I posted a while back complaining about the lousy/generic episode descriptions that just describe who the host is (like telling you who Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman or Jon Stewart are, or what EastEnders is and how many years it's been on, instead of describing what you really want to know - who the guests are on a particular show, or a brief description of the episode title &/or what happens in the episode). I said that Rogers should replace the third party company they switched to about a year ago for guide information as they aren't doing the job they're paid to do. Well guess what - it appears we can blame at least some of this on RTN software and Cisco programmers too.
Last night I just happened to go into the Guide while the 9865 was recording Late Night With Seth Meyers (Ch.11 HDNBC).
My recording on the 9865 has no NEW marking for a new episode (it was new) and the description says:
"The former "Saturday Night Live" star hosts a late-night talker featuring guests and music performances. Meyers succeeded Jimmy Fallon in NBC's post-"Tonight Show" slot in February 2014. (Talk Shows)"
HOWEVER - the Guide description, while the program was recording (I took a photo to make sure I wasn't imagining this) was marked as NEW and said:
"Nathan Lane; Kristen Schaal. Also Borns performs. (2015)."
So I checked the Guide for the rest of this week, and guests are listed for each episode. As I can't yet see Tuesday next week at 12:37a I looked at The Tonight Show for next Monday at 11:34p (another program episode that recorded last night with a generic episode description) and sure enough there's the another generic description telling me who Jimmy Fallon is.
(Interesting that the 3:37a recording of the same show on Ch.581 HCTVV DID have the correct description of the guests).
So it appears in the Guide they list a generic description at first if they don't have episode details, and then later (during one of the daily 2am guide updates) update this with the guest list or episode description, and add the New indicator if appropriate.
BUT the 9865 seems to capture the episode description for Series Recording at the time it first schedules it (several days in advance), and does not later (or does not always) update it with the newer description at the time it records the program.
I've only really noticed these generic descriptions on recordings in the last few months, around the time version 5.1.1.0104 was released.
Whether or not this has anything to do with extending the recording or not (I have this series marked to Stop 5 minutes after) I'm not yet sure, but it is interesting that the 3:37a west coast recording on Ch.581, which is NOT marked to extend by 5 minutes, DID have the correct episode description and was marked as NEW).
So, apparently, another example of lousy coding &/or no thought given to how this box should work.
This isn't to say the guide information provider is totally off the hook. Top Gear episodes on BBC Canada used to tell you what happens, now mostly it just says "Cars are reviewed and road tested. (Other)" - even for episodes scheduled to start in the next few hours. How useful.