EPG probs with Sony RDR-HXD870

  Pine Man 12:20 10 Jan 09

I have had the above DVD recorder/tuner for about 18 months and it has worked perfectly until the last couple of weeks.

If I set it to record some programs it doesn't start to record them until nearly at the end of them. This only happens on ITV1 and so far only with Coronation Street and TV Burp (someone has to watch them!).

I know that the start and finish is determined by a signal and wonder if it is something to do with where I get my signal from, which in this case is Rowridge on the Isle of White. Anybody else had problems or can suggest a solution?

  oresome 14:18 10 Jan 09

As with all processor based products, the first thing to try is switching completely off and possibly restoring to default settings.

I think from memory you upgraded the firmware to overcome missing timer recordings.....if not, get the latest release.

  Pine Man 16:33 10 Jan 09

Ahhh the good old days of trying to convince Sony that there was a problem with the recorder!

I have got the latest firmware and I will try what you say and also retune all the channels. TV Burp is on tonight so I will see what happens.

The strange thing is that it has only happened with ITV so far and not all the time, which tends to suggest that it could be ITV - or not - who knows!

  Pine Man 16:44 10 Jan 09

I have also posted this problem on the AV Forum and one of the members has just pointed me to a thread started at Christmas about recordings starting late on ITV. This was when I had the first problem and by the look of the contributors to that thread so did many others with different makes of machine.

It looks as though the idiot that was (supposed to be) working on Christmas Day was also working the other night and lost the plot again!

I think I'll set the recorder for really important stuff, like Coronation Street, with a manual timing for a while.;-))

  oresome 17:03 10 Jan 09

As an aside, this is one of the few bits of kit that I find really useful and would replace without hesitation.

I was never disciplined enough to mark video tapes with their contents. Finding a recording now is a doddle. (And making a recording is simplicity itself)

Chase play is also highly useful for over lapping programmes, the phone ringing, or simply skipping the adverts.

  Pine Man 09:01 11 Jan 09

Couldn't agree more, I'd be lost without it.

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