Originally Posted by hiker
I conducted an experiment to see if I could record the FM channels. If I pressed the record button it would not record and gave me the error bong. But if I used the guide, I was able to schedule a recording in the future ok. The playback worked fine and showed the green background you see in the NPL while the audio played. While viewing the recording, the record button worked to allow me to stop the recording.
When I got home (San Francisco) this evening, I conducted my own experiments and sort of got the same results that hiker got:
1) If I press the record button with my S3 tuned to an FM radio channel, I get the error bong.
2) Unlike hiker, I cannot use the S3 guide to record an FM radio channel in the future because there are no future FM radio programs -- there are only current FM radio programs. That is, each FM radio channel is listed in the guide as one continuous Regular Schedule listing with no start or end demarcation. If I press the select button while in the guide with any FM radio program highlighted and at any time (current or future) , I get the error bong. I cannot even use the S3 guide to change the channel to any FM radio channel. (I again get the error bong.) I can only go to an FM radio channel by entering the FM radio channel number directly or by surfing to it. (Update: Oops. I just discovered that I CAN use the guide to change to any FM radio channel if I highlight the desired channel in the leftmost channel ID column and then press select.)
3) However, I was able to manually schedule and have the S3 successfully perform a recording of an FM radio channel at a manually specified future time. Although my screen is black when the S3 is tuned to an FM radio channel, I do get a green/blue TiVo screen on playback of a recorded FM radio channel.
4) And to answer one of the OP's questions, here in San Francisco, all of the 30 FM radio channels available via Comcast cable show up in the S3 guide with the appropriate FM radio station call letters (e.g., "FM-KQED" on cable channel 960). That's nice.
I too now plan on using this capability to regularly record Car Talk. Thanks for all of your comments and observations!