Aleron: (post 186) Thanks for the reply and info.
Originally Posted by JHBrandt
Here are the ones I know about: Magnavox 515H and 2160A, BriteView BV-980H, Entone 458, Digital Stream DPH1000R, TViX 6620, ePVision PHD-VRX, ......
I looked into the DPH1000R and it won't work because I saw where it doesn't have a viewable watchable
FF or RW! Are they all like that?
You may find this comparison chart
helpful in deciding which one best fits your needs.
and of course TiVo (I understand TiVo requires a CableCARD even though you have clear QAM, though). They vary greatly in features (and price); for instance, the Magnavox models only record in SD, but since you're currently using a VCR that may be fine. Like the Homeworx, the BriteView and Digital Stream can only record one show at a time, while the others can record two shows at once (some TiVo models can record even more) - but only the Digital Stream can record your analog stations, so if you want to replace your VCR, that may be the best choice for you.
Here's where I'm a bit lost......I mentioned that Cox broadcasts in both analog and digital, so I would not need something that can record analog, right? As long as it has an analog output
, correct? And for this particular room in question; yes, SD would be fine as long as it's 16:9 format.
I fail to understand why still no one makes a "VCR replacement", a device that works exactly and precisely
like a VCR, with a tuner and clock/timer/programmable, except, will record HD and does not use tape but uses some kind of SSD (SD flash card, USB drive, or whatever) or hard drive and does not cost a monthly fee!
Why does such a thing not exist? A conspiracy of cable companies and "TiVo-like" places that force people into paying monthly fees???
I should also point out that of these, only the TiVo has an EPG that doesn't depend on PSIP. So you'll still have to use your STB to figure out when a program is on, then manually set the DVR to record it at the appropriate time.
That's not a problem.
"This likely means an old analog TV is picking up analog channels direct from the Cable line with no STB, as the poster indicated"
Originally Posted by WS65711
Originally Posted by JHBrandt
It does tell me Cox is using clear (unscrambled) QAM. That's how your TV can receive HD channels without the STB.....
How can you be sure? The poster said "the TV is just a basic CRT without any inputs". This likely means an old analog TV is picking up analog channels direct from the Cable line with no STB, as the poster indicated. The Homeworx and the iView are digital only, and won't tune the analog signal. Seems to me the poster really needs to beg/borrow/steal a digital TV with a QAM tuner to see what is actually unencrypted on the digital portion of his Cable service.
, Yes, correct. And also does it when the STB is connected. However, like I said, Cox outputs both analog and digital at the same time. And yes, (I have HDTV's in other rooms of the house), and they can pickup both analog and digital (and HD*) channels without an STB.
(*Of course the only HD channels without the STB are local). The only encrypted or scrambled channels are "premium cable" which (here) is above channel 99. Those channels can be received with ANY
(cable-input) TV. If you want HD, then obviously you need an HDTV and can then only pickup local/major network
HD channels (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, etc.) which are in the 700's numerically. If want all of the cable channels
in HD then you must use the STB (and then, not all are available in HD).
To close, again: What I have been trying to find is simply a "VCR replacement", a device that works exactly and precisely
like a VCR, with a tuner and clock/timer/programmable, except, will record HD (from basic cable OR an STB) and does not use tapes but uses some kind of SSD (SD flash card, USB drive, or whatever), or hard drive, and does not cost a monthly fee!