Well it's a no go on the guide.
Youtube works fine so I know it has a network connection.
Is there any other option I should try checking for software instead of "Non-distributed: Personal research"?
January 16th 2014
It has come to our attention that a commercial DVR manufacturer is offering our guide data service. Schedules Direct is only licensed to provide data to non-commercial applications. Use of SD with ePVision and other commercial products (with a few granted exceptions) is not permitted. See Approved Apps for a list.
I called epvision and he informed me that it won't work with cable anyways, he said it will only work with the OTA guide.
What does the SD guide do that the OTA guide wont?
I'm new to this so I'm just confused as to why the guide is even desired if it doesn't work for cable?
I don't have an antenna.
That makes sense.
Wish I could get it to work with cable, but since there's no way to verify if it even tried to download from SD, I'll never know if it could work.
Truth be told though, I rarely watch TV anyways (I'm a Roku addict) so it's really no big deal.
I didn't even buy this for the DVR function, I bought it for the tuner because I could not find a tuner that would pick up QAM and analog cable channels at the same time.
If you know of a device besides this that would do that, I'd be real curious just to know, because I searched high and low and couldn't find anything.
Yeah I know that, but I am struggling with my new conversion from a TV to a projector, and this fit the bill for other reasons as well.
1. It has a LED readout in front that the 208 doesn't (personal preference)
2. I need to extract the audio from my Roku 3 because my Harmon Kardon 635 doesn't have HDMI inputs, and the VRX2 has an HDMI in, which eliminates the need for an expensive HDMI switcher with audio out, or a separate audio extractor. (Although I haven't tried it yet, so hopefully it works.)
3. It has a Component in so I can use my Wii through it. (although I haven't tried that yet either.)
The only thing left to hook up to my Epson 2030 projector is my PS3 which I can do at the back of the room near my projector, once again eliminating the need for a switcher, although if I want sound from it I will have to run a long Optical cable to the receiver.
Ultimately I could have just bought an HDMI switcher but then I couldn't find one that has a component in for the Wii.
For a somewhat ignorant guy, and being new to projectors, this was quite a task for me to even figure out, and I'm not even sure I've done this the best way while trying to keep the cost down.
With the unique situation I have with the basic cable and all, I've been basically trying to reinvent the wheel, and let me tell you, I'm about as frustrated as can be.
How is a computer and your computer monitor not "commercial products"?
Is it because the software you use for the guide is not commercial?
If so, there has to be a way to release the "software" non commercially to be used on the VRX2 "commercial product" in the same way that is done for the computer.
It just seems like the right hoop needs to be jumped through or the right loophole needs to be made.
So can't epvision just release the "software" aka "firmware" for "free"?
I have no cable box, the VRX2 is now my cable box.
Previously I just used the tuner that was in my Vizio TV.
For the guide I just use the TV guide app on my smart phone, although it would be really nice to have it on my new 120" screen instead. ;)
Plus I would like to use the DVR function to record football and the Walking Dead, especially when they do a season 4 recap marathon, but the VRX2 wont record Walking Dead anyways since it wont record analog channels ;(.
So in the end, it just makes it all not worth it to even buy a hard drive to use for recording if it's only for football, which only has three games left this season anyways.
Maybe next year, but then then question becomes, can I record manually without a guide?
Yes but the firmware came preloaded on my machine since I bought it after the firmware was released, which means it was "sold" along with the "commercial product".
Not to mention that if they just give it away for free (as they have already been doing of course), there might be some sort of wacky legal mumbo jumbo "conflict of interest" being it would be released by the same company that makes and sells the "commercial product".
I am no lawyer but it seems very plausible.
But if someone else were to release it, then......hmmmmm
Maybe it can be uploaded to a file share website and as long as only people here share it, then it would be all kosher?
That would open up a whole new can of worms for me because then I'd need a switcher, audio extractor and or new receiver that is HDMI capable, all somewhat expensive options considering I've just about depleted my wad for this projector.
But just out of curiosity can you link me to the pertinent Funai (Magnavox/Philips) PVRs or give me model numbers?
Do they require a cable card?
And will they receive analog and QAM channels at the same time?
Dammit, why can't some just make a machine that does everything? lol
Because that would be asking a lot as I'm probably 1 of only a few people that have my needs.
Thank goodness I'm not super attached to the recording part or I'd be much more frustrated.
What the hell is ematic HDMI?