Originally Posted by DSperber
Well, as to Monday night's test pseudo-conflict SHOHD series recordings plus the two "competing" manual recordings from 3 hours earlier? Worked perfectly. No problems at all.
All four recordings occurred exactly as scheduled, just like with my Sunday night HBO experiment when also, nothing was lost.
Looks my explanation theory is worthless.
And yet... something definitely happened on Emmy night and the next Monday night.
Maybe not gremlins after all.
Turns out TWC/LA had their Guide Provider change channel names on HBOHD and SHOHD for the East and West Coast feeds, shortly after that notorious Emmy's weekend Sunday and Monday when I first noticed the reported anomaly (auto-cancel of a 10PM recording on HBOHD West because 1 tuner was in use recording something 3 hours earlier, when HBOHD East would have aired the same program... with both HBOHD channels named identically though they were different channel numbers).
And I have not had any strange scheduling behavior out of A28 since then.
Well, remarkably, last Sunday night late TWC/LA "fixed things" (i.e. their Guide Provider "fixed things"). Turns out then in their previous channel name corrections for HBOHD and SHOHD East and West (to resolve this duplicate name problem) they had accidentally also lost the West Coast channels (427/502 and 428/552) from the "HD Channel List". Simultaneously they also disappeared from my Favorites list.
These 4 channels were still in the all-channel Guide (and could be selected from there and re-added to Favorites), but they were missing from "HD Channel List". Only the East coast (481 and 483) versions of HBOHD and SHOHD were in "HD Channel List".
Ok, late last Sunday night they apparently attempted to correct this. However it looks like all they did was restore the original ambiguously named duplicate HBOHD and SHOHD values for all East and West Coast versions, and also restore them to the "HD Channel List".
So now once again, we have HBOHD for 427/502 (West) as well as 481 (East). And we once again have SHOHD for 428/552 (West) and 483 (East).
And, once again I lost the previously re-added channels from my Favorites list. And once again I've now re-added them back into my Favorites List, but this time grabbing them from the newly corrected"HD Channel List".
And... ONCE AGAIN I HAVE AUTO-CANCEL AND AUTO-RESCHEDULE OF "SERIES" RECORDINGS ON THESE WEST COAST CHANNELS, BASED ON "PSEUDO-CONFLICTS" WITH 1-TUNER IN USE 3 HOURS EARLIER RECORDING SOMETHING ELSE!!!
In other words, I just noticed that my upcoming Sunday first-run-only "series" recording of "Dexter" on SHOHD (428) which should have occurred at 9PM is now scheduled for 11PM!!! There is nothing else at all scheduled for recording at 9PM, so there is ZERO CONFLICT that requires some kind of conflict-resolution by A28's scheduling algorithm and DVR History or my "recording settings"!!
However... I DO have a recording scheduled 3 hours earlier, at 6PM, for "Rubicon" on FXHD (also a "series"). Now this is very curious, because this "Rubicon" recording was also happening back on Emmy's Sunday when I first noticed this anomaly on HBOHD recordings scheduled for later that night. Hmmm...
I was unable to later duplicate the anomaly with my own attempts to create the pseudo-conflict per my theory. But then I was using scheduled recordings on CMDYHD, rather than on FXHD. Obviously this should be totally irrelevant, but I still point this out because of what's apparently been done for tomorrow night.
Again... this A28 bug (only for "series", as it never showed up when I was manually setting my recordings every week) is obviously being exposed because TWC/LA once again has duplicate channel names for the East and West Coast channel feeds that actually have unique channel numbers.
And I'm now much more convinced that my theory (at least my enumeration of the factors going into exposing the bug) is correct: (a) duplicate channel names for East and West Coast feeds on different channel numbers, (b) at least 1 recording scheduled (from FXHD???) for 3 hours earlier than the scheduled recording 3 hours later on either HBOHD West or SHOHD West, when the East Coast airing for the same program would have occurred (on a channel named identically as the West Coast channel number for which the recording is actually scheduled).
Come on... I've got to be right here.
The problem occurred once I started using "series" recordings instead of "manual" recordings.
It only occurred when there were duplicate channel names for East and West Coast versions of HBOHD and SHOHD for which I'd scheduled "series" recordings.
The auto-cancel and auto-reschedule only occurred if [at least?] 1 tuner was in use 3 hours earlier than the scheduled recording on HBOHD West or SHOHD West, when the East Coast airing would have occurred for the identical program on the ambiguously/identically named East Coast version of HBOHD or SHOHD.
The problem has been gone for the past month during which TWC/LA had actually "fixed things" and assigned unique channel names for East and West Coast HBOHD and SHOHD. Unfortunately, this "fix" also broke "HD Channel List" which lost the West Coast channel entries.
And it has once again reappeared this week, when the Guide Provider attempted to "fix" things to restore the lost items to "HD Channel List" but in the process actually restored the original ambiguous/duplicate named HBOHD and SHOHD for East and West Coast versions of those channels.
And... bingo... once again A28 now auto-cancels and auto-reschedules, according to my theory.
On a side note, I mention one more strange event that occurred this week. My two recordings from SHOHD on Monday night and one recording from HBOHD on Friday night were all in 480i SD, rather than in 1080i HD as they should have been. These recordings were made this week, after the late Sunday night channel name changes of this week that I described above, during which obviously I no longer had these channels in my Favorites list... although that shouldn't have affected anything regarding the SD vs. HD channel content being "series" recorded.
And yet... all three recordings on HBOHD (427) and SHOHD (428) this week turned out to be 480i SD.
I can look at 427 and 428 right now, and they're in 1080i HD. I'm hoping that now that they've been re-added to my Favorites list (pulled from "HD Channel List") that all upcoming recordings from these channels will be in 1080i HD as they've always been.
Fortunately, all three shows still have upcoming airings of repeats, so I've deleted the 480i recordings and scheduled new recordings of all three... which hopefully will be 1080i HD.
Very strange. Never saw this before. Clearly, again somehow tied to the channel name changes made last Sunday night, perhaps confusing the A28 software to believe that HD channels were not available and to instead find the SD version! I almost can't believe that is possible, but there must be some explanation. Again, fingers crossed that this does not repeat itself going forward now that I've at least restored the channels to my Favorites list (though this obviously is completely irrelevant)... even though I can view "live" in 1080i HD so recordings should be identical.