Originally Posted by p5browne
Despite being Technically inclined, me and DVRs have issues (My recordings all seem to come out Blank!) - the wife no issues, and loves it!
It may be time to learn what your wife is doing vs. what you are doing as far as recording shows. There are just some shows I enjoy that never make it to Netflix, and the ability to time-shift and FF past commercials make those shows more enjoyable.
I used to use two VCRs to record for time-shifting (and commercial-FF'ing) purposes and a third VCR (since replaced with the DVD/VCR combo unit) for play-back and FF past commercials. However, Comcast killed the analog channels where I live so on that very day I went to the Xfinity (Comcast) store, got a 2-tuner HD DVR and upgraded my service to the "Digital Starter Plan" with HD, stopped by Bi-Mart on the way home and purchased a 32-in HD TV for the HD DVR to feed, and once home had it all up and running within an hour, and even managed to record shows in HD that night that I originally had the VCRs programmed to record in SD. Within a day I was wondering why I had waited so long before doing that! The HD DVR was a whole lot easier to program than the VCRs, no planning on how to record all the shows I wanted to watch on 2-hr cassettes in EP mode (6 hours of recording) and figuring out when to do the cassette changes, and the ease of watching shows the order I want to watch them instead of the order they were recorded, and ease of erasing them, and the beauty of HD on the shows that broadcast in HD ... why oh why didn't I do that years earlier? Even the subchannels that are SD (MeTV, AntennaTV, THiS TV, two religious channels I watch) are much clearer having skipped the VCRs and the old VHS cassets than I would have imagined!
For recordings to be completely blank, one possibility that comes to mind is an attempt to record a channel you aren't authorized for, in which case tuning to that channel should be obvious on the screen (I see "NOT AUTHORIZED" and usually a number I can call to go to the next tier or to subscribe to that content), or trying to record a non-existent channel (again, usually obvious on the screen with a "currently not available" message). Of course, different equipment may display different messages or react differently.
But, anyway, recordings shouldn't be that difficult to program and it is worth your time to find out how to get the DVR to record what you want. If the DVR doesn't come with a "guide" (program list showing what is on on each channel), you will have to learn what channels your provider sends you the various channels on. For example, my local Fox49 station is on Comcast 13 for SD and Comcast 713 for HD, but most of the XX broadcast channels are on Comcast XX for SD and Comcast 7XX for HD. But you need to know what your
provider's mappings are.
It may be a learning curve, and when I first got my HD DVR I did a few experiments before trusting it, but I think it will be well worth the effort.