The PTAT content rolls off after 8 days. I believe each show recorded within that 3 hour block has it's own folder not 1 folder for each block. Thanks.
Really, PTAT? Sigh.
Anyway, if I understand what you're saying, there are 8 total blocks. Each block represents one of the 8 PTA days that are stored. On the 9th day, the oldest of the 8 blocks is deleted, replaced either after or before the 9th day block is stored. Or if you would, the 8th day 'falls off' the backside and is replaced with the 9th day.
Further, if you have all of the broadcasts of your locals in HD, then each block would contain all the Prime Time hours of the four major networks. Working in the background, the block is then pre-cut so that all of the shows contained in Prime Time end up getting stored on their own for viewing later.
As "phrelin" correctly points out, the EPG is often inadequate in determining the correct ending of many shows. Heck, the EPG can't even determine the second airing correctly.
Wouldn't this, "fast-food" pre-cut method (DISH), instead of the precision butcher cut method (ME), ultimately result in some shows getting their endings chopped off? Or, does PTA do the "fast-food" pre-cutting method based on the padding?
If the pre-cutting is based on the padding, then I suppose I could set the end padding to, lets say 15 minutes. If this is the case, then this slop-cut method would give the best chance of having the end of the show survive PTA.
ABC is the worst network for this, frequently ending 9:00 shows at 9:01 or 9:02. But they aren't the only one that does this.
I consider ABC to be one of the worst. When the show 'Lost' was still on the air, some episodes would end 2 to 9 minutes late because ABC decided to stuff commercials. This wasn't reflected in the guide. If it's popular on ABC, expect it to run over, and run over a lot.