Folks, I am new to this forum with some questions that may have been addressed in the past. My apologies for that. I recently purchased a iView 3500stbII (with a CH 3-4 switch). It is a pretty remarkable gadget for the money, but it is awfully hard to nail down and get everything working. Here is the problem: I have downloaded and installed all three of the most recent firmware updates to be able to use this unit with cable TV, as opposed to OTA (before installing the updates, it wouldn't pick up any cable channels with the firmware it was shipped with). I tried each, doing an auto-scan and painstakingly going through all the scrambled channels to get at the ones that actually came through. The first firmware update (labeled V1) is the most comprehensive, filled with every channel in the cable system, including all the scrambled ones. The other two (V2 and V3), only show a very short list of broadcast channels after doing the auto-scan.
So, I went back to V1 and painstakingly deleted all but the active channels. Here are the problems I am having: I can scroll through all of the available channels using the remote and watch the signal through the iView live, but a) there is no programming information available for any of them when I select the program guide, and b) when I go to the PVR scheduling section to set up a program to record on one of the available channels, it only shows a small number of those channels—basically just local broadcast channels, but not even all of them. Do any of you know a workaround to add those "missing" channels to the PVR list so that they can recorded on my external HD? That is my primary issue. One thing I wanted to note was that even when I was using V3 with only the local broadcast channels, I still wasn’t able to see 20 of the stations that the unit found when it did the auto-scan in the PVR recording menu. It missed of them, including our local CBS affiliate, which has much of the network programming I wish to record. Frankly, if I could just get all the local stations to properly be “seen” by the PVR using V3 of the firmware, I could live with that, since most of what we recorded on our old TWC-leased DVR was broadcast network programming. But I suspect the overall problem I’m having with the PVR only seeing certain channels, and any possible work-around, are the same with V1 and V2.
The secondary issue is whether you know of a way that I can start getting program guide info for the channels I do have. I have read that this unit doesn’t have much RAM, which affects how much program guide info it can store. If there IS a way to add these other cable channels to list of channels the PVR can record, I’ll be a happy camper. I can deal with the lack of program guide info if need be. Many, many thanks for any suggestions you might have.