Originally Posted by JoeKustra
I figure that on a holiday weekend there is no person at Rovi to feed the hamsters that run to power their servers. Happened again this weekend. Today, back to normal.
In preparing for doomsday, I have been testing a TiVo, PViX and CM-7400. Tivo is nice, but I need to get the cable card. I can't comment on the other devices.
Someone started a rumor that ION subchannels are using MPEG-4 and causing problems.
See you around. I don't work anymore, so let me know if you want to stop by. My step-father is dying so I'm in Fountain Springs a lot.
Sorry to hear the bad news about your step father.
I think we may make it through this year with analog TVGOS but I don't expect it to last after next year. I figure MPEG 4 is coming to cable in next few years as I wouldn't be suprised if comcast is the first to do so. I wouldn't doubt that all the new hardware in their headends has this capability already built in. If SE is building a new headend for my division and hazelton, the new hardware will also have the capability.
The Tivo is your best bet. The other two I wouldn't waste the money on. When the time comes for me I most likely will get two Tivos if TVGOS becomes a problem in my division.
I checked the Zap2it listings for your division today and they are up to date so when you get a cablecard and subscription you should be good to go. I asked them to update my line up and it only took three days to do. Rovi takes about 2 to three months and multiple emails to accomplish.
I think that MPEG 4 with ION sub channels rumor is just that.... a bad rumor. This would be in violation of the ASTC broadcast standards and besides there is no equipment made to decode a MPEG 4 OTA signal so nobody will ever see the sub channels. Unless ION wants nobody to see them.