Originally Posted by Jed1
There doesn't seem to be a setup in the V 9 guide to use a cable box....
My V 9 pioneer has no G link and no set up to use the guide with a cable box. It does have a cable card slot.
There is in the V9 Panasonic EH75V and EH55 HDD/DVD recorders (I have both).
You can also set them up to use with Direct and Dish (but you don't need the IR blaster to control the Dish tuner).http://www.panasonic.com/consumer_el...1_09_eh55.html
Another thing - other than when using it with Dish, which you can only set up alone for, you can set it up to use two sources at once. So you at least used to be able to get the guide info for cable or Direct OTA (I don't know if they still make that available using a Pal or Artec converter box - assuming that'll even work at all for you), if you weren't able to get it directly from them.
The manual claims you can get the TVGOS data from the Direct signal through their tuner, though (or at least certain models) - and some here have said they have (they only had it set up for and were using it with Direct, so, unless they were picking up some odd, analog, OTA TVGOS host without an antenna, or getting some mighty strong cable bleed through their coax from somewhere, they couldn't have been lying. Some here pooh-pooed them, saying it's not possible, because the signal and tuner are digital, and the Panny's tuner is strictly analog, but they swore they were - and the manual does say you can).
With Dish, the TVGOS page remains blank - you set up the name-based recordings through the Dish guide, and the recorder starts and stops on it's own. So it really doesn't "use" TVGOS in the traditional way. You just have to go through the TVGOS setup to enable it. I've had my EH75V set up with Dish that way for the last few years. It's extremely similar to using a PalDVR - same menus and recording features - except it's SD, of course. So the loss of TVGOS data that has affected so many others in the last couple of years hasn't been an issue for me at all (only works with certain models of Dish tuners, too, though).