I have a HomeWorx PVR, connected to a 2TB external USB drive
set the time and channel and it comes on records just find, of course, this is OTA not cable, the cable tuner.. thats problem
but there are retail models that accept "cable cards", the "channel master" has been mentioned here before, the biggest problem seems to be finding one,
they sell out fast every time a seller gets a shipment
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Your post wasn't clear whether you want to capture these games in HDTV or standard def. If you are happy with standard def, all you need is a filter box like The Grex, connected between your cable box analog outputs and your DVD recorder (or PC) analog inputs. The Grex strips out the anti-record flag, so your PC or dvd recorder will function normally. There are other filter boxes than The Grex, but it is the most well-known and popular. Cost is approx $90 on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/XDIMAX-GREX-7-4-Grex-Video-Stabilizer/dp/B0096I2DNE/ref=sr_1_1?i...deo+stabilizer). Yes, its expensive, but its the only way to "continue on as you have since 1992" with your basketball recordings. Cable systems are adding these anti-record signals on more and more channels every year, now that they see the Feds don't have the stones to fight them any longer.
In 2009, I think the only dedicated OTA DVRs available were TiVos, DVICO DVRs and the Echostar DTVPal DVR, and none of them was inexpensive.
Channel Master never made any models that accepted a CableCARD, but some could record clear QAM. At one time, Tivo, Moxi, and Samsung did make stand-alone CableCARD recorders that could be purchased, but TiVo is the only such recorder still being made. None of these recorders would be of help with Lyell1's problem . All of them follow the same rules as cable DVRs regarding what they do with copy-once, copy-never and copy-no-more copy control flags.
[Edit]I was wrong about Samsung making a cable DVR that consumers could buy. I forgot it was merely a cable box, without the ability to record TV.
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Of course this wouldn't work in North America and if it did probably be illegal you can record from Cable, Netflix etc as capture as well as OTA and transfer onto your computer etc
https://beyonwiz.com.au/products/beyonwiz-t4-barebones/BeyonWiz T3 PVR ~ Popcorn A-500 ~ Samsung ES8000 65" LED TV ~ Windows 7 64bit ~ Yamaha RX-A1070 ~ QnapTS851-4G
Oh that is sweet
there is never 10 things on at the same time , that would want to record
but 4 tuners, record multiple channels at the same time, record from HDMI
I want a USA version
I remained on the sidelines for Elegato, Avermedia, and other such devices, as they seemed tailored more for gaming capture, and these did not seem to offer the feature set or clear advantages I was looking for. Guess I've remained a Pioneer DVDR purist, and hope to remain so for as long as I can keep my hardware working. The other variables are whatever becomes of cable / sat receivers -- loss of their S-Video ports would be fatal -- and perhaps finding something demonstrably better than the Leunking intermediary connection box.
[EDIT: I'm a bit behind the curve here. I believe the S-Video ports disappeared from TWC receivers some time ago. Then Tivo boxes dropped them . . . although they do still have that techie ethernet + software OUT. My DTV HR-24 receivers still provide the S-Video option, although the DirecTV firmware and user interface can give you annoying nag screens when you use it, which can ruin some recordings. The HR-24's are still in service, but for how much longer it is hard to say. The subsequent HR-34 or '44 (whole home / "Genie") appear to have dropped the S-Video, but I'm not entirely certain about that, and I did not want the Genie in any case. I should also mention that there have been some converters around that can go from HDMI or Component Out into the S-Video of the Pioneers. However, I have preferred to keep my equipment chain shorter and less complicated, wherever possible.]
While it would certainly be nice to acquire a straightforward HD recording capability, it is not something I really require. (Actually, an HT consultant I've been introduced to has told me that such a standalone device is available here, albeit pricey and not so well known.) We are actively discouraged from discussing this here in any detail, but there is not a whole lot one might be seeking in an HD version that can't be found online via "Scene release" sites, after a bit of searching. However, a glaring category exception to this happens to be sports events -- which would disappoint one recent poster.
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@ParadiseKendra are you aware that you are referencing posts made in 2009?
Orsetto's comments about Magnavox recorders are largely irrelevant in 2018. I think that at this point, Funai, the company responsible for the Magnavox recorders, has ended production. All you can find are refurbished/used models, and largely different, newer models than Orsetto suggests. His opinion regarding Funai's later models is that they were were not as well-made or reliable as some older ones.Ignore list: hello_hello, tried, TechLord
I am aware, yes. It's still interesting info to read up on and gain knowledge from. I look forward to learning more! A shame about Magnavox recorders though. Ahhhh well, we'll find another way.
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usually_quiet is correct, ParadiseKendra: my comments that you quoted above are quite outdated now (i.e. the vendor J&R closed down a few years ago after decades in business: R.I.P.). While the gist of my posts still apply in the abstract, in practical terms they're irrelevant today given that none of the recorders I discussed are available new anymore (and at this point even used ones will be worn out).
DVD recorders are a dead issue now: they're completely gone from the market. Funai was the last holdout, but even they seem to have thrown in the towel. They were defeated finally by the same factors that defeated all other brands: the bizarre North American cable and OTA signal mess thats the laughingstock of the civilized world. Our off-air digital broadcast system started off badly and has only gotten worse with time (channels appear and disappear from TV and recorder memory at random, signal strength varies more than the weather). Our multiple proprietary cable and satellite signals are so screwed up and locked down that nothing can tune them properly anymore aside from the provider's leased decoder boxes or TiVO. This leaves no really decent reliable signal source for average consumers to use generic recorders: off-air is a glitch-o-rama joke, and if you can record at all from your cable or satellite decoder box all you get is a low-res letterboxed postage stamp.
That said, some of us do still soldier on with our old dvd/hdd recorders, but keep in mind most of us bought them brand new ten or more years ago and they survive on a wing and a prayer. Due to myriad reliability issues with unrepairable burners, shopping for a used dvd recorder is a bad idea unless you limit your risk to $50 or so. Not many owners will let go of a good Pioneer, Panasonic or Magnavox for that little money, but they seem to turn up on Craigs List every now and then (never for less than $200 on Amazon or eBay, usually much more).
Starting from scratch today, anyone with a pressing need for a dvd recorder should probably limit their search to a clean, used Magnavox H2160, MDR-513 or MDR-515. While not as nice as earlier Pioneers and Panasonics, those three models at least include ATSC tuners for off-air digital and were the high water mark for Magnavox (after the 515, they got really bad really fast- even the final run of 515s got crummy). The burner in these units was the most durable one ever put in a dvd recorder (aside from Panasonics), and the hard drives are easy to replace with ordinary PC HDDs if necessary. If you can even find one of the current Magnavox 800 series in stock for sale new, the cost is outrageous given the unbelievably shoddy construction, feature/function crippling, and total incompatibility with cable/satellite.
Sad to say, you're probably better off with a $30 USB video dongle attached to your computer nowadays.
Thanks for the update, orsetto. Over the years, I managed to pick up a couple used Pioneer spares off of eBay, at non-ridiculous prices. Due to amazingly good fortune with the primary units that remain in service, I have not as yet had to swap one of these in, so their absolute condition remains unverified. (Apart from the run of quick, basic tests performed after receiving them.) I can only hope for the best. Time will tell.