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Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-22-2014, 12:03 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Sad to say, but if you're at the mercy of Comcast...

Sad to say, but if you're at the mercy of Comcast you'll need a DVR with a CableCARD-ready tuner. And that means either TiVo or a PC-based tuner. (This thread doesn't cover PC-based products, but...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-22-2014, 10:59 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
That reminds me: I've always wondered if it's...

That reminds me: I've always wondered if it's possible to change the displayed channel numbers by using the "Move" function on the Program Edit screen.

I never saw much use for it on the HW, but I...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-21-2014, 08:28 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
I didn't want to make my answer too complicated,...

I didn't want to make my answer too complicated, so I simplified it, maybe a bit too much. From reading the iView thread, I understood that the original 3500STB did cut power to the USB port. But...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   08-21-2014, 08:13 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Looks like KVFW has moved from color bars to...

Looks like KVFW has moved from color bars to infomercials. Actually I'm surprised I can get it at all. The FCC site says they're operating at only 1 kW temporarily. But I found a "sweet spot" for my...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-21-2014, 06:52 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Nope, aside from the remotes there really isn't...

Nope, aside from the remotes there really isn't much difference. There are some slight hardware differences, but there's more difference between older and newer boxes than between brands.

The HW...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   08-21-2014, 06:20 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Unfortunately NFL games are rarely played...

Unfortunately NFL games are rarely played overnight when the tropo is best....
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   08-20-2014, 07:34 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
The good news, I guess, is that her Pal is hooked...

The good news, I guess, is that her Pal is hooked to an old CRT TV, so she can compensate for the aspect ratio easily by setting the Pal to "Stretch" vertically. I tried that Monday and it works...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-19-2014, 01:50 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Sounds like you need to do one of two things: ...

Sounds like you need to do one of two things:
Break your recordings up into shorter chunks
Re-encode the video so it fits in 4 GB.


The first option is easiest. In fact I think the HW-150PVR...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-19-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 3,508
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Posted By JHBrandt
I saw your first message right after I posted...

I saw your first message right after I posted mine, and basically agree. But I guess hanginghelmet is looking for one box to tune both analog and digital.

Among DVRs, the Digital Stream is the...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-19-2014, 09:04 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
The PHD-VRX2 will tune both analog and...

The PHD-VRX2 will tune both analog and unencrypted QAM (digital) channels, same as your TVs; it will only record the digital ones (same as the iView) but you can watch the analog ones live. More info...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   08-19-2014, 08:53 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Do you know the trick for banishing those...

Do you know the trick for banishing those stations that keep coming back? Instead of deleting them, hide them (Option 3-1-4 from your Pal menu). The drawback is you have to set a password for your...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-18-2014, 04:35 PM
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Views: 237,415
Posted By JHBrandt
I know this is OT, but on your dead CM-7000, I'd...

I know this is OT, but on your dead CM-7000, I'd open it up and check the power supply board for bulging electrolytic caps. The symptoms sound identical to an Olevia TV I own and that was the problem...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   08-18-2014, 07:57 AM
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Views: 796,365
Posted By JHBrandt
My wife is on a vacation with her parents this...

My wife is on a vacation with her parents this week, but just from watching the promos yesterday, I can already tell she's going to LOVE Escape on 23-3. They're carrying some shows that were formerly...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-17-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 1,461
Views: 125,056
Posted By JHBrandt
Has that been confirmed? (With an actual iView,...

Has that been confirmed? (With an actual iView, of course; the HW apparently doesn't have that function.) Which amp does it work with? There's no standard for power injectors; each amp requires a...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-17-2014, 09:03 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
There are a few buttons on the iView remote that...

There are a few buttons on the iView remote that aren't on the Homeworx remote:
TV/Radio: apparently switches between "TV" stations and "Radio" stations. But does anyone even have any "Radio"...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-17-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 3,508
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Posted By JHBrandt
Sounds to me like you have both analog and...

Sounds to me like you have both analog and digital (QAM) channels in your basic package. Boxes like the iView can only receive the digital ones, but your TV's can receive both analog and digital. All...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-17-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 3,508
Views: 237,415
Posted By JHBrandt
Presumably it supplies DC voltage to the RF...

Presumably it supplies DC voltage to the RF input, replacing a power injector. But to be useful, you'd need to know what voltage and polarity it provides so you could buy an amp that required what it...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-17-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 1,461
Views: 125,056
Posted By JHBrandt
Transparent menus aren't for everyone. Luckily...

Transparent menus aren't for everyone. Luckily you can set Transparent to Off; then they look like they did with the HW firmware.



I did. The power button worked the first time but I had to...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-17-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 1,461
Views: 125,056
Posted By JHBrandt
Just completed the upgrade. I retrieved my old HW...

Just completed the upgrade. I retrieved my old HW (the one that came with V3 firmware) from my in-laws and put iView V13 firmware on it. Seems to work fine so far. Notable differences:

Obviously,...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-17-2014, 01:38 PM
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Views: 125,056
Posted By JHBrandt
No need to apologize. Newbies are welcome. ...

No need to apologize. Newbies are welcome.

Yes; they use different demodulator chips internally.

No! This will ruin your HW-150PVR. Each firmware version is written specifically for the...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-15-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 3,508
Views: 237,415
Posted By JHBrandt
A lot of homes, including mine, have AC power...

A lot of homes, including mine, have AC power problems. You could monitor it with a voltmeter or something like a Kill-a-Watt.

I wouldn't think it would affect an HDD hooked to an iView though....
Forum: HDTV Recorders   08-15-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 1,461
Views: 125,056
Posted By JHBrandt
That's a good point. If you want two boxes in the...

That's a good point. If you want two boxes in the same room, you're going to need one of each (or at least one using the other's firmware and remote) so you can control them separately.

I used to...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   08-15-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 7,438
Views: 796,365
Posted By JHBrandt
Hard to be sure until you try it, but for the...

Hard to be sure until you try it, but for the most part I think a 7694 (or a CM 2016 or an HBU-33) would work. They have less gain than the ones I mentioned before, so they could have trouble with a...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   08-14-2014, 02:52 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Unfortunately that's correct, which is one reason...

Unfortunately that's correct, which is one reason we all keep hoping that someone can find a way to move Retro TV to a full-power station.
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   08-14-2014, 02:47 PM
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Views: 796,365
Posted By JHBrandt
tx_gooner, that sounds like a good plan. Yes, you...

tx_gooner, that sounds like a good plan. Yes, you need a UHF/VHF antenna to receive channel 8; and yes, I'd definitely recommend a preamp between the antenna and a 4-way splitter.

I don't have any...
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