Originally Posted by bretski
Let's play pretend for a moment, and suppose that Sony gives us a clock fix:
OK great, we'll have manual recording capability. While this would be nice, it would ultimately be impractical in my household, especially when my wife wants to find a recording to watch. Going through pages of the "Unknown" section will go over like a fart in church. I can see the rolled eyes right now....
FWIW, I used my DHG-HDD250 for about a year with no functional guide / clock channel. It was a major pain, but I still recorded and watched programs daily. Half the trouble was the clock, because any system reset or power failure made the clock lag further behind. Sometimes, I would purposely unplug the unit to get it back to an even hour. (so I could remember to record everything 7 hours early, for example) Eventually, the clock fell so far behind that Monday was "Monday" again. :-\
Program titles all being listed under "unknown" was annoying for anything I didn't watch and delete soon after. (daily programs vs. keepers) But this is still much better than an old VCR or my DVD recorder. When I wrote to Sony, I did request the option of manually uploading grid data as delimited text files, as an example of what they could offer. Sony did a good job with the upgrade for digital guide channels, but of course they had time to prepare that one in advance. Still, it showed they were willing to give us support, rather than walk away.
I also hope that the software (current or upgrade) can pick-up the time information even without TVG schedules. I thought stations have been broadcasting the current time independently of Rovi, but I could be wrong. (my DHG-HDD250 gets clock/guide info from CBS, but my DVD recorder gets its clock from PBS)
Yes, I am quite spoiled by browsing through movie listings with descriptions and ratings. Still, the DVR won't become a 'brick', 'doorstop', etc. for me. As long as it works with my CableCard, it has value. I think I will just need to spend much more time regularly checking TV listings online again.