Tivo is not providing me the service that I'm paying for.