Originally Posted by CitiBear Rammitinski
, now you have me
Are you saying DiSH worked out some kind of exclusive arrangement with Panasonic, allowing their decoder boxes to control ONLY Panasonic TVGOS recorders?
Somebody around here once said that one of their EZ47 did that with Dish Network, too, and that model did
come after the EH75/55, so I can't be sure that it was an exclusive, Dish/TVGOS thing.
But, at least with the EH75/55, you do have to go through the whole, standard, TVGOS setup, along with entering your zip and choosing the provider (then setting the time).
I can't say if it was basically the same feature those old recorders had, because I remember those had problems with screen savers being on all the time. Mine is 100% dependable and accurate. In fact, I was seriously considering one of those older types you mention (a Pio) at first, before they came out with the "Panny/TVGOS" version. If it's the same thing, they would've had to have fixed that "false start", screen saver issue (because mine is on all the time).
The way it works is the Dish tuner sends out a signal exactly 5 minutes before it starts - then the recorder goes on "pause" two minutes before - then starts right at the exact moment (and ends on the exact moment it's set for, too). I think the tuner turns on (if it's off) right at the "start" point (it doesn't shut off, though). I don't think the tuner had any such ability when I first got it - it was eventually added by a software update.
No - the Sony didn't work with TVGOS, or have the auto-on/off feature at all. But it was the first model I know of that actually controlled satellite tuners with the IR blaster (which was one of the features that interested me when it first came out, even though I really never ended up using it by the time I eventually got one). Still, you had to set the timers manually, and it couldn't get any TVGOS info from satellite (you could
still plug in an antenna for channel info, though - you just couldn't set it up so that you could use both antenna and satellite at the same time. There was a workaround where you could turn it to "antenna" overnight, and it would download the info then, and then you could change it back to "satellite" in the AM, and actually use the guide to record through - but it was waaay too much of a hassle and wasn't worth it - I think the tuner had to be run in through RF on channel 3 and re-scanned everytime you changed over).