Originally Posted by jjeff
But remember, this DVR doesn't have a CC slot and without a CC more than likely the only cable channels you'll be able to tune would be the locals and public service and shopping channels. To record scrambled channels you'd need to do as Joe is doing with his DVDR, record from a STB via line output and that will only be in SD
Sure would have been nice if it had (HD)component inputs but I'm not surprised it didn't.
All cable feeds are not created equal. Today I get 25 analog/vsb and 138 QAM256 digital channels. Of the 138, I'd guess that 70 are clear, including HD from all networks from both the NY and Scranton-WB DMA. A month or two ago they killed the lower QAM channels and moved them higher. I still get 12 HD channels and 80 SD (digital) channels. Those SD channels (QAM256) are from A&E through TNT or higher. In DD 2.0 stereo. I show 600+ channels in the TVGOS listings for my zip code/headend.
CableCARD? That would get me NBC on 503, not 84.8401. TVGOS assumes you have a cable card and/or antenna. I have neither. My Sony EX700 TV has no slot. My Magnavox 515H has no slot.
HDMI is there because of HDCP, which nobody wants to violate. Sucks, but that's life. My HD STB has no component output. I feed the HDMI into my AVR. I am now trying to decide where to plug the 980H into. The TV? The AVR? I have two free ports on the TV but none on the AVR. For testing I will use the front HDMI port. It's not pretty, but should it work, I can drop one older HD DVR and use its port. Decisions.
Can we agree that SD, ED, and HD imply digital? Analog or vsb is not digital. Please? Pretty please?
If this unit works I would expect a whole bunch of posts. The Mag 515H doesn't support HD storage but does have a DVD. I have one and one older 2160A with a 500Gb drive I installed. But with 1080p upconversion and DD2.0 it looks and sounds really good. Check walmart.com for the latest price. And they have a really great thread on this forum.