Sky+ missed endings

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  1. sonysideup

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    I'm about to plunge for sky+ but i've heard a couple of disturbing stories from friends and wondered if you could put my mind at ease.
    they tell me it uses the programme planner as a timer but they have found some of their recordings have cut off before the end of the programme. i know channel four run their programmes ahead of schedule and bbc seem to be behind sky's planner.
    does this affect sky+ or is it a myth. if it does, how do you combat it.
     
  2. Kenny Glasgow

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    Sonysideup

    Go into the settings menus and you can add minutes onto the start and the end of the programme to be recorded. I usually add 5 mins each side :smashin:
     
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    Kenny's suggestion is a good one.

    I've found ITV1 to be the worst channel for missed endings although, for once, it's not Sky's fault as the individual broadcasters are responsible for the EPG information so, if a program is running slightly late and they don't update the EPG information, you miss the end.

    John
     
  4. sonysideup

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    excellent news - having convinced the wife we need sky+ i couldn't face her moaning if she missed the ending of eastenders!!!
     
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    Think yourself lucky.My girlfriend comes home from work at 1030pm some nights and i get made to watch Eastenders and Corrie till midnight :thumbsdow
     
  6. Kenny Glasgow

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    Yes ITV are the worst usually with the programme starts

    FMC

    Do what I do, leave the room :rotfl:
     
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    I get made to watch it because im knackered and we have a tv in our bedroom thats linked to the sky box :smashin: :thumbsdow
     
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    That's technology for you :eek: Monday night is the worst for soaps :suicide:
     
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    Well my g/f saves up episodes of Home and Away and Family Affairs (surely the least watched soap ever?) then plays them back one after the other. What's the betting that if it ever misses or somehow screws up a recording it will be one of MY shows and not a soap too. Grrrr :thumbsdow
     
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    I make the missus watch Corrie and Eastenders till midnight :D
    I now add 5 minutes before, and 10 minutes to the end of recordings thanks to ITV
     
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    Sky+ is hacking me off.

    The Champions League Final was not important enough for somebody at ITV to notice that it was heading for penalties and adjust EPG. My Sky+ box ditched the recording on schedule around 10pm.

    It just happened again to coverage of Federer vs Nadal in the French Open Tennis on Eurosport. I could think of better designs that are fully automated and need no interaction. Sky have plenty of bandwidth on the signals, why not send a unique program ID with the pictures. Sky+ box can work things out for itself then.

    For all the money Sky have, and the otherwise great technology involved here, this is not great.

    I expect Sky invest a lot more into their encryption algorithms than into a functional product.
     
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    SKY do not have the legal right to interfere with another broadcasters EPG data.

    I can not imagine any system that is fully automated, you would have to have some input from the host broadcaster and since they don't seem to care enough to make use of the SKY+ EPG/n&n updating which allows real time padding what makes you think they would do anything else especially since it could not be a total solution thanks to multipule broadcasters/multipule distributions methods and proprietery hardware in the viewers homes.

    When dealing with live sport on any channel you are better off using the manual timer, a god send:)
     
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    Too true. I was fortunate enough to be at the match but a couple of days later decided to settle down to relive it all. Damn thing went off after 20-odd minutes of extra time!
    Luckily I had Sky's coverage recorded too but I wanted to compare the reaction from both commentary teams. Ah well
     
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    As Starburst said, Sky have no control over the EGP, you can't blame them or their product if ITV don't update their EPG details.

    John
     
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    I think it's a wise move to set up a manual recording with live footie matches, and add a generous amount for the possibility of extra time.
     
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    Totally agree.
    I will be using the manual timer for the Champ Car on Eurosport today and the DTM on Motors tomorrow, it is the only way to be sure of getting the live event recorded as Eurosport especially has untrained monkies doing it's EPG:)
     

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