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)
  2. I've seen shortned OTA recordings that did not contain DD 5.1 content.

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

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

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

    154 vote(s)
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  1. Nov 25, 2006 #81 of 122

    IndyJones1023 Auteur

    Apr 1, 2002
    Orlando, FL


    Nope. I have never recorded suggestions.
  2. Nov 25, 2006 #82 of 122
    Fish Man

    Fish Man Phish Food

    Mar 4, 2002
    0.7 miles...

    In my case, there's clearly no correlation to a full or nearly full hard drive and getting a short recording.

    I have a tendency let the hard drive get completely full and then "clean it up". I've seen this bug with the hard drive full and not anywhere near full. I've also seen it, when full, deleting shows in a FIFO manner without the bug occurring.

    As I mentioned above, I hadn't seen the bug in several weeks (with and without a full HD) and suddenly it came back.

    Also, I've never seen the bug where it will refuse to start a recording with the excuse "not enough space on drive".
  3. Nov 25, 2006 #83 of 122

    johncoyne registered user

    Jul 15, 2003
    New York
    So what's the bottom line here? Is TIVO/D*TV aware of this bug and are working to repair it (how 'bout "kill" it) or are we on our own??
  4. Nov 25, 2006 #84 of 122

    feiter New Member

    Oct 19, 2004
    I have an older TiVO series 2 that I've used for over two years with an added Hard Drive. Never had any problem until I switched to HD two weeks ago. I have Time Warner Cable and a Pace HD box hooked up to the old realiable series 2. All of a sudden I am getting shortened recordings and I think they are all of Network (ABC, CBS, NBC) HD broadcasts via TWC.

    I have read a lot about the series 3 problem and software 6.3 but have the same problem with Series 2 and latest software--8.1. I just checked my now playing and I also have a partial on a movie from a non HD channel (Hallmark). I also note that for some reason Grey's Anatomy recorded 1 hour and 10 minutes (longer, not shorter) on an HD station.

    What the heck is going on?
  5. Nov 25, 2006 #85 of 122

    hybucket Member

    Nov 26, 2004


    THe GREY'S ANATOMY recorded longer because it WAS longer by 10 minutes.
    As for the rest of it, who knows...certainly not D*.
  6. Nov 25, 2006 #86 of 122

    javadev New Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    I too saw this with the LSU-ARK game. I set up the recording to go over by 3 hrs in case there is a delay and the system stopped recording about an hour earlier than it was supposed to. Fortunately, I was able to see the whole game.

    I've also seen it where the recording stops several times even though I try to restart it. I saw this during the LSU-Bama game.

    I don't use OTA.
  7. Nov 25, 2006 #87 of 122

    zdude1 New Member

    Jun 10, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    I also had a short recording on the Dolphins-Lions game on T-day. I was going out of town, so I set it to record on 2 of my HR10 units. One got the full recording, and one stopped at 7 minutes duration. Can't confirm it wasn't a reboot situation, but this unit hasn't had that problem so far. I do know that the house didn't lose power, since the sensitive clock on the microwave didn't get reset; and, both HR10's are plugged into UPS's.
  8. Nov 26, 2006 #88 of 122

    johncoyne registered user

    Jul 15, 2003
    New York
    I watched the episode on abc.com last night......
  9. Nov 26, 2006 #89 of 122

    hybucket Member

    Nov 26, 2004
    Yes - that's why we pay D* all that $, so that we can watch these things on ABC.com.
  10. Nov 26, 2006 #90 of 122

    undecided New Member

    Nov 12, 2005
    I saw my first shortened recording this week.

    Madonna London Concert - started on time but only recorded 30 minutes of a 2 hour show.

    This was LA HD Network Feed from DIRECTV - not OTA.

    No I am getting nervous........
  11. Nov 27, 2006 #91 of 122

    Superbone New Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    I thought maybe a full drive was part of the problem. I deleted about 5 hours of HD programs. Nope. Missed Simpsons tonight, dammit! ER, Prison Break, now Simpsons, I am getting pissed!
  12. Nov 27, 2006 #92 of 122

    Nolzman New Member

    Sep 30, 2004
    I've had shortened or missed recordings pretty frequently on my bedroom machine. These were middle of the day, non-HD, Satellite channels.

    Then, yesterday, my main Living Room machine only recorded the first 9 minutes of the Falcons game. I was pissed. :mad:

    I also have the Audio problem on OTA Fox without fail.

    I was such a DTV and Tivo supporter, now I am seriously thinking about swithing. :(
  13. Nov 27, 2006 #93 of 122

    khark Old Member

    Jan 2, 2001
    Star Valley...
    I had a recording of Shark from last Thursday that ended at 0:51. It was from the west feed.

    I also have a lot of blank pictures for about a second almost every time I watch Jeopardy. This is also from the west feed. It is interesting that there were not nearly as many when Jeopardy was in New York.

    Mine is all off the satellite.
  14. Nov 27, 2006 #94 of 122

    Superbone New Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    So, I called tech support last night. "Ted" claims he's never heard of the problem. He wants me to do a full delete of the hard drive. Forget that!
  15. Nov 27, 2006 #95 of 122

    DennisMileHi New Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    Englewood, CO
    Last Friday, I called D* and talked to level 2 tech support. The lady took detailed information about the short recordings and told me she would pass it as a priority to engineering. I also told her about this forum and this specific topic so she could check herself about the problems. I did warn her she would read a lot of negative comments about D*. The internal communications about "known" problems at D*must be a joke!

    I also discovered this weekend that three of my season pass recordings (all OTA) only showed partial recordings of an hour show. Sure enough, they were all short so I deleted them all. Luckily, I have my second HR10 telephone line disconnected and still at 3.15 with no problems. If this persists much longer, I am going to have to look into the InstantCake program (or whatever it is) to revert back to 3.15 on my very problematic HR10.

    What a pain!
  16. Nov 28, 2006 #96 of 122

    Superbone New Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    I am now officially pissed and ready to drop DTV. I missed the final Prison Break tonight. This after missing the previous episode as well. Both with a 0 length programming time. Even had my son check the recording as I was at work. He said it was recording, showing a partial time (as it should.) Got home after 9 and see the 0 partial recording time. Enough of this crap! And this after 14 years of DTV!
  17. Nov 28, 2006 #97 of 122

    yaddayaddayadda New Member

    Apr 8, 2003
    Fort Mill, SC
    I had my second shortened HD recording. Both times it has been Heroes. Fortunately I began watching at 9:30, so when I started watching from the NPL and it stopped (asked me if I wanted to delete or keep the recording) at :47 into the show, I was able to catch the rest on the buffer. Otherwise, I would have been ticked.

    Has anyone been able to determine a pattern to the short recordings? Like the audio dropouts only on Fox OTA, etc.
  18. Nov 28, 2006 #98 of 122

    DLR New Member

    Sep 17, 2002
    SE Michigan
    The short recordings have burnt me twice, both times with OTA recordings of Survivor. The first time it stopped after 45 minutes, then last week it stopped after only 15 minutes. The odd thing is that no other OTA programs have been effected (yet.) I wonder if it is only a matter of time...

    I wonder if we should start a list of programs that have been improperly recorded?
  19. Nov 28, 2006 #99 of 122

    hybucket Member

    Nov 26, 2004
    Instead of everyone trying to do D*'s job and determine a "pattern," wouldn't the time better be spent bombarding them with phone calls to get a fix? Or, at the very least, have them come up with a way to go back to the old 3.x version. I mean, it's been since mid-September that these shortened recording/audio problmes have been going on.
  20. xfm

    xfm Member

    Apr 1, 2005
    Saw this problem for the first time this past Sunday, both on ABC shows. First, Desperate Housewives cut off about three minutes early (not too bad, since I pad it by two minutes), but what REALLY pissed me off was that Boston Legal only recorded ten minutes!!!!

    Is there any way to tell if the HR10 rebooted or just truncated the recording?

    From now on, I'm going to make a 'safety net' recording of all my HR10 SP's on my two upgraded SD DTiVo's.

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