I used to have my 5500 connected to my digital cable box using RCA connectors. If I wanted to record something from On Demand, I would use the Input button to switch to Line 1, use the cable box's remote to go into On Demand and find the show. I would then press the RTV's Record button, set the recording time, then press the On Demand play button, and it would create a manual recording from this input and record the show.
After replacing my hard drive today, when I was hooking everything back up, I was having trouble with my audio input. I tried replacing the RCA cables, but it didn't help. So I changed the connection to use coax. Watching live TV and recording shows from the guide works fine.
But I just now tried to record something from On Demand. I followed the same procedure as above, except I selected RF3 Direct as the input. But the recording never starts -- I get an empty manual recording and it says that no video was detected. But it obviously had a video input, since I was looking at the screen live through the RTV when I was starting the recording.
Any idea what could be wrong?
I'm working around it by creating a manual recording from the main menu, and selecting channel 1 as the channel to record. I just have to leave extra time to go through all the On Demand menus after the recording starts.
If it were copy protection, wouldn't it also affect the manual recording that I create with the workaround? Also, at the time that I start the recording, I'm not even playing the program, I'm still on the menu screen -- I click the On Demand "Play" button after starting the recording.
I'm starting to think that it has something to do with creating a manual recording with the start time in the past rather than the future. When you click the Record button, it initiates creation of a manual recording with the current time as the start. But if I create a manual recording through the menu, I usually set the start time for a minute or so in the future, then wait for the recording to start before I go through the On Demand menus.