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.
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.