I recently bought a DTV PAL Plus converter box that was supposed to work with my old dmr-e85h Panny recorder (it has upgraded firmware). I set up the PAL Plus like it was a cable box and I set the Panny and IR Blaster to control the PAL Plus. But, dammit, even though the DTV PAL Plus can download programming within a minute or so, I still can't get that freakin' Panny to download any programming list from the PAL Plus. I'm using LN3 as my connection from converter box to Panny. I think that should work. Is it necessary to use a coax connection from the converter to the Panny? It should still work over the AV cables, right? Please let me know if I'm wrong.
I followed all the instructions in the PAL Plus manual and reset the dmr-e85h to default settings using the channel buttons hold-down and waited 24 hours and got zilch. I've had this dmr-e85h for five freakin' years and have never been able to download a programming list. I've tried it OTA and through a Scientific Atlantic cable box (TimeWarner, NYC). My OTA connection with the PAL Plus has 43 stations with strong signals plus a couple of PBS stations.
I really thought I would get some use out of that Panny other than using it with just manual recording. I know the IR Blaster is communicating with the DTV PAL Plus (they tell you to use the code 008 for a Scientific Atlanta and it see it blinking during the test), but after the 24 hours the Panny TV guide said no data was found. I'm gonna keep trying, but it's probably futile.
I've tried getting that Panny program guide to work dozens of times over the years and it just won't download listings. Has anyone else tried the DTV Pal Plus with a Panny HDD/DVD device and gotten success in downloading programming? The TVGOS works so great on the Pal Plus, but sucks with the Panny. Why should it be so difficult for a device to download a programming list? Panasonic should have had some indicator that indicated when something was being downloaded. Even the clock just blinks at 12:00A and doesn't set. What a sucky device.
Does anyone have any suggestions?