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Plex DVR keeps recording episodes I already have

acosmichippo54acosmichippo54 Posts: 14Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
edited April 30 in Windows

Hello all,

I'm trying to finally figure out a DVR issue I've been experiencing a while now, both on PMS for Windows and PMS for Synology NASes. Basically, Plex DVR ofen (maybe always, I'm not sure) records episodes that I already have in my Library. I have 8 shows scheduled to be recorded, but the show this seems to happen the most frequently on is Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Maybe it's because it just happens to be the show that airs the most frequently.

Anyway, take today for example. s03e02 was just recording, but I already have it in my library:

This causes a few issuus:

1) afterward the processor is pegged from comskip and transcoding.

2) Sometimes/often (not sure of the percentage) the old version of the episode isn't deleted, leading to many duplicates which I have to manually clean up.

3) could potentially lead to unnecessary recording conflicts. I don't think it has been a problem so far though.

I've gone through my DVR settings and tried to restrict recordings as much as possible.

  • record: all episodes (unable to change)
  • airings: new and repeat airings (I want to record re-runs, just not if I already have them recorded)
  • Resolution: HD only
  • Replace lower resolution items: off
  • Allow partial airings: off
  • Limit to channel: any
  • Limit to airing time: any
  • remove commercials: on
  • Keep: all episodes
  • delete episodes after watching: never

Is one of these settings causing this to happen? As far as I can tell they shouldn't, but maybe I'm misunderstanding what they do.

Thanks for any help!


  • HighWingHighWing Posts: 7Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I'm having a similar issue with That 70's Show. All the episodes in my library have come exclusively from Plex DVR. Recently I noticed that most of the series has been recorded, but it's still recording episodes that are already in my library.
    This is rather annoying as it now causes conflicts with other shows that I want to record, but I don't want to remove the schedule as there are still some episodes I don't have yet.
    This seems more like a missing setting. ie there should be a check somewhere to tell it to not record an episode if it already exists.

  • chrischaves83chrischaves83 Posts: 2Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    edited April 10

    I am seeing something similar where I setup recordings of TV shows that are reruns but I only want 3 of and to no longer record any more until i've watched some of the 3. What it does instead is just continue to record upcoming episodes so you have the latest 3.

    I would love to see the options where I could

    -Set a max number of episodes to record then stop.
    -Know that if I already have it don't record it. (and note it's already present in library)

  • the_zodthe_zod Posts: 6Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I am having the same issue where repeat episodes record even though I already have them recorded. It will put the word "copy" in the episode name. I am using Ubuntu Linux for my Plex server.

  • acosmichippo54acosmichippo54 Posts: 14Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    yep, exactly. I keep having to manually delete the duplicates.

  • DreamHomeTheaterDreamHomeTheater Posts: 16Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I have the same issue. I use to log to my server every few weeks to run a shell command to delete any files that have (copy in the name. It is not complicated to do but it is annoying and these duplicated episodes schedule to be recorded create potential conflict with other recordings. And there is no way to forcing recording priority to the lowest.

    Plex needs to address this or to add an option to skip episodes the are already in the library.

  • acosmichippo54acosmichippo54 Posts: 14Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    And there is no way to forcing recording priority to the lowest.

    Actually you can do that by dragging the recordings in order of priority on the Recording Schedule page. It's the column on the right.

  • DreamHomeTheaterDreamHomeTheater Posts: 16Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I know but new recording goes at the bottom of the list. So, every time I add a new recording, I would have to go on the list to move it above series that could potentially record duplicate episode at the same time of that new recording.

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