Originally Posted by hate2sleep
Hi Joe- Thanks for the information. I have the latest firmware sent to me by sony. It took a while to get my TVGOs but it is now working fine. Sorry for the dumb questions but I love my Sony and want to use it to its fullest potential- YET I don't want to turn it into a brick! That is why I wanted to know what 'the 'experts' would do in my place. sooooo...what would you do?
Would I lose my OTA digital if I use the card?
Would I get the new cable digital channels in TVGOS?
From what I understand you to say, I would get the up-shifted channels on the sony but would not be aboe to program them to record-only manually record.
You should not lose your OTA if you add their card.
Will you get the new cable digital channels "with the Guide" - maybe if all works as it should. Does you local cable feed have a web site? If so, check out the channel numbers there.
If the cable card works you should have channels that are flagged as "Ant" and those flagged as "Cable". Those are Sony labels, not from the Guide which should show you the OTA as xx.x or xx-x, and the cable as xxx. Remember, I don't use a card, so this is just an educated guess. You can search this thread for "cable card" and read those posts. That should reduce your effort to understand this box. A lot is going to depend on your host channel data, which is possibly a mystery to you now. [no offense intended]
Sony firmware version: on the remote, hit MENU, then SCREEN MODE, then 9,0,1,2. Now, GO DOWN to TV Guide. Go right once. What's the Build Version? HIT EXIT after you see it. DO NOT HIT SELECT!!!!!
You can learn a lot by reading about the unit from SpiffSpace. See post #1. And I don't think you can do anything to make it a "brick" except throwing it out the window. You can, of course, make it a real PITA to use if the clock goes away due to losing your host feed. I have VHS tapes as a backup to let me set the clock and get a grid. And I have three 250 units. Have you calculated what it's going to cost for you to rent the card, and get digital HD service?