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Premiere keeps recording repeats

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by brian1269, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. brian1269

    brian1269 New Member

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    My Premiere Elite I've had for about a month keeps recording repeats on season passes that are set up to record first run only. For example, all the "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" episodes this week are repeats. They are marked as repeats and each one shows an earlier original air date. But they are all scheduled to be recorded on my season pass that is set up to record only first run.

    I transferred my season passes using the online utility from my old box to the new one, and it has been doing this ever since. Anyone else experiencing this? Any idea what is causing it?
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    1. Go to the season pass manager and check in the options that it is set for first runs. Tivo.com season pass manager may not have transferred the first run option over.
    2. If a show does not have proper info, it may be regarded as new.
    3. Tivo Ignores the 'R' in a show's info, but rather refers to the actual air date. (I have had shows with the 'R' on them and the air date reads as current.)
     
  3. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    This is normal for a new Tivo that has limited guide data history. Even though the program is a repeat, the new Tivo will still record it if the OAD is within 28 days (IIRC) of the repeat broadcast.
    This behavior is associated with the conflict resolution engine where the Tivo will look to record a later airing of a show if it was originally pre-empted by a conflict.
    As your new Tivo gains guide data history, fewer repeats will be recorded.

    Keep in mind (as noted by ThAbtO) there are some reasons a Tivo will record a repeat regardless of what the guide data shows.
     
  4. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member

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    I've been having this happen, with a limited number of shows, for years - ever since I had my Series 2 Tivos. I was hoping it w/b different when I replaced them with Premieres but, alas, the same problem persists.

    I don't understand it since, like you said, the reruns ARE marked as reruns. Yet a few of my SPs will pick up re-airings. What I notice, in my case anyway, that it's certain channels. I have it happen with 'E' shows, TVLand shows, and Comedy Central shows mostly. It never seems to happen with network shows or premium channel (HBO, etc) shows.

    What I've done over the years, since I don't know any way to fix this (obviously all my Season Passes are set up for 'new only' and none of them were set up on tivo.com) is to go through my 'to do' list frequently to check and delete the ones that shouldn't be there. But then, I have a lot of time on my hands. For some people that probably would be a PITA. The bottom line, however, is that we shouldn't have to do this.
     
  5. brian1269

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    OK that must be it, thanks. The new TiVo was activated on June 20 and the shows had original air dates of June 16-20 I think.
     
  6. brian1269

    brian1269 New Member

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    Yeah I've noticed that issue as well. I'm guessing that probably stems from the networks being too lazy to provide the proper programming infomation to Tribune.
     
  7. lpwcomp

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    No, this is normal behavior for some shows that never have complete guide data so the individual episodes are not properly identified. Thus the TiVo has no way of knowing whether or not it has already been recorded. Comedy Central is notorious for this for their "daily" shows like, well, "The Daily Show". It has nothing to do with conflict resolution which is based solely on SP priority. It also has nothing whatever to do with how much guide data you have. There is no such thing as "guide data history". Recording history yes. Guide data history no. (the prior day or 2 guide data you have is not "history")
     
  8. Tony Chick

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    Additionally, there are some shows especially on BBC America where the First Aired date is the original British air date, so you can never do First Run only on Top Gear for example.
     
  9. rhettf

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    I don't get why Top Gear doesn't get the same treatment as Doctor Who.

    Two season's ago Doctor Who aired just a week behind the UK broadcast, it had to be a week since they had Matt Smith at the UK and US premiers. Last Season they aired the episode within 24 hours. They did this because the amount of people downloading the show via bittorrent was astronomical. Last season was the first time I actually watched Doctor Who on BBC America HD.

    The last season of Top Gear aired on BBC America almost 6 months after the UK Airing! I have a feeling its not as much of an issue since Top Gear makes a big chunk of its revenue from other countries versions of Top Gear.
     
  10. steve614

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    :eek: Yeah that's what I meant, recording history. On a new Tivo, you start out with no recording history.
    In the case of the season pass the Tivo may see that an episode is a repeat, but since it's not in the recording history (yet) and the episode is not already in the Now Playing/My Shows list, the Tivo will go ahead and record the episode as a failsafe measure (better safe than sorry).
    Once the Tivo has an established recording history (~28 days), this phenomenon should cease as long as the guide data is accurate.
     
  11. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Yeah, but I think the OP is referring to the TiVo recording the same episode multiple times. It's not really a failsafe measure. If an episode meets the criteria for the SP and it hasn't been recorded or scheduled to record within the last 28 days, it will be added to the todo list. Sometimes, if you have an FRO SP, and the guide data is incomplete for a showing such that the TiVo thinks it might be a new episode, it will get added to the todo list. If a later update of the guide data makes it clear that it isn't new, it will be removed. Some series on some channels never get sufficient guide data to identify individual episodes.
     
  12. lpwcomp

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    It's not just BBC America that has the OAD issue that renders FRO SPs useless. Case in point - "Lost Girl" on SYFY. The problem here is that, while it doesn't record the multiple showings that happen during the week, if they have a marathon or go into reruns, it will record again any episode it originally recorded more than 28 days prior.
     
  13. brian1269

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    That happened to me on Top Gear. Missed the entire last series because it shows them as repeats so they didn't record. Haven't found a good solution yet either for that show. If you set the SP to record repeats, then it will fill up you hard drive as BBC America shows a ton of repeats for it.

    No it didn't record it multiple times, it is just recording shows that are repeats from 3-4 weeks ago.
     
  14. mattack

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    There is no such thing as "marked as reruns". There is only Original Air Date. Any other info you see in the human readable text is IRRELEVANT to the Tivo, from what everyone else has said for years. (In other words, of course I haven't seen the code or examined the assembly in a running Tivo..)

    Summarizing what other people said:
    1) Even if OAD is 'old', if it's within the past 28 days, it counts as 'new'. (I thought it was 14 days for new, but there is a 28 day rule of recording the same episode again, and that part is shown in the recording history info)
    2) If there IS no OAD, the Tivo records it because it COULD be new (and is, for things like the news that don't have guide data). As another switch, I personally would like a "record when the guide data is generic?" y/n switch.. but I could see that being WRONG sometimes, and I would get mad.. Regular less technical users would be way mad.

    You can use the "Tupper method" for auto recording wishlists to avoid this, with non-infinitesimal amount of work on your part.
     
  15. lpwcomp

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    It shouldn't, if it has complete guide data. Any particular episode should only be recorded once each 28 days.

    Ah, OK. Then as mattack noted in his most recent post, TiVo treats as "New" any episode whose OAD is within the previous 28* days and an FRO SP will schedule any episode like that which hasn't been previously scheduled or recorded by that TiVo.

    * I say 28 because I assume (perhaps incorrectly) that it uses the same criteria used by the HDUI guide to flag "New" episodes. Looking at the guide for SYFY on 7/16, when they are running a mini-marathon of "Eureka", episodes whose OAD is 6/11/12 or earlier are not flagged, while episodes whose OAD is 6/18/12 or later are flagged as "New".
     
  16. sharkster

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    Thanks for that info. Although I am truly NOT dense, some of this makes little sense. On certain channels I will have shows that have an OAD of some time in the recent past and it has an 'R' in the description, I've already had that episode record or it's on the current 'to do' list, everything for the perfect storm, and it still schedules them.

    As to #1 - I'm not understanding why any OAD in the last 28 days should be considered new although it has already been scheduled or recorded. This is a pretty black and white issue, IMO. It's either a new episode or NOT a new episode. I guess Tivo sees it differently, eh? :)

    What I meant by 'marked as reruns' is that it shows an OAD of a previous date and there is an 'R' in the program description. I can see what you are saying now about that 'R' being irrelevant. It's probably just like that is part of the episode description and not part of their determination as to the OAD. Wow, I've made progress on understanding this mess. hehe

    I don't get why they cannot just take an OAD FWIW. If the OAD is today, then it's a new episode. If the OAD is last week or two weeks ago, it is not a new episode, unless it's a brand new Tivo that was not hooked up last week I guess.

    What I get is, on a given show, it will record the new ep and then several more old eps of that show that are airing that week. So like if I have Chelsea Lately, new eps only SP, it will record it every night M-Th at 8pm (our HD channel is East Coast feed I guess) and then it will pick up more of those rerun episodes, sometimes a couple a day. It just does it on certain channels so, like another poster, I think it's more about the info that the cable co feeds to Tribune Media than being about the way the Tivo works. Of course I could be wrong. :D I often am.
     
  17. lpwcomp

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    The TiVo is pretty much doing the best it can. You really don't want it to use the "R" flag for scheduling purposes. Otherwise, when it couldn't record the initial showing due to a conflict with (a) higher priority season pass(es), it would not record a subsequent showing.

    Based on the fact that what I see in the guide for an episode with "generic" data is the OAD of the first episode and that episodes with no OAD don't necessarily get picked up by an FRO SP (this happened last year with something on SYFY. I don't remember what), my speculation is that the third thing (after seriesId and channel> the scheduler looks at is the <program> level <uniqueId>. If that is missing, then it will be scheduled by any SP, even an FRO one. If it receives updated guide data with this information prior to the recording, it will then perform the rest of the checks and if doesn't meet the criteria of the SP (not "new" based on OAD) or has been scheduled/recorded in the last 28 days, it will be removed from the todo list. I had this very thing happen this week with a couple of episodes of "Longmire" shwing late Monday/early Tuesday (7/23-7/24). Initially, theuy had generic guide data and were in the todo list. Now they have complete guide data and have been removed.

    Oh, and the 28 day rule looks to be from the date of the showing, not the current date. And the "R" flag isn't even visible when using the HDUI.
     
  18. mattack

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    Again, it does NOT USE THE R IN THE human readable description. I think you understand that now.. just repeating one last time.

    As for the other part, if you REALLY are seeing things that have already been recorded record again within 28 days, and they DO have valid guide data, and they ARE set to be first run only.. then please keep track and find some examples.


    Yes.. OR.. You had a show on NBC air from 8pm-9pm.. so it couldn't record whatever show you wanted on HBO.

    Your show on HBO repeats tomorrow.

    By your logic, IT WILL NOT RECORD IT.

    That's why there is "slop" in the original air date timing.
     
  19. langsbr

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    Perhaps I misunderstand this, but my Tivo Permiere does this ALL The time now. Recently the new Hoarding was on, and had 5 reruns on immediately prior to it. The Tivo recorded all of the old episodes, as they were all marked new, but had old original air dates, and the new episode which had the new original air date did NOT record.

    It's extremely frustrating now, and seems to be much worse since the update to the HD guide, etc.
     
  20. tomhorsley

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    My TiVo also records repeats (Wheeler Dealers is a really good example). It certainly doesn't record all the repeats since the episodes seem to be aired a gazillion times, but it definitely records some of them, and the most glaring thing recently is that the new episodes will have a little "new" logo next to them in the guide, so it clearly knows which ones are really and truly new, yet it records some random assortment of other episodes that aren't new as well.
     

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