Originally Posted by pachinko
I’m wondering why you’re recording 15 minutes instead of the 5 minute minimum?
It also sounds like you’re making a “dummy” recording for each day for 2 weeks, instead of one dummy using the option to repeat “daily”. If that’s the case, why?
There was no specific reason to go with 15 minutes, but I think there is some scanning that takes place for channels other than that which is recording. I may try editing the manual programs and shortening the time to 5 minutes. That way I can create dummy recordings for additional channels. Right now I have 5 channels programmed that way--two at a time, 15 minutes each which means that both tuners are in use during recording. To be more clear, I do have the schedule set to "daily". I think the technical glitch occurred because when I originally set them up I set them up to initially begin recording on same day I created them, and then changed the "Repeat" parameter to "Daily". Not sure why it worked for a couple of weeks then switched to every other day, however.
Originally Posted by JHBrandt
That said, I think CM/E* could give us a "best of both worlds" solution. Instead of opening their source, keep it proprietary, but publish an API for developers to produce their own apps. Then, for example, we could all be asking Netflix to give us an app, instead of just waiting and hoping for Netflix and CM to come to some sort of agreement.
Bingo! And users who use the Internet for their guide info could choose a provider on their own. And for people who use PSIP like I do, someone could develop an app that plugs into the existing routines and performs scanning functions to populate the Guide. And then when CM changes the look and feel to make the interface look more like a competitor's, someone can develop a "Classic Theme Restorer". I agree that the API is the way to go. It would also take a lot of pressure off the in house development team.
Originally Posted by JHBrandt
Apparently somewhere since, E* goofed up the PSIP channel scanning, so now we have to schedule dummy recordings to force the issue. But if your DVR+ isn't hooked to the Internet, then presumably you have no need for its Pandora or YouTube apps, or for CMTV. Thus, falling back to 108R might be a reasonable choice.
I think they are intentionally focusing their development to support Internet/Streaming all the way around, as that is the overall trend in content delivery, and they see PSIP as more of an afterthought. I understand that, but I think that the value of PSIP data is underrated all the way around. I may be wrong, but I think that PSIP data is more conducive to being updated on the fly than is data from a provider. In part because when the unit is on PSIP can be embedded with a network or station signal and can be scanned almost constantly by the DVR+, whereas Internet data needs to be captured by providers such as Rovi, published to their service and then updated by the DVR+. If that's correct, PSIP data can be a goldmine for programming information for things like a sports event that runs long or when programming is interrupted by events like the Paris attacks. Updating the data on the fly via PSIP and regular scanning by the DVR+ could take all that into account and adjust the recording schedule accordingly. But that's a beef with the networks and stations more so than with CM/E*. Living in North Texas you will probably also understand this: I also have a beef with stations when it comes to interrupting programming because of weather emergencies, especially in the digital age. How hard would it be to run regular programming on a subchannel with an information crawl at the bottom of the screen, and interrupt the programming on the primary channel to cover their reporting obligations? Granted, it wouldn't help the people who are getting their programming from satellite and cable providers. But it might increase the sales of antennas so people have that option. I'm guessing most people are using an HDMI connection for their satellite/cable connections, which leaves the RF connection open. I hear people complain all the time that their satellite service drops off when the weather turns bad, but they look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them that a simple antenna will at least give them a backup for some of the channels they lose. Frequently, people are shocked when I tell them that I am receiving almost 90 channels over the air, and many of them have no idea what a subchannel is. But most of them have seen that commercial with the guy on a boat in the bay talking about the miracle of "free" television broadcasting they can get if they buy that rinky dink antenna.