Originally Posted by joe221
I don't remember if this has been posted here or not. A very annoying trait of the 6416/iGuide is:
I'm watching a show live that is also recording. During the show a second recording is about to begin. A warning pops up that I need to let it change the channel or cancel a recording. That is infuriating with a device that has two tuners. The MOXI never did this, the second show just recorded in the background. Why do I need to make any choice? It should absolutely know what to do and leave me alone.
Score one for MOXI. MoxiGuy must be rolling right now!
Well first, the two tuners in the 64xx boxes ARE independent of each other, but there are only two and not three.
So if two recordings are scheduled to occur at the same time and you happen to be watching a third channel there's no question the conflict must be resolved somehow, and you are in charge. It wants to start your recordings and therefore must change the tuner you're currently using in order to record one of the pre-programmed shows. The other tuner will automatically get the second pre-programmed show.
But if two recordings are scheduled for the same time you can't be watching a third live show. Sorry. And this has nothing to do with Moxi vs. 64xx. You can record two live shows at the same time, while you're watching a third recorded show (from MyDVR list), but you can't watch/record three live shows at once.
Second, if you didn't have two shows scheduled to record at this one moment when you got the popup message, I suspect you don't yet have both tuners actually "active" yet, so that the one and only active tuner wanted to change its focus to go into record mode... and thus asked you that question.
But had both tuners actually been activated, and there was only one program scheduled for recording while you were watching something else, the second tuner would have automatically been assigned by the box to handle that recording and you would never have been bothered with that question. The tuner you were currently using to watch something would have remained dedicated to that show, and the "background" tuner would have moved into record mode.
So... have you "activated" the second tuner since acquiring your 6416? All you have to do is push the SWAP button and that swaps to the other tuner. If it's the first time you've done this then the channel tuned to by that second tuner will be the same as you were just watching on the first tuner. If it's other than the first time you've done this then the channel tuned to by the second tuner will be whatever it last was used for (recording or watching).
Once you've done this SWAP once, you now truly do have two totally independent tuners, both active and live, and you will never get the popup "tuner conflict resolution" message you got unless you genuinely have two programs scheduled to record at the same time and you are genuinely watching a third channel at that moment.