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TiVo Hacks by Raffi Krikorian

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Hack #45. Save Multiple Shows at a Time to Your VCR

Dumping multiple shows in succession to your VCR is impossible with the default TiVo interface, but this is nothing a little hacking can't get around.

Ever want to save more than one television show from your TiVo to your VCR? You have to save one, wander off for the length of the show, come back, save the next . . . lather, rinse, repeat. All you really want to do is set your VCR to record for 8 hours—the length of a VHS tape at EP quality—tell your TiVo to play those 8 one-hour shows in succession, and leave the TiVo and VCR alone. With the default TiVo interface, you just can't do that.

But using a little hacking in the form of a batch save script, you can.

The program to make this happen has gone through many hands to reach its current state. The code was originally Mike Baker's (of TiVoVBI fame [Hack #42]), but it has since been taken over by a developer known as SuperZap. In essence, the script creates a new program that points to all the programs you want to queue up. When one program in the queue ends, it points to the next, and the next, and so on, and TiVo's never the wiser.

Grab yourself a copy of batchsavesz1.zip (http://www.dealdatabase.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=90390) and unzip it on your PC. Inside, you'll find a file named BatchSavesz1.tcl; rename it to batch.tcl for short and copy it over [Hack #36] to the /var/hack/bin directory on your TiVo. Make it executable:

bash-2.02# chmod 755 /var/hack/bin/batch.tcl ...

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