In an attempt to save energy nationally, Congress has extended the period of Daylight Savings Time here in the US. So we’ll be springing ahead a few weeks early this year. I’ve received several news alerts in the last week regarding TiVo and DST, a few of which caught my attention…
And even V-C-Rs and Tivo which don’t have built-in updating devices
But be prepared to reset your computer clock, too — and the clocks on your TiVo, BlackBerry and anything else electronic that depends on time.
TiVo units do have the ability to receive updates via dial-up or broadband and I don’t recall ever setting the time on my DVRs, so I did a little digging around. From some posts on the TiVo Community Forum (here, here, and here) it seems like:
- TiVo Series3 units are completely updated to accommodate the new DST schedule.
- TiVo Series2 units are mostly updated to accommodate the new DST schedule. Recordings will happen at the appropriate times, though the Guide and the external clock (on DVD models) and will be one hour ahead for a period of hours. A future software update will resolve this before the next time change.
- TiVo Series1 units haven’t received software updates for some time and none are scheduled now. Initial testing indicates shows will record properly, though the displayed times (Guide, To Do, etc) and manual recordings will be out of sync for several weeks.
- DirecTV TiVo units have DST-compliant software available, though it’s not clear if the rollout has occurred yet.
Update: Great minds think alike? I just noticed TiVo Lovers also has a roundup of similar info.