Comcast DVR Trick


My Comcast DVR learned a new trick: to skip back after fast forwarding. If you’re like me, when you watch TV on your DVR you fast forward through the commercials and overshoot the start of your TV show by 10-30 seconds. Well Comcast addressed that with a feature I thought was a bug. After fast forwarding through some commercials I hit Play and the DVR skipped back about 15 seconds. Placing me neatly at the start of my show. At first it was very disorienting. Now it’s a Godsend.

Comments (4)

  1. Rosyna says:

    The TiVo does this. In fact, I thought TiVo had a patent on this behaviour. Maybe I was mistaken.

  2. johnmont says:

    Dunno — I’ve never used a Tivo and pretty much actively ignore patents unless they pertain to the .NET Framework, WinFX, or Visual Studio. But it seems like logical behavior.

  3. rgregg says:

    I noticed that this weekend as well, and was quite surprised! It’s a welcome feature though as far as I’m concerned! Now if it would just learn 30 sec skip!

  4. johnmont says:

    I’m pretty sure the 30-second skip was nixed by the advertisers.