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post #781 of 881
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Originally Posted by Oiler1 View Post

I have an almost brand new DMR-EH55 bought as a demo (no IR blaster) a few months ago. Since I have 3 other Pioneer DVR's and the TVGOS doesn't work in my area, I am going to sell it. What is a reasonable price I can get for it and where is the best place to sell it? I was told Ebay and the prices range from $400 upwards. Is that reasonable?


I'll take it off your hands for $100!!!!

post #782 of 881
I bought a nice one a month ago on eBay for $410, no shipping because I picked it up at the store (pawn shop).
post #783 of 881
Yes I'd say in the current market >$400 for a used EH-55 seems reasonable. I guess I really got a steal on my EH-55 this summer. Future Shop in CND was clearancing them out for $299 but they were all sold out of new ones and only had the display. I got it for $269 and I don't think it had ever been powered on. It was missing the box/manual and IR blaster though. I would have preferred a new one but I sure wasn't turning it down.
I think NIB ones in the US currently go for ~$600. You might want to buy a IR blaster at Panasonic.com. When I did they were only $20 and it might sound better to a future buyer. Just a thought.
post #784 of 881
Oiler1, I have no info about $$$ for the model, but I am wondering about "TVGOS doesn't work in my area". When I got mine I couldn't get it to work and it was suggested that I try ajacent zip codes. It took me several days of trial and error (and my husband insisting that this didn't make any sense). I now have TVGOS and have had no problems for over a year. Judy
post #785 of 881
my tvgos worked for 3 years before ceasing functionality in late december, and still havent been able to get it to work
post #786 of 881
Hello everyone,

I have a question that I am certain I already know the answer to, but I wouldn't forgive myself if I didn't at least ask you guys, who would know much more than I.
It's in relation to restoring deleted content from the HDD. In the manual, it makes it very clear that once you've deleted something, it's irretrievable. But I also know that when you do the same thing on a PC, there are programs you can get which can retrieve certain items within a certain timeframe. So I was curious if there was anything of the sort that would apply to this DVD recorder, or any method of retrieving old recorded items - like doing a 'System Restore' on the PC, where you can return it to a previous state from the past (and thus retrieve lost items)?
Like I said, I'm sure I'm out of luck on this one, but I had to at least ask in case anyone has found a way.
Thanks for taking the time to respond if you have any information!

James.
post #787 of 881
I've never read of a way. Your best chance would be to take the drive out of the machine and try various PC programs although I've only read one post of someone actually being able to find a PC program to read material recorded by a DVDR and I don't believe those files had been erased. It was quite complicated and time consuming and again I don't think they had been deleted, his DVDR had just died.
I'm sure the guys & gals on CSI could manage it with a few keystrokes buy my guess is your program is gone forever
post #788 of 881
I just sent this to the folks at TV Guide via their web site.

Lately the TCGOS channel (ch51) on my cable system is being pre-empted with ESPN by the cable operator Time-Warner (Manhattan South). This is playing havoc with my Panasonic HD recorder (EH-55) that relies on TVGOS for schedule information. I'm pretty upset about this and have not encountered this problem before in the last year of using the unit. Can you please do something about this? My Panasonic unit does not bounce back from these interruptions and it really compromises the integrity of your TVGOS service.

To this I'd add that the way the EH-55 is programmed might be exacerbating this*. It seems like every time the EH-55 "loses" the TVGOS it has to cycle through 999 channels to find it again. This instead of remembering that for 90+ percent of the time it should look to or go back to ch51. Even after doing the 999 channel cycle the EH-55 has yet to land back on TVG ch51 the way it used to. (Again I can't prove that TW wasn't mucking with the channel during its scan cycle.)

Paul


*In fairness I should add that the cable box from TW (Explorer 2000) has been turning itself off (a mystery) overnight for several nights lately, which is really exacerbating things!
post #789 of 881
Called Pannasonic about the TVGOS problem and they said they received lots of reports of such problems. Though I thought I've been "all digital" since I got the eh55, the cable co's (TW) switch to their version of "all digital" (aka end of analog) occurred midnight Tuesday 2/17/09. Anyone else run into this?

Paul
post #790 of 881
Looks like this is a widespread problem. My DMR-EH55 has data only to the end of Wednesday February 25, so it looks like it stopped downloading about February 18 - too much of a co-incidence with the termination of analog broadcasting in the US to be a co-incidence?

I'm on Rogers Cable in Southern Ontario (Grand River - Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge). I called Rogers and they knew nothing about it, though I did reach a supervisor who promised to investigate after I explained what TVGOS was and that the data was transmitted in the VBI and that TVGOS was used by many companies like Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, Pioneer (well, until they killed it mostly because of their own poor implementation).
I believe the TVGOS data in this area as either transmitted by A-Channel in London (analog cable channel 9 - now a CTV station), or WNED (PBS) in Buffalo (analog cable channel 61).
post #791 of 881
If you still have a local analog OTA host channel sending the guide data, you can attach an antenna and re-set up the TVGOS for "cable" and "antenna", and get the it OTA.

At least with the EH55 and EH75.
post #792 of 881
I got an offer of $500 Canadian ($400 US) for my slightly used EH-55. Is this a good price? I noticed on Ebay a new one was offered at $600 to $1000. I never used Ebay to sell so I wonder if it is a good idea to try it? How can I find the previous sold prices on Ebay?
post #793 of 881
Count me among the missing TVG EH-55 owners as well. I take it we are out of luck with no workaround, due to the digital transition?
post #794 of 881
Not if you're able to get a reliable OTA CBS digital channel in your area that broadcasts the digital TVGOS. This guy reported the Pal CECB will convert the digital to analog TVGOS.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post15877902
You can check this link to see if digital TVGOS is available in your area. Note the Pal only works for OTA and not cable or sat.
http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=tvgos
post #795 of 881
hi folks... i just registered and subscribed to the general thread. i'm using a mits LT-46244, panasonic dmr-e95, and waiting in the wings with a tr40 in case of tvg loss with the dtv switch... this may have been posted elsewhere, but my plan is to notch my cox cable channel 4 analog feed, and insert the tr40 rf into the channel 4 slot... prepping the tr40 and then switching it to tvgos mode should theoretically pass the tvgos data ( converted to analog that the panny can read ) ... note that assuming this works, the panny would NOT be programmed with dtvpal's bogus zip code. hopefully, the channel lineups will be there, with worst case scenario being manual edit of the operating channels ... the tr40 is an OTA box ( needs antenna, etc ) but it should grab the tvgos data stream and pass it transparently ( converted to analog ) to the panny on channel 4.... at least that's my hope... my local cox provider has gone thru some finegling during the past few weeks, and is apparently currently feeding tvgos on the analog pbs station's channel... can't really do a full test until that dies, though...

rg
post #796 of 881
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Originally Posted by Oiler1 View Post

I got an offer of $500 Canadian ($400 US) for my slightly used EH-55. Is this a good price? I noticed on Ebay a new one was offered at $600 to $1000. I never used Ebay to sell so I wonder if it is a good idea to try it? How can I find the previous sold prices on Ebay?

My first ebay sale ever was my Panny 2004/5 vintage DMR-E95H with 160gb hdd, it went for just over $400 within the past month (ironically I only paid $349 for it as a buy.com open box item in April 2005). So $500US sounds about right for the EH55 (I would say its a good ballpark starting point).
post #797 of 881
JJEF,

Thanks for that link. I should have been clearer, in that I am a Comcast Cable customer, and do not have OTA capability.

I guess there is no way to put the DTVPal downstream of the cable box, before the EH55 and have it convert the TVGOS info for the Panny?
post #798 of 881
hi benneyb.. the dtvpal only has an ota tuner, so unless you can receive a tvgos signal from an ota source, you are correct... if you CAN receive an ota station, you can do what i'm attempting ( notch channel 3 or 4 out of your catv signal and insert the dtvpal output into the feed...
post #799 of 881
On February 17th, the analog NTSC TVGOS host channel for my DMR EH55 switched to digital ATSC. It's now two weeks later, and I'm still getting full guide data. According to the 753159852 status menus, my TVGOS host channel is still the same analog channel. There are still two other analog TVGOS host channels available in my area, so I'm assuming that the DMR EH55 has switched to one of them. However, the status menu isn't showing this.
post #800 of 881
In my area the same station (CBS) carries both the analog and digital TVGOS. My EH-55 get the signal from it's analog broadcast(which will go away in June) and my newer Sony TV gets it's daily TVGOS from it's digital broadcast. Functionally the screens/guide info looks identical but going into the diag. screens clearly show the Panny as being channel 4 while the Sony gets it's from 4.1
post #801 of 881
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Originally Posted by vferrari View Post

My first ebay sale ever was my Panny 2004/5 vintage DMR-E95H with 160gb hdd, it went for just over $400 within the past month (ironically I only paid $349 for it as a buy.com open box item in April 2005). So $500US sounds about right for the EH55 (I would say its a good ballpark starting point).

It's $400 US (less today bc of the exchange rate). I guess I won;t get much more than that on Ebay so I may sell it.
post #802 of 881
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Originally Posted by rkg22 View Post

hi folks... i just registered and subscribed to the general thread. i'm using a mits LT-46244, panasonic dmr-e95, and waiting in the wings with a tr40 in case of tvg loss with the dtv switch... this may have been posted elsewhere, but my plan is to notch my cox cable channel 4 analog feed, and insert the tr40 rf into the channel 4 slot... prepping the tr40 and then switching it to tvgos mode should theoretically pass the tvgos data ( converted to analog that the panny can read ) ... note that assuming this works, the panny would NOT be programmed with dtvpal's bogus zip code. hopefully, the channel lineups will be there, with worst case scenario being manual edit of the operating channels ... the tr40 is an OTA box ( needs antenna, etc ) but it should grab the tvgos data stream and pass it transparently ( converted to analog ) to the panny on channel 4.... at least that's my hope... my local cox provider has gone thru some finegling during the past few weeks, and is apparently currently feeding tvgos on the analog pbs station's channel... can't really do a full test until that dies, though...

rg

Are you using cable, DirecTV, etc?
post #803 of 881
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Originally Posted by mtrunz View Post

Are you using cable, DirecTV, etc?

hi... i'm using cox cable in las vegas, nv... i also have OTA reception, but have yet to verify which OTA station is providing TVGOS ( if any at this point )... based on some scattered samplings of TVG diagnostic data in the mits, there were a couple of times where the tv locked up on the local cbs affiliate on a digital channel, but since feb 17, or shortly thereafter, the TV reverted to locking up on the local PBS analog feed. during that time, the panny had lost TVGOS updates, but after the mits had locked onto PBS analog, the panny ( after a reset ) locked back up on the PBS analog feed as well...

the sequence of events seems to indicate that the feed had begun to be sourced by the CBS affiliate, but shortly after feb 17 ( somewhat coincidental to the updated DTV schedule change ), either COX, or the PBS affiliate, restored TVGOS feed to the analog PBS channel... more tinkering to go i guess...

rg
post #804 of 881
In Las Vegas it used to be KLAS - not sure if that's still true.
post #805 of 881
Hi everyone, another long-term lurker here.

Since I'm a Dish customer, the on-screen guide is not an issue for me. I'm writing, though, to point out a small surprise (sorry if it's already noted here...I've never seen it).

I just upgraded to the VIP722 receiver, with a built-in DVR. I assumed that I had lost the use of the Panasonic for recording purposes. It had worked with an older Dish receiver as an external recording device (I thought by some type of built-in IR blasting), but I figured that since the new receiver already had its own recorder, it would not be able to communicate with the Panasonic.

To my pleasant surprise, it turns out you can connect the Dish receiver to the Panasonic via the composite ports--and if you enable the external recording feature on the Dish receiver--when you set up the timer on the Dish receiver it will send instructions via the component connection to start and stop the recording on the Panasonic!

This means I can set up the timer just using the Dish receiver and its corresponding (9-day) guide, and either (a) use the Panasonic as an alternative recorder to the Dish DVR, or (b) record something on the Dish receiver, and then transfer it to the Panasonic (e.g., if I want to make a copy on DVD). Very convenient! Another plus is that although everything recorded on the Panasonic is downconverted from digital HD to analog SD, if there's a digital copy-protection signal on the Dish side it appears to get dropped in the transfer.

-Matt
post #806 of 881
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Originally Posted by soill67 View Post

To my pleasant surprise, it turns out you can connect the Dish receiver to the Panasonic via the composite ports--and if you enable the external recording feature on the Dish receiver--when you set up the timer on the Dish receiver it will send instructions via the component connection to start and stop the recording on the Panasonic!

Yep. I had been using my EH75V that way, but with a 322 through s-video, for the last couple of years, and it works great.

I like the way it even titles the recordings, too.

So I bought a brand new E55 off of ebay a couple of months back, because no matter what happens with the TVGOS situation, it should continue to work that way with my Dish service
post #807 of 881
I have had my EH55 for about two years now and never had a problem with the guide using Comcast cable (so far; knock on wood).
post #808 of 881
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Originally Posted by Neil400 View Post

In Las Vegas it used to be KLAS - not sure if that's still true.

hi neil400... yes, the cbs affiliate in vegas is KLAS ( dig 8-1 ).. was just unusual that it had ' appeared ' that the mits was ( if only termporarily ) using the KLAS signal ( via cable ) for tvgos feed, then switched back to PBS ( analog ch 10 ) and stayed there...
this morning i've lost listings again, but was doing an experiment and had turned off analog 10 in the mits channel editor ( not tvguide editor )... looks like the mits channel editor is god and the tvgos tuner control can only tune what one has enabled in the mits tuner... very silly.. IMO the tvgos modules should always have their own independent tuners, period... today's tech level renders a tuner to actually cost no more than about 10 bucks in hardware, if that...oh well... more later... i'll advise results on restoring tvgos now that analog 10 is re-enabled...
rg
post #809 of 881
Hello!

I've owned the Panasonic DMR-EH55S since 2006, and have been quite happy with it. Now, I have two problems with it.

As with so many here, I haven't been able to receive the TVGOS listings since approximately the second week of last month. I subscribe to digital cable through a service called Astound, here in the S.F. Bay Area. I use a Motorola cable box.

With the TVGOS out, I was using the manual timer (like a vcr) for recording, But for the last week, the DMR-EH55S's tuner won't record the station I want. It will only record the channel coming through the cable box. If I set the recorder's tuner manually to record say channel 5, it'll record, channel 7 instead, because that's what the cable box is on. I've only had this problem for about 10 days. The cables are all connected correctly. Does anyone have a suggestion to correct this? Could this possibly relate to the TVGOS situation?

I too, have contacted Panasonic on the TVGOS situation. I was told it would be 7 to 10 business days until Panasonic hears back from TV Guide. Today was the 7th day. They have a case number set for the tuner question also, but I haven't heard on that, either.

Any suggestions on either or both of these situations would be helpful. You can contact me here, or send a PM.

Thanks in advance,
Marshall
post #810 of 881
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Originally Posted by Marshfish View Post

With the TVGOS out, I was using the manual timer (like a vcr) for recording, But for the last week, the DMR-EH55S's tuner won't record the station I want. It will only record the channel coming through the cable box. If I set the recorder's tuner manually to record say channel 5, it'll record, channel 7 instead, because that's what the cable box is on. I've only had this problem for about 10 days. The cables are all connected correctly. Does anyone have a suggestion to correct this? Could this possibly relate to the TVGOS situation?

So you've been using an IR blaster to change channels on the cable box and it stopped working? Could the IR blaster have been knocked out of position? Did you change remote codes on the cable box for some reason? Has your setup changed in any other way?

Now that I think about it, I believe my EH50 will use its IR blaster only if I set up TVGOS to work with a cable box. Did you redo your setup so that it no longer tries to use TVGOS? If so, then the IR blaster may no longer be active. Do you remember choosing a cable box type the last time you changed things?
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