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Strange HBO OD problem - repeatedly DL's the same episode

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Tom M, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. Tom M

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    I'm trying to catch up on Boardwalk Empire and am trying to record season 2 so I can watch it. After having succesfully recording and watching season 1 I've run into a situation that is really odd. I can add the shows to the list and the 1st episode of season 2 begins recording and all the other episodes show pending. However once the 1st episode completes the HR20 does not go on to the next episode. Instead, it deletes the just recoded show (based on what's in the history) and begins downloading it again. This will repeat overnight if I let it as the history log shows repeated deletes.

    I have restarted the receiver and rebooted my router, all with no impact on the behavour. I am down to about 20% free space on the 2GB drive but that should still be plenty of room.

    I haven't changed any settings on the HR since I DL'd the 1st season so I'm at a loss as to what's going on. I guess I can watch it directly on my Tablet using HBO GO but I'd prefer to have the option to watch them on my TV.
     
  2. Supramom2000

    Supramom2000 In Loving Memory of Onyx-2/23/09

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    If it is bad guide data (and I don't know that it is), flushing the guide cache will help. Do 2 reboots within 30 minutes of each other. Generally, I do the 2nd one as soon as the TV returns to live programming from the first reboot.
     
  3. Tom M

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    I'll give that a try. I was watching what it had cached for playback and it deleted it out from under me... darn annoying. I finally watched it via an HDMI connection from my phone. It was a bit less than ideal but I'll move the the 2nd episode and see if it's got the same problem before I do the guide cache flush flush.
     
  4. Tom M

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    I flushed the cache and the recording now seems to work. However it created another problem in that I now get the "1501 (hbo) is currently not available" nessage even though all the other OD channels are available. This is after about 20 hours. I reboooted again and the problem still persists. I can access programs on 1501 if I get there from a search so all is not lost but I can't get there from the guide to browse the entire channel.
     
  5. Supramom2000

    Supramom2000 In Loving Memory of Onyx-2/23/09

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    If that is HBO VOD, it is being reported that is showing unavailable. I don't thinknit is an effect from your guide flush.

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  6. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Yup, HBO VOD has not been available since early this morning. There is a thread about it here some where
     
  7. Tom M

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    Thanks. At least I got my infinte repeated recordings fixed so I guess I'll just keep checking it from time to time.
     
  8. Rich

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    I'm not thrilled with our VOD service. I like the idea that all the HBO and other movie channels have most of their scripted shows on VOD, but the order they download in leaves something to be desired. If they'd just label them "Episode 1", etc., and have that show up after downloading it would make it a lot easier to find the correct viewing order.

    I was also surprised to see that the networks' shows are mostly in SD.

    Rich
     
  9. Tom M

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    Well, the infinite recording is back as the same episode has just been done 5 times based on the recording history. I've deleted all the pending downloads except the one in progress so I'll see if it continues for the 6th time. If it does I'll delete it and set it to record based on a search instead of the VOD to see if it works the same as the last one.

    Frustrating to say the least.
     
  10. Rich

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    I downloaded two seasons of HBO shows yesterday without a problem.

    Rich
     
  11. Tom M

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    It worked for me in the past as well so I really don't know or understand what's going on at the moment. I watched the one episode that I had and then tried to DL another but it deleted itself and restarted the DL after it completed the first time. I guess the next step is to try a different series and/or a different VOD channel. I can also try it on the HR21 I've got upstairs to see if that works OK or not.

    I guess I could also try reauthorizing the unit but I'm not sure what that would buy me.
     
  12. Rich

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    I don't recall anyone else posting about your particular problem. I never use the VOD channels, tho. I just do a search and download from the search results.

    Rich
     
  13. Tom M

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    After some more experimenting it seems to be limited to HBO VOD and it behaves the same on both my HR20 and HR21, It's not limited to a single series on HBO as it did the same on both Boardwalk Empire and Curb your Enthusiasm. It did work OK on a different VOD channel.

    I also noted that both the receivers are now on 736 so maybe that's the problem.
     
  14. Tom M

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    I DL'd the latest CE release to see if the problem still presists and it does. I tried to record an episode of Boardwalk Empire and it recorded/deleted/recorded it 5 times before I removed it from the list. I'm at a total loss as to what's going on here. What's really weird is that it did record one episode successfully the other day, so it seems like it's a bit hit or miss - mostly miss.
     

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