DVR Cutting Off Your Favorite BBC Show?

We feel your pain, as do many who watch British programming throughout the country – not just in Southern Oregon!

“Despair”, from Raw Emotions series, 2012, Zoja Trofimiuk, superimposed over static TV screen
“Despair”, from Raw Emotions series, 2012, Zoja Trofimiuk, superimposed over static TV screen

In short:

We recommend that anytime your are recording a British show, you should also record the show after it — to catch the end of the show you are recording.

In long:

Unfortunately, many of the British shows come to us with odd lengths, and run slightly beyond the hour or half hour.

To complicate matters, even though we tell the listing services – who put our listing information into your DVR record devices – the exact times of the show, they often round-down because they – or their software – only think in even half hour or hour increments.

Further complicating this, the listing services now out-source their labor to India, where understanding the needs of PBS scheduling has not been translating very well.

This problem has been a huge topic of discussion among PBS program directors in our chat rooms, without much of solution yet.

So for now … record the show following the show you are recording and you should be fine.

Sorry we don’t have a better solution.

And thanks for your continued support.

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