Stewart Vernon said:
There are still manual issues like during ACC basketball season my local CBS pre-empts shows like NCIS to show an ACC game and then will run the new episode of NCIS at 1:30am or so in the morning... no way PTAT could ever accommodate that so you have to watch for those yourself.
I have timers set for my favorite shows, regardless of if they are PTAT programs. When they air in prime time the recordings are brought forward into the my recordings folder where they are easier to find (the timers show as skipped). When the 8 days are passed (now configurable to as little as two) the programs are independently saved ... including the AutoHOP information for most programs.
If the local station decides to make up a program at 1:30am the timer exists. As long as the guide information is correct the timer works. (Where it fails is when programs are not airing within their guide data.)
With PTAT I'd love to see an automatic hour overrun added any night when programming may be pushed back by sports. Then use AutoHOP to mark the true start and end of the shows. If the overrun was configurable it would help.