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# 80957 6-Apr-2011 16:40
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Haven't been able to make sense of another issue. for the second time now, we've programmed a series to record, and found it also records a repeat of the same series screened at a different time. All we know of to do is to go back to manual recording by time, but I just wondered if there was any known work-around.


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  # 456026 6-Apr-2011 17:06
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This won't really help you but you're not alone, MySky HDi does that as well with some programs. We just delete the repeat each time, a bit of a pain but I don't think there's any way around it, and I could be wrong but I suspect Freeview would be the same.

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  # 456042 6-Apr-2011 17:54
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Thanks - I think .


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  # 456213 7-Apr-2011 08:18
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PhilANZ: for the second time now, we've programmed a series to record
What device are you recording on?

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  # 456228 7-Apr-2011 08:54
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As I understand it, it's because the episodes have the same "series id" so of course if you've series linked it, they record. Most PVRs are smart enough to know that if you've just recorded a particular "episode id" program, that it doesn't need to record the same one next time and will skip the repeat, but line up the next unique program.

I usually run into problems when the repeat is more than 2 weeks ahead. In that case the last episode recorded doesn't match the repeat id, so it records that too. Unless you're really low on space, it's not that big a deal, just a bit of a hassle I guess. I'd rather have too many episodes recorded than too few!

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  # 456267 7-Apr-2011 10:19
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We've got a Panasonic Bluray with twin Freeview recorders and a 500Gb disk. I guess we'll just have to switch to time recording.

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  # 456277 7-Apr-2011 10:34
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Hmm, That's strange .. My Panasonic (albeit non bluray) recorder manages to ignore the repeats ok...

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  # 456282 7-Apr-2011 10:42
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PhilANZ: I guess we'll just have to switch to time recording.

Why ditch the ease of the EPG guide just because it's recording a few extra shows?
As above, is this really a big deal?


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  # 456298 7-Apr-2011 11:13
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Well, there are potential problems. For example if the system is set to record other stuff at the same time as the repeat.

And then there's getting to the program we want. It's not exactly onerous to FF through an unwanted program to get to the wanted one - but my stroke-affected mind tends to be worse at night, and it's the ideal opportunity to make mistakes.

And there's the issue of needless wear. Having used computers for many years I've seen disks give up the ghost in various ways. I assume the disks in PVR's aren't significantly different - and will have problems later in life.

So all in all I tend not to have a lot on the go at once. We're also transferring old VCR's onto the hard disk and eventually onto DVD. So there's a few bits and pieces floating around my disk - and as I mentioned, my mind gets cluttered enough since my stroke. I like to keep the PVR relatively clear so I know all the stuff on there has some intended use. I realise not everyone has my challenges - believe me my short term memory issues are at times incredibly annoying. As a "type-A" personality even more so. But I'm learning to go with the flow a bit more - mainly when I can't remember I was going to do something else .

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  # 456318 7-Apr-2011 11:40
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Most of the repeats tend to be on late at night and the unit is a twin tuner one so it shouldn't be a problem. It should prompt you when you schedule it that there is a conflict if there is an issue.

I'm not saying it's ideal though, don't get me wrong. I've had freeview up about this as I'm periodically experiencing the same thing on my JC Matthews PVR unit.

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  # 456329 7-Apr-2011 11:56
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I have found this only seems to occur if the first screening has been deleted.
Ie record Masterchef on sunday night, watch during week and delete then the Saturday repeat screening will record.
Dont delete original recording and the repeat screening does not record.
We now just leave things a couple of weeks before deleting and dont seem to have the problem.

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  # 456338 7-Apr-2011 12:09
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And check for FW updates for the player, The panasonic based units seem to release a few fixes for the EPGuide accross the board. Even the EIT ones still get upgrades to improve it similar to MHEG units.

EG the XW480..

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