Originally Posted by rgazzara
I beg to differ with your assertions that the TVGOS EPG is half-baked. I have been using it for almost 10 months, and it has been extremely reliable and I use it exclusively to record TV programs. However, I am using it on a Panasonic, who have implemented it very well . . .
Sorry, I should have been more explicit. There's no surprise that TVG is problematic when it must knit its software with various hardware mfgs, and further with hundreds of divergent providers ... yet attempt to offer a single user-experience. And while I'm a very satisfied Pioneer owner, I grant here (and above) that they screwed up their TVGOS implementation.
That TVG works on your Panny - Good for you! As a TiVo fan, I'm accustomed to a vastly better guide-experience than the TVG capabilities I've read about on this forum, which leaves me with no taste whatever for the TVG solution ... a seemingly ponderous software interface with no wishllists and no season's passes. If that's all one's ever seen, I suppose it's better than zip, and not surprising for a free, bare-bones choice. Too bad you cannot elect the free, basic TiVo instead.
Since I have no good view of the OTA signals I'm a dedicated satellite user, with the obvious benefit that TiVo is happily married to a single programming source. Once one accepts that $50 starting point, Pioneer offers an amazing quilt of entertainment services, excellent PQ, broad configurability, a form of 2-pass encoding, DV-input and dual-layer media - all for $400 or less.
As I said, it's just too bad if someone misses the whole bushel of apples, simply for having found a worm (or half?) in one.
For those about to toss the Pioneer baby w/ the bathwater, remember that Comcast will imminently offer a DVR with TiVo ... with which those Pioneer apples will really shine!(how's that Panny at dual-layer recording?)