PVR Protocols Deficient

Using digital Programmable Video Recorders (PVR) in Australia can be frustrating. We used to have G codes embedded in the tramsmission that uniquely identified exact program start & stop times. Nowadays however they rely on broadcast Electronic Program Guides (EPG) times that change dynamically from day to day as programs slip right when extra ads are squeezed in. Result is badges on programs you have scheduled for recording disappear – times no longer correlate. You then record them twice using up both tuners or miss the end of a program as that time shifted. Surely the Freeview stakeholders could develop a better & more functional protocol than this?

I should add that my PVR is an older Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Recorder
(Model DMR-BW850) and it is possible that newer models or other brands are clever enough to deal with changing EPG times in a more elegant way. It would certainly be possible for the PVR logic to use the program title as a discriminant and to check the EPG nearer to the due time and adjust the expected start and end times automatically if they had slipped. It would also be possible to better handle sequential programs on the one channel without engaging the secondary tuner or needing a lead in minute to initiate recording on a following program. Can readers suggest any that do already?


About adelaidepete

Now live in Adelaide South Australia and have always worked in Systems & Software Engineering. I am enjoying commenting on, suggesting and discussing innovative solutions to problems and useful risk mitigation strategies and recently interested in the realm of public policy re urban planning & disasters - the focus of this blog. I am interested in technology, gadgetry, enhancing productivity & functionality, urban planning, military thinking and public policy. I enjoyed periods I spent in USA (Reston, Virginia Beach & Dallas) & Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy & Greece) but genuinely love Australia, most people, animals, singing, dancing & life.
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