Joshjr, I total agree with what you are saying and have had the same problem. Have tried the "go back a little" trick, use "double play trick", all to no avail. I am going to try leaving HR44 on all the time (including overnight) again and see what happens . (this worked one night but not the next?) If you have additional HR receivers and buffer did not hold on 34 & 44 you can run to other other receiver (hr 24 & prior) and if channel you want was on it will be buffered and if you hit record you can now pick program up thru list on 34 & 44 or manually record a time period on 34 & 44, but what a waste of time. They need to fix software. When we 1st got the HR34 it took my wife less than an hour to discover the buffering problem and she still uses a flip phone and no computer, so the geniuses at DTV should have seen this coming.???? DTV said because there are 5 tuners it may be getting confused on which one to use to buffer. (software problem) When we switched to HR44 same problem but a much better unit than the 34.