DirecTV DVR does not record ENTIRE Doctor Who episode

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by mhking, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Good luck getting the ending ... it IS worth watching. :D

    Now I just have to binge watch the last two years to see how the story developed. I watched the shows as they aired each week, but a week then the off season makes it easy to forget what happened last episode.
  2. khark

    khark Mentor

    Jan 23, 2005

    Same thing on my HR44.
  3. terryfoster

    terryfoster Godfather

    Nov 14, 2006
    I think there are a couple of different issues being described here.
    1. Recording shows 1:25 recorded, but playback stops prior to the end of the recording time
    2. Recording shows something less than 1:25 recorded and playback stops at the end of the recording time

    It sounds like those with HR34s are experiencing issue 1 while those with HR44s are experiencing issue 2.

    NOW, when I had my HR34 replaced, while that DVR didn't show that I had any signal issues, my new HR44 did (it basically halted the setup process for the box). My dish was peaked, but the tech replaced a barrel connector and that made the HR44 happy. So, there could be a bug in the HR34 that doesn't accurately report when signal was poor/lost, but that's only one of the many possible issues that could cause this.

    Do those that experience this problem on the HR34 also get buggy recordings (the picture is a garbled mess) occasionally?

    I'm with you HR34 people, I had this problem. I can only recommend that you push for a truck roll with a CSR and pray the tech has a HR44 available. If not, then cancel the visit (if they'll tell you before they arrive). I've had my 44 since September and haven't once had playback stop before the end of the "recorded time."
  4. augisdad

    augisdad AllStar

    Sep 29, 2011
    KC area
    Sounds like what happens to me quite frequently on FX shows that are longer that 1:05 (Fargo and American Horror Story) - see

    Padding doesn't work. I've found that the 2nd showing usually records ok, so I've gotten into the habit of cancelling the 1st and setting up the 2nd. It's a pain, but seems to be a solution (unless its not being shown again). I've not had any buggy programs record that were a garbled mess, but I did have just an 11:00 minute episode of Fargo record Monday night. It was the 2nd episode showing and did not pick it up again like it usually does if it thought there was an issue with the recording. Luckily my HR-20 picked it up and recorded it just fine. Amazing how my nearly 10-yr old HR-20 machine sometimes outperforms my HR-34.
  5. xyzzy42

    xyzzy42 AllStar

    Jan 26, 2007
    HR44 here. Issue 1.

    <edit 3pm>
    Hell Bent just showed up on 1264 (BBCA on demand) for me. "Recording" it now to watch later.
  6. terryfoster

    terryfoster Godfather

    Nov 14, 2006
    That's good data. Too bad it only further confuses the issue. So, now we have both 34s and 44s reporting issue 1 (which I believe is the actual issue at hand).
  7. khark

    khark Mentor

    Jan 23, 2005
  8. the2130

    the2130 Active Member

    Dec 17, 2014
    Same here on the season finale of "Fargo". It cut off the last few minutes even though the recording was padded with extra time. It gave me the keep/delete prompt even though it wasn't at the end of the recording. I scheduled another showing of that episode and added a half-hour to the recording time. I was able to watch what I missed the first time.
  9. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    No, there's only one widespread issue, issue 1. Only on Genies, mainly on FX.

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