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iGirl's Avatar iGirl 10:38 AM 11-17-2012
This is a recurring problem which I cannot figure out - it's almost like my ETV is being spammed.

It's occasionally recording an unscheduled 30 minute infomercial at very strange hours.
We have no recordings ever scheduled during those kinds of hours.
We have never used key words like the title or description. Not even close.
We only record via smart guides for mainstream shows.
We have about 22 Smart Guides of normal 1 hour long TV shows, and that's it - this recording is completely random.
The times that this records at are very off hours - not in a time slot where one of our mainstream scheduled recordings would ever be filled in with a replacement show.

This is not a one time thing - it keeps popping up every now and again. It is not predictable, regular or scheduled - it is completely random.

Any ideas?

gring40's Avatar gring40 08:58 PM 11-18-2012
The only problem I've had with my Smart Guides is when a Network decides to deviate from it's listing in the Program Guide (in my case, TV Guide). I seem to have no control over the length of the recordings; can't even extend them, it just does what the Program Guide says. So ...

• What Program Guide are you using?
• How often is it updated?
• Are the phantom recordings labeled as shows you meant to record, or something else?
• What does your Guide say about what was supposed to be on during the recorded time slot; the show you wanted or the show you got?
• How are your Smart Guides configured?
iGirl's Avatar iGirl 05:32 AM 11-19-2012
Thanks -
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• What Program Guide are you using?
TV Guide

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• How often is it updated?
Every Day - that's the only choice other than Manually.

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• Are the phantom recordings labeled as shows you meant to record, or something else?
No - they come back with their own titles - from the infomercial

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• What does your Guide say about what was supposed to be on during the recorded time slot; the show you wanted or the show you got?
The guide agrees that "paid programming" is supposed to be in that slot. Which of course I NEVER SET UP TO RECORD!

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• How are your Smart Guides configured?
Some are Smart Series Guides - specifying Channel and New
Others Specify - Title (contains Name), Channel and New -
OR just - Title (contains Name), New.


None of which even contain a SINGLE WORD of the infomercial title in them. Which in this last case was "News: Breaking Info of Prostate Health". lol


I'll go through each Smart Guide and try to add in tighter search guidelines where I can - maybe this will help.
gring40's Avatar gring40 07:11 AM 11-19-2012
Try tightening the search from "Title contains NAME" to "Title is NAME" to remove any ambiguity about it. Just be sure you get the NAME of the program absolutely right (I copy and paste from the TV Guide info), since a typo will cost you.
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