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Old 06-04-2007, 03:11 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Motorola HD DVR Owners - 30 Sec Skip Feature

Here is how you program the remote to add the 30 second skip feature that really helps in getting through the ads and commericals:

Add 30-Second Skip
The following technique can be used to map an unused or unneeded button on the "silver" remote to the 30-second skip command. Current versions of the i-Guide software will skip forward 30 seconds into a recording when this command is sent. A good choice is the 'A / Lock' button since many users don't need that function; you can feel both the '15-second-back' and '30-second-skip' buttons with one finger and move between them without looking. Another option is to reprogram the '15-second back' button, since PgDn already provides that functionality.

Press the "Cable" button at the top of the remote to put it into Cable Box control mode.
Press and hold the "Setup" button until the "Cable" button blinks twice.
Type in the code 994. The "Cable" button will blink twice.
Press (do not hold) the "Setup" button.
Type in the code 00173.
Press whatever button you want to map the 30-second skip command to (ex: A / Lock). The "Cable" button will blink twice if successful.

Note: This now works on boxes with the Microsoft TV Foundation Interface (currently Washington State). As of firmware version 12.22 Insight Cable disabled this feature, but has been re-enabled in firmware version 16.35. Comcast software Version 73.44 disabled this feature, but the latest software, Version 74.53-3321, re-enables it (this has been confirmed on the 3416 w/ 16.20 firmware). See software for more inf

Here is a full explainiation on how to use the Motorola HD DVR's:

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/How_to_use_a_Motorola_DVR
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Old 06-05-2007, 02:38 AM   #2
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Man that is too cool. I've been dying to have a button that did this and it was there the whole time. I just had to program it!
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Does not work for Cox units. Bummer
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Does not work for Cox units. Bummer
COX . . . or should I say POX!

This cable company through the urging of I believe ABC has disabled the FF feature on their DVR's so you can't skip through the ads. It would make sense that the 30 sec. skip feature would also be dis-allowed.

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They disabled the FF feature? Can they do that? That shouldn't be allowed, but man that sucks.
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COX . . . or should I say POX!

This cable company through the urging of I believe ABC has disabled the FF feature on their DVR's so you can't skip through the ads. It would make sense that the 30 sec. skip feature would also be dis-allowed.

Not in myarea they haven't. I have a Cox supplied moto DVR and have no problem with FF on any channels. I believe you may be thinking of VOD "IN AN AGREEMENT BOUND TO have a ripple effect on the DVR industry, Walt Disney Co.'s ABC and ESPN struck a deal with Cox Communications in which Cox's video-on-demand service will disable a feature that allows consumers to fast-forward through program content and TV commercials. " http://publications.mediapost.com/in...&art_aid=60052

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Not in myarea they haven't. I have a Cox supplied moto DVR and have no problem with FF on any channels. I believe you may be thinking of VOD "IN AN AGREEMENT BOUND TO have a ripple effect on the DVR industry, Walt Disney Co.'s ABC and ESPN struck a deal with Cox Communications in which Cox's video-on-demand service will disable a feature that allows consumers to fast-forward through program content and TV commercials. "

FF works in my area, just not the 30 sec skip feature. I can FF On Demand stuff so far and it would suck if they disabled that. Other than that I have no real complaints.
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Thanks, it works fine.
FINALLY-a 30 SECOND SKIP!!!!
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I can't get it to work. I get a one second advance only. Have Comcast hd dvr box. The 15 second back only move one second also. Any ideas?
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I got it to work,Thanks......
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I can't get it to work. I get a one second advance only. Have Comcast hd dvr box. The 15 second back only move one second also. Any ideas?
What model HD DVR do you have?
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I find that the 30 second skip feature is more likely to invoke a loss of handshake with the optical audio connection to my HT system.
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dct 6412 III is the model of the hd dvr I have from Comcast.
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dct 6412 III is the model of the hd dvr I have from Comcast.
Well, I have 2 of those in my home and by following the directions EXACTLY as I posted them - they both now have this new feature.

I won't ask you if you did exactly as I outlined cause I will not insult your intelligence to follow simple directions.

So the only thing I can come up with is that your remote may be "defective"

You are using the 6412's provided remote and NOT a universal remote right?

If you have a Comcast store near you - try bringing in your remote and exchange it for another one and see what happens.
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Lee thank your for the info and excellent link. Kudos to you.
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