I've noticed a few guide & log history "quirks" on my TiVos (S2s, 150G HD upgrades) and was wondering about them:
1) When I knew some new shows (pilots) were coming out, I set some wishlists to catch them (would set up a Season Pass later). When the "Program Information To" was showing Wed. 9/26 and nothing had shown up (even though the shows has been announced for M/T/W of that week), I wondered what was going on (note: manually checking the guide also didn't show these shows). And I just noticed this a second time, with shows expected for Thurs. 9/27 not showing up until the guide data reported "Program Information To" Sat. 9/29 (so Thurs. 9/27 & Fri. 9/28 "Program Information To" weren't good enough) at which point the shows showed up in the ToDo list.
Does this mean that the guide data from TiVo (from their contracted company) simply isn't correct, with new corrected info sent later? Or does it mean that the downloaded data isn't reflected in the "Now playing" list for a long time (days?!) after it's downloaded while the TiVo goes thru an indexing process? The "Guide View Cache, Cache To:" still only shows Sun. 9/23, which wouldn't be enough to cover the shows set to record 9/27 which are *now* listed in the ToDo list. ???
2) I've occasionally seen the View Recording History say, and forum reports regarding, "XXX happened because someone in your household canceled/deleted something" when this was totally untrue. I most recently saw it with some Amazon Unbox downloads (some of the free TV pilots), with messages (several minutes apart for two of the three download shows) for several shows saying "The program was not downloaded onto this DVR because someone in your household canceled the transfer" --- wrong, nobody was even *home* during the transfers, and Internet access was probably fine. The three shows did eventually download fine. Was Amazon Unbox overloaded? Was this some retry or timeout issue with a bogus reporting message?
3) One other observation related to those Amazon Unbox TV pilots. Cool to see them in advance, and sans commercials. But the "interesting" thing is, after watching two of them Sat. 9/15 morning, they hadn't auto-deleted themselves by Sun. 9/16 evening and I can still view them (> 32-hours after I has finished watching them the first time). I thought Unbox shows would auto-delete themselves 24-hours after the first viewing, which is why I've never rented one. So is auto-delete timeout a variable or something a content provider can tweak or disable?
Thanks for any info.