DVR recordings leave you hanging?

The last couple NBA finals games have left me hanging, due to an oversight in the Verizon FiOS DVR program recording. The problem exists when a program runs over schedule. While watching games 4 and 5 of the NBA finals, with 7 or 8 minutes left, the recording would end. I’d have to wait until the midnight re-broadcast (which ends around 2 AM) or put on ESPN to find out the outcome.

I realized the HD DVR was not actually recording the title of the program, but rather the time scheduled. I decided I wouldn’t be bamboozled for game 6. It was time to outsmart the DVR.

The NBA finals have all run over the scheduled 2 hours and 30 minutes, so how can you get the DVR to continue recording the entire game? Simply schedule a recording of the program following it. To be absolutely certain you get the entire broadcast, schedule a recording of the program after that.

So there I was, watching the recorded NBA final game last night, (what can I say, I work nights), when the program did just as I expected. With just over 7 minutes left, the recording cuts out. So I jump to the next scheduled recording which was Sports Zone, and it continued exactly where the game left off.

You might ask, why wait until the last game of the NBA season to solve this? Honesty, I never put two-and-two together. I remember a few recorded programs had cut out prematurely, but they weren’t worth crying about. Don’ t worry, there are plenty of baseball games that will run into extra innings, and the NFL season is headed our way. In the meantime, let’s hope Verizon gets word of the glitch.

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Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot writes about technology, broadcasting, and digital entertainment. You can also find him on Gameverse, Gadget Review, and Google+.

4 Replies to “DVR recordings leave you hanging?”

  1. Eric says:

    I cannot find the menu path to extend the FIOS recording so I’m stuck taping the next show as mentioned above.

  2. jasonb says:

    thanks for the info. Sometimes games run over 1/2hr or more, so I’ll check to see how much bumper you can adjust to. I wouldn’t want the setting across the board though, HD takes up so much space!

  3. Craig says:

    It is not the fault of any cable carrier and the DVR’s do have the ability to record more than the scheduled time without recording an entire program. Yes, sports run over, but there is no way for the cable carriers to know how long.
    If you check your settings (and this applies to most DVR’s) recording options allow for extending the beginning or ending of the scheduled recording. Cox had this, Verizon has this. You can apply these settings to any program in your scheduled recordings, or you can apply them as a standard option.
    Cox had recently changed their programming so that it would automatically inquire when recording a sports program if you wanted to extend the end time. It would be a nice change for FiOS, but until then I will use the tools they provide.
    I hope this helps.

  4. Ana Maria says:

    It’s amazing that the folks at Verizon haven’t figured this out yet – I have Charter and I think it does the same thing.

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