Registered: Apr 2004
I have this start/stop problem with TCM (I record a lot of old movies), HBO and Showtime, but not with FMC. TCM always has a 1:45min movie as 2 hours on their network because they show intros/outtros (about 2-4 minutes average) and filler shorts between movies (some of which are quite good BTW) after the presentation. So I start and stop by adding 3 min to front and 3-4 min to the actual ending of the movie so I save about 15-18 mins.
With FMC, if the movie is 1:45 then my record time shows 1:45. There is no reason TCM, HBO, Showtime, etc., couldn't also do that. They actually do it on purpose so you record their promos for future showings, which can come in hand but takes up valuable space for a DVR40. No wonder larger drives are so popular!
So my "trick" is to look up the actual timing of the movie on imdb.com, estimate start/stop with my TiVo and it works most of the time. But as vatothe0 pointed out, times overlap somewhat due to network timing delays for whatever reason.
It's a bummer to end up with 2 hours of time taken for a 1:38 min old movie on TCM. Twenty-two minutes is 22-minutes, it takes up space. Also,
as has been dwelled upon many times on this forum, the TiVo doesn't allow you to see just how much time is left on the harddrive to record, so I just could, manually, what I've recorded to get somewhere in the ballpark.
A time/space remaining software config shouldn't be that much of of problem. I can see how much space is on my computer but not on my TiVo.
A waste and should be a priority for TiVo to allow it's customers to see how much time is available so valuable programs are not lost due to eyeball guessing on our part. We pay for it. It should be available. IMHO.
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