When recording TV shows in Windows Media Center, you'll run into a recording conflict whenever you have more scheduled recordings than available TV tuners on your computer for any given time. For example, if you only have one TV tuner, but two shows scheduled to record at the same time, Media Center will notify you of the recording conflict and you can choose which show you want to record.
If Media Center detects a recording conflict, it will notify you as soon as you schedule the recording. You can resolve the conflict then and there. To learn how to schedule recordings, see Record TV in Windows Media Center.
If you're not using your computer when a recording conflict is about to occur, Media Center will try to resolve the conflict on its own. If possible, Media Center will locate an alternate date and time for one of the shows, and then adjust the recording schedule to record both shows. Otherwise, it will select which show to record based on the following priority (in order):
A one-time recording (not part of a series)
Series priority ranking
The show that was scheduled first
Here are some things you can do to avoid recording conflicts or deal with them when they do occur. For more information, see Why didn't my TV show record in Windows Media Center?
On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to TV, and then click Recorded TV.
(To resolve the conflict, click the show in the list, click Resolve conflict, and then follow the instructions under "To resolve recording conflicts" below.)
If there's a recording conflict between two episodes from different series recording requests, Media Center will use the series priority settings to decide which show to record. You can change the series priority settings to help ensure that your favorite series gets recorded if there's a conflict.
On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to TV, click Recorded TV, click View scheduled, click Series, and then click Change Priorities.
When you schedule a new series, it's automatically added to the bottom of the list with the lowest priority.
When you schedule a recording and Media Center detects a recording conflict, you'll be presented with the Recording conflict screen, which displays all the programs scheduled for a specific timeslot. Only programs with a red dot next to them will record.
On the Recording conflict screen, do one of the following:
To change which program or programs will record, click a program that doesn't have a red dot next to it. This program will now record, and the other programs in the list will adjust accordingly.
If you're recording a sporting event or another kind of live broadcast in Media Center, consider extending the end time of the recording in case the show doesn't end at its scheduled time.
On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to TV, click Recorded TV, and then click View scheduled.
Click the scheduled recording you want to extend, click Actions (above the title), and then click Record Settings.
If you extend a recording past its scheduled end time, it's a good idea to check for recording conflicts to make sure it won't conflict with other scheduled recordings during the extended period. If you only have one TV tuner, and a show is scheduled to record directly after an extended recording, you'll need to cancel one of the recordings.
If you have frequent recording conflicts, consider adding an additional TV tuner to your computer so you can record two TV programs on different channels at the same time. For more information, see Set up a TV signal in Windows Media Center.