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Am I crazy?

orijun
03-11-2009, 12:27 PM
Ok so I have the DirectTv HR21 DVR and yesterday I was changing channels, and saw a movie I wanted to watch. the movie was already about 10 minutes in, so I figured let me just click record cause I had to go. So I assumed it would record from the point that I started it, because I wasn't on that channel when the movie started. When I got home later that night, I went to my list to watch the movie I recorded and it started from the beginning of the movie. WTF????? Is this nuts or am I nuts?

isszguy
03-11-2009, 01:08 PM
That's the way it works. However, I'm not sure it would work that way IF you tried the record button 10 minutes from the end of the film.

orijun
03-11-2009, 01:40 PM
I tried it again this morning and anything after 10 minutes it wont work.

glennb1
03-11-2009, 01:46 PM
The other tuner must have been on the channel you switched to.

isszguy
03-11-2009, 01:47 PM
The other tuner must have been on the channel you switched to.

Would you explain this further?

orijun
03-11-2009, 01:56 PM
Would you explain this further?

Yes please do, how would I do that?

definition05
03-12-2009, 08:00 AM
It is possible that the movie didn't start at the exact time the guide says it was supposed to. i have seen plenty of movies that are late starting because the previous movie ended at the end time and the channel advertises their stuff for 5-10 minutes between movies.

OlderNDirt
03-12-2009, 08:14 AM
Those are a couple very good and plausable possibilities. Another would be: I have seen a number of movies with fairly long lead in before beginning credits. If, just by chance, the recording started at the same time as beginning credits, would one really know there was the long lead in unless you had already seen the movie? Yeah, a stretch, but possible.

WestDC
03-12-2009, 09:12 AM
Both tuners have a "live Buffer" Tuner one couble set to 501 and tuner two could have set on 552 (channels #'s are examples).

That is the reason you can Pause a "live" Program and continue to watch.

tumbleweed
03-12-2009, 09:38 AM
If you are tuned to the channel you want to record you can push the "play" arrow and it will show you how much of the program is available to record, the green part. When you push record the green part will turn orange to show you how much of the program you are going to get. If you haven't changed channels it will show you clear back to the beginning for a 1 hour show, maybe further for a movie or longer program. So if it shows 59 min into a 1 hour program and you push record you will get the whole thing. The DVR records everything it's tuned to so when you push record you just tell it to keep what it has already recorded. Of course there are only two tuners so if you select a channel that one of them isn't already tuned to it can only go back to the time you selected the channel. Unfortunately with these DVRs there is no way to select which tuner you are using.

chirshey
03-12-2009, 10:10 AM
Both tuners have a "live Buffer" Tuner one couble set to 501 and tuner two could have set on 552 (channels #'s are examples).

That is the reason you can Pause a "live" Program and continue to watch.

If I'm watching channel 206, what channel is my other tuner tuned to? I think that is the question being asked.

isszguy
03-12-2009, 11:16 AM
If I'm watching channel 206, what channel is my other tuner tuned to? I think that is the question being asked.
Probably the last channel it was tuned to.

chirshey
03-12-2009, 11:46 AM
Probably the last channel it was tuned to.
How do I tell what that was? Is channel 1 or 2 tuned to the channel I am watching?
I guess I can assume that as I change channels, the tuners are being switched back and forth?
(example: going from channels 2 to 3 to 4 to 5 would use tuners 1 to 2 to 1 to 2.) is that the way it works?

isszguy
03-15-2009, 10:29 AM
Why does it matter if it's seamlesss?

mazryken
03-15-2009, 05:34 PM
Ok so I have the DirectTv HR21 DVR and yesterday I was changing channels, and saw a movie I wanted to watch. the movie was already about 10 minutes in, so I figured let me just click record cause I had to go. So I assumed it would record from the point that I started it, because I wasn't on that channel when the movie started. When I got home later that night, I went to my list to watch the movie I recorded and it started from the beginning of the movie. WTF????? Is this nuts or am I nuts?

HR21 has a 90-minute buffer that it can store paused TV. But, that only starts "recording" when you tune to that channel. However, whether you realize it or not, it's tuned to 2 channels all the time. That's why there's 2 sat-in ports. Did you maybe have a scheduled recording on that same channel for the show just ending? One of your tuners would've already been there.

mazryken
03-15-2009, 05:37 PM
How do I tell what that was? Is channel 1 or 2 tuned to the channel I am watching?
I guess I can assume that as I change channels, the tuners are being switched back and forth?
(example: going from channels 2 to 3 to 4 to 5 would use tuners 1 to 2 to 1 to 2.) is that the way it works?

Typically, tuner 1 is what you're watching "live" and tuner 2 is reserved for scheduled recordings. I assume the OP's model is designed this way too. It does save whatever's on the tuners for 90 minutes at a time, though, so if you happened to tune to whatever's there, it would just pull that information from the buffer; just like the RAM in a computer.

texasbrit
03-16-2009, 09:32 AM
Typically, tuner 1 is what you're watching "live" and tuner 2 is reserved for scheduled recordings. I assume the OP's model is designed this way too. It does save whatever's on the tuners for 90 minutes at a time, though, so if you happened to tune to whatever's there, it would just pull that information from the buffer; just like the RAM in a computer.
No, that is not how it works, the two tuners are treated identically. At any one time, one of the tuners will be filling the "live buffer', and this is the channel you will see when you switch on the TV. If you start recording another channel, that will use the second tuner. If you are recording two programs, then both tuners will be used. If the program being recorded on tuner 2 finishes, and you go to watch something live, you will be using tuner 2 for live and tuner 1 will continue the recording it is doing. So tuner 2 will now be filling the live buffer. When you watch something live, you do not know which tuner you are using since it will depend entirely on your previous pattern of live and recorded viewing.

wayneferrell47
03-16-2009, 11:54 PM
To answer the question: Yes. Now I will read the rest of the posts and the OP.

orijun
03-25-2009, 04:21 PM
To answer the question: Yes. Now I will read the rest of the posts and the OP.

Thanks :hithere:

PhilipHan
03-27-2009, 05:08 AM
Question:

Is there any way to hook up a slingbox to that second TV in? or liike... you know what I mean? hahaha


Could I essentially WATCH a recording in live while it is recording from the slingbox off of the DVR while the TV is watching a channel?