Have you seen "shortened" HD recordings with 6.3a

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by Fish Man, Oct 23, 2006.

Have you seen "shortned recordings" with 6.3 a.

  1. I've seen shortned OTA recordings that contained recorded DD 5.1 content.

    116 vote(s)
    34.4%
  2. I've seen shortned OTA recordings that did not contain DD 5.1 content.

    43 vote(s)
    12.8%
  3. I've seen shortned recordings FROM SATELLITE that contained DD 5.1 content.

    57 vote(s)
    16.9%
  4. I've seen shortned recordigns FROM SATELLITE that did not contain DD 5.1 content

    28 vote(s)
    8.3%
  5. I've seen no shortned recordings.

    154 vote(s)
    45.7%
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  1. Nov 3, 2006 #41 of 122
    Charlutz

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    I've had 6.3a on two tivos for about 2 weeks. One is using DD (HT system) and one is not (tv speakers). All my bugs are on the system with the HT. Audio dropouts of up to 10 seconds, only on OTA HD. Resolve with a quick pixellation. Last night, we were recording CSI and Grey's and they both truncated at 26 minutes. We were watching Grey's time shifted, so we were able to pick it up by rewinding the live buffer. Unfortunately, couldn't do that for CSI as we started watching it about 1030. CSI did record in full on the other HD tivo. Even though the hd tivo did not reboot, I had to re-enter the 30 sec skip, which is usually a sign of a reboot. At least I think I did. I was planting some plants in an aquarium and wasn't paying much attention to Grey's, but my wife said the 30 sec skip was skipping to end so I just rekeyed it. I had to rekey later the same night, so it's possible it was working fine and my first attempt just undid it.
     
  2. Nov 3, 2006 #42 of 122
    IndyJones1023

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    Hi there, Char(lie?). Did you ever live in Naples, Florida?
     
  3. Nov 3, 2006 #43 of 122
    Charlutz

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    pm sent.
     
  4. Nov 3, 2006 #44 of 122
    primetime73

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    I noticed that both My Name is Earl and The Office had shortened recordings on my 6.3 machine last night. Both missed segments were at the beginning of the recording and missed the first 4 minutes but recorded the rest of the show and stopped precisely on time leaving a 26 minute recording. This was the first time I have noticed shortened recordings on this Tivo. My girlfriend's Desperate Housewives seemed to start and end on time as did House. All are recored OTA. Haven't had audio dropouts though so I guess I am lucky there.
     
  5. Nov 4, 2006 #45 of 122
    stlmike

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    My recording of Ohio State vs Illinois on ESPN2HD was cut short (recorded about 2 of 3 hours). I believe it was in DD. Last weeks Boston Legal recorded OTA in DD was also cut short (recorded only 6 minutes). I have many other recorded shows so I may have more problems to report.
     
  6. Nov 5, 2006 #46 of 122
    chewboxa

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    I have been watching these problems for some time and was unaffected. After downloading new 6.3a software my machine ran fine for about 3 weeks. then, all OTA HD recordings in DD are having. Short recordings for boson legal, grey's anatomy, heros, and others. this really sucks. wish we knew how much longer we had to wait. i am almost ready to format drive to 3.1 again.
     
  7. Nov 5, 2006 #47 of 122
    ortofl

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    I 'm a little confused by the poll questions since I was told (and it sounds like it) that even if I have the DD output turned off for live or playback sound through the TV that it is still "recorded" to the disk for playback through a separate audio amp (my tv can't decode Dolby). So, yes I have been getting dropouts since 6.3 for both video (black screen), sound, and brief pixelation. I have not seen yet if the same audio dropouts are present with the DD output turned on.

    Somewhere on this or another thread somebody speculated that the disk was using sectors that were not used before and might be faulty. Shouldn't ALL of the disk have been mapped for bad sectors that would be recognized by any software?
     
  8. Nov 6, 2006 #48 of 122
    Tuckee

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    I have noticed an improvement in the short recodings as well. My last short recording was Oct 27. Before that, I had short recordings at least every third day, or more often, and early deletions.

    Is it fixed? Too soon to tell, but I am hopefull. This would seem to support the theory that new software had problems with the old database, as the old shows are deleted, the problems improve.
     
  9. Nov 8, 2006 #49 of 122
    mikeny

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    I had my first shortened recording. Only 9 minutes of "The Office" recorded OTA from NBC NY, Thurs. 11/2.

    HR20 recorded the whole show without a problem from mpeg-4 HD LIL.

    I don't know which DVR is backing up the other anymore. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Nov 9, 2006 #50 of 122
    hybucket

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    Is anyone still getting shortened recordings? The last ones I had were on Oct. 30...the final episode of WEEDS on Showtime and HEROES on NBC OTA.
     
  11. Nov 9, 2006 #51 of 122
    IndyJones1023

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    No, but I'm getting lots of audio cut outs.
     
  12. Nov 10, 2006 #52 of 122
    gnalmij

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    I had my first short recording on Oct. 30 after having 6.3 for about two weeks, and my last few short recordings on Oct. 31. Because of theories posted here, I deleted the oldest HD recording I had (the only D* HD PPV movie I've ever recorded) and I haven't had any short recordings since. Knock on wood.
     
  13. Nov 15, 2006 #53 of 122
    sandpj

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    Very strange. I still have 3.1.5f, but I've had two OTA shows (Heroes and Standoff) experience shortened recordings this week. Both shows stopped recording after about 40 minutes.
     
  14. Nov 16, 2006 #54 of 122
    josejrp

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    Here's my experience... I was recording "House" on the Fox satellite feed, and I was watching another program I had previously recorded. About the time I finished watching the other program, the House recording ended about 41 minutes into it. There were no signal issues, or anything else of the sort, as House was playing on the live feed without it being recorded. I went into the To Do and the History, and there was no mention of House anywhere on them, even though the show listing was on the Now Playing screen. This is while House was still running! Maybe something I did while watching the recorded program took too much processor time and caused the recording to end? I am just guessing here...
     
  15. Nov 16, 2006 #55 of 122
    sandpj

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    6.3 or 3.1.5?
     
  16. Nov 16, 2006 #56 of 122
    josejrp

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    6.3... I just looked in the recording history again, and there is still no mention of House, even though the TiVo recorded 41 minutes of it (I was thinking maybe it would show up in the history after the recording period ended). Very freaky...
     
  17. Nov 17, 2006 #57 of 122
    mitkraft

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    I had my first (that I noticed) shortened recordings last night. My Name Is Earl and Till Death both cut short (about halfway trough). And like someone else above mentioned, I didn't see any instance of them in the todo or history.

    I've also been having semi-regular audio dropouts. Most commonly on Fox and usualy once or twice in an hour long show.
     
  18. Nov 17, 2006 #58 of 122
    GregA

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    Yup. Battlestar Galactica last Friday (Sci-Fi - cut off after 15 minutes). I also had Law & Order (NBC) from last Friday get the error where it "deleted" itself one minute prior to broadcast time, and my wife has complained about some of her soaps (One Life to Live, ABC) either being cut off after 15 minutes and/or being deleted one minute prior to broadcast.

    Note that we do not use OTA in any form. In fact, it's not even configured...

    Never happened before 6.3a that I can recall. So, different networks, different times. Are they all broadcast in Dolby?

    Also, I do believe my drive was/is getting close to full; I used to let the Suggestions run and fill the drive so I could determine roughly how much space I have left. I don't do that any more, and I have not noticed a problem since then...
     
  19. Nov 18, 2006 #59 of 122
    IndyJones1023

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    Dammit! Heroes and Studio 60 both had zero time records this week. :mad:
     
  20. Nov 18, 2006 #60 of 122
    hybucket

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    Has anyone gotten any response from D* on the shortened recordings issue?
     

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