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I have been researching DVRs with hard drive to purchase & have a concern. Which products are compatible with the Comcast Digital Cable Box? I e-mailed Pioneer re: the 533 & they indicated you have to set a recording with their built on TV Guide & Panasonic says if a channel is not available with their built in TV Guide, you can not record it. Please advise!
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I've heard of people not being able to get certain Motorola boxes to work with the guide. As far as the second part, occasionally the guide will not list one or two channels, but you can still record them - you just won't get the guide data for them.
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If you have digital cable with a cable company-supplied DVR, the EASIEST way to get any TVGOS-equipped DVD recorder to work with this setup is branch off the cable using a quality splitter. Direct one feed to the STB and the other to the DVD recorder.

That way, the DVD recorder can still dowload EPG data from one of the analog channels, and no need to deal with the hassles of an IR blaster.

Connect the DVR's outputs to one of the DVD recorder's Line IN and now you can archive content stored on the DVR's HDD.

If your DVR is the Scientific Atlanta 8000/8300 series, and your cable company has enabled it, you can connect your DVD recorder via the "Out to VCR" jacks and you can archive and simultaneously watch a different program.
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Ron,

Catching up here, as you might remember from another thread.

I don't have DVR from Comcast, just the standard HD Cable Box. I'm likely going to get the new Panny EH55 when available, and am wondering what the EPG issues are likely to be with the unit.

I've done some reading up on the disappearing guide on Pioneer units; what happens/is likely to happen with the Pannys.

Thanks in advance.
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Pioneer re: the 533 & they indicated you have to set a recording with their built on TV Guide & Panasonic says if a channel is not available with their built in TV Guide, you can not record it. Please advise!
This is not true, there are muliple ways to record on the Pany&Pioneer. What they meant was that you can't schedule a recording via the TVGOS for a channel it doesn't recogonize.

You can always record manually(press Record) via the recorders S-video /composite /RF input(s) from your comcast cable box. You can schedule a manul timer recording from the same inputs.

I have the Pioneer 531H (533H w/o DV in). I do not use the TVGOS at all (not configured). The Pioneer DVD recorders will respond to Pioneer VCR remote control commands. My TWC cable EPG has a VCR Commander function that controls my 531 via the TWC STB's IR-blaster as if it were a VCR. Works great for me and it also inserts the shows title in my DVD recording. PS this (VCR command route) won't work for the Panasonic.

I don't know if Comcast has the VCR function but TWC is not the only one with it.

There are multiple ways to record, some easy ....some less easy. :rolleyes:
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Originally Posted by Oldemanphil
This is not true, there are muliple ways to record on the Pany&Pioneer. What they meant was that you can't schedule a recording via the TVGOS for a channel it doesn't recogonize.

You can always record manually(press Record) via the recorders S-video /composite /RF input(s) from your comcast cable box. You can schedule a manul timer recording from the same inputs.

I have the Pioneer 531H (533H w/o DV in). I do not use the TVGOS at all (not configured). The Pioneer DVD recorders will respond to Pioneer VCR remote control commands. My TWC cable EPG has a VCR Commander function that controls my 531 via the TWC STB's IR-blaster as if it were a VCR. Works great for me and it also inserts the shows title in my DVD recording. PS this (VCR command route) won't work for the Panasonic.

I don't know if Comcast has the VCR function but TWC is not the only one with it.

There are multiple ways to record, some easy ....some less easy. :rolleyes:
I have DirecTV UTV DVR STB and its IR blaster does work with my Panny VCR/DVD player. I have no doubt it will work with the new Panny DMR-EH55 DVDR I have on order. I will inactivate the TVGOS guide and use the DVR EPG to make timer recordings with the IR blaster or manually for copying from the DVR HDD.

My DVR EPG is different from the TVGOS guide. I'm not sure if this different EPG will download to the Panny DVDR or not, if I wanted to use the Panny DVDR for setting up timer recordings.
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I think there are two main categories of compatibility to look into:
1) EPG/TVGuide/IRBlaster compatibility issues
2) Recording-protection issues: Some recorders may be more sensitive than others to the copyright protection of some cable systems.
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