Originally Posted by scnrfrq
I've been getting lots of cases where I schedule recordings and all I get is a message in the Recording Log "Setup was unable to record". This is occurring on both my 8300HD's, even after rebooting.
Seems to be only with HD channels so far. TW has been out several times in the last year, and added a major amp for my whole house, so I don't think signal strength is an issue. Things were fine up until a few weeks ago. Anyone else having these issues?
I need to stay with the 8300HD's due to needing an external hard drive.
First I'm surprised they have a recording log. That's not bad.
You don't ave to stay with the 8300 HD. I would find it hard to believe that the Samsung box doesn't have eSATA.
As usual, I'll remind you that you don't have to use the cable company DVR's. TiVo's are available and are far more reliable then any cable DVR. There are however several things you have to consider. You would be using a cable card. You would no longer have on demand. You would have to pay for TiVo service.
I think that the cable DVR situation is probably much better today then when I went to TiVo's 5 or 6 years ago. There are a lot of other advantages in owning a TiVo, (Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, Netflix, YouTube, and many other things.) While they don't deliver as much as Roku there is still a lot of stuff to chose from.
Even if you replace your current DVR with another SA 8300 you will lose your recordings on your eSATA drive. That's another thing to think about. But from my point of view the SA 8300 is the equivalent of a mouse running on a wheel and rubber bands. It's ancient and not ready for prime time. I don't know how many GB you need but you can get a TiVo with a 1 TB and eSATA (I think there may be a 2 TB available as well) or you could look at Time Warners all home DVR. I believe that has 500 GB, don't know if you can use an eSATA with it.
I just think whatever you do you should dump the SA 8300. That thing never worked well for me. I would miss 3-5 recordings a week.