Yesterday, I posted about how DVR overload caused me to lose an entire season of a show I planned to eventually watch. Last night, I was threatened with the same situation. As I started the evening, my DVR was already at 88% capacity, and I had seven new shows scheduled to record. Tried as I might, I could not watch and delete old recordings fast enough to keep up. When my DVR literally hit 99% as two new shows had just begun simultaneously recording, I had to make a fast decision. The oldest program on my DVR, the first scheduled to auto-delete when the drive hit 100%, was ‘Justified’. I like that show and wasn’t prepared to lose it. So I made a sacrifice. Goodbye, ‘Happy Town’.
This isn’t a big loss to me. As I previously mentioned, I didn’t think much of the show’s premiere. I was still willing to give it another episode or two to see if it improved. But when push comes to shove, shows I don’t like have to make room for shows I do. I deleted this week’s episode of ‘Happy Town’ and canceled the series recording. I will not be watching or recapping the show going forward. Is anyone disappointed by this? Frankly, I fully expect the series to be canceled before its mystery can ever be resolved anyway.
The irony in all this: It was in fact ‘Justified’ that was causing my DVR capacity issues in the first place. Of the three episodes I had backlogged, something went wrong with the recording of the second. Instead of recording for just the hour that the show was on, my DVR glitched and continued to record afterwards… for five additional hours. So that one episode was taking up the space of six. My wife and I watched and deleted two episodes (including the problem one), as well as a few sit-coms, and now my DVR is safely down into the mid-60% range. That should give me enough of a buffer to burn through some more programs this weekend, before next week’s shows start building up again.