Originally Posted by brettdacosta
I'm official now. Got the 16gb version on ebay. I have 2 questions now. As reference... I'm just using the 16gb on board memory - no external HDD attached yet.
I've played with it for just a little while, but can't figure this out...
1. When I change the channel, it's seems to be requiring that I hit pause or something to start the "rewind live tv" ability? Is that the way it should be? I strongly don't want to have to remember to do something every time I change the channel to begin the recording live television process.
2. If I purchase a wifi adapter for this unit, and use it's extended guide ability to schedule something a week out, and then turn off my phone's hotspot (my only internet)... when it comes time to record the show, will it remember I told it to record XXX and do it, or does it need to maintain connection up until the time to record the show?
Thanks, so much!
Happy to be a part of the community.
1. On the DVR+ 16Gb version, (same version as mine). The internal memory is limited to less than 2 hours (or less, i got 80 minutes-ish). Live TV Recording is very limited because of this, unless you add a compatible external hard drive. It will "Start" recording when you hit the pause button (let's say you need a bathroom break and don't want to miss the game), when resuming, you can watch delayed or move forward & backwards from that exact time you paused up to live play (good for skipping some commercials and catching up with the program). If you had recorded a program or two, it can affect how much time DVR+ will catch up, one or two half hour programs will shorten the time. With an external storage, it is way different. DVR+ will use internal memory exclusively for recording Live TV (and it's system software, forgot to mention), it starts as soon as you change the channel, while external storage will record any other program you scheduled in your guide. I have not tried mine with an external storage as I bought an incompatible drive, but I got this info from the DVR+'s owners manual on CM's website.
2. Is a good question, once a program is scheduled for recording on the DVR+, it will use one of it's tuners to start recording at the time, date and channel the program is scheduled, even if there is no internet connection, or even if you remove that channel from the guide, it will still record it. The extended guide is only used to give the program it's title, description and other info. I discovered this when I was fooling around with the antenna and adding, removing and re-scanning for channels, one of the messages the DVR+ gave me is that if I had a program scheduled for recording, even if I removed the channel from the DVR+, it will still tune in and record that program, unless I cancelled that schedule. Also, the DVR+ can operate smoothly without any internet connection at all, it gets it's guide from the same channels.
If in doubt, disconnect the hotspot and schedule a random program, give it a try offline!