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Tv won't work

I have a older RCA tv with guide plus. When I try to bring up the menu for my VCR on the TV to set a program , the screen says unusable signal. What does this mean? How can I fix it? I can play a tape and fast forward and rewind. There does not seem to be anything wrong with the remote. Hope you can help. Phyllis Reed

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    Daniel Martinez May 11, 2010

    to add to what MEDIARICH said..............
    You are no longer receiving the signal that you use to receive..
    BUT!! you said....""bring up the menu for my VCR on the TV to set a program ""; does that mean that you are trying to use the VCR programing, NOT the TV programing? For instance...are you trying to use OSD [on screen display]?? and can't. are you trying to use the VCR program timer to set a program record time???

    Other then that mr. MEDIARICH is right with the analog siginal to digital signal...
    p.s. I have the same RCA TV with GUIDE PLUS and I love or loved it until I lost the GUIDE PLUS function...

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I downloaded this off of Wikipedia. You are not the only person having the problem with the switch to digital television. The complaints are nationwide. the old TV Guide Plus has gone away for many viewers and soon for all viewers as the transition to DTV gets nearer. If you are using an antenna be sure to get the digital converter. They are practically free with a government sponsored coupon.

Digital television
The new service, launched in the United States in 2006, is entirely digital, using the ATSC digital television standard. While this will significantly improve the service, older systems will no longer be able to download listings once analog shutdown is done in early 2009.
It should be noted that the Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP) within the ATSC standard already allows for each station to send out its own EPG information, and in the U.S. the FCC in fact requires stations to do so for OTA (but not cable, unless they are rebroadcasting an OTA station that provides the PSIP data). However, actual implementation is rather spotty, and usually very minimal -- stations often don't have full descriptions (or even correct information) on the current show, much less the next 3 hours required of them, or the 16 days worth of guide information that can be transmitted. Additionally, ATSC tuners are not required to even show the EPG, only the very limited information for the current show on the current channel.
While the TV Guide service also requires software in the TV or other device, and licensing fees or royalties to be paid to Gemstar TV Guide, it also offers a more complete solution for broadcast television, more like digital satellite or digital cable.

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