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Old 11-01-2010, 07:35 AM   #1
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Does anyone know if you can turn off the feature that automatically turns off your receiver/dvr after a certain number of hours of inactivity? I like to leave the TV on for my dogs when I go to work but when I get home the screen says to hit Select. I know on my old Dish DVR I could disable that function. Thanks
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:21 PM   #2
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Afaik you can't.
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:39 PM   #3
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I would give ATT a call. There should be a way to turn off the DVR.
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:57 AM   #4
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I'll give them a call. It seems to shut off/go into standby after about 4 hours of being on but without changing the channel. Thanks!
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:17 PM   #5
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I know exactly what you mean. My wife and I like to wake up to the news on TV, so we set the receiver to channel 8 and leave the receiver turned on and then turn off the TV at night. The TV is set to turn on at 6a so it wakes us up and we can hear the news while lying in bed until we're ready to start the day. So anyway, sometimes it doesn't wake us up because the receiver had turned off during the night and it's just the blue screen telling us to Press OK to watch TV.

I had an AT&T guy here the other day (for a different problem) and he said he wasn't aware of anyway to disable that. We're not really sure of the cut-off time either. We can start watching TV in bed at 9p and then turn the TV off at around 10:30p and most days the receiver will still be on at 6a, but occasionally it'll put itself into standby.

If you come across any tips or tricks, or figure out some kind of workaround, please share it with us.
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:57 PM   #6
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it's 6 hours on the same channel
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:29 PM   #7
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I don't believe there is a fix. Wait for the next update and pray. This isn't a huge complaint so I wouldn't count on it
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:52 PM   #8
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The best way to disable AT&T DVR is GET DirecTV !!!! I'm really upset about the stupid ATT DVR shutting down after 4 hours. That is the most moronic thing I've ever heard!!! or experienced! We HAD DirecTV and it was WONDERFUL! But because of OBAMA destroying the economy, we had to move to a different city and the house already had AT&T U-verse. I'm SOOOO disappointed. We have a big Macaw and when we are gone we leave music on for him. Several times I came home to the lame blue screen with the message -- hit OK to watch U-Verse. Finally the technician told me that, yup! the DVR shuts off! I can't BELIEVE ATT would CONTROL MY LIFE -- they must be environmental greenies!!! I'm going back to DirecTV! Not only better stations, but BETTER service!! And my DVR will stay on 24-7, 365 days a year!
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:03 AM   #9
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I does not have anything to do with being green. Even when the DVR or STB is in standby it is still on and consuming the same power as when you are watching. The reason probably is to reduce the traffic on the AT&T network that feeds the U-Verse systems. See, unlike regular cable that pipes every channel to the DVR/STB and the one desired is selected, with the U-Verse DVR/STB it requests the channel to be viewed and only that channel is sent to the DVR/STB in the form of a digital video stream. Thus the limitation for only 4 streams at any given time. By switching DVR/STBs into standby, the video stream delivery is stopped and the network traffic is reduced.

When I had U-verse I used my media center PC to activate the U-verse box. It had IR emitters for controlling a cable box much like a TiVo does. By setting a daily recording for a short time, the PC would wake up the U-verse box. Probably not a great universal solution though. Some DVD recorders have the same ability to control a cable box for scheduled recordings.

I doubt AT&T will change this operation.

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