I have chosen not to own the 3576 because of it's shortcoming in combining the OTA and cable channels. I will monitor this forum and if I see where somebody figures a way to do it, I will get another one. I got to believe this shortcoming is an engineering error in judgment - it is the first recorder or TV set I have come across that did not have the ability to combine the two in some manner.
...led me to wonder if it would be possible to connect one of the digital converter boxes to a dvd recorder's line inputs in order to gain access to OTA digital channels from an antenna, while the recorder's tuner receives analog?
antenna to converter box,
then convert box to dvd recorder line input,
and then you'd tune the convert box to an OTA station,
and record it over the line input.
Forgive my ignorance with regards to these boxes-I don't own one, and won't need one, so long as cable continues to send analog signals after the switchover. But reading Jim's anguish over discovering he couldn't have both OTA and cable tuned in by the Phillips at the same time, made me think of this as a possible solution.