Originally Posted by rickie
EDIT: rechecked after 3.5 hours, VBI channel in the debug screen now shows 0. So I have no idea what the VBI channel is doing in the TVGOS system.
Well, I notice on mine it's always on 808 first thing in the morning, which is my analog host station. Which is good. But, later during the day when it tries to download EPG, because I've already received it overnight (Gemstar sends out the same transmission 4X's daily), the VBI channel will bounce to 69. I'm not sure why it settles on that station, but it does. And I know its because TVGOS was looking for new data, but there was none.
Now, what I have also noticed as a difference between the Pioneer, and the Toshiba, is that everytime you turn off the Pioneer, it grabs a hold of the cable box (or cable) and tunes to the host channel to attempt a download. If there is nothing to download, then it will bounce to another station and whatever station it ends up on will show up as the VBI. So, the VBI may change, if you turn your DVR off for 5 minutes and then turn it back on. See if I'm right. In my case, the Toshiba does not contantly possess the cable box every time I turn off the machine. It just awaits the transmission from Gemstar.
There are some differences in the way Pioneer and Toshiba implement TVGOS. Overall, Toshiba has a smoother and more responsive interface.