Sleep while watching a recording


#1

My wife seems to always Sleep her Apple TV while watching Channels. Either Live or a Recording.

I noticed this today after my wife had been gone for at least 30 minutes. I had to turn her TV back on and exit the play back of the recording to cause it to leave my DVR Activity. Normally I would not notice this but wanted to install a new dvr version. Do you not know when an Apple TV goes to Sleep?

Watching recording Inside Edition S31E214 2019-07-04 Bear Crashes Family BBQ 2019-07-04-1900.mpg from 192.168.11.239.


#2

I haven’t run into this at all.. are you saying the Apple TV is going to sleep while actively playing a recording? I wouldn’t be surprised if it did if the recording finishes and it goes back to the menu, but wouldn’t expect that during playback.


#3

No. My wife will put it to sleep by holding the TV button down and say sleep. Maybe the DVR sees it as a pause and does nothing.


#4

I see the same thing, we shut our TV off by sleeping the appleTV (which passes the TV off signal through HDMI), so I see this once in a while when my wife watches as well. Only time it causes a problem for me is lately with the frequent beta DVR updates for TVE, it won't until the playback is stopped.


#5

I use a Logitech Harmony Hub to control everything. As part of "Watch Apple TV" Harmony Activity, I have added an automatic "Home" button press when this Activity is stopped. This makes sure that anything that was actively playing is stopped before the system shuts down. I let the Apple TV go to sleep on its own, due to inactivity.


#6

There’s no hooks in the SDK that notify when at TV has been turned off or the Apple TV has gone to sleep. So yeah, this is what ends up happening.

While I know it’s a crummy suggestion, using home automation is a great way to get around this. If you can tell when your TV has been turned off, just send out a command to Channels with the Channels API to stop playback.

@Ogiewon’s solution is good too for Harmony users.