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post #1 of 2 Old 05-18-2007, 08:53 PM - Thread Starter
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A coworker of mine states he has a Pioneer DVR purchased out of Canada that doesn't record commercials. It senses some sort of prompt he describes as a dot flash on the screen prior to the commercial break followed by two flashes when the commercials are over. I've never heard of such a thing nor can I find any reference to it on the web. What gives?
I remember a feature from years ago on a vcr that would sense something in the vertical blanking interrupt and pause for a predetermined amount of time as there was no cue to resume recording after a commercial.
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I remember a feature from years ago on a vcr that would sense something in the vertical blanking interrupt and pause for a predetermined amount of time as there was no cue to resume recording after a commercial.
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Can't help yo with the Pioneer, but the old ReplayTV 50xx boxes, I don't know about the new computer systems, would sense the transition from show to commercials and back by the presence of a black screen. Since it's only about 80% accurate (at least in my experience) it actually records the commercials but skips them on playback. I think some of the older VCR's used a similar system, but haven't seen anything sold recently. BTW, you can only get the ReplayTV boxes used, they've gone totally to computer interfaces.
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