Here's another update to the Programmable Digital Timer
experiment for keeping PSIP data current in the Guide:
For starters, I have to correct something. When the DVR+ is rebooted from standby mode, it will shut down as soon as the reboot is complete. Therefore, the TV was never going to wake me up in the morning if it powered up as a result of the reboot. I must have been out of my brain on the 5:15 when I posted that statement. That said...
This evening I got home about 06:10PM, approximately 10 minutes after the programmable digital timer rebooted my DVR+. I noticed that the TV was on, and the DVR+ was off. This means that sometimes the TV will come on when the DVR+ reboots from standby mode, and sometimes it won't. I don't know the conditions that cause either.
After seeing that the TV was still on, I went into its menu settings to see if there was anything I had missed. It has an auto-power off feature that can only be set to ON/OFF (which is 4 hours). But in another menu selection it does have a "No Signal" feature when can be activated and set for various increments. The shortest increment is 15 minutes, which is what the TV was already set to do. Had I arrived home 10 minutes later I wouldn't have noticed that it had been on.
So to continue with the programmable digital timer experiment I have two options. The first is to set the TV source to "TV" and make sure I am around when the DVR+ reboots to verify that my theory is correct that it won't power up the TV. The other day I would have bet money on this option, but not now. The second option is to live with the TV being on for 15 minutes twice a day before it powers down for lack of a signal. It would be nice if the time before shutdown could be set in a shorter increment, but 15 minutes is not a big deal. For that reason I am going to go that route. The TV may power up sometimes, and other times it may not. If all continues down this track, at the end of next week I will delete all the dummy recordings (which have been "Cancelled" until next Monday) and conclude that this experiment is a success, or at least close enough for Rock 'N' Roll. I'm already spoiled on not having to do daily/every other day maintenance to delete the dummy recordings and clear the history. When I return home from being gone a week it can take close to a minute to delete 140 dummy recordings, and while that is happening all other features of the DVR+ are unusable until the delete finishes.
As a side note, the only drawback to using this model of programmable digital timer is that it has a blue light that is bright enough to light up the living room a bit. That may turn out to be a distraction, or it may just be a free night-lite bonus. But if it is the former, a small piece of electrical tape will take care of it. A more general drawback to all programmable digital timers is that they have to be plugged in to set the clock and other options. And when they are plugged in you have to get down on the floor to read and manipulate them. Fortunately, the power strip mine is plugged into can be pulled out and put in a more user friendly location and position.