I just got the Sony RDR-HX900 and am experimenting with different ways to connect it with everything else. Currently my cable receiver (Motorola from Charter) is hooked to it and I'm waiting to see if it winds up receiving the TV Guide information. I'm not sure that I want to use it this way for a variety of reasons. As most of what I record is from the basic cable channels (Which can be picked up without the cable box) I'm thinking of using a splitter and having the TV ca ble come directly into the Sony RDR-HX900. (I would then use the line in for the occasional times I want to record something on the digital channels). This raises two questions and I wonder if anyone has any experience with this. Any difference in picture quality doing it this way as opposed to the hook up from the cable box? The bigger question (as I can't just try it and see without waiting at least a day) is whether the TV Guide information will be picked up with such a direct connection to the Sony RDR-HX900 rather than using the cable box. How has people's experience been with downloading TV Guide information the first time? How long does it really take?