I’ve written previously about losing shows I’ve recorded when my DVR hit its storage capacity limit and had to delete whatever was oldest. As if that weren’t painful enough, it seems that the DVR has taken things a step further this time by mysteriously canceling one of my series recordings altogether. I’ve apparently missed an entire season of ‘In Treatment’ and didn’t even realize it until now.
Over the summer, I lost a whole season of ‘Damages’ to DVR overload. More recently, I had to purge a lot of unwatched episodes of ‘Rubicon‘. Although I really like both shows, I found myself falling behind in watching them. I let the episodes pile up, in the hopes of one day burning through them in marathon sessions. Unfortunately, that never happened. The flood of new shows pushed me past the DVR storage limit. Once I noticed that old episodes of each were missing, I had no choice but to delete the rest. Both of these shows are tightly-plotted serial narratives. I couldn’t miss a few episodes and still keep up with the plots.
At least I had the chance to resign myself to that fate in both of those examples, however. In recent weeks, I’d actually been feeling pretty good about my DVR situation. I’d managed to plow through a good chunk of my backlog, and was safely down into the 30% range on my storage meter. That should give me plenty of leeway to record upcoming episodes without fear of losing anything old.
But then I happened to randomly catch an ad for the Season 3 finale of ‘In Treatment’. “How can it be the season finale?”, I thought. “The season never started!”
I love this series, but hadn’t been paying attention to when the third season aired. There isn’t currently anything else on HBO that I’m watching, so I don’t often pass by the channel or see any ads for shows on it. Also, I’m pretty certain that I’d last programmed ‘In Treatment’ for a series recording, and just assumed that my DVR would pick it up whenever the new season started. I guess that was wishful thinking. The DVR never recorded a single episode, and I can’t find it in the list of series recordings anymore.
I’ve just checked, and Comcast still has the whole season available On Demand, so I suppose I can watch it that way. The problem is that this show is a big commitment, and I don’t know when I’ll have time to watch 28 episodes before Comcast drops it.
This makes me sad and a little upset. I think perhaps my DVR and I need some form of couples counseling to ensure that nothing like this happens again. If I miss any episodes of ‘Big Love’ due to shenanigans like this, that will just be unforgivable.