Originally Posted by dornanu
Yeah, you're playing back a file off the harddrive, no red dot.
Again, not buffering, record the show through the guide then playback the file even as it still recording. You can pause, FW, REW, skip fwd, skip back, everything. You just have to stop when you hit the point the recording was at when you originally started playing. Yes, you can definitely just walk away and come back later.
Maybe this is a tomato/tomahto situation, but to me in DVR-speak, "buffering" means the show is being recorded to a temporary file on the drive. So, whether I am "really" recording the show or just having it go to the the temporary buffer, no difference in terms of wear and tear on the hard drive. No matter, I agree with you that I'm willing to wear out a hard drive, especially if I get rid of the meatball.
Having said that, I tried your suggested method last night, with a result I'm not 100% satisfied with. Using the program guide, I set 30 Rock and The Office to record, back-to-back. About 15 minutes after 30 Rock had started live, I started watching it by playing back the recording. So far, so good: no meatball! But when The Office got ready to start recording, instead of leaving me alone and recording on the second tuner, it gave me the countdown, then switched to The Office.
As soon as The Recording started, I hit the movie button on the remote to go back to the list of recordings, but I got a red circle/slash telling me I couldn't do that. I waited a minute, and tried again, this time it worked. OK, not so bad. But when I finished 30 Rock and started The Office, at some point near the beginning of The Office, an on-screen "play" icon appeared in the recording. I'm wondering if this was when I re-started the recording of 30 Rock.
Weird, but I can live with it. One think I thought of as a work-around is, instead of using the program guide to set a back-to-back recording, set a manual recording covering the entire time period, i.e., both shows would be combined into one recording. Thoughts, or other solutions?Edited by Goes to 11 - 2/1/13 at 2:24pm