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If I Remember Correctly, TiVo does record special events and short videos of things that show up in your recordings. The recordings are from random channels, but are actually related to either TiVo material, or are actually promos and such, like a 5 minute recap of some series you have that's about to start a new season. When the recording's done, it should show up in your recording list as what it really is.

TiVo used to do it a lot - they'd actually rent time on a channel to air their program, just so that your TiVo could record it.

It's been a while, but I've caught it doing just that with my TiVos over the years.

Also, do you have your TiVo recording suggested programs? Mine gets a bit wonky every so often and starts recording stuff I'd never watch.
That was the Teleworld Paid Programming.

Tivo hasn’t used that (inefficient and expensive) method to get video clips on to our devices in years, because now they use broadband.

Those also didn’t show in your todo list. And they weren’t ever on C-Span, since they don’t air paid programming.

This is some other error happening.
 

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I had this same problem yesterday on my Bolt and Edge boxes, but not my old Premiere boxes. What I found was that the programs recorded were some really "left-wing" stuff and I assumed that someone at Tivo was propogating theie ideology. I was pretty upset over this. I would delete them from the to-do list and a lot would re-appear, until I finally removed the channels from my list. If they are pushing their ideology, someone needs to be fired over this.
Left-wing? It’s C-Span. They literally show video from congressional hearings with ZERO commentary. It’s nothing more than a record of what happened/was said.

Anyway, no, this is not a liberal conspiracy from Silicon Valley hippies who you need to get fired for pushing their agenda on you.

It’s a technical glitch.

You can put your tin foil hat away.
 

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I am having the same problem. I noticed it is almost always the same channels. In my case, 2 CSPAN channels. I am on Spectrum and they are changing the protocols to obsolete Tivo (based on an article. I have not called yet). I everyone on Spectrum? If so could it be the new protocol? Most of the channels mentioned are low usages and in my case addressed with the tuning adapter. If Charter has already started conversion, that could explain it. Just a guess.

Also once Spectrum no longer supports Tivo, I no longer support Spectrum. TMobile is now 5G in my area, they lose an Internet and Cable customer.
No, this is not the “new protocol”.

When/if that happens you will lose access to your channels. (And Spectrum will provide ample notice)

Nothing Spectrum can or will do on purpose or by accident can force your TiVo to record anything.
 

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1. You don't actually know what's going on with this problem do you? As in you don't work for Tivo, and haven't already fixed the problem right? You're just guessing correct?
I am 100% sure it is not a TiVo employee pushing out a leftist agenda.

How do I know that? Because the idea is absurd.
 

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Since I used to write software, I'll make a stab at this.

It looked to me that the ghost programs were caused by ill formed guide entries. C-Span's listing contained odd programs with apparently empty titles. The TiVo software probably assumed the guide information would not contain such crazy mistakes. It was then making spurious matches to your OnePasses, "thinking" you wanted to record these empty titled programs.

The fix is for the TiVo software to do more error checking, so it ignores the ill formed entries (or maybe handles them in a smarter way).
Likely something similar but they probably fixed it in the guide data this time because otherwise they would have had to test, release, and push a software update to everyone, which they haven’t done.

I would suspect a future update contains a long-term fix.
 
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