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post #361 of 8829
Oh man I didn't even think of that, I probably have it set to keep the last 5, and so it only kept the last 5. That sucks. I hate this thing, I want my Tivo back.
post #362 of 8829
Thread Starter 
Good point, hookbill. Anyone having the prrblem should adjust their preferences to keep all recordings until they delete them.

I can also verify it is not a nationwide problem, I've never had the problem here in Phoenix either. I suspect a manual recording might be a workaround, but I've never seen anyone with the problem say anything one way or the other. The thing we've never determined is whether or not the problem is limited to:

Fox East Coast feed
TWC 8300s
TWC 8300s using Passport software
post #363 of 8829
Thread Starter 
Quote:


Originally posted by acc97a
I want my Tivo back.

Easy enough to fix, just go get it, there are no contracts with cable.
post #364 of 8829
How can I find out what format my cable company is sending my signal in? Once I find out should I always use the passthrough option or should I use Upconvert? I am guessing most of my channels are 480I.
post #365 of 8829
Thread Starter 
You can call them and ask, but I don't know of any cableco that does anything to the formats other than modulate (QAM) them for broadcast. Generally, SD channels should be 480i, music channels 480p, ABC/ESPN/FOX HD channels 720p, and all other HD channels 1080i.

Many folks use Pass-Through to let their TV reformat the signals for display rather than having the HD tuner do it. Usually, the TV does a better or the same job. My TV displays 1080i, so I only enabled 480i and 1080i because I could see no difference with 720p and didn't like the distracting reformat when switching to/from ABC/ESPN/FOX.

The only way to know what you should use is the simply try them both, whatever formats your TV accepts, and see what looks best to you.
post #366 of 8829
Quote:


Originally posted by DoubleDAZ
Good point, hookbill. Anyone having the prrblem should adjust their preferences to keep all recordings until they delete them.

I can also verify it is not a nationwide problem, I've never had the problem here in Phoenix either. I suspect a manual recording might be a workaround, but I've never seen anyone with the problem say anything one way or the other. The thing we've never determined is whether or not the problem is limited to:

Fox East Coast feed
TWC 8300s
TWC 8300s using Passport software

Well, I'm Adelphia. Nothing to do with TWC and I was affected by it 2 weeks ago. Everything has worked fine over the last two weeks. It's happening in Texas, which isn't East so I don't think it's restricted to just Eastern Feed, Texas is mostly Central time.

I think FOX is behind this, I just don't understand why. I don't believe that folks with TiVo HD recorders are having this problem, but I'm not certain either.
post #367 of 8829
Everything recorded just fine - never had a problem with it yet. Keeping my fingers crossed.
post #368 of 8829
I had the superbowl in 9 parts, which was tedious last night.....having to delete each part one by one........(I had set it to save all parts until I deleted them)
post #369 of 8829
When I use "Copy to VCR" function the resulting tape is "double letterboxed" (by that I mean the black bars are too wide). This does not happen if I simply record what I am watching. Anyone know a work around?

What I would really like to do is create an "anamorphic tape" with no black bars" (like an "enhanced for widescreen" DVD). Anyone have a way to do that?
post #370 of 8829
I haven't made the 8300HD jump yet - I am still using ReplayTV in SD. A few weeks ago, I only got the last 27 minutes of The OC, another Fox show. I never had that problem before or since - maybe it is a Fox thing.
post #371 of 8829
Quote:


Originally posted by marchristensen
I haven't made the 8300HD jump yet - I am still using ReplayTV in SD. A few weeks ago, I only got the last 27 minutes of The OC, another Fox show. I never had that problem before or since - maybe it is a Fox thing.

Yes, I've heard it isn't just SA 8300. And all signs do point to FOX.
post #372 of 8829
Thread Starter 
I guess I missed a few posts since this is the first I've heard about other DVRs having similar problems or that is wasn't just HD. I don't recall seeing a post anywhere pointing to any network other than FOX. Maybe eventually it will affect Tivo and then it will surely get fixed.
post #373 of 8829
Quote:


Originally posted by LesMoss
When I use "Copy to VCR" function the resulting tape is "double letterboxed" (by that I mean the black bars are too wide). This does not happen if I simply record what I am watching. Anyone know a work around?

What I would really like to do is create an "anamorphic tape" with no black bars" (like an "enhanced for widescreen" DVD). Anyone have a way to do that?

Wish I knew a fix for that too LesMoss. I think that they need another menu item to select how you want HD down graded to S-Video output ....

Bernie
post #374 of 8829
I sent email to Adelphia about the external SATA port. I said: I rent an SA 8300HD DVR from you. Is the external SATA port activated?

They said: Not at this time, we are looking to have software applications updated to activate various options during 2005.
post #375 of 8829
Thread Starter 
Has anyone heard how the TWC testing of SATA external drives is going? Is there another thread discussing it?
post #376 of 8829
On further review, I think my claim of an aspect ratio problem is wrong. It appears that my TV has a greater overscan percentage in HD than it does in SD. Also, the aspect ratio is the same on regular and Copy to VCR. Sorry to blame the "innocent" 8300HD for my poor experimental technique.

Still have not figured out how to get an "anamorphic tape".


Quote:


Originally posted by LesMoss
When I use "Copy to VCR" function the resulting tape is "double letterboxed" (by that I mean the black bars are too wide). This does not happen if I simply record what I am watching. Anyone know a work around?

What I would really like to do is create an "anamorphic tape" with no black bars" (like an "enhanced for widescreen" DVD). Anyone have a way to do that?
post #377 of 8829
I just got my 8300 HD box and I am having a problem. I am using HDMI connection with a digital optical out but I cant seem to get true surround sound working. On my receiver it says only the L and R are lit up. I went into settings under audio like everyone suggested but all I can change is from fixed to variable. Im a little lost. BTW im using a Pioneer Elite Plasma tv. THX for the help.
post #378 of 8829
All I can get is 2 channel stereo with my digital optical outs.
post #379 of 8829
Thread Starter 
It's not the TV, the 8300, or anything you've done wrong. You are simply part of a group that is stuck because you cannot change the Audio: Digital Out to Dolby Digital. AFAIK, there is absolutely nothing you can do except switch back to Component until your software gets updated or the cableco enables that option.
post #380 of 8829
Thanks for responding. I have been driving myself friggin nuts the last 3 hours trying to get it to work. I didnt think there was anything wrong I was doing but wasnt sure. All I knew was when I went to audio and there was only fixed and variable option. Hopefully adelphia will enable this soon. At least I know its not me. Thanks again
post #381 of 8829
Just wanted to point out one other thing. I recorded "Survivor" to the SA8300HD a few days ago. I recorded it from CBS-HD channel 708 on Cox cable even though it was actually broadcast SD.

When I play it back on the 8300 it is normal 4X3 material. But when I use copy out to VHS it letterboxes it as though it was 16X9. I think that it was recoreded in upconverted 1080i. Next time I will have to record any 4X3 material from NON "HD" channels on Cox!
post #382 of 8829
Yes, if you record SD channels that upconvert their stuff to a HD channel, and you are planning to save them to vhs or dvd, (or anything that uses the video/audio out rca cables, it is best to record it originally using the 4:3 non upconverted signal, otherwise you wind up with the letterboxed version.
post #383 of 8829
Thread Starter 
Quote:


Originally posted by DoubleDAZ
If you stop or pause a recorded program, change channels, and eventually come back to the DVR channel, you should be able to simply hit Play and it will start playing from where you left off. That is probably how you got it to start in the middle once or twice.

However, if you stop it and turn off the DVR or watch another recording, it loses it's place and the only recourse right now is to FF from the beginning or REW from the end, depending on which is shorter. They are working on a fix for this, but no ETA yet. Basically, the 8300 has no way yet of storing a position flag at the moment.

I don't know what has happened because I'm still using the same software I was back in November, but earlier this week we started to watch a recording of Point Pleasant. Half way through, we stopped it to watch something else live. Since then I have watched 3-4 other recordings, turned the unit off a couple of nights, etc. However, just now when I slected PP from the list and started watching it again, it started from where it left off previously. I expected it to start from the beginning, so I will have to do some testing to see if this was just a fluke, like Lampei mentioned a while back, or not.
post #384 of 8829
I experienced the same thing. I recorded "Return of the Living Dead" off of Encore the other night and watched half of it and went to bed. I returned to it the next day and when I chose to watch the movie, it began exactly where I left off the night before. I see this as a positive feature as I wouldn't have liked to fastforward to the point I stopped watching the previous night.
post #385 of 8829
Thread Starter 
Chuck, that has always been the case for me as long as I didn't watch another recorded program first. However, watching another recorded program before returning to the first one has always resulted in the first one restarting from the beginning instead of where I left off and I had to FF.

So, this is something new for me and I don't know what could have changed between now and the last time I tried this (see earlier discussions in this thread with Lampei). The software version is still 1.85.14.1 from last November. I suppose it's always possible they fixed something at the headend since my box has been reset a few times inthe past couple of weeks. It's been quite a while since I've stopped watching a program in the middle and returned to it after watching other recorded programs. Oh well......
post #386 of 8829
Dave,

I tried this last night and I wasn't successful in setting multiple bookmarks.
post #387 of 8829
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info stosh. I haven't tested it again yet to see if it was just a fluke, but I hope to do so sometime today. I should mention that I only had the one program restart where it left off and I watched all the other recordings to the end. It could be that the 8300 can remember the position for one recorded program stopped in the middle, but not more than one. I've got several recordings saved, so it shouldn't be hard to test.
post #388 of 8829
How do we get COX to change the software to allow 16X9 on the S-vid outputs and copy to VCR ?
post #389 of 8829
Dave,
I did a reboot last night and afterward decided to check for multi bookmarks. I only ran two recordings and live, but I paused each recording a couple of times and it worked fine a first for me here in Houston. TWC SARA

TerryB
post #390 of 8829
Quote:


Originally posted by Bernie R
How do we get COX to change the software to allow 16X9 on the S-vid outputs and copy to VCR ?

Bernie....you can't and won't. Each cable company provides software that is compatible with their system. That's why so many of us have different software versions.

Now if SA develops a software that does this and it's compatible to COX...then you might see it.
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