Originally Posted by scottland7
Are there any Cox customers out there with a dvd recorder with the TVGOS system? Do you get listings regularly and reliably through Cox? What is your take on the TVGOS system? Have you missed any recordings for any reason other than human error? What model recorder do you have?
A couple of weeks ago I picked up an LG plasma set with TVGOS and a built-in DVR. Overall I would give TVGOS pretty decent marks, but there are a couple of issues. There is a possibility that the issues are specific to this particular LG plasma implementation, but I doubt it. I'm actually in the process of exchanging e-mail with someone from TV Guide/Gemstar about these issues now, but so far there hasn't been any resolution.
One issue is that TVGOS won't show more than one program stream for each digital OTA station. In the case of our own WVBT-DT we run FOX-WVBT programming on 43-1 while 43-2 carries WAVY Weather Station. The EPG only shows the 43-1 entry. I can manually change that particular entry in the guide to 43-2 to enable me to switch to the TV to that channel from the EPG, but even after the next download the guide still shows the program listing information for 43-1. For WAVY and WHRO the TVGOS defaulted initially to 10-2 and 15-2 as defaults. Those can be changed in the setup, but the 15-2 program information will still show up for the 15-1 line.
Another issue is that there are some missing Cox Hampton Roads channels. Here's the whole list of missing channels that I've found so far, although there may be more:
Ch. 107 - WHRO U
Ch. 108 - WHRO (PBS) Kids
Ch. 222 - Tennis Channel
Ch. 224 - NFL TV
Ch. 227 - WAVY Weather Station
Ch. 761 - Universal HD
Ch. 796 - iN HD 2
The downloads seem pretty reliable so far, although I did have one incident where the TVGOS re-initialized itself when I powered on the set one morning causing me to lose some of the channel sorting customizations I had done. I'm not sure if that was due to a problem with the LG set, a result of making to many setup changes at once, or perhaps a conflict between a download and an overnight recording I had scheduled. That was a few days ago and so far it hasn't happened again since. Although they say that the download is done overnight I've noticed that some "no data" fields that were present when I left for work in the morning were somehow filled in by the time I got home that night, so it seems like some daytime downloading must be happening too.