It will turn itself on to make a scheduled recording, but then it will turn itself back off afterwards, right? So it turning itself on won't get in the way of a recording, only if you turn it on. Or stop it from turning off when it's done recording, maybe that's what you're doing. Yes, ideally it would make a recording even if you are in the middle of watching something else, but it doesn't from what I'm hearing. So that is something you will have to work around. This is when a second recorder comes in handy.