Originally Posted by mjw1948
FAQ 34. My TV has an embedded electronic program guide. Will I be able to continue to use this guide after I install the Digital Adapter?
Yes. The Digital Adapter will pass through the guide data necessary for your TVs programming guide.
I interpret this to mean that my DVD recorders will continue to get the TV listings. Am I wrong?
Yes, they are wrong, as far as what you're needing. They most likely misunderstand you.
The only thing you could possibly "get" through the box that they may be referring to is their guide channel
with the TV Guide logo on it. But that won't give you the TVGOS signal (unless they are assuming you have a digital TV with the newer, digital version of TVGOS - OR
, maybe they're assuming the Pal or Artec CECB will convert it. Even if it did, you might not be able to get the info for all the cable channels).
The DTA only gives you digital channels, so there's no way for it to pass the analog guide data to your old analog TVGOS recorder. They can only send the analog data over an analog channel.
What you may be able to do, though, is rent a tuner which will allow you to hook it up to the recorder over s-video or composite (to a line input) by splitting the coax signal. Then, run the other lead into the RF input on the recorder, and if they're sending the analog data over a (most likely, local) analog channel, you will get the guide. The tuner might either be able to be controlled by an IR blaster, or it may have a timer or reminder feature built-in, so that it can change channels (so even if you don't
get guide data, at least you can set timers on the recorder manually).
Since both coax leads would have to go into the RF input on the recorder, you couldn't do the same thing with the DTA - unless you can find some kind of "RF-to-composite-or-s-video-adaptor" for the box's input into the recorder (a "reverse" RF modulator, maybe?). Then you can just split the signal first and add that. Only thing is, you won't be able to change channels on the box - you'll just have to settle for the guide info, assuming you can even get that. So it can only be one or the other. If you rent the better tuner and try that instead, and it doesn't work out, you could always return it (plus, all you'll need for that is a standard splitter).