Ok, here is where I am today.
Will try to answer as many questions as possible. Just remember this my first HDDVR and the manuals tend to be clear as mud. They tell you what to do but I like to know why and how things go together, so I will be trying other things to get more familiar with the box.
It's been reported here frequently by many posters, that the TVGOS does not work with digital cable boxes. So I don't think you will get any guide info over the digital box.
You should however, still get analog channel listings, if you split the cable wire from wall, sending one line directly to the recorder, and a separate line to the digital box. You can then record analog channels while watching a different channel over the digital box.
Cable from wall into splitter...
One line to recorder
one line to digital box
S-Video and audio cables from digital box out to recorder (when you wish to record a digital channel you will do so over the recorders' line input channels L1, L2, or L3)
2nd S-Video and audio cables from digital box out to tv inputs-to watch digital cable without going thru the recorder...
S-Video and audio cables (or plain jane video-audio cables) from recorder out to tv 2nd inputs...to view recorder's tuner on the tv.
This is the setup I have resorted to at this point. I have manually recorded from the cable box successfully. Am using input1 from DVR at this moment. But, want to try switching again to input 3 to see if I can get irblaster to change to channel I want to record. Don't know if this possible since ir blaster wants to use tvgos thru cable box in order to work.
Cant compare anything to EH50 since I have never owned one. smile. sry
Are using a digital high definition cable box? Mine is the Motorola 3412 which is ALL digital now. There were analog channels being pumped through until about a month ago when they went purely digital.
Yes according to what I have read so far the same thing is required for dual discs.
And now for my and questions.
Something in their manual confuses me. It says that no video or audio is passed thru the rf cable from the dvr rf out. But practically every setup has the rf out being connected to the TV or vcr or cable box as well as the usual video and audio cables. Why would this be necessary?
Also, although is not related to what I am trying right now, but is related to statement above ,does anyone know why an rf modulator is needed when the tv has no audio/video inputs? This the same for other model setups I have seen and I am curious as to what that accomplishes.
Anyway, I shall solder (err soldier) on. Thanks for your input.