Originally Posted by scottwaz
...I have Verizon FIOS with a QIP6200 Motorola HD converter and I have a Sony RDR-HX715 DVD/HDD Recorder with TV Guide built in.
Before this new scenario, I had comcast cable without a converter box. TV Guide listings worked. I could select anything in advance, and I could record one thing while watching something else.
The TV Guide data is received via the vertical blanking of analog signals. I believe the data comes from your local PBS station, with some data from each station. So if the Sony does not have an analog signal connected, it cannot acquire guide data. Keep in mind that after 2/17/2009 there will no longer be OTA analog signals anyway, so at best you'd only make this work for another 16 months.
With this new scenario, I am not getting TV Guide listings and I cannot watch one thing while recording another.
The guide problem is explained above. Obviously to be able to record one channel while watching another it would require you to have TWO (HD) receivers. I'd dedicate one to the Sony and one to your TV. Now I do expect that you're able to watch a previously recorded show while a recording is in progress.
I did get the IR blaster to control the STB. So I can change channels with the Sony DVR. I bought a splitter and connected one F connector to the STB and one to the DVR. Supposedly, this will allow the DVR to receive TV Guide listings. BUT, when I turn the DVR off (which is what is required in order for TV Guide listings to be initially deciphered), my STB starts cycling through ALL of my available FIOS channels. ??????
I'm not 100% certain, but it sounds like the Sony is searching for the TV guide data. It doesn't find it, but keeps on searching.
AND, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to record one channel while watching the other. The DVR records only what I am watching via the line out on the STB to the line in on the DVR. If I change channels, the DVR records those changes. This would make sense to me because why would the DVR see anything other than what I'm forcing out the back of the STB.
Your choices are: another TV source (cable, antenna) that the Sony can receive directly, or another STB as explained above.
So what is the secret??? I mean I feel like I have incredible technology just sitting there. What would make a dummy DVR see all of the channels that only a STB can convert separately so as to record a particular channel while I hop around with the STB.
The Sony unit is only 3 years old and is a great unit. Cost me about $750 at the time.
I paid $600 for mine from Amazon.com. Athough only 3 years old, some aspects of it are outdated. I still use mine daily, but will need a new solution in 16 months. I don't use the guide, but the data is there. Sony also had an HD version of that machine, and it is no longer available either. The killers are: ATSC (turning off of NTSC), deployment of fiber, newer STBs it cannot control and lack of HD. It's pluses are: no monthly fee, free guide (for now), 1.5x playback with sound, "auto chapter" (finds commercial group starts and ends) and lots more.
Please help me understand what my connections should be. How do you all watch/record two different channels with a third party DVR?
If I am watching something "live", it is a live broadcast such as football. Otherwise I limit what I am recording to "one current show" and only watch what is stored on the HDD.
If my only choices are TiVo or a DVR rental, I'll continue to use the Sony until it is dead. There just are no GOOD DVRs out there right now.