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A Daily Show / Countdown Directv Tivo Problem

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Dear Directv,

It's your old pal, LAist here. Your biggest fan.

We've had you for years, we even installed you into our friends' homes, and even on strangers' roofs. We get all the channels and most of the sports packages. We love you.

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There is one thing that has bothered us for quite a while though, and we were just reminded of it. What is your problem with The Daily Show and MSNBC's Countdown? We can't Season Pass those shows without getting all of its airings. All we want is First Run Only and yet on the right is what we see on our To Do List - every show will be recorded.

We noticed that this is the case for Countdown with Keith Olbermann too. If you try to Season Pass his shows, asking only for the First Run, you will get the reruns and everything. It's a disaster, Directv.

We know when the first run of those shows are on. Can we plug them in for you? Can we work part time for you and get free Directv? We'll do it. Don't think we won't.

If we've gotta go in there and weed out the not-First-Run episodes for ourselves, we might as well help out our neighbors. Right?

Your coverage of SXSW was totally amazing, by the way. Eight hours of live programming every day? Damn! Matt Pinfield is a god and to have Andrew WK in there asking questions to people like Lee "Scratch" Perry was brilliant. So thanks.

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And thanks for getting on this problem with two very popular programs!


ps Looks like we're not the only ones noticing this issue.