Originally Posted by Jan J
In an instant all 3410a's are not needed...
Wife misses her Bears since retiring 2+ years ago...
Couple days ago, we went from local Cable Company to Direct TV ---- for Her Bears.... (Kept Cable as internet provider)...
Cable channels went dead today....
(CC had Sent SD & HD as Un-encrypted QAM, so up to today LG's were still doing yeoman's duty as CC DVR is older gear-- only 2x recordings, and doesn't have much storage at all.... Due to this CC DVR limitation,, I had upgraded EVERY 3410a up to 1TB of storage (With PATA to SATA Converters) as drives from my Video Editing system were retired and replaced with SSD's, and up until the LG's saw MUCH SERVICE)
DTV DVR Records 5x shows, and 200 Hours storage....
Combination of both of these senerios.... I've left OTA feed attached to the 4x 3410a's.... and then SHUT THEM OFF!!!
If I'm correct, I got our first one in late 2004, early 2005.... That's 12 years!!!
Will they ever be "Turned On" Again???? Maybe, if 200 hours of HD storage ever becomes a 'Limitation' !!!
I wouldn't write the LGs off just yet..... I've heard that satellite reception could become difficult in very rainy or snowy winter weather. Nevertheless, congrats on the upgrade ! The LGs served their purpose very well, as did the equally as old Sony DHG series. It's unfortunate that LG and Sony dropped off the HDTV recorder market so quickly. I investigated DirecTV years ago, and was never really interested in their service, based on all the customer reviews I read.
I took my LG out of service over a year ago, although I still have it, along with two Sony DHG models, in the closet. On both LG and Sony, the picture quality was always great, although the tuners were a bit weak in my opinion. They were more useful when I had digital cable with unencrypted QAM, but I dumped my cable co in 2015 after the suspension of QAM reception.
Now all I have is OTA, and use other means to grab shows I want to watch.
Also, several years ago, I picked up a used 2TB Tivo Premiere on Ebay for dirt cheap...although it's at least 5 or more years older, it works great, and recently received a software update which allows a "skip"method, where you can skip through all the commercials during a show by hitting one button. Besides that, I have three Channel Master CM7400s bought on Ebay also dirt cheap, that work pretty well,
FIOS is available in my area, but I'm not thrilled with their channel-tiering structure or prices. Verizon has a tendency to raise their rates a bit too often. Plus, from what I've seen of their DVR, it didn't seem too enticing.
In any case, good luck with your new setup and that the 'wife' is happy