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Originally Posted by Aleron Ives View Post

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Originally Posted by HDTV1080P24 View Post

A native source direct feature, 480i, 480P, and 1080i option would make the PHD-VRX much more popular with consumers.
... I fail to see why so much fuss is made over DVRs having native output modes. If your TV is 1080, set the DVR to output 1080p. If your TV is 720, set the DVR to output 720p. Either the TV or the DVR will have to scale images from shows at the other resolution, so you might as well let the DVR do it and save yourself the wasted time of renegotiating the HDMI handshake every time you change the channel to one with a different resolution, since the rescaled image will be the same either way. If your DVR is so bad that it can't scale images as well as your TV, it probably also has other problems of far greater consequence than this (which would seem to be the case with the VRX).

In addition to HDTV1080P24's comments, a native display option would be nice for those who own a TV or monitor with an "in-between" resolution; e.g., 1366x768 or 1600x900. The DVR has no "768" or "900" setting, so there will always be some channels where you do two rescalings no matter how you set the DVR. If you set the DVR to 1080 and you're watching Fox, the DVR will upscale the image from 720 to 1080 lines, then your display will downscale that image to 768 or 900 lines. It seems to me that two rescalings will always degrade the image more than one.

I do understand the concern over renegotiating HDMI when you change channels, which would slow down channel surfing even more; but some might be willing to put up with that just to avoid the image degradation from two rescalings. For them, it'd be nice to have the choice.
post #962 of 2203
On another DVR's thread, there was a recent discussion about recovering an accidentally-deleted recording. Of course with live buffering, once a recording is deleted, the chance of even partial recovery is very slim.

Nevertheless, accidents happen. A Windows-like "recycle bin" (or Mac-like "trashcan") would be one of those "little things" that could set a DVR apart from the competition. But I don't know of any DVR (other than HTPC's, of course) with such a feature. If the ePVision lacks this feature as well, could that be added to the laundry list? A low priority, perhaps, but still nice to have.
post #963 of 2203
I know it's not in the same class as this, but the Dish Hopper just recently got a "Deleted Recordings" feature, which is basically a recycle bin. I believe Tivo's also have a similar feature.
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Originally Posted by oryan_dunn View Post

I know it's not in the same class as this, but the Dish Hopper just recently got a "Deleted Recordings" feature, which is basically a recycle bin. I believe Tivo's also have a similar feature.

Yep; I should've said I was speaking specifically of no-subscription DVRs. (There aren't that many of them to begin with!)
post #965 of 2203
Thread Starter 
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If the ePVision lacks this feature as well, could that be added to the laundry list? A low priority, perhaps, but still nice to have.
It doesn't.
Not that it will do any good, I will add it to the list. More interested in at least the the first 10 groups of issues, especially integrating both tuners in a single Guide.. wink.gif

Post 905;
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1414002/epvision-phd-vrx-owners-thread/900#post_22684664

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Edited by videobruce - 1/8/13 at 8:33am
post #966 of 2203
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Originally Posted by JHBrandt View Post

Yep; I should've said I was speaking specifically of no-subscription DVRs. (There aren't that many of them to begin with!)
It was a shock the first time I deleted a title with a TiVo and it didn't ask me "Are You Sure?". Good feature. Recovery is nice, especially if the remote control tends to stutter.
post #967 of 2203
Is a way to record from a VCR/DVD to PHD-VRX
Also after setting up lan how does one use the internet.and or down load smile.gif

FYI I am using the PHD VRX it works great works close to DVR on cable/dish like the no cost of TV today . wink.gif


Thank you
Edited by Smithdoor - 1/12/13 at 11:15am
post #968 of 2203
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Originally Posted by Smithdoor View Post

Is a way to record from a VCR/DVD to PHD-VRX

No. You can only record from the tuners.
post #969 of 2203
Thread Starter 
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Also after setting up lan how does one use the internet.and or down load
The only thing you can access with the Internet is YouTube. The interface is very limited.
Have you read posy #10?
post #970 of 2203
Thank you Aleron Ives & videobruce for your info

Any clue of the remote codes

Dave
post #971 of 2203
Thread Starter 
They have the remote codes on their web site, it's a NEC protocol;
http://www.epvision.com/HDTVSTB/Documents/PHD8VX_remote_control.pdf
post #972 of 2203
I did find that NEC number in HEX 00FF or 0 255 how do you use this setting a remote

Dave

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Originally Posted by videobruce View Post

They have the remote codes on their web site, it's a NEC protocol;
http://www.epvision.com/HDTVSTB/Documents/PHD8VX_remote_control.pdf
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Let us know how you make out.
Document the procedure and post back.
post #976 of 2203
I am not aware of any universal IR remote control that has the EPVision PHD-VRX remote codes already pre-programmed into any Universal IR remote control. One must own a Universal IR remote that has learning capability which allows the consumer to program each button on the remote manually.
post #977 of 2203
Thank you I have try ever thing I know they coming out with a new remote (see photo below)
in Feb of this year and planing on buying one. I have try the links videobruce posted and can not find any thing

Dave



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Originally Posted by HDTV1080P24 View Post

I am not aware of any universal IR remote control that has the EPVision PHD-VRX remote codes already pre-programmed into any Universal IR remote control. One must own a Universal IR remote that has learning capability which allows the consumer to program each button on the remote manually.
post #978 of 2203
I might just stick with the original remote that came with the PHD-VRX and the 2 Pioneer learning remotes that came with my Elite plasma display and Elite A/V receiver.

However, I was not aware that EPVision was coming out with a new and improved remote control for the PHD-VRX. The remote looks better with its bigger buttons and I might consider pre-ordering the remote once a web link is offered to pre-order the new remote. In theory there should not be to many delays with a new remote like there was with the release of the PHD-VRX since a remote control is fairly simple to manufacture when compared to a settop tuner box.
post #979 of 2203
A month ago I bought the PHD-VRX base on the comment read on this thread. I'm satisfied so far except for a bug I have with tuner 1. I read all the thread and found no similar problem.

If I playback while I’m recording on tuner 1 nothing is record during the playback and the record time will be the time of the recording + the time of the playback. As an example, if I schedule a recording for 60 minutes, then I start a 30 min playback (already recorded previously) 15 minutes after the record start, nothing will be recorded between minute 15 and minute 45 (after minute 15 the video jump to minute 45 instantaneously). The total length of the 60 minutes recording will be 90 minutes (but video stop at minute 60).

I wrote to the epvision and got those responses from sales and info.
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Thank you for your email. This is not a problem but rather a limitation from main Broadcom chip. For now, the tuner 2 should work fine as you described. Please try to use tuner2 to record while playing in the same time. Of course, we will check with Broadcom people to see if they can help us to open tuner 1 capability for this particular situation. Thanks.
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Thank you for your email. Recording, playback and displaying video all in the same time does require a lot of main chip processing power. If that is easy to do, there will be many PVRs in the market today. So far, we can make tuner 2 working while recording in tuner 2 and playback. The function requires the work on the software level to associate and down to the chip hardware level so we need to see if Broadcom chip can open up certain limitations. Anyway, our engineer is aware of that and hope will come out the improvements soon.

Is anybody having the same behavior with the PHD-VRX or I’m the only one?

There is a resume of my setup:
The unit is with firmware VRX_242_23_36 (I try with firmware VRX_242_23_22 and VRX_242_23_14 also)
The problem does not occur when recording on tuner 2.
The USB disk speed test is 25 MB/s (format in ext2).
I can record on tuner 1 and 2 simultaneously. If I playback while recording on both tuner, the recording of tuner 1 is bas and tuner 2 is good.
Tuner 1 and 2 are with antenna.
I test with two different USB drive and got the same problem.

Eric
post #980 of 2203
Ours is doing something either very similar or the same as yours. I have not checked it in detail, but if we try watching a recording at the same time as recording on tuner 1 it seems to often mess up big time.
post #981 of 2203
UPDATE

Questions

3) Adjusting time after pressing (record now) maybe 1 hr 2 hr 4 hr would
work great.
4) Putting the new remote so any can use it with out glass on
5) Better way of getting to recording menu for time

From
Support Team
ePVision.com

Hi Dave,

Thank you for your email. We are reviewing your suggestions. Some points we
can respond in the following:

(3) for Record Now, the new firmware will change to 30min, 1 hour, 2 hours,
4 hours and create a manual recording options.
(4) We will be selling our new 4-device universal remote control (model#
PHD-UR58), which will have bigger buttons. It is low cost around ($14/ea.)
You may consider to order one, when it is available sometime next month. The
attached is the picture for the remote.
(5) We are improving now.


Thanks.

Support Team
ePVision.com
post #982 of 2203
I had a question about the PHD-VRX. I've been happy with the overall quality, but now that I'm trying to record things I've run into issues.

While trying to record on a channel with no EPG data I get an error message saying "channel setting is invalid, please check timer settings again." Part of what confuses me is that a different channel, also with no EPG data, allows me to record with no issues.

I've tried a variety of things including (but not limited to) changing the time settings and taking it off auto-updating time. I know it can record things from the channel because I have recorded something by using the "record now" feature. Does anyone know what this is about and a possible way to fix it? I'm sure there is more information you would need in order to solve it, and I'll be happy to give any relevant information, I'm just not sure what else to say.

thanks for any assistance.
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Thread Starter 
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In theory there should not be to many delays with a new remote like there was with the release of the PHD-VRX since a remote control is fairly simple to manufacture when compared to a settop tuner box.
I'm glad you used the term "in theory". wink.gif
post #984 of 2203
Thread Starter 
Smithdoor;
Where did you get that pic from?? I see nothing on their site. IIRC, you need two remotes, one to teach the other these JP1 codes (I think that is what they are called). More trouble than it's worth. Just get a learning remote w/ macro capability.
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I read all the thread and found no similar problem.
Because no one knew of the problem. Interestingly, that is the same tuner that has the analog mode active (both are the same tuner). I wonder if that enters into the equation at all. windermere has confirmed this.
Also, recording times have to be set before the recording starts. I don't know of any DVR that lets you add times to a programmed recording after it started. The last firmware addresses the additional one touch recording times.
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Better way of getting to recording menu for time
That's been on my laundry list of issues for some time now. wink.gif

EricDesbiens;
Are you using a HDD or a USB 'stick'?

mYoungforever;
If there is no Guide data, you have to do a manual recording. Exactly how are you doing this? Is this OTA or CATV?
Edited by videobruce - 1/16/13 at 5:46am
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Thread Starter 
Post #6 & Laundry list updated.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1414002/epvision-phd-vrx-owners-thread/900#post_22684664

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Edited by videobruce - 1/16/13 at 6:21am
post #986 of 2203
The photo (pic) was email to me.
I read your list I agree with but may take some time for all to be fix But it is a lot better than a VCR or paying for Cable.
There is one thing that I am trying to find out how to fix on the PHD-VCX is I have one channel when I record and play back skip ever few Seconds any way to fix or get around this ? confused.gif

Dave

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Originally Posted by videobruce View Post

Smithdoor;
Where did you get that pic from?? I see nothing on their site. IIRC, you need two remotes, one to teach the other these JP1 codes (I think that is what they are called). More trouble than it's worth. Just get a learning remote w/ macro capability.
Because no one knew of the problem. Interestingly, that is the same tuner that has the analog mode active (both are the same tuner). I wonder if that enters into the equation at all. windermere has confirmed this.
Also, recording times have to be set before the recording starts. I don't know of any DVR that lets you add times to a programmed recording after it started. The last firmware addresses the additional one touch recording times.
That's been on my laundry list of issues for some time now. wink.gif

EricDesbiens;
Are you using a HDD or a USB 'stick'?

mYoungforever;
If there is no Guide data, you have to do a manual recording. Exactly how are you doing this? Is this OTA or CATV?
post #987 of 2203
Thread Starter 
What channel? OTA or CATV?
post #988 of 2203
ABC Channel 30.1 Fresno CA (OTA)
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Originally Posted by videobruce View Post

What channel? OTA or CATV?
post #989 of 2203
FX with CATV, I get the error when I try to use the manual recording feature.
post #990 of 2203
I have try all it not a error it skip as you play back from a recording on Antenna NOT CABLE

Dave

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Originally Posted by mYoungforever View Post

FX with CATV, I get the error when I try to use the manual recording feature.
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