Originally Posted by mrisso256
I had a US Panny HDD machine for a few years and the DVD drive recently died. Then I found out it is nearly impossible to get these machines repaired. I got a Mag 515 and my wife hates it.
Awww... poor wifey. Tell her to get over it: the world doesn't stop turning just for her. Time marches on, TVGOS died a prolonged death that a horde of addicted worshippers just cannot accept, and DVD/HDD recorders have fallen off the face of the US market. If you can't fix your Panasonic, you're screwed, and thats the end of it. The TVGOS feature disappeared in 2006 after the last EH55 was sold, along with every other DVD/HDD recorder except the Magnavox.
Wifey doesn't like Maggy? Then wifey can open her purse and add a monthly PVR fee to your cable bill, cause thats as close as she'll ever get to TVGOS again in her lifetime. When she wants to keep a recording for your library, ask her to leave the room (so she isn't taken ill by the sight of the Magnavox), connect the cable PVR to the Mag line inputs, and copy the PVR recording to the Mag in real time. Burn her a DVD. Hide the Magnavox, and allow her back into the room. Alternatively, you could pick up a TiVO-HD, pay that
monthly fee, and network it to your PC to burn DVDs or BluRays as necessary.
|Now, over the last year, we “harassed” our local cable company about TVGOS that stopped working after the “Digital Revolution”. We actually got our local cable company to buy a piece of equipment to get the TVGOS service working again.
One, thats an amazing story, I'd love to know how you blackmailed them to do that for you because cable companies are currently about as interested in providing TVGOS as they are in FCC regulations. Two, you wasted your time, because analog TVGOS is a dead doornail in consumer products: there hasn't been a recorder sold in five years that can make use of the signal generator you conned your cable company into.
|So, my question is, does anybody make a reasonably priced “box” that has a US tuner, must have basic cable analog and if it has digital and QAM also, great. AND have a TVGOS to the European standard converter so that the new European model will essentially work like my old US model. I can live without closed captioning but MUST have the program guide.
Nope. Nada. No-how. TVGOS is gone, not coming back. It was killed dead by the cable PVR. The import Panasonics do not even have circuits capable of doing
anything with a TVGOS signal, that was a chip included only in the USA models. They will work EXACTLY like (horrors) the Magnavox (actually they're less functional: at least the Magnavox has a tuner). So no advantage whatever to you buying the import Panasonic, unless you just prefer the way it works in non-TVGOS mode compared to the Magnavox.
If you "MUST have the program guide", you MUST sacrifice owning a cheap recorder and MUST sacrifice the capability of making DVDs with a one-box machine. Your choices are the cable PVR, TiVO, or Moxi. Or, you can get rid of cable altogether, put up a big antenna, and get the ChannelMaster PVR suggested by jjeff. Otherwise, since you already went to the trouble of busting your cableco's hump to give you back your precious TVGOS signal, you may as well start looking for a used Panasonic EH50 or EH55 to replace your broken one. There's no telling how much longer TVGOS will even exist, but since you can't live without it may as well enjoy it while you can.
Forget eBay, people are charging $300+ for broken
Panasonics (no end of suckers who'll kill for a TVGOS Panasonic despite not being able to get a signal for it in 70% of the country). Be patient, a few AVS members have scored an EH50 for $50-100 off their local Craigs List. A lot of people dump these Panasonics when they stop receiving TVGOS data, and don't realize they can make a fortune on eBay, so they'll sell to the first person who answers their Craigs List ad. Buy as many as you can afford, because they now cost a kings ransom to repair, if you can even get Panasonic to fix them at all. (They once had a great flat-fee $139 repair program, but that recently ended resulting in repair chaos for owners.)