When there is a free preview, I often browse the OnDemand titles for the preview channels and rent several titles. In the past, these were always available to view for the entire time listed in "Available to watch for xx days and xx hours." There seems to have been a change to this, as I recently rented a few titles during the recent Free Showtime weekend. Depite the fact that these titles are listed as "Available to watch for 22 days 21 hours", I get a popup window stating "Event Not Available 447 The event has expired."
I realize the free preview time has past but previously I was able to watch these shows/movies over the course of the next 20+ days (typically) after the preview had finished. If I record a program to the DVR that airs during the preview, it seems I can access it indefinitely, until I choose to delete it. Is this new time limit on rentals of previews a planned change, or something that has come about as an unplanned side effect through some other change?
I realize a work around for most programming would be to scroll through guide for preview period and find an airing for the show/movie. This would work for many of the movies but less for show episodes. But I found that it was much faster and easier to scroll through the On Demand menus to find movies/shows than to scroll through all channels over the days the preview was in effect. Also searching On Demand, allowed me to do this any time during the preview as opposed to scrolling the guide, which forces me to try to find time to do this near the beginning of the preview period.
I would love to see this limit of watching rentals solely during the preview period changed back to how it functioned in the past. It was much more convenient the way it used to be as it didn't force me to try to find an airing of the movie/show to record and I was still able to take advantage of the preview even if I was busy during the preview time. any rentals not airing during preview period could still be watched even if didnt have the time to watch it during the preview.
Please let me know if this will change back so I can plan accordingly during the next preview.
Thank you for your feedback, ryancwill! To clarify, previously you were able to view the On Demand items after the free preview weekend had expired?
To be honest I wasn't aware that it was possible to view those events past when the free preview expired, because it has to do with the channel's authorization and without the channel's authorization it shouldn't be viewable at all.