I as well can attest that Soft Padding is not an option on "my" pvr. I have one of the original pvrs, installed on the first day it was available here two years plus ago, (with all software updates) and it does not buffer anything. This is one of my gripes I have with all pvrs (including Videotron's).
When taping two continuous shows, it in fact "cuts" 10 seconds between each shows. It starts recording programs at the exact time programmed (not before) and always records (XY minutes minus 10 seconds) for any time length programmed. I checked last night's recording between Walking Dead and Talking Dead (1339), recorded as two distinct shows from the grid, and it cut off the last 10 seconds of Walking Dead.
Also, the Guide is generally right, but now, many shows end 1 minute after the 00, and sometimes (not very often, but enough to make me pay attention) the Bell pvr Guide time info omits the last minute when compared to the Zap2It tv listings and I have to compensate manually if I am not recording back to back shows. And the network "DO" take advantage of that last minute and if you don't notice you usually lose the most important part of the "show". [added after edit: Walking Dead was one of these shows that ended a 10h01 but Bell stopped a 00 (minus 10 seconds) and I did not notice, so if I had not taped the following show, I would have lost the last minute of Walking Dead. It was just the "what you will see next week", but still.... I did see the ending since I recorded Talking Dead]
On my Windows computers, Media Center can be set to add some padded minutes before and after, as you state, but not on my Bell pvr.
Last edited by Golems; 2013-02-18 at 12:17 PM.
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