ReplayTV Replacement FAQ
Digital Networks North America currently provides guide data to ReplayTV devices. This document talks about alternative data sources should they stop.
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. See other sections of this FAQ for details.
Using the LaHo server 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 and is currently in Beta testing. You can join the test at Percdata.com.
The cost for the Perc/LaHo service is $7/mo for the first replay, $4/mo for additional units. Payment is initially for 3 months and an annual plan will be available and prices lowered once we get a large and consistent user base (expected after DNNA stops providing free data!)
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 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:
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.