When a program is offered at, say 7 pm and 2 am, I'd like to record it at 2 am, because I am already recording two things at 7 pm, but the system will not allow it because of the conflict with two other programs.
Thank you for reaching out to us. When you go into the guide to the program at 2 AM and set a series recording, that should be separate from the 7 PM. However, this may conflict if you have highlighted program in the guide that states both 7 PM and 2 AM. A resolution to this is to go to the program at 2 AM and set the series recording there.
Hope this answers your question.
Tony | Community Mod
I described this solution to my wife, who says she did, specifically use the 2 am one to create the series recording and still got the conflict with the 7 pm one.
Hey laurinolson , couple of questions for you about the issue that you're seeing:
- What kind of PVR do you currently have? Is it the Gateway System, our HD Guide menu, or one the Classic guide PVRs? If you have more than 1 PVR in home, do you notice this same symptom on the others?
- Instead of selecting the 2AM as a series, were you able to set it to record that one show at that timeframe?
- The shows that you had set to record at 7PM, do they still release new episodes, or is it re-run of a show that you would like to keep a copy of on your PVR?
- Have you ever noticed this symptom in this past, or is this first-time?
It's a Motorola DCX3400-M. We have one PVR. An example I just did:
We have two series programs for Sunday evening 26th July 2015 at 7 pm, Last Ship (ch 46) and Who Do You Think You are (Ch 24)
Beach Flip (ch18) has an episode at 7 pm and one at 10 pm.
When I tried to set up a series recording by selecting the 10 pm version, it said will not record one episode due to a conflict with Last Ship 7-8 pm Sun. Since this was just a test to show symptoms and I planned to remove the series recording after the test, I pushed the "record anyway" button and, to be fair, it now shows the 7 pm one as not going to be recorded and the 10 pm one as planning to record it. Still, it gives me the dire warnings and then has the other time (7 pm) show up as if it had been planned to record, but won't. So I guess it works actually, but it's messy.
I first tried a different program that had an episode at 7 and another later, and to my astonishment, it just plain worked. Then I noticed the descriptions were different for the 7 pm time and the later time, so then I found Beach Flip had the same description at the 2 times and there the problem was.
I don't know for sure, but most of what we record are new episodes.
This has happened since we first tried recording another time to avoid a conflict.
Hi there laurinolson,
Thanks for getting back to us! The workaround I would recommend in this case would be to manually set the recording for the program that you find there are two instances of it. To do this, just go to the 2AM instance of the program you'd like to record, and press the record button on your remote and this will set that specific program to record.
If you go in and specifically record the timeframe, there should not be any warnings/overlaps. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused thus far in regards to this.
Sorry, but you seem to have missed the point. It's when I try to set up a SERIES recording that I get the dire warning and later have to see that I will not be recording the time slot I don't want anyway.
Yes if I just press record for a one-time record, it simply schedules it.
When you set the one-time recording, you can after go into modify the recording to become a series recording. This should resolve the conflict in duplicated time slots. If this issue continues to occur, try to do a power reset on the PVR. It will refresh the guide and all the functions.
Please let us know how it goes.
I didn't know there was another way to make a series recording. I have always set it to record a program and then pressed record again so it can become a series recording. Since, over the years, I have done several power off/on cycles, I am not in a rush to do it again, but will try it at some convenient time in the future. I guess unless that works, there is no solution to this problem, but at least it WILL record the one I want in spite of warnings and in spite of showing the "won't record" symbol for the time I don't want.
Thanks for trying folks.
Regards, Laurin Olson
I often have the same issue you are experiencing. When you select to record as a series recording, regardless what time, it will try to set to record the episode flagged as New, which will always be the first showing 7pm, not the 2am one. This one would show as repeat.
The options to get around this, are to view upcoming times for the show and see what other channels it will be playing on with a different start time. Many shows, particularly prime time ones can be found on the TImeshift channels, will have early and later times which are still labeled as New on different channels.
Now this won't work for some shows, such as The Last Ship which I believe is only on Space. If you are not able to set a series recording for one of the other shows at a different time, all you can really do is set a manual recording for the later showing on Space.
What I personally do is set the series recording even though it is overlapping. This way it will show up in my up coming recordings as conflicting and not going to record, so I am aware of it. I then just take a look at upcoming times and set a manual recording for the later time. It's not perfect, but with only 2 tuners and way to many TV shows I watch, I manage to not miss any episodes. It only takes a few minutes so I'll usually check my upcoming recordings every other day just to see if there is anything conflicting.
Hope this helps, and if anything is not clear please do ask!
Is the recording set to record only 'New' episodes? Setting the series to record repeats may get you around this issue. Worth a shot.
Though, if it works this means you'll be recording then deleting previously watched episodes...
I have experience the same problem, it doesn't appear that there is any workaround that works at a series level, you're instead stuck recording each episode of that show individually at an alternate time slot.
It's a large defect in the way the PVRs are set up to record... the logic needs to be changed to make it smarter, it's actually quite a simple logic sequence that would be easy for a computer to handle:
1. PVR checks for 'new' status show for the recording. Yes/No. If Yes, proceed to step 2. If No, end sequence, don't record.
2. If yes - PVR checks for conflicts - Yes conflict or No Conflict. If No Conflict, PVR sets recording. If Yes conflict, go to step 3.
3. PVR searches for next airing of same episode. Is there another airing of that exact episode - yes / no. If yes, try to schedule. If no, don't try to schedule.
4. Repeat loop of checking for conflicts until all available airings for that episode are checked.
It's astonishing to me that they can't get this right... All they have to do is make each individual episode of a series have a unique identifier number and build a basic search to find it - I could mimic this in an excel spreadsheet in about 10 minutes and I'm not a computer programmer.
This is actually exactly the kind of thing that computers are terrific at doing with very little effort to program, unless your initial programming for how the PVR searches for recordings is fundamentally flawed.
Retrieving data ...