With a Gateway HDPVR can you record a TV program (one or more) and watch a DVD at the same time using your external DVD player hard-wired to your TV? Thanks.
You definitely can! That's because your Gateway and your DVD player are on different inputs on your TV and don't interact with each other in any way.
The Gateway gets its TV signal over coaxial cable and will record when you tell it to record. This is even regardless of whether it is even connected to the TV. Let's say that you tell it to record at 5 pm this evening. From 4:30 to 5:30, you have the TV on the input for the DVD player. The Gateway will start happily recording at 5 pm and then, when your DVD is done, you can switch the TV back to the input for the Gateway and watch that recording.
Thanks, Lance. Didn't see your reply until after I saw Kevin's. Will try it.
As long as the master Gateway unit has power and an active cable signal. It will record as scheduled.
I say this because your TV may just be connected to a Portal, in which case it doesn't matter at all..
Also because I moved this month. Made sure the Gateway unit was connected and the recordings continued to be made, even without anything else connected. House didn't even have a TV inside
Thanks, Kevin. Should work then as TV is connected to the HDPVR. Set up is like this
HDPVR<-connected-->[ TV ] <-connected-->DVD player
Dig what your saying about HDPVR recording independently of TV
Curious, though, please explain what TV being connected to a Portal means. Thanks.
The Gateway systems have a 'brain' the XG1 or MG5225 part, which does all the work for the Gateway, it handles the recordings, the guide download, everything.
The Portal is used to view the Gateway. The XG1 unit has an integrated Portal, so the one piece of equipment does both jobs. The older Gateway (MG5225) didn't have the connections to the TV.
The Portal is what remotely controls the Gateway, also how you can have 6 TVs 'share' the Gateway, watching programs, set recordings, because the 'brain' unit does all the work. You can unplug the power from a Portal, your Gateway will still record, can still use the mobile applications, another Portal can still work.
If you unplug the 'brain' unit, the entire system goes down.
Clear as mud right?
Ha! Ha! Yep, it's mostly bafflegab to me. But I recall needing to purchase a Portal if we had more than one tv we wanted to be able to use with the HDPVR, so I assume that's the Portal you spoke of being connected to. About the rest, yabba-dabba-doo!
Yeah, sounds about right
In summary.. As long as the Gateway unit has power and cable signal, it will record as scheduled.
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