Shaw offers a selection of Digital Cable Boxes which can record live television so you can watch your favourite shows when it is most convenient to you. This guide will apply to Motorola Digital Cable Boxes which use the new Shaw HD Guide platform.
Classic Guide or Gateway
If you are using a Motorola or Pace PVR with the Classic Guide or a Shaw Gateway, please see these documents for specific PVR support:
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Pausing and Rewinding Live Television
When you tune to any channel, your Shaw PVR will automatically begin a background recording, so if you would like to replay something that just happened live, the automatic buffer will be waiting. To rewind live TV, simply press the REW button on your Shaw Remote. This will begin to reverse playback and you can press REW repeatedly to increase the speed at which the PVR will rewind. Below is an example of the on-screen graphic which displays your progress with REW active. The blue area indicates how much of the program is available for review (extent of the buffer).
To stop rewinding and start playing the recording, simply press the OK or PLAY button on your remote. If you have rewound too far, you can fast forward in the timeline until such a point that the playback has matched live TV. To fast forward in a recording, press the FFWD button on your Shaw Remote. If you would like to pause live TV, just press the PAUSE button on your remote control. Conversely, to resume playback after pausing, press the PLAY button.
Please Note: If you change the channel at any time, the automatic buffer will reset and begin recording the new and now active channel, thus you are unable to change to a channel and immediately begin rewinding the playback.
Recording Live Television
Watching a program that you would like to save for later? At any time while watching TV you can press the OK button on your remote and choose Record Program to begin recording the program until it is finished (or until you cancel the recording). To view the expanded options featured below, press the RIGHT on your remote before pressing OK.
Once you have initiated the recording, you will see this onscreen confirmation
Unlike the simple live buffer explained above, recording a television show will add it to your list of available recordings so that you can watch it as many times as you like and it will be stored on the hard drive built into your PVR. A recording of this manner will automatically end when the program is scheduled to end (as described in the Guide). So if you choose to record a program which runs from 7-8pm, the recording will automatically stop at 8pm. To view your list of available recordings, press the MENU button on your remote and then select Recordings (as shown below).
You will now be presented with your PVR Listings screen which displays all of your available recordings in a list below with specific program information on the left and an indication of how much space has been used on your PVR's hard drive on the right side of the screen.
Using the UP/DOWN on your remote, select the program you wish to control and press OK. You will see the following menu appear and offer a series of options which can be selected via the OK button on your remote.
If you would like to cancel an active recording, press the STOP button twice. A menu will appear on screen, highlight Change Recording Options and press the RIGHT button on your remote to view the options for this recording. From the menu that appears, select Stop Recording (shown below).
Schedule and Upcoming Recording
One of the best features of a PVR-enabled Digital Box is the ability to set a recording time for a future program. To schedule an upcoming program to be recorded, simply locate that program in the Guide (you can use the RIGHT arrow button to move forward in the Guide listing) and, while it is highlighted, press the OK button on your remote. From the menu which appears, highlight Record Program and press RIGHT to view the expanded options. As seen below, choose OK - Record with these options and press OK.
You will now see that the program you selected has been marked with a red dot, indicating it has been defined for a future recording.
To cancel an upcoming recording, simply navigate to the program in the guide and press OK to load the menu for this recording. Select Change Recording Options and, from the menu that appears, select Cancel Recording.
If you are using a Motorola DCT-3510, you can set custom start and end times for your recording, thereby allowing for the eventualities of late starting or overrunning programs.
Extending the Time of a Recording
If your planned recording will likely start early or run late, you can extend the recording time to include the extra minutes. This feature can be enabled when you create a new recording and is available for both single program recordings and series recordings on the HD Guide.
To extend the time of a recording, select your desired program from the guide and press record, then follow these steps:
- Select Record Program or Record Series
- From the menu that appears on the right, select either Start 0 Minutes Early or End 0 Minutes late (see below)
- You will now have the option of starting the recording earlier (max 5 mins) or ending the recording later (max 2 hours). Select your desired extension amount and press OK.
- When finished with the recording options, select OK Record with these options
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