Recording in the HDHomeRun app

App: How to record programs

If you have an HDHomeRun DVR subscription, you can use the app to set and watch recordings.

Recordings can be set from:

  • LIVE tab/view's action bar or future entries in the slice guide
    1. Selecting a future entry on the slice guide will open the information screen for that program, where you will have recording options for that specific episode or movie.
    2. Selecting the recording button on the action bar will record the program currently playing live.

  • DISCOVER tab by selecting or searching for a program
    • Selecting a show form the DISCOVER tab will show you all episodes for that show. You can set up a series recording or choose specific episodes to record.

Program information:

After selecting a program from the DISCOVER tab or from an upcoming “slice” on the live TV screen, you will be presented with the program information. You can select a single “one-shot” entry to record, or set up a series recording.

Adding padding:

In this example, a series recording has been selected, and this options window will pop open.

The first option is for the recording “padding”. This sets a “safe” zone of extra time to record the program at the start and end of a program. The default padding is to add an extra 30 seconds at the start and end of a program. This can be especially useful for sporting events that may run long, or a channel is off in its timing and you want to prevent the end or start from being cut off.

Padding can also be changed for a series in the program information area, as you will see two new padding options show up in the window after a recording has been set for that show or series.

If you have a lot of back-to-back recordings that are on different channels, but only have a limited number of tuners, the extra padding can prevent the tuner from switching to the correct channel. The DVR software thinks that all tuners are “busy”, even though it's just 30 seconds late. If you know you have a lot of shows on around the same time, you may want to set their padding to 0 to prevent this.

Recording option - All episodes:

When doing a series recording “All episodes” will record both old and new episode of a show. The HDHomeRun DVR service will keep track of what recordings you have already made and prevent the same episode from being recorded twice. This is a good option if you want to collect all episodes of a show and want to build up a media library.

The episode options can also be changed later in the program information area.

If you need to re-record a specific episode, you will be given that option when you delete an episode from the HDHomeRun app's RECORDED tab.

Recording option - Current season:

When doing a series recording “Current season” will record only episodes that are new or are less than 90 days from originally airing. The HDHomeRun DVR service will keep track of what recordings you have already made and prevent the same episode from being recorded twice.

The episode options can also be changed later in the program information area.

Why not record just “new” episodes?
Since many users may have a limited number of HDHomeRun tuners, and can only record 2 or 4 channels at the same time, they might not be able to record an episode when it originally airs. Many shows will re-air a new episode shortly after it originally airs, often on the same day, but late at night. This option will allow the HDHomeRun DVR to still pick up the yet-to-be-viewed episode, despite it technically not being the very first airing.

Recording has been set - Series recording:

When you've set a new series recording, you will see a recording symbol next to each entry. From this screen you can also cancel the series recording by selecting “Delete task”.

You will also see the program information area change to include the all/current episode options, and padding options.

Single “one-shot” recordings:

If you just want to record a specific episode, you can press select/return on a specific episode/program row, which will trigger the recording symbol. The record padding on the series list will be used. To cancel a series recording, select that episode/program row again.

Recording status marks:

The following marks will appear on upcoming programming details and tasks:

  • Red dot - will record
  • Gray dot - second showing of something scheduled to record
  • Green tick - already recorded
  • Gray tick - recorded and deleted (don't re-record)

EDITOR NOTE (only people who can edit the wiki will see this message):
The recording status marks are documented on multiple pages, please update all of them when making changes: app:tasks, app:discover, app:recording

  • Last modified: 2020/02/15 00:45