Originally Posted by tcate
... I wanted to confirm it will no longer be able to record without the TV Guide program information. What would you recommend as a replacement for the EH55?
As RichardT said the EH-55 works just fine without TVGOS, you use the manual event
option instead of the grid.
Note you will want to disable TVGOS otherwise it will keep trying to find the signal.
To disable TVGOS, with the unit ON hold down both the CH up and CH down buttons on the main unit. This will preform a type of factory reset(nothing on HDD will be lost and most preferences will stay as-is but some will change to default). After the reset you will need to go through the TVGOS setup, enter everything as instructed(including the code number for your DTVPal CECB). After a couple days of searching for a signal you will be given the option to continue or stop searching. Select stop searching and you can use your EH-55 in the manual event mode without it continuing to search for a TVGOS signal.
It would SURE be nice to just have a ON/OFF option for TVGOS but for whatever reason users are forced to at least try and find a TVGOS signal, even for areas that have no TVGOS
AFA a replacement, nothing is really available new with a digital tuner or IR blaster, you want to keep your EH-55 going as long as you can, it's about as good as Panasonic got in N. America.