A Philip K Dick moment …
I’ve been recording C4’s Electric Dreams series based on PKD’s short stories so I can watch at leisure and FF through the ads. I’m a bit behind so I’ve only got as far as the second episode, Impossible Planet, which I dialled up last night. Imagine my disappointment when I saw that the progress bar was only lit up for the first 4 minutes - obviously I’d somehow managed to cancel the recording shortly after it had started. Damn.
Anyway, I watched the first four minutes and sure enough at that point the sound and picture stopped. Or more exactly the picture became a blocky pixellated mess. But after a second or so’s stutter it reformed itself and the programme carried on !! When I got to the ad break I hit FF, hoping to see the progress bar pop up and get an idea of whether I had in fact got the whole show. Instead the programme went immediately back to the very start and the cycle repeated - 4mins of lit up progress bar, stutter, then breakthrough to the world beyond. Hitting any button on the remote after the transition took me back to the very start again. So I just watched the whole thing, ads and all, then went to bed.
I’ve never seen my Virgin Tivo box do this before. I think I’ll check my wallet for Joe Chip money.