direct tv must have changed their software. I can no longer skip ahead more than 30 seconds to skip ads. Also there is a new addition on the screen when you press the skip ahead button once. It now says 30 seconds on the screen. I Find that if I hit the button 4 times to skip ahead two minutes it goes clear to the end of the recording.
This problem started when direct tv upgraded the system hardware to 0x8a6. Do a search and you will find others talking about this problem. Dont waste your time calling support. Look at my other posts and you will find one with a link to a different forum that is talking about this problem.