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Each can be programmed for any function performed by another device remote (not just your TV remote). I use Option 1 for channel up/ Option 2 for channel down on my cable box. Follow the instruction manual and remember - the ends of the remotes must face each other to transfer the function code.
It appears this will pass through a digital signal to my HDTV that does not have it's own tuner. Is this true? My Sony does not have HDMI inputs. Feb 12, 2014
Yes u can hook it up via component, composite, and av
The box doesn't know if you are watching the output from it or not. Thus, you can split the antenna signal with half going to the box and half going to an alternate antenna input on your TV. This way you can watch one show and record another. I don't have this exact box, but I have the HDMI output from the box going into my TV and the (split) antenna signal going in the coax input on the TV. Then by choosing the source: HDMI gets me the box output (whether live or playback), while ANT gives me the live OTA signal. Of course, this works because my TV has a built-in tuner and I am just using the box as a primitive DVR. Since you stated that your TV is newer, it most likely will have a built-in ATSC tuner.
Does the TV have to be on to record a future show? Does the box have to be on to record a future show? Aug 22, 2014
No. It will come out of standby to record an event but you can't change channel or watch a previous recording while it records. Press info on the remote to hide the "rec 00:00:00" message from the top left corner if you want to watch as it records.
This unit description states that it is a newer model, yet the price is lower. What am I missing? Will this unit do everything the old model does? Jul 26, 2014
The 2nd unit I bought was cheaper than the first (~$43 vs ~$30?) but it works just as well. I really like that I can record (hi-def, so ~8GB/ hour) onto usb stick/drive. No complaints. There is/are upgrades to the firmware and sites/forums that deal with this unit. I could go on, the remote can transfer functions from most other remotes onto a select number of buttons on the remote.
trying to scan to pick up my digital cable channels and its not detecting any channels, why? Mar 5, 2014
A lot of misinformation below. This DOES work with cable (in my case FIOS) assuming the digital stations are not encrypted by your provider. Almost all stations are encrypted outside of local networks like ABC, NBC, PBS, etc. So don't purchase this thinking you can bypass your providers set top box for things like HGTV, USA, TBS, ESPN, etc even if they are part of your plan. If all you need is local stations (like me) and stream everything else with Netflix and the like, this should work great (just clarify with your provider that your local stations are QAM-compatible and unencrypted).
Scan finds no channels. Selected both cable and air. Updated firmware. Have COX service. Have no cable box from COX. Scan on TV finds both analog and digital channels. Connected cable to DVD recorder and recorder finds digital and analog channels. I... May 15, 2014
This iView 3500STB works in Kentucky on Time Warner Cable. It will tune the unscrambled channels. It gets the numbers wrong but the channels are there. You say your TV could find unscrambled QAM channels so this iView set top box should do the same. If it's not working, I'd have to guess that it is a defective unit providing you have chosen "cable" in the menu for it's channel search.
Please ans-Q2-Rephrased-Can a Hard Drive filled with recorded content from the Converter be plugged into a PC and those .mts files played there? Feb 27, 2014
Dwight-I see your question is growing hair so unless it's too late, the answer is yes using either Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center. They should play on a Mac also but I don't know the Apple programs. I watch the programs on my PC almost every day by taking the HDD on the converter and moving it to my PC where I copy the files (though I don't have to) to another disk and then return it. Format is .mts. I use a Buffalo 1T 2.5 USB 2 external HDD. Most any will do.
What usb flash drive do you use? I bought a 64gb and it won't work. It is exfat and I can't format it to fat32. Jun 15, 2014
I've only used a 34G SanDisk. It works great! Got a 64G microSD exfat to use in my phone and on this device using a USB adapter. It doesn't work on either device and I've not been able to format to fat.