Originally Posted by Goes to 11
I'll just have to split my antenna feed, and hope that doesn't weaken the signal too much.
I got a cheap amplifier for my antenna and splitting it between my TV and DVR has no ill effects.
Originally Posted by Goes to 11
These are not good limitations. I've gotten used to being able to decide on the fly to save the buffer as a recording, and doing all that other stuff. I can't understand why the only way to get hardware with these features is being forced to rent a DVR from TIVO, Dish, etc. I know, you buy a TIVO, but to me paying them a monthly fee is the same as renting it--or maybe worse because of the purchase price.
You can't get TiVo features on non-TiVo DVRs because of TiVo's patents. Most non-TiVo DVR manufacturers get licenses from TiVo to implement the various patented features TiVo has, and those manufacturers only make QAM DVRs for cable and satellite companies. Most OTA DVR options come from overseas (South Korea supposedly chose to use ATSC over DVB so they would be able to sell their TV products in the U.S.), and those companies don't necessarily know which functions Americans expect their DVRs to have. It is true that the TViX lacks many features common in more exotic domestic DVRs, but for someone coming from a VCR background, it excels in all the right areas: it can record two shows at once, and it lets you watch and record at the same time. The latter feature was even added as the result of a firmware update, so the manufacturer came through by providing a highly sought-after function.
While I agree that timeshifting two channels at once and saving the timeshift buffer to a file would be useful, it's hardly a deal-breaker for me, since my main use for a DVR is to make scheduled recordings, and that works far better than it does on a VCR. A DVR like this essentially exists as an enhanced digital VCR: it is designed to make pre-scheduled recordings that you intend to watch later. It is not designed to enhance live TV viewing with things like an extensive program guide and timeshifting on multiple channels to let you buffer and view multiple live programs without having to watch commercials. It has some limited enhancement features for live TV, but you're mostly expected to know what you want to watch ahead of time and when it's on so you can set a timer and then do something else. You just don't need to remember to rewind your tape or to watch your old recordings before you tape over them, anymore.
Originally Posted by videobruce
Are the tuners integrated together as far as surfing through channels? Same goes for the limited Guide. Or are these separate like the VRX?
I'm not entirely sure what "integrated" is supposed to mean, but the presence of the second tuner is essentially hidden from the user. The only way to activate tuner 2 is to tune to another channel while tuner 1 is busy recording (not timeshifting). There is no way to specify which tuner should be used to record each program, and there is no way to know which tuner is being used to record what when two recordings are in progress; one must assume that "Rec1" is using tuner 1 and "Rec2" is using tuner 2. If the first recording ends before the second, one would also assume that "Rec2" (which now becomes "Rec1") is still using tuner 2, since switching tuners mid-timer would cause a gap in the recorded file.