Originally Posted by billmich
that's not what the contact at ROVI told me because I specifically asked him that question.
You are implying that all dvd recorders before about 2007 or 2006 are useless with TVGOS because they lack an ATSC tuner.
My unit is a Panasonic DMR-EH55
I don't know about your recorder. My LG-3410A has an ATSC tuner, but it was only designed to receive version 7 TVGOS from the analog stream, and its NTSC tuner. With analog OTA gone, it can not receive version 8 TVGOS from the digital stream.
However, it is not "worthless." It has to be programmed in "VCR mode" on a channel/start/stop basis. However, it and version 7 TVGOS were so buggy (together, not sure who's fault) it is better without it.
Cable may or may not "gin up" a fake version 7 TVGOS for analog. but faking it from the version 8 on the digital channel is apparently not trivial. In LG-3410 thread, a lot of people wasted a lot of time trying.