Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Appleton, Wisconsin USA
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Programming mystery identified (but not cured).
I would sometimes notice that my DVR+ units would record programs seemingly on their own. With the recent "pledge time" on PBS I had more than a dozen mystery recordings made on the PBS channels, which I closely monitored day by day.
The mystery recordings were all made in the time slots that I had regular PBS programming set up in my "series events" on the DVR+. I think I have it figured out. The DVR+ must add programs in your series events recording schedule as soon as they appear at the far end of the 14-day ROVI guide. So if today (3/25) an episode of a program you want to record is in the ROVI data for April 8th, the DVR+ adds that time slot to the "record" list. But if in the meantime the station (and/or ROVI's guide info) change the program scheduled in that time slot, the DVR+ isn't smart enough to delete that time slot from its record list. I confirmed this by looking at the evening schedules daily and saw the highlighted to record programs which were updated in the ROVI guide to new programs that coincided with the regular series events time slots my DVR+ units would normally record.
I think the DVR+ programmers need to find a way to eliminate this by having the DVR+ purge items on the record list if the program data on updated ROVI information shows changes.
I've also noticed similar missed recordings that coincide with mystery recordings. Some days when program times are changed programs are missed completely by the DVR+. It will record the program at 8PM even if the program from the series option list has been rescheduled to 7PM. And the DVR+ will not record the moved program at its new time slot.
Example: If NCIS in the series option list to record all episodes was scheduled at 8PM two weeks from now, the DVR+ sets up the recording time. Then if the network adjusts that time slot before the airing date to account for a programming change, the DVR+ fails to pick up the new time that NCIS was moved to, even if the ROVI guide has it showing as moved. So it missed making the recording you wanted. But it does record the program added to the 8PM time slot that you didn't have set to record. Fail!