This might be a strange question- if I can even articulate it properly.
It always seemed to me -since the ads showed up a couple of years ago- that when I clicked on TV Guide or the Recording screen, if I saw ads, it meant a successful data download. If I saw ads and moved to the 8th day, it was always filled.
Yesterday, I connected an antenna and downloaded OTA the almost complete listings that I was not able to get from Cablevision. As I mentioned previously, although I had listings, I had no ads.
Over night I removed the antenna, ran the G-test on cable channel 14 (passed) and shut down the machine.
So I turn on the Sony this morning and I'm greeted by ads. I think that a happy development- presumingly meaning it downloaded data.
No such luck. The eighth day is missing.
Could yesterday's OTA download have stored ads to show today and further out even though they were not visible yesterday.
Or more plainly. Is the appearance of ads NOT proof of a successful data download.
Also: If just a random occurrence, or because of the download yesterday from a source that is not my Host channel, I had a freeze (in one instance) of playing while recording. It caused a spontaneous reboot. Did a G-test to get the clock back to correct time immediately [the test is on the same channel 14 that is not downloading the data properly for the 500's].