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Another newbie question. I noticed some of the games on the program guide show up in 6 hour blocks even though most games (MLS) are only two hours. Since D*'s HD DVR does not allow you to set exact recording times (I think), how can you avoid recording all six hours when you only need the first two? Time Warner would have these long blocks with Direct Kick & Center Ice also, but it was no big deal since I could tell their DVR exactly what time I wanted the recording to stop and end. With D*, their DVR gives you the option to extend the recording but not stop it early. This issue is not really a problem with Direct Kick since games are not shown in HD, but if D* does the same with HD Center Ice games I could see where their DVR could fill up quickly. Other than this potential problem, so far I'm glad I have D* and gave Time Warner the boot.
 

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jyafink said:
Another newbie question. I noticed some of the games on the program guide show up in 6 hour blocks even though most games (MLS) are only two hours. Since D*'s HD DVR does not allow you to set exact recording times (I think), how can you avoid recording all six hours when you only need the first two? Time Warner would have these long blocks with Direct Kick & Center Ice also, but it was no big deal since I could tell their DVR exactly what time I wanted the recording to stop and end. With D*, their DVR gives you the option to extend the recording but not stop it early. This issue is not really a problem with Direct Kick since games are not shown in HD, but if D* does the same with HD Center Ice games I could see where their DVR could fill up quickly. Other than this potential problem, so far I'm glad I have D* and gave Time Warner the boot.
If the default recording time is way too long and you're not around to stop it just do a manual recording. Menu/Manage Recordings/Manual Rec.
 

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jyafink said:
Another newbie question. I noticed some of the games on the program guide show up in 6 hour blocks even though most games (MLS) are only two hours. Since D*'s HD DVR does not allow you to set exact recording times (I think), how can you avoid recording all six hours when you only need the first two? Time Warner would have these long blocks with Direct Kick & Center Ice also, but it was no big deal since I could tell their DVR exactly what time I wanted the recording to stop and end. With D*, their DVR gives you the option to extend the recording but not stop it early. This issue is not really a problem with Direct Kick since games are not shown in HD, but if D* does the same with HD Center Ice games I could see where their DVR could fill up quickly. Other than this potential problem, so far I'm glad I have D* and gave Time Warner the boot.
Besides manual record the recorder also pretty much stops once the feed is shut off so it does not take up additional space on the hard drive, so unless there are two other programs you want to record late at night it is not an issue. You do frequently get a few extra small files if it detects a signal after it has shut off. Also, you can do what I do which is during the hockey season I have a dedicated Center Ice (or as they would say in Canada, Centre Ice) DVR.
 

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I set my DVR to record off the actual RSN instead of the Center Ice channels since these have a more accurate time gauge. NHL games are scheduled for 2.5 hours but sometimes go a little over so I set my DVR for the game and then add a half hour to the end time. Not sure of the regulations with MLS though if they open up the RSNs or not and of course this wouldn't work with games that the package may show that aren't on an RSN.
 

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I also record off the RSN's instead of the 700/400 block channels. And then I usually add the post game show also just to be safe in case it goes long.

I used to rely on the DVR to stop the recording when the signal was done, but it was not always reliable that the signal would stop (giving me 3-4 hours of the RSN's broadcast) or that the DVR would stop recording (giving me 3-4 hours of the DirecTV logo). When setting the 6 hour recording it would also cancel priority recordings in hours 5 and 6 and they wouldn't return when nothing was being recording on the package channel.
 

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Thank you! The manual recording feature was exactly what I was looking for when I said I wanted to set my own recording stop and ending times, but D*'s owner's manual says absolutely nothing about that so I didn't know it existed.
 
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