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post #1111 of 2203
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Originally Posted by Headhunterx View Post

Without going through 37 pages of long read can someone tell me if most of the issues have been repaired? I am not concerned with the tuners all I want this for is to record video via the hdmi or component from my cable box dvr (which is too small) and be able to have hard drives to transfer the video files to, and then make bluray's on my computer. Will this fill the bill?

Thanks,

I don't own one, but I am pretty sure you can't record from the external AV inputs. And I'd also hazard a guess that most of the issues haven't been fixed.
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oryan_dunn is correct; you can only record from the tuners, and the laundry list of problems remains long and unresolved.
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It just not same as calbe or dish DVR I found I can work around the list. It is go 2 tuner but it is like have 2 drv's in one. The only thing I found with the PHD VRX is I can not play ABC it skips most do not have this problem witch is only foundsome where in FL & Fresno CA .
I like the PHD VRX over all it will take some before all littel problem are fix but this was true with U-Veres too.

Dave
post #1114 of 2203
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Originally Posted by Headhunterx View Post

Without going through 37 pages of long read can someone tell me if most of the issues have been repaired? I am not concerned with the tuners all I want this for is to record video via the hdmi or component from my cable box dvr (which is too small) and be able to have hard drives to transfer the video files to, and then make bluray's on my computer. Will this fill the bill?

Thanks,

Sounds like you want something more like the Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR.
post #1115 of 2203
Thread Starter 
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Without going through 37 pages of long read can someone tell me if most of the issues have been repaired?
You don't have to. Have you read the 1st ten posts, with the link to the post with the latest issues list (post 905)?
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I am not concerned with the tuners all I want this for is to record video via the hdmi or component
This is a DVR, not a straight HD recorder. There is no device that will record off of HDMI. HDMI was designed that way. JHBrandt's suggestion is about the only route other than using a PC. Since you already mentioned a PC, get a component capture card.
Go to the PC sub-forum.
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They do make DRV's for cable that uses a card from the cable company. I would check to see if your cable company has a low or no cost DVR first. The draw back to this DVR it is for OTA or old type cable.
If you are recording this way you can only do one channel and to to leave the cable box on and most have a auto turn off to stop any one from recording from cable box
They do make some remotes that will turn on the cable so you can record.
Bottom line by time getting ever thing to do the recording it take very long time if ever to pay for you to do the recording from your cable company.
If you are trying to cut cost by going to a OTA the PHD VRX is a go way to go ever with some the draw backs/clumsy ways
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Originally Posted by Smithdoor View Post

They do make DRV's for cable that uses a card from the cable company. I would check to see if your cable company has a low or no cost DVR first. The draw back to this DVR it is for OTA or old type cable.
If you are recording this way you can only do one channel and to to leave the cable box on and most have a auto turn off to stop any one from recording from cable box
They do make some remotes that will turn on the cable so you can record.
Bottom line by time getting ever thing to do the recording it take very long time if ever to pay for you to do the recording from your cable company.
If you are trying to cut cost by going to a OTA the PHD VRX is a go way to go ever with some the draw backs/clumsy ways

A DVR from the cable company won't allow him to copy shows to Blu-ray disks. He'll need a PC capture card that can capture analog HD and encode to HD.
post #1118 of 2203
I was only addressing the cable company and how it can be done
To do ever thing on one device is most likly to very clunky .
post #1119 of 2203
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Originally Posted by videobruce View Post

There is no US-manufactured device that will record off of HDMI. HDCP was designed that way.

Fixed. wink.gif There are devices from other countries that will record from HDMI inputs, but they have to be imported.
post #1120 of 2203
Thread Starter 
Fixed more: There us no device legally sold in the US that allows recording off HDMI.
post #1121 of 2203
Update from EPision

1. They have the new update for the firmware and testing some tweaking has been need and may be release some time in March. The release it includes on record now a option of 1 to 4 hrs. and improved guide for recording
2. Allen also said just starting working a on new DVR that you can record from other inputs may take years be for the release and the cost if this will around $350.00 this may change.

Other trivial information is the menu's are develop in the USA and the programing is done in China
post #1122 of 2203
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Originally Posted by Smithdoor View Post

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Other trivial information is the menu's are develop in the USA and the programing is done in China

Trivial?
post #1123 of 2203
Thread Starter 
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just starting working a on new DVR that you can record from other inputs may take years be for the release
Equated into real time; decades.
They can't/won't fix this, but claim to be working on a new & improved. rolleyes.gif
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the programing is done in China
That answers everything, which is why all of these have failed in one form or another. They have no clue as I stated many times. Then what happened to all of their engineers with the 10+ years of experience he indicates to have here?
post #1124 of 2203
I think that was the menu's
As far as programing just think $1.00 day for China or The USA $100,000 per year with health care. You get what you pay for. mad.gifmad.gifeek.gif
post #1125 of 2203
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Originally Posted by videobruce View Post

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the programing is done in China
That answers everything, which is why all of these have failed in one form or another. They have no clue as I stated many times....
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Originally Posted by Smithdoor View Post

... As far as programing just think $1.00 day for China or The USA $100,000 per year with health care. You get what you pay for. mad.gifmad.gifeek.gif

On the topic of overseas programming, my understanding is that one DVR (the Dish DTVPal) was programmed in Britain! I have nothing against the British (or the Chinese), but a big problem they had was the lack of 8VSB broadcast stations. They were forced to use simulation equipment to test the DVR.

Gosh, if these companies are too greedy to pay US or Canadian programmers, can't they at least hire some in Mexico, where they have actual broadcast stations to test with?
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If you look back to 80's there was lot of good programmers. The best ones cost it goes back to you get what you pay for . (off topic) The bad news this some that the collages can not teach as in trade. Just look at H Ford to B Gates . Try this I do not remember what trade it was, but this was Job that need a degree here and was out source to China to some that did not have a degree to do the same job. I too have nothing to say bad about China it is the company's here in the USA that is shipping the jobs out just save a few dollars. This will hert the USA years from now.
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phd vrx stuck in record.

I have a show that says its recording that cant be stopped. Now one of my tuners is tied up all the time. any Ideas how to reset this thing. Also this is the biggest piece of electronic junk I have ever owned.
post #1128 of 2203
Thread Starter 
Power cycle by using the front panel "Power" button. We need more details that what you supplied.
OTA, CATV, or both?,
station(s) affected?,
other circumstances?,
are you playing back at the same time?,
one or two tuners recording at once?

It's not a piece of "junk", but it does have a few "issues". wink.gif

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Edited by videobruce - 2/21/13 at 6:32am
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Thread Starter 
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(the Dish DTVPal) was programmed in Britain!
At least you can converse with them without a language barrier. wink.gif
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but a big problem they had was the lack of 8VSB broadcast stations. They were forced to use simulation equipment to test the DVR.
Good point. Probably no QAM either.
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Gosh, if these companies are too greedy to pay US or Canadian programmers, can't they at least hire some in Mexico, where they have actual broadcast stations to test with?
"Cheap" is the term, not greedy. Also add stubborn, ignorant & closed minded.

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Edited by videobruce - 2/21/13 at 4:32am
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Update on ABC channel 30 skipping on playback

From Channel 30 ABC

Dave,

We have been discussing this issue around here, unfortunately so far you are the only one who has contacted our station with this problem, it is hard to pin down when we do not have a DVR like yours to monitor. I am checking with our other stations across the country to see if they have had similar calls with the same issues. I will be calling the MFG/rep as well see if we can get to the bottom of this issue.

Thank you,
Ron
post #1131 of 2203
I don't know a lot about these things. I programmed a show on Tuesday on antenna 2. It will no longer program off antenna 2 now. The program status says its still programming this show . I try to delete the program schedule but it says to stop the recording first. I cant make it stop no matter what I try. Its like its hung up and there is no reset for it I can find. Thanks for any help and talk slow and plain because I'm not real tech savvy here.
post #1132 of 2203
Sorry its ota on both inputs antenna 1 and antenna 2. I can watch tv on antenna 2 but not record anything.
post #1133 of 2203
It may be how you formated your hard drive if you use NTFS you can only record from one antenna
To record from both format to ext2
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Originally Posted by Helplessone View Post

Sorry its ota on both inputs antenna 1 and antenna 2. I can watch tv on antenna 2 but not record anything.
post #1134 of 2203
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Originally Posted by Helplessone View Post

I have a show that says its recording that cant be stopped. Now one of my tuners is tied up all the time. any Ideas how to reset this thing. Also this is the biggest piece of electronic junk I have ever owned.


I had the same problem. The solution is turn it off. Remove the hard drive then turn it on, it will no longer be stuck recording. then reattach the hard drive. You may need to power if off and back on again or do the usb test, I can't remember exactly what I did after that.

After that none of the recordings I had scheduled actually ran, I had to delete them and start over.

I too have been in contact with them and provided suggestions and feedback and I'm waiting on the next release to fix some of the outstanding issues that they say they are addressing.

I also have the no input signal/low input signal issue and some others they never heard about. So hopefully the new firmware will fix a lot of stuff without breaking too much.

We will have to redo setup completely though including channel scans and programming recordings. I hope in the future they will backup those to the HD and then restore after update but that's a lot to ask I think.
post #1135 of 2203
Mine was working right after work tonight. Have no idea what changed but program trying to record is gone. Bought this to get rid of Direct tv bill. Wonder why its so hard for someone to build a good dvr like Direct tv has??????
post #1136 of 2203
Thread Starter 
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It will no longer program off antenna 2 now. The program status says its still programming this show .
You mean it won't record off antenna 2??confused.gif
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The program status says its still programming this show
Does the front panel show rec2 (or rec1) while this is happening? If not, it's not recording.
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I can watch tv on antenna 2 but not record anything.
What are you trying to record? How are you setting the recording up? Through the Guide, or a full manual recording that is buried in the menu?





Sorry, but it isn't clear exactly what is going on. This can lockup under some circumstances just like all the other DVR's, but I don't recall hearing anything as this. Lockups are usually due to excessive button pushes, jumping back and forth through the menu and/or changing different functions.

The formatting issue only affects recording quality, it won't stop recording two programs at once, it's just neither recording will be solid on playback if your HDD isn't formatted to ext2.
What market are you in?
What type and location is your antenna?
How many stations are in your channel list?
How far away are they?
Do you see any breakup while just watching TV (no recording)?
Are you getting PSIP data in the Guide?
Edited by videobruce - 2/22/13 at 4:59am
post #1137 of 2203
Thread Starter 
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I also have the no input signal/low input signal issue and some others they never heard about.
Explain these other issues? confused.gif
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We will have to redo setup completely though including channel scans and programming recordings.
Have you read post #7??

Same questions as above, but add;
On which stations?
post #1138 of 2203
The PHD VRX work good and it is different Direct TV & Dish I have also use Comcast different from U-Verse or even Dish. The big one have found is just the recording menu works.
Today you need a dual tuner to record I am finding some of channel no longer end on the hour they shift the by min or two. Years ago they all end on the half hour to the very min.

The MFG said they are dating this a new firmware is coming out just in test today and by March will be realest if no error are found. Yes I have look for others for more than two years and this best one for the price and no monthly fee.
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Originally Posted by Helplessone View Post

Bought this to get rid of Direct tv bill. Wonder why its so hard for someone to build a good dvr like Direct tv has??????
post #1139 of 2203
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Originally Posted by Helplessone View Post

Mine was working right after work tonight. Have no idea what changed but program trying to record is gone. Bought this to get rid of Direct tv bill. Wonder why its so hard for someone to build a good dvr like Direct tv has??????

I suspect subscription-based DVRs get more ongoing development, because if the customers are unhappy, the seller will lose their subscription income. Non-subscription DVRs just have to be good enough to get folks to make the initial purchase, so ongoing development isn't a priority as much.

That said, some good non-subscription DVRs have been sold, although each has its weaknesses relative to the others. This thread is a bit dated (the PHD-VRX wasn't included when the first post was updated last), but it's a good place to start if you want to compare some DVRs.
post #1140 of 2203
Think what happen Epvision was trying set it up to do both OTA and cable at the same time. But how would buy this DVR to do that on maybe 1% at the most.
I think Epvision is find out most are buying the PHD VRX for only OTA DVR and ever few cable. My area is Comcast/U-Verse and noway can you use this DVR.
Now they having to go back (I hope) and undue there guide.
Soon we all will know if they fix the guide for recording.
FYI when I first got U-Verse it too need a lot of updating work good but the first few years was just as bad
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