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post #25741 of 25744 Old 07-09-2014, 12:49 PM
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I was going to say the same thing, if the OP has clear QAM cable then the iView, if OTA a iView or Homeworx should work. As you said they are a bit crude but they do record HD to a USB HDD and it's easily readable by a Windows PC. Note neither has a line input so recording from a STB or something like a DVD player would be a no-go, they can only record from a RF input and DIGITAL at that(not modulated channel 3 or 4 analog).
Of course another option is to record directly to a HTPC, which is what I thought you or other PC centric people might have suggested.
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Of course another option is to record directly to a HTPC, which is what I thought you or other PC centric people might have suggested.
At a $40 entry, it's cheap and simple for this purpose so it's hard not to put the iView on the table first. If he wants more, he'll ask.

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Interesting deal on Newegg on 537 today, refurb with 500G HD for $176:

Genuine HD via ATSC and BUD satellite DVB.
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Interesting deal on Newegg on 537 today, refurb with 500G HD for $176:
Newegg has the model number wrong. That's a 535. Still a good deal.
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The 557's recording standard was changed from the previous +VR Std to Video/VR-mode, and Make Recordings Compatible has been eliminated. I suspect, but would like confirmation, that this change will make the 557's DVDs act like they would in a Panasonic or Pioneer recorder as far as unfinalized "acceptability" is concerned.

So, would someone with a new 557 model create a DVD in the 557, leave Unfinalized, and see if an older Mag HDD model does or doesn't "recognize" that Unfinalized DVD. Then, Finalize the DVD in the 557 and try again.

Another interesting and useful test would be to try the Unfinalized DVD in a Panasonic or Pioneer recorder before Finalizing for the 2nd part of the test above.

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