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Re: some shows are not recording in hd they were broadcast in hd

The problem shows are searies that were recorded via the guide probably 1+ years ago.

Expert

Re: some shows are not recording in hd they were broadcast in hd


scottjboyer wrote:

Early this week we started watching a recorded show, recorded the previous day, and the resolution was terrible and without zoom it was letterboxed and not HD. Found an on-demand version that was HD to watch.

 

Las night we watching a currently recording show and the same thing happened - not HD. I switched to live, it was HD and I was able to go to the begining of the live 'version' and watch it in HD. 

 

The X1 DVR was unplugged between the two occurances also the DVR has been replaced recently with an 'upgraded' unit.

 

Hoping someone can provide a solution.


this problem has shown up in the Chicago/Indiana area. The best practice is always to set series recordings from the guide not from a search. When setting a series recording by the guide you have an extra source (example WABCHD only)  to select. The fix is to find wirte down the next episode's channel (HD), date & time. then delete the current series recording. Xfinity > Scheduled > down > up > right(Series priority) > OK. press down until the line is selected that you wish to remove then hit the D button and select Cancel Recording.  Then press the guide button and select the HD channel you wrote down and navigate to the next episode (fast forward button advances a day at a time). when you highlight the next episode press the record button and set to record that channel only (example WABCHD). 


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some shows are not recording in hd they were broadcast in hd

Early this week we started watching a recorded show, recorded the previous day, and the resolution was terrible and without zoom it was letterboxed and not HD. Found an on-demand version that was HD to watch.

 

Las night we watching a currently recording show and the same thing happened - not HD. I switched to live, it was HD and I was able to go to the begining of the live 'version' and watch it in HD. 

 

The X1 DVR was unplugged between the two occurances also the DVR has been replaced recently with an 'upgraded' unit.

 

Hoping someone can provide a solution.

Silver Problem Solver

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD


Mastersjn wrote:
Same for me, in. Chicago, all of or series recordings on ABC, CBS and Fox (not NBC, or other cable channels) switched from HD channel to SD channel for these three stations (for example, WBBMD, station 188, switched to WBBM, station 2. I had to delete and add back from the HD listing (I didn't trust the HD preferred option that is with the SD station record option). This is painful as I need to find all of the series

I found out some time ago that HD preferred was NOT the best way to schedule recordings.  It took me some time before I was able to get ALL my scheduled recordings changed to the actuall HD channels.


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New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Restart and reboot Didn't fix my problem (ABC, NBC and Fox all switched to SD channel for series)

Comcast, what is the deal? I was surprised to see HD preferred as an option on SD channel, (WBBM vs WBBMD for example). Do I trust the HD preferred to work? Or is it better to get back to the HD channel (my preferences were always new episodes, WBBMD only when the switch happened)
New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Same for me, in. Chicago, all of or series recordings on ABC, CBS and Fox (not NBC, or other cable channels) switched from HD channel to SD channel for these three stations (for example, WBBMD, station 188, switched to WBBM, station 2. I had to delete and add back from the HD listing (I didn't trust the HD preferred option that is with the SD station record option). This is painful as I need to find all of the series
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Re: DVR update for schedule recordings reduces functionality

I believe so.  Somehow, it was more confusing than I expected but now okay.  Thanks for checking.

Expert

Re: DVR update for schedule recordings reduces functionality


hmcdonell wrote:

Folks -

I have experienced the same issue and, at the end of a frustrating call with technical support, was told that I need a home visit because we have a "marginal" signal.  That was before I had read this thread but I told them that I was very skeptical that marginal signal would manifest only manifest in this odd issue.  I realize that stuff happens on these complex systems but feel that Comcast doesn't do a reasonable job of communicating with their valued (?) customers. 


were you able to fix your own series recordings entries?


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Re: DVR update for schedule recordings reduces functionality


lostxp wrote:

Rustyben wrote:

lostxp wrote:

Not sure the best way to give feedback to comcast.

The pushed an update out to the DVRs and have caused a problem with the recordings.

 

When setting up a recording series you now have an option of channel, HD perferred, SD perferred.

the channel used to be an exact channel now it is the channel(HD or SD)

 

So for example Criminal Minds before the update I could record channel 189 (HD)

After the update I record WBBM

This causes the low def version to be recorded.  To fix the issue I can switch it to HD perferred however this causes a different problem.  I want only new shows on channel 189 (HD) however ionHD will air criminal minds and mark it as new.  This causes a ton of recordings to occur that I do not want since I only want the new on channel 189.

This also happens with a variety of other shows.

 

Please either revert the functionality back or change the support to add exact channel in additon to the other settings


note the next time on the schedule for the program in HD (date, channel, time). delete the series and find it on the guide, press record button and you will have the option to record on that channel (the HD one). you will not see that option if you search for a title of a series.


That is what I did.  It used to say record on channel 187 (the HD channel) now it says record on WBBM.


If/when Comcast changes channel numbers the call letter of the station won't change so changes won't cause recording errors in the future. 


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Re: DVR update for schedule recordings reduces functionality

Folks -

I have experienced the same issue and, at the end of a frustrating call with technical support, was told that I need a home visit because we have a "marginal" signal.  That was before I had read this thread but I told them that I was very skeptical that marginal signal would manifest only manifest in this odd issue.  I realize that stuff happens on these complex systems but feel that Comcast doesn't do a reasonable job of communicating with their valued (?) customers. 

Frequent Visitor

Re: DVR update for schedule recordings reduces functionality


lostxp wrote:

Rustyben wrote:

lostxp wrote:

Not sure the best way to give feedback to comcast.

The pushed an update out to the DVRs and have caused a problem with the recordings.

 

When setting up a recording series you now have an option of channel, HD perferred, SD perferred.

the channel used to be an exact channel now it is the channel(HD or SD)

 

So for example Criminal Minds before the update I could record channel 189 (HD)

After the update I record WBBM

This causes the low def version to be recorded.  To fix the issue I can switch it to HD perferred however this causes a different problem.  I want only new shows on channel 189 (HD) however ionHD will air criminal minds and mark it as new.  This causes a ton of recordings to occur that I do not want since I only want the new on channel 189.

This also happens with a variety of other shows.

 

Please either revert the functionality back or change the support to add exact channel in additon to the other settings


note the next time on the schedule for the program in HD (date, channel, time). delete the series and find it on the guide, press record button and you will have the option to record on that channel (the HD one). you will not see that option if you search for a title of a series.


That is what I did.  It used to say record on channel 187 (the HD channel) now it says record on WBBM.


slight correction it said WBBMD.  Also someone suggested that maybe the HD fieed was haing an issue.  This occured on both CBS and ABC in the Chicago area.  Also I turn the HD feed on live and both were fine.  The examples I have occured on 12/6/17.  The recording itself states that is was on 7 ABC7 (ie SD).

Frequent Visitor

Re: DVR update for schedule recordings reduces functionality


Rustyben wrote:

lostxp wrote:

Not sure the best way to give feedback to comcast.

The pushed an update out to the DVRs and have caused a problem with the recordings.

 

When setting up a recording series you now have an option of channel, HD perferred, SD perferred.

the channel used to be an exact channel now it is the channel(HD or SD)

 

So for example Criminal Minds before the update I could record channel 189 (HD)

After the update I record WBBM

This causes the low def version to be recorded.  To fix the issue I can switch it to HD perferred however this causes a different problem.  I want only new shows on channel 189 (HD) however ionHD will air criminal minds and mark it as new.  This causes a ton of recordings to occur that I do not want since I only want the new on channel 189.

This also happens with a variety of other shows.

 

Please either revert the functionality back or change the support to add exact channel in additon to the other settings


note the next time on the schedule for the program in HD (date, channel, time). delete the series and find it on the guide, press record button and you will have the option to record on that channel (the HD one). you will not see that option if you search for a title of a series.


That is what I did.  It used to say record on channel 187 (the HD channel) now it says record on WBBM.

Expert

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Series recordings made from the guide have the added benefit of a 'call-letters only' for channels where call-letters are like WGN etc. You can't get that choice after using a search for a program. to fix the current issue where the link between SD and HD channels has been temporarily(?) lost just delete the series recording after writing down the next episode's HD channel number, date and time. Once deleted use the guide to go to that next episode's listing and hit the record button. That will fix the problem.


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If you'd like information about the Expert program, you can find it here(updated).
New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Northwest Chicago Suburbs.  Same exact thing started happening last week.  There should be a fix.  yes we can manually change to HD preferred but why would the HD channels automatically default to that setting? 

 

 

New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

The same thing is happening to us in the Northwest Chicago Suburbs.  I just tried talking to tech support on the phone and they have no idea what is going on.  How do we fix this.  Clearly there is a problem.  Thank you.

Expert

Re: hd recordings are being switched to sd?


ComcastAmir wrote:

 

Hello rdlouhy, there are some settings that you can manage that will set the DVR to record the HD version only. Once you have your show selected click "record all episodes" then scroll down to "channels" and select "HD preferred". 


hi, @ComcastAmir they have that set (from search they added the recording). In the northeast the 'link' between SD vs HD on some channels has been lost or broken in that the scheduler doesn't see the HD version of the Call Letter linear channel and records the SD version of the channel. The work-around is to note the next episode's channel, date, and time and delete the old not-working series recording and add the series recording back again from the guide (which adds the choice to record on that channel only and if chosen to record from the HD linear channel will be in HD automatically.). Could you ask about the broken 'link' in the scheduler between the SD and HD versions of the same call-letter linear channels? This problem is only so far in the north-east in Indiana and the Chicago area If I recall correctly.


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If you'd like information about the Expert program, you can find it here(updated).
Official Employee

Re: hd recordings are being switched to sd?

 

Hello rdlouhy, there are some settings that you can manage that will set the DVR to record the HD version only. Once you have your show selected click "record all episodes" then scroll down to "channels" and select "HD preferred". 

Expert

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD


kenwiesner wrote:

Exact same problems as everyone else. Local networks reverted to SD when they used to record in HD. Cable networks (MSNBC, USA, TNT) are fine and still record in HD. If a Comcast rep wants to contact me to troubleshoot further I'm home on bed rest after surgery and available.


were you able to follow the 'fix' above (delete recording after noting next episode channel, date and time) and using the guide to navigate to the next episode and press the record button, select series and have the menu choice to record on that channel only (will be in HD if you are on HD version of the channel on the guide)?


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If you'd like information about the Expert program, you can find it here(updated).
New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Exact same problems as everyone else. Local networks reverted to SD when they used to record in HD. Cable networks (MSNBC, USA, TNT) are fine and still record in HD. If a Comcast rep wants to contact me to troubleshoot further I'm home on bed rest after surgery and available.

Expert

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD


Lurchbird wrote:
Just went to play a CBS series recording made this evening and wondered why it was suddenly in SD. Bummed, but didn't think much about it. Went to play a CBS series recording from Sunday and it was also SD. Seriously Comcast, you should find out what happened and let us know. Yeah it stinks that we have to reset our recordings, but we'd like you to be a bit more transparent about what happened. Did you "drop" the HD channels accidentally for a minute and the DVRs automatically switched to SD? If so, can you drop the SD channels for a minute to reset everybody?

find the next time the series airs in HD and note the channel, date and time. delete the current series recording and then use the guide to locate the next episode. Hit the record button and select series recording, and use the channel choice for that channel only. The problem seems to be with those recordings that were originally set via a search and not by using the guide.


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If you'd like information about the Expert program, you can find it here(updated).
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Re: DVR update for schedule recordings reduces functionality


lostxp wrote:

Not sure the best way to give feedback to comcast.

The pushed an update out to the DVRs and have caused a problem with the recordings.

 

When setting up a recording series you now have an option of channel, HD perferred, SD perferred.

the channel used to be an exact channel now it is the channel(HD or SD)

 

So for example Criminal Minds before the update I could record channel 189 (HD)

After the update I record WBBM

This causes the low def version to be recorded.  To fix the issue I can switch it to HD perferred however this causes a different problem.  I want only new shows on channel 189 (HD) however ionHD will air criminal minds and mark it as new.  This causes a ton of recordings to occur that I do not want since I only want the new on channel 189.

This also happens with a variety of other shows.

 

Please either revert the functionality back or change the support to add exact channel in additon to the other settings


note the next time on the schedule for the program in HD (date, channel, time). delete the series and find it on the guide, press record button and you will have the option to record on that channel (the HD one). you will not see that option if you search for a title of a series.


I am not a Comcast employee; I am just a customer, volunteering my time to help other customers here in the Forums.

If you'd like information about the Expert program, you can find it here(updated).
New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Just went to play a CBS series recording made this evening and wondered why it was suddenly in SD. Bummed, but didn't think much about it. Went to play a CBS series recording from Sunday and it was also SD. Seriously Comcast, you should find out what happened and let us know. Yeah it stinks that we have to reset our recordings, but we'd like you to be a bit more transparent about what happened. Did you "drop" the HD channels accidentally for a minute and the DVRs automatically switched to SD? If so, can you drop the SD channels for a minute to reset everybody?
Frequent Visitor

DVR update for schedule recordings reduces functionality

Not sure the best way to give feedback to comcast.

The pushed an update out to the DVRs and have caused a problem with the recordings.

 

When setting up a recording series you now have an option of channel, HD perferred, SD perferred.

the channel used to be an exact channel now it is the channel(HD or SD)

 

So for example Criminal Minds before the update I could record channel 189 (HD)

After the update I record WBBM

This causes the low def version to be recorded.  To fix the issue I can switch it to HD perferred however this causes a different problem.  I want only new shows on channel 189 (HD) however ionHD will air criminal minds and mark it as new.  This causes a ton of recordings to occur that I do not want since I only want the new on channel 189.

This also happens with a variety of other shows.

 

Please either revert the functionality back or change the support to add exact channel in additon to the other settings

 

Expert

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD


Farmerjohn wrote:

 So here we go again with yet another SD/HD snafu. Just for the heck of it I went into the guide to see if my recordings

still showed HD, they didn't, they showed nothing! No recordings set at all! It was as if I never set them! No red dots no 

anything! I reset tonight's recordings (two shows) and will wait to see if anything records (in whatever format).

Somebody messed up big time, I hope they didn't get paid for this job. This is pathetic.


best practice for making a series recording is to use the guide find next episode and set recording from the channel you wish to record (like HD of ABC). setting a recording via a search for a series won't give you the option of recording the particular ABC HD channel. The HD preferred depends on the guide provider (not Comcast) setting the channel call-letters with cross-reference for SD-HD relationship. Just note next 'SD' recording data-time and then remove the series and set via the guide.


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If you'd like information about the Expert program, you can find it here(updated).
Contributor

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

 So here we go again with yet another SD/HD snafu. Just for the heck of it I went into the guide to see if my recordings

still showed HD, they didn't, they showed nothing! No recordings set at all! It was as if I never set them! No red dots no 

anything! I reset tonight's recordings (two shows) and will wait to see if anything records (in whatever format).

Somebody messed up big time, I hope they didn't get paid for this job. This is pathetic.

Contributor

hd recordings are being switched to sd?

I have all my scheduled recordings in hd but they are all switching to sd. For example I have an ABC show scheduled on channel 187 but when I check future recordings the show is showing recording on channel 7.

New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

restart does not work.  the only fix i found was to delete the recording, then find the next episode on the guide and set the recording for HD.   I found issues on CBS, ABC and FOX not NBC not sure why)   Since this is a comcast problem maybe they should figure out why it happened, so it does not happen again.  I am in North Burbs of Chicago

Frequent Visitor

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Same problem in Chicago on X1 here. 

Tried a restart and a system refresh. Individual recording for Fresh off the Boat tonight for example. The recording tonight was in SD and said the season pass as as well. If I look at my list of series priority, however, it’s still listed as HD. Has happened w a few other shows for the past few days. As far as I can tell, they’re all network tv stations. 

Expert

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

when the channel numbers are assigned (3rd party maybe?) the call letters are the same for SD and HD except for additional D or HD at end of the call letters. for Example CNN and CNN and CNNHD. pick one channel that is having that issue and see if the call letters still fall into that format. Easy fix of course is to find the show's next episode in the current guide and select record series. then remove the old series recording. Be sure to set the recording to 'that channel only' from the guide, not a search for a program name. 


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If you'd like information about the Expert program, you can find it here(updated).
New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

After at least six calls with Comcast (and multiple refresh signals) - I am still having this issue.  Recordings on CBS and ABC are still impacted (defaulted to SD).  I was told by "Jason" today at what was purportedly was the highest level of support that there was nothing Comcast could do - I would have to manually reset all of my series recordings.  This is not an acceptable solution given it was triggered by something Comcast did.  I live in Northwest Indiana.

New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Same issue for me. In Chicago. Really annoying
New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Same issue here, Buffalo Grove, IL. The actual scheduled recordings switched to SD channels instead of 1XX. At least Fox and CBS had to be manually switched back
Administrator

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Did the HD preference change to SD, or was it still showing HD? If that is the case I would recomend everyone having this issue to check their recording preferences. I am trying to get more details of what might have caused this. But need more examples of the issue, it also does seem to be isolated to the Chicago area. There is a chance that there was an interruption of the HD feeds that caused the recordings to default to their SD bands. However, I am going to have to look into this a bit more to get to the bottom of it. 

New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

I just power cycled my DVR box and all secondary boxes and still has the network television shows set to record in SD when I had them all set as HD before.  The cable channels (HBO, Sho, Discover all kept their HD settings).  Only CBS, NBC, and ABC shows changed to SD.  Only way I could fix was go into each scheduled record and reset to HD preffered which is extremely annoying when I have more than 30 programs scheduled

New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

I too am in Chicago and noticed the same thing.  Appears to have happened in the last week

Administrator

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Hi all, are any of you still experiencing problems with this? If you are, try power cycling your box by unplugging it and reconnecting and please let me know if any future recordings are still having this issue. 

New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

I have the same issue! I’m in Highland Park. Comcast, is there a fix for this? I don’t think people really want to reset all of their recordings - such a waste of time especially with the high premium we’re all paying. Maybe it’s time to take this forum on social media people. Not acceptable that it is taking this long to fix something that should have never been broken to begin with.
Regular Contributor

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Happened to me too in the far NW suburbs of Chicago.  Apparently there was an outage with CBS, FOX, and maybe a few other channels that caused this.  I reset my recordings to use the 10xx channels. Hopefully it was a one time thing.

New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Same issue in Wheeling.  All CBS and ABC recordings.  I deleted them and reset for HD channel.

Contributor

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

A little update from  my post of yesterday, my recording of Animal Planet took place in the proper (HD) format. However the recording of Hawaii 5-0 CBS,

did not record at all ! I had reset the recording back to HD, and remember hitting the confirm button. So now what? Fix what you broke. 

New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Same issue here. Western suburbs.

Regular Visitor

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Same issue in Joliet, IL.
Official Employee

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Same thing has occurred with my X1 platform. (Chicago)

dburke11, Are you able to switch the recording preference to HD preferred?

New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Same thing has occurred with my X1 platform. (Chicago)
Official Employee

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Hi kjakubowsk/all, 

 

It seems to me that there are some issues affecting your area. I've checked 2 or 3 of  your signals. I'm seeing similar signal issues on your boxes. 

 

Please send me a private message with your full name and phone number on your account so I can take a look further and send some signals to test for a fix. 

 

KenF

 

Regular Contributor

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

I went back and canceled all my series recordings, as they were at least a week out with SD recordings.  It appears NBC was the only major network not affected.  I set up new series recordings and so far they show future HD recordings

Regular Visitor

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

This is happening in Plainfield il also

 

Contributor

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Same thing has happened to me. Two shows from last night (Thur) recorded in glorious SD. Both were network shows,

ABC and Fox. For tonight I have two shows on the list, CBS and Animal Planet. I checked and saw CBS (Hawaii 5-0) was

showing SD, so I changed it back to HD. The second show on Animal Planet, still showed HD. We will see what records

tonight. I am located in the western burbs of Chicago so a pattern has developed it would seem.

Regular Contributor

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Same issue here North Suburbs

New Poster

Re: Series recordings have switched from HD to SD

Same issue here, Southwest suburbs of Chicago