I currently subscribe to Rogers Cable (Canada) Standard (NTSC, not HD) Digital Cable service and rent their PVR for a $20 (+tax) monthly fee (PVR was free first 2 years with the trade in of my Bell ExpressView Satelite receiver).
I have been researching my options as far as 3rd party PVRs go, as I am not happy
paying $240 (+tax) a year for Rogers' PVR (Scientific Atlanta). The unit is not at all worth the cost, the HardDrive only holds about 50 hours of programming, there is no external DVD recorder, there is no commercial skip feature, no Zoom feature, the channel/programming guide and Search feature absolutely suck, the unit is slow and is prone to crashes.
After researching what is available to me in Canada I was about to make the leap and purchase a Pionner PVR (either the DVR-550H-K or DVR-650H-K), when I realised that all of the product specs only mention the inclusion of an analog tuner capable of recording only the analog portion of my cable signal
My dilemna is that I want to be able to record my Digital channels as well and be able to program/control those channels from the PVR. Rogers from what I've read does not support Cable cards for 3rd Party Digital Tuners
From my research I believe my only option is to continue using a Rogers Standard NTSC Digital Cable box to tune the channels and then ouput the signal via the S-Video output to a 3rd party PVR for recording.
For unattended recording I believe I only have 2 options, I can either:
- Synch the programming timer on both the Digital Cable Box and the PVR.....this is not a desirable option.
- Purchase a PVR with an IR Blaster to control the Digital Cable Box.....this is the more desirable option.
The Pioneer PVR specs do not list IR Blasting as an option, so my questions (finally) are
- Which PVR models are available for purchase within Canada (or US) wich include IR Blasters ??
- Other than IR Blasting, do I have any other options that I'm not aware of for the unattended recording of Digital Channels ??