So... I had a problem with the recording of the Spurs game on ESPN-HD last night. Wife & kids went up to watch a recording of What Not to Wear while the game was ongoing, and this show's playback had frequent stutters and gaps in it, seemed strange and glitchy. Then at right about the start of the 3rd quarter I went to watch the in-progress recording of the game from the start. The game started at 8:30, recording started at 8:29. Game previous on ESPN-HD was Texas vs. someone basketball which started at 6:30. When I went to start the playback, it showed the little time bar at the bottom and it showed that it was playing and the time never changed from 0:00. Screen was black. FFW at 4x it acted like it was fast-forwarding but still said 0:00. If I hit the skip forward or skip back buttons, I was prompted to either delete or keep the recording as if I had wound up at the end. Also when it did this, it showed the current time as 8:30 when I started the recording (and it was more like 9:45 pm), and then when I hit skip back it suddenly thought it was 6:30 and the name of the program I was trying to watch changed from Spurs at Utah Jazz to Texas whatever (description of the 6:30 longhorn game). Once I started attempting to play the recording, I could not tune to live TV on ESPN, it would tune it but give me the same black screen like something was wrong with the channel. If I hit "off" and then "On" on the remote (not really power cycling but standby-cycling), then it would come back on and play the game live on ESPN. I wound up watching the game live (only the 2nd half). There was nothing wrong with the channel or the game feed. During commercials I tried again a few times to watch the recording, with the exact same results. Once I started trying to watch it everything didn't work and I had to off-on in order to be able to watch ESPN again. So .. what's this? More importantly, what can I do to prevent this in the future? I normally cannot be there to bird dog the beginning of a recording and make sure it is going to work. I have had two or three of these blank recordings in the past few months, and this is the first time I have been there to confirm that the channel was actually functioning fine and the program was on as scheduled.