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'''ReplayTV Replacement FAQ'''
The notes below are for the scheduled (and aborted) ReplayTV shut down on 7/31/2011.
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It has nothing to do with any later ReplayTV service problems, but the alternative solutions mentioned may still work.
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[http://replaytv.com Digital Networks North America] declared bankruptcy on 2015-07-20.  Their guide service probably will never return.  You have two solutions to keep using your ReplayTV device.
  
'''ReplayTV Shutdown FAQ'''
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= Using the PercData/LaHo server to provide Guide Data =
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Some community members have gotten together to offer a simple replacement ReplayTV guide service. (code name "LAst HOpe RNS" (LaHo)).
  
[http://replaytv.com Digital Networks North America] has announced they will continue to provide guide data to ReplayTV devices after 7/31/2011!!  No details of the continuance are currently available.
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The LaHo service is provided by Perc Data. You can sign up at [http://www.percdata.com Percdata.com].
  
Below is the best information known when 7/31/2011 *was* going to be a shutdown. I'm leaving it there until we know more about the long-term situation.
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The cost for the Perc/LaHo service (6-month term) is $21 first ReplayTV, $7 for additional units.  
  
= What will happen on 7/31/11 =
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PERC/LaHo do not offer support for dial-up devices.
 
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Current answer, *NOTHING*. :)
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Previous answer: DNNA says the units will be able to "Manually Record" tv shows after the 7/31 shutdown. ReplayTV support has told some community members that all servers will be shut down on 7/31, preventing setting the system clock. In this case, "Manual Record" probably just means pressing the "Record" button to record for a period of time, not a manually scheduled recording.
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If you wish to continue full functionality of your Replay you can use WiRNS to keep your ReplayTV alive.  In addition, a new service is being developed so you don't need a local WiRNS server.  Keep an eye out for more info.
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= Using WiRNS to provide Guide Data =
 
= Using WiRNS to provide Guide Data =
[http://wirns.com WiRNS] is a free (as in beer) application that can feed guide data to ReplayTV devices and offers other features.  WiRNS can obtain data from any [[Main Page|XMLTV]] source or [http://schedulesdirect.org Schedules Direct]. ($20/year for Schedules Direct)
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[http://wirns.com WiRNS] is a free (as in beer) application that can feed guide data to ReplayTV devices and offers other features.  WiRNS can obtain data from any [[Main Page|XMLTV]] source or [http://schedulesdirect.org Schedules Direct]. ($25/year for Schedules Direct)
  
 
With WiRNS 3.0, all ReplayTV units work fine without Replay's server.  
 
With WiRNS 3.0, all ReplayTV units work fine without Replay's server.  
  
The complexity of a WiRNS solution varies with your ReplayTV unit and configuration.  See other sections of this FAQ for details.
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The complexity of a WiRNS solution varies with your ReplayTV unit and configuration.  It involves setting up a WiRNS server on a local Windows machine.
  
= Using the LaHo server provide Guide Data =
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= Setting the clock on 2k/3k/Showstoppers ==
Some community members have gotten together to offer a simple replacement ReplayTV guide service. (code name "LAst HOpe RNS" (LaHo)).  Dialup is supported, so a FREESCO install won't be needed. 
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The LaHo service is provided by Perc Data and is currently in Beta testing.  You can join the test at [http://www.percdata.com Percdata.com].
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The cost for the Perc/LaHo service is $7/mo for the first replay, $4/mo for additional units, and $3/mo/unit for those that need dialup.  Payment is initially for 3 months and an annual plan will be available before the first payment period expires.
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= What about a Scheduled Manual Record =
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DNNA has only said a "Manual Recoding" will be possible.  Scheduling a recording requires setting the clock, which requires a WiRNS solution or Replay's servers to be up.
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= How will I set the clock? =
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== 2k/3k/Showstoppers ==
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There is a hack [http://www.oocities.org/flipflop7146/#clock available here] to add a time set page to your Replay. Doing so involves removing the hard disk and adding programs using a PC.
 
There is a hack [http://www.oocities.org/flipflop7146/#clock available here] to add a time set page to your Replay. Doing so involves removing the hard disk and adding programs using a PC.
  
 
Once connected to a network (see dialup section), 2k/3k units can also use NTP to set the time. WiRNS can provide the NTP proxy functionality.
 
Once connected to a network (see dialup section), 2k/3k units can also use NTP to set the time. WiRNS can provide the NTP proxy functionality.
  
You may also be able to use Perc/LaHo to set the clock without an account.
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= Setting the clock on Network Attached 4k/5k Units ==
  
== 4k/5k Units ==
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You can set your clock using WiRNS 3.0 or Perc/Laho.  Perc/Laho supports setting your clock without signing up for a PERC Data account. (just point your ReplayTV there)
The NTP time is cryptographically signed.
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You can set your clock using WiRNS 3.0 or Perc/Laho.  Perc/Laho supports setting your clock without signing up for an account.  
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= What about Dialup Users =
 
= What about Dialup Users =
  
A solution exists where a PC (physical or virtual) is configured as a [http://www.freesco.org FREESCO] router.  The ReplayTV can then dial into the FREESCO router using a phone line, phone line simulator, or even a direct connection.  Once connected to the FREESCO router, WiRNS can be used to update the ReplayTV box.
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A solution exists where a PC (physical or virtual) is configured as a [http://www.freesco.org FREESCO] router.  The ReplayTV can then dial into the FREESCO router using a phone line, phone line simulator, or even a direct connection.  Once connected to the FREESCO router, WiRNS or Laho can be used to update the ReplayTV box.
  
 
Such a solution is currently complicated, but eventually step by step directions will be provided. A rough draft of a FREESCO solution is [[ReplayTV-FREESCO|HERE]].
 
Such a solution is currently complicated, but eventually step by step directions will be provided. A rough draft of a FREESCO solution is [[ReplayTV-FREESCO|HERE]].
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= What about Activation =
 
= What about Activation =
 
All units require registry changes to "undo" things DNNA set in some recent updates.  Both WiRNS and Perc/Laho will apply these changes for you.  We should even be able to activate a new unit.
 
All units require registry changes to "undo" things DNNA set in some recent updates.  Both WiRNS and Perc/Laho will apply these changes for you.  We should even be able to activate a new unit.
 
 
= Did ReplayTV go out of business? =
 
ReplayTV was purchased from a bankrupt SonicBLUE by Digital Networks North America (DNNA)in 2005.  DNNA also owns the RIO and Escent brands.  D&M, DNNA's Parent adds the Denon, Marantz, and other brands.  In 2007 DNNA sold many of the ReplayTV assets to DirectTV, but DNNA continued to sell subscriptions and serve ReplayTV owners.<br />
 
 
There is no evidence that anyone is going out of business, but DNNA has just decided to shut down the ReplayTV service.<br />
 
 
It is not clear who has the legal responsibility for lifetime service.  Possible companies are DNNA, D&M, DirectTV and for Showstopper products, Panasonic.<br /><br />
 
  
 
= Where can i get more information =
 
= Where can i get more information =
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* Create step by step solution instructions. (start in the forum, can move to a wiki later)
 
* Create step by step solution instructions. (start in the forum, can move to a wiki later)
 
* Create step by step instruction videos.
 
* Create step by step instruction videos.
* File a complaint with your state attorney general!  Complaints can be filed on-line.
 

Latest revision as of 02:08, 7 December 2015

ReplayTV Replacement FAQ

Digital Networks North America declared bankruptcy on 2015-07-20. Their guide service probably will never return. You have two solutions to keep using your ReplayTV device.

Contents

Using the PercData/LaHo server to provide Guide Data

Some community members have gotten together to offer a simple replacement ReplayTV guide service. (code name "LAst HOpe RNS" (LaHo)).

The LaHo service is provided by Perc Data. You can sign up at Percdata.com.

The cost for the Perc/LaHo service (6-month term) is $21 first ReplayTV, $7 for additional units.

PERC/LaHo do not offer support for dial-up devices.

Using WiRNS to provide Guide Data

WiRNS is a free (as in beer) application that can feed guide data to ReplayTV devices and offers other features. WiRNS can obtain data from any XMLTV source or Schedules Direct. ($25/year for Schedules Direct)

With WiRNS 3.0, all ReplayTV units work fine without Replay's server.

The complexity of a WiRNS solution varies with your ReplayTV unit and configuration. It involves setting up a WiRNS server on a local Windows machine.

Setting the clock on 2k/3k/Showstoppers =

There is a hack available here to add a time set page to your Replay. Doing so involves removing the hard disk and adding programs using a PC.

Once connected to a network (see dialup section), 2k/3k units can also use NTP to set the time. WiRNS can provide the NTP proxy functionality.

Setting the clock on Network Attached 4k/5k Units =

You can set your clock using WiRNS 3.0 or Perc/Laho. Perc/Laho supports setting your clock without signing up for a PERC Data account. (just point your ReplayTV there)

What about Dialup Users

A solution exists where a PC (physical or virtual) is configured as a FREESCO router. The ReplayTV can then dial into the FREESCO router using a phone line, phone line simulator, or even a direct connection. Once connected to the FREESCO router, WiRNS or Laho can be used to update the ReplayTV box.

Such a solution is currently complicated, but eventually step by step directions will be provided. A rough draft of a FREESCO solution is HERE.

What about Activation

All units require registry changes to "undo" things DNNA set in some recent updates. Both WiRNS and Perc/Laho will apply these changes for you. We should even be able to activate a new unit.

Where can i get more information

Discussion and work on solutions are quite active in the following Forums:

WiRNS Planet Replay Forum
ReplayTV AVS Forum

How can I help

  • If you see anything wrong with this FAQ, please update it. (it is a Wiki after all)
  • If you have the technical ability, monitor the forums and help!
  • Create step by step solution instructions. (start in the forum, can move to a wiki later)
  • Create step by step instruction videos.
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