I try to avoid putting all network programming onto a single DVR because there is usually only one showing of network shows. So, unexpected conflicts end up being resolved by one show never getting recorded.
Like others, I solve this by only
recording CBS and NBC on one HR24, and only recording FOX and ABC on another HR24.
Two big advantages to this approach, IMHO, if you have enough DVRs to do this with:
- I can schedule network shows remotely with complete confidence I won't have a conflict.
- I get the maximum pre- and post-padding on each recording, because the DVR scheduler "overlaps" padding for consecutive recordings on the same channel.
Of course, this is only possible thanks to MRV, since it really doesn't matter in which room a recording actually lives. Before that, I had to keep a spreadsheet as well, along with anticipate in which room I might want to watch a show.
A third HR24 is used to record PBS and all the cable shows. PBS gets highest priority, and the cable shows are set lower. I rarely see a conflict on that box, if ever, because the first-run cable shows normally air more than once.
I also have an HR34 to record dupes of most of my important shows. I've got an AM21 attached to it, so I record OTA dupes of CBS and NBC shows on it. The HR24 that records FOX and ABC has an AM21 as well, so those shows get recorded OTA on that box, with SAT back-ups on the HR34.
Edited by Steve, 04 October 2012 - 05:34 AM.