I've noticed on some channels that you cannot set up series recording, but the shows air at the same time each day. Wondering why is is happening, it mostly occurs on "south Asian channels".
Ali provided an excellent approach to recording a "series" based on matching the title.
As far as "why" a conventional series recording cannot be created for some channels, here's an in-a-nutshell explanation:
Most major networks/stations submit schedule information (to Rovi, TMS, etc.) via a defined file format and transfer process. This process correlates programs (episodes) to a series master (e.g. "Lost" Season 5, Episode 4 becomes a program within the "Lost" master series, but so does "Destination Lost" and "Lost Survival Guide", which were special episodes not specifically part of the series). For anyone familiar with relational databases, this is the aggregation and normalization of the data.
When you create a recording, the i-Guide software looks to see if the program is part of a series, and if so, offers the option to create a series recording.
Many broadcasters (especially the smaller independents) do not upload schedule information in the same way as the major networks. They use an interface (e.g. a web portal) which allows entry of title and description information, but does not allow correlating to a series master. Consequently, every program is unique and un-related to every other program on that channel, from a data point of view.
To simplify further, you can store information in a fancy relational database, or store the same information on recipe cards and an index card box! It's way easier to find information that is related (e.g. part of a series) in a database, but not everyone has the knowledge/ability/resources to go this route! The smaller broadcasters use index cards, which means less convenience to the user!
Because some shows are not actually concidered a 'series'
Yes, some are not, but you can still set them to record.
Can you give an example, I would like to try on mine, I haven't seen anything I can't record. - Channel number, program name, and time it is on would be great.
Some of them you will not be able to set to record as a series which some of the content on the South Asian channels which she is referring to is included.
Here's a tip that may help you achieve what you are looking to do (if you have a Motorola or Pace PVR) - note this works based on the Title of the program you are looking to record.
1. Press Menu on your remote
2. Select the Search option3. Select Keyword
4. Type out the keyword - which is for example the first two words of the program title in the guide for ATN B4U: EK LAVYA
5. Select Search Now
6. You'll see the results listed for this keyword: EK LAVYA
7. Arrow down on the left hand side menu and select Auto-Record
8. Set the options for the Auto-Recordings and then select "Auto-record results with these settings"
8. You'll notice these programs in the guide now show a magnifying glass icon with a red dot.
These programs will now auto record for you, repeat for each program you want to Auto-Record. All you need is the Keyword - which is part of the program title in the guide.
Let me know if you need any further assistance setting this up.
I have tried to delete a recording but the 3400/guide will not delete it. I also tried using the PVR clean up, still remains. Any ideas?
Reboot the DCX3400, unplug the power for 30 seconds, then plug it back in.
Give it a couple minutes to boot back up, and try again.
Don't do this an hour or two before you have stuff scheduled to record, the guide may not load fast enough to catch your programs.
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