Enabling CA and IVS in a 55XX:

Commercial Advance and Internet Video Sharing were removed from the 55XX series ReplayTVs.  (Making that the only difference between 50XX and 55XX ReplayTVs).  After the initial release of the 55XX series, it was possible to easily enable those features on a 55XX even though they were not sold with the features enabled. Beginning with software build 144, (released 8/2004), it was no longer possible to easily enable those features on a 55XX.

A 50XX remote has a button labeled "Commercial Advance", while a 55XX remote has the same button labeled "Input".  The IR code put out by either remote is the same; the software running on the ReplayTV determines how to respond.  So on a 55XX with CA and IVS enabled, the CA button on a 50XX remote and the Input button on a 55XX remote will toggle CA.  On a 55XX without CA and IVS, the CA button on a 50XX remote and the Input button on a 55XX will toggle the input.  Likewise, in a 50XX ReplayTV, the CA button on a 50XX remote and the Input button on a 55XX remote will toggle CA.

Although not as easy as initially, it's still possible to enable CA and IVS on a 55XX series ReplayTV.  The ReplayTV must run a software version prior to version 144 (version 19 or version 140) and all net connects must be made through WiRNS running on a PC.  If you want to invest a little time and research, here are some sources of information -

Kevin Moye's web page with CA and IVS for 55XX series info:
http://replayguide.sourceforge.net/rtv5504/index.html


Long thread about enabling CA and IVS in 55XX ReplayTVs.

rbolen70's WiRNS site (Latest WiRNS that runs as a service):
http://www.wirns.com

WiRNS docs/screenshots (by codemantx)

michaelbell_a's WiRNS installation guide

michaelbell_a's WiRNS FAQ

Revert to a previous ReplayTV software version without re-imaging.
If that thread is not available, the same info from j.m. is available here.

j.m.'s ReplayTV Tools:
http://s95184944.onlinehome.us/ReplayTV.html


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