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Recording a Series

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by nvhusker, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. nvhusker

    nvhusker New Member

    Apr 12, 2010
    I am a little confused on recording a series. I am interested in recording the new season to Deadliest Catch on channel 278. Here is the problem. There is no way to only record the new episodes. So, I schedule the recording for this Tuesday and I just look on my List and I see 6 episodes from previous seasons. I called Directv and they told me the only option I have is to either delete the old episodes as they get recorded and only keep the new ones or just manually record each new episode individually. This is definitely a feature that they need to fix because this is ridiculous. I don't want to have to do either but I guess I am out of luck. Completely crazy that they do not have an option for this. Any suggestions? :mad:
  2. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Some shows don't correctly flag each episode as new, so unfortunately you have to either manually record them or what I do is go through the to do list every two weeks and delete the repeats that might be scheduled to record.

    Until all stations flag all shows correctly, there's nothing that can be done.
  3. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Did you set your series link to record only first runs or did you leave it at both? You can change the setting from the series manager.
  4. 69hokie

    69hokie Icon

    Sep 23, 2006
    Just as RobertE says, go to Menu-Manage Recordings-Record Defaults-set Episode Type to "First Run" and it will only record the first showing of an episode. The series will follow your Record Default setting. By the way...welcome to DBSTalk:welcome_s
  5. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    Changing the default setting only affects new series links set up after the change is made to the defaults. You still need to go in and manually change your existing series links, or delete them and set up new ones.
  6. Jaytee946

    Jaytee946 Mentor

    Jan 29, 2008
    Yes please do as the others say, but sometimes that won’t work.. I wanted to record Clark Howard on FXHD, but his show comes on 3-times each for Saturday and Sunday (all the same episodes). So instead of deleting 5 shows, I set up a Manual Record of just one show.

    1. Select Menu
    2. Manage Recordings
    3. Manual Record
    Under Record, select Recurring
    Channel: select the channel program is on
    When: select the next day that’s it’s on
    Start: select the time of day it’s on
    Duration: self explanatory
    Then arrow over to “Set Manual”
    Then click OK
    Your done…
  7. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    I notice that sometimes it takes a while for the receiver to go through and remove the repeates from the to do list when the series is set up. When I set up a series recently, there were tons of repeats in the to do list, but by the time they came on they had been removed and not recorded. Spartanstew is right, though. There are many occasions where the guide data is incorrect and repeats record.
  8. cartrivision

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007
    Just to be clear... the "First Run" option doesn't limit the recording to only the very first airing of the new episodes. It can catch and record a showing of any the new season episodes later that day or week if it didn't record the absolute first airing of any episode because of other higher priority recordings.

    All of this depends on all of the multiple showings of the new season episodes to be marked as first run in the guide data, which seems to be what they do, at least in most cases.
  9. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    Correct, which is why I wish there was an easy way to move series links to the bottom of the list (you can hit green to move them to the top but there isn't anything to move them to the bottom). I have series links for Sons Of Anarchy, and Rescue me that I like to keep at the bottom because FX tends to repeat them multiple times throughout the week. However when I add new series links I have to move them clear to the top, and then move other links back up to the top in order to get SOA and RM back to the bottom. I find that really annoying. I wish they would add an option like using the red button to move them to the bottom of the list. To delete the series link you could go into the description or use the -,- trick.
  10. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    Even at 40+ SL's, I can move things to the bottom of the list with about 4 buttons presses. While in series manager, move the cursor to the right where you can move the SL, then use the page down key to move a whole screen at a time.

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