The series function is sent with the guide.
If a station does not encode the series function then you only get the one program. If they do encode it you will get the series link.
FYI it is different to the TiVo box that has the same function.
sofistek:pixxelpusher:I don't have those channels (I'm on NZ terrestrial Freeview) but I did check through about half my channels and there were three that didn't show the popup: 20 TVSN Shopping, 31 Parliament and 33 C33. Some of those programmes I tried were not just one-off programmes so should have shown the series popup.
Thanks for the reply. Yeah I've read the manual back to front and searched Google today with no real explanation. I know it has the line in the manual about "If the screen for selecting single or series timer recording appears" but there's nothing in there on why it wouldn't appear, and it kind of seems odd for it not too when the shows I'm selecting are reoccurring shows, like the news or other shows that are on every night at that exact time. Also, on the other channels where you do get that popup selection screen it even appears on shows that aren't on every night, and may only be on once every now and then (just tested on "The Bay" and it came up with the series option, but it's not even on next week).
So you're probably right, it might be something to do with how the particular station (all the 8's in my case which is the Channel 10 station here) is sending out the program data.
If you have a moment do you think you could check those channels on yours to see if the popup appears? You don't have to record anything just press the middle "ok" button on the channel in the guide and then "Return" to go back to the guide screen.