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Archive for March, 2012

Goodbye, sweet ReplayTV. You will be missed.

by on Mar.22, 2012, under Uncategorized

It’s the end of an era in my household.  I had withstood the digital TV wave thus far simply because I didn’t want to part with my ReplayTV DVRs.  Alas, they’re analog only, and only worked with my cable company’s analog channels.  Earlier this year there was a short scare where ReplayTV servers were going to be shut down, thus cutting of programming data.  3rd party solutions were hastily put into place to get around that problem until ReplayTV relented and turned the servers back on.  But now my local cable company has delivered the final blow.  This month, they began phasing out their analog channels and going 100% digital.  As of today, I only have access to the basic broadcast network channels and a few others in analog.  No more than about a dozen.  Now my ReplayTVs only record a sad static screen telling me which digital channels have replaced the old analog channels.  I could possibly use the infra-red blaster capability that was meant to control a cable box to control a digital converter, but I’m not optimistic that will work. (continue reading…)

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