It's interesting and never fails to amaze me on every new model has something all the others don't have and should. Here, the ability to sort the stations in the guide is available. Something the ill fated Sony had and no other including the grossly overrated TiVo
that fails with so many basic functions, namely # 2, 3 & 5 (below).
I included this in my DVR comparison thread which is here;
Features not clearly documented or not documented at all;
1. Tuners: one ATSC/QAM, NO
analog (NTSC) capability,
2. Ability to enter individual channels without doing a complete scan,
3. Ability bypass a initial scan in the Installation setup,
4. Ability to remember both
channel tables; OTA & CATV in one list as long as you don't do a scan. You would need to add a A/B switch to access both. (see photo)
5. Allows complete removal of channels, not just skipping them,
6. Lightning fast boot time of 10 seconds. Yes, I said 10 seconds
7. Fast channel changes, unlike many other DVR's,
8. HDMI, component, coaxial audio, composite & analog audio outputs,
9. Extremal HDD capacity can be as large as 1TB
not just 500GB as stated. (thanks to jjeff),
10. Ultra low power consumption of less than 1 watt off, 7 watts on and 11 watts with a 2 1/2" HDD attached to the USB port,
11. You can rename recordings. Unfortunately, all recordings are a overly long cryptic number,
12. Timeshift is adjustable in size, not
time from .5GB to 4GB. Timeshifting does not
13. Adjustable volume and mute, but not when HDMI is set to 'Raw' audio,
14. Unusual recording info screens showing data transfer rates among other details. Huge plus,
15. This is capable of more than one storage device using a USB hub (thanks to jjeff), though there is only one front panel USB jack,
16. Internal power supply instead of another wall brick,
17. The format utility is fast. It's a quick version and takes around 5 seconds. (I didn't try it with a blank drive, it was formatted to ext2),
18. Recordings off the connected hard drive can be played to a PC and/or transfered there with no issue. The photos section didn't display some .jpg's for some unknown reason. It had no problem with .ts files from DVD's.
19. Choice of RF pass through (loop through) or modulated RF ch 3 or 4 (NTSC) for old school TV sets with no a/v inputs. But, only when powered up,
20. Music files can be played while in the Photo mode. Selections automatically advance no matter how thew pics are being viewed,
21. Use of a "USB stick" is NOT recommended.
They were never intended for recording these high bitrates and file sizes. Don't waste your time, get a external HDD case and a 2 1/2" laptop drive.
22. You can't pause recordings to edit out commercials. Pausing a recording while watching does not pause the recording, it causes the system to enter the 'Timeshifting' mode instead. The recording continues. (Thanks to nickle2
Important information about receiving CATV (Cable TV) channels.
. This has nothing
to do with receiving TV stations via an antenna (OTA). If that is you, skip this;
First off, NO
tuner, TV or DVR will allow viewing any encrypted channel without a CC (Cable Card).
These have problems dealing with certain CATV systems. The problem stems from how each MSO (Multiple System Operator) ID's their 'in the clear' stations (channels). Many CATV systems will show a "virtual" channel number that reflects the OTA (Over The Air) stations former analog channel number. This differs from the actual physical
RF channel number the station is actually on. Many do not understand this
, as it is confusing thanks to the NAB & FCC (but that is another story).
Example; in my market the NBC affiliates former analog channel was ch. 2. Their ATSC (digital) OTA physical channel is now 33. A TV, tuner, DVR will ID this as 2.1 as intended. On a CATV system that provides virtual numbers, it will (or should) also be ID'ed as 2.1. On systems that DON'T
do this, it will be ID'ed as whatever physical major & minor channel they place it on which can be anywhere between RF ch. 2 and the highest RF channel the system is using (around ch. 115-117 for 750MHz systems and up to ch. 170 for newer 1 GHz systems). In my case the NBC affiliate is on ch. 69.1 (AFAIK
). This can change if needed which unfortunately does depending on the system. I call this "playing musical (not music) channels".
Now what all of that means is depending on which firmware version you are using, you may or may not receive all of the 'in the clear' stations you should. You may not receive any (assuming you do have non-encrypted stations or you will see a channel list of a couple hundred, 95% which will have to be skipped or deleted. The work around for this, assuming you know the physical CATV channel numbers used by your MSO, is doing a manual
channel search. (See the next post). Some systems are all encrypted or will soon will be unfortunately. Again, thanks to the FCC.
These devices (no matter what name is on the box since they all use the same basic components) have trouble dealing with all of this. Whomever, whatever company that writes the firmware in China can't properly test any of this since there is no QAM systems there. So a trial and error process has to take place here. Unfortunately, it's been more error.
If you want to change FW versions, see the bottom of post five
. The process is fairly easy.
I have complied a list of issues in order of importance. The most updated version is here;