I hooked up a HDD250 for a frien a few days ago. Connected via TWC only without a cablecard. Ran auto setup, but it did not find the HD channels. They were listed in the TV Guide (1806, 1810, 1813, etc), but they could not be tuned in.
In the setup, after the zip code question, it asked what cable company and it listed: TWC Schenectady - Digital TWC Schenectady - Analog TWC Albany - Digital TWC Albany - Analog
I chose TWC Albany - Digital. This guy lived in Niskayuna, zip code 12302. Should it matter?
Any ideas why I couldn't receive WRGB HD, WTEN HD, & WNYT HD?
Without the cablecard I would pick the TWC Schenectady - Analog. The DVR will pick up the HD locals on the subchannels for 17.1, 18.1 or 19.1 etc... Sorry, I don't remember which subschannel, I'm down in Long Island for the holidays but try tuning in 17.1 or 17.2 etc... and the others I mentioned to find the HD locals and then remap the tv guide 1806, 1810, 1811, 1813 etc... channels to the ones you find.
Last Edit: Jul 1, 2006 16:48:28 GMT -5 by dkennedy
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People all over the country have reported a guide data problem...all the guide data stops on Dec 31, 2007.
I haven't checked my Sony DVR, but I thought some of you who use the Sony DVR would be interested...
TVGOS customer service sent out an email with the following statement:
There was a known database issue, now resolved. You should start to see listings for day 8 on 12/28/07. It will take three to five days for up to eight days of listings to be displayed. The amount of time it takes depends on the version of device you own.
After reading an extensive amount of literature, here's my guess as to why I have no guide data:
1. TVGOS guide data was being received via WMHT's analog signal. 2. WMHT dropped their analog signal back on April 16, 2009 3. WRGB has reportedly been broadcasting TVGOS data on their digital channel since April 2008. 4. The firmware in my SONY DVR currently cannot retreive TVGOS data from a digital TV signal, so the firmware must be upgraded. 5. SONY released a firmware upgrade on their website that will allow TVGOS data reception from a digital TV signal. 6. I have to find a compatible USB memory stick, perform the firmware update, and see if this update will allow me to receive TVGOS data from WRGB-DT.
Skaggs: If an upgrade will let you receive digital TVGOS directly you should definitely pursue that. WRGB is still broadcasting TVGOS on their analog channel (6) but it's just on line 16, both fields. I can't tell if the fields have different versions but v.7 is there because it works with my LG DVR. You might try forcing your Sony to scan for the guide channel again. I know that's been covered in your DVR's thread on AVSForum but I don't follow that thread so can't give you a link. I believe others have found a way to force the Sony to use digital TVGOS even without an update.
On Time Warner Cable the analog version of WMHT, which I presume is now derived from their HD feed, has TVGOS or something similar on lines 13-16 of both fields. Some have data while others don't and the data streams are not identical.
Yesterday afternoon, I downloaded the firmware update from Sony's website, loaded it on a USB stick, and inserted the stick in the back of my Sony DVR. Within a second, the DVR recognized the update and "wrote" the programs from the USB stick to the DVR. It took about 2 minutes to install the update. I turned the DVR off so it could download the TVGOS guide data.
Today around noon, I checked the guide data and it was all there.
Simple, free, and now I have a functional DVR to record programs OTA once again.
I cannot seem to get the DVR to recognize that the USB Stick has been inserted. The same stick works fine for updating my SONY tv's firmware. My current software is 1.2.06. I never sent the DVR out for the CableCard firmware update and have never before used a USB stick in this DVR. Any ideas?
I first tried a USB stick that came free with my Dell laptop and the Sony DVR did not recognize it. I then tried a combo laser pointer/ 1GB stick I got for free from a conference I attended and it worked.
I did have to reformat the stick as FAT32, first. I did this by right clicking on the stick in Windows Explorer and selecting Format. There is a drop down box to select FAT32.
You have to copy the entire Sony folder you downloaded to the root directory of the USB stick.
I reformatted from a Windows XP machine just to make sure and it still did not work. I'm using a Memorex Travel Drive 1GB which is not on the SONY list, but the 512MB version of it is. Odd to me, as this stick has worked fine for other SONY devices. I guess I'll try some other sticks when I get a chance, as I'm not in any real hurry. Do me a favor and don't chuck yours yet, in case.
My Sony DVR lost all stations & guide data sometime over the weekend. I thought maybe it had something to do with the thunderstorms and high winds we had over the weekend, but there's no one else posting any problems.