Category: "OTA HDTV"

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09/20/09

What does My Mess look like today?

Was going through my photo collection and saw that it had been over two years since I last snapped a shot of "My Mess". So, here's what it looks like today:

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06/15/09

  06:51:33 pm, by The Dreamer   , 534 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Samsung HLN4365W1, OTA HDTV, HDTV, Blu-Ray

The end is near for ReplayTV.

My ReplayTVs that is.... Today, I canceled the rest of my ReplayTV subscriptions.

I had canceled a subscription a while back when one of my ReplayTVs died. But, I continued with the other 4 monthly units. I still have the 2 lifetime units.

I haven't watched anything that I've recorded with my ReplayTVs since that cancellation, in fact there was probably some length of time before the cancellation that I had stopped.

But, I wanted to be sure that I didn't need to go back.

Last weekend, another one of my ReplayTVs went away....it did its maintenance reboot and then got stuck in a reboot loop.

The first ReplayTV to die was the second ReplayTV that I had acquired, it was probably the first one that I upgraded to 250GB. I had first patched a 5060 to fully use its 80GB drive, but I had voided and done that for other reasons. And, that gave me the experience to go and upgrade all my ReplayTVs to 250GB. The last one to get upgraded went to 300GB (well, it first went to 160GB....using the 160GB drive from my very first ReplayTV...and then a 300 to make it close to what the others reset were....plus I was using it for OTA HDTV recording.

Anyways, the one that went last weekend was my very first ReplayTV....a 5160.

Along the way I acquired a 5040, then another 5040, then a 5060. It was supposed to stop there, but I was renting a cable SD DVR which died...so I downgraded to a regular cable box and got a 5080 with lifetime. Later I got another 5080 with lifetime. And, then in the final days of 5000s...I picked up a refurb 5040, which I then upgraded to 250G to be an additional OTA HDTV recorder. That was the only one that was post 250GB+ to have a drive fail and I then patched a new drive to go in it.

When the first ReplayTV died, I decided to go without. And, now its time to completely be free of them.

Plus I've been looking for a new TV....it'll probably be the same size as my current one, but 1080p and LCD. Apparently they don't make 50" DLP's any more...and 50" LCDs have too thick of a bezel to fit my current stand (so 46" is probably as big as I can go...though that isn't to say that I couldn't look at a new stand.) It probably will be a year or two before I take that plunge. I'm hoping that the current bulb will do that and then replace the whole thing when it gets too faded. But, one thing about new TVs...is they lack S-Video inputs. Though ReplayTV can do component....it doesn't do it very well.

OTOH, I'm planning to make the plunge into Blu-Ray before Xmas. But, I guess I'll just live with 720p....

I don't know what I'm going to do with the desubscribed ReplayTVs....not sure the logistics of trying to sell and ship them. I will probably hang onto the two lifetime units short term....thinking of playing with OTA HDTV now that things are fully transitioned, of course I might find that I still can't receive anything OTA. Guess it depends on how much interest I have in playing around....

06/14/09

  11:49:58 am, by The Dreamer   , 839 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, OTA HDTV, DVDs / NetFlix, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Missed an anniversary

Link: http://www.netflix.com

I was writing a comment on the NetFlix blog (about when captions won't appear in Instant....and that one of the reasons I prefer DVDs to watching in a theater is that I can have english subtitles to follow along with all the dialog. I also often turn on closed captions on my TV.....)

Anyways...I then realized I've been a NetFlix subscriber for more than 10 years now.

I rented my first DVD's on in January 1999 (shortly after the purchase of my first DVD player -- a post Xmas clearance). This was back when it was pretty expensive to rent a DVD by mail by the week, there was reasonable grace time around the rental period to allow for the post office to misplace the DVD for a week (a problem to continues to happen). Though NetFlix offered value packs to bring the average cost down. Used to be that you told Netflix when you had mailed it back, and you didn't have to wait so long before reporting a problem had happened somewhere in the return trip...or occasionally on getting the selection.

Only once did I get the wrong selection in the mail from them. Which was bad, because I didn't get the usual confirmation that I had returned that wrong selection and had to declare the correct selection as being lost. Even though I emailed them explaining what had happened. I think they have the ability to report that online now though.

Anyways, after my first two trial selections, for $7....I got a 30 pack for $141 and then a 40 pack for $162.55. During the 40 pack, NetFlix switched to its Marquee program. Which I transitioned to in November of 1999. Back then it wasn't unlimited, so I did have to pay overage fees for the first few months.

I've stayed with the same plan all this time....it did become an unlimited plan and allows instant (something I didn't get to trying until the feature appeared on my TiVo HD's

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02/16/09

  02:40:14 pm, by The Dreamer   , 44 words  
Categories: OTA HDTV, TV

Analog TV ends today, or not

The government went and made things all confusing.

Analog TV seems to be ending around here at various times tonight, keeping with the previous date of February 17th as the end of analog TV. While some might see it continue until June 12th.

:lalala:

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03/12/08

  10:31:33 pm, by The Dreamer   , 507 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Time Warner/Cox Cable, OTA HDTV, Momitsu V880N, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

TiVo HD DVR has arrived

Today, I came home late from work...and found sitting on my doorstep that FedEx has left the TiVo HD DVR there. Odd, when I ordered the Cox HD DVR, they wouldn't do that...and even though I waited at home all day by the front door, they claim that I wasn't there to make the delivery (ignoring that it was the first K-State football home game of the season...or perhaps the real reason?)

Anyways....I just moved the box aside, since I intend to hook it up digitally and not knowing how quickly the woot order would ship, I had put off buying DVI and/or HDMI cables. Though I had a good idea of what would be needed, since the TV is DVI and the TiVO HD is HDMI. What I hadn't worked out full is placement of it and my Zektor DVI switcher. Or what pieces of tech that have an input on my TV need to move onto the DVI switcher, because I'm out of digital audio inputs on my receiver.

The plan is that I'll likely move my Momitsu V880N to using DVI. The OTA HD tuner will probably be retired as a result of the TiVo HD DVR (and not because it only sees one station and poorly)....but that digital audio output had already been bumped. Since unlike my setup in Columbus with TimeWarner, I have both an HD tuner and an HD DVR from Cox. Not ready to retire the HD tuner from my mix...but perhaps some day it'll go.

I suppose the only outstanding issue I haven't figured out is whether I need open return path for the TiVo's cable connection. I have a 4 way and an 8 way splitter....the 8 way has no return path and is off of one of the 4 way splitter outputs. I have my cable modem, Cox HD Tuner and Cox HD DVR on the other 3 outputs of the 4 way. 7 of the 8 outputs are my ReplayTV...the 8th has floated around a bit depending on what gadget I wanted to try....on the HDTV for using its internal tuner, a DVD recorder that I had to see if TVGuide data was available, the OTA receiver to see if I could do clear QAM....

Now that I think of it, I probably should've checked Amazon.com for an upgrade of the 4-way splitter...I think the next up is an 6-way (want to minimize the split loss at that 'tier'). But, I once again used Amazon Prime to order a bunch of DVI/DVI and HDMI/DVI and Toslink cables....discovered that the 3.99 upgrade to 1 day service is per item, not per shipment or order. In retrospect I might have scaled down the size of the order to just what I needed to get the TiVo HD going, and leave the rest for free 2 day service. But, I guess I'm not thinking clearly right now :zz:

Initial setup will be a weekend project, not sure how it'll go on getting the Cablecards.

11/24/07

  11:53:21 am, by The Dreamer   , 17 words  
Categories: OTA HDTV

Return of the HDTVlp

Forgot to mention that I've switched back to using the Terk HDTVlp antenna with the Samsung SIR-T451.

11/23/07

  06:10:16 pm, by The Dreamer   , 351 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, OTA HDTV, Software, AppleTV

Samsung SIR-T451

In a moment of insanity, I saw somebody selling a 'new' Samsung SIR-T451 on eBay.

So, I threw in a bid and won it.

The timing was kind of poor as I was about to embark for LISA, so I knew it would be one big item waiting for me when I did get around to making a trip to the UPS store. And, I was worried that I might have too many big items waiting for me.

I was close. I didn't take into account that there would also be several pounds of catalogs stuffed into my box. I lugged those home, because I didn't want to sort through them and also plan to enter them at Catalog Choice....

Well, after processing all the other deliveries and mail...I set out to try out the SIR-T451 at receiving clear QAM. It would scan and the lock up and reboot. It made some progress at find HDTV signals, but I realized that it wasn't going to work. The channels are all weird (though making a custom channel guide using WiRNS might have been an option)...but there was also the use of subchannels...and they weren't on the first subchannel. Which meant that I wasn't gonna have anything usable via ReplayTV.

I was about to pack it up and give up, when I decided to see what would happen if I hooked an antenna to it. Largely because the signal light has been flickering lately on the SIR-T351 and there were a lot of bad OTA recordings...which was getting annoying. There was a mix from forums on which was better for OTA...the T351 or the T451. So, not having anything to lose at this point, I tried it.

Well, the T451 worked better for me. It had a fairly solid lock on WIBW-DT, but unfortunately no other HD stations. So, I set up on my ReplayTV.

That leaves the one open cable connection for something else....at least now I know that there are some clear QAM stuff in my area, perhaps I'll look to finally building that HTmac....

10/08/07

  03:39:46 pm, by The Dreamer   , 214 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Samsung HLN4365W1, OTA HDTV, AppleTV, Blu-Ray

Zektor HDVI5.1 HDVI5 5x1 DVI / HDMI Switcher switch

Link: http://www.hdtvsupply.com/zedv5in1oudv1.html

Oh yeah...during the blog move, I picked this item up from the UPS Store.

I got a black one.

I unpacked and placed it under my TV, though I don't have much in the way of cables to put it into service. And, I don't yet have much need for it....the TV can handle everything that I currently have plugged in to it.

But, if I do get that Mac Mini and/or add a PC to my setup....or decide on Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD (or get a universal)...then I'm going to have need more inputs.

I was originally planning to get a remote controlled Digital Audio switch, because I there is one device where its audio output is not connected to anything at the moment....the OTA tuner. Though its usefulness might have reached an end due to neighboring construction (too late to move to a higher place...)

But, I anticipate a need for some kind of switch...and I had been looking at a component video / digital audio switcher for some time. Though some of the things that I switch by component now, could also be switched using DVI...and the price/feature point was in the ballpark of what I would pay/get. So, I went for it.

09/23/07

  02:48:01 pm, by The Dreamer   , 319 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, OTA HDTV, Momitsu V880N, AppleTV, TV

Return of the Terk HDTVa

As the impending start of the new fall season, I noticed that my OTA HDTV tuner wasn't getting a signal for some reason..... At first, because it was like 2am, I thought maybe it was because WIBW-HD was off the air. But, since it wasn't working this morning, I started to fiddle with the antenna. The Terk HDTVlp had served me well last fall thru spring....and there just hadn't been anything worth watching during the summer, so I don't know when it stopped working. Though WIBW-HD did go off air in the spring....apparently it had taken a lightning hit. So I hadn't paid much attention to it during the summer.

But, now there's lots of new shows to check out, and I not enough HD recording capabilities to keep up. So I need the ReplayTV with OTA HDTV tuner to supplement my recording capabilities again. I still plan to get the HTMac, but now I'm waiting for Leopard to come out before buying my first Mac. (though there might still be another computer in the future...so I can run Momitsu's V880N's MMC software somewhere closer and with more storage...).

Anyways...I suspect the condo's new building outside my livingroom window is doing more than just blocking my view.... Turning it to off to the side a bit, I could some signal...but not enough for a stable picture. Probably just a narrow slit between buildings.... So I switched to the Terk HDTVa to see if I can get more directionality on receiving a usable signal.

It seems to be working now.... )-o

Meanwhile, I saw the Tivo HD was being carried by the local Best Buy...wonder if that means if I can actually get Cable Cards around here? Though I'm wondering when they'll be more than just Tivo with CableCards. Would like to keep my fleet of ReplayTVs going for as long as possible....

08/20/07

  12:34:27 am, by The Dreamer   , 1055 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, OTA HDTV, Software, AppleTV

WiRNS is dead, long live WiRNS.

Actually, it is Zap2It that will be dead. And, with that deadline looming, I've been trying to decide when to make the leap from the very stable WiRNS 1.3.2.21 version to the Preview release of 2.0.0.0 :**:

I had been holding off for a variety of reasons, one the Preview wasn't distributed as a ZIP file...just an MSI, so I could just unpack and drop it into my less than normal setup. And, for some reason I couldn't do builds of this code on the same computer (Guess Microsoft is trying to kill Windows 2000). |-|

But, I decided this this afternoon that I would make a quick try at getting the preview release going....even though I also had plans to be somewhere this evening. Well, I blew off those plans...and now it is quite late, and I have a job interview tomorrow....

Anyways....I made a quick backup and moved things aside on my computer and set about to install the 8.16 preview.

It crashed a bunch of times, but I eventually got it up....and then I set about to go through the configuration to make sure everything was reasonable. The hard part was updating the lineups for my ReplayTVs....since I have 7 of them, and it does a rebuild of the ReplayGuide each and every time I edit one.

Then I did an update guide....it went to build ToDo and kept crashing....I have Season Premiere/Finale and Series Premiere/Finale ReplayZones on two of my ReplayTVs...one for regular cable TV and one for Digital Cable TV....it had 155,xxx for the regular cable TV unit, and it would go for about 30 minutes on the Digital Cable unit and then crash. And crash was considered a good response....other times it would just hang and be unresponsive until I killed it. At least with a crash, it would eventually automatically restart (Windows Service setting).

Didn't I add a boolean option to decide if ReplayZones would go into Building the ToDo list? Well, I found that another developer had commented it out...saying ReplayZones works now. Ummm, I don't think so. So, I guess if I'm going to make WIRNS 2.0 work, I would have to figure out how to get it to build and go back to making custom builds for myself. :??:

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