Comcast Corporation Informative - DVR consistently cuts off the end of programs
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- I just wanted to post a quick review about my Comcast DVR. Overall I think the device is great. It is easy to program and has the disk space to record my shows for weeks before I need to start deleting and cleaning things off it.
My main gripe is regarding a bug in the recording/programming software. It consistently stops recording a few minutes before the end of the shows. Everyone knows the last few minutes of a show usually has some nail-biting information revealed that leads you into the next week's episode (like Lost for instance). Well my wife and I have now taken to trying to time when we start watching the shows so we can watch the end of the show live when the DVR would normally cut it off. This allows us to fast-forward through the commercials, and then catch the end of the show instead of missing out.
Same thing happens for any sporting events we record. If they go over their scheduled time by a few minutes (for an over-time for instance!), it stops recording!
It is one of those annoyances that I think people should know about before making the choice between a Tivo or a Comcast DVR. Tivo's apparently have the ability to be set to record X minutes over the scheduled time, allowing you to avoid this problem. Quite smart if you ask me. I'm wishing we went with a Tivo now.
UPDATE: Thanks to all your advice I figured out that my Comcast DVR DOES indeed have on option to customize the start and stop time beyond the scheduled program time. So I was able to pad my recordings by 5 min! Thanks everyone!