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post #22561 of 25403
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Originally Posted by Josea View Post

have you scanned for new channels lately, I also get 44.1 44.2 and 4.1 and 4.2 in addition to your list.
I'm recording No Time For Sergeants with Andy Griffith and Don Knotts on 12.1 right now. I'll try doing a channel scan later.

Edit:
Did another scan, still the same channels. Additional channels are nice to have but I'm satisfied with what I get with my current antenna system.
Edited by Ken.F - 12/23/12 at 7:34am
post #22562 of 25403
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Originally Posted by Josea View Post

About to place my order via Walmart's site, $208 for the 533.. Any downside to requesting site to store? (I have a store about 4 miles away)

 

Site-to-store is the way to go. Several people complained that they got their units shipped to their homes and the delivery service (UPS/FedEx?) laid them at their doorstep, in their brightly colored OEM boxes, with ident. of the goodies inside!

 

One guy complained that he woruld NEVER buy from Walmart again because THEY did this with his!?

 

Get an extended warranty while picking it up if you forgot on ordering. Return to store also.


Edited by wajo - 12/22/12 at 9:36pm
post #22563 of 25403
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

Site-to-store is the way to go. Several people complained that they got their units shipped to their homes and the delivery service (UPS/FedEx?) laid them at their doorstep, in their brightly colored OEM boxes, with ident. of the goodies inside!

One guy complained that he woruld NEVER buy from Walmart again because THEY did this with his!?

Get an extended warranty while picking it up if you forgot on ordering. Return to store also.

No free shipping anything now. That makes a trip to the store a money saver.
post #22564 of 25403
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Originally Posted by JoeKustra View Post

No free shipping anything now. That makes a trip to the store a money saver.

Maybe. It depends on proximity of store to your beaten path, value of your time, and shipping cost.
post #22565 of 25403
Hello again everyone,

First let me extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who replied to my first post and specifically to wajo who maintains this resource. You all gave a ton of info on the tuners and cableco scenarios. Long story short, I now have most or all of the channels I get on my Samsung hdtv!

I think the mistake I made was just adding the 533 to a 3-way coax splitter out of the box. I did fix this to be direct to the 533 before my first post, but I still could not see any additional channels, even when manually tuning or re-scanning. Reading more I saw the bit about clearing the memory. While I did not fully disconnect the coax before rescan to "erase" the channel memory, I DID rescan on direct coax for "Antenna." That wiped out the digital channels (I think) and then when I rescanned in analog/digital mode it picked up all the channels that were previously missing! I may go back and do a complete wipe with the coax removed then rescan to clear any lingering issues, but any channel I have checked "Display" on has shown a strong signal (close to the "good" side on the right).

These Magnavox units really have a LOT of undocumented features!

JoeKustra, you were correct about 2.1 being KTVU here in S.F. Until I did the analog scan and then rescanned cable digital, my 2.1 would lock in like it knew something was there, but show only black. By "local" I mean the major network affiliates and the smaller UHF stations.

Ken.F, a regular antenna is difficult at best in this building. Everything was moved to cable a while back, though some days I wish we could strip out all the comcast wires. BTW, love your forum picture! smile.gif
Edited by dorisl - 12/23/12 at 11:22am
post #22566 of 25403
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

Site-to-store is the way to go. Several people complained that they got their units shipped to their homes and the delivery service (UPS/FedEx?) laid them at their doorstep, in their brightly colored OEM boxes, with ident. of the goodies inside!

One guy complained that he woruld NEVER buy from Walmart again because THEY did this with his!?

Get an extended warranty while picking it up if you forgot on ordering. Return to store also.
On an other note I picked up a 3 year warranty from squaretrade.com they are having 35% off and it cost me $22 for the 3 years (actually 2 because first year is Mag's) but for that price thought it was worth it. A friend of mine gave up on DVR's because he had 3 fail on him .......not Mag's. These warranties are not usually much good but for $22 I thought "what the heck".
Any track record on the Mag units ??
post #22567 of 25403
On the subject of EXTENDED WARRANTY, don't forget that most credit cards "double" the manufacturer's warranty, usually up to 1 additional year. I checked on this a few months ago and it was specific to VISA, not my bank. I suspect you might get some sort of early protection period from the bank as well if the product had an obvious defect and the manuf. or seller tried to ignore it. That usually only works for the first 30 or 60 days by phone. Then then up to 60 or 90 days has to be in some convoluted paper form submission. The number of days for each phase may vary.

Call your card and ask. They will probably forward you to VISA or MC or whoever and you will get a clear answer from them. IIRC, if you are required to pay for repairs in the extended warranty period, you then submit the bills to them and get reimbursed some time later. I would assume it is best to call first before paying for large repair bills to be safe.
post #22568 of 25403
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Originally Posted by Ralph289 View Post

On an other note I picked up a 3 year warranty from squaretrade.com they are having 35% off and it cost me $22 for the 3 years (actually 2 because first year is Mag's) but for that price thought it was worth it. These warranties are not usually much good but for $22 I thought "what the heck". Any track record on the Mag units ??

Warranty is on back page of the manual. 1 year is only on parts. Labor is 90 days. I doubt you'll get Funai to pay for parts if you don't pay an authorized service center at least for diagnosis, if not installation too, if failure occurs after 90 days.

I have 5. I bought extendeds on the first three. The latter two I bought as refurbs and skipped the extensions. I needed the extended on the first due to a failure after 12 months.
post #22569 of 25403
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Originally Posted by NOSTRADIMWIT View Post

Pop quiz ... what episode and scene does The Observer first show up in?
I had to cheat, it was in the pilot The Observer was first spotted walking past Massive Dynamic headquarters, possibly tracking Olivia’s meeting with Nina Sharp. http://www.fringebloggers.com/the-observer-files/
Also kudos for reminding me to get a UPS and Extended warranty.
post #22570 of 25403
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Originally Posted by dorisl View Post

Ken.F, a regular antenna is difficult at best in this building. Everything was moved to cable a while back, though some days I wish we could strip out all the comcast wires. BTW, love your forum picture! smile.gif
Antennas don't work for everyone but it's a great option for those that can receive a good signal.

...and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire.
post #22571 of 25403
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Originally Posted by mrmazda View Post

Now that the FCC has given cablecos the green light to 100% scrambling, QAM can only be expected to get worse unless Funai puts forth more effort than it has shown with these so far.

Wait, wait... what? when? confused.gif
post #22572 of 25403
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Originally Posted by profhat View Post

Wait, wait... what? when? confused.gif

http://www.fcc.gov/document/commission-relaxes-cable-encryption-prohibition
post #22573 of 25403
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Originally Posted by Ralph289 View Post

Any track record on the Mag units ??

Between various family members, we own 16 of these units going back to the first Philips 3575 and just got a new 537 this month. I have never had a serious problem with any of the units but I do advise that you always use them with a UPS. All of the units are still in service and get extensive daily HDD recording and occasional buring of DVD's from the HDD. I have replacement IDE hard drives on hand if any when it might be required to replace a drive in one of my 2160 or prior units. My first 3575 has been in operation since 2007 and has needed no repairs.
Edited by SonicLogic - 12/24/12 at 1:30pm
post #22574 of 25403
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Originally Posted by Josea View Post

I had to cheat, it was in the pilot The Observer was first spotted walking past Massive Dynamic headquarters, possibly tracking Olivia’s meeting with Nina Sharp. http://www.fringebloggers.com/the-observer-files/
Also kudos for reminding me to get a UPS and Extended warranty.

Actually, I'm told it was in the promo for the pilot, but I ain't got one of those to prove it one way or another.

I didn't cheat, but I did get it wrong. I had him first in the pilot, but when Olivia was walking thru the train cars chasing the bad guy with the disk. Third car down, standing just inside the door for about three frames. Now I'll have to watch it again ... not like I need an excuse for that. I'm only on disk #5 season one, so I won't be backing up too much.

If you do find a real deal on the commercial sets, they've got some nice bonus cut scenes, trivia, and background on how the special effects were shot.

Speaking of trivia ... about the cow. The original script called for an "Ankole Watusi" ...



To which the cast and crew replied "You're serious??" Possibly the ugliest cow conceived, AND with a four foot horn span, which made the lawyers a bit nervous. And that's the female ... the male's are MUCH bigger. The writers got back and said "hey, we liked the name" but agreed to change to Bos Taurus ... which technically is a bull, not a cow, and the original "Gene" had never calved, which made her a heifer. Original? They had to change cows mid series because they moved shooting from Toronto to the states and couldn't bring Pansy (AKA: Gene #1, AKA potential "mad cow") across the border and had to go with Deanna (AKA: Gene #2), who had calved, which is why Walter had to milk her.

But I digress ... tongue.gif
post #22575 of 25403
Hi, Maybe I am asking a little too much from the 533 so please let me know if this is possible or not.
I have a program set up to record weekly at the same time but like tonight I would like to record (both to HDD) something else that will overlap the same time period but different channel. Is this possible WITHOUT deleting the weekly program TOTALLY that is all ready set to record.
Hope I am explaining myself clearly.
Happy Holiday !
post #22576 of 25403
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Originally Posted by Ralph289 View Post

Hi, Maybe I am asking a little too much from the 533 so please let me know if this is possible or not.
I have a program set up to record weekly at the same time but like tonight I would like to record (both to HDD) something else that will overlap the same time period but different channel. Is this possible WITHOUT deleting the weekly program TOTALLY that is all ready set to record.
Hope I am explaining myself clearly.
Happy Holiday !

In the Timer Programming menu highlight the scheduled program you wish to skip, press OK then press Program Change. The first setting is Skip. Use the cursor to highlight OFF and then press the cursor up button so that the setting is ON.

Then your Magnavox will not record that particular program until you return the Skip setting to OFF.
post #22577 of 25403
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Originally Posted by DigaDo View Post

In the Timer Programming menu highlight the scheduled program you wish to skip, press OK then press Program Change. The first setting is Skip. Use the cursor to highlight OFF and then press the cursor up button so that the setting is ON.
Then your Magnavox will not record that particular program until you return the Skip setting to OFF.
Thank You !
That is a big help to me.
post #22578 of 25403
Where is the best place to get TV listing information? Conveniently accessed. Im OTA only.
post #22579 of 25403
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Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity View Post

Where is the best place to get TV listing information? Conveniently accessed. Im OTA only.

I'll send you a PM.

This isn't exactly on topic.
post #22580 of 25403
I wanted to like Fringe but havent watched since sometime in Season 2.

My favorite episode was the Porcupine Man in the Commercial Airliner. I thought it was going to be more X Files-ish. Turned into some long drawn out soap opera in which I lost the overarching plot.

Seems to be quite favored here, so maybe Ill look into checking it out on Netflix or DVD.
post #22581 of 25403
Ive set everything up and am trying out the different record quality levels. Thinking of using EP or LP for news programs and the like, and SPP for the stuff I might want to record on a DVD....because 1.5 GB single layer DVDs cant hold but so much anyways and SPP seems to be about 2gb per hour. Wondering about audio quality on stuff like Austin City Limits though, if maybe a higher quality first recording to the HDD may be better for that?

Anyways, I need to do some calibration on the Vizio GV42LF HDMI port that the Maggie is coming into. Needs work.
post #22582 of 25403
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity View Post

Ive set everything up and am trying out the different record quality levels. Thinking of using EP or LP for news programs and the like, and SPP for the stuff I might want to record on a DVD....because 1.5 GB single layer DVDs cant hold but so much anyways and SPP seems to be about 2gb per hour. Wondering about audio quality on stuff like Austin City Limits though, if maybe a higher quality first recording to the HDD may be better for that?

Anyways, I need to do some calibration on the Vizio GV42LF HDMI port that the Maggie is coming into. Needs work.

 

Why use 1.5GB DVDs when single-layer 4.7GB discs should be "readily" available... 4.424GB capacity with the Mags (binary K=1024)?

 

See this help file for disc capacities at each rec mode:

 

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298490

 

That help file also has some info on "mode-conversion" dubbing that might apply.


Edited by wajo - 12/26/12 at 10:22am
post #22583 of 25403
Thanks for the tip. That is why I was throwing it out there, I wasnt sure I was doing it right.
post #22584 of 25403
Good Afternoon All

I Own a Philips 3576H Recorder, and looking into using it with a UPS lately, but can't afford a new one yet, but do have an APC Battery backup (backup ES 750) watt that I use with PC, and older Cyberpower 700AVR with new battery replaced last year. What i'm wondering is if it's safe to use one of the UPS devices for the DVD-Recorder, and one for Main Desktop PC.


Or is it best I buy a new one soon as I can, and do it that way.

Thank you all in Advance
post #22585 of 25403
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Originally Posted by computerman3 View Post

Good Afternoon All
I Own a Philips 3576H Recorder, and looking into using it with a UPS lately, but can't afford a new one yet, but do have an APC Battery backup (backup ES 750) watt that I use with PC, and older Cyberpower 700AVR with new battery replaced last year. What i'm wondering is if it's safe to use one of the UPS devices for the DVD-Recorder, and one for Main Desktop PC.
Or is it best I buy a new one soon as I can, and do it that way.
Thank you all in Advance
Connecting to ANY UPS is better than not using one. These units draw very little power when not running. Don't wait until you can get a new one. Do it now.
Edited by JoeKustra - 12/26/12 at 12:42pm
post #22586 of 25403
Thank you, right after this recording finishes dubbing, i'll start recharging the other battery backup, and then set it up with to this recorder probably tomorrow...other battery backup just been disconnected from power since disconinuted use of old PC a week ago
post #22587 of 25403
I can't figure out how to search this thread only so I apologize if this has been covered. Basically, I am reduced to using my Phillips3576/77 while mickinct repairs my beloved Pannys. Simple question: how do I high speed dub multiple titles? I go into setup, choose the dubbing menu, choose HDD to DVD (DVD-R already inserted), go to the dubbing list, choose my titles (total MB does not exceed total MB available), go to rec mode select and . . . HIGH is greyed out, with only SLP and AUTO available. This of course results in a real time dub, which is not the desired result. I can achieve high speed dub only if I delete all titles but one (and HIGH is not all that fast, in the first place), When I'm done, I find an "Empty Title" whose time (with that of the first title) doesn't even add up to the total time purportedly available on the disk. In any event, the rest of the disk is useless for adding further titles. Am I missing something, or is this just further proof that most DVR's after the last Panny's which I bought years back are just ****?

Please help, if you can.

PatH
post #22588 of 25403
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Originally Posted by PatH View Post

I can't figure out how to search this thread only so I apologize if this has been covered. Basically, I am reduced to using my Phillips3576/77 while mickinct repairs my beloved Pannys. Simple question: how do I high speed dub multiple titles? I go into setup, choose the dubbing menu, choose HDD to DVD (DVD-R already inserted), go to the dubbing list, choose my titles (total MB does not exceed total MB available), go to rec mode select and . . . HIGH is greyed out, with only SLP and AUTO available. This of course results in a real time dub, which is not the desired result. I can achieve high speed dub only if I delete all titles but one (and HIGH is not all that fast, in the first place), When I'm done, I find an "Empty Title" whose time (with that of the first title) doesn't even add up to the total time purportedly available on the disk. In any event, the rest of the disk is useless for adding further titles. Am I missing something, or is this just further proof that most DVR's after the last Panny's which I bought years back are just ****?

Please help, if you can.

PatH

 

I'm biased, of course, but the best way to "search" this thread is by using the index of help files on Page 1... one click to answer(s).

 

Here's the help file on Dubbing.

 

Here's a companion help file on Essential Info on High Speed Dubbing, etc.

 

See Page 1 for many other one-click paths to most any other subject.

post #22589 of 25403
OK, wajo, now that you've castigated me (probably rightly so) for the best way to search the thread, and now that I've reread the help files, please note that my problem as stated was that the HIGH option under REC Mode is not highlighted. Since, as stated, the number of megabytes to be dubbed does not exceed the number of megabytes available, the question is why the HIGH option is not available. Until I can answer this, I can't high speed dub multiple titles, no matter how many titles I have in the list..

PatH
post #22590 of 25403
Maybe it's just me. I go to walmart.com and enter "tivo" as a search, then click GO. It takes me to a list of the Magnavox 53X units. Am I crazy? I tried it due to the number of commercials saying that TiVo is available at Walmart.
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