Recording Concurrent Shows when the second show starts at :59

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Jesse, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. Jesse

    Jesse Guest

    Hi I have a Gateway Media Center PC. I've had it since this time last year. I've been quite happy with it overall. One problem I've been having is I like to record CSI on CBS and then ER on NBC. The problem is CSI goes from 8:00-9:00 here and ER goes from 8:59-10:00. So they overlap by a minute. It appears to not allow me to record ER because it conflicts with CSI. Is there a way to tell it to just record ER at 9:00 instead of 8:59 or tell CSI to stop a minute early. I know you can tell a show to record over the alloted time and start a little early but there's no way that I can see to tell it to start a minute late or end early

    Maybe I'm just missing something

    Thanks

    Jesse
     
    Jesse, Feb 16, 2004
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    I think that this is resolved in MCE 2004. Normally a show is recorded starting
    2 minutes before time & finishes 3 minutes after (or vice versa I'm not at my
    MCE machine now). If two shows are back to back then it just goes direct from
    one to the other although it does create a new file. This is fine with channels
    that have advertisements that provide a few minutes of buffer space. However in
    the UK the BBC is notorious for shows starting early or overrunning so sometimes
    if you record two from the BBC then you are left with the end of the first being
    the first minute or two of the second.

    Better upgrade to MCE 200.
     
    Nigel Barker, Feb 16, 2004
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  3. Jesse

    Nigel Barker Guest

    Or on second thoughts MCE2004:)
     
    Nigel Barker, Feb 16, 2004
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  4. Jesse

    Jesse Guest

    Thanks! I haven't been paying attention to this forum and just today I realized I could upgrade through gateway

    Thanks

    Jesse
     
    Jesse, Feb 16, 2004
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  5. Jesse

    Jason Tsang Guest

    Since the times actually conflict (CSI ending at 10:00 and ER starting at
    9:59 <times in EST>), the "start when possible" and stop when possible"
    settings don't kick in (well, as far as I've seen).

    Unfortunately, I haven't been able to try this again due to the Canadian
    simulcast rules that have the Canadian station take over the US broadcast
    whenever both stations are showing the same thing at the same time.

    To work around this, you can setup a manual record to record the station
    showing ER from 10:00 to 11:00 (or whatever your local times are). It's a
    bit of a kludge (you won't get stuff like specifying whether you record all
    episodes or only first run eps or whatever) but it'll record the tv show at
    the very least.
     
    Jason Tsang, Feb 17, 2004
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    Tom Guest

    Jason,

    We need to see support for multiple tuners like Snapstream has.
    They did win the CES Best Product award...


     
    Tom, Feb 17, 2004
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  7. Jesse

    Jason Tsang Guest

    You can file a request for this product at MS Wish

    How to Contact the Microsoft Wish Program
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=114491

    Microsoft offers several ways for you to send comments or suggestions about
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    Let us know how we can improve our products.

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    Jason Tsang, Feb 17, 2004
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  8. Jesse

    Jesse Guest

    "To work around this, you can setup a manual record to record the statio
    showing ER from 10:00 to 11:00 (or whatever your local times are). It's
    bit of a kludge (you won't get stuff like specifying whether you record al
    episodes or only first run eps or whatever) but it'll record the tv show a
    the very least.

    So how do I do a manual record? Is that a feature of MCE 2004? I don't see how to do it in the version I have. I just order 2004 yesterday and hope to be receiving it later next week.
     
    Jesse, Feb 17, 2004
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  9. Jesse

    Jason Tsang Guest

    All released versions of MCE could do this..

    For MCE2004 it is in My TV, Add Recording, Create a custom Recording with
    "Channel and time"


    --
    Jason Tsang - Microsoft MVP

    Find out about the MS MVP Program -
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/default.aspx

    see how to do it in the version I have. I just order 2004 yesterday and
    hope to be receiving it later next week.
     
    Jason Tsang, Feb 18, 2004
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  10. Jesse

    timmyDOTcom Guest

    Although Snapstreams comparision chart shows it supports "multiple devices" (when compared to MCE and Tivo), if you read the FAQs more closely, it states:

    2.6 Is Beyond TV compatible with multiple tuner cards?
    No. Beyond TV currently supports only one tuner card.

    SEEMS A BIT MIS LEADING TO ME. As for Tivo, it DOES support multiple tuners, but ONLY with the DirecTV models. So, that leaves the question... Does any PVR software OR hardware support multiple tuner cards?
     
    timmyDOTcom, Feb 18, 2004
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    If we ignore proprietary non-PC based PVRs like Sky+ then there are several.

    In the Windows world SageTV certainly has multiple tuner support http://sage.tv.
    One drawback for non-US/Canadian users is that the EPG isn't as good as that of
    MCE. There is also at least one freeware application WinTVCap which supports up
    to four PVR250/350s. Check out the WinTV forums at http://www.shspvr.com/forum/

    In the Linux world of course MythTV provides multiple tuner support.
     
    Nigel Barker, Feb 18, 2004
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