Last night for the life of me I could not get a new sat timer to set for 1 minute early and 3 minutes late. This was to replace a 1e/3l timer that didn't record as it should and cut off the end of the program – AGAIN. It said it was set in the timer, there was nothing to be recorded after, but when you go to the recording that is to be done it's 0 and 0 in the timeline and there was another tuner available. While all the other skipped airings were labeled with the 1e/3l. But ALWAYS not the one I want or created the timer around. The old timer recorded and it says that it did 1 early and 3 later, but if you put the program in pause it shows the actual accurate physical real time length of the program and it's 0:59 (sometimes 1:00 or 1:01), not 1:04. And I have used a stop watch and it's 0:59. But when I had it record an encore airing it was 1e/3l and those always record as they should and there is plenty of time left at the end even without extending the timer. And using a stop watch again the show starts the same time that the other did and if the other didn't cut off the end it would have only needed to play for 1:01. This one cut off the last 50 seconds, which in TV time is months and sometimes the whole story. Why don't timers just work like they should, and in the slots that one originally programs them for? AND NO it's not the network. All my neighbors that have Cable or DTV and do not have this problem. Only DISH people. And as I have stated and will show the timers are not functioning as set.
The Hell on Wheels Encore set to record on 102 is marked 349 or something on the recording, the duration times are all over the place. Ends are cut off or minutes of the following recording are on the end of the previous showing. One would think that since this was a special appointment airing, that episodes would start when slated to. No "network manipulation". DISH has software issues and when I have asked those that would know from DISH, they change the subject. The timer software and EPG are a joke. The EPG shows the original European air dates and episode numbers for rebroadcasted material, but not what the "networks" (SyFy) needs for this showing. That really messes up timers. But just for regular timers the attached Suits example is very common.
Every time DISH sends out a tech because "it's a hardware issue", the tech and I talk and laugh for a bit, him not being able to do anything and not having to go through the motions with me and then he goes on his way. I have had some really good conversations with techs. I seriously think that the only way that DISH can fix this would be to step on TiVo patents, of which by now DISH could have owned many times over. But then the EPG is Tribune Broadcasting. That's a whole other barrel of BS.
Edited by FarmerBob, 07 September 2013 - 12:59 PM.