pvr

Pressing the 'pvr' button displays the 'Recordings' screen which consists mainly of two columns. On the left are the 'Search' and 'PVR Event Viewer' access buttons, followed by a list of programmes and timers, and on the right, a list of completed and future recordings associated with entries in the left-hand column. To move quickly through the listings press P▲ and P▼.

Search

The on-screen 'Search' button provides a search on programme titles in the current EPG, and the creation of wishlists based on keywords. Use the central arrow keys to highlight the button and then press 'ok' for access.

To search for a particular programme, enter its title in the highlighted area next to 'Title'. Not all of the title is required but the entry must start at the beginning of the programme's name: a search for 'Top Gear', for example, must begin with 'Top'. Starting the search with 'Gear' will fail. Programme titles starting with words such as 'The' and 'A' are an exception and the search should discard them: a search for 'The One Show', for example should start with 'One'. Numbers and punctuation are accessed by pressing the 'info' key on the remote control or by moving to the 'Shift' button on the on-screen keyboard and pressing 'ok' until it is displayed.

As the search is built up a list of possible matches on the right of the screen is gradually reduced. Once it is sufficiently narrow, use the central down arrow key to highlight the 'ok' button and press 'ok' before moving across and pressing 'ok' on the required title.

Once the programme has been selected, options to record single episodes or whole series are presented, as well as the option to find upcoming broadcasts with the same name. After pressing 'ok' on 'Record Episode' or 'Record Series', the default recording settings are displayed with the opportunity to change them for that particular timer. Press 'ok' on an entry to display all of the available options and then 'ok' to choose one, or use the left and right arrow keys to move up and down the list with the alternatives hidden.

To set up a permanent search, or 'wishlist', highlight 'Select...' to the right of 'Keywords' and press 'ok'. Use the on-screen keyboard to enter the word on which to search. Once it has been found in the list on the right use the right arrow key to move across and select it by pressing 'ok'. If that is the only word on which to search, move down and press 'ok' on 'Create Wishlist'. Further words may be added to the search by pressing 'ok' on the word(s) already entered and then going through the selection process once again. Words which are already present in the EPG are shown in lower case, those not present are shown in UPPER case.

Press 'back' to exit quickly from this screen without setting a wishlist or search.

PVR Event Viewer

The PVR Event Viewer is a collection of reports spread over four screens: 'All Events', 'Recordings', 'Deletions' and 'Unexpected Events'. Press the 'info' button to cycle through them.

'All Events' lists all future recording events in chronological order with potential failures due to issues such as conflicts indicated by appropriate icons and text.

'Recordings' lists all currently available recorded programmes along with those set to be recorded in the future.

'Deletions' lists recordings which have been placed in 'trash' or permanently deleted, along with timers which have been cancelled.

'Unexpected Events' provides information on why programmes might not have been, or may not be, recorded.

Programmes and recordings listings

The first entry below the 'Search' and 'PVR Event Viewer buttons is 'All Recordings'. Navigating to 'All Recordings' opens a complete listing of all recorded programmes on the right-hand side of the screen. Pressing 'ok' on an entry reveals a number of options: 'Play', 'Record Series', 'View Upcoming', 'Save Until' and 'Put in Trash'.

Below 'All Recordings' is a listing of timers and recordings which is organised into two alphabetically ordered lists, the top one consisting of timers with programmes already recorded, the bottom one consisting of timers which have yet to record a programme. Pressing 'info' merges the two separate sections into a single continuous list of recordings and timers in alphabetic order. Pressing 'info' a third time displays an alphabetically ordered list of programmes to watch. Any timers without recorded programmes associated with them are not displayed. Whichever view is displayed will be automatically selected the next time 'pvr' is pressed.

Single timers yet to be activated are listed with a single green tick next to them, those with active series timers are listed with two green ticks. The remaining entries represent timers which have failed to find any further matches.

Highlighting and then pressing 'ok' on an entry in this list which has a recording, but no further timers set, opens a menu with options to 'Play', 'Record Series', 'View Upcoming', 'Save Until' or 'Place In Trash'. If the entry has two or more recordings associated with it the 'Play' option is replaced with 'Play First Available'. This has the advantage of avoiding the need to search through a long list of recordings which may have a significant number which have been placed in 'Trash'.

Pressing 'ok' on an entry which has an active series timer displays a menu with access to 'Series Options', 'Cancel Recording', 'View Upcoming' and 'Delete'. Care should be exercised when choosing to 'Delete' as it will not only delete the timer but also any existing recordings and any scheduled recordings. Active single timers share a similar menu but the 'Series Options' entry is replaced by 'Record Series'.

Highlighting an entry in the timers list displays all of its associated recordings and timers with icons indicating their status if it is anything other than what might be expected. Moving across to the right and pressing 'ok' on a recording gives access to a menu with options to 'Play', Record Series', 'View Upcoming', 'Save Until' or 'Put In Trash'. When highlighting a timer in this list, the menu holds entries for 'Episode Options', 'Series Options', 'Cancel Episode', 'Cancel Series' and 'View Upcoming'.

Manual timers are treated in a similar way to timers which have been set using the EPG and are recognised by the format of the name they are assigned:
channel number - channel name - day(s) of the week - time, eg '2 BBC TWO - Thursdays 10:30 PM'.