Originally Posted by dean-l
Is there a channel guide?
P.S. I would've just edited my previous post. But I'm being harassed by the Moderators and they have turned off that function for me. I apologize.
There is a "channel guide" and it is controlled by the 1st button on the Panel's hidden controls (center area on the front, below the screen, as well as on the Panny remote --"Guide"). Not sure if you can control it via "set up mode". I am guessing here.
Before I begin, I might want to share that I may be a "trogladite" in that I have separate
remotes for EVERYTHING. I do NOT use a "universal" or combo remote for anything (including the HK audio AVR, the surround sound system, the DVD, VCR, or Multiple CD changer that are also in the mix. And most of them are channeled through the HK AVR rather than through the Panny.). Yes, this has created much initial grief in the house, but the results for me far out weigh them. And, it might be an answer to why I am also not experiencing your issue. Thus, what you are going to read may be impacted upon because of this, and at the same time it might be more difficult to achieve if you are using a single remote for everything. As silly as it may sound, by using different remotes for each device, I have better control over what is happening, as well as keeping the separate settings I want for each specific device that is interacting with the Panny at their optimum for my listening and viewing pleasure. But it might also create havoc in your own personal space. Having said that...
The way that we have by-passed the Panny's TV Guide is by having 2 separate feeds into the Plasma (on the back side of the Plasma).
I have achieved this by having the cable signal that is coming into the house split before it reaches the STB input.
At the split, One cable goes directly into the back of the Plasma. That cable input connection is listed on my set up as the "TV" (#1, which happens to be the top entry in the vertical selection table chart) on the TV/Mode selection screen (TV). THis mode allows us to use the Plasma when the cable is recording 2 programs and we would otherwise not have access to view a live program at the same time on the Panny. This option is only accessible when we use the Panny Remote
. On my Panny, for some reason (possibly because it is not going through the STB), it does NOT have any listings for programming. THus, NO clicking, because the listings are not picked up, nor refreshed at various intervals, and it is currently on my system, not supported by the cable feed that is similar to an OTA filtered reception.
The 2nd cable that comes out of the split, goes directly to the rear of the cable STB and from there (the STB), we use an HDMI cable from the Cable Box to one of the HDMI inputs on the back of the Panny. This input (on the Panny TV/VCR input menu) is listed by me as HDMI and is the #4 item in the vertical chart on the screen. These names/titles of these inputs are editable so that you can have a better of idea of what each device is supposed to connect with the Plasma. Our Panny (98% of the time) operates from this connection/input. This connection/input allows us to view the Cable Listings of Programming (from the Cable provider) and is controlled by the Cable remote
. Thus we are able to see a TV guide, but it is from the STB & not from the Panny.
It just may be that by bypassing the Panny as my main source of programming information (TV-Guide), we are able to avoid the infamous "clicking" sound. There are probably a group out there that will read what I have done and consider it "overkill". I will plead "guilty as charged", but note that it works for me.
Hope that this helps.