Advertisements The reason is that such tech would require yet another royalty payment by DVR makers and providers for using patented tech. DVR's already come all sorts of costs--payments--to 3rd parties for their tech such as UI--in some cases--, auto audio leveling such as SRS, the privilege of decoding Dolby Digital, MPEG consortium, HDMI, USB, pay for EPG data (to TiVo or Gracenote), transcoding to copy DVR content to mobile devices, and then more $$ for services on DVR such as weather, etc, an entire host of payments to 3rd parties for their tech (there are a few consortiums such as MoCA Alliance consortium which almost everybody belongs, so as members they can use that tech at no additional cost beyond their having funded R&D and continuing funding for NEW versions, which is a fair amont of money in itself). Now we come to the occasional problem of possibly ending a recording early. After all those previous costs, it is just so much cheaper and easier to simply allow people to manually pad the timer before and after, considering customers want other features far more. For example, more tuners (16 tuners in a single Hopper 3 DVR), support for more TVs on a single home system, the ability to stream content from their DVR remotely to their mobile device, the ability to copy recorded programs to their mobile device to view without needing an internet connection, video on demand, apps specifically for other TV services like Netflix and Hulu and Amazon, larger hard drive capacity for more programs four more people in their homes, 4K support for the apps and the few 4K channel content, Over the Air broadcast stations receivable; recordable; and integrated into the Program Guide, more efficient ways to search and find what is on and what will be airing that is of interest to the subscriber, the ability to place programs into custom folders or even automatic folders, and on and on, more features I've probably forgotten but I'm sure or more in demand. And then we come to the granddaddy of them all: fully automated Commercial Skip. Now that last one has been a Holy Grail for years and is easily more desired than, I would say, having programs end so the entire recording is available, which can be solved with padding the timer and that is the point of view of the DVR makers and providers at this point rather than integrating a system that's going to cost them more money. All the features I listed above are now currently available features in some US DVRs, specifically Dish, TiVo, and DirecTV. And for what it's worth, in my experience, over all, the European DVRs are far worse in appearance UI and lacking in features than the American DVRs such as Dish, TiVo, and even the now ruined DirecTV offer. Agreed most of the US cable company DVRs really are pretty bad with the exception possibly of Xfinity and the few small and MSO's who offer TiVo compatible with their system. Please really do inspect the specifications, capabilities and features, of Dish Hopper 3 and TiVo. I think you'll find that compared to those, European DVRs are pieces of junk. For starters Dish and TiVo have some of the most advanced and fastest chips in any DVRs anywhere because they do a heck of a lot more than European DVRs. We can move our recordings from the internal hard drive to an external hard drive to keep and watch for as long as we wish. one DVR can access another DVR where particular recording resides and we can view it at any room. the client can access any DVR to view its particular content. The clients provide for an experience that is virtually like being at the main DVR. We have multiple DVR systems for a single household to which everyone has access to all those DVRs for situations that either require them or are a better experience. I love Europe, and in many ways one can argue that it is superior to the US, and I suppose argue the other way around. the point is the title of your post is a most unfortunate title because in fact the US, with the possible exception of Japan, has the best DVRs anywhere. A better title might have been why do US DVR's lack this really great feature that European DVRs have. So kindly return to your stinky European DVR and enjoy your favorite television. .