Originally Posted by Aleron Ives
I agree with you that having one input split to both tuners is better, but I get the feeling we're in the minority on this.
Well, it's easy to achieve the configuration you desire, just by adding an inexpensive splitter, and a couple short pieces of coax. HDHomerun folks with a single input did this to drive dual-tuners for years. OTOH, if ePVision had hardwired that in, then independent operation (which many would like) would not be possible at all. IMO, they made the right choice, with the most flexibility.
[NB: what if you happened to have 2 OTA markets, and set up an antenna to serve each? What would you do then without 2 separate inputs?]
Of course, the ideal situation would have been to have a 2-way switch on each external input, so that each internal input could be driven from either source. So both tuners driven from a cable feed, both from antenna, or any combination, via a programmed switching voltage.
To get the functionality of having the EPG automatically populated would require a constantly updated TiVo-style connection. I'm really not sure what people are suggesting in this topic: do they want the VRX to be able to manually load user-compiled CVS/XML-formatted guide data for free
I think the answer to that is yes.
(which raises the question of where such data would come from),
If an interface file format was defined for the VRX, and if someone were to write a free or Open-Source app to process the data, then SchedulesDirect provides a data service for $25 per year (per household) that could populate any market you'd like. I used it myself for a year (before I got SageTV, with its own Guide info), and it worked quite well.
The former sounds so inconvenient that using the manual timers based on information obtained from TV-guide websites would be easier,
I kind of agree with you, now that I've looked at the Recording Features Guide. It looks like the existing repeating-recording options for manual recordings are fairly decent. (I.e., you don't have to re-enter your entire lineup every week.) They don't cover every scenario (e.g. Tue-Sat at 1am), but they do enough. If the unit was also smart enough to look at the EPG when it does each manual recording, and save the Name/Episode in the title when it made the recording (rather than the normal raw date/time info), then this could work out fairly nicely.
[Oh, and Bruce, I found a mention that the Active setting works as you thought. I.e., it allows you to set up and reserve an Event, but disable it temporarily. E.g., a re-run you've already recorded airs that week, or a special preempts it. Then just make it Active again afterwards. Pretty smart.]
Why go to the trouble of finding a subscription-free DVR only to ask the manufacturer to implement a subscription system? There's already a company doing that.
Agreed. I don't think that's the best approach either.