Hi, new to the forum. I'm sure like many others, found this place by Google.
I had been looking for a converter and found this place prior to purchase, read about some of the shortcomings of the device, and decided I could live with them. The ability to "timeshift" and "PVR" ability are sort of over-the-top for this price range.
I live in a University apartment. There is a local cable service provided by the U, and it went digital earlier this month. I was not aware that over-the-air and cable (QAM) are different, which is why I was seeking this box. The U never provided a cable box and they're not about to now, so this is an unscrambled digital cable broadcast. I imagine the number of people in a similar situation is relatively rare, as I do not know of a commercial cable provider that does not provide a box now.
Anyway, I was sampling the PVR capability. It seems that the unit will record to 20:09 (20 minutes, 9 seconds) and then the recording simply hangs. I am using and old SDTV and I have the unit set accordingly, so I am under the impression that the RECORDING is thusly SD and 480i.
Has anybody else been limited to 20:09 (or thereabouts) in their recordings? I am using 16GB USB flash stick, which I assume should be good for many hours, so I'm not out of space.
As well, my university cable provider does NOT provide a program guide, so I am not able to select programs to record from there. The iview manual clearly states that TIMER recording is a feature, but I am unable to locate that option in the menu! I have looked and looked, repeatedly. The only recording I am able to do is "instant" by pressing the REC key - and as I have mentioned, that seems to stop at 20:09.
I didn't really buy the thing expecting too much, but it's a real nuisance that the recording (1) is limited to 20:09, and (2) can't be pre-programmed with a timer like an old-fashioned VCR. I can live without the on-screen guide, but it sure would be nice to be able to set a timer recording. The PVR thing is just a novelty and of no practical use, unless I can resolve my difficulties.
Here's my unit's info. Perhaps my firmware needs updating?
Thanks in advance for any assistance.