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You misunderstand; I wasn't trying to talk you out of automatic updates! I was saying that because automatic updates would be dangerous, the iView developers decided not to provide for them in the first place. There's no "hidden option" to enable them, at least none that I know of.
Never got that impression at all.

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Uh, dude - those look like analog RF modulators, not digital ones. None of the iViews or HomeWorXes can tune analog signals. You'd need something like an old-fashioned VCR.
Also, I learned that satellite systems Direct TV and Dish don't work with QAM.

Why can a TV tune analog signals?

Do VCR's have digital tuners?

If so, what's the difference between that and a TV and an iView?

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Some low power stations in the US continued to use NTSC after the DTV transition, so many HDTVs still have NTSC tuners.

VCRs don't have ATSC tuners, but some DVHS decks might. There's not much point in investing in such outdated technology, though. If you want to keep a VCR working, get a DTV converter box and plug the composite output into the VCR's input, and then you can record DTV with the VCR.
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Some low power stations in the US continued to use NTSC after the DTV transition, so many HDTVs still have NTSC tuners.
Also, some smaller cable systems still use some analog signals. In-building video distribution systems may also use analog signals if HD isn't needed.
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If you want to keep a VCR working, get a DTV converter box and plug the composite output into the VCR's input, and then you can record DTV with the VCR.
In fact, something like an iView is a good choice for this: it's cheap, tunes digital signals, has composite A/V outputs that a VCR can use, and can be set to turn on and tune to a station by time, so it can replace the VCR's built-in record timer.

Of course, you could just plug a HDD into the iView and let it do the recording, but if you have a need for a VHS tape and a digital recording won't do, this is a reasonable solution.
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Some smaller cable systems still use some analog signals. In-building video distribution systems may also use analog signals if HD isn't needed.
That may be the case with my Hospital system. That's why using the iView didn't work out. Considering a HTPC with an old laptop or maybe a Series2 TiVo w/o a subscription.

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