Originally Posted by annerick
1. I passed on DVHS because they have no guide.
2. I passed on LG's first attempt (LST-3410) due to posts here.
3. I passed on Sony's first attempt (DHG-HDDxxx) because the production run was so short (I suspect due to a service call nightmare caused by cablecard).
4. I would buy the Tivo 3 today, with the service, if I knew it would work via timer should the service become unavailable.
1.) I might be wrong, but I seem to remember that the JVC HM-DT100 D-VHS deck, which has an ATSC tuner, does have TVGOS.
2.) The LG may be a bit buggier than the Sony DVR, but you have to remember that of the people who post here, they are usually the ones having issues. TVGOS has worked perfectly for myself, many others here, and I'm sure thousand upon thousands of others. Ask over on the DVD recorder threads, and many people will tell you they never had any real problems with it. And if they have, 9 times out of 10, it was something they were doing wrong in the setup that they finally figured out. I have 4 units with it, which use two different host channels, and I've never had any lasting problems with any of them. They might have had a temporary issue when they sent updates to the guide, but they either cleared up quickly, or a simple reboot or reset righted them.
3.) I think the problem might have been more the cards themselves than the unit. People are reporting fewer compatability issues now with the newer cards. If you're still getting the "161-6" error, if you send the unit in before the warranty is up, they'll modify it.
4.) I don't know anything about TiVo and their possibly working in the future, but as far as units with TVGOS, they are working on a way to convert the digital info to analog so that the pre-9th generation guides can still function (you will likely have to purchase the converter box - although they are trying to get the feature inserted into the govt. subsidized boxes, too, apparently). Don't be swayed by all the negative posters in the Sony thread - TVGOS has plenty of good reason to keep all the hundreds of thousands of guides out there functionable. It is profitable now, and I'm sure they want to keep reaching as many users as possible.