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This has been an ongoing issue for more than a year and multiple people have mentioned it on this forum. When I record a sporting event such as a football game like today that runs from 9am to noon, it records the program from 4 to as much as 6 hours by default.
This causes multiple conflicts with future recordings as it exceeds the total number of simultaneous recordings my DVR can handle. This results in skipping scheduled recordings.
There is no way of reducing the amount of time a recording is set to by default. I'm sure some software developer thought this was a great idea in case the game ran long but its caused more problems than it solved.
NBC would disagree with you.
Can you set a manual recording for just the time the game is scheduled?
I'm setting the recording manually before the game starts. If I choose the defaults it picks random amounts of times to end the game. If the game is scheduled from 9am to noon on the guide, the recording will end anywhere between noon and 2pm (3-5 hours).
I'm watching the Michigan recording now that I set to end "30 minutes" late instead of "on time" and it shows that the recording will last 5 hours.