Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Unscheduled Programming Changes in Media Center

On Wednesday, January 10, 2007, President Bush is scheduled to address the US public in order to highlight the US Plan for Iraq. With this broadcast scheduled to occur at 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (6:00 pm PST), there will be some programs that will start (and consequently end) later than their scheduled times.

For those of you that have scheduled recordings based on the Electronic Program Guide (EPG) in Media Center, it is likely that this presidential address will mean that some shows will start at a later time. This means that the scheduled end times for shows after 9:00 may not reflect the actual end time. If the address is 15 minutes long, then the show will likely end 15 minutes later.

How can you work around this to ensure that you do not miss any of your tv shows?

Individual Programs

For television shows that are set to record as individual programs (i.e. not part of a series), you can change the stop time of the program in its record settings. To access this, go to the specific program in question from the Scheduled Recordings screen within My TV. Next, click the "Record Settings" button for this program. From there, you will see an item called "Stop:" where you can set the end time of the recording. Set it forward to a sufficiently safe time. In my example below, I have set Deal or No Deal to stop recording 15 minutes past is regularly scheduled time.

Series Recordings

For television shows that are set to record as a series recording, you actually have to change the settings for the whole series. In order to do this, first, goto the specific program in question from the Scheduled Recordings screen within My TV. Next, click the "Record Settings" button for this program. Then, click on the "Settings for the entire series" button. From here, the instructions are similar to individual, where you go to the "Stop:" item, and adjust the end time. Here are some screen shots showing how I changed my series recording of Criminal Minds to record 15 minutes longer. You'll need to change this back to its regular setting after this day is out, otherwise, later recordings will also be similarly affected by the scheduled end time adjustment.

These screen shots are from Media Center 2005, but the instructions are the same for Vista's version of Media Center. Hopefully this is useful for those who will be affected by this unscheduled programming change.


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