Is anybody else ticked off that with the Explorer 8342 the "Copy to VCR" option no longer exists!!
Is Rogers listening???
For me that was one of the main reasons I got a PVR was to copy TV shows and bring to my cottage on the weekend. Now I have to record and can't change the channel. Before getting my PVR back in September I had a technician at my house for another issue and he saw my VCR set-up and tube TV and laughed. He said "you need a PVR so you can tape shows while watching another channel". I took his advice bought a new HD TV, got a HD PVR, and lo and behold no "copy to VCR". Wow, really disappointing. Hmm, maybe it's time to switch to Bell.
I discovered that there is no "Copy to VCR" option with the Explorer 8642HD because none is needed! Like others, I found that option missing in the Option menu items. I phoned Technical Assistance and they couldn't explain why it wasn't available. The person I talked to even checked with someone else.
To make a long story short I played a recorded program on the 8642HD and started recording on my DVD recorder anyway. The program was recorded on the DVD. Evidently the outputs on the 8642HD are activated any time a recorded program is played back. As before, one cannot record to VCR/DVDR a program that has not been previously recorded on the box. I have just made this discovery and copied only one program. I can't tell whether it was or wasn't copy protected. I suspect it wasn't copy-protected and that copying wouldn't work on a copy-protected program.
What disappoints me is that Technical Assistance didn't know about this. I blame Rogers for not ensuring their Technical Assistance personnel are kept up-to-date with recent technological changes. Rogers should also modify its "How to" video on this subject on its web site.
Correction to my previous post.
In my previous post I said that only pre-recorded programs could be exported to a VCR/DVDR from an 8642HD. No so. On further testing I find that programs currently being viewed directly from the cable can be simultaneously exported and recorded on a VCR/DVDR. I don't know if that's a new feature of the 8642HD compared to the 8300HD or whether it's a change in the Rogers software. Whatever the reason it's a step in the right direction.