Originally Posted by jjeff
Are you saying the recorder could actually turn the TV ON, or would you program the TVGOS on the TV and it would turn ON at the correct time/channel? If either is correct that sounds like a nice feature, I wouldn't like to have leave the TV ON for future recordings which is why my Panasonic TVs monitor out wasn't utilized very much, only really good for recording TV as I watched it.
Now that I think of it, I believe it uses an IR blaster and the blaster only works with VCR's
I don't even recall if I got IR blasters with the TV's. I'll have to look in the manual for my Pio.
I'm not sure if you had to leave the TV on or not (from memory, I don't think you had to, though. I don't recall if the TV turns itself on to record, but it does have to be from it's internal tuner, of course. I'll have to look that up, too).
I don't see why you couldn't record to a DVD recorder if you set manual timers on it.
I never used the feature, because I have one of those Pios which turns itself off unexpectedly occasionally, and you get the "twelve, blue blinks of death" when the TVGOS is set up (also, I had the Sony HD DVR, and now the TiVo, so I never needed it, anyway). I don't use the guide at all on it - it has something to do with when it's downloading data, I think. I tried it again after the OTA analog TVGOS cutoff to see if it would work with the digital signal, but it still did it (and no guide data, anyway). It's version 8, whereas the Panny I had had the much improved version 9. Would've kept the high-end Panny if I hadn't have gone through three of them, and they all didn't have this godawful green overcast to everything SD that I couldn't get rid of, even through the service menu, which I was really risking going into.
It's too bad they didn't continue with something like that feature on your Sony LCD, even if the guide is only 24 hours.