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EyeTV Smart Playlist Issues

I've been running EyeTV since 2009 on 10.6.x along with Front Row with the EyeTV plugin on a MacMini 2009 w/8gigs ram connected to UnRaid NAS for recording OTA TV.
I recently had to update to EyeTV 3.6.9 to get TVGuide to work and since then It crashes just about every night. I tried upgrading to 10.8.x and had issues with playback and very frequent stutters. I lost Front Row with the OS upgrade and the nice hierarchical listing of TV Shows. I tried using Smart Playlist in EyeTV, not as nice because I have to make 180 + lists manually. I also tried uninstalling and a fresh install of EyeTV and Prefs.

So my problem is I can enter a name for the playlist but then the window collapses to a narrow bar before I can enter anything else and the only way to see it is to switch to finder but then can't enter anything in the window without it collapsing again, so it is sort of useless.
I tried OS 10.9, 10.10 and now running 10.11, which plays flawlessly but still the problem exist with the Smart Playlist. I also tried this on a 2012 Mac Mini with the same results. So I tried a fresh install of 10.11 on the 2012 and the only way I can get the smart play list to work is to record to the local drive but I can't use that for 1600 + TV Shows and scrolling through that many shows is a PIA without Smart Playlist.
Has anyone run into this and how was it solved, if it was solved?
 

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Well it will be 2 months in another week or so and I still have not heard from "tech support" for EyeTV, though they did get back quick when I had an issue with my TVGuide renewal key.
Anyway I found a solution and I'm putting it here as well as in the EyeTV forum just in case someone else runs into this.
It turns out that I/You can not make a new Smart Playlist if there is video in the background playing, which there normally is a live TV window open on my system.
The solution was to close the window...
Simple but a big PIA to figure out and a big time waster.
 
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